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From Tent City to Ollen's Acres?
Evicted, and evicted again
The Home Van, the St. Vincent
de Paul Society's mobile outreach
into the downtown Gainesville
homeless community, went on our
first drive out'-with socks and
peanut butter-on September 26,
2002. In the almost seven years
since that day, we have seen our
homeless friends chased in circles
from one patch of woods to another,
all over the downtown area. We
have stood helplessly by while they
are arrested for sleeping, when there
is no legal place for them to sleep,
and for peeing, when the few public
restrooms are closed and there is
no legal place for them to pee. We
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have felt like we are.living in a
nightmare world-weirdly invisible
to the mainstream world of lattes and
designer sunglasses-where the poor,
the elderly, the disabled, the mentally
ill, veterans, people down on their
luck for'a myriad of reasons-are
treated with barbaric, irrational
cruelty by our elected officials,
community leaders, and business and
We used to go out with the van and a
pickup truck and help our homeless
friends move when they were
evicted. Now, since recession hit
our country, the number of homeless
people in Gainesville has swelled
to at least 1500 (probably twice that
many, since homeless people arei
hard to count) and we find ourselves,
with the recent eviction of Tent City,
in a tsunami of tragedy, chaos and
fear. Somewhere between two and
four hundred people lived in Tent
City, many with severe medical
or mental health problems-with
limited mobility and with little access
to water. The only comfort we could
take, before the eviction, was that at
least we (and similar small missions)
knew where they were. We could go
out with water, food, tents, medicine
and something our homeless friends
tell us they value even more than
those necessities -friendship.
The eviction of Tent City is way
beyond any 'fixing' by us and
all the other service providers in
Gainesville put together. Only mass
outrage on the part of the citizens
of Gainesville-only thousands
of voices calling for the city to
Now, since recession hit
our country, the number of
homeless people in Gainesville
has swelled to at least 1500
(probably twice that many, since
homeless people are hard to
count) and we find ourselves,
with the recent eviction of Tent
City, in a tsunami of tragedy,
chaos and fear.
immediately open a safe and legal
campground-with toilets, showers,
and police protection-are going to
save our homeless friends from years
more of suffering and premature
death (in 15 years of volunteering in
the homeless community, I have seen
only a few people make it past the
age of 60).
Some residents of Tent City accepted
vouchers to St. Francis House and to
The Home Van of the St. Vincent de Paul Society marks seven years of
mobile outreach, aid, and solidarity this year.
motels, knowing that this is a highly
temporary solution, and one-since
there are no storage facilities
available,to them-that means losing
the few, precious amenities they
might have managed to accumulate,
like tents, tarps and air mattresses.
'Others have scattered to any little
patch of woods they could find,
knowing they may be evicted again,
at any time.
On Thursday, June 26, the day after
the second eviction of Tent City, the
Home Van drove around looking for
them, and we found a few. Others
met us downtown. Some of the most
vulnerable, the most frightened,
actually went the farthest away. We
don't know where they are. We don't
know how little Sharon, for example,
who can barely walk, is getting water
If there was ever a time, citizens
of Gainesville, to put on your
lederhosen, light your torches, and
march on city hall, THIS IS IT! If
we allow this situation to linger
on and on, as it has for years, we
are no better, than those people in
earlier years who ignored slavery,
Jim Crow, the genocide of the
Native Americans, the internment of
Japanese Americans, the persecution
We must demand that our elected
officials and community leaders
immediately open a safe and legal
campgrounds for the Tent City
refugees and all the homeless people
of our city. We must demand that
they stop acting like soul-less
bureaucrats and start acting like
Joe Courter, the co-publisher of
the Iguana with Jenny Brown, has
suggested that this campground be
named Ollen's Acres, and I think that
is a fine idea. Ollen James Rogers,
the homeless man who drowned in
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Ollen James Rogers
Newnan's lake on June 26, was one
of the Home Van's dearest and oldest
friends, from the first year we were
out in the woods.
Ollen was born in Alachua General
Hospital. He lived in this area for
his whole life, except for his years
of military service. For many years
he worked for a carpet cleaning
business, was married, and raised a
child, his son Smokey. Like many
veterans, he struggled with the
disease of alcoholism. Alcohol hurt
Ollen but it never kept him from
being a kind, loving and caring man.
