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Neighbors helping neighbors -
to break into vacant houses
February 18-Poverty rights ac-
tivists broke into at least a dozen
vacant Minneapolis buildings this
week and helped homeless fami-
lies move in.
"This is the modern un-
derground railroad," said Cheri
Honkala, National Organizer for
the Poor People's Economic Hu-
man Rights Campaign, the group
organizing the "takeovers."
This week's actions are
part of a growing national move-
ment to illegally open up thou-
sands of vacant, foreclosed homes
to provide housing for the grow-
ing number of homeless people.
Over 3,000 Minneapolis homes
went into foreclosure in 2008. Ad-
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Denied tenure? .
Jana Sue Borino
Civic Media Center board members and Stetson Kennedy, third from left, cut
the ribbon at the CMC's new location at 433 S. Main St. on Feb. 21. Kennedy,
a Florida Civil Rights pioneer, is donating his personal library to the Center.
Vote "No" on G'ville
Charter Amendment 1
Equality is Gainesville's Business
Human rights are under attack
in Gainesville and you can do
something about it! On the
March 24th, 2009 general city
ballot, Gainesville voters will be
asked whether or not to remove
from the City's nondiscrimination
ordinance. If you think
discrimination is wrong, then you
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should vote "No" on Gainesville
Charter Amendment 1.
Proposed Charter Amendment 1
prohibits the City of Gainesville
from offering nondiscrimination
protections beyond those provided
in the Florida Civil Rights Act;
it sounds innocuous, but the true
impact is huge.
If passed, Charter Amendment
1 would remove existing
based on sexual orientation and
gender identity. Because state
and federal law do not yet include
sexual orientation or gender
identity, it would become legal in
Gainesville to fire someone from
their job, kick them out of their
house, refuse them'service in a
hotel-or restaurant, or deny them a
loan simply because they are gay,
lesbian, bisexual, or transgender
(GLBT). Further, the City could
not add protections for categories
such as veteran or sRocio-economic
Due to a difference in the way
the City and State classify an
employer, Charter Amendment 1
also could weaken employment
the City of Gainesville affords
categories that are included in the
Florida Civil Rights Act (which
are race, color, religion, gender,
national origin, age, handicap,
marital and familial status).
Specifically, protections against
discrimination in employment
under the Florida Civil Rights Act
apply to businesses with 15 or
more employees. In Gainesville,
nondiscrimination protections in
employment apply to businesses
with 5 or more employees. If
Charter Amendment 1 passes,
Gainesville's protections would
have to mirror state law. So,
those individuals who work for a
business with between 5 and 14
employees would no longer enjoy
protections from discrimination
in employment. That means, for
example, it would become legal to
not hire someone because they are
Jewish or deny them a promotion
if they are African American if
they work for a business with less
than 15 employees.
These are just some of the
implications of the broad
sweeping language of Charter
Amendment 1, which was put
on the ballot by Citizens for
Good Public Policy, a group
running a fear-based campaign
of misinformation. They have
framed the amendment as a
fight solely about bathrooms,
using baseless scare tactics to
deceive voters and get them to
legalize discrimination. For
example, their campaign aired
a commercial showing a young
blond girl entering a public
bathroom followed by a scruffy
tfan and a caption stating "Your
city commission made this
legal," which they followed with
a similarly- themed mailer to
those who requested an absentee
ballot. These assertions, and the
underlying insinuations, are both
outrageous and untrue.
Criminal law clearly prohibits
illegal behavior both inside
and outside public bathrooms.
Nothing in Gainesville's
nondiscrimination laws negates
or is in conflict with criminal
law. As stated in the frequently
asked questions about Charter
Amendment 1 on the City's
website, laws that prohibit such
criminal conduct will continue
to be enforced whether or not the
proposed amendment passes or
To confirm what this battle is
really about, one need only go
to the website of The Thomas
More Law Center, which calls
itself "The Sword and Shield
for People of Faith" and its
legal work a "ministry." In their
fundraising appeal letter from
their Chief Counsel, they say they
are "currently helping several
Florida pro-family groups oppose
the radical homosexual agenda
in their communities. ...The
law center also helped draft a
charter amendment and organize
Christians and business leaders
in Gainesville to overturn a
misguided attempt to give civil
rights to the self-perceived gender
identity of individuals." Their
intentional targeting of GLBT
people could not be clearer.
Fortunately, many organizations
understand the true intent and
impact of Charter Amendment
1 and oppose it, including the
Gainesville Commission on
the Status of Women, Planned
Area NOW, Alachua County
Democratic Party, North Central
Florida Central Labor Council,
and the Alachua County NAACP,
among others. Clearly, none of
these organizations would oppose -
Charter Amendment I if there
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were a legitimate public safety
We must take this attack on civil
rights seriously! If such an attack
can happen in Gainesville it can
happen anywhere. Vote NO to
discrimination by voting NO to
Charter Amendment 1 on March
Michelle Ott is a Steering
Committee Member for Equality
Civic Media Center
is Gainesville's Business, a,
political action committee formed
to defeat Charter Amendment
1, and to ensure voters know
to vote "No" on Gainesville
Charter Amendment 1. To get
involved and take a stand against
discrimination, visit their website
There are opportunities to canvass,
phone bank, wave signs, and
donate money to support the
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Mon. 4/20 "Encounter Point" 8pm
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Vacant houses...cont. from page 1
vocates estimate that over 7,000
Minnesotans are homeless. Most
Twin Cities' homeless shelters
have been filled to capacity for
On a recent afternoon, organizers
planned their next takeover while
eating cabbage, rice, sausage, and
corn bread prepared by Rosemary,
a 59-year-old African American
woman facing eviction from her
home. Rosemary, who asked that
her last name not be used, plans to
remain in her house illegally after
the March 31 eviction date. In the
meantime, she spends her time
organizing for tenant's rights.
"Welcome to the revolution,"
Rosemary said, greeting a home-
less couple looking for housing.
Lonnetta and Dwayne took a seat
on Rosemary's couch. Dwayne,
52, walking on crutches from a
series of recent foot surgeries,
explained that he lost his janito-
rial job in June when he broke his
foot. The married couple asked
that their last name not be used.
"Welcome to the Revolution!"
Forced to survive on Lonnetta's
$637 a month Social Security
check, the couple soon became
homeless. Social service providers
told them to stay at Harbor Light,
a homeless shelter in downtown
Minneapolis, where the couple
would be housed on different
floors. Lonnetta, 48, feared being
separated from her sick husband
who she said needs frequent
reminders to take his medication.
Instead, the couple started living
out of their truck.
A relative put Lonnetta and
Dwayne in contact with the Poor
People's Economic Human Rights
Campaign, a national anti-poverty
organization based in Minneapo-
The activist group helped
move homeless families
into vacant properties, and
used the publicity from
those occupations to force
the city to issue housing
Honkala, the group's National
Organizer, became an activist in
her teenage years when she and
her young son lived in her car
after becoming homeless. When a
drunk driver hit the car one night,
Honkala said she got fed up, and
moved into a vacant Minneapolis
HUD property for several months.
After years of anti-poverty work,
Honkala rose to national promi-
nence in the 1990s by founding
the Kensington Welfare Rights
Union in an impoverished Phila-
delphia neighborhood. The activ-
ist group helped move homeless
families into vacant properties,
and used the publicity from those
occupations to force the city to
issue housing vouchers.
Honkala moved back to Minne-
apolis two years ago and started
matching homeless families with
vacant buildings. She estimates
that about forty families have
been housed since her return,
including twelve this week.
Honkala met Dwayne and Lonnet-
ta last week. She offered to find
them housing in a vacant home.,
The couple readily agreed.
The plan turned out to be more
difficult than the couple antici-
pated. Activists first attempted
to house the couple in a vacant
South Minneapolis home. A city
inspector and the police soon ar-
rived and demanded they leave.
The police issued trespassing cita-
tions to Lonnetta, Dwayne, Honk-
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19-year-old organizer. Honkala
said that a pro bono attorney will-
provide legal assistance.
Activists then led the couple to
Rosemary's house, where they
hoped to house the couple in one
of the block's five vacant homes.
While chatting in Rosemary's
living room, Honkala received a
phone call. "Well, that's not go-
ing to work," she said. "Burglar
Honkala grabbed several.
documents left on the.
downstairs kitchen counter,
stating that HUD owns the
However, with no shortage of
properties to choose from, it only
took a few phone calls to find a
new location several blocks away.
