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Union targets Aramark for
repressing workers, ripping off
Aramark has been the University
of Florida's food service provider
since 1995, with a beginning
contract of $7 million. The last
contract cycle cost UF $23 million
and negotiations have begun for a
new three-year contract. Aramark's
website states the company, "...
consistently ranks (by Fortune
Magazine) as one of the top three
most admired companies in its
industry." They employee 250,000
workers and pulled in $11.6 billion
But to what kind of company is UF
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Greenwater ............ 16
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Democracy Now! on
the air in Gainesville
Thanks to the efforts of WGOT,
Gainesville's new low-power FM-
community radio station (94.7), Amy
Goodman's nationally syndicated
news and interview show, Dehmoc-
racy Now!, can be heard on week-
days at 5 am, 1 p.m., and 8 p.m.,
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ordinating a Florida Winter
Solider hearing to be held on
Tuesday evening, April 8th at
the Presbyterian Student Center,
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City actions make home-
lessness effectively illegal
Thefollowing is an open letter
to Fredrick Murry with the
City of Gainesville from John
DeCarmine of the Gainesville/
Alachua County Office on
February 29, 2008-We're
receiving more and more reports
of actions directed against
homeless campers in the City,
including statements by police
informing people that they must
leave encampments within 24
hours or face arrest, despite a
lack of clarity as to whether the
encampment in question was on
public or private land, and with
no trespass order in place for
the private portions of the land.
Further, someone has recently
posted a number of new "No
Trespassing" signs all along the
publicly owned Depot Building
near the new bus terminal, and
officers have-been receiving
requests to clear people from that
structure over the past three days,
though no notice has been given
to the Office on Homelessness or
any homeless advocates about the
At our meeting on February
25th we discussed the potential
problems with the ongoing
clearance of homeless campers
from the NE 1st Blvd. area (NW
of the Winn-Dixie/Big Lots
shopping plaza on N Main St. &
23rd Ave), particularly with the
acknowledged uncertainty as to
the public or private ownership
of portions of the land on which
people were camped. I confirmed
the lack of a trespass order with
Lt. Seal of the Gainesville Police
Dept., and when asked about
We need an immediate an-
swer to the following question:
Where does the City of Gaines-
ville expect homeless people to
how the ENTIRE area had been
cleared of homeless people, he
agreed to look into it after we
first spoke on Tuesday, 2/26. He
called me back on Wednesday,
2/27 and stated that due to police
error, an officer had mistakenly
informed campers that they had
24 hours to leave, despite the
lack of a signed trespass order,
and with no notice given to the
Office on Homelessness relating
to any potential public portions
of said property. Lt. Seal was
courteous and extremely helpful
in ascertaining this information,
but the fact stands that up to
15 people have AGAIN been
displaced by City actions, told
to move on or face arrest, and
had it not been for advocates'
relationship with those campers,
none of us would have been any
Regarding this incident, the
initial officer who came to tell the
campers they would be arrested
if they stayed on the property
for more than 24 hours was a
short, red-haired male who came
out around dusk on Thursday,
February 21. In addition to telling
all campers he found that they
must leave, two individuals have
told me that he informed them
they could "not stay anywhere
in the City of Gainesville," that
this clearance was part of a City-
wide crackdown and the campers
would not be able to find anyplace
else to go legally. Since that initial
contact, two other officers came
out to the site three days ago,
in the early afternoon, to ensure
campers were gone and/or in the
process of leaving. These officers
were reported to us as a blonde-
haired female and a male GPD
This morning, a gentleman who
lives at "The Dome" house in
SE Gainesville arrived to find a
notice on his door informing him
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that he was in violation of City
Codes for "illegally operating a
social services agency" (the notice
was dated 2/29) and that he had
10 days to cease activities. The
Dome is a private residence that
allows people to take showers,
use the bathroom and do laundry
on occasion. It is one of the
ONLY locations in the City where
people have access to hygiene
facilities of any type, particularly
At thip point, it is hard not to
draw the conclusion that the
City is making an all-out effort
to criminalize any and all activi-
ties related to homelessness, or
any efforts to help people with-
given today's announcement
by St. Francis House that it can
no longer afford to maintain its
normal business hours due to
recent budget problems, thereby
further limiting access to such
At this point, it is hard not to
draw the conclusion that the City
is making an all-out effort to
criminalize any and all activities
related to homelessness, or any
efforts to help people without
shelter. Actions by the City this
week alone send the message
that homeless people do not have
the right to sleep, to use laundry
facilities or have access to basic
human dignities such as access
to a bathroom quite simply,
that homeless people do not have
the right to exist within the City
limits of Gainesville, nor do
faith-based organizations have
the capability to attempt to assist
these individuals without coming
into conflict with increasingly
restrictive city codes and
We need an immediate answer
to the following question: Where
does the City of Gainesville
expect homeless people to go?
On Tuesday night, City staff put
forth recommendations to extend
RLUIPA provisions to effectively
prohibit faith-based facilities from
establishing outdoor sleeping
facilities. Alongside statements,
although improperly made,
by officers of the City Police
Department that homeless people
will not be able o occupy any
outdoor places where they may
find even the most rudimentary
forms of shelter, it is impossible
to classify the
with the Office approve,
the Homeless 4
Coalition, or any
number of agencies
any form of effective partnership.
According to the most recent
homeless point-in-time survey,'
homelessness has increased by
43% from this time last year,
and more people are homeless
in the City than at any time
since surveys were initiated in
2003. We remain committed to
attempting to work together, but
the statements and actions of-
City officials and representatives
do not add up to a reciprocal
commitment to work with
advocates and service providers to
remedy this situation.