He was universally known, out in
the woods as "Pops" or "Dad" and
the folks out there often said, "He is
Nonviolence was very important to
Ollen. He told me that he grew up
hunting and fishing, but after his
military service was over, he set
a goal to never again hurt another
living creature. He told me it was
something he prayed about every
Ollen was devoted to his son
Smokey. When Smokey went to
jail (for stealing copper wire from a
demolition site) Ollen went to every
court appearance, every visiting day,
and worked day labor to make sure
he had money to put into Smokey's
canteen account. If there was no day
labor ticket to be had, he would fly a
sign, to make sure Smokey had some
About two years ago Smokey asked
Ollen to stop drinking. From that
moment on, Ollen enjoyed long
periods of sobriety. He came to
visit me about a month ago and he
was sober, happy, and looking very
healthy. He was out of the woods
and had a job housesitting. From
We must demand that our
elected officials and community
leaders immediately open a safe
and legal campgrounds for the
Tent City refugees and all the
homeless people of our city. We
must demand that they stop
acting like soul-less bureaucrats
and start acting like human.
the newspaper accounts, it would
appear that alcohol may have played
a role in Ollen's death, but that's not
the important thing. Whenever one
of my friends is beating himself (or
herself) up for falling off the wagon,
I tell them that every sober day is a
gift and an accomplishment. What
is important is that Ollen, spurred on
by his love for Smokey, worked very
hard at staying sober during the last
two years of his life, and succeeded
for most of those years.
Ollen, a native of our community,
as many of our homeless people are,
typified the courage, faith, patience,
and pure tenacity it takes for a
homeless person to survive. I can not
think of a better name for a new and
legal tent city than Ollen's Acres.
Let us come together as a community
and make this happen!
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Over 200 union members,
supporters and families rallied
outside the Hyatt hotel in
Jacksonville, Florida on the
scorching hot afternoon of May
17th to protest union busting
and demand that Congress pass
the Employee Free Choice Act;
Inside the hotel, an employers'
association called the Council for
a Union Free Environment (CUE)
was beginning one of its bi-annual
conferences on how to resist
unionization and manipulate the
National Labor Relations Act.
The CUE was formed in 1977,
in order to "meet the need for
a single-purpose organization
dedicated to assisting companies
desiring to remain union-free..."
As their website boasts, "'CUE
has just under 300 member
companies, both union and
union-free, representing a cross-
section of business and industry,
from small firms to Fortune 500
companies." This conference
was specifically focused on the
Employee .Free Choice Act,
actually bearing the slogan
"Change is here. Are you ready?"
Unionists march against conference of union busting lawyers May 17
The featured speakers and the
names of the workshops at the
.conference speak for themselves:
Randy Johnson, the Vice
President of the US Chamber
*of Commerce (who formulates
Chamber strategy in opposition
to "union-driven initiatives
such as card check legislation,
ergonomics, and blacklisting
regulations." Tom Lavalle, human
resources manager for General
Electric, gave a presentation
entitled "Downsizing with
Dignity and Respect." As well,
various management side law
firms were represented, (such as-
Frost, Brown and Todd, which
represents UPS, AK Steel, GE,
and Chase Bank in their labor
disputes) even hosting their own
Outside, members of dozens
of local unions marched and
chanted "Union Busting is
Disgusting." When one of the
CUE conference attendees came
outside to taunt the crowd, Dustin
Ponder, a restaurant worker from
Gainesville, grabbed the bullhorn
and testified about how just the
day before he had been fired for
organizing at his job (along with
3 of his coworkers). "Have you
ever worked a day in your life and
walked in our shoes? These are
people's sons and daughters being
fired just for asking for enough to
live," Ponder said.
Participating unions included but
were not limited to the IBEW,
Teamsters, AFSCME, OPEIU,
IWW, Boilermakers, Plumbers,
ATU, ILA, Teachers, Sheet
Metal Workers, Machinists,
and the Actors Guild. As well,
local members of the NAACP,
the National Organization for
Women, the Alachua County
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Labor Party and the Democratic
Party came out to show their
This broad based mobilization for
the passage of EFCA is what is
needed, and what has been lacking
in the labor movement's approach
to winning the legislation,
especially now considering the
official pronouncement by leading
Democrats that "card check is
dead," stripping the bill of one of
its most important components.
Labor should rely on its members'
dedication and their massive
numbers to mobilize publicly for
the passage of the bill, rather than
lobbying in Congress, which has
proven itself time and again as the
sure way for labor to lose.
Gainesville Police "focus
group" meeting July 17th
Following the egg throwing incidents
by off duty policemen-earlier this
year, Gainesville City Manager
Russ Blackburn has contracted
with the National Organization
of Black Law Enforcement
Professionals (NOBLEP) to evaluate
the organizational development
issues within the Gainesville Police
Department. The evaluation will
specifically target recruitment,
psychological testing, orientation,
training and the disciplinary process
The NOBLEP consultants will
report to the G.P.D. Focus Group
that was formed by the Gainesville
City Commission in response to.
the frequent episodes of police
misconduct that have characterized
G.P.D. within recent years. The
Focus Group will meet several times
between July and December with the
first meeting to be held July 17th at
G.P.D. Headquarters. All meetings
will be open to the public.