Within a few minutes, Honkala,
Levinsholden, Lonnetta, and
Dwayne were inside a large,
empty yellow duplex.
Dwayne cautiously walked around
broken glass on the kitchen floor
and made his way into the dining
room, surveying the hardwood
floors and large windows. "I want
it," he said.
"Look at that bathroom," said
Lonnetta, turning on what ap-
peared to be a brand new light
fixture. "That's pretty." She then
made her way into the living
room, painted blue, but marked
with dozens of white splotches to
cover up graffiti.
When asked how the activists will
get the heat and hot water turned
on, Honkala grinned and said,
"God turns on the utilities."
Rosemary, who came by to
inspect the couple's new home,
stumbled while walking up the
steep staircase to the second floor.
After dusting herself off, she
looked around the upstairs kitch-
en: a row of old wooden cabinets
and an empty space where a
dishwasher might have been, "Not
bad," she said.
Meanwhile, Honkala grabbed sev-
eral documents left on the down-
stairs kitchen counter, including
paperwork stating that HUD
owns the house. One document
indicated that the home was last
inspected on February 3rd.
"This is just a waste," she said.
"It's a waste to have thousands of
empty homes like this and people
with no place to live." Organizers
plan to provide furniture and help
the families with basic renova-
Honkala said that the Poor Peo-
ple's Economic Human Rights
Campaign will continue to house
the homeless in vacant buildings
until the government can provide
a safe, affordable alternative.
More takeovers are planned for
Meanwhile, Rosemary faces
eviction in a few weeks, but has
no plans to leave. "We'll pack my
house with people," she said. "It'll
be a showdown."
"Wait," Dwayne said, looking sur-
prised. "You're going to lose your
home, too?" He shook his head.
"No man, we ain't gonna let them
do that, no way. We're neighbors."
Madeleine Baran is a freelance
journalist specializing in labor
and poverty issues. Her articles
have appeared in The New York
Daily News, Dollars & Sense,
Clamor, and other publications.
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If banks are 'too big to fail' they should be public
Time for permanent bank nationalization
The Treasury Department's recent
bailouts of major U.S. banks will
result in a massive transfer of income
from taxpayers to those banks' bond-
Under the government's current
bailout plan, the total sum of money
transferred from taxpayers to bond-
holders will probably be atleast sev-
eral hundred billion dollars and could
be as much as $1 trillion, which is
about $3,300 for each man, woman,
and child in the United States. These
bondholders took risks and made lots
of money during the recent boom,
but now taxpayers are being forced to
bail them out and pay for their losses.
This trillion-dollar transfer of income
from taxpayers to bondholders is an
economic injustice that should be
stopped immediately, and it can be
stopped- if the government fully and
permanently nationalizes the banks
that are "too big to fail."
The TARP program ("Troubled As-
sets Recovery Program") has gone
through several incarnations. It was
originally intended to purchase high-
risk mortgage-backed securities from
banks. But this plan floundered be-
cause it is very difficult in the current
circumstances to determine the value
of these risky assets, and thus the
price the government should pay for
them. The main policy for the first
$350 billion spent so far has been to
invest government capital into banks
by buying preferred stock (which
is the equivalent of a loan), which
receives a 5% rate of return (Warren
Buffet gets a 10% rate of return when
he buys preferred stocks these days)
and has no voting rights. Managers
of the banks are not being replaced,
and there are usually cosmetic limits
on executive pay, unlikely to be
enforced. So these bank managers,
who are largely responsible for the
banking crisis, will continue to be
rewarded with salaries of millions of
dollars per year, paid for in part with
taxpayer money. Existing bank stock
loses value as the bank issues stock
secured by TARP funds.
But the main beneficiaries of the gov-
ernment bailout money are the bond-
holders of the banks. In the event of
future losses, which are likely to be
enormous, the government bail-
out money will be used directly or
indirectly to pay off the bondholders.
This could eventually take all of the
available TARP money, and per-
haps even more. So the government
bailout of the banks is ultimately a
bailout of the banks' bondholders,
paid for by taxpayers.
The Bush administration's rationale
for this approach to the bailout was
that if the government did not bail
out the banks and their bondholders,
then the whole financial system in the
United States would collapse. No-
body would lend money to anybody,
and the economy would seize up (in
the memorable words of George W.
Bush: "this sucker would go down").
Bush Treasury secretary Paulson
presented us with an unavoidable di-
lemma-either bail out the bondhold-
ers with taxpayers' money or suffer a
severe recession or depression.
If Paulson's assertion were correct,
it would be a stinging indictment of
our current financial system. It would
imply that the capitalist financial
system, left on its own, is inherently
unstable, and can only avoid spark-
ing major economic crises by being
bailed out by the government, at the
taxpayers' expense. There is a double
indictment here: the capitalist finan-
cial system is inherently unstable and
the necessary bailouts are economi-
But there is a better alternative, a
more equitable, "taxpayer friendly"
option: Permanently nationalize
banks that are "too big to fail" and
run these banks according to public
policy objectives (affordable hous-
ing, green energy, etc.), rather than
with the objective of private profit
maximization. The nationalization
of banks, if it's done right, would
clearly be superior to current bailout
policies because it would not involve
a massive transfer of wealth from
taxpayers to bondholders.
Besides providing a more equitable
response to the current bankigg
crisis, nationalizing the biggest banks
will help ensure that a crisis like this
never happens again, and we never
again have to bail out the banks
and their bondholders to "save the
economy." Once some banks have
become "too big to fail" and every-
one understands that the government
will always bail out these large banks
to avoid a systematic collapse, it
follows that these banks should be
nationalized. Otherwise, the implicit
promise of a bailout gives mega-
banks a license to take lots of risks
and make lots of money in good
times, and then let the taxpayers
pay for their losses in the bad times.
Economists call this dilemma the
"moral hazard" problem. In this case,
we might instead call it the "econom-
ic injustice" problem.
The best way to avoid this legal rob-
bery of taxpayers is to nationalize the
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banks. If taxpayers are going to pay
for banks' losses, then they should
also receive their profits. The main
justification for private profit is to
encourage capitalists to invest and
to invest wisely because they would
suffer the losses if their investment
fails. But if the losses fall not on
capitalists, but instead on the taxpay-
ers, then this justification for private
Freed from the need to maximize
short-term profit, nationalized banks
would also make the economy more
stable in the future. They would take
fewer risks during an expansion, to
avoid debt-induced bubbles, which
inevitably burst and cause so much -
hardship. For example, there would
be fewer housing bubbles; instead,
the deposits of these megabanks
would be invested in decent afford-
able housing available to all. With
housing more affordable, mortgages
would be more affordable and less
The newly nationalized banks could
also increase their lending to credit-
worthy businesses and households,
and thereby help stabilize the econ-
omy and lessen the severity of the
current recession. As things stand,
banks do not want to increase their
lending, since the crediworthiness
of any borrower is difficult to deter-
mine, especially that of other banks
that may also hold toxic assets. They
have suffered enormous losses over
the last year, and they fear that more
enormous losses are still to come.
Banks prefer instead to hoard capital
as a cushion against these expected
What the government is doing now
is giving money to banks in one way
or another, and then begging them to
please lend this money to businesses
and households. Nationalization is
clearly the better solution. Instead
of giving money to the banks and
begging them to lend, the govern-
ment should nationalize the banks in
trouble and lend directly to credit-
worthy businesses and households.
How would the nationalization of
banks work? I suggest the following
general principles and guidelines:
The federal government would.
become the owner of any "systemi-
cally significant" bank that asks for a
government rescue or goes into bank-
ruptcy proceedings. The value of
existing stock would be wiped out, as
it would be in a normal bankruptcy.
The government would itself
operate the banks. Top management
would be replaced by government
banking officials, and the managers
would not receive "golden para-
chutes" of any kind.
Most importantly, the banks'
long-term bonds would be converted
into common stock in the banks. This
would restore the banks to solvency,
so they could start lending again. The
private common stock would be sub-
ordinate to the government preferred
stock in the capital structure, which
would mean that any future losses
would be taken out of the private
stock before the government stock.
Bondholders could also be given
the option of converting their stocks
back to bonds at a later date, with a
significant write-down or discount,
determined by bankruptcy judges.