Thank you in advance for looking
into these matters,
Jon DeCarmine, Executive
County Office on Homelessness,
352.372.2549 // 352.373.4097
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suggests we inundate the City
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A film by Sedika Mojadidi
Available from Commercial News Providers"
An Afghan-American documentary
filmmaker, UF alumna Sedika
Mojadidi, follows her father, who
specializes in women's medicine.
to Afghanistan, where one in seven
women dies during childbirth. A
rare and moving glimpse of human-
ity and the power of compassion set
against the backdrop of a land in
turmoil and transition, the strength
of these women and the quiet deeds
of those who attempt to heal is ut-
Mojadidi's film Motherland Afghan-
istan has its Gainesville Premier at
the Hippodrome Theatre on Monday,
March 24th. Mojadidi states, "Since
I was a teenager, I was inspired by
my father's humanitarian work in
Afghanistan and Pakistan during the
years of the Soviet-Afghan war. As
a filmmaker, I felt his story needed
to be documented as a record of
someone trying to make a differ-
ence against a lot of very real odds. I
knew his story would be universally
inspiring to viewers because it is the
story of someone who kept working
year after year with small victories in
an overwhelming health crisis. His
story is a very realistic story of how
Los Angeles Journal calls Mother-
land Afghanistan a "superb documen-
tary" and states, "An International
Documentary Competition selection,
if watching this doc about a doc
who improves womankind were not
enough, his insights into the US-
Afghanistan relations are acute and
Showtimes for the film on March
24th are 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Don't miss this one night event and
chance to talk-back to the filmmaker.
Advance tickets available. Hip-
podrome Theatre 25 SE 2nd Place,
a film by Badika& Moja.dld
iGUANA, MARCH 2008, PAGE 9 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
Tuesday, March 18th,
at 8:30 p.m. the Civic
Media Center will show
U.SA. vs. Al-Arian,
documentary about this
case. The CMC is at
1021 W. Univ. Ave.
IGUANA, MARCH 2008, PAGE 9
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Grassroots,
cross-cultural theater at 619 S. Main St. (Baird
Ctr). Info: 375-1321; www.acrosstown.org.
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless
and Hungry Meets 3rd Wednesdays, St Francis
House, 9 am; www.acchh.org, 378-0460.
Alachua County Labor Party Just Health Care
committee works on universal health care; P.O.
Box 12051, Gainesville 32602; 375-2832.
Alachua County NAACP Meets 4th Thursdays,
1105 NW 5th Ave. Info: Michael Bowie, 392-
9196, ext. 21.
All-African People's Revolutionary Party Pan-
African socialist party working for African libera-
tion worldwide. 352-514-7364 email poorvida@
American Civil Liberties Union ACLU defends
Bill of Rights; board meetings open to public, 3rd
Wednesday, 7 pm, SFCC Downtown boardroom.
Info: 338-7727; PO Box 1534, Gainesville 32602.
Amnesty International Gainesville chapter of
worldwide human rights movement; UFAmnes-
Animal Activists of Alachua Raising awareness
of animal exploitation semi-monthly meetings;
Asian Student Union Umbrella organization
including Chinese, Filipino, Korean & Vietnamese
student groups; contact 392-1665 x 325
Black Student Union Organization of African-
American students at UF: 392-1665, ext 321.
Books for Prisoners Meets Mondays, 7 pm, at
Books, Inc; PO Box 12164, Gainesville 32602;
Bridges Across Borders Fla-based international
collaboration of activists, artists,students &
educators supporting cultural diversity & global
Campus Am. Civil Liberties Union Defends
personal freedoms & civil rights. Info: caclu@
Campus Counterpoise Collective-basedclub
dedicated to alternative media & perspectives;
Central Labor Council of N. Central Florida
Representing the working people of affiliated
unions in 13 Fla counties. Info: 352-372-6888.
Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syn-
drome Support Network 352-281-8244.
Community Coalition for Older Adults Area
citizens helping solve problems for Alachua
County's population of older adults. Info: http://
groups.yahoo.com/group/CCOAGroup or Sr.
Services at 264-6700.
Civic Media Center Reading room & library
of the non-corporate press, 1021 W. Univ. Ave;
2-8 pm, Mon-Th., 2-6 Fri & Sat. Info: 373-
Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-led
grassroots peace & social justice movement uti-
lizing creative protest, non-violent direct action,
and community involvement; contact jacque@
Communist Party USA, North Fla Section
Marxist-Leninist party of the working class
founded 1919; info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Coalition Against War & Terror-
ism Gainesville's umbrella peace group. Meets
at Wilhelmina Johnson Center, 321 NW 10th St,
6 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month. 377-
Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. A non-
profit land trust working to protect Florida's t
rural landscapes, wildlife corridors, and natural
areas. P.O. Box 134, Micanopy, FL 32667, 352-
CopyNight Gainesville Monthly social meetup
for people interested in copyright reform. All
ages. Artists, lawyers, technologists especially
welcome. www.copynight.org, gainesville@
Critical Resistance Working on.issues of pris-
ons & prisoner rights; www.criticalresistance.
org or call 338-1140.
P.O. Box 13761, Gainesville, 32604
Cultural Arts Coalition Promoting educational
and cultural activities in Gainesville's African-
American community for over 15 years. Contact
Nkwanda Jah, 372-0216.
Democratic Party Center of Alachua County
Open 12-3, M-Th. and 12-6 Friday at 901 NW
8th Ave., Suite A-3 (blue door) 373-1730.
Democracy for America Howard Dean-in-
spired PAC for progressive politics, networking.
The Dignity Project Inc. Non-profit that
provides the economically disadvantaged with
vehicles and computers. Low cost vehicles
available for purchase also. 371-6792
Drinking Liberally social networking group
for moderate and left-leaning individuals.
Promoting Democracy One Pint at a Time 4th
Wednesday at Brophy's Irish Pub 7-9pm. www.
Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.
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Edible Plant Project Local collective to create
a revolution through edible and food-producing
plants. www.edibleplantproject.org 665-2094.
Environmental Action Group www.grove.ufl.
Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice State-
wide organization; PO Box 336, Graham, FL
32042; fcpj.org; 352-468-3295.
Florida Defenders of the Environment Restore
the Ocklawaha and preserve Florida's other
natural resources; 378-8465, www.fladefenders.
Florida Free Culture UF student group promot-
ing cultural participation, public interest intellec-
tual property policy. http://uf.freeculture.org
Fla School of Traditional Midwifery Clearing-
house for information, activities & educational
programs. Info: 338-0766.
Food Not Bombs Direct action group to redis-
tribute food to hungry. Food prep. Saturday
12-2pm, serves food at 2:30, downtown plaza
Frontrunners Active group for gays, lesbians
& friends; meet for run/walk Sundays &
Wednesday (call for time),Thomas Center.
