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New Florida election rule
June 28-A recent court ruling
means processing errors by local
election officials can be cause to
reject new voters.
A little-noticed federal appeals
court ruling this week could lead to
thousands of Floridians showing up
to vote in November only to be told
their names are not on voter lists.
"It really penalizes voters through no
fault of their own," said Ion Sancho,
election supervisor for Leon County,
Florida, where Tallahassee the state
capital is located. "It strikes me as
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Vote Byerly, Roy in
August 26 primary
We have 2 candidates running for
re-election whose service exemplifies
what it means to be a public servant.
These crucial races will be on the
primary ballot on August 26.
Both County Commissioner Mike
Byerly and School Board member
Eileen Roy have served us well and
deserve our support for re-election.
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At issue is Florida's so-called "no-
match, no-vote" law, which allows
county officials to reject new voter
registration applications if the names
on the forms do not match other state
databases. Voter advocacy groups
sued the state, claiming that database
errors can cause applications to be
rejected -- through no fault of would-
This week, the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of Florida sided
with the state, saying it has the right.
to reject voter applications if they
didn't match an applicant's Florida
driver's license or the last four digits
of their social security number. The
state had been sued by a coalition of
voting rights groups after election
officials rejected applications from
14,000 African-American Floridians
dating back to 2006.
"This ruling puts thousands of real
Florida citizens at risk this November
based on bureaucratic typos," stated
Justin Levitt, counsel at the Brennan
Center for Justice, who argued on
behalf of the would-be voters.
Thousands of new voters could be
affected because Florida, like most
states, has seen a spike in voter
registrations in 2008.
"Voters who do everything right,
who submit forms that are complete,
timely, and accurate, will suddenly
find themselves unregistered when
they go to vote, because someone
somewhere slipped on a keyboard,"
Levitt said. "It's unjust and it's
"The most senseless part is that the
state creates these errors, and then
makes it unnecessarily hard to fix the
problem," said Elizabeth Westfall
of Advancement Project, another
attorney for the plaintiffs. "You can't
show a passport. You can't show
a military ID. And though you can
show your driver's license itself, it
doesn't count if you show it at the
polls-the very place where voters
have to show a photo ID anyway."
Westfall is referring to another
Florida law that stops voters from
fixing mistakes in their registration
records in the weeks before an
election. Unlike other states, Florida
has a limited grace period.
In contrast, Florida's top election
official, Republican Secretary of
State Kurt Browning, praised the
"Voters who do everything
right, who submit forms that
are complete, timely, and
accurate, will suddenly find
themselves unregistered when
they go to vote..."
federal court ruling.
"It is critical that Florida have
accurate voter rolls, not. only
to prevent fraud and errors in
the system, but to ensure that
Floridians have confidence in our
voter registration process," he said.
"Supervisors are working diligently
to provide easy and convenient ways
to register, and we all want to protect
the integrity of the voter registration
Browning also said that local
supervisors of elections will
work to fix errors, and "this
includes notifying the voter of any
discrepancy and giving them the
opportunity to correct errors on their
Echoes of 20.00?
But Leon County's Sancho said he
was not confident that all Florida
counties would be able to double-
check questionable applications
before November as Browning
claims. Voters whose names are
missing from registration rolls will
receive a provisional ballot'at their
polling place; but those ballots
will not count if there is no voter
Sancho said the state's most
populous counties do not have the
staff to research the questionable
applications. As a result, those people
will fall into a limbo where they will
lose their right to vote this fall.
"That is what they did in 2000
with the flawed felon list," Sancho
said, referring to an error-filled list
of alleged ex-felons compiled for
Florida's then-Secretary of State,
republican Katherine Harris, that
was used to purge tens of thousands
of Floridians from voter rolls before
that year's presidential election. The
purge mostly hurt the Democratic
Sancho said large under-staffed
jurisdictions, such as Volusia County,
accepted the Secretary of State's
ex-felon list as accurate in 2000 and
purged voters, rather than verify its
accuracy or attempt to research each
questionable registration form. The
state allows felons to be purged from
voter lists right up to Election Day.
"They took people off the list," he
said, referring to the county in 2000.
"They never checked. They never
This same scenario could unfold this
year, Sancho said. under the state's
no-match, no-vote law, as thousands
of new voter registration forms are
set aside while counties process a
"flood" of new voter applications.
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Still, .voter advocates hope local
Florida election officials will use
their discretion to help all voters this
"At the very least, the counties can
and should help avoid the chaos
that this law creates by making it
possible to fix the problem at the
polls," said Brian Mellor, attorney
for Project Vote, another plaintiff in
the suit. "We hope that the (county)
Supervisors of Elections use the
discretionary power they have to
allow corrections at the polls so that
voters are inconvenienced as little as
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Florida farm workers wring
concessions from Burger King
The dusty calls (streets) and campos
(fields) in Immokalee, Florida are
abuzz with the news of a fresh
victory over a fast food giant: Miami-
headquartered Burger King. Those
farmworkers/campesinos who remain
in Immokalee- the tomato season there
ended in April will probably get their
news through the low-powered radio
station, Radio Conciencia, a project of
the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
(CIW). There is every reason to
believe that through informal networks,
migrant tomato pickers, now following
tomatoes up the east coast, will hear of
The Burger King surrender is the third
for the farmworkers' organization, the
Coalition oflmmokalee Workers (CIW)
in a protracted campaign to force the
fast food industry to be accountable
for the production of their staples.
The agreement between the CIW and
Burger King, the nation's second largest
hamburger chain, was signed on Capitol
Hill on May 23, 2008. Modeled after
those the CIW struck with YUM!
Brands. (parent company of Taco
Bell) and McDonald's, the agreement
provides an additional penny per pound
to workers who harvest its tomatoes (as
well as 1/2 cent per pound to growers
to defray administrative costs), a
zero tolerance code of conduct which
terminates contracts with growers who
break the law, -and a joint process to
The International Food Crisis in
Recently, the US media has rightly
focused on the growing international
food crisis. Food riots in Haiti, the
Philippines, Africa, and South Asia
point to the dire consequences of even
a few pennies increase in the price of
The food price increase is attributed to
a number of factors: the rapid increase
of meat consumption by the world's
rich, global warming, the ascendancy
of agri-business in the aftermath of
international trade agreements like
NAFTA and WTO, the imposition of
neo-liberal "adjustments" demanded
by the IMF, the increase in the price
of oil which affects not only fuel-
driven machinery but the production of
fertilizers and the storage of harvested
crops, and the turn toward biofuels.
Farmworkers in Florida are part of
The fast food agreements would
increase pay for Immokalee
tomato pickers by 75 %
this chain of misery. Surveys place
the farmworker income somewhere
between $7,400 and $12,000/ a year.
The fast food agreements -would
increase pay for Immokalee tomato
pickers by 75%, bringing them closer
to the $18,500 living wage figure for
The story doesn't end there, however.
Farmworkers in Immokalee are part of
the large migration of family and small
farmers (campesino/as) who have been
displaced from their homes in Mexico
and Guatemala. Mercilessly undercut
by international agri-business, now that
NAFTA and similar pacts have opened
up borders, they are no longer able to
feed their families and sell the rest of
their crop. As a last resort, they have
fled north to eke out a living. Florida's
fields are one of the places they land.
A Tasty Mix of Strategies
The CIW has long been known for its
creative mix of strategies and alliances.
Founded in 1993, the CIW at first limited
their organizing activity to the fields of
Immokalee, including several strikes.
In 1998, they made front page news
with a month-long hunger strike. Even
though wages were increased through
these actions, the CIW membership
knew that further gains could not be
made if the focus remained solely on
growers, whose profit margins had been
squeezed by food giants who purchased
their products. CIW wisely reasoned
this meant tackling farmworker wages
and working conditions at the end of the
corporate chain, not the beginning.
In 2000, against all odds, the CIW
initiated a boycott of Taco Bell. After
more than 4 years of struggle-
including tours criss-crossing the US,
large-scale marches, support from
actors and rock stars,hunger strikes,job
actions, shareholder pressure led by the
faith-based community, and a vibrant
student movement which removed
Taco Bells from college campuses
throughout the US-the wildly anti-
union Taco Bell cracked.
