.: September 2008
Vol. 24, #1
St. Paul militarized to protect
Republicans from peaceful dissent
September 3-In the months leading
up to the Republican National
Convention, the FBI-led Minneapolis
Joint Terrorist Task Force actively
recruited people to infiltrate vegan
groups and other leftist organizations
and report back about their activities.
On May 21, the Minneapolis City
Pages ran a recruiting story called
"Moles Wanted." Law enforcement
sought to preempt lawful protest
against the policies of the Bush
administration during the convention.
Continued page 2...
While Republican conventioneers partied at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, and
John McCain's wife Cindy wore a $300,000 outfit (Vanity Fair estimate,
counting jewelry) the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
marched in the streets. Ten thousand rallied against the war that Monday.
Cindy Sheehan runs ......4
Wal-Mart backs McCain ... 7
Wards fires worker........ 8
Group directory...... 10-11
Calendar ........... 12-13
Amendment 2........... 14
Al-Arian out on bail ..... 17
Science sorely tested .... 20
Birth control moralists ... 22
Radical Rush returns..... 24
Mortgage bill bails out
lenders not homeowners
Carolyn Parmon, Florida ACORN
I'm changing my name to Fannie
I figure when the federal government
is handing out all those billions to
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to
solve the mortgage crisis, I'll just
slide in line and get a lew dollars for
my own mortgage crisis. Luckily for
me, my maiden name is Mack, and
my grandmother's name was Fannie,
so the paperwork should be easy.
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St. Paul...continued from page 1
Since Friday, local police and
sheriffs, working with the FBI,
conducted preemptive searches,
seizures and arrests. Glenn
Greenwald described the targeting of
protesters by "teams of 25-30 officers
in riot gear, with semi-automatic
weapons drawn, entering homes of
those suspected of planning protests,
handcuffing and forcing them to lay
on the floor, while law enforcement
officers searched the homes, seizing
computers, journals, and political
pamphlets." Journalists were detained
at gunpoint and lawyers representing
detainees were handcuffed at the
"I was personally present and saw
officers with riot gear and assault
rifles, pump action shotguns," said
Bruce Nestor, the President of the
Minnesota chapter of the National
Lawyers Guild, who is representing
several of the protesters. "The
neighbor of one of the houses had
a gun pointed in her face when she
walked out on her back porch to
see what was going on. There were
children in all of these houses, and
children were held at gunpoint."
The raids targeted members of
"Food Not Bombs," an anti-war,
anti-authoritarian protest group that
provides free vegetarian meals every
week in hundreds of cities all over
the world. They served meals to
rescue workers at the World Trade
Center after 9/11 and to nearly 20
communities.in the Gulf region
following Hurricane Katrina.
Also targeted were members of
I-Witness Video, a media watchdog
group that monitors the police to
protect civil liberties. The group
worked with the National Lawyers
Guild to gain the dismissal of
charges or acquittals of about 400
of the 1,800 who were arrested
during the 2004 Republican National
Convention in New York. Preemptive
policing was used at that time as
well. Police infiltrated protest groups
in advance of the convention.
Nestor said that no violence or
illegality has taken place to justify
the arrests. "Seizing boxes of
political literature shows the motive
of these raids was political," he said.
Further evidence the political nature
of the police action was the boarding
up of the Convergence Center,
where protesters had gathered, for
-unspecified code violations. St.
Paul City Council member David
"The neighbor of one of the
houses had a gun pointed in
her face when she walked out
on her back porch to see what
was going on. There were
children in all of these houses,
and children were held at
Thune said, "Normally we only
board up buildings that are vacant
and ramshackle." Thune and fellow
City Council member Elizabeth
Glidden decried "actions that appear
excessive and create an atmosphere
of fear and intimidation for those
who wish to exercise their first
"So here we have a massive assault
led by Federal Government law
enforcement agencies on left-wing
dissidents and protesters who have
committed no acts of violence or
illegality whatsoever, preceded by
months-long espionage efforts to
track what they do," Greenwald
wrote on Salon.
Preventive detention violates the
Fourth Amendment, which requires
that warrants be supported by
probable cause. Protestors were
charged with "conspiracy to commit
riot," a rarely-used statute that is so
vague, it is probably unconstitutional.
Nestor said it "basically criminalizes
On Sunday, the National Lawyers
Guild and Communities United
Against Police Brutality filed an
emergency motion requesting an
injunction to prevent police from
seizing video equipment and cellular
phones used to document their
During Monday's demonstration, law
enforcement officers used pepper
spray, rubber bullets, concussion
grenades and excessive force. At least
284 people were arrested, including
Amy Goodman, the prominent host
of Democracy Now!, as well as
the show's producers, Sharif Abdel
Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. "St.
Paul was the most militarized I
have ever seen an American city
to be," Greenwald wrote, "with
troops of federal, state and local law
enforcement agents marching around
with riot gear, machine guns, and
tear gas canisters, shouting military
chants and marching in military
Bruce Nestor said the timing of the
arrests was intended to stop protest
activity, "to make people fearful of
the protests, but also to discourage
people from protesting," he told
Amy Goodman. Nevertheless,
10,000 people, many opposed to the
Iraq war, turned out to demonstrate
on Monday. A legal team from the
National Lawyers Guild has been
working diligently to protect the
constitutional rights of protesters.
Marjorie Cohn is president of the
National Lawyers Guild and a
professor at Thomas Jefferson School
of Law. She is author of Cowboy
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United for Peace and
Justice on the repression at
the Republican Convention
September 3-Over the past few
days, the heavily armed and extremely
large police presence in St. Paul has
intimidated, harassed and provoked
people; and, in a number of instances,
the police have escalated situations when
they used excessive force. They have
used pepper spray, including spraying at
least one person just inches from her face
as she was held down on the ground by
several police officers. They have freely
swung their extra long night sticks,
pushed people around, rode horses and
bicycles up against peacefully gathered
groups, and surrounded people simply
walking down the streets. On Tuesday
evening, they used tear gas on a small
group of protesters in downtown St.
The massive police presence and the
uncalled-for actions by the police on the
streets has not been the only problem.
The police raided a convergence center
and several locations where people are
staying over the weekend and they have
stopped and searched vehicles for no
All of this and much more needs
to be understood in the context of the
overwhelming presence of police. Police
from all around the Twin Cities have
been put to work, and they have also
brought in police units from around
Minnesota and from as far away as
Philadelphia, PA. The National Guard
and state troopers are in the mix, to say
nothing of the Secret Service, Homeland
Security and who knows who else from
the federal government! ...
We are very concerned about what this
all means about the right to protest, the
right to assemble, and the right to have
one's dissenting voice heard. We are
worried about what it means about the
growing militarization of our nation and
the ongoing assault on the Constitution.
We shudder to think about how the influx
of new weapons and armed vehicles
and everything else will be used in the
neighborhoods of St. Paul and Denver:
both communities each received $50
million from Homeland Security to
purchase the equipment and pay for the
policing during the conventions.