Gainesville Area AIDS Project Dedicated to
funding social events for people infected and
affected by HIV/AIDS; events, drop-in center:
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the
Death Penalty Meets 1st Tuesday of month at
St. Augustine's Hurley House, 6 pm; execution
vigil info: 376-1077; general info: 378-1690, PO
Box 13024, Gainesville 32604.
Gainesvile Community Alliance Socially
oriented group for gays, lesbians, bis & friends.
Info: 373-3557; www.gcaonline.org.
Gainesville-Cuba Friendship Network Local
group opposing embargo & promoting normal-
ized relations with Cuba; info: 386-418-3791.
Gainesvile Women's Liberation The first
women's liberation group in the South, formed
in 1968.Teaches radical feminist ideas and
theory through consciousness-raisings, speak:
outs, actions, community classes, the Redstock-
ings Women's Liberation Archives for Action,
and the Judith Brown Endowment Scholarship.
(352) 377-9935, womensliberation@hotmail.
Gator Freethought an atheist, agnostic &
freethinking student association, htt ://www.
Gator Gay-Straight Alliance Anti-discrimina-
tion organization at www.gatorgsa.org.
Gator NAACP To inform youth on problems
affecting blacks & minorities, and develop
intelligent & militant youth leadership; naacp@
Gay Switchboard Referral line Mon/Wed/Fri,
3-7 pm, Saturday 12-4 pm. Info: 377-8915.
GI Rights Hotline Advising military
personnel & recruits on service-related issues:
Graduate Assistants United Represents all UF
grad assistants. Fighting for improved working
conditions, community involvement, and aca-
demic freedom. 238 Norman Hall, 392-0274.
Green Party Meeting times & places vary.386-
Greening UF Advocating campus sustainability
through waste reduction & recycling; 273-1174;
Habitat for Humanity Building low-income
homes in Alachua County; Sat. work days. Info:
Harvest of Hope Foundation Distributes emer-
gency and educational financial aid to migrant
farmworkers and their families across the country.
Philip Kellerman, 352-372-1312 or www.harvest-
Hemlock Society Local chapter of right-to-die
organization; info: 373-9732.
Human Rights Awareness on Campus wolf@
Human Rights Council of N.C. Fla Not-for-
profit educational organization dedicated to
fighting bigotry & anti-gay propaganda. Info:
Humanist Society of Gainesville Monthly
discussion group on variety of topics. Info: 373-
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
Gainesville General Membership Branch.
Call Jaime 372-2705.
Interweave Gay/les/bi & allies educational &
support group, based at Unitarian Fellowship.
Gator Linux Users Meets to support "open
software," a free alternative to proprietary ap-
plications imposed by the Microsoft monopoly.
Visit www.gatorlug.org, email email@example.com
or call 373-0023.
Mahogany Revue Regional black newspaper:
"Mama Raga" Lesbian identified newsletter at
PO Box 141674, G'ville, FL 32614. mama_raga_
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mamaraga.com.
Matagalpa Sister City Project Info: Robin,
Mind Over Matter Economic development,
community organizing.& revitalization; 392-
1655,ext 292.:: .: ; ..
Nakba 48 Advocacy group for Palestinian
National Lawyers Guild-Gainesville Law-
yers, law students and legal workers fighting
for social justice. P.O. Box 2063, Gainesville,
FL 32602, www.nlg.org nlggainesville@
National Organization for Women
Campus NOW: email email@example.com
Gainesville Area NOW: for meeting info,
contact Lori at 377-2301.
Judy Levy NOW: for meeting info, contact
Laura Bresko 332-2528.
NORML UF www.norml.com
North Florida Friends of Air America Radio
Promotes listening to this network of progres-
sive radio talk-show hosts, political commen-
tators and entertainers. Blog, stream, listen
live and become an 'Air American' at www.
airamerica.com. Also on XM Satellite Channel
167. Join the mailing list: airamericafriends@
North Florida Homeschoolers Association
Pax Christi Local chapter of national Catholic
peace & justice movement; supports local
Catholic Worker House. 271-6941
Peace Alliance. Advocating the principles of
non-violence through education and conflict
resolution in the community and nationally.
Meets 3rd Mondays at the 2nd St. Bakery 7
p.m. Brian 156-8202.
Pride Community Center of North Central
Florida at 3131 NW 13th St. resources for the
Rural Women's Health Project Local health
education organization developing materials
for migrant & rural women on health, AIDS &
empowerment. Info: 372-1095.
Sierra Club Meets first Thursdays, 7:30 pm
at UF Entomology & Nematology Building,
Room 1035. Info: 371-1991.
Solar City meets Thursdays at noon at Books,
Inc. to discuss alternative energy.
Students Against War Meets Tuesdays 7pm
on campus in the amphitheater by Reitz
Union email: UFTakingAStand@yahoo.com
Check out our facebook group page.
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
meet Mondays at 6:30 pm at Civic Media Cen-
Students Making Trade Fair uffairtrade@
Students Organizing for Justice & Action
Student led coalition at UF supporting goals
& practice of affirmative action: listserv at
Students for a Human Society Dedicated to
fostering improvement of the human condition
as a central theme in student life. wwwstu-
Jacksonville's WZNZ 1460AM
is a new Progressive radio
station in Jacksonville! Ed
Schultz can be heard from
noon to 3 p.m. weekdays, and
Thom Hartmann of Air Amer-
ica Radio can be heard from
3-5 a.m. weekdays. If you're in
the Jacksonville and surround-
ing area, tune in! Here's the
Web site for a complete and
updated list of shows: http://
Sustainable Alachua County For more info,
UF Pride Student Union A group of gay,
lesbian, bi and straight students & non-students,
faculty and staff. Info: 392-1665, ext. 310; 310
E JWRU, Gainesville FL 32611; http://sg.ufl.
United Nations Association Info: 378-1560.
United Way 2-1-1 is an information & referral
service that links people with questions to re-
sources with answers, using community database.
To give or get help call 2-1-1 or 332-4636. www.
Vegetarian Events A non-profit educational
organization in Alachua County. Info: 386-454-
Veg-4-Life Vegan Potluck. First Saturday of
each month, 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship.
Veterans for Peace Meet monthly. Info: 375-
2563 or PO Box 142562, Gvl, FL 32614; www.