Within weeks, the CIW took aim on
McDonald's, the leader of the fast-food
burger industry with 43% of market
share. It took only two years for
McDonald's to fold. Once again the
CIW used a vibrant mix of strategies,
relying heavily on media and student
activism. With networks already in
place, marches, cross-country tours,
-'and campus actions were easier to
organize and new forces were drawn
into action. By allowing allies the
freedom to create their own tactics
within a framework set by farmworkers
themselves, the McDonald's campaign
reached across generations, union and
non(or anti)-union forces, religions,
The McDonald's campaign had
two new features: One was support
from former President Jimmy Carter
(and several other politicians) as
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vell as support from John Sweeney,
President of the AFL-CIO. Sweeney
wrote an open letter in support of
the .farmworkers campaign, made
public letters to McDonald's Board of
Directors, toured Immokalee with the
CIW in April 2006, and spoke publicly
on their behalf. Within two months, the
AFL-CIO had generated nearly 125,000
letters to McDonald's demanding better
pay and working conditions.. A second
wave of support came from 30 labor
and. economics scholars who quickly
debunked McDonald's April 2006
survey claiming workers made nearly
$18.00 an hour.*
McDonald's signed an agreement with
CIW in April 2007.
Burger King: An Unsavory Meal of
The CIW didn't waste time taking on
another fast food giant. The Burger
King campaign had many of the
winning features of the Taco Bell and
tours of farmworkers, student activities,
media blasts (check out YouTube!),
shareholder actions, concerts/cultural
events, and conferences. New
developments raised the profile of
struggle in the fields.
CIW consolidated its network of
supporters and allies and helped form
in late 2007 the Alliance for Fair
Food (AFF).- The group expanded
rapidly to nearly 100 organizational
endorsements, including labor groups
.... with Justice,
Photo: Scott Robertson
organizations, groups in the sustainable
food and agricultural sector (National
Family Farm Coalition, Food First,
Just Coffee), human rights groups and
Slavery in the fields has been an
ongoing problem in southwest Florida.
Since 1997 the CIW, with its unique
grassroots approach to ending slavery,
has been part of seven federal lawsuits
involving about 1,000 workers. This
year, with the help of its broad base
of allies, including the AFF, the CIW
began a massive petition drive "to end
modern day slavery and sweatshops in
the fields." OnApril 28,2008 more than
200 workers and allies delivered the
petitions, signed by more than 85,000,
to Burger King headquarters.
In mid January 2008, Senator Bernie
Sanders (IN, VT) toured Immokalee.
LikeAFL-CIO PresidentJohn Sweeney,
Saunders was shocked at the "third
world" conditions farmworkers live
and work in. Sen. Sanders then took
action of his own. On April 15, 2008,
the Senate Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions Committee convened
the first ever hearing specifically
called to look into labor conditions in
Florida's fields. Senator Dick Durbin,
(D, IL) was particularly effective in
discrediting claims by Florida's Tomato
Growers Exchange and other industry
leaders that farmworkers make $12.50
an hour. Burger King settled just 37
CIW wasn't the only one to break new
ground. In the past, corporate fast food
giants have taken a similar approach: At
first they ignore the CIW challenge; then
stonewall; issue half-baked statements
or studies that CIW claims are false.
But neither Taco Bell nor McDonald's
actively tried to undermine the CIW
and its allies' campaigns. But Burger
King set a new standard.
Headquartered in Miami, Burger
King is a major player in Florida
agriculture and politics. Like other
growers, Burger King is part of the
long-standing lobbying group, Florida
Tomato Growers Exchange (FTGE).
When YUM! and McDonald's signed
the agreements giving a penny more
a pound, growers in Immokalee
complied. For two years, workers
picking for YUM and McDonald's
got the wage increase. FTGE, while
unhappy, did nothing to prevent the
new wage increase.
But once Burger King became a target,
FTGE assumed a very aggressive!
posture. At first they claimed the pacts
to be "un-American," then illegal, and
threatened to file a RICO suit against
the CIW. Finally in November 2007
they decided to levy $100,000 fines
on any grower who participated in the
penny per pound wage increase. This
stopped all growers from complying
with the agreements.
But Burger King didn't stop there.
In January 2008, Steven Grover,
the fast food chain's vice president
of food safety, quality assurance,
and regulatory compliance, used his
young daughter's online alias to make
derogatory comments about the CIW.
When the AP story broke, Burger King
claimed that the comments were not
sanctioned by the company and pledged
to investigate further.
Also in January, the Associated.Press
reported that it received an e-mail
that contained a leaked a memo from
Grover warning that it might stop
buying Florida tomatoes. The AP
traced the e-mail's Internet protocol
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address to Burger King corporate
headquarters in Miami. The e-mail's
com-was the same one used by
someone claiming to be a student at
the University of Virginia asking to be
included in the Student/Farmworker
Alliance organizational meetings and
conference calls. When SFA member
Marc Rodrigues wrote back asking for
a physical address to which he could
send a packet, stopcorporategreed never
In March, Rodrigues fielded an almost
identical request- this time from Cara
Schaffer, claiming to be a student at
Broward Community College. Schaffer
said she wanted to organize campus
events to support the group and she
asked to listen in on alliance conference
calls, which she did twice. Schaffer
is not a student. She actually owns
.Diplomatic Tactical Services (DTS),
a Hollywood, Florida-based security
and investigative firm that advertises
its ability to place operatives in the
ranks of target groups. DTS, it turns
out, was hired by Burger King.
These dirty tricks might have
remained hidden if Eric Schlosser a
long-time ally of the farmworkers and
author of "Fast Food Nation," had not
written a guest editorial for the New
York Times (May 5, 2008) describing
Burger King's tactics.
The first hint that Burger King would
be dethroned was an out-of-the-blue
call from the FTGE to the Fort Myers
News Press, on May 4th that fines
would no longer be levied on growers
who participate in the CIW agreements.
Then, on Friday, May 5th, Burger King
signed the agreement.
The CIW has outmaneuvered one
of the world's largest corporations,
proving once again that the working
class and it allies can be strategic,
thoughtful, and absolutely capable.
Sea Change in the Fields?
With Burger King on board, nearly 10%
of all tomatoes grown in Immokalee,
the center of east coast tomato
production, will be under agreement.
Ten percent may not seem like much.
But with just 6-8 major growers in
Immokalee, coupled with the terms
of the agreements which obligate the
three major fast food purchasers to buy
tomatoes only from growers who sign
on, conditions of tomato production
could shift dramatically.
Finally, there is already evidence that
the CIW isn't going to take their foot
off the gas pedal. At the signing with
Burger King, co-founder of CIW, Lucas
Benitez said: "There are companies -
- like Chipotle in the restaurant world
and Whole Foods in the grocery
industry-that already make claims
to social responsibility yet, when it
comes to tomatoes, fall far short of
their lofty claims. It is time, now,
that those companies live out the true
meaning of theirmarketers'words. And
there are companies like Subway and
WalMart-that, by the sheer volume
of their purchases, profit like few
others from the pernicious poverty of
workers in Florida's fields. They, too,
must step up now. Stay tuned, la lucha
*The National Agricultural Workers Survey
(2005) places the farmworkers earning
between $10-12,000. However, 21% of
those surveyed by NAWS were managers
and supervisors, thus skewing upwards
their final figures.
Elly Leary is a retired UAW member,
local union officer, and negotiator living
in Florida. For the last five years she has
volunteered at the CIW, helping coordinate
CIW initiatives with unions. Leary is one
of the founders of the Center for Labor
Renewal. She urges everyone to check out.
the CIW website for information, videos,
and suggestions for action:
This article originally appeared in Monthly
Review Zine, MRZine http://mrzine.
was slightly edited for inclusion here.
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A response to "Against the Chain"
A boss is still a boss
In the May/June Iguana, Kevin Bond
makes a good case for buying local.
Research by Civic Economics-an
economic analysis and strategic
planning consultancy- has
documented the tangible economic.
benefits of buying local in a variety
of communities throughout the
U.S. Dollars spent with locally-
owned businesses tend to circulate
through our economy longer than,
for instance, shopping at Wal-Mart,
which sends a hefty cut of each
customer's dollar to its shareholders'
pockets elsewhere. Moreover,
smaller, non-chain restaurants are
able to utilize more flexible menus
which allow for a wider selection of
in-season and locally grown food.
Economic arguments aside however,
as someone who has spent the better
part of their life working for the
"mom and pop" establishments Mr.