All citizens are urged to participate
in this historic opportunity to
strengthen the accountability of
G.P.D. to the people that it serves.
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With recent the news of two
nationally iconic conservatives,
Senator Jon Ensign (R-Nevada) and
Governor Mark Sanford (R-South -
Carolina), reinforcing the notion that
their commitment to family values
is nothing more than a Republican
talking point aimed at securing the
base, the GOP's flawless skill of
masking hypocrisy in the eyes of the
public is fading away.
If these recent announcements are
vastly unsurprising to one person,
it is undoubtedly Michael Rogers,
recent star of Outrage-a film that
exposes the stories of secretly gay
public officials who have been
making public decisions to oppress
LGBT rights for years. Rogers has
been an activist in the fight for LGBT
rights, independent media and social
change since the 1980s. Among other
work, Rogers has served as the initial
Development Coordinator at Hetrick-
Martin Institute and Harvey Milk
School in New York (a social-service
agency and high school for gay and
lesbian teenagers), the Director of
Development for the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force, publisher
of blogActive (his site devoted to
exposing conservative hypocrisy)
and manager of PageOneQ
(a lesbian and gay news site).
Rogers' work also extends to his
involvement with ACT-UP, a group
of individuals taking direct action
to fight HIV/AIDS as well as his
recently successful campaign against
McDonalds for the exploitation of its
Washington D.C. workers. Michael
Rogers has an unprecedented
passion for activism and persistence
in his pursuit to create a level of
transparency between the public
and the people who we place in
government. He is a true progressive
whose work will always inspire
many activists for years to come.
On August 27, 2009, the Alachua
County Young Democrats will be
hosting a fundraiser with special
guest Michael Rogers in attendance.
We ask you to join us in welcoming
Michael Rogcrs back to Gainesville
and show him how invested we are in
making this world a better place
Cesar Fernandez is a member of the
Alachua County Young Democrats.
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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, exAt. 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
it 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
Critical Resistance Working on issues of
prisons & prisoner rights; www.ciiticalresis-
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
8thAve., SuiteA-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 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.
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-
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.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 1st 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; www.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, MVAY/JUNE 2008, PAGE 10
Green Party Meeting times & places vary.386-
Greening UFAdvocating 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. GainesvilleIWW@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: email@example.com
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:
Kindred Sisters Magazine (formerly Mama
Raga) Lesbian identified newsletter at PO Box
141674, Gainesville FL 32614, 352-502-4101,
www.kindredsisters.org; kindredsisters @gmail.
Matagalpa Sister City Project Info: kobin,
MindFreedom North Florida Human rights
group for psychiatric survivors and r ental 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
Promotes listening to progressive radio shows.
In North Florida, tune in to "America Left" on
XM Satellite channel 167. Also: "Siriits Left"
on Sirius Satellite channel 146. Also online.
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.
Info: 337-5126. '
Planned Parenthood Clinic
Full service medical clinic for reproductive
and sexual health care needs. Now offering
free HIV and free pregnancy testing daily from
9-11am 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, open M-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 NW8 Ave., Suite A-3) http://stonewall-
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
meet Mondays at 6:00 pm at Civic Media Cen-
Students Making trrade Fair uffairtrade@
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,
lesbian, bi and straight students & non-students,
faculty and staff. Info: 392-1665, ext. 310; 310
E JWRU, Gainesville FL 32611; http://sg.ufl.
United Nations Association Info: 378-1560.
United Way 2-1-1 is an information & 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
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is Hipp film, runs 10th-
Gandhi Study Group, 3rd Sun-
days at Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church, 100 NE 1st St, 3-5 pm.
1 Little Ashes (UK, 2008) is
Hipp film, runs 17th-30th.
Doug Clifford Sundays, 9-1.0
am; WSKY-97.3's one hour of
lefty talk per week.
Gandhi Study Group, 3rd Sun-
days at Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church, 100 NE 1st St, 3-5 pm.
,26 Monthly Blues Jam at
26 1982, 919 W. Univ. Ave, 7
2 Departures (Japan, 2008) is
Hipp film, runs 31 st-6th.
9 Sin Nombre (Mexico/US,
2009) is Hipp film, runs 7th-
I 6 Lemon Tree (USA, 2008)
l is Hipp film, runs 14th-
23 Is Anybody There? (UK,
2008) is Hipp film, runs
ksonville's public radio station has
PR talk during the day it's located
t 89.9 on the FM dial.
Aeekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane
?ehm (interview & call-in); noon-I
m: Terry Gross, Fresh Air;
4 pm: Talk of the Nation.
y Gross's Fresh Air repeats at 7 pm.
ck out This American Life, Saturdays
i; reception better towards east side of
FT-FM (89.1) now broadcasts Fresh
noon, Mon-Fri; also Alternative
dio now airs at 6:30 pm on Mondays.
eat folk music 4-6:00 pm on Sundays.
1 Alt. Radio: Tenzin Tsundue,
L,,J "Free Tibet" WUFT -FM, 6:30
The Future of Food is CMC docu-
mentary, 8 pm.
20 Alt. Radio: Arundhati Roy,
"Terrorism No Easy An-
swers": WUFT-FM, 6:30 pin.
IfAmericans Knew: short documen-
taries on Palestine at CMC, 8 pm; co-
sponsored by United Voices for
Gvl Area NOW book club meets:
27 Alt Radio: Richard Wolff,
"Casino Capitalism", WUFT-
FM, 6:30 pm.
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes
is CMC film, co-sponsored by G'ville
Area NOW, 8 pm, 433 S. Main St.
Alt. Radio: America Abroad,
"Exiting Iraq" by America
Abroad. WUFT-FM 6:30 pm.
Where In the World Is Osania Bin
Laden? (Morgan Spurlock documen-
tary) is CMC film, 8 pm.
1 O Alt. Radio: David Korten,
1V "Money or Life?", WUFT-FM,
Humanists meet, SFC Downtown,
room DA 131,7 pm. ..
Joe Strummer doc at CMC, 8 im.
17 AR: Joe Allen, "Vietnam".
WUFT-FM. 6:30 pm.
Woodstock, CMC, 8 pm; potluck, 7.
24 Alt. Radio: Arun Gupta,
"Banksta Capitalism", WUFT-
FM, 6:30 pm.
7 County Farmers' Free cc
Mkt on N 441 by Hwy in HIV
Patrol Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 am- Parenthood clii
noon. St, 9 am-noon.
Anti-war sign-holding I st & Ctr, 1107 NW
3rd Tuesdays at Univ. Ave & 1st & 3rd Thur
13th St, 4:30-6:30 pm. Downtown Fa
School Board meets I st & every Wed, Dt(
3rd Tuesdays, 7 pm. Critical Resist
G'ville Liberation Orches- Wednesdays, 8
tra, Jacob Hamilton, Rio De Open Mike M
La Muerta, No Idea acoustic Wednesdays at
music showcase, CMC, 9 pm. Brazil is CM
14 Alachua County
A -Comm. meets 2nd & Shands
4th Tues, 9 am: citizens corn- 15schedul
ment, 9:30 am. at County Ad
Anti-war sign-holding, Univ. possibly last
& 13th, 4:30-6:30 pm. to voice their
Honduras Situation open Carandiru is (
discussion, 7 pm, CMC.
No Idea acoustic showcase at
CMC, Tuesdays, 9 pm.
21 Anti-war sign-hold- "Drin
21ing, 34th & Archer, 22 4th N
4:30-6:30 pm. networking me
School Board meets 1 st & Brophy's Pub,
3rd Tuesdays, 7 pm.. Down by Law
No Idea acoustic showcase
with Victory Blvd, Modern
Day Messalina, & Gio Safari
at CMC, Tuesdays, 9 )m.
28 Alachua County 29 Europd
Comm., 9 am. film, 8
Anti-war sign-holding, Univ
& 13th, 4:30-6:30 pm.
Alachua County Labor Party
meets: 6:30 pm., 618 NW 13th
Ave; info, 375-2832
No Idea acoustic showcase at
CMC with Jon Gaunt & others r GreenDrii
4 Anti-war sign-holding 5 environm
2nd & 4th Tues, 34th St ing social at T
& Archer, 4:30-6:30 pin. Poetry Untith
School Board meets. 7 pm. Downtown Li
620 E. Univ. Ave. Veterans for.
No Idea CMC showcase, 9pm call 375-256.
11 Alachua County 1 Demo
Comm., 9:30 am. L Corn
Anti-war sign-holding, Univ County Corn
& 13th 4:30-6:30 pm.
No Idea acoustic showcase
artists tba, 9 pm, CMC.
School Board meets, 19
187 pm. .
No Idea acoustic showcase
artists tba at CMC, 9 )m.
25 Labor Partv meets: 26
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testing at Planned
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Weds; & at Pride
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s; info: 377-0881.
wn Plaza, 4-7 pm.
ance, Books Inc,
usic Nights on
Tim & Terry's.
movie, 8 pm.
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in: Bldg, 5:30 pm
"hance for citizens
'MC film, 8 pm.'
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*tup, 7-9 pm at
)0 SW 2nd St.
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Europa is CMC
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1, 1st Weds,
ary, 6:30 pm.
sace meets, 7 pm:
neets, 7 pm,
;sion mtg room.