Virgil Hawkins Pre-Law Society whiterozl4@
Volunteers for International Student Affairs
(VISA) Umbrella organization of international
students & ethnic minorities at UF. 392-1665
Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood Local
chapter dedicated to educating the community
about threats to reproductive & sexual rights and
freedom, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ufvox.org
WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-power sta-
tion operating as part of the Civic Media Center.
Email: email@example.com or www.wgot.org or
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2007, PAGE 11 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
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ness Week begil
Carnel is I
rN Women's First
at (rone's Cradli
Citra). 10 am-3
Jacksonville's public radio station
has gone talk during the day it's
located at 89.9 on the FM dial.
Weekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane Rehm
(interview & call-in); noon-I pm: Terry Gross,
Fresh Air: 1-2 pm: Day to Day host Alex Chad-
wick; 2-4 pm: Talk of the Nation. Terry. Gross's
SFresh Air repeats at 7 pm.
Check out This American Life,
Saturday 2 pm. Sunday 1 pm
WUFT-FM (89.1) now broad-
wver FM on the casts Fresh Air, noon, Mon-Fri:
imittees meeting; also Alternative Radio now airs
'gmail.com. at 6:30 pm on Mondays.
ifford Sundays, 17 SDS meets at CMC,
WSKY-97.3's 1 Mons, 6 pm.
talk per week. Alt. Radio: Dilip Hiro on "Oil.
t is Hipp film. Blood of the Earth", WUFT-
FM, 7 pm.
itarian Univer- Omagh (Irish film on IRA) is
ivic Media Ctr, CMC film; 8 pm.
3rd Suns. WGOT benefit at 1982: are
e Dome. you listening, west Gainesville?
Support community radio!
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
anage is Hipp Motherland Afghanistan
21 st-27th. l at Hipp Cinema, 6:30 &
k vigil every 8:30 pm, $7-10 slide; benefits
NW 43rd St & Fla School of Trad. Midwifery.
ire welcome. A.R: Kathleen Cleaver, "State
Repression of the Black
Panthers"; 7 pm, WUFI'-FM.
GWL Allies of Feminism panel.
7-9 pm. SFCC Dntn: 337-2693.
Young, Jewish & Left is CMC
TER film. 8 pm.
months Three 31 Anti-war protests in
Two Days '-1 Melrose, Mons (except
7) is Hipp film. 3/17 moved to 3/19), 5-6 pm.
corner of State Rds 26 & 21.
yorker Aware- Alt. Radio: Michael Pollan, "The
Is: see Cornification of Food": 7 pm,
Terrorism: Made in the USA
(story of Jos6 Posada Carriles)
is CMC film, 8 pm.
Hipp film, runs Fla Free Speech Forum,
7 pm, WUFI'-FM.
Sunday Brunch Prog. Caucus meets, Ist & 3rd
e Conserve (near Mondays, 8 pm. Presby St. Ctr:
)m: info: 352- uf'progressivecaucus@gmaikcom.
Control Room (8 pm) & Hotel
Palestine: Killing the Witness
(9:30 pmi) are CMC films.
marking 5-year anniversary of
IS killing of journalists on April
8. 2003 (the day before Saddam
County Farmers' Mkt
on N 441 by Hwy Patrol
Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 am-noon.
Alachua County Commission
meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 9
am: citizens comment, 9:30 am.
Anti-war sign-holding at Univ.
& 13th, 4-6 pm.
2nd & 4th Tues, Univ.
& 13th, 4-6 pm.
School Board meets 1st & 3rd
Tues, 7 pm. 620 E. Univ. Ave.
Special showing: USA vs Al-
Arian at Civic Media Ctr, 8:30
.pm: Dr. Al-Arian is currently
on hunger strike; details on pg
SAlachua County Com-
2-5, mission meets, see 1 th.
Anti-war sign-holding at 34th
St & Archer Rd, 4-6 pm.
See G'ville Activist Network
Calendar at www.gnvan.org/
calendar for updated activities
Anti-war sign-holding, 34th &
Archer, 4-6 pm.
School Board meets 1st & 3rd
Tues, 7 pm. 620 E. Univ. Ave.
Alachua County Labor Party
meets: 6:30 pm, 618 NW 13th
Ave: info. 375-2832.
Alachua County Commis-
sion meets 2nd & 4th Tues-
da)s. 9 am: citizens comment.
Anti-war sign-holding 2nd &
4th Tues, Univ. & 13th. 4-6 pm.
Florida Winter Solider
hearing, Presbyterian Student
Center, 1402 W. Univ. Ave.
sponsored by Students Against
War. Info: Terry, 850-748-2127.
air: multiple con
16 Doug Cl
U 9-10 am
one hour of lefty
The Band's Visi
salists meet at C
10:30 am, Ist &
Elton John at th
23 The Orph
Women in Blaci
Sunday, 4-5 pm.
16th Blvd; men a
signs are not.
NW 13th SI
Wed: also a
NW 6th St.
2nd & 4th
St. 4-6 pm
E.ra, dow nt
41 h '
Tim & T'err\
7 pin: ci
meets. 7 pm.
sion Inl rooIn
V testing at
ithood clinic. 914
a am-noon, ever\
7 pm on Ist & 3rd
tivn Plaza. 4-7 pm
-ist War meets
nesdays, 6 pm.1-
nIm run ends on
k Awe" sign-
along NW 13th
I 378-5655 for
i Mov eOn
il at 13th St &
7-9 pin (bring
..n library 7 pim.
king Liberally" -
tectup. 7-9 pm at
.60 SW 2nd St.
stance. Books Inc.
lusie Nights on
('lub Red and
pm. dos intow\n
ited hb Solar ('it\.
s for Peace meets.
11 375-2563 for
)In. Reitz I union .
13 Solar City meets at Books
Snc. noon on Thursda\s.
CMC Vols meeting. 5:30 pm.
UF College Democrats meet
ever) Tlhursda)y 7 pm:
ufcol legedemocirats(s' gmail.com.
Open Poetry \evet' Thurs at
('MC( 9:30 pm: (vl's longest-
running poetry\ jam. open to all;
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.
Winter Soldier Iraq &
Afghanistan event begins in
Mar\ land: see w\\v\\.iva\\.org. -
20 Iraq War display by
S SDS. north la\\n of IUF
Reit/. Union, noon.