These "bonds-to-stocks" swaps (of-
ten called "debt-to-equity" swaps), or
partial write-downs if the bondhold-
ers so choose, are a crucial aspect of
an equitable nationalization of banks.
The bondholders lent their money
and signed contracts that stipulated
that if the banks went bankrupt, they
might suffer losses. Now the banks
are bankrupt and the bondholders
should take the losses.
This process of accelerated bank-
ruptcy and nationalization should be
applied in the future to any banks
that are in danger of bankruptcy
and are deemed to be systemicallyy
significant." This would include the
next crises at Citigroup and Bank of
America. Other banks in danger of
bankruptcy that are not "systemi-
cally significant" should be allowed
to fail.There should be no more
bailouts of the bondholders at the
expense of taxpayers. In addition,
the banks who received some of the
first $350 billion should be subject
to stricter conditions along the lines
that Congress attached to the second
$350 billion-that banks should be
required to increase their lending to
businesses and consumers, to fully
account for how they have spent the
government capital, and to follow
strict limitations on executive com-
pensation. The government should
withdraw its capital from any banks
that fail to meet these standards.
There is one other acceptable option:
the government could create entirely
new banks that would purchase good
assets from banks and increase lend-
ing to credit-worth borrowers. These
government banks are sometimes
called "good banks," in contrast to
the "bad bank" proposals that have
been floated recently, according to
which the government would set up a
bank to purchase bad ("toxic") assets
from banks. The term "good bank"
is no doubt more politically accept-
able than "government bank," but
the meaning is the same. The only
difference between the "good bank"
proposal and the nationalization
proposal I've outlined here is that my
proposal would start with existing
banks and turn them into government
In recent weeks, there has been more
and more talk about and even ac-
ceptance of the "nationalization" of
banks. The Washington Post recently
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ran an op-ed by NYU economists
Nouriel Roubini and Matthew
Richardson entitled "Nationalize the
Banks! We Are All Swedes Now,"
and New York Times business col-
umnist Joe Nocera has written about
how more and more economists and
analysts are beginning to call for na-
tionalization: "Nationalization. I just
said it. The roof didn't cave in."
Even former Fed chair Alan Greens-
pan, whom many regard as one of the
main architects of the current crisis,
recently told the Financial Times that
(temporary) nationalization may be
the "least bad option": He added, "I
understand that once in a hundred
years this is what you do."
But there are three crucial differ-
ences between such pseudo-nation-
alizations and full-fledged, genuine
The pseudo-nationalizations are
intended to be temporary. In this,
they follow the model of the Swed-
ish government, which temporarily
nationalized some major banks in the
early 1990s, and has subsequently
almost,entirely re-privatized them.
Real nationalization would be per-
manent; if banks are "too big to fail",
then they have to be public, to avoid
more crises and unjust bailouts in the
In pseudo-nationalizations, the
government has little or no decision-
making power in running the banks.
In real nationalization, the govern-
ment would have complete control
over the banks, and would run the
banks according to public policy
objectives democratically decided.
bondholders don't lose anything,
and the loans owed by the banks to
the bondholders are paid in full, in
large part by taxpayers' money. In
real nationalization, the bondholders
would suffer their own losses, just as
they reaped the profits by themselves
in the good times, and the taxpayers
would not pay for the losses.
In mid-February, Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner announced the
Obama administration's plans for the
bank bailout-renamed the "Finan-
cial Stability Plan." This plan is very
similar to Paulson's two versions of
TARP: it includes both purchases of
high-risk mortgage-backed securities
from banks and also investing capital
in banks. The main new feature is
that. government capital is supposed
to be invested together with private
capital. But in order to attract private
capital, the government will have -
to provide sufficient guarantees, so
most of the risks will still fall on tax-
payers. So Geithner's Financial Sta-
bility Plan has the same fundamental
flaw as Paulson's TARP: it bails but
the banks and their bondholders at
the expense of taxpayers.
The public should demand that the
Obama administration should cancel
these plans for further bank bailouts
and consider other options, includ-
ing genuine, permanent nationaliza-
.tion. Permanent nationalization with
bonds-to-stocks swaps for bondhold-
ers is the most equitable solution to
the current banking crisis, and would
provide a better basis for a more
stable and public-oriented banking
system in the future.
Fred Moseley is a professor of eco-
nomics at Mt. Holyoke College. This
article is from the March/April 2009
issue of Dollars & Sense, available
SOURCES: Dean Baker, Time for
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vs. Bad Bank: a Rare Example of a
Krishna Guha and Edward Luce,
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tion, Financial Times, February 18,
2008; Joe Nocera, A Stress Test for
the Latest Bailout Plan, New York
Times, February 13, 2009; James
Petras, No Bailout for Wall Street
Matthew Richardson and Nouriel
Roubini, Nationalize the Banks!
We're All Swedes Now, Washington
Post, February 15, 2009; Joseph
'Stiglitz, Is the Entire Bailout Strategy
Flawed? Let's Rethink This Before
It's Too Late, alternet.org.
Groups challenge UF
for denial of tenure
to Dr. Gwendolyn
The following letter was sent
to UF's president, Provost and
others on March 9.
Dear Provost Glover; Dr. Machen;
We, the undersigned campus and
community organizations, are writing
to express our shock and dismay that
the University of Florida has denied
tenure to Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah
Simmons (Department of Religion).
Dr. Simmons has unique talents and
experience as a teacher and scholar
and it would be a terrible loss to'
UF and the Gainesville community
at large if she is forced to seek
employment elsewhere because UF
failed to recognize her value.
At a time when the whole country is
assessing how we traveled the long
distance from Jim Crow to President
Obama, Dr. Simmons brings not only
her years of scholarship, she also
brings her experience on the front
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IGUANA, MARCH-APRIL 2009, PAGE 8
lines of the Southern Civil Rights
Movement particularly as one of the
few female project directors with
the legendary Student Non-Violent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in
the dangerous state of Mississippi.
In addition, she has many years
participating in and studying Black-
led political movements in the U.S.
This is why she is able to bring
such a treasury of experience and
knowledge to her students. UF
already has a shortage of African-
American teachers, mentors and role-
models for students. The departure of
Dr. Simmons will further exacerbate
To those areas, Dr. Simmons adds
her scholarship around the question
of women and Islam, another cutting-
edge question for our time. Her book
on women and Islam is much-needed
and urgent to improve understanding
about women's position in Islam and
the world. In Dr. Simmons' case, the
academic diktat "publish or perish"
has never been more misapplied.
Her work is ambitious, in a field
that is relatively neglected. The
time constraints placed on her for
publication ignore these factors, and
also ignore the many articles and
lectures she has given around the
country and the world.
In addition to speaking and
delivering papers nationally and
internationally, Dr. Simmons
has brought her scholarship and
experience to the UF and Gainesville
community, participating in talks and
forums including those hosted by the
groups that are signing this letter,
among others. For example, she is
speaking on a panel in Library East
on March 17, "Florida Black History:
Where We Stand in the Age of
Barack Obama" in which Dr. Machen
is also participating. Dr. Simmons'
active, engaged scholarship brings
prestige to UF, promotes the voices
of the voiceless, and provides that
spark by which students are moved
to do great things.
We hope you will reconsider this
decision, so that the great gifts Dr.
Simmons brings will not be lost to
this university and community.
Gainesville Area National
Organization for Women (NOW)
Gainesville Women's Liberation
Redstockings Women's Liberation
Student National Pharmaceutical
Association (SNPhA), UF chapter
University of Florida Campus
National Organization for Women
Women's Liberation Women of
Dr. Simmons will speak on a
panel, "Florida Black History:
Where We Stand in the Age of
Barack Obama," along with
Florida Civil Rights activist
Dan Harmeling and others on
Tuesday, March 17th at Library
East on the UF Campus.
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IGUANA, MARCH-APRIL 2009, PAGE 9
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Grassroots,
cross-cultural theater at 619 S. Main St. (Baird
Ctr). Info: 375-1321; www.acrosstown.org.
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless
and Hungry Meets 3rd Wednesdays, St Francis
House, 9 am; www.acchh.org, 378-0460.
Alachua County Labor Party Just Health Care
,committee works on universal health care; P.O.
Box 12051, Gainesville 32602; 375-2832.
Alachua County NAACP Meets 4th Thursdays,
1105 NW 5th Ave. Info: Michael Bowie, 392-
9196, ext. 21.