9 US & Internat'l Studies
Forum, Anderson 216, 9:30-
Solar City meets at Books Inc,
noon on Thursdays.
CMC Volunteers meet every
Thursday, 5:30 pm.
Free University most Thursdays,
7-9 pm, Civic Media Center, 433
S. Main St; info:
Open Poetry at CMC every
Thursday, 9:30 pm.
Last night for Outrage at Hipp.
S16 CMC Volunteers meet,
1 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry every Thursday at
CMC, 9:30 pm: Gvl's longest-
running poetry jam, open to all;
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.
Summer Acoustic Showcase at
2 Open Poetry at CMC,
30 s iCMC Volunteers meet,
3V 5:30 pm.
God's Children local film-
maker's documentary of child
sexual abuse by Christian mis-
sionaries in Africa: CMC, 8 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
6 CMC Volunteers meet,
Sierra Club gen'l meeting. opic
TBA, at UF Entomology F.lig
1035, 7:30 pm.
13 CMC Volunteers,
Open Poetry at CMC. 9:30 pm.
1 O Books for Prisoners book-
packing parties Fridays at
Wayward Council, 807 W. University
Ave), 6-9 pm; for info, call 870-4006.
US & Internat'l Studies Forum on
Latin America, Anderson 216, 9:30-
Bo Diddley Plaza Music every Fri-
day, 8 pm, free: this week, Chuck
Maria Carter performs at Friends of
Wild Iris benefit, 7-10 pm, 802 W.
Sweet Corn Grits (Jax) & others in
concert at CMC, 9 pm.
17 Grant Peeples plays at
Satchel's, 7 pm. .
Wild Words at Wild Iris Books, every
1st & 3rd Friday, open mike poetry &
some music, 8 pm.
Whiskey & Co., others, CMC, 9 pm.
Halcyon at Brophy's Pub, 9 pm.
Bridges/Borders benefit at Atlantic.
2A4 Theatre of War: Acrosstown
Rep & Philoctotes Project
bring ancient Greek tragedy to mod-
ern veterans on 24th & 25th, 7:30 pm,
619 S. Main St.
Chupaskabra & The Duppies for a
night of ska at Bo Diddley Plaza, 8
31 Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5 pm
from UF Plaza of Americas.
Art Walk Downtown every last Fri-
day: many galleries & venues partici-
pate, including Civic Media Center;
String Kings at Bo Diddley Plaza, 8
7 Caitlin Eadie at Bo Diddley
Plaza, 8 pm, free.
Nancy Luca at Kickin' Deyil Cafe,
2017 NE 27th Ave, 7-11 pm.
Austin Lucas & 2 Cow Garage at
14 AHamhock & Slide at Bo
1 Diddley Plaza, 8 pm, free.
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The Mayhaws in concert at Thomas
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28 Art Walk Downtown every
lastFriday, starting 7 pm.
1Food Not Bombs food prep,
noon-2 pm; serving Wednes-
days, 7 pm; Saturdays, 3:30 pm: info:
Virus (Japanese doomsday movie)
.showing at CMC, 8 pm.
Harvest of Hope hip-hop benefit
show at 1982, 919 W. Univ. Ave.
1 Q Wild Women's Night Out at
0 Wild Iris Books, 8 pm- mid-
2 Root Doctors & Kathy
Sohar in concert at Kickin'
Devil Caf6, 2017 NE 27tli Ave.
Aug 1 Veg 4 Life st Sat-
A ug urday potluck, 6:30
pm at Unitarian 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
Hairball at Pride Center, 3131 NW
Q Nancy Luca at Brophy's Pub.
for info on live music in G'ville.
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., Pub, 7:30 pm: special guest,
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June 30, 2009-Reminiscent of the
1979 Iranian Revolution, this mass
movement has unleashed the fury of
people who have endured 30 years
of ruthless oppression. Waves of
demonstrations and protests have
swept the whole country and shook
the establishment to the core.
What started as a protest against the
fabricated election results seemed to
be on its face the work of a reformist
coalition. Many dissidents, who
did not have the chance to show an
independent voice, have now gone
far beyond reform. This feels like
the same irrepressible spirit of the
revolution 30 years ago-the same
total and uncompromising will with
full knowledge and acceptance of the
bloody sacrifices that must be made
in pursuit of freedom and justice.
Even the slogans, and actions:
like the prank newspaper printed
"Ahmandinejad is gone" held up
by demonstrators, is an echo of the
famous Keyhan newspaper headline
when the Shah was forced out of Iran
by the revolution: "Shah is gone."
