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Wisconsin Labor Jams Capitol
To Resist Governor's Attacks
Feb. 12 Wisconsin's new
Republican governor inadvertently
issued a wake-up call to the state's
labor movement by announcing
legislation Feb. 11 that would crush
public employee unions. Scott
Walker made the proposals just two
days after similar measures were
unveiled in Ohio.
Wisconsin's labor movement and
allies mobilized three days of
emergency rallies in Madison, the
state capital, ahead of an expected
vote in the legislature Feb. 17.
Thirty thousand drumming, chanting
protesters descended on the Capitol
Feb. 16. Some made plans to camp
out there that night.
Building trades members planned
to set up a grilling operation to feed
bratwurst to.workers and students
there. Madison schools had closed
that day when about half the teachers
Continued page 2...
Students and public employees occupy the Capitol building Feb. 17 in Madison over
the Budget Repair Bill just hours before the legislature was to vote on the issue.
Photo: Peter Gorman/Flickr
and Birth Control:
The following is an abridged
transcript of a speech given by Candi
Churchill of Gainesville Women's
Liberation on Jan. 21 at the Civic
Media Center commemorating the
38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the
landmark Supreme Court ruling of
1973 that legalized abortion up to
the 24th week of pregnancy.
Abortion and birth control are gifts
from women who fought before us.
We should learn from our history so
we can hold our ground and make
more gains for women today.
Prior to the 1973 Supreme Court
decision that legalized abortion up
to the 24th week (Roe v. Wade), the
women's liberation movement had
been organizing for abortion rights.
There was a movement behind that
Inspired by southern Civil Rights
and Black Power movements,
women called for an independent
women's liberation movement. In
Continued page 6...
Wisconsin... continued from p. 1
called in sick. About 800 Madison
high school students walked out of
class and marched to join protests.
University of Wisconsin students,
who had planned an action around
university funding, turned instead ,
to workers' rights and brought an
estimated 1,000 protesters to the
A thousand teachers and supporters
stopped traffic as they walked from
Wisconsin AFL-CIO headquarters to
Walker's house near Milwaukee. Two
hundred protesters turned out when
the governor spoke in Eau Claire.
A massive phonebanking and door-
knocking campaign urged voters
to contact the more moderate
Republicans in the state senate. In
the face of such massive resistance,
Republican legislators signaled
a willingness to back off late
A Part of History
Jim Cavanaugh, president of
Madison's 90,000-member South
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Central Federation of Labor,
described an outpouring of solidarity.
An AFL-CIO news conference
brought private sector union leaders
to declare their support for embattled
public employee unions.
In an email, Dave Poklinkoski,
president of a utility workers local,
said, "The breadth and depth of the
solidarity at these rallies is beyond
anything witnessed in Madison in
living memory." He invited friends to
come "be a part of history."
Walker would eliminate collective
bargaining for public employees on
all matters except wages. Any wage
increase surpassing the consumer
price index would have to be
approved by voters. His plan calls for
state employees to contribute much
more to their pensions and health,
insurance costs-the equivalent of an
8 percent pay cut.
For good measure, Walker added that
he had briefed the National Guard,
so it would be ready to address
any potential disruption of services
caused by union protests. A veterans
group slammed the governor, asking
if he understood the military is not
a "personal intimidation force to be
mobilized to quash political dissent."
A spokesman later said soldiers
would only replace prison guards.
Police and firefighter unions would
be exempt from the new law. Both
of Milwaukee's uniformed unions
endorsed Walker's gubernatorial
bid last year, leaving other unionists
in the state muttering about
backroom deals. But firefighters, to
great applause, joined the throngs
descending on the Capitol.
Walker is selling his anti-bargaining
proposal as part of a "Budget
Repair Bill" aimed at addressing
the state's immediate $136 million
deficit as well as a larger deficit of
$3.6 billion projected for the next
two-year budget cycle. He says his
proposals on health and pension
contributions would save $30 million
and help avert wide layoffs of state
But AFSCME Council 24 points out
that state employees have already
sacrificed for years, taking unpaid
furlough days and heavier workloads.
Late last year, they offered a
contract containing $100 million in
concessions-an offer legislators.
rejected and the governor ignores.
The Economic Policy Institute
think-tank said Wisconsin public
employees actually earn 5 percent
less in wages and benefits than
private-sector counterparts, when
workers with similar experience and
education levels are compared.
Much of the governor's proposal
does not concern the state budget
at all, but serves to cripple public
employee unions. It would prohibit
collecting member dues through
payroll deductions and end any
requirement that employees pay
union dues at all. It would require
union bargaining units to hold an
annual certification vote in order to
Cavanaugh believes Walker may
have overreached politically and that,
assuming the immediate threat can be
turned back, the labor movement can
"We're getting a lot of people off
their butts, seeing what these right-
wing fanatics are capable of," he
said. "We're achieving more union
solidarity than we've seen in a long
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IGUANA, MARCH 2011, PAGE 2 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
IGUANA, MARCH 2011, PAGE 2
The Spring 2011 Iguana Electionl
Well, after going to the Tea Party's
candidate forum, held at the Holiday
Inn West on Feb.15, I've got my
mind around the endorsements for
the upcoming city elections.
Early voting begins on March 7 and
runs through March 12. Election
Day is March 15. There is one city-
wide race and two single-member
district races, so this may not seem
that important. But it is, and you can
have a big say by working for.and
Every vote you can stimulate is a
vote you make, whether through
donations or volunteering. If yoi are
a student, you're representing for the
students to come. If you are a county
resident, these candidates will make
policies that affect you when you are
Here's my nutshell take. Two races
are clear cut the at-large race and
Susan Bottcher is an outstanding
choice, she will be a full-time
commissioner and has a long track
record of working on issues like
human rights and the environment,
and has put in a lot of time with the
local Democratic party.
Angulo are also
in the race, and B uI BELY
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Iguana Election Picks
2011 City Election, March 15
At-Large: Thomas Hawkins
District 2: James Ingle
District 3: Susan Bottcher
perspectives. But Susan has the
Multi-bar owner Rob Zeller is
another opponent, well-funded and
more in line with the Tea Party anti-
tax, pro-business positions, trashing
RTS and GRU.
In the at-large race, the choice is
even clearer. Thomas Hawkins
has a real grasp of making local
government work while keeping
smart growth and efficiency in mind.
He also has a good handle on the
contentious issue of city and county
Also in the race is Richard Selwach,
a cartoonish pawn-shop owner who
loves the attention he gets from
running for office and declares that
Gov. Rick Scott is his great hero.
Hawkins' chief opponent is Don
Marsh, the conservative Tea Party
favorite who campaigned against the
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With this issue, the Iguana
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IGUANA, MARCH 2011, PAGE 3
gay rights ordinance. He's for killing
the one-stop homeless center, and
he doesn't feel the taxpayers should
help poor and needy folks (just let
the churches do it). Marsh came
within a whisker of beating Craig
Lowe for Mayor last year, which
should be a wake-up call to everyone
who values human rights and well-
planned growth that you need to get
out and vote!
There are two really good candidates
and two really not-so-good
candidates in district two, from my
point of view.
The very well-funded Todd Chase
and lesser-funded Robert Krames
are both cut from the same Tea Party
conservative cloth. Both feel the bus
system is a loser, both signed on to
the anti-gay ordinance, and Krames
wants to privatize GRU.
On the other side are incumbent
Commissioner Lauren Poe and
newcomer James Ingle.
Poe is a mainstream Democrat, a
professor, well-spoken, with an
appealing, sly sense of humor.