All-African People's Revolutionary Party Pan-
African socialist party working for African libera-
tion worldwide. 352-514-7364 email poorvida@
American Civil Liberties Union ACLU defends
Bill of Rights; board meetings open to public, 3rd
Wednesday, 7 pm, SFCC Downtown boardroom.
Info: 338-7727; PO Box 1534, Gainesville 32602.
Amnesty International Gainesville chapter of
worldwide human rights movement; UFAmnes-,
Animal Activists of Alachua Raising awareness'
of animal exploitation semi-monthly meetings;
Asian Student Union Umbrella organization
including Chinese, Filipino, Korean & Vietnamese
student groups; contact 392-1665 x 325
Black Student Union Organization of African-
American students at UF: 392-1665, ext 321.
Books for Prisoners Meets Mondays, 7 pm, at
Books, Inc; PO Box 12164, Gainesville 32602:
Bridges Across Borders Fla-based international
collaboration of activists, artists, students &
educators supporting cultural diversity & global
Campus Am. Civil Liberties Union Defends
personal freedoms & civil rights. Info: caclu@
Campus Counterpoise Collective-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, 433 S. Main St.; 2-8 pm,
Mon-Th., 2-6 Fri & Sat. Info: 373-0010; www.
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-
466-1178, www.conserveflorida.org. )
CopyNight Gainesville Monthly social meetup
for people interested in copyright reform.'All
ages. Artists, lawyers, technologists especially
Critical Resistance Working on issues of
prisons & prisoner rights; www.criticalresis-
tance.org or call 338-1140. P.O. Box 13761,
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.
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.lrish Pub 7-9pm. www.
Edible Plant Project Local collective to create
a revolution through edible and food-producing
plants. www.edibleplantproject.org 665-2094.
Equality is Gainesville's Business formed to
fight anti-LGBT Charter Amd. on March ballot.
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-
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2008, PAGE 10 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655. |
Florida Free Culture UF student group promot-
ing cultural participation, public interest intellec-
tual property policy, http://uf.freeculture.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 Ist Tuesday of month at
St. Augustine's Hurley House, 6:pm; info: 378-
1690, PO Box 13024, Gainesville 32604.
Gainesville Community Alliance Socially
oriented group for gays, lesbians, bis & friends.
Info: 373-3557; w.ww.gcaonline.org.
Gainesville-Cuba Friendship Network Local
group opposing embargo & promoting normal-
ized relations with Cuba; info: 386-418-3791.
Gainesville International Dance Party
Dance to a different beat! Every Friday night,
from 8 11 PM, at 308 W. University. http://
www.gifd.org/ or 359 2903. Learn dances from
around the world. Instruction at all levels; for all
ages. $5; $3 for students.
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-Fri, 3-7
pm, Saturday 12-4 pm. Info: 377-8915.
Graduate Assistants United Represents all UF
grad assistants. Fighting for improved working
conditions, community involvement, and aca-
demic freedom. 238 Norman Hall, 392-0274.
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2008, PAGE 10
Green Party Meeting times & places vary.386-
Greening UF Advocating campus sustainability
through waste reduction & recycling; 273-1174;
Habitat for Humanity Building low-income
homes in Alachua County; Sat. work days. Info:
Harvest of Hope Foundation Distributes emer-
gency and educational financial aid to migrant
farmworkers and their families across the country.
Philip Kellerman, 352-372-1312 or
Hemlock Society Local chapter of right-to-die
organization; info: 373-9732.
Human Rights Awareness on Campus wolf7@
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. GainesvillelWW@riseup.net. Contact
Joe at 352-246-2240.
Interweave Gay/les/bi & allies educational &
support group, based at Unitarian Fellowship.
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) In
Gainesville area contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gator Linux Users Meets to support "open
software," a free alternative to proprietary appli-
cations imposed by the Microsoft monopoly. Visit
www.gatorlug.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,
MindFreedom North Florida Human rights
group for psychiatric survivors and mental health
consumers. Info 352-328-2511
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
UF Law School. 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
Tune in to: "America Left, powered by Air
America Radio," on XM Satellite channel 167.
Also: "Sirius Left" on Sirius Satellite channel
146 for more liberal talk through the Nova M
Radio network. North Florida e-newsletter:
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.
Planned Parenthood Clinic
Full service medical clinic for reproductive
and sexual health care needs. Now offering
free HIV and free pregnancy testing daily from
9-1 lam and 1-4pm. 914 NW 13th Street 352-
Pride Community Center of North Central
Florida at 3131 NW 13th St, ste 62. Resources
for the gay/lesbian community, openM-F, 3-7,
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.
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@
yahoo.com i "
Students Organizing for Justice & Action
Student led coalition at UF supporting goals
& practice of affirmative action: listserv at
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 & refer-
ral service that links people with questions to
resources with answers. To give or get help call
2-1-1 or 332-4636. www.unitedwayncfl.org
Vegetarian Events A non-profit educational
. organization in Alachua County. Info: 386-454-'
Veg-4-Life Vegan Potluck. First Saturdays, 6
p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship. Info: 375-7207.
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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Best Chinese Food in Town
* PAD THAI
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* DINNER COMBOS
. Lunch Specials $5 wlsoda
M-Th.: 11 am- 10:30pm
Fri, Sat.: llam llpm
Sunday: noon 10:30pm
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S- Jacksonville's public radio station has
Radio NPR talk during the day it's located
/ / at 89.9 on the FM dial.
Notes: Weekday schedule:' 10 am-12: Diane
Rehm (interview & call-in); noon-1
pm: Terry Gross, Fresh Air; 1-2 pm:
Hey west Day to Day host Alex Chadwick;
S/ 2-4 pm: Talk of the Nation.
G'ville Terry Gross's Fresh Air repeats at 7 pm.
WGOT Check out This American Life, Saturdays
low-power FM 2 pm, Sundays 1 pm (repeat); reception
on the air better towards east side of town.
tune in at 94.7 WUFTr-FM (89.1) now broadcasts Fresh
(see schedule, Air, noon, Mon-Fri; also Alternative
inside: email Radio now airs at 7 pm on Mondays.
15 The Black Balloon
(Australia,,2008) is Hipp
film, runs 13th-19th.
Earth First! Roadshow work-
shops in Pleasant Park (NW 2nd
St & 5th Ave), starting 10 am:
organizing, legal, survival, climb-
ing, blockades, oppression, much
more; info: 352-246-6736.
Gandhi Study Group, 3rd Sun-
days at Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church, 100 NE 1st St, 3-5 pm.
1 LGBT rally in Tallahassee:
0U see eqfl.org for details.
Alt. Radio: Studs Terkel, "Which
Side Are You On?" (pt 1):' WUFT-FM,
Early Voting begins for city election,
Admin Bldg downtown, 9 am-5 pm;
runs through Saturday._
Until the Violence Stops documen-
tary on Vagina Monologues at CMC,
8 pm. Acoustic music follows, 10 pm.
F23 Alt. Radio: Studs Terkel,
"Which Side Are You On?" (pt
2): WUFT-FM, 7 pm.
Cronos at Hipp Cinema.
Citizens Co-op presents food activist
Tom Steams at the Thomas Ctr:
workshop, 12:30-5 pm; talk, 7 pm.
Dare to Dream: film at CMC, 8 pm.
3 Alt. Radio: Robert Fisk on
0"War Reporting", WUFT-FM,
Bandit Queen (powerful Indian non-
doc movie, tells true story of repres-
sion & revenge in 20th-century India)
is CMC film, 8 pm, 433 S. Main St.
6 Fla Free Speech Forum:
Buddy Davis Writing Compe-
tition winners, WUFT-FM, 7 pm.
Persepolis animated history of post-
revolution Iran from young woman's
point of view: CMC, 8 pm.
' Alt. Radio: Philip Agee on
3JL "Inside the Company: CIA
Diary", WUFT-FM, 7 pm.
Humanists meet, SFC Downtown,
room DA 131, 7 pm.
Religulous, CMC, 8 pm.
1 O County Farmers'
Mkt on N 441 by Hwy
Patrol Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 am-
Alachua County Comm.
meets 2nd & 4th Tues, 9 am:
citizens comment, 9:30 am.