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Cindy Sheehan in ballot run to
boot house speaker Nancy Pelosi
Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war
California to House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco
district to challenge the Democrats'
unwillingness to stop the war
and hold the Bush administration
accountablefor its crimes. Sheehan
is running as an independent in
California's 8th district, and is on the
ballot as of August 28th. She wrote
this on the one-year anniversary of
announcing her candidacy.
Although I don't want to, I vividly
remember the day that Casey was
killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004.
I woke up at about 9am because it
was a Sunday: Palm Sunday. I went
out to brunch with my then best
friend, Lynda, and we drank two
mimosas each. After brunch, I went
home and cleaned house and got my
clothes ready for the next week of
Casey was in a war zone and I was
having problems eating, sleeping
or concentrating. Dear Reader, if
you are a parent, you know what I
am talking about. Even when my
children went off to camp, or over
night at a friend's, I worried. I was
worried that day as I completed my
About four hours before the grim
reapers came over to inform us that
Casey had been "killed in combat,"
I saw a humvee burning on CNN
and it was announced that eight
soldiers had been killed in Baghdad
that day. Although we didn't even
know where Casey was stationed
yet, (he had just been in Iraq for 5
days before he was killed) I knew
one of the dead soldiers was my first-
born child. When the three Army
officers came to confirm my worst
fears, I fell on fhe ground screaming
and screaming and screaming.
After four years, three months and
six days, I am still surprised that I
was able to get back up. That day I
found strength in myself that I never
imagined that I could ever possess,
but little did I know that my "metal"
would be tested repeatedly, each day
and in many other ways since that
tragic day for the Sheehan family.
Nancy Pelosi says that she
"likes" the president and
when she opposes him (which
has literally been never, since
she's been Speaker), that it's
not "personal." How can one
personally like someone who
has been responsible for so
much heartache in this world?
Now four years, three months and six
days later, I live in San Francisco in a
one bedroom flat in a cool Victorian
home in the Mission District and
I am running for Congress against
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. I have
traveled the world struggling for
peace and human rights; I have been
nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
and have been honored with dozens
of other peace awards. I have met
thousands of interesting and amazing
People; I have a new grandson,
Jonah; but I still miss Casey
tremendously and cry everyday for
his wasted life.
However, exactly one year ago
today, (my 50th birthday) I left
Crawford, Texas for the final time
(San Francisco in the summer is a lot
nicer than Crawford in the summer-
--and in more ways than one), and
set out with a couple.of dozen other
peace activists on our Journey
for Humanity from Crawford to
Washington, DC, demanding that
Pelosi put impeachment back on that
now infamous "table" and do her
duty by allowing John Conyers to do
Ms. Pelosi's office said at the
time that impeachment would be
a "distraction," and, anyhow, the
Democratically controlled Congress
- was busy trying to "end the war."
Sure. Since Nancy Pelosi has been
Speaker, Congress has given George
over 1/2 trillion more dollars to
wage the war that she says she is
trying to stop: recently appropriating
162 billion for an entire year's
worth of carnage! Since Nancy has
been Speaker, tens of thousands of
Iraqis have died and about 1200
of our young people have been
unnecessarily murdered or tortured
(with Pelosi's approval) and their
families sent into tailspins of grief.
Millions of people have lost their
jobs and/or homes and oil is just
under 150.00 a barrel. That's why it
hurts me so much when Nancy says
that she "likes" the president and
when she opposes him (which has
literally been never, since she's been
Speaker), that it's not "personal."
How can one personally like
someone who has been responsible
for so much heartache in this world?
I wish the horrible state of affairs we
find ourselves in were not "personal"
to me but things are deeply
"personal" to me. Bush's crimes and
Nancy's support of him have cost a
lot of innocent lives and caused a lot
of pointless pain.
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When I first left the Democratic Party
in May, 2007, over disgust at the
continued war funding and continued
destruction of our rule of law, I was
roundly and thoroughly criticized by
the centrists and even more so when I
announced my candidacy for Pelosi's
seat. In the intervening year, I have
been unfortunately vindicated by
Congress's fresh attacks on our civil
liberties and constant caving into
BushCo and War, Inc. Just like being
right about the wrongness of the war
gave me no joy, being right about the
wrongness of the "left" (read right of
center) also gives me no consolation.
Working to rectify the malignant
(cyst)em is what gives me resolve
Today (July 10), Dennis Kucinich
(D-Oh) introduced an Article of
Impeachment against George
Bush and Nancy says that the
House Judiciary committee "may"
investigate the Article. WOW! That
is some "strong" defense of the
Constitution on a day when George
Bush also gleefully signed the bill
that Congress wrote destroying
the 4th Amendment. Is such a
"courageous" remark because
my campaign is gaining so much
momentum? Or could it be because
Congress has the abysmal approval
rating of 9%? Congress' approval
rating is dropping like a bomb over
Baghdad; zoomed past George's
historically low marks on the way
down and in a few months' time
could go into negative integers if
Congress keeps going in the same
demented direction its "leaders"
seem intent on traveling.
It has been a challenging year
ramping up the campaign, and
getting our office up and running
(totally renovating a store front
that was formerly a successful sex
shop) but we are seeing the fruits
of our labor. We have raised over
$215,000.00 in about 8 months time
and our volunteer force is growing
as dissatisfaction here with Pelosi
and the (cyst)em also grows. In
gathering the democracy-suppressing
amount of signatures required from
an independent to get on the ballot
in California, we have been able to
campaign and spread the news that
corporately controlled Pelosi is part
of the problem and that voting for me
will be part of the solution.
I want to thank everyone who
has contributed money, time,
encouragement, talents, and even
criticism that helped us grow.
I want to thank my surviving
children, Carly, Andy and Janey,
for the moral support that I need
to be able to do this, but I want to
especially thank my sister, Dede
Miller, and my campaign manager,
Tiffany Burns, who have constantly
been by my side since August, 2005
when we first camped in a ditch in
Crawford, Tx, and millions of people
stood with us around the world.
I am convinced that we will be on the
ballot when the final count is made
on August 28th [Sheehan is now on
the ballot-ed.] then there will be no
stopping us! America really wants a
change, and we have the opportunity
for real and positive change here in
California's 8th district.
This race is not about Cindy and
Nancy: it is about "We the People"
standing up against the (cyst)em that
is beholden to the Military Industrial
Complex. This time, "We the People"
must be victorious!
Thanks fot standing with me, again.
San Francisco, July 10th, 2008
For more information or to donate to
Cindy Sheehan's campaign, go to
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Joining the corporate bail-out receiving line
Continued from page 1 ...
That's about the only way that I -
- or any other victim of predatory
lenders -- can expect to get much
public aid. Since my home went into
foreclosure, I've been helped by
ACORN, I've been helped by my
family and friends, but I haven't been
helped by the government yet.
I appreciate the president for signing
the "American Housing Rescue and
Foreclosure Prevention Act" into law
last week. It's better than nothing.
But I learned from my experience
with a deceptive,lender to always
read the fine print. And the fine
print of this bill sounds more like
an "American Corporate Rescue
Act" for Freddie Mac and Fannie
Mae than much help for an ordinary
homeowner like me. You can bet
Congress didn't make the CEO of
Freddie Mac give up any of his
almost $20 million in pay as part of
this $300 billion sweet deal.