But Ingle is a breath of fresh air
- a working class regular guy, an
electrician by trade, as well as an
instructor who has garnered a lot
of support with his strong focus on
jobs and working people. He has, of
course, gotten endorsements from
labor organizations, but also the
National Organization for Women,
the Sierra Club, the Coalition to
End the Meal Limits Now, Students
for a Democratic Society and the
Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant
Justice. Ingle's independent answers
at forums have won many people's
attention and praise.
There is resentment that Ingle has
complicated the race by challenging
Poe among Democrats. But his run
is not against Poe; it is for working
Should this come down to a runoff
(if the winner gets less than 50
percent which forces a run off of
the top two), and assuming one of
the pro-business, anti-regulation
folks is in second place or first place
against either Poe or Ingle on the
other side, I would hope for a unified
runoff effort by the Poe and Ingle
supporters. Both candidates have
reportedly said they would support
the other in this scenario.cx
Early voting begins on March
7 and runs through March 12.
Election Day is March 15.
For more information on the
candidates and to see how to
get involved, visit the Alachua
County Supervisor of Elections
website at www.elections.
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We're Back-The Iguana 2.0
Well, as you can see by what
you've got in your hand or on your
screen, the Iguana is back from its
hibernation. We laid out why we
were stopping 16 months ago in Vol.
25, Edition 2-3. Here are the reasons
behind our return.
Former co-editor Jenny Brown's
move to New York to finish up her
masters degree in Economics and
Labor Studies led to an unexpected
opportunity: a job offer with the
fine monthly Labor Notes (www.
labornotes.org), working as a staff
writer in their Brooklyn office. Her
commitment to this job meant that
any Iguana revival would depend on
a new team.
That team came together in a pair
of conversations at the Veterans for
Peace Winter Solstice Concert on
Dec. 19. A former subscriber (and
sorry, I don't remember your name)
talked to me about how she missed
This was but one of many such
conversations I'd had over the past
year, but at that moment, it hit me
more deeply than before. Other
past readers referred to missing the
Iguana at election times for our
take on candidates and issues; some
missed our news coverage.
There was one person who missed
the Vets for Peace Memorial Mile
and told me, "I can't keep track of
things without the Iguana." And for
myself, as the person who did the
calendar, I knew many times during
the year there were events in town
(which had scant or no advance in
the local media) that I know we'd
cover and promote, but many folks
missed out on without the Iguana.
Back to that second conversation at
the VFP Solstice concert. After I'd
spoke to the former subscriber, I took
a break and went over to the VFP
ticket table where Jessica Newman
was staffing. I'd known her for
years as a co-founder of the student
newspaper The Fine Print and as a
One word led to another, and I asked
if she'd come on board and help get
the Iguana restarted. She said yes, a
A couple days later, after liberally
telling folks we were coming back,
I thought, "Gee, I ought to check in
with Jessica and see if indeed the
commitment was there." Turned out
she was also spreading the word, and
yes, we were a go.
So here it is.
We hope to keep the same standards
Jenny Brown set as chief editor and
layout director in prior years.
Coming on board to help Jessica
in that process is Mark Piotrowski,
whose work with the Iguana goes
back to his student days in the early
'90s. More recently he was co-chair
of the Alachua County Labor Party
as well as a graphic design teacher
and designer. So he brings political
commitment and great skills. Pierce
Butler is also on board to continue
his long-time work with me on the
calendar and subscription list as well
as ad design.
We hope to increase our electronic
presence via the web, Facebook and
other new media.
We will be looking for others to help
out, but that is the new team at this
time, and I am excited to be putting
life back into the old lizard.
Of course, we are counting on you,
readers, to help sustain us. Old
subscribers have been contacted, and
new ones are welcome (for details on
becoming a new subscriber, see the
box on page 3).
Donations are, of course, welcome,
as well as leads on potential
advertisers. Help with distribution
would be great. Making sure your
organization lets us know what you
are doing via announcements and
press releases far in advance is huge,
as is helping us keep our group
directory current (see page 10).
Please note that we are not psychic;
we are a tool for you to advance your
organizing work. You've got to help
us help you. And please support our
advertisers and let them know why.
There are many dynamic storylines
playing out in the world of 2011.
Wikileaks; uprisings against
dictators; growing corporate power;
the right-wing, Fox-fueled backlash
on social institutions; cutbacks on
civil liberties; climate change and its
anti-science deniers; the health care
conundrum; attacks on unions and
We will give you some viewpoints
and links to other sources as the
months go by to keep you up-to-date
on these events.
Thanks in advance for your support,
and of course, we welcome your
Joe Courter, Iguana Publisher
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA IGUANA, MARCH 2011, PAGE 5
IGUANA, MARCH 2011, PAGE 5
Abortion... continued from p. 1
1968, the groundwork for a national
movement was underway, using
feminist consciousness-raising (CR).
Women spoke about pregnancy
scares and sex, about the pressure
to be beautiful, young and thin, to
get married and have children to
fulfill their destinies, about so-called
"personal problems," and they drew
conclusions that led to collective
action. Sarah Weddington, who later
became the feminist attorney in Roe
v Wade, was in a CR group in Texas.
She was in a movement!
And what the Supreme Court decided
a few years later was actually a
compromise from what the women's
liberation movement was fighting for.
The women's liberation movement
wanted to repeal all laws on abortion.
Reform keeps laws on the books,
which allows lawmakers to add
restrictions to the laws (waiting
periods, spousal notification, age
restrictions, at what stage in the
pregnancy a woman can seek an
For reform you need a pencil; for
repeal you need an eraser.
Three years before Roe v Wade,
a reform law was passed in New
York, allowing abortions up to the
24th week. New York was the center
for women's liberation work at the
time. Previously, the abortion reform
movement talked about preventing
the worst case
led with the'
are the real
as a matter Gainesville women's ri
of justice Rockville, MD, in Janu
d s- Morning-After Pill be
and selt t political interference.
In 1969 in New York, legislators
interested in reform called together
an "expert" panel. Who were
the experts? 14 men and a nun!
Legislators were considering
loosening the laws around abortion
so that women who already had four
to five children or were mentally
disabled could have legal abortions.
Redstockings women's liberation
activists disrupted the panel and
demanded complete repeal of all
abortion laws and demanded women
be heard as "the real experts on
abortion." They saw the reforms as
insults to women, not "steps in the
A month after busting up the reform
hearing, Redstockings organized the
ghts activists stage a sit-in at the FDA in
lary 2005 where they demanded that the
made over-the-counter for all women without
Photo: Brandon Shulman.
first ever abortion speak-out so the
"real experts" could testify publicly
about having abortions. More than
300 attended. You can get a recording
of that speak-out from Redstockings
Women's Liberation Archives for
At that time, women would get
referrals for abortion doctors and
meet up at a certain time to get
blindfolded and taken to a hotel room
or back-alley. The poorer you were,
the more likely you couldn't afford a
more reputable doctor. Women died.
Police would stake out emergency
rooms looking to get information
from or to arrest women coming in
from illegal abortion complications.
It was a major turning point to break
the fear and silence and organize a
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Feminists inspired by the
struggle for abortion mounted
a campaign for full access to
the Morning-After Pill. Candi
Churchill was one of nine women
in the "M.A.P. Conspiracy"
arrested at the Food and Drug
Watch this six-minute YouTube
video of a sit-in at the FDA:
Other women's liberation groups had
speak-outs and protests around the
country, and the pressure for abortion
repeal was boiling over.
In 1970, one year after the first
speak-out, the New York law
legalized abortion up to 24 weeks.
Women desperately raised money
from everyone they knew and flew
from all over to get a safe abortion.