Anti-war sign-holding 2nd &
4th Tues, Univ. & 13th, 4-6
'7 Anti-war sign-holding
1 st & 3rd Tuesdays at
Univ. Ave & 13th St, 4-6 pm.,
"Fla Black History in the
Age of Obama" panel in-
cludes Bernie Machen, Dan
Harmeling, Zoharah Sim-
mons: UF Library East, 6 pm.
School Board-meets, 7 pm.
ST PATRICK'S DAY
-4t City of Gainesville
election: vote No on 1!
Alachua County Comm.,
"Bush-Gore, Florida, & the
Constitution" Holland Law
School lecture by Akhil Reed
Amar, 10-11:30 am.
Anti-war sign-holding, 34th
St & Archer Rd, 4-6 pm.
Alachua County Labor
Party meets: 6:30 pm, 618
NW 13th Ave; info, 375-2832.
1 Class Dismissed (film)
at Downtown Library,
7:30 pm. _
Matt & Kim, Common Grnds.
7 Anti-war sign-holding
1st & 3rd Tues, 34th St &
Archer Rd, 4-6 pm.
School Board meets, 7 pm,
620 E. Univ. Ave.
Nir Harel of Anarchists
Against the Wall: photos &
report from Gaza, 8 pm, CMC.
14 AAlachua County
Comm., 9:30 am.
Anti-war sign-holding, Univ.
& 13th, 4-6 pm.
210, 3-3:50 pi
meetup, 7-9 pi
60 SW 2nd St.
social at Ti An
Moon, Fine PA
Veterans for I
15 Life in
19 Che (USA, 2009) is Hipp 20 Alt. Radio: Richard Heinberg 1 Anti-war sign-holding 2 Dino
film, runs 17th-23rd. vU on "Endless Consumption", 2 34th St & Archer, 4-6. 2 Groun
____________WUFT FM, 7 m. j
26 The Class (France, 2008) AirAmerica is CMC film, 28 29
is Hipp film, 24th-30th. 278 pm.
22 Waltz with Bashir (Israel,
2008) is Hipp film, runs
Doug Clifford Sundays, 9-10
am; WSKY-97.3's one hour of
lefty talk per week.
2 9 Dalai Lama Renaissance
(Tibet, 2008) is Hipp film,
tion" seminar at United Church,
1624 NW 5th Ave, 12:30 pm, free
Vagina Monologues, Reitz Union
Auditorium, 12:30 & 3:30 pm,
5 Springs Arts Festiyal
continues, 1-5 pm.
Wendy and Lucy (USA, 2008) is
Hipp film, runs 3rd-9th.
HomeVan CD release party:
Duppies, Chubskabra, Battle!, &
the Damn Wrights at Common
12 The Secret of the Grain
12 (France, 2008) is Hipp
film, runs 10th-16th.
St, 9 am-noon
Ctr, 1107 NW
1st & 3rd Thu
every Wed, Dt
Dauer Hall rm
8; info on cost
Open Mike I
1 '^The P1
2002) at CMC
testing at Planned
nic, 914 NW 13th
, Weds; & at Pride
6th St, 4-7 pm on
s; info: 377-0881.
own Plaza, 4-7 pm.
ration Class at
219, 7 pm, thru 4/
[usic Nights on
Tim & Terry's.
oblem of Islamic
", UF Pugh Hall,
tance, Books Inc,
n Will Not Be
ica" lecture by
rs, Pugh Hall, rm
a at Brophy's Pub,
- presentation by
Guild, CMC, 7 pm.
1o, 6-8 pm.
0d, 1st Weds,
tedia panel discus-
int, WGOT: 7 pm,
*eace meets, 7 pm:
eets, 7 pm, County
e: CMC, 8 pm -
r United Voices for
' 9 CMC Volunteers meet,
19 5:30 pm.
"Official War Artists in Iraq &
Afghanistan" free event at
Harn Museum, 6 pm: 392-0207.
Arts for Social Change, Drum-
ming workshops, CMC, 7 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
6 CMC Volunteers meet,
Freedom Never Dies: The Leg-
acy of Harry T. Moore film
presentation by NAACP, location
TBA; info: 373-0010.
G'ville Area NOW meets, 7:30
pm, Pride Center.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
CMC Volunteers meet,
Poetry Reading, Harn Museum,
7 pm. --
Sierra Club gen'l meeting, topic
TBA, at UF Entomology Bldg
9 "Latino & Black History in
the Age of Barack Obama"
- lecture by Paul Ortiz, 11:30 am,
UF Grinter 376.
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
16 CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
2 Social Change workshops
v(tactics, non-violence, silk-
screening) at Presbyterian Student Ctr,
1402 W. Univ Ave, 2-7_pm.
CMC SpringBoard at Matheson Mu-
seum, 513 E. Univ Ave, 6 pm, with
spkr Nadine Smith, fine food, art,
more; $15 at door, $10 adv at Hyde &
Zeke, Wild Iris Books: info, 373-0010.
2 "Working for Justice for
I Farm Workers" brown bag
lunch with organizer Sam Trickey,
noon, Westminster Pres. Church, 1521
NW 34th St.
Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5 pm from
UF Plaza of Americas. '
Art Walk Downtown every last Fri-
day; many galleries participate; visit
new CMC space, 433 S. Main.
3 Wild Words at Wild Iris Books,
every 1st & 3rd Friday, open
mike poetry & some music, 8 pm.
for info on live music in G'ville.
1 \. Art Hop at various galleries in
10 Millhopper-Thornebrooke area
- more info: Alternatives, 335-0806.
HomeVan Benefit at Brophy's.
IGUANA Deadline for May-
June issue is May 9; call 378-
5655 with events, advertise-
ments, group updates & info.
I ~ -
17 Umoja Orchestra at Common
' Solar City meets at Books
SInc, noon on Thursdays.
Last night to see Milk at Hipp
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Free University every Thursday,
7-9 pm, Civic Media Center, 433
S. Main St; info:
myspace.com/fugainesville (to be
updated by 3/18/09_.
Open Poetry every Thursday at
CMC, 9:30 pm: Gvl's longest-
running poetry jam, open to all;
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.
11 4 Food Not Bombs food prep,
I noon-2 pm; serving Wednes-
days, 7 pm; Saturdays, 3:30 pm; info:
Noon Get-Out-the-Vote Rally at
Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St.
Earth First! Roadshow, 6 pm, CMC
- puppets, slideshow, discussion.
Willie Nelson at St. Augustine Am-
phitheater; info: 904-353-3309.
Action Research electronic music/
noise show at CMC, 9:30 pm, $5.
21 "Sun Harvesting" workshop
A with Paul Still at FCPJ farm
in Hampton, FL, 10 am, $25 sug-
gested donation see fcpj.org.
"Procession to Future" parade from
13th St & Univ Ave to downtown
Plaza, 1 pm volunteer paraders
Rally Against War at dntn plaza, 2-4
pm speakers, live reggae, more.
28 Spring Garden Festival at
A2 Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.
Statewide anti-war March in Mel-
bourne, FL, 2 pm see
Southern Exposure Music & Heri-
tage Festival at Alpine Groves Park,
St Rd 13 in St. Johns County, 11:30
am-sundown, $8 ($5 senior, under .12
Spring Arts Festival, down-
town G'ville, 9-5 pm.
G'ville Peace Forum at Civic Media
Ctr, 2 pm: representatives from
groups & individuals welcome.
Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
pm at Unitariah Universalist Fellow-
ship, 4225 NW 34th St: 375-7207.
Farm to Family Music: live music
in a country setting, 4 pm till late;
camping available: 386-462-5479 or
Against Me! at Common
-1 Q Friends of the Library.Book
.10 Sale 9 am-6 pm, runs through
4/22 bring your own boxes!
Other Voices at Brophy's Pub.
25 ^Spring Concert benefitting
2,n 5Citizens Co-op, 2-10 pm,
1 f C KTl 1 '-1. - -
-'3 Citizens Co-op Film Night,
0 1006 NE 12thAve: info,
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties Fridays at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave), 6-9 pm; for
info, call 870-4006.
Oh Sanders, Oh Fortuna music
show at Common Grounds.
Bonnie Raitt at St. Augustine Amphi-
theater; info: 904-353-3309.
Pick up a copy of Fine Print
(new progressive student paper)
when you're near the UF area.