For us, of course, there are strings
attached. If you've already gotten a
60-day notice, tough luck for you,
because the refinancing program
doesn't start until Oct. 1. You'll have
to pay a fee to refinance. Lenders
don't have to agree to easier terms.
Many won't qualify because their
incomes are too low or their debt is
Of the million homeowners
foreclosed on last year, or the 2
million expected to face foreclosure
by the end of the year, this program
will only help 400,000 at best. And I
bet a lot of those 400,000 still won't
be able to afford their so-called re-
Sometimes I blame myself and think
I should have been smart enough to
avoid IndyMac's slick marketing. But
state and federal regulators should
have been smart enough to see the
subprime crash coming and smart
enough to put regulations in place
to stop it. Like how about a rule that
bank robbers and embezzlers can't
be mortgage brokers? ACORN and
other community groups saw the
crisis coming as early as 2002.
We didn't make those banks and
mortgage companies cook their
books, or hire felons, or hand out
mortgages like church bulletins to
everyone who walked through the
door. In fact, for years ACORN has
been doing everything in its power
to stop predatory lending. Last week
hundreds of us rallied at National
City Bank offices in 30 cities and
persuaded the company to negotiate
their loan practices- good news for
future borrowers, but little help for
those who have already lost their
The federal government continues
to bail out industry after industry,
but the buck always stops with the
taxpayer who ends up footing the
bill for every corporate crash. Our
country is like a dysfunctional family
with one spoiled kid rescued every
time he messes up and the other
given tough love even without doing
So I'm changing my name to Mrs.
As Tom Paxton said in his 1980
song about the infamous Chrysler
bailout: "I'm changing my name to
Chrysler?. When they hand a million
grand out; I'll be standing with my
hand out; Yes sir, I'll get mine."
Carolyn Patmon is the head of Anti-
Foreclosure Committee for Orlando
ACORN and a family delegate for the
Equal Voice for America's Families
Campaign of the Marguerite Casey
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After Wards Supermarket workers
petition management, one is fired
On September 2nd, Joe Richard was
fired from Ward's Supermarket. He
believes, as do his co-workers, that
the firing was illegal and was direct
retaliation for his workplace organiz-
On August 8th, Joe and 14 other
employees in the Natural Foods
Department submitted a petition to
management requesting an increased
employee discount and improved
Our petition was largely ignored for
three weeks while the owners, Billy
and Trish Ward, went on vacation.
After they returned, on August 25th
they held one-on-one meetings with
the employees who signed the peti-
tion, elaborating a new "open door"
policy, by which employees could
have 100% access to management if
they had a concern or grievance. Be-
yond that, the requests listed in our
petition were largely ignored.
Little over a week later, Joe was
fired, ostensibly for "stealing" a bag
of coffee, which is explicitly donated
by Sweetwater Coffee Company for
the personal use of Natural Foods
Department employees. This free
coffee, which was and continues to
be intentionally given for employees
to drink at work and take home, was
routinely taken home and made every
morning by numerous Department
employees, including Joe. To our
knowledge, no employee has ever
been punished (either received writ-
ten warnings or been discharged) for
the offense of taking home this free
product, which the store never paid a
single cent for.
Joe didn't receive a written warning
(as the employee handbook stipulates
is appropriate for minor infractions)
but was fired two days after checking
out with the coffee in hand (buying
eggs and donuts as well, on a Sunday
We believe that Joe was illegally
fired for taking part in the petition
drive, as someone who vocally and
outspokenly supported improvement
in the working conditions of all the
employees in the store. Having been
identified as a "troublemaker" by
the Wards, he was made an example
of. As the National Labor Rela-
tions Act stipulates in Section (7)a,
"Employees shall have the righftto
self-organization...for the purpose of
collective bargaining or other mutual
aid of protection." And thus, "It shall
be an unfair labor practice for an
employer to interfere with, restrain,
or coerce employees in the exercise
of the rights guaranteed in section
7." Ward's has broken the law by
firing Joe, and they've sent a chilling
message to the rest of his co-work-
ers who still insist on bettering their
Please, support the workers at Wards
in their demand for a better life, and
support their demand for Joe's imme-
diate reinstatement. What they did is
illegal, and the community must not
stand for it.
Concerned Ward's Workers
Here's what you can-do:
1) Call the store and demand that
they reinstate Joe. The number is
(352) 372-1741 ext. #4.
2) Write a letter to the Wards ex-
pressing that this was an illegal firing
and demanding reinstatement. The
address is 515 NW 23rd Ave, 32601.
3) Tell the Wards the next time you
shop that what they've done is illegal
and unfitting for a family business
that prides itself on being better than
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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-
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.
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 UF student group promot-
ing cultural participation, public interest intellec-
tual property policy. http://uf.ficeculture.org
Florida Military Families Speak Out Speaking
out against the war in Iraq. 352-379-2710. P.O.
Box 142271, Gainesville, 32614 www.mfso.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. Info:
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.
Gainesville Community Alliance Socially
oriented group for gays, lesbians, bis & friends.
Info: 373-3557; wvvw.gcaonline.org.
Gainesville-Cuba 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, http://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 1.2-4 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-
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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 wolfl@
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) Local
union currently organizing grocery and restaurant
workers. GainesvilleIWW@riseup.net. Contact
Joe at 352-246-2240.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 373-0023.
Mahogany Revue Regional black newspaper:
"Mama Raga" Lesbian identified newsletter at
PO Box 141674, G'ville, FL 32614. mama_raga_
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
North Florida Friends of Progressive Radio
Promotes listening to the now several national
Progressive radio networks for news, political
commentary, call-in talk shows, blogging and
entertainment. Tune in to: "America Left, pow-
ered by Air America Radio," on XM Satellite
channel 167. Also: "Sirius Left" on Sirius Sat-
ellite channel 146 for moreliberal talk through
the Nova M Radio network. North Florida
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 &
einpowerment. 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.
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 for a Democratic Society (SDS)
meet Mondays at 6:00 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.
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
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14 Encounter at the End of
Sthe World (Werner
Herzog's Antarctica film, US,
2007) is Hipp film, runs 5th-18th.
Doug Clifford Sundays, 9-10
am; WSKY-97.3's one hour of
lefty talk per week.
21Outsourced is Hipp film
(US, 2006), runs 19th-25th.
Sweetwater Unitarian Univer-
salists meet at Civic Media Ctr,
10:30 am, 1st & 3rd Suns.
UF Soccer vs. Kansas, 1 pm,
Gandhi Study Group 3rd-
Sunday meeting at Holy Trinity
Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St,
1 5 Alt. Radio: Benjamin Barber
on "Runaway Capitalism",
WUFT-FM, 6:30 pm.
Fundraiser for Latina Women
Film Fest, 6-10 pm, Hipp Cinema.
Humanists meet, SFCC Down-
town conf room, 7 pm.
Three Short Documentaries on
Coca-Cola's bad behavior in
Colombia: CMC film, 8 pm.
2 Anti-war protests in
Melrose, Mons, 5-6 pm,
corner of State Rds 26 & 21.