Bond extols, I feel the need to refine
There is nothing inherent in
locally-owned businesses which
bestows them with "strong
concerns for environmental and
sustainability issues.. .and for
issues of globalization...", nor will
these businesses necessarily "serve
us socially and environmentally
responsible goods and services." I
applaud those local businesses which
do strive to meet these criteria, but I
have also worked for plenty which
exemplify the polar opposite. In
many of my jobs at "mom and pop"
businesses, including the one where
I currently work, I have witnessed
gross violations of environmental'
responsibility, worker safety, and
basic human dignity. There are
countless small business owners
and managers who differ from the
most truculent corporate CEO in.
opportunity only; given the chance,
many of them would gladly take their
exploitation to the global scale.
Further, since small businesses are
more likely to avoid the scrutiny of
large regulatory agencies or citizen
watchdog groups, they frequently
have less incentive to pay attention
to issues such as discrimination,
pollution, and workplace safety.
Yet these are issues which larger
companies can scarcely afford to
ignore-just ask Publix, which
settled a class action lawsuit for
gender discrimination back in '97.
The settlement resulted in damages
of tens of millions of dollars, as
well as a significant restructuring of
the company's Human Resources
Department. Meanwhile, the blatant
yet tolerated sexual harassment by
managers at my current job continues
And finally, when it comes to
the service industry, regardless
of whether we're talking about a
corporate chain or a locally-owned
business, very few workers are
actually being paid a living wage.
Many of these workers are then
trapped in a cycle of poverty and
forced to shop wherever they can find
the lowest prices locally-owned
or otherwise. Therefore, building
strong community organizations and
ethics which promote environmental .
.stewardship while amplifying
the voices of working people and
aggressively supporting their rights
is at least as important as buying
local. Otherwise we are likely to
end up with nothing more than a
polluted community and a local
economy dominated by petty thugs
and wannabe tyrants.
If locally-owned businesses have an
advantage over corporate chains with
regard to environmental and social
justice, it's that the people who make
such decisions are our neighbors-
not faceless bureaucrats in a
corporate headquarters far, far away.
Since we often know where they live,
work, and recreate, local managers
and business owners can more
easily be held accountable for their
actions. But this advantage only
means something if we, the local
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consumers, capitalize on it. There
are some encouraging examples that
strong consumer preference partnered
with business acumen can make a
positive difference for our health
and the environment. Witness the
rise of the natural foods movement,
once solely populated by low-to-
the-ground independent stores who
were able to respond to human needs
and a growing market much quicker
than the corporate behemoths; ditto
for much of the green products
industry. Whether customer demand
can spark a similar revolution in
favor of workers' rights and a just
economy, however, remains to be
seen. The "fair trade" movement
has some interesting prospects; but
does our sense of solidarity extend
throughout the entirety of the supply
chain- from the peasant farmer who
grows our coffee to the worker who
stocks it on the shelves or the barista
who brews it?
So the next time you're patronizing
your favorite locally-owned business,
pondering where the item you're
about to purchase was produced, I
hope you'll consider a few additional
What is a living wage for the
Are workers in this
establishment paid a living
wage, treated with respect,
and allowed to organize for
their collective self-interest if
they so choose?
What recourse exists in our
community for workers who
are not being treated fairly in
If you find that you don't know the
answers to these questions, try asking
the person who's serving you. Such
conversations could go a long way in
giving our community the "unique,
vibrant, and sustainable" local
economy that Mr. Bond, and all of
us, would like to see.
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Private health insurance companies:
-regulate them or eradicate them?
On June 19th, I and 20 other Gainesvillianis
traveled to Jacksonville to protest Blue
.Cross Blue Shield, my health insurance
company; TheAlachuaCounty Labor Party
effort was part of a nationwide protest of
insurance companies, led by the coalition
Healthcare NOW!: Cigna in Philadelphia,
Aetna in Hartford, Humana. in Louisville,
and many more. The biggest demonstration
occurred in San Francisco, outside the
meeting of the insurance lobbying group
dedicated to blocking health care reform.
In Jacksonville, passing drivers honked
vigorously when they saw our signs,
"Health care YES, Insurance Companies
NO" and "Honk if you're mad at your
insurance company." We met lots of new
friends, union members in Jacksonville who
are supporting national health insurance.
Bunny Baker, a machinist, said that a Blue
Cross representative called the union hall
to say that he understood why we'd protest
other insurance companies, but 'we're the
good guys, we're nonprofit.' She told him
that Blue Cross was denying vital care to
a friend of hers so how were we supposed
to tell the difference? For my part, since
my premiums have gone up 57% in the
last 3 years, it's clear that even a nonprofit
health insurance company is incapable of
providing coverage affordably. We need
national health insurance!
On July 8th I received emails from four
different national groups promoting a big
new campaign for health care reform.
One was titled "An historic day for health
care," and indeed it did seem to be. The
new coalition is called "Health Care for
America Now" and according to the New
York Times it will spend $40 million on ads
and organizing leading up to the election.
MoveOn.org Political Action wrote:
"Today, for the first time ever, all the
major grassroots groups in America that
work on health care are coming together
to take on the HMOs and private insurance
This sounded promising. Our private
insurance system is the reason U.S.
health care is the most expensive in the
world, not to mention inaccessible and
crappy. The most comprehensive bill in
Congress, HR 676, authored by Rep. John
Conyers (D-Michigan), would kick out the
insurance company middlemen. It would
redirect towards care the money currently
wasted on insurance company profits and
paperwork. It would follow the lead of
countries around the world which provide
healthcare as a right.
But it turns out that in this case "taking
on" the insurance companies doesn't
mean getting them out of our health care.
.A brief inspection the Health Care for
America Now website reveals just the
kind of cowardly incrementalism that has
so often undermined U.S. struggles for
national health care.
In fact, the plan espoused by this new
HCAN coalition seems to be very close, to
what Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
advocated all through the primary-
regulate private insurance companies
more so they will do what they promise to
do, provide a mindboggling patchwork of
income-based subsidies (creating another
layer of paperwork), and provide a public
insurance alternative as a last resort.
"The private insurance industry, as
it functions today, clearly must be
replaced with a system that works" Don
McCann, Senior Health PolicyFellow
with Physicians for a National Health Plan
notes, "So what is the solution proposed
by the HCAN coalition? Let's replace
the private insurance industry with... the
private insurance industry."
If the public insurance alternative mentioned
could be used to undermine private
insurance-by simply being cheaper and
better-there might be some hope. But
McCann is pessimistic about the public
alternative because he believes people
with serious health problems would be
pushed into it, while private insurance
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2008, PAGE 9
would cherry-pick the relatively healthy.
As a result, "We would have a choice of
highly-regulated, unaffordable private
plans, Or an even less affordable public
How did we get to the point that groups
which want to partner with private
insurance describe themselves as 'taking
on' the health insurance industry? The
movement to get private insurance out of
our health care system has gained a lot of
momentum as insurance costs have risen.
Michael Moore's film SiCKO introduced
the idea of national health care to a whole
new audience. Unions all over the country
have been signing onto HR 676-called a
"single-payer" bill because the government
(the 'single-payer') pays all healthcare
costs. HR 676 has been endorsed by 33 state
AFL-CIOs and 397 union organizations
in 48 states. The funding mechanism,
similar to that of Medicare, turns out to
cost nearly everyone much less than they're
paying now, but allows for full coverage
for the whole U.S. population. Around 90
members of Congress are signed on.
Groups like MoveOn, which would only
talk about extending coverage to children
a few years ago, have come a long way.
But they still don't get it. It's not about
extending our expensive and unreliable
private insurance system to 47 million
uninsured, it's about abolishing a system
-that requires you to have "insurance" to
get care. Private insurance companies
make money by avoiding sick people. If
you want everyone to get the care they
need, you don't regulate such entities,
you eradicate them. Traditional Medicare
did just that for a market (people 65
and over) that the insurance companies
didn't want. The things that are wrong
with Medicare have been introduced as
private insurers and HMOs have tried to
nibble away more profitable subsets of the
elderly. HR 676 would essentially extend
traditional Medicare to everyone, starting
at age zero.
Contrast the complicated "statement of
common purpose" of HCAN to Michael
Moore's admirably brief health care
proposal: "1. Every resident of the United
States must have free, universal health care
GANESV4 ILL, on 2LORIDA.