Roe v. Wade was decided a few years
later, based on this New York law. It
was an enormous victory that opened
up the possibilities for millions of
women to better control their futures,
but it was a compromise that still
leaves women subject to sexist
restrictions on a simple ten-minute
Lucinda Cisler, women's liberation
abortion repeal organizer wrote in
her 1969 feminist classic, Warning to
Women: Abortion Law Reform (Sort
of), "There are many reasons why a
woman might seek a late abortion,
and she should be able to find one
legally if she wants it...Whatever her
reasons, she belongs to herself and
not the state.
"The choice is up to us: we must
subject every proposal for change
and every tactic to the clearest
feminist scrutiny, demand only
what is good for all women, and not
let some of us be bought off at the
expense of the rest."
Cisler goes on to make the point that
doctors and certainly clinics aren't
necessary for abortions, pointing the
way towards making abortion more
accessible and less expensive.
"We can't be on equal footing
with men if we can't make
life-altering decisions like
whether or not to carry a
pregnancy to term."
This rich history has been buried.
Fighting for abortion as justice for
women was how change came about.
It was the spark; it spoke to millions.
And that is what we need to do
again: tell our stories and fight for
real justice for women in all areas of
I had a child over a year ago. My
pregnancy and the birth of my son
was all pretty normal, but it came
with risks to my health, and it was
something I would not have wanted
at other points in my life.
My life is no longer my own, in good
ways and in exhausting ways. Our
daily lives are filled with hilarity and
joy, but we've faced serious sleep
deprivation and exhaustion too.
I've only been at it 18 months, and
I believe it is the hardest work I've
No one should ever force me or any
woman into childbearing. No way!
We can't be on equal footing with
men if we can't make life-altering
decisions like whether or not to carry
a pregnancy to term.
And men need to take responsibility
for prevention and the financial costs
of birth control and abortion. Stop
resisting condoms, guys!
Science has made great strides
helping control fertility, and these
advances should be for our benefit,
not for drug company profit.
We also need quality childcare, well-
funded public schools, paid parental
leave, national health insurance
and a shorter work week to actually
collectively support the raising of
the next generation. The bulk of
that work is on women's backs -
underpaid or unpaid. These are the
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On the Radar: Reproductive Rights Under Attack
by the Florida Legislature
Bendtta Standly 'lgislature, beginning in March, A Constitutional Amendment
The American Civil Liberties th legislative proposals with giving personhood status to a
Union of Florida defends freedom negative impacts on a woman's fetus, completely outlawing
- freedoms guaranteed in the right tb plan her family have already abortions,
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The ACLU recently celebrated the
38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade
decision, the right of a woman to
decide when and if to have a family.
The U.S. Constitution protects this
right from government interference.
Unfortunately, not all women in
this country have had equal access
to reproductive health care. Poor
women, teens and women living in
rural communities have increasingly
faced real obstacles because of
The ACLU of Florida believes
women should have full
and unobstructed access to
comprehensive sex education,
birth control, abortion and birthing
As the ACLU prepares for the
upcoming session of the Florida
The first proposal would use
proceeds from Choose Life license
plates to likely fund pregnancy crisis
centers, which typically do not make
readily available all possible options
to a woman. Instead, such centers
usually encourage women to seek
The second proposal would ban
abortion coverage through insurance
And the third bill, the "fetal pain"
bill, asserts that embryos can feel
pain, thus banning abortion after 22
We also expect to see a litany of bills
that attempt to chip away at Roe v.
* A bill (resurfacing yet again)
requiring a woman to view her
ultrasound prior to abortion care,
women to obtain judicial bypasses
(which allow them to go through
the court in order to bypass the
law requiring parental permission
for abortion care),
A fetal homicide bill,
criminalizing the "murder" of a
fetus, including a woman unaware
of her pregnancy involved in a car
On the positive side, it's possible
that a resolution will be introduced
illustrating the importance of birth
control and access to birth control.
Also, we believe legislators may
introduce a bill banning the current
statewide practice of shackling of
female inmates during pre-delivery,
delivery and post-partum care in
Benetta Standly is the director of the
Northeast Florida Regional Office
for the American Civil Liberties
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Tell Publix to Do the Right
There is a small town in Southwest
Florida, far from the famous resorts
of Fort Myers and Naples, where the
majority of people live on less than
$10,000 a year. The residents of this
town, called Immokalee, work 10- to
12-hour days in the tomato fields,
picking 95 percent of the tomatoes
consumed by Americans October
through June. And they do it for well
below a living wage 50 cents per
In 1999, Abel Cuello, an Immokalee
labor contractor, was convicted of
involuntary servitude for holding
24 farm workers against their will
through the use of physical and
For more information
about the "Tell Publix
to Do the Right Thing"
rally, visit the CIW's
website at www.ciw-
online.org. To learn more
about local organizing,
contact the Gainesville
At first glance, it would seem the
farm workers are helpless and
defenseless. Few of Immokalee's
residents speak any English (in fact,
few even speak the same language
with Spanish, Haitian Creole and
Mayan languages filling the streets);
most came to Immokalee with
nothing, hoping to make enough
money to send some back to their
families in Guatemala, Mexico
or Haiti; some can't even call
citizens, making them
vulnerable to exploitation.
by white crew leaders.
But thanks to the
Coalition of Immokalee
Workers, these farm
workers do have a
defense against the
injustices. Founded in
1993 by a group of farm
workers, the CIW is now
a grassroots organization
with more than 4,500
members fighting for
fairness and justice in the
Since its inception, th
the organization has
continued to be run
and operated by farm workers, an
they've struck agreements with m
than a few national and internatio
In 2005, they saw their first victor
with Yum Foods!, parent company
of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long Jot
Silver's and KFC. Yum agreed to
push its suppliers to institute a liv
wage and a worker code of condu
Two years later McDonald's did
the same, followed by Burger Kii
Aramark, Sodexo, Whole Foods,
Pacific Tomato Growers, the Flor
Tomato Growers' Exchange and
The University of Florida's chapt
of the Student/Farm Worker Allia
chapter (a national organization
that works closely with the CIW)
played a key role in the victory w
Aramark, UF's food service prov
They targeted incoming freshmen
who make up buy the majority of
the Aramark's over-priced meal
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Join farmworkers and their allies to call on
Publix to help end poverty and human rights
abuses In Florida's fields
ever let making a profit get In the way of doing
a right thing." George Jenkins, Publix founder
plans bought from Aramark every
d semester, educating them about
lore where and how Aramark got its
nal tomatoes. Not long after this effort,
top Aramark officials met with the
SFA and months later struck an
ry agreement with the CIW.
n Now the CIW is turning its attention
to the supermarket sector, where
ing companies like Publix and Trader
ict. Joe's have refused to come to the
Here in Florida, where Publix is
ida headquartered, the CIW is launching
a campaign to start the discussion
about farm worker justice with the
mce For more information on the CIW
and their history, see this story,
"La Lucha Sigue (The Fight
'ith Continues)" on CampusProgress.org
ider. at campusprogress.org/
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Alachua County Labor Party Just
Health Care committee works on
universal health care; LP also works on
economic justice, labor solidarity. P.O.
Box 12051, Gainesville 32602; 352-375-
Bridges Across Borders Florida-based
international collaboration of activists,
artists, students and educators supporting
cultural diversity and global peace. 352-
Campus Counterpoise Collective-based
club dedicated to alternative media and
perspectives. 352-335-2200, editor@
The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating
Spanish Speakers through Advocacy
and Service (CHISPAS) Student-run
group at UF. www.chispasuf.org
Civic Media Center Alternative reading
room and library of the non-corporate
press, and a resource and space for
organizing. 352-373-0010, www.