CMC Volunteers meet. 5:30 pm.
Veterans Speak Out at Santa
-c ('CC NW campus room WA-
104. 7 pml: sponsored b\
(CAWT. Vets for Peace. et al..
Candlelight Vigil at Veterans
Memorial hb -Alachua( Cit Hall.
sundo\\ n: sponsored by'Alachlua
Open Poetr. ., I X '. 9:30 pim.
27 CMC Volunteers meet,
2 5:30 pm. .
CCAWT meets 6 pm. W.1 ('tr.
Gvl Area NOW meets, 6:30 pm.
I'ride (' r. 3131 NE 13th St.
Bitch & The Exciting Conclu-
sion at Comimon (Ground.
Open Poetry at CM('. 9:30 pm.
3 CMCVolunteers meet.
Sierra Club gl'li meeting. topic
I BHA. at !il- Enlomolog\ Bldg
1035. 7:30 pm: info. 481-2048.
Open Poetry at CMC. 9:30 pm.
e\ er\ 'lhursdas night.
1 0 CM Volunteers meet.
Open Poetry at (MC.( 9:3( pin.
See w\w w%.gainesvillebands.com
for inlo on liie musC I (i '\c i lle.
Thanks. (iI ph!
Satellite M.agazine has cgrat
liitines' as \ell .. l more than \\e
can I'il. Pick it Ii~ each month.
1 Winter Soldier Iraq &
-- Afghanistan broadcast on
Free Speech TV shown at Civic
Media Center, 10 am-6 pm.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties at Wayward Council, 807 W.
University Ave). 6-9 pm;: for info.
21 Alachua Conservation Trust
.- Stewards Awards get-together
at Hickory Ranch: includes food &
music by Pierce Pettis (!); 373-1078
"Creating a Culture of Understand-
ing" workshop begins at Friends
Meetinghouse. 702 NW 38th SI; 7
pm. continues Sat, 9 am: registration
$75-100 by 3/14: 352-591-0677.
'Jose Can Speak" topical mono-
logues in performance at Rion Ball-
room: check Reitz Union for time.
Hamhock & Slide at Side Bar.
Live Music at Kickstand. 10 pim.
.28 Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5
Spinm from I'laza of Americas;
probable endpoint at Kickstand
(:ollecti\ e, 722 S. Main St. for
Jazz everi Frida\/Saturday outdoors
at Maude's Cafd, ne\t to Hippo-
drome. Friday s & Suts. 10 pm-1 am.
Nancy Luca at Munegin's. 4005
NW l3th St. 10 pm.
"Rhinoceros" opens at IF
(onstans Theater for week-
lone run: check Scene magazine or
[!F bo\ office for sho\\ times.
IGUANA Deadline for next
issue is Apr 4th: call 378-5655
\\ ith e\ ents. ad ertisements.
.group updates & info.
11 Civic Media Centet Annual
Springboard Fundraiser -
this \ car to be held at the Matheson
Museum. 6-10 pm. Enjo\ a ast
aurra\ ol' food Irorm area restaurants.
silent auction, door prizes. etc: guest
speaker )tton Solis \ ill address
"C(orporate Media & Resisting the
Washingtoln (ConsIenus"' see pg 19.
15 Food Not Bombs food prep.
noon-2 pin: info:
Lars Din, Dirty Fist. O'Haste
Annihilation, & others at Kickstand.
S. Main near 8th, 7 pm.
Folksinger Anne Feeney in concert
at 2nd St Bakery. 1511 NW 2nd St. 8
pm: benefit for Iguamn editors' trip to
Venezuela ($ 10 adv, $12 at door).
"The Word is Spoken" at Tim &
l'erry's. Saturday, 8-10 pin: spoken
word open mike.
Sweet Honey in the Rock at Phillips.
22 "Solutions to Violence"
'22 workshop on "Compassion",
10-11:30 am at Westminster Presby-
terian Church. 1521 NW 34th St.
hosted by Gl( Interfaith Peace 'tr.
"Simply Go Solar" e\ ent at Indigo
Green store, noon-1 pm.
"The Gift of Peace" performance in
T'allahassee: carpool, 294-0058.
Farm to Family Music: wwwS\.farmto
familymusic.com, or 386-462-5479.
29 Spring Garden Festival at
9 Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.
Saturday) & Sunday.
Afternoon Poetry with Portia
Cornell at Wild Iris Books, 2 pm.
Jigu: Thunder Drums of China at
Phillips ('enter for Performing Arts,
Nancy Luca Birthday Party at
(ase\'s Cafl in Archer. 8 pm.
5. Spring Arts Festival huge
festival Saturda\ & Sunday on
NE Ist SI.
G'ville Peace Forum at Civic Media
:('tr. 2 pm: representati es from
groups &/or indi% idduals always
Veg 4 Life Ist Saturda) potluck. 6:30
pm at I nitarian lniv crsalist Fello\ -
ship, 4225 NW 34th St: 375-7207.
1 "Solutions to Violence" work-
1.2 shop oin "(Gifls". 10-I 1:30am.
L'1521 NW 34th St.
Taxi to the Dark Side (Academy
Award winner for best documentary)
at Hippodrome Cinema. April I 1-17:
not to he missed.
3rd Annual Reggae session at
Lightning Salvage: details on this &
other music at (hiines\ ill's best junk
& kitsch emporium at
\\w \ .ligihtningsal\age.com.
"Indy Scum" win against Greek
power in UF Student Government
I've been a student at the
University of Florida for the past
two years, and it seems every
semester a new semi-serious
"opposition" Student Government
(SG) party is formed and makes
a half-assed attempt at winning
some seats in the Student Senate.
Usually, the party makes the most
progress in coming up with a
witty title for themselves, i.e., the
"Pants" Party, the "Keg" Party, or
the "Toga" Party, but on election
day, will maybe pick up a seat
or two, only to dissolve with the
Most students (myself included)
don't take much interest in these
long shot campaigns, as they're
obviously just opposing the Greek
powerhouse without any real
substance behind them. Well, this
semester I found myself brought
on board with an opposition
party that actually dared to be
serious. And serious we were,
campaigning for days before the
Greek-dominated Gator Party
called out its pledges (raw recruits
who were stunned by the long
time student activists working
for our campaign), to sweep the
Fine Arts College, the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the
College of Medicine, a majority
of the Graduate School, and half
the Engineering School, garnering
eleven seats in total.