And the demonstrators announced
that they knew the thugs want to kill
a few of .them to scare them off, but
they are ready, dressed all in green
(like back in the revolution days
when they would dress all in white,
and say they are ready to die in the
name of freedom) and the shouting
"Allah o akbar", from the rooftops
at night, is an action that originated
from the revolution.
The regime responded with
bloody clampdowns. It's as if
the movement was practicing
for today's outpouring. The
students and dissidents have
become wise in the struggle:
their email messages are full
of analysis, calls for unity, and
practical advice on how to stay
For the past few years the Islamic
republic has been steeped in
widespread corruption, shameful
foreign policy, inflation and a
bleak job market for the younger
generation (sound familiar?) There
have been sporadic protests by the
women's rights movement, the
student movement, and worker
strikes. The regime responded
with bloody clampdowns. It's as if
the movement was practicing for
today's outpouring. The students
and dissidents have become wise in
the struggle: their email messages
are full of analysis, calls for unity,
and practical advice on how to stay
non-violent. The movement spreads
tactical information: identification
of the secret police and general
direction on how to stay safe and not
give in to provocation. This, as well
as calls to compatriots outside of Iran
to make the world aware of what
is going on, keeps up the pressure
on the government by continuing
the movement in all areas of life,
including offices, factories and places
of business. The bazaars in Tehran
and Tabriz closed for a day, which
has not happened since the days of
The grassroots One Million Signature
campaign and most other women's
rights groups banded together and
issued a statement that their struggles
for civil rights are inseparable from
the rights of workers, students arid
the public. Women campaigned
vehemently for their three election
demands: for Iran to re-join the
Convention of Elimination of all
Forms of Discrimination against
Women (CEDAW); to eliminate
discriminatory laws against women,
specifically Articles 19, 20, 21 and
115 of the Constitution, essentially
granting them equality under the
law; and to lift the repression against
women, students, and workers. They
used the pre-election atmosphere
to inject their agenda in the dialog
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with the public, in civil society and
with the candidates. The student
movement and the women's rights
movement have reinforced each
The regime's responses to women's
demands has become the measure of
how repressive it is in all spheres of
life, people in big cities of Iran can
often tell how socially repressive in
all areas of life its going to be when
they start tightening the regulations
about hijab and how they react to
women's rights advocacy. Women
have become deeply affected and
involved in the struggle for change
and their resistance has become
emblematic. This is huge progress
from the days of the revolution,
thirty years ago, perhaps a beacon
of hope that we will not allow the
sacrifice of women's rights for social
change. The One Million Signature
campaign's style of activism, which
is grass roots activism and broad and
horizontal movement, and focused on
creating a two way dialog between
its activists and the general public, is
a pioneering force and has inspired
grass roots activism in general.
It is heart-warming to see women in
leadership in the student movement
and in all forms of this people's
uprising. We see them at the forefront
of demonstrations, protests and sit-
ins. The Nobel prize winner civil
rights attorney and feminist, Shirin
Ebadi, on June 17 was among those
who called for a new election and
presence of international observers
to secure a fair election. She also
called for an immediate release
of the recently arrested.' Zahra
Rahnavard, Mousavi's wife, whose
public presence as a spokesperson
for the Mousavi's campaign has
This is huge progress from the
days of the revolution, thirty
years ago, perhaps a beacon of
hope that we will not allow the
sacrifice of women's rights for
been a source of inspiration for the
more conservative of the reform
movement, advocated the education
of a generation of "modern" and able
women, present in social life. She
has been challenged for her limited
vision and presumption of leadership
by some of the more radical of the
student movement. For example,
when she tried to get students to
peacefully leave one of their protests,
they told her that her husband was
"one" candidate, that their demands
go far beyond the fraudulent election
results and that they themselves will
decide when and how they will leave
This government does not shy from
brute force, using its instruments of
extreme violence: Ansar Hezbollah,
guardians of the revolution; and
Basij, chock full of thugs with PTSD
from 8 years of savage war with Iraq
and military attacks in Kurdistan.
The emails, pictures, films streaming
on the net are full of bloodied faces
and bodies being dragged by the hair
on the city streets. Students are being
attacked in their sleep in the dorms (5
students have been shot to death). As
of June 18 the death toll was at least
30 and over 300 jailed. Particularly
horrific is the story of a young
woman, Zahra/Parisa Pishdadian,
who became the leader of the student
movement when its founders were
imprisoned. Her body was found on
June 17 outside of the city of Karaj,
stabbed 25 times, her neck ripped
open. Every night we expect it all to
die down, the clampdowns to take
effect the next day. Yet masses keep
pouring into the streets and we keep
being showered with emails full of
determination, hope, steadfastness
and awesome force only a people
committed to their liberation can
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July 6-Finally, after years of unified
resistance by the brothers and a the
building of massive support, Cali-
fornia State prosecutors were forced
to admit that they have insufficient
evidence against the San Francisco 8.