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-based club
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.
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: 373-0010;
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, Marxist-Leninist party
of the working class founded 1919. Florida
District P.O. Box 7664, St. Petersburg, FL 33734.
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
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-
Americanf 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.
Edible Plant Project Local collective to create
a revolution through edible and food-producing
plants. www.edibleplantproject.org 665-2094.
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.flade-
Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.
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Florida Free Culture UFl student group promot-
ing cultural participation. public interest intellec-
tual property policy. http://ul'. frecculture.org
Florida Military Families Spealk Out Speaking
out against the war in Iraq. 352-379-2710. P.O.
Box 142271, Gainesville. 32614 www.mlso.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 Stindays &
Wednesday (call for tiine). Thomas Center. Info:
Gainesville Area AIDS Project Dedicated to
funding social events for people infected and
affected by HLV/AIDS; events, drop-in center:
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the
Death Penalty Meets Ist Tuesday of month at
St. Augustine's Hurley House. 6 pim; execution
vigil info: 376-1077; general info: 378-1690. PO
Box 13024, Gainesville 32604.
Gainesville Community Alliance Socially
oriented group for gays. lesbians, his & friends.
Info: 373-3557: www.gcaonline.org.
Gainesville-Ciuba Friendship Network Local
group opposing embargo & promoting normal-
ized relations with Cuba: info: 386-418-3791.
Gainesville Women's Liberation The first
women's liberation group in the South, formed in
1968. Teaches radical feminist ideas and theory
through consciousness-raisings. speakouts.
actions, community classes, the Redstockings
Women's Liberation Archives for Action, and
the Judith Brown Endowment Scholarship. (352)
Gator Freethought an atheist, agnostic &
freethinking student association, lhttp://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 Ior improved working
conditions, community involvement, and aca-
demic freedom. 238 Norman Hall. 392-0274.
Green Party Meeting times & places vary.386-
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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
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:
372-5192; www.afn.org/~hrcncf. "
Humanist Society of Gainesville Monthly
discussion group on variety of topics. Info: 373-
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Local
union currently organizing grocery and restaurant
workers. GainesvillelWW@riseup.net. Contact
Joe at 352-246-2240.
Interweave Gay/les/bi & allies educational &
support group, based at Unitarian Fellowship.
North Florida Friends of Progressive 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.
Campaining for a U.S. Department of Peace.
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.
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. email@example.com: www.ufvox.org
WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-power sta-
tion operating as part of the Civic Media Center.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.wgot.org or
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,
Nakba 48 Advocacy group for Palestinian
National Lawyers Guild Dedicated to basic and
progressive change in the structure of our political
and economic system. The Guild works locally,
nationally and internationally as a political and
social force in the service of the people. Meets
first Thursdays of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at
Southern Legal Counsel, 1229 N.W. 12th Avenue,
Gainesville. Info: 514-2955.
National Organization for Women
Campus NOW: email email@example.com.
Gainesville Area NOW: for meeting info,
contact Lori at 380-9934.
Judy Levy NOW: for meeting info, contact
Laura Bresko 332-2528.
NORML UF www.norml.com
Stonewall Democrats educating our fellow
Democrats about issues important to the GLBT
community. Meets 2nd Thursdays 5:45 pm at
the Alachua County Democratic Party Center
(901 NW 8 Ave., Suite A-3) http://stonewall-
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. www.stu-
Sustainable Alachua County For more info,
UF Pride Student Union A group of gay, les-
bian, bi and straight students & non-students,
faculty and staff. Info: 392-1665, ext. 310; 310
E JWRU, Gainesville FL 32611; http://sg.ufl.
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z Jacksonville's public radio station has
NPR 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 Chadwick; 2-4 pm: Talk
of the Nation. Terry Gross's Fresh Air repeats at 7 pm.
Check out This American Life.
Saturday 2 pm, Sundays 1 pm
(repeat); reception better towards
13 Young Heart is Hipp film,
Silkscreen printing workshop
at Kickstand, I pm sharp, $3-5.
Willie Nelson: True Outlaw
Stories. WUFT-FM, 4 pm.
Roller Rebels @ Fairgrounds.
20 Cairo: Nest of Spies is
Hipp film, runs 18h-24th.
Sweetwater Unitarian Univer-
salists meet at Civic Media Ctr,
10:30 am, Ist & 3rd Suns.
Chuck Reagan CD Release
party at Common Grounds: free
show, starting late afternoon.
cast side of town.
WUFT-FM (89.1) now broadcasts
Fresh Air, noon, Mon-Fri; also
Alternative Radio now airs at 6:30
pm on Mondays.
14 Alt. Radio: Juan Cole on
14"Invading the Middle East:
Napoleon to Bush", WUFT-FM,
Humanists meet, SFCC Down-
town conf room, 7 pm.
Chisholm '72: Unbought &
Unbossed: CMC film, 8 pm.
21 Anti-war protests in
Melrose. Mons, 5-6 pm,
corner of State Rds 26 & 21.
Alt. Radio: Michael Shuman on
"The Small Mart Revolution". 6:30
Oil on Ice (documentary on Arctic
Nat'l Wildlife Refuge) is CMC
film, 8 pm.
8 County Farmers' Mkt
on N 441 by Hwy Patrol
Tues/ Thurs/Sat. 8 am-
Alachua County Commis-
sion meets 2nd & 4th
Tuesday, 9 am: citizens
comment, 9'30 am.
Anti-war sign-holding 2nd
& 4th Tuesdays at Univer-
sity Ave & 13th St, 4-6 pm.
15 Anti-war sign-hold-
ing at 34th St &
Archer Rd. 4-6_pm.
School Board meets I st &
3rd Tues. 7 pm, 620 E. Univ.
CMC Benefit with Kathleen
Kennedy, 2 others: CMC,
doors 9 pm, $5.
22 Alachua County
Comm., 9:30 am.
2nd & 4th Tues, Univ. &
13th. 4-6 pm.
Alachua County Labor
Party meets: 6:30 pm. 618
NW 13th Ave; info, 375-
9 Free coi
9 in HIV 1
NW 13th St, 9a
Wed; also at. Pri
NW 6th St, 4-7
Thurs; info: 37T
every Wed, Dto
meets, 7 pm, Cc
sion mtg room.
p Books Ii
7 Flight of the Red Balloon 19 Alt. Radio: Jules Boikoff, 293 Open M
is Hipp film, runs 25th- "Martin Luther King, Jr. & Nights o
31st. the FBI": 6:30 pm, WUFT-FM. Club Red and a
Women in Black vigil every Dark Days (profile of homeless
Sunday, 5-6 pm, NW 43rd St & people living underground in New
16th Blvd; men are welcome, York City) is CMC film. 8 pm.
signs are not.
3 Reprise is Hipp film, runs 4 Alt. Radio: Angela Davis, Anti-war sign-holding 6 Veterans
lst-7th. "The Meaning of Freedom": at 34th St & Archer 7 pm: call
Doug Clifford Sundays. 9-10 6:30 pm. WUFT-FM. Rd, 4-6 pm. location.
am: WSKY-97.3's one hour of The Brendan-Teena Story (story School Board meets I st &
lefty talk per week. of actual person from film Boys 3rd Tues. 7 pm, 620 E. Univ.
-. "Don't Cry) is CMC film, 8 pm. Ave.
10 Tell No One is Hipp 11 AR: "The Corporate Take- 1 Anti-war sign-hold- 13 Early vc
film, runs 8th-14th. 1J over of Water; 6:30 pm, -- ing 2nd & 4th Tues, 24th. Mc
WUFF-FM. Univ. & 13th, 4-6 pin. pm, Tower & N
Mongol is Hipp film. Humanists meet. SFCC Downtown libraries & Cou
S17 runs I5th-21st. conf room, 7 pm. downtown,
Early voting 1-5 pm at locations Body of War: 8 pm. CMC film.
listed on 13th. AR: Dahr Jamail on "Iraq Anti-war sign-hold-
Gandhi Study Group 3rd- 18A yond the Green Zonr"; 17 ing, 34th & Archer. 20
Sunday meeting at Holy Trinity 6:30 pm, WUFF'-FM. 4-6 pi. 7 Drinkin
Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St, Damage Done (drug war criticized School Board meets 1st & 2' pm at Br
3-5 pm. from the inside), 8 pm., CMC film. 3rd Tues, 7 pm.