To be honest, we were surprised
by our own success, as we would
IGUANA, MARCH 2008, PAGE 14
have considered two or three seats
a real victory. The Gator Party
was arguably more surprised,
as not only did we take eleven
seats in the Senate, but we also
knocked their party leaders out
of the seats which they were
arrogantly confident of retaining
(and 'subsequently played The
International out of a bull horn
amidst riotous cheers when the
results were announced).
Our strategy worked far beyond
our expectations. Last year a
small group of people began
planning to create what is known
as the Progressive Caucus,
an umbrella network of 19
progressive organizations on
campus which would enable us
to coordinate common actions
and campaigns. The Caucus
was signed into existence with a
small ceremony outside the Reitz
Union roughly six months ago,
and immediately began monthly
meetings through which all
affiliated groups could be kept
abreast of one another's activities.
Last month, this network then
became the core of'volunteers
and the progressive voting bloc
that mobilized thousands of
voters to the polls, bringing the
Orange and Blue Party into its
minority party position within
SG. In other words, by uniting
progressive student groups into
a vehicle for change, the Orange
and Blue Party met the Greek
political machine face to face and
delivered a resounding slap.
For those of you who don't
know, SG has been dominated
for decades by the Fraternities
and Sororities. They are able
to maintain their hold over SG
(which has a hefty budget this
year of $13 million, all Student
Activity Fees money) by forcing
their membership to vote, through
fear of punishment or rewards
of hard liquor (for fraternity
members) or spa treatments (for
sorority members). They also
have worked out an elaborate
system of "pork barrel" politics,
offering generous SG funds to
the student groups comprised"
of Greeks who agree to support
the incumbent Greek party.
It's definitely a "You-Scratch-
kind of deal, all paid for with
money from every student who
attends the University of Florida.
Though the Greek community
comprises roughly 14% of the
student population, they control
the entire apparatus of SG,
effectively denying students not in
a fraternity or sorority an official
Opposed to this system is a loose
grouping of anti-war activists,
progressive Presbyterians, Obama
democrats, a'few civic minded
Republicans, and radicals of every
stripe (or, "indy scum," as one
Gator Party incumbent referred to
us in emails we acquired through
public records requests), who
woke up one morning and decided
"I think I'll run for Student
Government," ushering in an
anti-Greek victory unparalleled in
nearly 20 years. How impudent!
Though the Orange and Blue
Party holds only 11 seats out of
94, we have been able to win wild
card votes in the Senate, which
adds to our voting power, and
we're already thinking about the
fall elections.. Recently, someone
told me that 2008 will be the.year
of the under dog. It's certainly
looking that way for SG politics,
and hopefully soon enough we'll
have a legitimate SG which is less
partial to raising tuition and more
partial to raising hell.
UNITE Against Aramark.
Continued from page 1...
Aramark's record of placing profit
over people (even their customers)
speaks for itself. Last month
Aramark proposed saving
state of Florida big money. Their
plan: to cut inmates' caloric intake
from 3,000 per day to 2,100. They
claimed this would not affect
inmates'nutrition or health (despite
the fact that an adult male needs
2,900 to 3,000 calories per day).
After reviewing the. proposal, the
secretary of the Florida Department
of Corrections concluded, "the
matter at hand here is Aramark's
profit margin, not the savings to the
State of Florida that they assert."
Aramark consistently makes huge
profits off reducing food quality,
and therefore their costs, without
passing these savings on to the
state. A January 2007 report by
the Inspector General of the
Florida Department of Corrections
found the state missed out on $4.9
million annually after Aramark
began substituting less costly meat
and $5.6 million annually in meals
paid for but never served. As
food quality declined, the share of
inmates actually eating dropped'
by 8%. That's 18,000 meals the
Aramark company was paid for
but didn't serve to prisoners. The
savings were not passed on to the
State of Florida, tax payers, or
Instead, Aramark rewards their
employees with low wages,
retaliation against union activity,
and discrimination. The types
of. jobs performed by Aramark
workers include over half the jobs
This past November, union
members rallied outside Ara-
mark's Philadelphia headquar-
ters in support of an organizing
drive. Since then, at least 25 of
the workers who marched have
been subjected to dismissals,
demotions, and discipline.
cited on the Forbes 2007 list of
the 25 lowest paying jobs in -the
country. This past November, union
members rallied outside Aramark's
Philadelphia headquarters .in
support of an organizing drive.
Since then, at least 25 of the
workers who marched have been
subjected to dismissals, demotions,
and discipline. The National
Labor Relations Board has filed
complaints against Aramark
in various regions across the
country, including Arizona where
they are seeking civil prosecution.
In Philadelphia, Aramark is under
fire for charges ,of age and gender
Why is Aramark Fortune
in its industry? Whom, exactly, is
Aramark admired by? Certainly
not the workers who illegally lost
their jobs, were discriminated
against, and provided low wages.
Nor the inmates forced to eat sub-
par food, the students charged
extortionate prices for meal plans,
or the taxpayers who never see
the savings when Aramark cuts
covers in contracts with the state
of Florida. The only people who
win are CEO Joseph Neubauer
and other higher-ups who, after
removing the company from
public trading in 2007, .can now
enjoy their inflated profit margins
without having to share with
The union UNITE HERE! is
currently working on a campaign
to stop negotiations between UF
and Aramark, and choose another
food service provider instead.
Aramark has enjoyed a rather
cozy 12 years with UF, amounting
to millions of dollars in profits.
As a public university, UF has
the responsibility to choose
service providers that are decent
community partners and Aramark
continues to show its inability
to care for anything but its own
For more information
contact Brian Callaci,
HERE! (646) 460-3867
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Aguieus-HTS a private civilian
mercenary training company
proposes to build a 500+ acre combat
training center on leased land in the
environmentally sensitive Green
Swamp area of south Lake County
There are two main problems with
The first being that the damage
impact on the already stressed
watershed and ecosystems within
the Green Swamp will be made
irreparable by the inherent nature
of war training involving munitions
explosions whose chemical residues
will eventually leak into the ground
water that supply life to everything.