6 __ m
mR BEGINS I
The Civic Media Center presents
"Springboard" 2009 with guest
speaker Nadine Smith, Executive
Director of Equality Florida
The Civic Media Center's annual
"SpringBoard" fundraiser is set for
Friday, March 20th from 6pm to
10 pm. SpringBoard 2009 will take
place at the historical Matheson
Museum, 513 E. University Avenue.
In addition to the usual vast
spread of fine food from area
restaurants, the art and services
available for silent auction, and
door prizes, we will have a very
special guest speaker, Nadine Smith,
speaking on the topic of "Media's
Power and the Struggle for Equality,"
followed by Q&A.
Nadine Smith is the Executive
Director of Equality Florida. Ms.
Smith has led advocacy efforts in
Florida at a time of unprecedented
attacks, on the LGBT community.
She has served as Equality Florida's
lead representative in Tallahassee and
has led efforts to stop discriminatory
legislation and to overturn Florida's
ban on adoption by gay and lesbian
Ms. Smith has been recognized
for her national and state leadership
by organizations around the country,
including the National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force, the Human
Rights Campaign, the National
Center for Lesbian Rights, and the
National Black Lesbian and Gay
Her speech will be especially
timely in light of the vote on the
Gainesville Charter Amendment 1
on March 24th and the incredible
amount of media devoted to it.
Doors will open at 6pm, Ms.
Smith will speak at 7:30, and we will
have our final round of raffle and
door prizes at 9pm. Refreshments
will be available throughout.the
This is a fundraiser to give the
Media Center a "springboard" to leap
into the historically lean summer
months. $15 at the door, $10 in
advance, advance tickets from Wild
Iris Books and Hyde and Zeke's.
CD and concerts
"HOMEvan: A Gainesville Music
Benefit for the Homeless" second
edition is out. With the mounting
economic crisis, the most needy
of our community have come
upon particularly hard times.
Homelessness is at an all-time high
in Gainesville, as more people than
ever are finding themselves forced
to live on the streets. In the past two
years, the number of men, women
and children without housing in our
community has jumped 70%, to more
recognizing our community's
growing hardships, have come
together to present a compilation
of Gainesville's best and brightest
bands to raise awareness for a local
organization's efforts to alleviate the
HOMEvan, founded in 2002 by
Arupa and Bob Freeman and other
community activists, is a grassroots,
volunteer-run outreach group
providing a variety of services for the
homeless, poor, and disenfranchised
Twice each week, rain or shine,
HOMEvan's volunteers bring
a nutritious bagged meal, soup,
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The shows will feature raffle
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information from a variety of
grassroots groups. Organizers are
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of peanut butter and/or white socks
to the shows for distribution by the
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For more information on
homelessness in Gainesville, contact
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The Earth First! Roadshow is crossing
the country this spring with the goal
of renewing a grassroots ecological
direct action movement in the
U.S. They are looking to network
and collaborate with local groups,
with the intent of bridging gaps
of age and experience that exist in
the environmental movement and
inspiring people to join the frontlines
of the fight for the Earth in some new
and exciting ways.
They will be in Gainesville on
Saturday, March 14 from 6-8pm at
the Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main
"While Earth First! has been
involved in a wide array of issues
for over 28 years, we have always
rooted ourselves in the defense of the
wild. And the battleground for wild
ecosystems has changed in some
very substantial ways over the past
few years. The global acceptance
of human-induced climate change
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deep and lasting social changes with
unprecedented urgency. ...We need
to defend every intact ecosystem and
begin the process of restoring what's
been destroyed. It's going to take all
of us giving it all we got."
The Earth First! Roadshow will
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direct actions/civil disobedience, and
make eco-action irresistible!
For more info on the roadshow,
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Training March 21
On March 21 Planned Parenthood
of North Central Florida will host a
Young Activist Training (YAT) at the
University of Florida's Reitz Union.
This event is designed to arm young
people with tools to make their voice
heard amongst elected officials and
the community at large in order to
advocate for reproductive rights and
social justice issues.
The YAT will feature several
workshops on community
mobilization, utilizing the media,
and effectively communicating
with elected officials. Professional
lobbyists, elected officials, and
grassroots organizers will facilitate
workshops. While the emphasis of
the training will be on reproductive
rights, the lessons learned at a YAT
can be extended to other social
PP's Helen Strain says: "With
the tools that you will learn at a YAT
you can be confident and prepared
in becoming actively engaged with
your local, state and national policies
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Venezuela: "The people won the vote, now
the people must become the government"
Interview with Vanessa Davies by
James Suggett Venezuelanalysis
February 25-Two days after the refer-
endum in which 54.9% of Venezuelans
approved a constitutional amendment
to lift term limits on elected officials,
journalist and activist of the United
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)
Vanessa Davies spoke with Venezuela-
nalysis.com about the meaning of the
referendum, the next steps, and chal-
lenges ahead for the PSUV, gender in
the Chavez government, the media, and
U.S. President Barack Obama.
Vanessa Davies, could you please
describe your role in the Bolivarian
I am a journalist. I worked for many
years in a very right-wing newspaper.
I have always been an activist of the
Left. I have always been connected to
the revolution. I do volunteer work in
[the Venezuelan state television chan-
nel] VTV, and I do volunteer work with
other alternative media. I collaborate
with everything I can that will support
Since 2008, I1 have participated in the
national leadership of the PSUV, the
United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
We campaigned for the regional elec-
tions last November. In this campaign,
the campaign for the amendment,
personally, I dedicated myself to travel-
ling around the country, to campaign
face-to-face, and to work with the pro-
amendment committee of VTV.
What is the significance of the results
of Sunday's vote?
I think they show the revolutionary
will of the majority of our people,
their will toward transformation. Our
oppressed and discriminated people
are asserting their role in making the
Bolivarian Revolution continue. Also,
the majority of the people believes in
and vouches for the leadership of Com-
I think that when looking at the results
we must also see who was defeated. I
think the private communications cor-
porations, incorrectly labeled the mass
media, were defeated. These corpora-
tions act like political parties, and even
beyond this, like conspiratorial groups,
as in the case of Globovisi6n. I think
they were defeated in the referendum.
They had a campaign of lies, of terror.
It is a campaign that we've dealt with
throughout the Bolivarian Revolution,
a campaign of deception, of manipula-
tion of the middle class that has histori-
cally been very anti-communist in our
However, not even with this ma-
nipulation and these lies was the anti-
amendment campaign able to achieve
its objective, which was to generate
instability, to generate violence, and
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provoke the defeat of the "Yes" [cam-
paign for the amendment]. They were
I think the opposition leadership, which
still does not understand what is going
on in Venezuela, was also defeated.
They do not want to understand, and
they continue with their attitude be-
cause it brings them economic benefits,
because they receive funding from the
Could you give me an example of the
manipulation and lies you are talking
For example, the opposition campaign
has always played the game of planting
fear that the government is suppos-
edly going to take away your children
and your property. They slammed the
people with the conspiratorial campaign
'of the communications corporations
who are aligned with the United States
The most recent example we've seen
was Manuel Rosales, the mayor of
expeiiierice t~his ancient asit
wonu1shops, swtzneaits anbt
Maracaibo, an opposition leader who
told people that we were going to take
away their bicycles. What's more, he
has remained in government posts for
years upon years. He criticizes the
possibility of repeated candidacy, but
at the same time, he has governed for
I think the private
incorrectly labeled the mass
media, were defeated. These
corporations act like political
parties, and even beyond this,
like conspiratorial groups...
sixteen years between the mayoralty
and the governor's office.
The wisdom of our people prevailed
in the end. I remember during a pro-
amendment campaign event in Mara-
caibo, where Manuel Rosales governs, a
man said, "Go and ask Rosales where is
the shed where we're going to store all
the bicycles." And the same man said,
"My friend, who is going to want so
many children? How
* can you think they are
MA57798 going to take children
away from their fami-
Surely, I am using
the anecdote to dem-
onstrate how absurd'
the opposition's argu-
ments are. However,
they have been saying
the same thing, sing-
ing the same song, for
ten years. Shamefully,
there is a sector of the
country that listens to
them and takes them
seriously, but it is not
the majority of the
country. The majority
knows that this is a lie.
They know, moreover,
that they are being deceived, that what
the opposition does is deceive.
I'll give another example, the example
of the supposed "indefinite re-election."
It is a lie! We were not struggling for
indefinite re-election, we were strug-
gling to gain.-a right that we did not
have, which is the right to ratify a good
government, al ways through elections,
always at the voting booths. However,
the opposition's campaign was based
on this lie.