24 The Fall is Hipp film. 25 AA: Scott Ritter: "Iran: All 26 Election Day: IGUANA Dea
2"4 runs 22nd-28th. Options on the Table"; 6:30 -,, Ig says vote Byerly, issue is Aug 3(
pm, WUFI-FM. Roy & for judge either 5655 with ever
American Zeitgeist, CMC film, 8 pm. Sherman or Stroman. Qments. group u
Hey, V west G'ville -
WGOT low-power FM on the air
- tune in at 94.7 (see grid, pg 19:
iod clinic, 914
e Ctr, 1107
>m on 1st & 3rd
in Plaza, 4-7 pm.
10 Solar City meets at Books
Inc, noon on Thursdays.
CMC Volunteers meeting, 5:30
The Visitor last night at
Open Poetry every Thurs at
CMC, 9:30 pm: Gvl's longest-
running poetry jam, open to all;
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.
1 John McMillan in concert,
at Let's Go Downtown Free'
Friday plaza series, 8-10 pm.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties at Wayward Council, 807 W.
University Ave). 6-9 pm; for info.
Jazz every Friday/Saturday outdoors
at Maude's Cafe, next to Hippo-
drome, Fridays & Sats. 10 pm-I am.
Feminist Happy Hour at The Top.
30 N. Main St, 7 pinm.
1 Food Not Bombs food prep,
noon-2 pm; serving Wednes-
days, 7 pin; Saturdays. 3:30 pm; info:
"The Word is Spoken" at Tim &
Terry's, Saturdays. 8-10 pm: spoken
word open mike.
Civic Media Center Benefit Show at
1982 (919 W. University Ave): music
from Greenland Is Melting, Heavy
Flow, & Fruit Machine: 10 pm.
Resistance, 17 CMC Volunteers meet, 18 Democrats mingle at Blue 19 Farm to Family Music: live
Wednesday. 5:30 pm. Door Cafd, 901 NW 8th Ave. music in a country setting, 5
The Complete Works of 5-7 pm; 7:30, HBO's Recount.. pm till late; camping available: 386-
Shakespeare (Abridged), UF Quartermoon at L.ct's Go Down- 462-5479 or www.larmto
Constans Theatre, Thurs-Sat, town Free Fridays plaza series, 8-10 familymusic.com.
7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. pm. Hamhock & Slide at Lightning
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. FULL MOON Salvage.
g Liberally" 24 CMC Volunteers meet, 2 Critical Mass Bike Ride,.5 26
nesdays social 2 5:30 pm. pm from Plaza of Americas. __
up, 7-9 pm at CCAWT meets, 6 pm. WJ Ctr. Art Walk Downtown every last See www.gainesvillebands.com
3 SW 2nd St. Fundi: The Ella Baker Story Friday; many galleries participate. for info on live music in G'ville.
great civil rights era film pre- Morningbell at Let's Go Downtown Thanks, Glyph!
sented by Gvl Area NOW; 6:30 Free Fridays plaza series. 8-10 pm. Satellite Magazine has great
pm, Pride Ctr, 3131 NE 13th St; listings as well more than we
dinner & child care provided. can fit. Pick it up each month.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
ke Music 1 CMC Volunteers meet, August 1 2 Free Springs Celebration at
Wednesday at 1 5:30 pm. August 1- Poe Springs, 11 am-3 pm.
Tim & Terry's. Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. Velveeta Underground at 1.et's Go G'ville Peace Forum at Civic Media
Downtown Free Fridays plaza series. Ctr, 2 pm: representatives from
8-10 pin. groups &/or individuals always
Veg 4 Life I st Saturday potluck, 6:30
r Peace meets. CMC Volunteers meet, Q Another Fine Mess at Let's Go pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellow-
75-2563 for I 5:30 pm. 8 Downtown Free Fridays plaza ship. 4225 NW 34th St: 375-7207.
Sierra Club gen'l meeting, series. 8-10 pm. Obama Campaign Headquar-
topic TBA, at UF Entomology ters at 901 NW 8th Ave (next to
Bldg 1035, 7:30 pm. Dem. Partl HQ): check in. help out,
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. gel signs, stickers & buttons.
ing runs I Ith-
i-Fri. 9 am-5
ty Admin. Bldg
1 Pink Floyd's Dark Side
of the Moon note-for-
note live performance at
Phillips Center. 7:30 pm.
28 War Zone (sex & power
dynamics play out as
sexist men are challenged on
the street): G'ville Area NOW
film at Pride Center, 3131 NW
13th St. 6:30 pm: dinner &
child care provided.
1 5 Hamhock & Slide at I yet's
Go Downtown Free Fridays
plaza series. 8-10 p1m.
Fla Voices Book Fair at Thomas
Cir. 15th & 16th: check for times.
2 2 Progressive Madness at
iLet's Go Downtown Free
Friday plaza series. 8-10 pm.
2O9 Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5
,9 pm from Plaza of Americas.
Art Walk Downtown last Fridays.
Sweet City Action & Chupaskbra
(ska bands) at ILet's (io Downtown
Free Fridays plaza series. 8-10 pm.
1 Early voting 9 am-I pm at
locations mentioned on 13th.
Farm to Family Music: www.farmto
familymusic.com, or 386-462-5479.
Benefit Show for Fine Print (new
progressive student newspaper) at
23 Last Day of Early Voting -
2-,3 9 am-5 pin, same locations.
SReady or not: UF football
30r vs Hawaii, time tba,
Forward-thinking investments will COMMISSION
reduce future costs. DEMOCRAT DISTRICT 1
Public Safety means more than bigger jails and more police. Programs for at-risk youth, mental
health and substance abuse counselling, and poverty reduction programs build a safer community
and reduce future criminal justice spending.
Impact Fees insure that growth pays its fair share for new public facilities, freeing money for
maintenance of old facilities and reducing future reconstruction costs.
Major investment in energy and water conservation saves money and positions our community to
compete in tomorrow's economy.
Open Space set-asides in new developments secure land for resource conservation and public
recreation, at no cost to the public.
Growth should be managed for the benefit
of the entire community.
Unplanned growth crowds roads and schools, and costs more to serve than it returns in new taxes.
Growth in appropriate areas like East Gainesville, redevelopment sites, and Activity Centers protects
our environment and budget.
As gas prices rise and traffic increases, quality sidewalks and transit facilities in new developments
give residents new travel .options. Integrating stores into new residential developments reduces traffic
on surrounding roads.
What's good for our environment will ultimately
be good for our community.
A new county Energy Conservation advisory committee is developing recommendations to improve
efficiency in both public and private sectors.
Alachua County Forever, the county's highly successful land conservation program, has exhausted
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During his eight years on the
Commission, Mike has been the
consistent friend of the environment.
He is also the commissioner
who puts the best interest of the
community first. Mike researches
every issue thoroughly and is
extremely well-informed. His
demeanor is always respectful. Mike
is a straight shooter.
Eileen Roy has been the only voice
of reason on the School Board for
the last 4 years. She has been treated
very disrespectfully by the gang
of three. Just as the power players
skipped over Penny Wheat's turn
to be chair when she was a County
Commissioner to try to diminish her
voice, so have the School Board's
power players skipped over Eileen
Roy's turn to be chair. Eileen has
been the sole voice for teachers,
school concurrency, impact fees
and energy efficiency. She voted
against the spending of 2.5 million
dollars for land speculation to buy .
the Diamond Sports Park. I salute
Eileen's willingness to serve in light
of the mean-spiritedness and lack of
civility that she has received from the
three power brokers on the board.
I ask for your vote for these two
outstanding public servants on
August 26th, Mike-Byerly and Eileen
Much at stake in
Aug. 26 primary
There is a lot at stake in the
August 26th primary election in
Alachaa County. Two of our best
representatives Eileen Roy and
Mike Byerly will face stiff and well
funded opposition. We agree whole
heartedly with Scott Camil's article
There is a judges race for County
Judge group 2 which has five
a person with
and real world
meeting them, and
talking to a number of people in the
legal'profession, we are split between
Rhonda Stroman and Lorraine
Sherman. Both women are the kind
of grassroots people we need in that
position, and we hope one can make
it through to the probable run-off in
November. Check them out at www.
rhondaforijudge.com and www.