Charges against four of the defen-
dants were dropped and Jalil Muntaq-
im pled no contest to conspiracy to
commit voluntary manslaughter.
The State prosecutor asked the 6ourt
to sentence him to 12 months call-
ing it "a drop in the bucket." Judge
Moscone replied "unless you're the
one doing the time." Jalil received
credit for time served (close to 2 1/2
years in County Jail) and 3 years pro-'
bation. He will return to New York to
fight for parole.
The charges were dismissed today
against Ray Boudreaux, Richard
Brown, Hank Jones, and Harold
The courtroom at 850 Bryant Street
was packed with SF 8 supporters
after a rally of hundreds and a huge
Free SF 8 banner was displayed on
the hillside of Bernal Heights to be
seen from all over the city.
"This is finally the disposition of a
case that should never have been
brought in the first place," announced
attorney Soffiyah Elijah.
Francisco Torres still faces a court
hearing on August 10th. Francisco
steadfastly maintains his innocence
according to his attorney Charles
Bourdon who intends to file a motion
to dismiss the charges against his
Herman Bell entered a plea a week
Herman Bell Pleads Guilty to
Reduced Charge of Manslaughter
- No Prison Sentence
Today, June 29, 2009, Herman Bell,
one of the SF8, pled guilty in San
Francisco Superior Court to the
reduced charge of voluntary man-
slaughter for his role in the killing
of San Francisco police officer John
Young in 1971. Mr. Bell was charged
along with six others with this crime.
Mr. Bell's plea does not in any way
incriminate other defendants; Mr.
Bell supports the others' innocence.
Part of the plea agreement, which
was read in open court, is that Mr.
Bell will not be a witness against his
comrades and friends and cannot be
called to any hearing as a witness by
Mr. Bell's plea is based on his unique
situation. Mr. Bell was convicted in
1975 for the killing of two police
officers in New York City. He has
been in prison for almost thirty-seven
years for those convictions. Hjs fight
for freedom is in New York, where
he will continue to fight for parole.
He has been a model prisoner while
in New York where he has gained
graduate degrees and started pro-
grams to help other inmates and the
communities from which they come.
Mr. Bell is pleading to the reduced
charges of voluntary manslaughter
and is, in fact, receiving no punish-
ment based on his admission of guilt.
His sentence will be that he will be
placed on informal probation for five
years and will be allowed to im-
mediately return to New York. He
will receive absolutely no additional
prison time for his actions. He and
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his attorneys believe that the resolu-
tion in this case will not negatively
effect his parole efforts in New York.
The second charge faced by Mr. Bell,
conspiracy to kill policemen, will be
Mr. Bell and his supporters see this
resolution as a resounding victory.
Mr. Bell was facing life without the
possibility of parole in a maximum
security prison in California if con-
victed. The government, through an
informant, originally alleged that Mr.
Bell was the shooter of Sgt Young.
However, it is difficult to believe that
the Attorney Geneial of California,
who prosecuted this case, would
have allowed Mr. Bell to plead to a
lesser charge with a sentence of only
informal probation if there was cred-
ible evidence he had shot Sgt. Young.
Bell and his co-defendants have
always maintained that because of
the torture used by the New Orleans
Police Department to gain alleged
confessions and the lack of new
evidence, these charges should never
have been brought.
Herman's letter to supporters and
Your strong showing of support at
my plea/sentencing hearing this past
Monday was truly heartening. For
me, removing the possibility of go-
ing to trial when a proposal (though
unpalatable) is offered that would
leave open a future chance at parole
in another jurisdiction was something
I could not pass up.
So I accepted the AG's proposal.
There is no disunity here, just a tacti-
cal legal decision having been made.
I could never be at peace with myself
if I sat in a prison cell for the rest of
my days knowing that I rejected a
proposal that left open
possible freedom one
MA5/7y78 day. You expect me to
think and act respon-
SI sibly and to make
I responsible decisions.
I expect no less of myself or of you.
I am so proud of you and all the
work you've done in our behalf and
in waking our movement from its
lethargy--proud of your speaking,
proud of your fund-raising, proud of
your organizing (the Labor Council,
the City Supervisors, the Caravan
to Sacramento--such a sweet piece
of 'main stream' organizing, and the
tribute to Panther women). So very
proud that you were in court to smile
your greetings whenever we ap-
peared; proud that you made bail for
those of us who could bail-out, and
that you routinely visited those of
us who could not. I shall miss your
frequent visits, so how could I not go
forward in this without a heavy heart.
I do so thanking you for being true to
yourselves and thanking you for the
love and righteous support you gave
and are giving the SF8.
I love you all.