Alt. Radio: Steven Salaita on "Anti-
Arab Racism", 6:30 pm, WUFT-FM.
Japanese Cinema: Black Test Car
& Lullaby of the Earth, Hipp
Cinema, 7 pm.
Cocalero (documentary on Bolivian
President Evo Morales) is CMC
film, 8 pm.
-acksonville'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-1 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.
S Check out This American Life,
Saturday 2 pm, Sundays 1 pm
(repeat); reception better towards
S east side of town.
St G'ville WUFT-FM (89.1) now broadcasts
ver FM on the air Fresh Air, noon, Mon-Fri; also
(see grid, pg 18: Alternative Radio now airs at 6:30
,gmail.com). pm on Mondays.
ing at 34th St &
Archer Rd, 4-6 pm.
Alachua County Demo-
crats with Disabilities meet
at Dem HQ, 901 NW 8th
Ave, 6:30 pm.
School Board meets 1st &
3rd Tues, 7 pm, 620 E. Univ.
Laurie Anderson at Phillips.
23 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-
Judgment Day: Intelligent
Design on Trial, film at
CMC, see p. 18.
9 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.
Jay Hakes's "Declaration
of Energy Independence" at
Pugh Hall in Graham Ctr,
UF. 7 om.
17 Radical I
at UF's PI
Americas, 11 am-
Cops Say "Legal
Ballroom, 7-9 pm
Wednesday, 8 pr
History", Civic M
W. University Av
2 4th Wedn
Brophy's Pub, 60
Inc, 7 pm.
Berkeley of the So
mentary & discus!
include Scott Carr
Thomas. & Conni
10 Free confi
in HIV tes
NW 13th St, 9 am
Wed; also at Pride
NW 6th St, 4-7 pi
Thurs; info: 377-C
every Wed, Dtowi
meets, 7 pm, Coui
sion mtg room.
Open Mike Musi
Wednesday at Ti
Hey, V we
- tune in at 94.7
SKenny (Australia, 2006) 2 Alt. Radio: Youdon 30 O ct 1 Un
is Hipp film, runs 26th- Aukatsarj, "Tibet: The Ca
2nd. Struggle for Freedom"; 6:30 pm, on WUFT-FM, 6:
UF Soccer vs. Tennessee, 1 pm. WUFT-FM._ IGUANA Deadline for Veterans for Pea
Women in Black vigil every Murder on a Sunday Morning Oct issue is Oct 3rd; call pm: call 375-2563
Sunday, 5-6 pm, NW 43rd St & CMC presents at the Hippodrome 378-5655 with events, Revival tour with
16th Blvd; men are welcome, Cinema two showings of Oscar- advertisements, group (of Hot Water Mu
signs are not. winning documentary, 7:15 & 10 updates & info. Nichols (of Lucen
pm; more details, pg 16 (of Avail), Bob &
5 Elsa y Fred (Spain, 2005) Fla Free Speech Forum: Ron 7 Anti-war sign-holding "Crisis of Scii
is Hipp film, runs 3rd-9th. U McAndrew on death penalty & 7 at 34th St & Archer at the End (
Against Me! G'ville ex-pats prison reform: 6:30 pm, WUFT- Rd. 4-6 pm. Century" lectur
come home for CMC benefit FM. School Bd 1st & 3rd Tues, 7 3-4 pm. _
show at Common Grounds; adv. Michael T. Klare'sBlood & Oil pm, 620 E, Univ. Ave. Democratic Exec
tickets are advised check (documentary on how oil has Election politics forum with meets, 7 pm, Coul
Gainesvillebands.com for more driven US foreign policy) is CMC Congressmembers Adam sion mtg room.
show information, film, 8 pm. Putnam & Debbie
Last Day to Register to Vote for Wasserman-Schulz, 7 pm,
November elections people died Pugh Hall at Graham Ctr.
for right to vote, the least you can Presidential Debate # 2:.
do is register. town hall format, 9 pm.
d clinic, 914
n on Ist & 3rd
SPlaza, 4-7 pm.
n & Terry's.
1 Solar City meets at Books
Inc, noon on Thursdays.
CMC Volunteers meeting, 5:30
MoveOn Gvl Council meets at
Buddha Belly, 7 pm.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien speaks
at O'Connell Ctr, sponsored by
Accent & Hispanic Affairs; 8 pm.
Open Poetry every Thurs at
CMC, 9:30 pm: Gvl's longest-
running poetry jam.,open to all;
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.
12 Other Voices 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,
Waiting for the Parade final week at
Acrosstown Rep, 619 S. Main: 8 pm
Thurs-Sat. 2 pm Sun; $10 ($8 for
students, seniors, military).
UF soccer vs Illinois. Pressley
Stadium. 7 pm.
ush Day One Radical Rush Day Two 19 Radical Rush Day Three at 20 Latino Festival, downtown
aza of the -8 at UF's Plaza of the Plaa of the Americas, 11 am 2 plaza, noon-6 pm.
2 pm. Americas, 11 am-2 pm: -2 pm; evening social/dinner, Presby. Hamhock & Slide perform at
ze Drugs" community & campus progres- Student Ctr, 1402 W Univ Ave. 7 pm. Lightnin' Salvage, 6-9 pm.
UF Rion sive organizations mass tabling; Funkatron at Let's Go Downtown Aaron O'Rourke dulcimer concert
see article, pg 24. Free Fridays plaza series, 8-10 pm. at David Beede's: 475-1012.
:e. Books Inc, CMC Volunteers meet. 5:30 pm. Stacy Earle & Mark Stuart concert WGOT-FM 94.7 Benefit at
I Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. on the lake in Melrose: 475-3243. Brophy's, with Chicken Luv, Root
First Hand Wild Words at Wild Iris. 8 pm. Doctors, & K-Flo.
:dia Ctr, 1021 Lars Din, Friends at Tim & Terry's.
, 8 pm.
Liberally" 5 CMC Volunteers meet, 26 Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5 UF Football vs Ole Miss.
dayss social 5:30 5m, .pm'fiom Plaza of Americas. __
7-9 pm at CCAWT meets, 6 pm, WJ Ctr. Art Walk Downtown every last See www.gainesvillebands.com
SW 2nd St. Lawton Chiles Dinner benefit- Friday: many galleries participate. for info on live music in G'ville.
Life" ting Democratic Party & Leadon Family Band at Let's Go Thanks, Glyph!
n at Books candidates at Reitz Union Grand Downtown Free Fridays plaza series, Satellite Magazine has great
Ballroom, 6-10 pm; giant 8-10 pm. listings as well more than we
ith docu- schmooze, guest speakers, & Faith Willin' in concert at Civic can fit. Pick it up each month.
ion on G'ville silent auction; info, 373-1730. Media Ctr, 8-10 pm, $5. "The Word is Spoken" atTim &
: guests Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. Presidential Debate # 1: muchers, Saturdays, 8-10 p: spoken
il, Carol radio/tv coverage, 9 pm. word open mike.