We do prefer Barbara Sharpe for the
other School Board position. She
been there before, and is likely to
be an ally of Eileen Roy, something
that the current office holder has not
been. She's a bright and energetic
woman with a long history in our
We are making no endorsements
in the Sheriffs race or Property
Appraiser race. Unusually; our
objections to the incumbents are
minor, and our impression of the
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Eileen Roy for School Board District 2
As the Florida Legislature slashes funding
for education, our schools are in crisis.
Many issues clamor for attention: at
risk students, low graduation rates,
skyrocketing energy costs, inadequate
and outdated facilities, and eroding
My name is Eileen Roy, and I amrunning
for re-election to the Alachua County
School Board, District 2. I am a fighter
and an untiring advocate for children,
their parents, school employees, and
My campaign slogan is "Standing Up
for You" because I believe it accurately
describes my actions during my first term
on the School Board.
With your help, I will continue to stand
up and fight for the following:
* Sharing of resources among schools,
making opportunities more equitable
* Additional resources for schools with
large numbers of at-risk students.
* Aggressive energy conservation
* Healthy students through school wellness
programs and nutritious food and beverage
* Better funding for career technical
* Fair salaries for school employees
* Comprehensive Sex Education (with
One issue I feel passionately about is the
need for aggressive energy conservation.
Our schools are hemorrhaging energy.
Realizing this, I have worked hard to raise
awareness on the Board and with the public
about the lost opportunity to save energy
Unfortunately, despite my pleas, Alachua
County did not follow Marion County's
lead two years ago. Marion County had
the foresight to hire an comprehensive
energy consultant who saved their district
$3 million. Alachua County, on the other
hand, treated the issue cavalierly, and is
now cutting arts and music classes for
Marion County's success provided
an excellent object lesson which has
already begun to turn the tide toward
greater energy conservation. Missionnot
accomplished, but at least in progress!
I'm the candidate who will ask questions
and workto keep you informed, asi have
the last four years despite opposition. I
believe in transparency and openness.
Without public airing of the issues,
change is unlikely to occur. Keep me
working for you! Together we can build
on our schools' successes and tear down
obstacles that impede progress.
Any citizen in Alachua County,
regardless of party affiliation, can vote
for me. Many races, including mine,
will be decided in the primary on Aug.
26th.. Please remember to vote for your
advocate, Eileen Roy, on Aug. 26th.
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challengers generally favorable.
There will be three locations for
early voting, starting on August 11th
thru August 24th; The Millhopper
and Tower Rd Branch libraries, and
the County Administration Building
downtown. Voting for all precincts
can be done at the location of your
choice during this period. The hours
are 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday,
Saturday will be 9am to 1pm the
first Saturday (thel6th), and 9am
to 5pm the 23rd. The one Sunday
(thel7th) will be from 1pm to 5pm.
The actual election day is Tuesday,
The deadline to register to vote in
this election is July 28th. If you
are unregistered, or registered
elsewhere, or need to correct your
registration, please do it before
then. And if you are a student, or
somebody who won't be here long
(or think you won't; this town can
prove you wrong) please participate
in the local electoral process. You
are representing future residents,
future students, who will live with -
the policies created by these office-
holders. As a voter, your voice
is never bigger than when voting
in local elections. Working in a
campaign as a volunteer increases
that voice, and you meet some good
There will be candidate forums you
can attend, two are co-hosted by the
fine folks at the League of Women
The first forum is Saturday August
9th at the Savannah Grande, 401 N.
Main St. from 11 am to 2pm, which
will feature the Judge, Sheriff and
Property Appraiser .races.
The second features the School
Board races, that will be Thursday,
August 14th from 6-8pm at the
Gainesville High School Auditorium.
There may be others, too, keep your
eyes open. Go meet the candidates,
the supporters, and join the process.
You can also go by the Democratic
Party headquarters and Obama for
President headquarters. They are in
neighboring offices at 901 NW 8th
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Global Article 9 campaign to-
abolish war launched in Japan
ARTICLE 9: JAPANESE
sincerely to an international peace
based on justice and order, the
Japanese people forever renounce
war as a sovereign right of the
nation and the threat or use offorce
as means of settling international
disputes. (2) In order to accomplish
the aim ofthe preceding paragraph,
land, sea, and air forces, as
well as other war potential, will
never be maintained. The right of
belligerency of the state will not be
After World WarII, the victorious allied
powers, implementing a transition to
democracy in Japan, required Japan to
forego any future aggressive military
action by including a provision in
their new Constitution to renounce
war and the threat or use of force.
But by 1950, following the outbreak
of the Korean War, when US General
MacArthur ordered the establishment
of a 75,000-strong Japanese National
Police Reserve equipped with US Army
surplus materials, numerous assaults
have been made on the integrity of
Article 9. By 1990, Japan was ranked
third in military spending after the US
and the Soviet Union, until 1996 when
it was outspent by China and dropped
to fourth place. Today, the US-Japanese
joint Theater Missile "Defense" which
in reality poses an "offensive" threat
to China, as well as the US military
bases in Japan, and other US-Japanese
military cooperation have further
undermined the. spirit of Article 9.
Presently, the Bush Administration is
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creating an all out assault on the peace
constitution, pressuring the Japanese
government to amend Article 9 in order
to permit Japanese soldiers to serve
in-the wars of the Empire, providing
fresh cannon fodder for battles in Iraq
and Afghanistan and other imperial
adventures yet undeclared.
The citizen activists of Japan are
resisting the US led assault on their
beloved peace constitution. This May in
Tokyo, at the launch of a Global Article
9 Campaign to Abolish War, organized
by the Japanese NGO Peaceboat,
15,000 people showed up for the first
day's plenary and over 3,000 people
had to be turned away from the filled-
to-capacity convention center, causing
the organizers to set up an impromptu
program outdoors for the overflow
crowd where keynote speakers,
including Maired McGuire, Nobel
Peace Laureate rallied the participants
to call on their government to preserve
their constitution's provision for the
renunciation of war. This unprecedented
turnout to uphold Japan's constitution,
launched a Global Article
9 Campaign to Abolish
War with more than 22,000
people attending the three
day meeting in Tokyo, and
8,000 more gathering in
Hiroshima, Osaka. and
Sendai to organize for peace.
ifortable More than 40 countries were
represented at the various
plenaries and workshops
with over 200 international
visitors, which examined
opportunities to reinforce
and expand Article 9 in a new
21 st century context. Article
9 was promoted not only as a
disarmament measure for all
i & Angelina the nations of the world, but
as a means of redistributing
the world's treasure, now
wasted at the rate, of over
- one trillion dollars per year
to feed the murderous war
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machine, using those funds to restore
the health of the planet and end poverty
One of the most moving and inspiring
presentations wasthe sharedexperiences
of a young Iraqi Sunni soldier, Kasim
Turki, who quit fighting in the middle
of a fierce battle in Ramadi and has now
organized a team working to rebuild
schools and hospitals in Iraq, joined
by Aidan Delgado, an American Iraq
war vet, who also laid down his arms in
the middle of a battle in Iraq and took
conscientious objector status, refusing
to ever kill again. The two young
soldiers and former enemies have
become friends, sharing experiences
and urging the abolition of military
power and war. Their presentations
were welcomed resoundingly by the
participants who were inspired and
moved by their fierce devotion to
Although cruel wars have been common
throughout human history, there has
been nothing like the enormous speed
up of destructive war, fueled by science
'and technology, suffered in this last
century, starting with 20 million deaths
after World War I and ending with
well over 100 million deaths by the
end of the 20th Century the horrors
of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden, the
Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda-only a
few of the tragic catastrophes rendered
by the instruments of war. Yet it was
only in 1969, less than 40 years ago,
that humanity landed on the moon
and, for the first time saw the image
.of our fragile, beautiful blue planet,
floating in space, giving us a new
perspective of a unified world, sharing
this small spaceship earth. It could
only have been a profound influence
on our consciousness that is bound
to help us shift from the paradigm of
war and technological domination and
control to a more balanced nurturing
interdependent vision for the health
of earth's inhabitants in an expanded
understanding of Article 9.
The US Constitution was imperfect at
its drafting, failing to consider slaves
as people or to recognize women's
right to vote. Evolving consciousness
led to the abolition of slavery and
the enfranchisement of women.