Coalition to End the Meal Limits
NOW! See the story on page 14 for how
you can get involved.
Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-
led grassroots peace and social justice
movement utilizing creative protest,
non-violent direct action and community
Don't see you
organization listed here,
or is the information
listed out of date?
Contact us at 352-378-5655
net with the update.
Committee for a Civilian Police
Review Board Group that demands
the creation of a citizens' police review
board to fight against the pattern
of corruption, arrogance, bias and
violence displayed by some members
of the Gainesville Police Department.
Conservation'Trust for Florida, Inc.
Non-profit land trust working to protect
Florida's rural landscapes, wildlife
corridors and natural areas. 352-466-
Democratic Party of Alachua County
Meetings are held the second Wednesday
of each month at 7:00pm in the
second floor auditorium of the County
Administration Building at SE 1st St.
and University Ave. 352-373-1730,
Edible Plant Project Local collective
to create a revolution through edible and
food-producing plants. 561-236-2262
The Fine Print An independent,
critically thinking outlet for political,
social and arts coverage through
local, in-depth reporting specifically
for Gainesville's students. www.
Florida School of Traditional
Midwifery A clearinghouse for
information, activities and educational
Florida Defenders of the Environment
An organization dedicated to restoring
the Ocklawaha and preserving Florida's
other natural resources. 352-378-8465
Gainesville Women's Liberation The
first women's liberation group in the
South, formed in 1968, the organization
is now part of National Women's
Graduate Assistants United Union
IGUANA, M~cii 2011, PAGE 10 GAiNESVILLE, FLORIDA
Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.
that represents all UF grad assistants
by fighting for improved working
conditions, community involvement
and academic freedom. 352-575-0366,
Green Party Part of worldwide
movement built out of four different
interrelated social pillars, which support
its politics: the peace, civil rights,
environmental and labor movements.
Grow Radio Non-profit company
that will provide the opportunity for
community members to create and
manage unique, engaging, educational,
locally-generated programming to
promote fine, musical and visual arts and
humanities for the enrichment of, but not
limited to, the Gainesville community.
Industrial Workers of the World
Local union organizing all workers.
Meetings are at the Civic Media Center
the first Sunday of the month at 8pm.
International Socialist Organization
Organization committed to building a left
alternative to a world of war, racism and
poverty. Meetings are every Thursday at
the UF classroom building at 105 NW
16th St at 7pm. gainesvilleiso@gmail.
MindFreedom North Florida Human.
rights group for psychiatric survivors and
mental health consumers. 352-328-2511.
National Lawyers Guild Dedicated
to basic and progressive change in the
structure of our political and economic
system. Meetings are the first Thursday
of the month, 6:30-7:30pm at UF Law
National Organization for Women
Gainesville Area NOW meeting
info contact Lisa at 352-450-1912.
Judy Levy NOW information,
contact Laura Bresko 352-332-2528.
Planned Parenthood Clinic Full-service
medical clinic for reproductive and
sexual health care needs. Now offering
free HIV and free pregnancy testing
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daily from 9-11am and 1-4pm. Located
at 914 NW 13th St.
Pride Community Center of North
Central Florida Resources for the gay/
lesbian community, open M-F, 3-7,
Sat. noon-4pm. Located at 3131 NW
13th St, Suite 62. 352-377-8915, www.
Protect Gainesville Citizens
Group whose mission is to provide
Gainesville residents with accurate and
comprehensible information about the
Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. 352-354-
Queer Activist Coalition Politically
motivated activist group at UF
fighting for full civil and social
equality for the LGBTQ community.
Sierra Club Meets the first Thursday
of every month at 7:30pm at the UF
Entomology & Nematology Building,
Room 1035. 352-528-3751, www.
Student/Farmworker Alliance A
network of youth organizing with
farm workers to eliminate sweatshop
conditions and modern-day slavery in the
fields. More information is available on
Facebook under "Gainesville Student/
Students for a Democratic Society
Multi-issue student and youth
organization working to build power
in our schools and communities.
Meetings are every Monday at 6:30pm in
Anderson Hall 32 on the UF campus.
UF Pride Student Union Group of gay,
lesbian, bi and straight students & non-
students, faculty and staff, www.grove.
United Faculty of Florida Union
that represents faculty at University of
Florida. 392-0274, email@example.com,
United Nations Association Group
that educates people worldwide about
the issues, projects and programs of the
United Nations. www.afn.org/~una-usa/.
Veterans for Peace Anti-war
organization that works to raise
awareness of the detriments of militarism
and war as well as to seek alternatives
that are peaceful and effective. Meetings
are the first Wednesday of every month
at 7pm. 352-375-2563, www.afn.
,WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-
power station operating as part of the
Civic Media Center. wgot947@gmail.
Activist Larry Gibson,
to visit Gainesville
Larry Gibson, an internationally
and human rights advocate,
has been fighting against the
destruction of the Appalachian
Mountains through mountaintop
removal coal mining for more
than 20 years.
Gibson will visit Gainesville
in March as part of the Cinema
Verde Film Festival. Fore
more information, visit http://
verdefest.org or contact Jason
b -in or Tda ut
Best Chins Food In Tom
Lunch Specials $525 wisoda
M-Th.: 11 am- 10:30pm
Fri, Sat.! 11am- llpm
Sunday: 4 pm 10:30pm
421 NW 13TH ST.
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WGOT 94.7 LP FM
Gainesville's Progressive Community Radio Station
We share 94.7 with other community groups,
WGOT is on the air:
Sunday: 1PM 4PM
Mon, Wed, Fri: 1PM 4PM & 8PM 5AM
Tuesday and Thursday: 1PM 4PM & 8PM 9PM
Saturday: 1PM 9PM
Check out wgot.org for upcoming events and a
detailed schedule (and new shows!)
94.7 is a Low Power FM station with a transmitter at NW 39th Ave and
1-75, so best reception is within 5 miles, but many people are able to pick
up the station in their car.
Questions? Comments? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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low-power FM -
on the air -
tune in at 94.7
(and set your car
g mail.com or
Gainesville's public radio station is now
mostly NPR talk it's located at 89.1
on the FM dial.
Weekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane
Rehm (interview & call-in); noon-1
pm: Terry Gross, Fresh Air; 1-2 pm,
/ BBC call-in World Have Your Say,
Wednesday; 2-4 pm: Talk of the Nation.
Evenings, 8-10: The Story & On Point,
followed by BBC World News all night.
Under the Bridge, AfroPop, & Hearts of
Space all continue see schedule at
www.wuftfrh.org for expanded weekend
schedule and program details.
A new internet resource is Grow Radio
lendar. (www.growradio.org), based in G'ville.
6Wayward Council volunteer
meeting 6 pm every Sunday,
807 W. University Ave.
Industrial Workers of the
World meet, CMC, 8 pm.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS
1836: Mexican Army defends
abolition against invading slave-
holders at San Antonio.
1815: Switzerland declares
perpetual neutrality in all wars.
27 Mark Braverman
2MI reception & talk on
"Just Peace in the Holy Land",
Mennonite Meeting House,
1236 NW 18th Ave, 3 pm.
Gainesville Roller Rebels vs
Tampa Bay, Skate Station, 7 pm:
adv. tickets $8 at Sweet Dreams,
$12 at door.
1988: Mordecal Vanunu jailed for
exposing Israeli nuclear weapon
program: spends ten years in
7 EARLY VOTING BEGINS
9-5 through Saturday 3/12 at
downtown County Admin Bldg.
UF Spring Break this week.