. Canney. word open mike.
versal Health 2 CMC Vols meet, 5:30 pm. Jacar6 & Agbedidi at Let's Go 4 G'ville Peace Forum at Civic
'e discussion A Downtown Free Fridays plaza Media Ctr, 2 pm: representatives
Spm. The Average Aperican" series 8-10 pm. from groups &/or individuals always,
mets, 7 lecture by Sarah Igo. Pugh Hall8-10 from groups or indivi
or locate, in Graham Ctr at UF, 7 m. Wild Words at Wild Iris Books, welcome.
or location. Sierra Club gen meeting, ever Ist & 3rd Friday, open mike Lavarete, Waterfall of the Jaguars &
Chuck Ragan poetryy & some music. 8 pm. Apaga y Vamarios at 2 & 3 pm
ic), Ben topic T at F Entomology respectively at Hippodrome Cinema
T), Tim Barry Bldg 1035, 7:30 pm. Latino Film Festival.
Austin Lucas; Vice Presidential Debate, 9 pm. Keep Space for Peace Week begins
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. see www.space4peace.org.
ntific Faith CMC Volunteers meet, 1 Marc6 at Let's Go Down- Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
f the 19th 9 5:30 pm. I town Free Fridays plaza pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellow-
, Pugh Hall, Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. series, 8-10 pm. ship, 4225 NW 34th St: 375-7207.
Third Eye Spoken 3rd anniversary
itive Comm. event at Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St,
ty Commis- ______ 7-10 pm.
16 Civic Media Ctr 15th 11 UF Football vs LSU.
Anniversary Concert Il
with singer-songwriter &
amazing guitarist Sam Pacetti atI S
Thomas Ctr: adv tickets at Wild
Iris Books, $12 ($15 at door).
SFood Not Bombs food prep,
noon-2 pm; serving Wednes-
days, 7 pm; Saturdays, 3:30 pm; info:
"Evidence for Evolution" is Caf6
Scientifique event at Fla Museum. of
Natural History, 1:30 pm.
Internat'l Peace Day Concert at
Downtown Plaza, 5-10 pm.
Real Big Deal at County Fairgrounds.
Farm to Family Music: live music
in a country setting, 5 pm till late;
camping available: 386-462-5479 or
Two bad ballot measures
face voters in November
Donna Tara Lee
This year Florida voters are faced
with an issue that will severely
curtail the rights of Florida citizens.
This is Amendment 2, the so-called
gay marriage ban. At the present
time there are four laws in Florida
banning gay marriage. Do we need
Amendment 2 does far more than
just banning gay marriage but will
also ban all domestic partnership
legislation. And yes, the wording is
the same as the Michigan ban which
is now being used to outlaw domestic
partnerships in Michigan where they
are recognized. This is fact, not the
lies we were told beforehand that this
would n6t be the case. The question
should be, do we need one at all?
The answer to that is a resounding
Where does it say in the Constitution
that same sex couples are not
allowed to marry? It does not. OK,
lets for the sake of argument say that
the Constitution reserves marriage
laws to state jurisdiction. This is true.
But it does not allow discrimination
as a basis for any and all state
laws. At one time certain states
disallowed interracial marriage. In
the Loving v. Virginia case of 1967,
the Supreme Court ruled such laws
unconstitutional. States today have
either ruled gay marriage to be legal
or are allowing domestic partnerships
as a first step to full legalization.
Despite the ratings of the religious
right, our nation is still intact, and
shall stay intact, despite John and Joe
and Mary and Jane getting married.
Today in Gainesville we also
face a move to repeal our charter
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amendment that guarantees equal
rights to our Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-
Transgendered (LGBT) community.
The original charter amendment
has been on the books for about 15
years now and originally covered
LGB citizens. This past January the
City Commission added transgender
persons to this amendment as a group
covered by anti-discrimination laws
same as the LGB citizens already are.
This has set off a firestorm of lies,
innuendo, and just plain fraud as has
not been seen here in 15 years.
A group calling itself Citizens for
Good Public Policy has succeeded
in putting together a petition drive
that will revisit the whole issue of
LGB civil rights in Gainesville.
What this group has done is just not
gone after transgender citizens, but
are also attempting to roll back all
civil rights granted by the city of
Gainesville that are not covered by
the state civil rights code. This will
ban Gainesville from having statutes
that allow basic civil rights for the
LGB community. In other words,
these rights that have been law for
15 years shall be repealed under
the charter revision code. It is just
not aimed at transgender citizens of
Gainesville but includes same-sex
oriented citizens of our community
also. This is a far reaching rollback
of basic civil rights granted almost a
Who are the persons who are backing
such a radical change in our city
charter? They are your basic right
wing religious conservatives. They
believe in creationism, abstention
as the only safe method of birth
control, are anti-choice, believe
father knows best, that unions and
national health care are communist
plots against are capitalist society
and that LGBT citizens are doomed
to hell forever. They also, and this
is the dangerous part, believe in
America under God as they believe
in the tenets put forth by their god,
no one else's. An end to Religious
freedom as we know it since the First
Amendment went into effect.
The group involved here, Citizens
for Good Public Policy has a twin
sister in Montgomery County,
Maryland that has produced the
same amendment there for the
voters to vote on. Same wording
as here. This group is active in
other areas also. They are not a
local group but rather a nationwide
conspiracy todeny LGBT citizens
their fundamental rights as citizens
of the United States. Their local
leaders are Cain Davis, a former
state legislative candidate and an
evangelical right wing minister, and
Dennis Baxley, from Marion County,
a defeated conservative candidate for
state senate who is now chairman
of Florida Focus on Families, an
extremely religious conservative
group originating in Colorado. I
do not think these gentlemen are
representative of Gainesville.
By this time some of you may be
asking, well what is transgenderism
all about? Transgenderism is a
disease that has no known cure, only
treatment. Due to the huge amount
of suicides among transgender
individuals it is safe to say it is a
rather serious disease. The disease
is called Gender Dysphoria and it
simply is that the individual believes
they were born into the wrong
gender body. The ill person believes
if male they should be female and
Some suffering individuals are so
distraught over their condition they
eventually have gender reassignment
surgery, or GRS, and fully become a
member of the opposite sex. Florida
does recognize such individuals as
the sex they changed to legally.
The first substantiated sex change
surgery took place in1931, 20+
years before the Christine Jorgenson
case. Magnus Hirschfield started the
Sexual Science Institute in Berlin
in the 1920's. This institute made
groundbreaking progress in gender
studies for its time until the institute
was attacked, ransacked, its work
destroyed and the building burnt
in 1933. The perpetrators? Oh, just
I came out, as it is said, and
began to transition from male
to female. This was no quick
choice but rather a heart
a group famous for intolerance,
the Nazis. Dr. Harry Benjamin,
and this is where a lot of the claims
of the religious right concerning
men in dresses can and shall be
rebutted, continued this work. Dr.
Benjamin was a United States citizen
till his death. The importance of
Dr. Benjamin's work cannot be
overstated. He set the medical/
psychological standards, still in
effect today, for how an individual
transitions from one gender to
another. One must undergo years
of therapy, must take hormones,
and live in the gender they wish
to transition to for one year before
A person who does not have GRS
still has to undergo therapy to be
truly considered transgendered.
These are tough standards, as
they should be. This is truly a life
changing undertaking, from which
there is no return.