Similarly, it is hoped, by the many
participants who gathered in Japan,
that a transformed earth consciousness
will perfect the original limited vision
of the "Renunciation of War" infusing
the Article 9 initiative for a global effort
to stop all violence on the planet, not
only for Japan, but for the whole earth.
We discussed not only the violence of
wars in the traditional meaning but in an
expanded context of destruction against
all living things and the very living
systems of our planetary home itself
-- or as Professor Keibo Oiwa at Meiji
Gakuin University characterized it in
the workshop, "Linking Environment
and Peace", a Pax Ecologia.
. And as we met inTokyo, halfway around
the world in Berlin, only a few days
earlier, Germany convened a meeting
of sixty nations to launch a Campaign
forIRENA, an International Renewable
Energy Agency, see www.irena.org, to
facilitate new reliance around the world
on the safe, abundant, free energy of
the sun, wind, and tides,
foregoing resource wars
and food shortages,
currently plaguing the
earth's people as a result W
of a non-sustainable
out of date energy
regime of fossil, nuclear.
and biofuels. Irene, CMlUM
the Greek word for NEWYORKAWI
peace adds a unique SPICY S
resonance to this critical
initiative to shift our
dependence on energy ,
to benign sources,
around our planet for Oen M
all to access peacefully. Support for
the establishment of IRENA was issued
in the final statement of the Article 9
conference to the participants at the
Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference
which convened at -the same time in
Geneva to address issues of nuclear
disarmament and proliferation.
Currently, only one other country, Costa
Rica, has a constitutional provision
similar to Japan's to abolish war. At the
close of the conference, Carlos Vargas,
representing Costa Rica, invited the
organizers to his country for a follow up
planning meeting to expand the Article
9 Campaign to make peace provisions .
a reality in every national constitution
around the world.
For more information, see http://www.
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Union asks why UF holds $8.0
million slush fund during cuts
Graduate Assistants United
responded to the budget cuts and
layoffs at UF:
May 19-Graduate Assistants
United, the union of graduate
assistants at UF, has serious doubts
about the nature of the current UF
budget crisis. While it is true the
state gave the University of Florida
a smaller budget than in years past,
our research indicates that UF has
considerable assets on hand they
could use to ease the cuts.
If you look at our website (ufgau.
org) you will find an analysis of
state audits of UF over the last five
years commissioned by the National
Education Association: http://www.
This report is based on documents
from the Auditor General's audit
of the University of.Florida (state
documents open to the public). Table
1 lists the total "unrestricted funds"
that the university has had each year.
Unrestricted funds means money
UF has in the bank it can spend on
anything. Each year since 2003 UF
has had more than $80 million. (See
The school's direct support
organizations carry over millions of
If you look at Table 4 in the NEA's
document, you can also see that
UF's net assets (this includes
building, equipment, etc.) have been
STATEMENT OF NET ASSETS
30-Jun-03 30-Jun-04 30-Jun-05 30-Jun-06 30-Jun-07
UF'S NET ASSETS
30-Jun-05 30-Jun-06 30-Jun-07
(Note that depreciation is included under operating expenses: that is not the
same as money UF is spending).
$85,810,000 $93,162,000 $81,296,000
DIRECT SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS
30-Jun-05 30-Jun-06 30-Jun-07
$136,591,000 $126,998,000 $117,443,000
$43,496,000 $145,925,000 $61,665,000
increasing. (See chart below.)
Before the current budget cycle, the
school's own reports show UF was in
excellent financial condition. Why
then isn't the school using some of
the money it set aside for a rainy
day on this most rainy of days' rather
than gutting the academic mission of
the university? UF administration
officials have said before that a
budget crisis can be an opportunity to
Why then isn't the school
using some of the money it set
aside for a rainy day on this
most rainy of days rather than
gutting the academic mission of
reallocate resources. Last year, while
UF President Bernie Machen forced
the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences to cut back already under-
funded programs because of
a debt of no more than $9
million, he was sitting on over
$130 million in cash. While
we join others in decrying the
lack of shared governance
in setting the budget, GAU
0 believes that this is in part a
manufactured crisis so UF's
administration can secretly
shift money it pretends not
to have to its own priorities
outside of the public's notice.
0 We also call your attention to a
petition in opposition to UF's
proposed staff layoffs, which
would lead to the termination
of over 100 current employees.
It urges the university
administration to reconsider its
i0 decision to impose layoffs.
Graduate Assistants United can
be reached at htti5://ufgau.org
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2008, PAGE 20
Death of a Gator Nation
Daniel E. Canfield Jr.
May 14,2008 is the day "my" GATOR
NATION died! Quietly and without
warning, input, or knowledge, the
University of Florida, as we have known
it for more than 100 years, ceased to
I shook my head as I walked across
the campus, recollecting the pride. I
knew President Abraham Lincoln felt
when he signed the Morrill Act of 1862
creating institutions of higher learning
"of the .people, by the people, and for
the people." This Land Grant College
Act assured thathigher education would
always be available to people of all
We are no longer a Land Grant
University and the majorreorganization
has begun. When the Legislature
ordered a six to eight percent budget
cut, President Machen and the Board
of Trustees voted to restructure the
university making it into a top-ten
public university like the University
of Michigan. More than four hundred
thirty of my colleagues will be laid
off. Student enrollment is being cut;
which is why some of Florida's best
and brightest did not gain entry this fall.
To be like the University of Michigan,
a non-Land Grant University, student
enrollment will be cut by about ten
thousand, average faculty salaries will
increase'more than $10,000 per year,
and tuition will increase by more than
$6,000 per year (in state) and $11,000
per year (out of state.) However,
President Machen continues to enjoy
his $300,000 bonus.
Let there be no doubt that the University
of Florida is one ofAmerica's great
universities. Built on the backs of
its faculty, staff, students, and all the
citizens of the great State of Florida,
it achieved that greatness. Maybe UF
was not the "Harvard of the South"
but all the members of the University
of Florida community worked hard
to enhance the ability of all Florida
citizens, businesses, and communities
The Board of Trustees has transformed
UF from a university accessible to
a broad sector of Floridians to a
multimillion-dollar business enterprise
with limited access. Students are
clients and the Faculty and Staff of the
University of Florida are human capital,
to be used, depreciated, and disposed
of by the CEO and his management
I thought of my colleagues and the
devastation to their families as well as
the students who would never grace the
hallways of this place I called home.
The immortal words of President
Dwight D. Eisenhower rang in my ears,
"Yet in holding scientific research and
discovery in great respect, we must be
alert to the equal and opposite danger
that public policy could itself become
captive of the scientific-technological
What are the chances your son or
daughter will become a Gator now?
Will the University of Florida remain
an affordable people's university or
will it become an elitist "Public Ivy
Only the people of Florida should
decide. Time is short. Contact your
Legislators and Governor Charlie Crist,
immediately. Ask them to intervene
with the University of Florida's Board
of Trustees. Force the Trustees to
reconsider the road they have chosen..
for the University of Florida. They must
consider all alternatives or the people's
university shall be gone forever from
the Great State of Florida.
Governor Crist's Citizens Hotline
telephone number is: (850) 488-4441,
the fax number is: (850) 487-0801, and
his email address is: Charlie.Crist@
All other telephone numbers and email
addresses are located at
Daniel E. Canfield Jr. is a professor in
the Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences at the University of Florida,
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Loving Them to Death
CfBain well enough
Can a human raise a baby monkey just to trave
as well as a monkey can? Ask Tessa and to Jungl
This spring, Jungle Friends Primate Unlik
Sanctuary in Gainesville Florida was some o
scrambling to save the lives of these two the othe
young capuchin monkeys. Each faced a diabetic
different threat, bound with a common at Jungl
thread. Each was purchased and raised as F r i e n d
a "surrogate child" by a human family. such a
The sale of non-human primates as Connie,
surrogate children is a booming business, capuchi
with hundreds of people each year literally who ha
buying into the lie. The. exotic animal receive
breeder pockets the profit, an infant monkey daily insuli
is torn screaming from hernatural mother's inject i o
arms, and anotherhuman "monk mom"has since 1999
a cute, hairy baby to bathe and diaper and enough to
dress up. lifestyleth
The phenomenon of people"adopting" diet and ple
monkeys is not new, but the current growth soon weanr
of this trend alarms Kari Bagnall, founder time of her
and director of Jungle Friends Primate other youn
Sanctuary. The sanctuary is currently home Healtl
to over 100 monkeys, and is approaching metabolic
capacity. Kari knows from long.experience cause of a"
that in a few short years many of today's primate "c
new "monkey.parents" will be begging her is the trout
or another sanctuary to give their "child" capuchin
a home. child. Barr
Just like the self-styled "mom" of Bitinl
Tessa, a four-year-old diabetic brown behaviors
capuchin. Type 2 diabetes, caused by a acceptable
poor diet, stress and inactivity, is common when she
in 'pet' monkeys, but Tessa's diabetes was biting lance
not diagnosed until she was near death: her After her
blood glucose had skyrocketed to 1120. It home to hi
was a race to get her glucose under control personal p
in time to save her life. Kari coachedTessa's confiscate
'owner' through the intensive process biting inc
of establishing an insulin regimen and Animal C
monitoring Tessa's progress until she was months, f
n Tessa, a 4 year old broil
-Tessa was young and resilient
rebound from the unnatural
it almost killed her. With a proper
nty of fun and exercise, she was
ed off of insulin and is having the
life romping and wrestling with
g monkeys at Jungle Friends.