Our people once again said they do not
believe this. And there are the electoral
results to prove it.
In the regional and local elections last
November, the PSUV was victorious
overall, but was defeated in some state
and local races. This gave a slightly
bitter taste to the voting results. In this
referendum, however, it seems the vic-
tory was more decisive.
How would you compare last No-
vember's electoral results with last
Look, I think we scored a huge vic-
tory last November, with seventeen
governors and more than 260 mayors.
The problem is that part of the media
war is to make us believe that we were
defeated, when the numbers show that
it was the opposition that was once
again defeated. But the media cam-
paign has been very strong. I think we
were victorious in November and on
The revolution is on a two-victory
streak. Since the defeat of the consti-
tutional reform [in December 20071,
which was a blow to our people even
though the voting' margin was mini-
mal, the revolution has achieved two
victories: The victory of the regional
elections and the victory of the amend-
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I think our reading of these results can
be that the majority of the people want
the revolution to continue. The majority
of ourpeople want CommanderChivez
to continue leading the revolution. They
may have complaints and unheeded
demands, and they may feel discontent,
but we can see in the results of February
15th that the people simply put aside
their discontent in order to support
Chavez and the revolution ...
What are some of the next steps and
perhaps a challenge in the times to
President Chavez has listened to the
clamor of the people. I will speak of
my personal experience.
During the carhpaign, when we had
the opportunity to go and share with
people, and do grassroots work like it
should be done, the people said to us,
"we are with IChivezi, but we want to
see changes, we want transformations,
we want a state that works effectively
and responds to the needs of our com-
This translates into the three Rs, which
are Revision, Rectification, and Re-ad-
vance. On Sunday February 15th, the
National Electoral Council had hardly
announced the electoral victory when
President Chavez went on national ra-
dioand television and spokeof the three
Rs. He said we had to re-start the policy
of the three Rs, which originated after
theelectoral defeat of theconstitutional
reform in December 2007.
The three Rs are a challenge for the
PSUV and a challenge for all revolu-
tionary activists. They are a challenge
for us to effectively constitute a state
that responds to the people, so that the
people can effectively be the govern-
ment, that is what we want, that is what
we say in all our slogans.
There is something that we cannot lose
sight of: We inherited a state made by
and for capitalism and the interests
of transnatiotial companies, the state
that belonged to the political parties
that brought our country to ruin and
collapse. And with this state we have
had to bring about revolution. It is an
inefficient state, and it continues to be
so, despite the achievements of the
But to overcome these challenges we
need our people to participate effec-
tively intheconstruction of this govern-
ment. The people must participate in the
big decisions. They must be heard when
they complain, and have mechanisms
through which to express themselves.
All of this is a challenge that we must
confront from this moment on.
Could you give a specific example of
something that should be revised, recti-
fled, and re-advanced?
The missions. The missions have been
a successful revolutionary policy. The
missions have emerged from a state
structure that does not answer to, or
only with great difficulty answers
to the demands of our population.
The missions are a way to respond
to the population without having to
go through the bureaucratic mess of
the state that does not function in the
majority of cases.
Now, what ishappening in the majority
of the missions? We must revive them,
without a doubt. Just like everything in
the revolution. The
three Rs should be
a permanent prac-
tice in the Bolivar-
ian Revolution and
in, any revolution.
should be revised,
rectified, and re-
advanced and this
should always be
with the participa-
tion of the majority of the people in the
management of the revolution.
I think I could give you an even more
specific example: The Barrio Adentro
Mission, which is responding to the
medical necessities of our population.
Without a doubt, we must revise our
BarrioAdentro Mission. We must look
at what is not working well and why it
is not working well in order to correct
it, so that Barrio Adentro may improve
its services to our population. I think
this goes for all the missions.
You are a prominent woman in the
leadership of the revolution and of
Venezolana de Televisidn [the state TV
channel]. What is the significance of
this, as well as the policy on women's
issues within the revolution, for the
women, girls, and elderly women of
In the past, the women's movement in
our country had to confront repression
and discrimination even just to win the
right to exist. We began to transform
this with the constitution of 1999, which
Women cannot be said to have the rights
they deserve if they do not even exist
in the legal language of their country.
Things must be named in order to ex-
ist. Peoplemust be named. Now, in our
constitution, we exist. In the language
of President Chavez, we exist. There is
nolongerasingle presidential speech in
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and women," "she or he," "female or
This recognition of the presence of
women is a great achievement. But
beyond this, we must point out all
the rights women have fought for and
gained with the revolution. We have
a Women's Affairs Ministry. We have
a Women's Bank that is specifically
directed toward attending the financial
necessities of women, alone of in or-
ganized groups, who are in their own
processes of economic and political
emancipation. We have a law on the
right of women to-a life free of vio-
lence, free of discrimination. We have
women in very important public offices,
including the president of the Supreme
Court, the president of the National
Electoral Council, the president of the
National Assembly, and many cabinet
We have advanced more in ten years of
revolution than our women's movement
was able to advance in seventy years of
struggle. This is something that fills us
women with pride and happiness. We
continue advancing and working in our
revolution, and we continue to struggle
to make women's issues visible. These
issues are specific to women but have
remained hidden for years because soci-
ety was governed by men who thought
women were supposed to be included
likeone more thing on the side. We were
not visible. The Bolivarian Revolution
has made women visible, and permitted
us to attain rights that for many years
had been denied to us.
In the formation and activation. of
the PSUV over the past year, one can
observe various currents and political
tendencies within the party. Please,
talk to me about how you view these
tendencies andwhat role they willhave
in the upcoming phase following the
victory in the referendum.
Look, this is a very very personal
opinion and I do not speak for the party
leadership or any other comrades in the
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The city of Gainesville has an election March 24th for two Charter
Amendments, an at large commission seat, and a single member
district seat. This is an important election in view of the Amend-
ment One, reported on in the cover story of this edition.
Early voting can be done via absentee voting (up until 5 pm March
18th, call 374-5252 for details) or by voting early; from Monday
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party. Our revolution has been an al-
luvial process in which many people of
distinct political positions participated
because they felt compelled by the lead-
ership of Commander Chdvez. This is
how it has been throughout ten years of
revolution; people with differentpoliti-
cal views have come and gone.
Within the PSUV, logically, there are,
currents. There are those of us who
take a more leftist stance within the
party and insist on transformations
toward socialism and beyond. There
are probably other less radical currents
that have a distinct vision, perhaps,
well, I wouldn't even call it reform-
ism or social democracy, but rather
that they have a distinct vision of the
This internal debate is going to come
without a doubt. The idea is that, as
a revolutionary party, this debate can
take place and we can live with our
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I would identify myself with the leftist
current. However, I think our revolu-
tionary process continues to need a
healthy competition among a broad
sector of society. That is, we need to
make an effort towards inclusion and
co-existence among these distinct cur-
rents within the party, as long as this
does not imply making compromises
with the counter-revolution, with cor-
ruption, and with other practices that
are not dignified and revolutionary.
To be sure, these undignified practices
are not the exclusive behavior of one
current. You can observe these be-
haviors in people who claim to be of
the Left, but who act as though they
belonged to the elite, who are not in
consdnance with the people's desire.
So, with this in mind, I think we should
see things with less dogmatism and
be open to the process we are in, the
process in which the Bolivarian Revolu-
tion was born.
The PSUV formed after a government
that had a relationship with the people
had been established. This is different
from other socialisms of the twentieth
century. What does this imply about
the relationship between the party, the
government, and social movements in
Remember that the Fifth Republic
Movement (MVR) was the party of the
revolution with which Chivez rose to
the presidency along
with a great people's
movement in 1998.
It was after his re-
election in 2006 that
President Chivez called for the dissolu-
tion of the MVR and the formation of
the United Socialist Party of Venezuela
as the party that should work toward the
construction of Bolivarian Socialism.
Evidently, this is a sign of difference
from other revolutionary processes.
However, the, truth is that the PSUV
must undergo a process of revision. I
think the three Rs are also applicable
to the PSUV, because there are things
For example, we have 5.7 million
members, but not all of them participate
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actively. This is something that we have
to acknowledge is happening. However,
in the referendum, 6.3 million people
voted for the "yes" on the amendment,
more than the number of registered ac-
tivists in the PSUV. So, there are things
that evidently we have to evaluate in
light of the results of the last elections,
as the party of the revolution....