I have stated these qualifications and
a brief history to tell our citizens
the truth on this issue. I do not
want good citizens fooled by the
misleading fear tactics of the Citizens
for Good Public Policy. Taking away
basic civil rights from American
citizens is never good public policy,
In the 1960's how many citizens
would have voted in favor of
integration if it was put up to a vote?
I am sure the vast majority (white)
would have favored segregation.
Rights should never be voted on.
Rights are guaranteed under the
constitution, not subject to the
tyrannical whims of a majority.
We have majority rule with
minority rights, which are our basic
constitutional rights. Thank you, our
founding fathers, for this recognition
of basic human rights.
I do have a vested interest in this
dispute. I moved to Gainesville
from Ocala in March 2008 due to
Gainesville's civil rights ordinance.
Back in 2000, I came out, as it is
said, and began to transition from
male to female. This was no quick
choice but rather a heart wrenching
decision I had been living with since
I first realized at the age of 5 &1/2 in
February, 1954, that I liked dresses
better than pants and shirts. This led
to a few suicide attempts, the first at
the age of 8. The rope broke.
I solved the problem when at the
age of 16 I started drinking and this
worked till I was near death from
alcoholism at the age of 45. When
drinking I could be a man, and oh
I was. Track runner, boxer, softball
player, skier, hockey player, brawler,
I did them all and did them well. I
was quite the man.
But when I went to AA and started
a program of recovery I could
no longer hide or suppress my
knowledge that, oops, I am the wrong
sex. Now just imagine the heart ache
one feels that every time they look
in the mirror they see a mistake. So
there were 2 more suicide attempts, a
near fatal bout with cancer and a final
realization that I could live my life
honestly if I really wanted to. So I
followed the Benjamin standards and
became.a woman in February, 2001.
I cannot say my life has been perfect
since. I have lost family and friends
from before. But I have gained a
new life, with new friends who
accept me for me. I have retired from
Government work after 35 years and
today I work here in Gainesville in
a very responsible position finally
using my educational level in doing
so. I am very active in community
affairs and have fallen head over
heals in love with this wonderful city.
I look forward to living the rest of
my life here as a active, productive
member of society.
In these attitudes I feel I am
representative of every person who
has a love of Gainesville. And to be
quite honest, the only time I have
ever felt threatened in a bathroom
was when I was 12 and a man tried to
abuse me. And he was not wearing
a dress. Do not believe those who
use that lie to frighten and scare, to
divide and conquer. There have never
been any charges filed in our city
where a man in a dress went into the
ladies room to molest a female.
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them once and for all.
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IGUANA, SEPTEM13ER 2008, PAGE 15
Academy Award winner "Murder on
a Sunday Morning" shows Sept. 29
,The Civic Media Center will show
"Murder on a Sunday Morning,"
the Academy Award winning
documentary of the case of Brenton
Butler, at the Hippodrome State
Theatre on Monday, Sept. 29.
The two public defenders from
Jacksonville who argued Butler's
case will be available after the first
showing for a question-and-answer
"Murder on a Sunday Morning"
follows the case of Brenton Butler, a
black teenage boy from Jacksonville
accused of murdering a white tourist,
and his struggle for justice in the
face of racism and police brutality
within the Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office. Though he is identified
by the victim's husband and signs
a confession, Jacksonville public
defenders Pat McGuinness and Ann
Finnell smell foul play and set out to
save the future of a 15-year-old boy
they believe is innocent.
French filmmaker Jean-Xavier de
Lestrade made the documentary in
2000, and it won the Academy Award
for Documentary Feature in 2001.
"Murder on a Sunday Morning" was
released in 2003, and it has been
shocking its viewers ever since.
Heart-rending and suspenseful, the
documentary plays out like a book
in a fictional crime series and keeps
you on the edge of your seat until
the verdict is released at the end.
"Murder on a Sunday Morning"
provides a candid and disturbing
view of the US justice system,
complete with racial bias and blatant
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when the first showing of the film
will occur. After the first showing,
there will be a Q&A session from
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showing at 10:30 until 12:30.
Tickets can be purchased the night
of the showing in the Hippodrome's
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Sami Al-Arian released on bond
Fairfax, VA, September 2-
After five-and-a-half years of harsh
and gratutious detention, former
Florida professor and civil rights
activist Dr. Sami Al-Arian was
released on bond, reuniting with his
family for the first time since his
ordeal began in 2003.
Earlier today (Tuesday), the
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) filed an order for
the release of Dr. Al-Arian from their
custody. Judge Brinkema originally
granted Dr. Al-Arian bail on July
10 and reaffirmed that decision
last month, but the ICE continued
to detain him until today on the
pretext that they were completing
Last week, Dr. Al-Arian's attorneys
filed a petition for habeas corpus with
the court, challenging the continued
unlawful detention by ICE. Judge
Brinkema gave the government until
today to respond. Their response
came in the form of an order for Dr.
Al-Arian's release on, bail.
Dr. Al-Arian's family was overjoyed
upon hearing the news. Four of his
five children along with his attorney
met him at an ICE facility in Fairfax,
Virginia earlier this afternoon.
"We couldn't believe our eyes,"
Leena, Dr. Al-Arian's second oldest
daughter, said. "We were so relieved.
It's been 2,020 days since he's last
been with us."
His eldest daughter Laila added
that "We are overjoyed that our
father is finally back with us after
what felt like an eternity. I hope
that this is just the beginning, that
he'll be finally released for good,
and that this horrific nightmare will
be over. We'd like to thank all the
people who've supported my father
throughout the past several years.
Their consistent dedication and hard
work in the cause of justice has been
invaluable." Dr. Al-Arian who is
unable to make any direct statements
to the press because of his legal
situation echoed these sentiments,
expressing his heartfelt appreciation
for the countless thousands who have
shown their support for his case.
"We owe so much to our lawyers,
Prof. Jonathan Turley, Will Olson,
and P.J. Meitl," Abdullah Al-Arian
told the TBCJP. "Their incredible
work for justice has allowed our
family to finally be
reunited after so long. On behalf of
my father and my family, we thank
you from the bottom of our hearts."
For his part, Dr. Al-Arian's lead
attorney Jonathan Turley told the
AP "We are obviously relieved and
delighted," noting that the release
would allow Sami to see his son off
*to college and to spend the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan with his
Dr. Al-Arian will remain under house
arrest until he is brought to trial for
the current contempt charges against
him or until several motions for
dismissal are decided. On August
8th, Judge Brinkema postponed the
trial pending Dr. Al-Arian's appeal
before the Supreme Court concerning
the prosecution's violation of the
2006 plea agreement.
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IGUANA, SE~EMBER 2008, PAGE 17 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2008, PAGE 17'
Does science have a place in Florida?