9500 Liberty (fearmongering by anti-
immigration zealots, and one town's
response) presented by Intemat'l So-
cialist Org, CMC, 7pm.
Gandhi Study Group 7-8:30 pm
Mon nights'through 4/4, Mennonite
Mtg Hse, 1236 NW 18th Ave.
14 Fresh documentary (Michael
Polland & others on the
movement for fresh local foods)
presented by Citizens' Co-op, 7 pm,
Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.
Gandhi Study Group see 3/7.
1883: Karl Marx, 64, dies in London.
21 SearchingforAngela Shelton
(film documenting one
woman's search for fellow victims of
child sexual abuse and her own
struggles confronting her abusive
father) presented by Mind Freedom
FL at CMC, 7 pm.
Gandhi Study Group see 3/7.
Gordon Lightfoot in concert at
28 Dirt (documentary on the
S relationship of humans to the
soil under their feet) presented by
Citizens' Co-op, 7 pm, Civic Media
Gandhi Study Group see 3/7.
Keep upwith the CMC at
events created after this
calendar was printed and into
County Farmers' Free c
Mkt on N 441 by Hwy in
Patrol Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 am- County Healt
noon. St, 9 am-3 p
Anti-militarism signholding, Ctr, 1107
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Archer Rd 1st & 3rd Th
& SW 34th St, 4:30-6 pm. 'Kofi A-B r
School Board meets 1st & Downtown
3rd Tuesdays, 6 pm. every Wed,
"Haiti's Challenges" conf. at Veterans for
UF, Smathers 1A, 7:30 pm. call 375-256
Story of Citizens United US Space
documentary at CMC, 8 pm. Keith E. McI
Fla Alternative Breaks Mu- Open Mic Pi
sic Benefit, 10 pm, CMC, $5. 7 pm, Downt
8 Alachua County Comm. 2010: KoflA
meets 2nd & 4th Tues, armed, shot i
9 am & 5 pm: citizens corn- 9 "Retro
ment, 9:30 am. ing the
Anti-militarism sign-holding Quinn Jones
2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 13th St lery, 302 NE
& Univ. Ave, 4:30-6 pm.
1908: 10,000 needleworkers & US Law"
strike in New York, leading to 3145 NW 43
International Women's Day. Democratic
1 City of G'ville Votes meets, 2nd
Alachua County Commission
meets, 9 am & 5 pm. 1 Anar
.. 1 disc,
Anti-militarism sign-holding, 3rd Wednesd
SW 34th St & Archer Rd,
4:30-6,pM.. Matisyahu (.
4:30--6-pm. ist) at Phillip
School Board meets, 6 pm. doors, 7pm;
doors, 7 pm;_
International Women's Day Chispas mee
video (title tba), CMC, 7 pm. ion 285; info:
Brick Mover music at CMC,
22 Alachua County 2 Veter
Comm. 9 am & 5 pm: Santa'
citizens comment, 9:30 am. 6-9:30 pm -
Anti-militarism sign-holding stan veterans
13th St & U. Ave, 4:30-6 pm. stories in mo
Ethicist Michael Sandel, 6 END: CIV (
pm, Graham Ctr, free. Jensen's writ
South of the Border (film) 7 destructive r
pm at CMC. and violence
The Sublime Is Now Risk 7 pm, CMC.
Cinema, Ham Museum, 7 pm.
29 Alachua County 23 Rose
S Labor Party meets: led b
6:30 pm, 618 NW 13th Ave; Public Forun
info, 375-2832. Research, 7
Wild Words at Wild Iris
Books, every last Tues, open
mike poetry & some music,
Into the Fire: American
Women in the Spanish Civil
War documentary, 7 pm, 1746: Franc
CMC; presented by IWW. 1853: Vince
V testing at Alachua
Dept, 224 SE 24th
,M-F; & at Pride
6th St, 4-6 pm on
rs; info: 334-7961.
y, 2 pm, Turlington.
town Plaza, 4-7 pm.
Peace meets, 7 pm:
ogram talk with
nis, 7 pm, CMC.
)etry, 1st Weds,
home by UFPD.
Life & Legacy of A.
'at Thomas Ctr Gal-
6th Ave, through
'Nat'l Day of Prayer
rd St, 6:30 pm.
eds, 7 pm, County
sion group at CMC,
tys, 7-9 pm.
fewish hip-hop art-
; Ctr; tickets, 6 pm;
;vent, 8 pm free.
ts, 7 pm, Reitz Un-
us Speak Out at
'e College WA-104,
11 Iraq & Afghani-
invited to tell their
ilm based on Derek
wings an upbeat
inst wasteful &
in human culture),
y Ed Tennant for
i for Social Science
sco Goya born.
t Van Gogh born.
2 CMC Volunteers meet every
Thursday, 5-30 pm.
Free University most Thursdays,
7-9 pm, CMC, 433 S. Main St.
Vox meets, Reitz Union 278-9,
Sierra Club gen'l meeting, UF
Entomology Bldg rm 3118, 1st
Thurs, 7:30 pm.
Open Poetry every Thursday at
CMC, 9 pm: Gvl's longest-
running poetry jam, open to all;
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.
10 Plan Ahead: Bike Florida
Annual ride across state
open to all interested riders
March 26-April 1: ride 1 day, 3
days or 6 days; registration &
info at www.floridaseden.org.
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC every
Thursday, 9 pm.
1987: Conscientious objection
recognized as human right by UN.
17 "The Cultures of
S Empire" 2-day sym-
posium at UF English Dept 3/17-
Vox meets, Reitz Union 278-9,
ST PATRICK'S DAY
4/ CMC Volunteers meet,
G'ville Area NOW views
Women's History Month film
The Education of Shelby Knox,
Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St,
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm?
1980: Abp. Oscar Romero killed
by US-SOA-trained death squad.
31 CMC Volunteers meet,
J1 5:30 pm.
Vox meets, Reitz Union 278-9,
Janis Ian in concert at Phillips
IGUANA Deadline for Apr '11
issue is Mar 25th; write
call 378-5655with events, ad-
vertisements, updates & info.
4Gandhi talk at brown bag lunch,
Mennonite Meeting House, 1236
NW 18th Ave, noon-1 pm.
"Outrageous Courageous Women"
reception 6-8 pm portraits by Connie
Canney showing all month at Books
Inc art gallery, 505 NW 13th St.
Gvl Area NOW Feminist Happy
Hour, Tapas & Tinis, 6:30 pm.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties Fridays at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave), 7 pm.
Pierce Pettis house concert in Mel-
rose; info: email@example.com.
CMC music: w/ Dear Mr. Anderson,
Martha Stewart Time Travel, & Holy
Umbrellas, 9 pm.
11 "African Libation" w/ Dr.
Patricia Hilliard-Nunn & Nii
Sowa-La, 7 pm, CMC.
Velveeta Underground at Satchel's
Pizza/Lightnin' Salvage: live music
Wednesday through Saturdays -
check schedule at
Whether here or anywhere: please
support live music!
1Q Farm to Family Music 18th-
20th: great new location just
north of High Springs:
Alachua Conservation Trust
Awards Banquet, Prairie Creek
Lodge, 7204 SE County Rd 234,
5:30 pm, $50 (under 12 free):
25 Critical Mass Bike Ride,
25 5:30 pm from UF Plaza of the
Art Walk Downtown; many galleries
& venues participate, including CMC
and Plus Gallery (next door to CMC);
7-10 pm, last Friday of each month.
for info on live music in G'ville.
Citizens Co-op workday, 10 am-
4 pm, 435 S.'Main St.