As for the relationship between the
party and the social movements, in
my opinion, the party cannot sequester
the social movements. That is, social
movements have to have complete
autonomy in their actions, their leader-
ship, their organizational structure, all
the while having the common objective
of the defense of the revolution, which
is the same objective that the PSUV
has. It is the common objective of the
construction of socialism. But in my
opinion, the social movements must
have absolute autonomy. It would be
wrong for the party to pretend to take
over the organizations of the people,
which aredistinctfrom political parties.
I think it would be an error.
What is the role of community me-
...Very important because we cannot
forget that we are in the context of a
media war. When we speak of a media
war we are talking about a conglom-
erate of communications companies,
including radio, the press, and also
television, that are horribly adverse
to the revolution. And it is logical that
they are adverse; the companies that
make up this media conglomerate have
political and economic interests that are
affected by the revolution, because they
lived parasitically and in complicity
with the oligarchic system that we had
in our country. So then, evidently, the
revolution is not in their interest, and
it is not in their interest that the people
become the government or that the
people construct socialism. Of course,
in the context of this media war that
is so unequal, a system of public and
state-owned media is making an effort
to provide an alternative. And I think
it has done so with great courage. We
cannot forget that we inherited this state,
including Venezolana de Televisi6n,
from the past governments.
Community media is the voice of the
revolution in our communities...the
voice of the people's movements in
our communities... the voice of our
organized communities. They are a
voice that has come out in defense of
the revolution, and I am sure they will
continue to do so. Moreover, they are,
the spaces where a distinct type of com-
munication is created. It is not the tradi-
tional type of communication based on
the political precepts'of liberalism, in
which we journalists were trained. Our
community media have the challenge
ahead of them of constructing distinct
form of communication. The rest of us
share this challenge as well.
Are things going to change now that
U.S. President Barack Obama was
I do not think so. That is, I think that even
if Obama had good intentions toward
LatinAmerica, if he were committed to
listening to the clamor of the people of
Latin America and the United States, if
he had the best intention of profoundly
transforming U.S. foreign policy to-
ward Latin America and in particular
Venezuela, the superior interests of the
transnationals, the military industrial
complex, and the giant corporations
that have always benefited from the
aggressive, criminal, genocidal policies
of the United States will impose-their
agenda on top of whatever he says... I
mean, he would not be able to.
I think that any way you look at it,
this man is from the U.S. establish-
ment. We must understand Obama as
a necessity of the U.S. establishment.
Obama was the necessary figurehead
for the moment in which the U.S. was
living, in order to calm the waters and
change without really changing. He is
a figure who can generate the illusion
of change, but without producing that
To think that because he is of African
descent he has a distinct vision of the
country or of Latin America is a naive
illusion, in myopinion.This is not about
skin color, itis about political formation
and lived experiences. I simply do not
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more radical, and if he had not been
connected to the political and economic
machine that controls the United States
government. However, with respect to
Obama there is much to be seen.
Even here in VTV, people have many il-
lusions. They think that because Obama
won, we are going to see changes,.things
are going to be different. Of course,
without intending to rain on their party,
the rest of us said we shouldn't fall for
the media show that made the triumph
of Obama possible.
We cannot say that Obama is Bush,
because we cannot say what is not
true. But we have to recognize that
governments run by the Democrats
invaded, bombarded, persecuted, mas-
sacred, supporteddictators.These were
governments of the Democratic Party.
So, to say that Bush and the Republi-
can government is gone and now the
Democrats will bring the changes that
the LatinAmerican people and some of
the U.S. people want, is really naive.
However, I continue to believe in the
U.S. people who are not satisfied what
CNN and Fox News tell them, who
go out and look for answers beyond
the media lies, who try to understand
what is happening in our countries.
For me, this is a great hope. I believe
it is possible that this consciousness
could effectively bring a change in the
United States, which would be a very
important event in the history of Latin
America as well. ...
Do you have anything else you would
like to add?
I would like to add something about
Latin America. Venezuela has been an
inspiration for other liberation move-
ments in Latin America. And we must
see ourselves in the mirror of the errors
of the Sandinista Revolution, what it
cost the Sandini-
stas to take power
and return to the
S government to
We have a great
We cannot fail.
has said it, and I
tell you that as an
activist. We cannot grant ourselves the
luxury of making mistakes... of failure.
Well...we make mistakes...and the im-
portant thing is that we correct it. But
wecannotfail ourpeopleand wecannot
fail the people of Latin America.
Reprinted from Venezuelanalysis.com
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Jana Sue Borino
December 5, 1964-
February 13, 2009
Jana'Sue Borino (age 45) Midwifery
Builder passed away peacefully in
her home in Gainesville on February
13th after a long and validint battle
Jana's tenacious dedication to a
woman's right to a natural, safe,,
and legal home birth was a driving
force that led to the re-legalization
of direct entry midwifery in the
State of Florida in 1992. Having
served as a Midwife Assistant since
1986, Jana went on to become the
Founding Mother of the Florida
School of Traditional Midwifery
and the Executive Director of the
Birth Center of Gainesville. During
her career, Jana tirelessly worked
to advance the field of direct
entry midwifery and to serve the ,
community. Using her skills as an
extraordinary fundraiser she created
vital programs such as The Embrace
Project, which provided free classes,
support groups, and counseling
for teens, expectant mothers; and
new parents. She was considered
an inspirational teacher, writer, and
speaker and was deeply admired
by her colleagues. Recently, The
Foundation for the Advancement of
Midwifery created a new grant, "The
Jana Borino Award for Community
Development," to honor her
numerous contributions to the field.
Born in Belleville, NJ and raised
in Pompano Beach and Plantation,
Florida, Jana graduated from St.
Thomas Aquinas High School. Early
in life she was greatly influenced
by her paternal Grandmother Tessie
Borino, who instilled in her a
love and respect for nature and all
things natural, particularly the birth
and rearing of a child. At age 18,
Jana packed her car and moved to
Gainesville, Florida where she met
her husband of over 26 years, Keith
Gretter. When Jana became pregnant
with their first daughter Chelsea,
she became a client of the Birth
Center of Gainesville, and delivered
Chelsea at home with the assistance
of a midwife and some of her closest
friends. This personal experience
at the age of 19 ignited a passion in
Jana for the field of midwifery.
After her daughter's birth, Jana
knew that she wanted to become
a midwife, so that she could be of
assistance to other families looking
for an alternative to a hospital birth.
Jana attempted to enroll in midwifery
school, but her dreams were quickly
halted when" an amendment was
added to the midwifery law in the
state of Florida. This amendment
prohibited any new students from
gaining licensure, effectively
preventing them from legally
practicing midwifery in the state.
Jana believed strongly in the values
that midwives bring to communities
and began a crusade to once again
legalize the practice of direct-entry
midwives. In 1992, the hard work
of many individuals across the state,
including Jana, paid off when Florida
Statue 467, The Midwifery Practice
Act, was passed. This legislation
allowed for the licensing of direct-
entry midwives in Florida to continue
After this legislative victory, Jana
felt deeply that Gainesville needed
a midwifery school that would
allow students to become licensed
midwives upon graduation. Not
one to leave a problem without a
solution she began to create just such
Jana was a dynamic and powerful
woman, a pioneer and a visionary,
but she was most proud of her role
as mother to her three beautiful
daughters, Chelsea, Emma and
Tessie. Even though she was tireless
in her community work, she always
kept the girls close to her heart and
encouraged their growth into strong
and healthy women.
Jana is survived by her beloved
family; her husband of 25 years,
Keith Gretter, her three daughters,
Chelsea, Emma, and Tess, her
parents, Carl and Susan Borino, and
her siblings, Carl Borino, and Terri
Borino-Gordon. She leaves behind
a remarkable legacy and hundreds
of loved ones in whose hearts her
flame will always bum brightly. For
those who were closest to Jana it
.was an honor to serve as her midwife
in this final rite of passage. This
transitioning was just as full of pain
and pleasure, tears and laughter, fear
and awe, fight and surrender as any
birth ever was.
Jana always believed it was
imperative to leave the world a better
place she clearly accomplished that
- and would ask no less of those she *
Donations in Jana's memory can be
sent to the College Scholarship Fund
for her three children to:
Becky Martin in Trust for Chelsea,
Emma & Tessie Gretter
1810 28th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
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