What does an F in science mean to
you? That was the grade given to the
Florida state K-12 science education
standards by the national educa-
tion review nonprofit the Thomas
B. Fordham Institute in their 2005
national review. The Fordham In-
stitute found that the state standards
were "sorely lacking in content" and
the handling of physics was marred
by a "prevalence of errors in fact and
presentation." Moreover, the biol-
ogy standards assiduously avoided
mentioning the word "evolution"
In the 2008 science FCAT, only
a little over a third of the tested 11"h
graders scored at or above their
grade level. That means nearly two-
thirds of Florida high school juniors
clearly demonstrated they lack a
basic understanding of science. In the
National Assessment of Educational
Progress of the US Department of
Education, a 2005 assessment found
that 49 percent of Florida 8" graders
could not perform at a basic science
proficiency level and that Florida
students did not understand concepts
involving the solar system or have
a grasp of cause-and-effect relation-
In its 20-year cyclical review of
science education standards begun
in summer 2007, the Florida Depart-
ment of Education made a significant
effort to correct these failings. The
Department invited a broad range of
outstanding science educators at all
levels, business leaders and citizens
to serve on two committees, one to
devise the approach and methodol-
ogy of revising the standards, and
the other to write the standards. The
forty volunteers involved in the ef-
fort met for at least three days each
month over the next six months to
hammer out a new set of standards,
using as a guide highly rated sci-
ence education standards in effect
for several years in other states such
as Virginia, New York and North
Carolina as well as some of the most
educationally successful countries
around the world. Throughout this
process, Florida Citizens for Science
and other nonprofit groups played an
The product of thousands of hours
of volunteer effort is a new set of
standards for teaching science, which
was applauded by reviewers from
the Fordham Institute and educators
around the country. The Florida stan-
dards are now scientifically accurate,
more teachable, more focused on
experimentation, observation and un-
derstanding rather than rote memori-
zation. Evolution is addressed head-
on as the central organizing concept
of life on this planet, reaffirmed over
and over by observation of nature
through the disciplines of zoology,
botany, paleontology, microbiology,
genetics, medicine and even geology
Despite these wonderful steps
forward, Florida's decision-mak-
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ers and leaders seem to want to take
several steps backward. Our state
government is actively developing
and attracting medical, biological and
other science-based industries to the
Sunshine State and yet teaching mod-
ern science in our schools is still con-
troversial. We question whether our
labor force will be able to support
these industries if our politicians and
educational infrastructure won't sup-
port teaching foundational scientific
theories such as Germ Theory, Cell
Theory, and Evolution Theory. The
Florida Board of Education barely
passed the new science standards in
February by a 4-3 vote following a
hearing made contentious by groups
advocating the teaching of blatantly
unscientific concepts in our public
school classrooms. That hearing was
an embarrassment to science profes-
sionals and educators across the state.
At least a dozen county school
boards in North Florida passed
resolutions opposing the new stan-
dards, while only the Monroe County
School Board passed a resolution in
support. Surprisingly, the Alachua
County School Board declined a citi-
zen request for a resolution support-
ing thenew standards, refusing even
to discuss the issue. At an Alachua
County School Board candidates'
forum in August 2008, when the four
candidates were asked if they sup-
ported teaching biological evolution,
only Eileen Roy responded affirma-
While newspapers around the
state regularly covered the develop-
ment of the standards and the contro-
versy with creationists, the Gaines-
ville Sun declined to cover the issue
in detail despite repeated requests.
The Gainesville Sun published only
one out-of-date AP article from Tal-
lahassee and one editorial despite
ness of this
by the exten-
of other news
ing that in a
community that supports and is sup-
ported by the University of Florida
- a major science research institution
with many science spin-off busi-
nesses that people who set educa-
tion policy are apparently scientifi-
cally illiterate and confused about
the difference between science and
religion. Our county has the highest
per capital education level in the state.
But as can be seen in the above clear
examples, we nonetheless have a low
priority for K-12 science education.
What is stranger, and even fright-
ening, is that the politically driven
state legislature came close this past
session to passing.an "Academic
Freedom Act," which would negate
the new science standards by allow-
ing some teachers to introduce their
own antiscientific, narrow religious
beliefs in the science classroom. It
should be noted that local state Sena-
tor Steve Oelrich did not answer a
letter asking for his position on this
bill. Fortunately, the bill failed, but it
will be brought up again in 2009.
It is critically important to the
future economy of Florida and its sta-
tus in the world that forward-looking
citizens proactively support science
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Evidence for Evolution:
A Tour of Florida Museum Fossil Hall
and Panel Discussion
Saturday, September 13
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Florida Natural History Museum and
Ham Art Museum Caf6
1:30 2:30 pm Fossil Hall Guided Tour, Florida Museum on Hull Road
(offNW 34th Street across from Hilton Hotel)
Dr. Bruce MacFadden, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology.
3:00 4:30 pm Panel Discussion, Ham Art Museum Cafe (lower level).
Panelists: Jonathan Bloch, Professor of Geology and Zoology;
Kevin Folta, Professor of Horticultural Science;
Joe Meert, Professor of Geological Science.
Sponsored by: Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
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Keep anti-woman "morals" out
of our pharmacies
Friday, August 29, Campus National
Organization for Women (NOW) and
supporters rallied on the corner of
University and 13th Street with signs
proclaiming "HHS is Sexist" and
"Women Decide NOT Pharmacists."
The group was protesting a new
Health and Human Services, HHS,
anti-birth control regulation that is
currently being considered.
This regulation is referred to as the
"conscience clause." The "con-
science clause" will allow phar-
macists to refuse care to women if
they feel it is against their moral or
religious beliefs. Some companies
refuse to hire such pharmacists, but
under this new enforcement com-
panies would no longer have that
choice. Which makes it that much
harder for women to get what we
need, when we need it.
The regulation quotes a poll that
says 49% of Americans believe that
life begins at conception (despite
the American Medical Association's
definition of pregnancy as occurring
at implantation of the fertilized egg
in the uterus), and therefore people
with that belief should not be forced
to takepart in something that they
don't agree with. It should be noted
that there is nro way to tell whether
fertilization,h has ppened,- like
there is with pregnancy. Birth control
pills could be effective in prevent-
ing a pregnancy even though the egg
has been fertilized -- and therefore,
according to' some, could be consid-
ered little mini "abortions" happening
without our ever knowing it.
Other than that, the regulation says
that any health institution receiving
federal funding even Medicaid can
claim conscientious objector status
and refuse services to women trying
to get birth control. What's scary is
that any health insurance companies
that provide coverage for birth con-
trol (the few that do) could now drop
Campus NOW says women need to
have full access to all forms of birth
control in order to control the direc-
tion of our lives. Birth control may
or may not prevent fertilized eggs
from implanting in a uterus Cam-
pus NOW says it doesn't matter!
Whatever you want to call it, birth
control and the morning after pill are
ways women take responsibility and
control of their lives. No pharmacist,
secretary of the HHS, lawyer, doctor,
man, or politician can take that away
Call Mike Leavitt, the secretary of
the HHS, at 1-877-696-6775, or leave
him a note on his blog, http://secre-
tarysblog.hhs.gov/. Tell him that you
support women's reproductive rights.