h problems, such as diabetes and
bone disease, are frequently the
monkey parent" unloading their
hild", but, still more common
ible with BamBam, a weeper
also purchased as a surrogate
g and scratching are natural
for a monkey, but are not
in a human family. In 2006,
was only a year old, BamBam's
led her in a 30-day quarantine.
release, she was bounced from
ome as a result of the 'owner's'
problems, until she was finally
d late in 2007 following another
ident. BamBam was held at
control in Minnesota for five
acing euthanasia. Fortunately
Each Offic is Independently
-l..., AM. Operated
wn capuchin, at Jungle Friends.
for BamBam, she found a home at Jungle
Friends before her time ran out.
Although the stories end happily for
Tessa and BamBam, already there are so
very many others not so fortunate. Too many
times Kari hears of a monkey who was killed
due to biting a family member, friend or
stranger. Others are bounced from home to
home over the course of many years and
still more die of disease and heartbreak.
Only the concerted efforts of many
caring individuals fighting to pass
protective legislation, opening and
supporting sanctuaries, sharing with others
the true cruelty and deception inherent in
the exotic pet trade- can stem the swelling
tide of primate exploitation. Let monkeys
raise monkeys, in the wild freedom that is
Jungle Friends needs volunteers! Volunteer
Day is every Saturday from 10 am 2 pm.
Please go to JiunlgeFriends.uor for more
information or e-mail Kari@jiungliefiends.
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Florida Sheriff distributes terroristic t-shirts
St. Augustine People for Peace and
Justice wrote the following letter to
the Sheriff ofSt-Johns County about
his distribution oft-shirts advocating
the shooting of anti-war protesters.
According to Glenda Allen, the group
has encountered other problems
with the sheriff's department "in the
30 June 2008
Dear Sheriff Shoar,
As citizens of St. Johns County
and members of St. Augustine People
for Peace and Justice, Veterans for
Peace, and Grandparents for Peace,
numbering over 500 strong, we
are very concerned.and dismayed
about the "sniper" t-shirts that you
recently distributed at a veterans'
meeting. The shirts have a silhouette
of a sniper on the front, and on the
back the following script: "If you
can't stand behind our troops, do
us all a favor and stand in front
of them." These shirts appear to
advocate violence (i.e., sniper fire)
on anyone who disagrees with the
Bush administration's policies in the
Middle East (currently about 70% of
the US population).
We understand that you were
previously contacted about these
shirts on Wednesday, June 18th,
by Mr. Ed Slavin. He asked you
a number of questions.in his e-
mail, none of which were actually
answered in your response to him on
In your reply to Mr. Slavin you
stated that you "chuckled" when you
read the script on the shirts and also
that you found the shirts "amusing."
The fact that you, the County's
top law enforcement officer who
took an oath "to serve and protect",
found the prospect of sniper fire on
civilians who disagree with the war
in Iraq to be "amusing" and worthy
of a "chuckle" is, frankly, appalling,
particularly for a person in your
position. The phrase "do us all a
favor" (emphasis added) in particular
implies that you support the killing/
maiming of anyone who disagrees
with the war inrr Iraq.
The following is a list of
the options we are considering in
response to your distribution of the
1) We would like to receive
a written, public apology and an
explanation for the shirts and why
you found them to be worthy of
2) An immediate recall of
all shirts distributed by you and
an injunction against any further
distribution of the shirts
3) We would also like to have
a full accounting of the cost of these
shirts, and the name and position of
the person who gave them to you
4) Notifying the
FBI of an elected, law -
enforcement official who
is promoting the use of
violence against civilians.
Section 802 of the Patriot
Act defines domestic
SEC. 802. DEFINITION
DEFINED. -Section 2331
(5) the term 'domestic
terrorism' means activities
(A) involve acts dangerous
to human life that are a
violation of the criminal
laws of the United States
or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended
(i) to intimidate or coerce a
You may think that these
shirts are just a joke. However, to
those of us who speak out publicly,
-who put our faces, bodies, and
reputations on the line to protest
the illegal, unjust war in Iraq, these
shirts suggest that the Sheriff of St.
Johns County advocates violence
against peaceful, unarmed civilians
exercising their constitutional right
to free speech. This is completely
unacceptable. Given the culture
of violence and the suppression of
constitutional rights our society is
already suffering, the last thing we
need is this kind of message coming
from our County Sheriff.
We look forward to your
Members of St. Augustine People
for Peace and Justice, Veterans for
Peace, and Grandparents for Peace.
Front of shirt
BAND IN ROT' OTH1
Back of shirt
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Insurance Cos.... Cont. from p. 9
for life. 2. All health insurance companies
must be abolished. 3. Pharmaceutical
companies must be strictly regulated like a
Or compare HCAN's message to the clear
voice of Malinda Markowitz, a leader in
the National Nurses Organizing Committee:
"These insurance companies... profit by
denying care to our patients- not by providing
it. The American people are ready for
guaranteed healthcare, through great bills
like Rep. John Conyer's HR 676, and we
will no longer let insurers and politicians
Perhaps, you might say, well, it takes all kinds:
There will always be the radical groups and
then the more liberal groups. At least they're
My first objection is that the liberal groups in
this case are cloaking themselves in radical
language ('taking on the insurance companies'
'guaranteed affordable quality healthcare for
all') suggesting they have more fight in them
than they really do. They're even using a
confusingly similar name. The main coalition
that's been fighting for HR 676 is called
"Healthcare NOW." The new coalition is
called "Health Care for America Now." This
trickery cuts off people who want fundamental
change from those who are organizing for it,
weakening the fight overall.
My second objection is that HCAN is
compromising away what people in the U.S.
truly want, instead of joining the already
existing fight to get it. For example, in a 2003
ABC News/Washington Post poll, 62 percent
said they'd prefer a plan "in which everyone
us covered under a program, like Medicare,
that's run by the government and funded by
taxpayers." The compromisers always sell
their watered-down programs by saying the
public finds them more palatable. In reality,
these compromises are more palatable to
the nonprofit foundation complex these
organizations represent. You don't find this
kind of timidity among workers on the front
lines, like the nurses unions and Physicians
.for a National Health Program.
My third objection is that their approach won't
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work. To win any kind of progress, there
needs to be some threat. This gathering
of organizations serves to reassure the
insurance industry, not threaten it. And
so reassured, it will continue to purchase
politicians and conduct its murderous
business as usual.
- The HCAN approach throws away the
best leverage we have in the health care
fight, the popular demand that insurance
companies be kicked out of our health
care system entirely. Eventually they
will be, but it won't be thanks to the
anemic campaigning of "Health Care
for America Now."
US POSTAGE PAID
PERMIT # 358
Go to www.Healthcare-now.org for the
real deal. Go to Physicians for a National
Health Program for great explanations
and analysis: www.pnhp.org. Go to www.
guaranteedhealthcare.org for the Nurses
take on the situation.
Locally, contact the Alachua County Labor
Party, 375-2832. The next meeting, on
Tuesday, July 22, will feature UF professor
Paul Duncan on the history of Medicare.
We will discuss how we won that and any
lessons for the national health care fight.
Location: ACEA Union Hall, 618 NW 13th
Ave.(just off NW 6th St.) Pizza at 6 pm,
program at 6:30.
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