Not to mention scaring the crap out
of every living thing with in miles.
The second is the idea of a private
Giob FalrTrd Maiket Pla
from one world
4203 N.W. 16th Blvd
(Mlllhopipr Publix Shoing Cnter)
S335-0806 Sat 11-7, Sun 1-
Mon. sat. 11-7, Sun 1-5
company coming seemingly from
nowhere to a position of offering
courses for government, military,
and law enforcement personnel, and
firms that contract with the U.S.
government and the military. No
courses are offered to the public.
This is Florida's Blackwater, the
mercenary company famous for its
license to kill in Iraq out side the
law, unaccountable to Iraqi, U.S. or
I take my opinion from an article in
the March 3 Orlando Sentinel titled
"Combat training plan spurs habitat
While the habitat concerns are
legitimate, another real issue remains
to be resolved, and that is how this
project took shape coming to the
attention of authorities in Lake,
Polk, and Orange counties only after
local property owners called their
local police abut a gun range, being
I imagine it may have been the 24
National Guardsmen from Tampa,
the home town ofAguieus-HTS,
whose marksmanship practice there
alerted the neighbors.
As reported in the Sentinel, Aguieus
executives expect to present
Lake County with site plans for
development review within two
months, and to start construction
soon after receiving approval, as
though it were a done deal.
A Sheriffs office helicopter over-
flight revealed fifteen foot earth
mounds, presumably the ones the
National Guard fired into. This
prompted a visit by Lake County
officials, who cited property owners
Boyett Land Co. for building the
berms and removing trees without
proper county permitting.
Greenwater, I mean Aguieus's
punishment for destroying the earth
and bring in military munitions
to pollute the earth is to be asked
by Lake County's environmental-
compliance and enforcement division
to go through the process of pre-
submittal application, whatever that
means, other than the green light to
Lake and Polk Sheriff's offices have
weighed in, saying that their concern
is with public safety, and that they
are sure the proper permitting will
be obtained--ignoring the fact that
military live fire exercises have been
conducted before applications have
even been submitted.
This is an insidious assault on our
democracy being revealed before
our eyes just as the entire military
contractor enterprise is coming
into question as a back door draft,
with private military for-profit
mercenaries backing up the U.S.
military, off the war books, so to
The role of the security of the United
States belongs with the United
States and not with for-profit private
companies whose allegiance is to
the bottom line and not the United
American soldiers who serve at a
fraction of the pay of these military
contractors, serve our country, the
contractors serve the dollar, which
further depletes the military as
the best leave the military after
expensive training to work for the
private companies in the business of
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IGUANA, MARCH 2008, PAGE 16
Thi rise of these private training
facility's is a reason for alarm.
Build it and they will come is the
credo, government dollars to train
government soldiers administrated
for profit by private companies who
are now branching into intelligence-
contracts for spying.
Why should the U.S. military
identify training needs and build the
bases to facilitate these needs which
they would own and not rent when a
profit can be made from war?
Because war profiteering is a crime
unless it gets government cover,
which in this case it is.
Who in the military gave the go
ahead for a live fire exercise in
the Green Swamp by the National
Guard before permits were issued
and what is the military relationship
to Aguieus-HTS and Lake County
officials that would allow corporal
Mike Goss heading the Sheriffs
department intelligence unit to
declare "We are in the process of
looking into it just to make sure
everything is legitimate" after
meeting with Michael Bingham, an
Aguieus owner at the property.
Greenwater has it down, including
expansion plans as seen on their
This is part and parcel of the failed
Donald Rumsfeld/Dick Cheney plan
to privatize everything military for
corporate and personal profit at the
expense of the armed services that
lose because their training dollars are
diluted by corporate profit taking.
It's all money, our money, given to
corporations to cash in on war.
This Green Swamp deal cannot go
forward without a fight both for the
swamp and American democracy.
Aguieus from Greek mythology is.
the protector of streets. Comp'any-
motto, "Acta non verba" -actions
not words, apparently also means
actions not permits in the cause of
Let us plan to let Lake County
Commissioners and planners know
thai a-quasi-legal., bck dobr drafft
apparatus will not take place in our
backyard with a wink and a nod
toward money for death.
Geoffrey Stetson is Co-Chair of
Centrallorida Veterans for Peace.
Films at the Civic Media Center
Monday in March and April'
March 17th 8pm "Omagh" A non
documentary drama of Ireland and the
IRA, in honor of St. Patrick's Day
March 24th 8pm Young, Jewish and Left" Newly released
documentary which profiles of young activists
March 31st 8pm "Terrorism Made in the USA" profile ofJose
Posada Carrilles involved in the bombing of a Cuban jetliner, yet
living comfortably in Florida.
April 7th 8pm "Control Room", 9:30 pm "Hotel Palestine;
Killing the Witness" double feature marking the deaths of two
reporters covering the US invasion of Iraq on April 8th, 2003,
both from US weapons-fire.
April 14th. 8pm "Maxed Out" recent documentary dn the '
seductive hazards of credit cards, and the industry which pushes
April 21 8pm "A Crude Awakening" a well researched film
about fossil fuel addiction and the"'peak oil' crisis
April 28th 8pm "What I've Learned About"US Foreign Policy
(the War Against the Third World)" A 2hir compilation
from various documentaries which follow US foreign policy
adventures in Latin America and the mid-East
All films will be show at the
Civic Media Center
1021 W. University Ave.,,Gainesville,.EL 32601
352 373-0010 :
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Democracy Now! debuts in
Gainesville on WGOT 94.7 LPFM
Continued from page 1 ...
collaboration in the U.S., Democracy
Now! is broadcast on Pacifica,
NPR, community, and college radio
stations; on public access, PBS,
satellite television (DISH network:
Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link
TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Link TV
ch. 375); and on the internet at www.
Democracy Now!'s War and Peace
Report is an hour-long news show
which provides its audience with
access to people and perspectives
rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-
sponsored media, including
independent and international
journalists, ordinary people from
around the world who are directly
affected by U.S. foreign policy,
grassroots leaders and peace activists,
artists, academics and independent
analysts. In addition, Democracy
Now! hosts real debates-debates
between people who substantially
disagree, such as between the White
House or the Pentagon spokespeople
on the one hand, and grassroots
activists on the other.