Tell him pharmacists should not be
the ones to decide whether a woman
takes birth control pills or the morn-
ing after pill. Women are the experts
on our bodies and our lives Let US
To contact Campus National Organi-
zation for Women (NOW) email us
at email@example.com or call 321
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IGUANA, SEnTEMBER 2008, PAGE 20
CMC 15th Anniver-
sary events include
Sam Pacetti concert
The Civic Media Center will
present a concert with renowned
guitarist, singer songwriter Sam
Pacetti on Thurday evening Octo-
ber 16 at the Spanish Court of the
historic Thomas Center in down-
The concert will be the
kickoff of three days of events
marking the CMC's fifteenth.
anniversary. Concert tickets will
be $12 in advance and $15 at the
door. Advance tickets will be at
Wild Iris Books. Doors will open
at 7:30 with the concert at 8pm.
Refreshments will be
available but due to new rules
at the Thomas Center, alcohol is
BYOB only, sorry for the incon-
This description from the
website of his solo album "Soli-
tary Traveler" captures Sam well:
"Sam Pacetti grew up in St.
Augustine, Florida. At age 13,.
he saw Chet Atkins on TV and
thought, "Yeah, that's the way
guitar should be played." So Sam
bought a couple of finger-picks
and grew his nails. "I was ter-
rible," he admits. Fate intervened
shortly afterwards in the person
of Gamble Rogers, the legend-
ary picker and raconteur from St.
Augustine who took the young
Pacetti under his wing. After hear-
ing Pacetti play, Rogers asked the
high school student if he'd like
to get together and pick a little
guitar. Pacetti and Rpgers met and
played weekly for the next year.
Tragically, Rogers died
while trying to rescue a tourist
caught in a rip current at Flagler
Beach, Florida. Pacetti counts
Rogers as his most important in-
fluence. Tradition and innovation
neatly balance in Sam Pacetti's
music, the whole infused by a
The concert is cospon-
sored by WUFT-FM and the City
of Gainesville Dept of Parks,
Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Have you read The Fine Print?
It's a new student publication that
just made its debut this month.
SCreated for and by the students
of the University of Florida,
The Fine Print is a monthly
paper that intends to provide in-
depth articles on issues directly
affecting students, both politically
alid' ia l t;lso focuses on
local art and culture, and has
a sincere interest in promoting
student musicians and artists.
But in the bigger picture, The Fine
Print hopes to provide a more
complete and honest view of the
establishment on campus and how
it relates to the students. For far
too long students have been kept
in the dark, and it is time for their
eyes to be opened. The Fine Print
hopes to do just that, or at the very
least provide an alternative to the
existing campus media outlets.
Our first issue provides an in-
depth look at the questionable
corporation controlling UF's
dining services Aramark. There
is also an interview with a veteran
from the Iraq War, as well as a
few historical pieces.
Pick up a copy of The Fine Print
at various locations on campus
(wherever you can find a staff
member) or at the Civic Media
Center. If you're interested in
getting involved or donating
much-needed funds to cover
printing costs, e-mail us at alt.
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Concert for Peace Sept. 13th
The International Day of Peace was
established in 1981 by a United
Nations Resolution and it is celebrated
on September 21 of each year.
The observance is to be a day of
strengthening the ideals of peace and
alleviating tensions and causes of conflict
the world over and to cooperating with
the United Nations in establishing a
More than 1700 organizations in over
175 nations are planning Peace Day
activities with a wide array of actions
that contribute to a culture of peace.
I am so grateful to live in Gainesville,
a city that continues to grow a healthy,
dedicated and diverse peacebuilding
community. All through the year,
there are people who actively give of
themselves to assure that others may
have a more meaningful existence.
And so it is when I and others speak of
the lack of peace, we are not limiting it
to international conflicts but we take into
account the struggle of so many of us to
improve the quality of our lives at home,
our institutions, our environment, our
government and our.planetary future.
In Gainesville, we use the days leading
up to September 21 as an opportunity
to offer a variety of events to inspire,
educate, celebrate and transform our city
and the world.
The Peace Forum which is a
collaborative body of folks from many
different local organizations meets ,
monthly at the Civic Media Center and
this group has helped to focalize the
various strategies that each group uses to
fulfill their mission.
On September 13 at the Downtown Plaza
several peace organizations have come
together in yet another collaborative
effort to produce a free Concert for Peace
from 5 PM 10 PM. This is a landmark
occasion for the City of Gainesville and
will feature live music, a unique on-
screen peace presentation, informative
booths and food and refreshments.
gmail.com 352-494-6235 or 352-375-
The North Central Florida Department
of Peace Campaign is planning their
annual "Walk for Peace" walkathon!
It's a fun, creative, dynamic way to raise
awareness of and funds for the campaign
to establish a Cabinet Level U.S.
Department of Peace and Nonviolence.
This walk will bd on September 20 at 9
AM starting at Westside Park, walking
to the graffiti wall where we will have a
hands on experience and then back to the
park. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's very exciting for us to see the
benefits of local peacebuilders working
together hand in hand to manifest the
world we all long to live in.
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2008, PAGE 22
Free Concert for Peace
E. University Ave., Gainesville
Sat. Sept. 13th 5- 10pm
Booths and Food
Proceeds to go to
World Food Program
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the "town vs. gown separation" that
continues to define Gainesville's
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Volunteering opportunities, activism
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tenth anniversary, which is set for
September 17t' through the 19'h. "It
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v- include but are not limited to the
local chapter of Iraq Veterans Against
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Ten years ago, a group of local
politicos came up with an idea for
an event, which not only opened up
local activist groups for recruiting new
members, but was also a satire of the
Greek community's yearly rituals. The
idea stuck, and Radical Rush was born.
Now in its tenth year, the annual
event on UF campus has become a
tradition in the Gainesville activist
scene, where community and student
groups come together in a festive
atmosphere to table and put on events
around the city in an effort to recruit
new members to their causes.
"It was initially a joke, but then after
the first Radical Rush, we realized that
what the Greeks do actually works,"
recollects Joe Courter, a co-founder
of the Civic Media Center and one of
the editors of thispublication. Within
the first few years, groups like Student
Peace Action (now defunct), the
ACLU, the Civic Media Center and
numerous other groups have recruited
hundreds of new members, simply
by setting up a table and "putting
themselves out there."
Interestingly enough, the political
climate of the day seemed to very much
affect the turnout and interest amongst
the student body. Courter recalls:
"immediately following September
11 h, there wasn't much interest in
radical politics"(the event typically
takes place in mid-September). The
second year, in the run up to the 2000
election, so many groups participated
that the event spread all across
"In the beginning,'the University
administration didn't know what to
make of us. In the second year, we
had so many groups participate that I
think we scared them. It was after this
that the concrete tables in Turlington
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The Civic Media Center screens documentary
films, every Monday at 8pm.
Upcoming films are:
September 15- Killer Coke
Three short films on Coca Colas' repression of
September 22- Cocalero
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, is profiled.
September 29- Murder on a Sunday Morning
Special showings at the Hippodrome Cinema, 7;15
October 6- Blood and Oil
How the quest for oil drives US foreign policy.
The Civic Media Center is located at 1021
W. University Ave. A small donation is
requested, in order to cover operating
For more information call (352) 373-0010
or visit www.civicmediacenter.org
IGUANA, SEM~TMBER 2008, PAGE 24