Doug Clifford Saturdays, 11-12 am;
WSKY-97.3's one hour of lefty talk
Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
pm at UU Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th
Immokalee Workers Publix rallies
in Tampa start 10 am: ciw-online.org.
"Drenched Earth Tour" musical
production in 3 acts, CMC, 9 pm; $5-
10 sliding scale.
Alternative Radio: 89.1-FM, 11 pm.
12 Alternative Radio: 89.1-FM,
11 pm: see altemativeradio.org
for current programs.
19 Q8th Anniversary of US
Invasion of Iraq: protests in
DC, elsewhere: answercoalition.org.
Rwanda Aid 4 mile Stroll/Walk/Run/
Bike fundraiser, $35 ($25 students) -
All-African Day celebration at Mon-
teocha Community, 19024 NE 21st St
- info, art, food, music, 9 am-9 pm:
ayokagifts.org, 485-2079; free.
Cinema Verde Eco-Fair, Gvl down-
town plaza, noon-7:30 pm; film at 8
pm see www.verdefest.org.
SF Jazz present music of Stevie
Wonder, University Auditorium, 7:30
Alternative Radio: 89.1-FM, 11 pm.
26 Spring Garden Festival at
U Kanapaha Botanical Gardens,
all day music, food, & plants plants
Staber & Chasnoff play acoustic
music at CMC, 8 pm.
Vampirates at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave.
Alternative Radio: 89.1-FM, 11 pm.
1967: Love-In of 10,000 in Central
Park, New York City.
A pr 1 "Cointelpro 101" daylong symposium presented 2
Sby American Studies Dept at UF, featuring speakers
author Ward Churchill, former Weatherman Laura Whitehom, San
Francisco 8 prisoner Harold Taylor, and Claude Marks of Freedom
Archive in support of new film Cointelpro 101 (freedomarchive.org)
at CMC, 10 am-5 pm.
Springboard (annual CMC fundraiser) w/ FBI whistleblower Co-
leen Rowley as guest speaker; event includes food from area restau-
rants, art & services raffle and silent auction; $10 in adv, $15-20
sliding scale at the door: Matheson Museum, 6:30 pm see
www.civicmediacenter.org, write CMC, 433 S. Main St, Gainesville
FL 32601, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
End the Meal Limits Now!
In Gainesville, there is a soup kitchen
and shelter downtown that opens its
doors to the hungry and homeless
on a daily basis. Eighteen years
ago, the City Commission enacted
an ordinance limiting the number
of meals this shelter, the St. Francis
House (SFH), is allowed to serve
within a 24-hour period.
That number was set at 75 and then
subsequently changed to 130 after
SFH pushed for the higher number.
But the actual number was never a
problem because the ordinance was
This all changed in Apri 2009,
coincidentally around the same time
that a Hampton Inn was constructed
in the general vicinity of SFH, and
the City Commission invoked the
meal limit ordinance in an effort
to keep the homeless away from
downtown. Since that time, various
isolated efforts have arisen to
challenge the meal limit but to no
Given the growing economic
hardship in light of the recent
recession, an ever-increasing number
of people, both homeless and housed,
have sought the services of the SFH.
Yet the meal limit has remained at
130, which means everyone in line
after that has to be turned away,
including pregnant women and
Despite the efforts of SFH, which is
petitioning the City Commission to
change the meal limit, the issue is
constantly stalled and shifted around
in bureaucratic circles.
On Oct. 21, the Gainesville
International Socialist Organization
held a rally on the steps of City Hall
and then entered the chamber to
speak out against the meal limit to
IGUANA, MARCH 2011, PAGE 14
the City Commissioners. This was
the first step that led to the creation
of the Coalition to End the Meal
Limit NOW on Dec. 1.
Since its founding, the Coalition
has waged a growing campaign
against the meal limit, mounting
ever-increasing pressure on the City
Commission to repeal the ordinance.
This campaign has included public
meal servings on more than one
occasion and a large picketing
(heard by the audience and City
Commission inside the Hippodrome
Theatre) during the State of the City
Address, drawing a large media
At the picketing, the Coalition also
served more than 100 meals to
people who missed the 130-meal
cut-off at SFH, which was reached
in a mere 50 minutes after the shelter
opened. Many times, SFH reaches
their limit before noon, meaning they
have to stop serving for the rest of
the day despite a surplus of food and
The Coalition has regularly been in
the local news and is responsible for
bringing this issue into the national
spotlight both on CNN and most
recently The Huffington Post. In the
run-up to the March 15 city elections,
the Coalition has made the meal
limit a central issue and continually
pressures candidates on the topic.
This campaign has not been waged '
without its bumps and flaws,
The City Commission itself has
continually avoided the issue when
publicly confronted by the Coalition,
citing irrelevant figures, stalling for
a "closer examination of the issue,"
and attempting to balance business
interests with popular demand for the
City elections are coming up
on March 15 (early voting runs
March 7 through 12), and every
registered voter in Alachua
County will have an opportunity
to directly affect whether or
not the meal limit ordinance
survives in Downtown
Gainesville. Below are a list of
City Commission candidates
who are absolutely against the
meal limit ordinance and would
vote for its repeal if elected.
Information provided by Scott
Camil, executive board member
of the Suwannee-St. Johns
Sierra Club, who interviewed all
permanent end of the meal limit.
Commissioner Randy Wells, during
the joint UF Student Government
and City Commission meeting,
even went so far as to state, "I think
it is inaccurate to say that people
are being turned away from food
downtown." But the Coalition has
gathered numerous videotaped
testimonials of individuals who have
personally been turned away because
of the ordinance.
All of this is happening while SFH is
required to pack up their abundance
of food in front of hungry people
they would be glad to serve.
One of the most prominent
diversions highlighted by the City
Commission is the future creation of
a "one-stop center" on the outskirts
of Gainesville, which will be able
to feed up to 500 people. But the
plans for this center have yet to fully
materialize, the necessary money
is not on hand, a specific timetable
for its completion has yet to appear,
and the entire project does nothing
to alleviate the fundamental human
rights violation embodied in the meal
As the pressure grows for the
repeal of the ordinance, the City
Commission increasingly tries to
avoid this important issue. The
Coalition to End the Meal Limit
NOW continues to grow, and its
efforts in the coming weeks and
months will only escalate until the
meal limit is repealed.
This issue is often portrayed as
a two-sided debate with many
subtleties. Immediately upon mention
of the meal limit, the Commission
and its proponents will launch into
an argument over the "homeless
problem" downtown and the need
to consider the local neighborhoods.
What many fail to understand is
that the meal limit ordinance is not
effective as a means of dispersing the
Most homeless individuals are
attracted to the downtown area
because of other services and
remain there despite the meal limit
ordinance. In effect, the only thing
the meal limit is doing is making
people go hungry.
Whether one is for or against the
rights of the homeless, the meal limit
only oppresses the hungry and serves
no positive purpose for the city of
Sean Larson is a member of the
Coalition to End the Meal Limits
Now! and the International Socialist
Florida Labor Legislative Brief
Compiled by the Florida AFL-CIO
Earlier this month Sen. John
Thrasher introduced an anti-union
bill, SB 830, into the Florida
Legislature. Like similar attacks on
labor in Wisconsin, Ohio, Alabama
and other states, the bill would
prohibit dues deduction by any union
and would prohibit dues money
from being used for political activity
without prior authorization from a
member each year. Other attacks on
working families include:
Pensions The Senate is working to
dramatically change Florida's public
pension systems. Here are the most
detrimental changes to the system
currently being considered:
* Forcing all Florida Retirement
System members to contribute
up to 5 percent toward their
pension, essentially equaling a
5 percent pay cut
Closing the Defined Benefit
pension plan to all new hires
and place them in a Defined
Contribution type plan
Making changes to the Premium
Tax allocation so that local
governments can use those funds
for purposes other than pension
enhancements for first responders.