New stations are adding Democracy
Now! to their programming
schedules all the time, and there
are several efforts going on
around the country right now to
bring Democracy Now! to new
communities. Gainesville is one of
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The Civic Media Center,
Gainesville's reading room and
library of the non-corporate press,
will be presenting its annual
"SpringBoard" fundraiser Friday,
April 11th, from 6pm to 10 pm.
The location is different this year,
as the event will be moving to the
Matheson Museum at 513 E. Univ
Prior years the event was at the
home of Paula and Hal Stahmer,
for which we are exceedingly
grateful, but we've somewhat
outgrown their house, and with
scheduling difficulties on their end,
the Matheson Museum is a great
alternative, with a lot of room to
mingle, and a lot of parking by the
Museum and across the street at
In addition to the usual vast spread
of fine food from area restaurants,
the items of art and services available
for silent auction and the door
prizes, we will have a very special
guest speaker. Dr. Ott6n Solis is
currently a visiting scholar at the
University of Florida from his
native Costa Rica. An outspoken
critic of the Central American Free
S Trade Agreement (CAFTA).and
the US driven neoliberal policies of
rampant privatization, Mr. Solis an
economist, is the founder, president
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progressive political leader Ott6n
Soils will speak at the Civic Me-
dia Center's Springboard event
Friday, April 11. Mr. Solis is cur-
rently a visiting scholar at UF.
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and two time presidential candidate
of Costa Rica's Citizen Action
Party, which narrowly lost (1%) to
President Oscar Arias in 2006.
Mr Solis is also a strong advocate
for ethics in government, the author
of two books on the subject, as
well as many articles and opinion
pieces. Ott6n Solis will speak to us
on the topic of "Corporate Media
and Resisting the Washington
Consensus," followed by questions
Advance tickets for the event will
be available at Wild iris Books and
Omni Books starting on March 20th.
The tickets are $10 in advance and
$15 at the door. Tickets can also be
reserved by mail by writing the Civic
Media Center at 1021 W. Univ. Ave
Gainesville, Fl 32601, with checks
payable to the CMC.
For more information call the CMC
at 352-373-0010 or visit the website
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Exxon Mobil has broken the record for the biggest profit in US
corporate history for 3 years in a row (2005, 2006, and 2007). In
I fact, as far back as May of 2003, after the invasion of Iraq forced
gasoline prices sky high, Exxon broke the record for the biggest
SI quarterly profit ever made by a US corporation.
Exxon Mobil's annual revenue surpasses the gross domestic product of all but the 25 wealthiest
Renowned polluter Exxon Mobil is the world's largest privately owned oil company.
Exxon Mobil is refusing to comply with Venezuelan law requiring that a majority of all oil business
be sold to the Venezuelan people so more profits can be invested in social programs. Exxon Mobil
has walked out on negotiations for a fair settlement, instead, acting to freeze assets of the state oil
company, PDVSA, valued at over $12 billion, in effect holding them ransom and proving that, once
again, Exxon Mobil chooses greed over human need.
Call their Irving Texas headquarters at: (972) 444-1000.
TELL EXXON MOBIL TO:
* Stop the abuse and honor the international arbitration process to reach an amicable agreement with
Venezuela over this contract dispute.
* Lift the freeze against PDVSA's assets!
* Recognize Venezuela's sovereignty over its natural resources,
SOME MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
IF EXXON MOBIL IS DOING SO WELL, WHY DID THEY GO TO COURT IN THREE DIFFERENT
COUNTRIES (THE UNITED STATES, UNITED KINGDOM AND THE NETHERLANDS) TO FREEZE
ASSETS WORTH $12 BILLION BELONGING TO VENEZUELA'S STATE OIL COMPANY, PDVSA?
Before Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution,'when participatory democracy was put in place, Venezuelan oil was
sold to the highest bidder, with benefits from oil production mainly.going to foreign companies and a few
wealthy Venezuelan business leaders. Despite its huge corporate wealth, Exxon and other oil companies paid
Venezuela royalties amounting to just one percent of the value of extracted oil.
Since the Government of President ChAvez, Venezuela has started using oil profits for the benefit of the people.
Oil profits have funded social programs, sugh as food subsides for 40 percent of the people; an educational
system that provides services to almost half the population; and a health care system that is reaching millions
IGUANA, MARCH 2008, PAGE 23
Labor and feminist Iguana PRESORTED STANDARD
c/o. CISPLA US POSTAGE PAID
singer Anne Feeney P.O. Box 14712 PERMIT # 358
Gainesville, FL 32604 GAINESVILLE FL
in concert March 15
Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne
Feeney performs music that she SUBSCRIBE!
says is designed to "comfort the af- $ 10-20 per year or free to- low/no income
flicted and afflict the comfortable." Call (352) 378-5655-
Not many women have chosen to or write to address above.
walk the path of Woody Guthrie, but
Feeney's made a career of it for the
past 35 years.
She has lived her life on the
frontlines performing at thousands
of rallies, picket lines and demon-
strations over the years including
the WTO demonstrations in Seattle,
Solidarity Day in Washington, DC, at -
the annual School of Americas Watch
demonstration in Columbus, Georgia, :
and for 1.5 million at the April 25,
2004 March for Women's Lives.
Feeney draws on Irish, bluegrass,
traditional, labor, pop, folk and con-
temporary material. She's as likely to
sing a traditional song or an obscure.
gem by one of her many friends in
the singer/songwriter circuit as she is
one of her own award-winning songs. .
Feeney's anthem, "Have You Been
to Jail for Justice?" is featured on
Peter, Paul and Mary's CD, "InThese "
While Feeney may prefer the
excitement of performances at rallies
and demonstrations, she knows that
many of her fans prefer pepper-spray
free environments to listen to the
songs and stories that make up her
sometimes caustic, sometimes hilari-
ous, always inspiring show.
The woman that Utah Phillips
calls the "best labor singer in North
America" performs Saturday, March
15 at the 2nd Street Bakery, 1511 NW
2nd St., at 8 p.m. Info: 352 378-5655.
This show is a benefit, to help send
Iguana editors Jenny and Joe on a
delegation to Venezuela.
More about Anne at: http://www..
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