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Open Letter to President Obama to Support
Single-Payer Health Care
Dear President Obama:
We are physicians from
across the spectrum of our
profession; primary care doctors and
specialists, public health experts and
administrators. We work in hospitals
and clinics, private practices and
universities, corporations and
public agencies. Some of us are
young, still in training; others are
greatly experienced, and some have
held senior positions in American
We applaud you for reopening the
national discussion of health care
refohnrm, and enthusiastically endorse
your call for reform that would
assure universal, comprehensive
coverage at an affordable price, while
improving the quality of care. Yet we
are dismayed by recent developments
in Washington. The single payer
reform that could achieve our shared
goals has been dismissed from
consideration in favor of proposals
that will neither fulfill your promises
nor meet our patients' urgent needs.
Like most of our colleagues and the
majority of the general public, we
believe that single-payer reform is
the standard against which other
health reforms should be measured.
Sound single payer proposals have
been introduced in both the House of
Representatives (H.R. 676, The U.S
National Health Care Act) and the
Senate (S. 703, The American Health
Security Act of 2009).
Single payer reform, as embodied
in these bills, would eliminate the
bewildering patchwork of private
insurance plans with their exorbitant
overhead and profits, as well as
the costly paperwork burdens they
impose on providers. These savings
on bureaucracy nearly $400 billion
annually are sufficient to cover all
of the uninsured and to provide first
dollar coverage for all Americans.
No other approach can provide
comparable coverage at a cost our
nation can afford.
Mr. President, you once embraced
a single payer reform that would
threaten private insurers, and foresaw
its passage if Democrats regained
control of the House, the Senate and
the White House. These conditions
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have been met. Yet now Democrats
propose diverting additional billions
to private insurers by requiring
middle class Americans to purchase
defective policies from these firms
- policies with so many gaps and
loopholes that they currently leave
millions of our insured patients
vulnerable to financial ruin.
Moreover, a "public plan option"
would do little to mitigate the
damage of a reform that perpetuates
private insurers' dominant role.
Even a robust public option would
forego 90% of the bureaucratic
savings achievable under single
This kind of public option
would amount to a government-
run clone of private insurance,
reproducing the worst features
of private plans.
payer. And a kinder, gentler public
option would quickly fail in a health
care marketplace where competition
involves a race to the bottom, not the
top, where insurers compete by NOT
paying for care. But HHS Secretary
Sebelius has made clear that any
public option will be far worse than
that, specifically crafted to prevent it
from evolving to a single payer. This
kind of public option would amount
to a government-run clone of private
insurance, reproducing the worst
features of private plans.
Mr. President, we ask that you join us
in endorsing single payer reform as
the only practicable means to reach
our shared goals, and H.R. 676 and
S. 703 as the appropriate starting
point for debate in the House and
Physicians for a National Health
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"Unfortunately Australia has followed
the wrong policy of the US, which is a
mockery of democracy and mockery of
the war on terror, and it is quite a war
crime that they are doing there.
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From the ground, the Taliban and the
northern allies are continuing to commit
crimes and fascism against women and
men in our country.
"From the sky these occupational forces
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She says she wants people to stand up
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"These countries are wasting their money
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those people who lost their sons, their
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have been killed," she said.
"They should raise their voices against
the wrong policy of their governments."
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election, scheduled to be held in August,
will make any difference to the unrest
and says it will just be "one puppet
replaced with another puppet".
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selected behind closed doors at the White
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Statement of National Organization for Women (NOW) President Kim
June 1 -Women across the country have lost a champion today. The cold-
blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller this morning in church is a stark
reminder that women's bodies are still a battleground, and health care
professionals are on the frontlines.
This kind man and skilled doctor braved blockades, harassment, assault, and
countless threats, including an attempted murder in 1993 when he was shot
in both arms. He knew his life was in constant jeopardy, and that he would
likely die at the hands of an anti-abortion terrorist-yet he continued to
protect his patients and provide safe and legal abortions to women in often-
desperate circumstances. Those who are behind this murder may believe
that the killing of George Tiller will mean that these women will have
nowhere else to turn, but they are wrong. On the contrary, I believe their
depraved acts will inspire another doctor to take up the torch, and another,
Dr. Tiller's slaying is the most recent in a string of murders in the service
of the anti-abortion cause, and hundreds of people have been injured or
threatened because they provide legal abortion services. Bringing the killers
to justice is not enough the Justice Department and the Department of
Homeland Security must root out and prosecute as domestic terrorists and
violent racketeers the criminal enterprise that has organized and funded
criminal acts for decades. We call on the new attorney general Eric Holder
and head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to treat these murders in
the same way they Would treat politically-motivated domestic terrorism of
any other kind and put the full resources of their two departments behind
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