Unemployment Insurance The
House is moving quickly to radically
change Florida's Unemployment
Insurance System in a not-so-
beneficial way for the state's
workers. Among the proposals:
* Making it easier to lay off or
terminate workers without
providing unemployment benefits
Placing additional hurdles in front
of workers trying to get benefits
Reducing the weeks of
unemployment benefits from 26
to 20 weeks with the maximum
being as low as 12 weeks in times
of low unemployment
A reduction in the "Experience
Rating" tax rate that businesses
pay into the unemployment trust
fund by 10 percent
For more info on the upcoming
legislative session, check out their
website at http://www.flaflcio.org/
main/page/tlu. More to come in next
month's Iguana as well. c<
COINTELPRO 101: April 1
The American Studies group at the
University of Florida in conjunction
with the release of the documentary
"COINTELPRO 101" (http;//www.
html) will sponsor a one day
symposium on the legacy of the US
government's official program to
disrupt radical political organizations
in the late 1960s and 1970s. The
program will be held at Civic Media
Center on April 1,2011 from 10 am
to 5 pm and is open to the public.
Speakers include Laura Whitehorn,
former member of the Weather
Underground; Ward Churchill,
former Professor of Ethnic Studies
at the University of Colorado and
co-author (with Jim Vander Wall)
of early pioneering studies of the
Cointelpro program; Harold Taylor, a
former Black Panther Party member
and member of the San Francisco 8;
and Claude Marks, a former political
prisoner, Director of the Freedom
Archives, and a member of the
production crew for the film.
An additional screening of the
film will be held at the downtown
branch of the Alachua County Public
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Cinema Verde, Gainesville's Environmental Film
and Arts Festival: March 18-27
This 10-day festival will consist of
25 environmentally themed feature
films and documentaries to be shown
in various venues around Gainesville,
eco-themed art, eco-tours showcasing
natural resources and many family
The festival will kick off with an
eco-fair at the downtown plaza,
which will include educational
activities like eco-workshops, a
family film about the environment,
live demonstrations, and 100 booths
for organizations with an interest in
.promoting environmental education
and awareness and working toward
solutions to environmental problems.
The festival offers an opportunity
for sustainable businesses,
community agencies, educational
institutions and local government
representatives to work together in
order to engage the community in the
search for sustainable solutions.
Cinema Verde is sanctioned by
the United Nations Environment
Programme, based in Geneva,
Switzerland. The UNEP Safe Planet
and sponsors the films
"Body Burden," which
will be shown at the
In its first year running,
the festival brought in
about 3,000 people and
expects to triple that
number this coming .
Interested persons can be a part of
Cinema Verde in a number of ways.
They can attend the festival or
purchase VIP tickets, which let them
into special parties and events as well
as the movie screenings. They can
volunteer to help out with a number
of tasks involved in its production.
Businesses and organizations as
well as individuals can provide
sponsorship to Cinema Verde at
varying levels in exchange for a
number of perks: recognition in the
official program guide, the festival
website and in all print and broadcast
media officiated with Cinema Verde,
and preferred seating at the relevant
venues, movies or panels. Sponsors
who sign up by Feb. 25 will have the
chance to be included in the event's
program guide, which will serve as
a long-term Sustainable Business
People can also contribute by
purchasing one of the available
environmental fair booths at the
festival in which you can promote
your eco-friendly business or
organization, or by just providing
a donation (monetarily or in-
kind through various materials or
The festival will be marketed to
more than 500,000 people through
print, online and broadcast media
throughout the region and beyond.
By sponsoring Cinema Verde,
businesses and organizations
are reaching people interested in
sustainability, supporting the arts on
a local and national level, providing
attendees in need a free way to
stay educated on how we can work
towards sustainable solutions, and
helping to ensure the continuation of
the festival itself.
To learn more about
ways to get involved
with Cinema Verde visit
Whether supporting the event on a
monetary level, through providing
services or needed items, or simply
by attending the event and learning
about the problems that face the
environment today and how to
reverse them, assisting Cinema
Verde can help to ensure a greener
Jenna Mescon is an intern with
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THINKING ABOUT THE MILITARY?
ADVICE FROM VETERANS
ON MILITARY SERVICE
AND RECRUITING PRACTICES
A Resource Guide For Young People
http://www.afn.org / vetpeace/
Gainesville Chapter 14
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Free Bradley Manning!
After a flurry of coverage in January,
the harsh pre-trial detention of Pfc.
Bradley Manning continues.
Manning, though not officially
charged, is suspected, and to some
degree has self-incriminated himself
in exposed email conversations, of
being the leaker of a huge trove of
U.S. military communications to
Wikileaks, including the footage
for the now-infamous "Collateral
Murder" video of the helicopter
assault on Iraqi civilians released
April. Manning is expected to be
court-martialed later this spring or
summer, but for now, authorities
are desperately trying (reportedly
without success) to directly link
Manning with Julian Assange,
Thanks to the web, there is plenty
of information archived. See my list
of great resources below. And, of
course, be on the lookout for more
information in the next issue of the
* Glenn Greenwald's blog on Salon.
com at http://www.salon.com/news/
* "Why Bradley Manning is a
Patriot," a hypothetical opening
statement from Manning's
attorney, Chase Madar, that
originally appeared on http://www.
* "Wiki-Rebels," a great video
on Wikileaks available at
Civic Media Center March 2011 Events
Tuesday 2/22: IWW Presents "Roger & Me" (film) 8pm
Thursday 2/24: Volunteer Mtg 5:30pm; Poetry Jam, 9pm
Friday2/25: Artwalk, 7-10pm
Saturday 2/26: Music w/ Lobo Marino, Prodigal Sunday Jacqueline Garratt
Sunday 2/27: Insurgent Theatre Presents: AdSeg 7pm (live radical theatre)
Monday 2/28: "Dare Not Walk Alone" (film on civil rights struggle in St.
Tuesday 3/1: "The Story of Citizens United" (film) 8pm; Music Benefit for
Wednesday 3/2: Talk: "America's Space Program; Costs and Benefits in a Time
of Decision", 7pm
Thursday 3/3: Volunteer Mtg 5:30pm; Poetry Jam, 9pm
Friday3/4: Music w/ Dear Mr. Anderson, Martha Stewart Time Travel, &
Holy Umbrellas, 9pm
Saturday 3/5: "Drenched Earth Tour" Music Show, 9pm
Sunday 3/6: Industrial Workers of the World Mtg, 8pm
Monday 3/7: International Socialist Organization Presents "9500 Liberty"
Wednesday 3/9: Gville Java Users Group Mtg, 6-9pm
Thursday 3/10: Volunteer Mtg 5:30pm; Poetry Jam, 9pm
Friday3/11: African Libation w/ Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn &
Nii Sowa-La, 7pm
Monday 3/14: Citizens Food Co-op Presents: "Fresh" (film)
Tuesday 3/15: SFC Global Society Int'l Women's Day Video (film TBA)
7pm; Music w/ Brick Mover, 9pm
Wednesday 3/16: Anarchademics Radical Reading and Discussion Group, 8:30-
Thursday 3/17: Volunteer Mtg 5:30pm; Poetry Jam, 9pm
Monday 3/21: Mind Freedom FL Presents: "Searching for Angela
Tuesday 3/22: "South of the Border" (film) 7pm
Wednesday 3/23: "END: CIV" film based on Derek Jensen's writings, 7pm
Thursday 3/24: Volunteer Mtg 5:30pm; Poetry Jam, 9pm
Friday3/25: Artwalk, 7-10pm (Environmental Theme!)
Saturday 3/26: Acoustic Music w/ Staber & Chasnoff, 8pm
Monday 3/28: Citizens Food Co-op Presents:"Dirt" (film)
Tuesday 3/29: IWW Presents: "Into the Fire:American Women in the
Spanish Civil War" (film) 7pm
Wednesday 3/30: Public Forum for Social Science Research "Rosewood" with
Ed Tennant, 7pm
Thursday 3/31: Volunteer Mtg 5:30pm; Pbetry Jam, 9pm
Friday4/1: COINTELPRO 101 (Day-long symposium) 10am to 5pm (see
Friday4/1: SpringBoard w/ Coleen Rowley at Matheson Museum, 6:30pm
(see page 22)
433 S. Main Street
Parking just to the south at SE 5th Ave. (see sign) or at the courthouse just
north of 4th Ave. after 7pm. Check our website for details or new events that
may have been scheduled after this went to press.
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Mobilizing the Jobless
Frances Fox Piven
As 2011 begins, nearly 15 million
people are officially unemployed
in the United States and another
11.5 million have either settled for
part-time work or simply given up
the search for a job. To regain the
5 percent unemployment level of
December 2007, about 300,000
jobs would have to be created each
month for several years. There are
no signs that this is likely to happen
soon. And joblessness now hits
people harder because it follows in
the wake of decades of stagnating
worker earnings, high consumer
indebtedness, eviscerated retirement
funds and rollbacks of the social
So where are the angry crowds, the
demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly
mobs? After all, the injustice is
apparent. Working people are losing
their homes and their pensions while
robber-baron CEOs report renewed
profits and windfall bonuses.
Shouldn't the unemployed be on the
march? Why aren't they demanding
enhanced safety net protections and
big initiatives to generate jobs?
It is not that there are no policy
solutions. Left academics may be
pondering the end of the American
empire and even the end of neoliberal
capitalism, and-who knows-in
the long run they may be right.
But surely there is time before the
darkness settles to try to relieve
the misery created by the Great
Recession with massive investments
in public-service programs, and also
to use the authority and resources
of government to spur big new
initiatives in infrastructure and green
energy that might,' in fact, ward off
Nothing like this seems to be
on the agenda. Instead the next
Congress is going to be fixated
on an Alice in Wonderland policy
of deficit reduction by means of
tax and spending cuts. As for the
jobless, right-wing commentators
and Congressional Republicans
are reviving the old shibboleth that
unemployment is caused by generous
unemployment benefits that indulge
poor work habits and irresponsibility.
Meanwhile, in a gesture eerily
reminiscent of the blatherings of a
panicked Herbert Hoover, President
Obama invites corporate executives
to a meeting at Blair House to urge
them to invest some of their growing
cash reserves in economic growth
and job creation, in the United States,
one hopes, instead of China.
Mass protests might change the
president's posture if they succeeded
in pressing him hard from his base,
something that hasn't happened
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But there are
would have to be
their jobs they
are dispersed, no longer much
connected to their fellow workers
or their unions and not easily
connected to the unemployed
from other workplaces and
occupations. By contrast workers
and students have the advantage
of a common institutional setting,
shared grievances and a boss or
administrator who personifies
those grievances. In fact, despite
some modest initiatives-the AFL-
CIO's Working America, which
includes the unemployed among
their ranks, or the International
Association of Machinists' Ur
Union of Unemployed, known as
UCubed-most unions do little for
their unemployed, who after all no
longer pay dues and are likely to be
Because layoffs are occurring
in all sectors and job grades, the
unemployed are also very diverse.
This problem of bringing people of
different ethnicities or educational
levels or races together is the
classic organizing problem, and it
can sometimes be solved by good
organizers and smart tactics, as it
repeatedly was in efforts to unionize
the mass.production industries. Note
also that only recently the prisoners
in at least seven different facilities
in the Georgia state penitentiary
system managed to stage coordinated
protests using only the cellphones
they'd bought from guards. So it
remains to be seen whether websites
such as 99ers.net or layofflist.org that
have recently been initiated among
the unemployed can also become
the basis for collective action, as
the Internet has in the global justice
The problem of how to bring people
together is sometimes made easier
by government service centers, as
when in the 1960s poor mothers
gathered in crowded welfare centers
or when the jobless congregated
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in unemployment centers. But
administrators also understand that
services create sites for collective
action; if they sense trouble brewing,
they exert themselves to avoid the
long lines and crowded waiting areas
that can facilitate organizing, or
they simply shift the service nexus
to the Internet. Organizers can try
to compensate by offering help and
advocacy off-site, and at least some
small groups of the unemployed have
been formed on this basis.
Second, before people can mobilize
for collective action, they have to
develop a proud and angry identity
and a set of claims that go with
that identity. They have to go from
being hurt and ashamed to being
angry and indignant. (Welfare moms
in the 1960s did this by naming
themselves "mothers" instead of
"recipients," although they were
unlucky in doing so at a time when
motherhood was losing prestige.)
Losing a job is bruising; even when
many other people are out of work,
most people are still working. So, a
kind of psychological transformation
has to take place; the out-of-work
have to stop blaming themselves
for their hard times and turn their
anger on the bosses, the bureaucrats
or the politicians who are in fact
Third, protesters need targets,
preferably local and accessible ones
capable of making some kind of
response to angry demands. This
is, I think, the most difficult of
*the strategy problems that have to
be resolved if a movement of the
unemployed is to arise. Protests
among the unemployed will
inevitably be local, just because
that's where people are and where
they construct solidarities. But
local and state governments are
strapped for funds and are laying
off workers. The initiatives that
would be responsive to the needs
of the unemployed will require
federal action. Local protests have
to accumulate and spread-and
become more disruptive-to create
serious pressures on national
politicians. An effective movement
of the unemployed will have to look
something like the strikes and riots
that have spread across Greece in
response to the austerity measures
forced on the Greek government
by the European Union, or like the
student protests that recently spread
with lightning speed across England
in response to the prospect of greatly
increased school fees.
A loose and spontaneous movement
of this sort could emerge. It is made
more likely because unemployment
rates are especially high among
younger workers. Protests by the
unemployed led by young workers
and by students, who face a future of
joblessness, just might become large
enough and disruptive enough to
have an impact in Washington. There
is no science that predicts eruption
of protest movements. Who expected
the angry street mobs in Athens or
the protests by British students?
Who indeed predicted the strike
movement that began in the United
States in 1934, or the civil rights
demonstrations that spread across the
South in the early 1960s? We should
hope for another American social
movement from the bottom-and
then join it. c<'
Reprinted with permission from
the January 10, 2011 issue
of The Nation magazine. For
subscrip4on information, call
1-800-333-8536. Portions of each
week's Nation magazine can be
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History and the People Who Make It
"Just how did things come to be this
That's the first question for anyone
trying to change or preserve any
aspect of society as we know it.
The answer always involves people
and their stories. If enough time has
passed, finding the people becomes
impossible but sometimes the
stories are still within reach.
And more of those stories from the
20th and 21st centuries will be easily
accessible as the Samuel Proctor Oral
History Program at the University
of Florida expands its collection and
Already including more than 4,800
interviews, the SPOHP archive
features rot only the standard
"big names" of history (Florida
politicians, UF leaders and famous
individuals such as sports announcer
Red Barber or Gatorade inventor Dr.
Robert Cade), but also the voices of
relatively unknown figures:
* Florida civil rights [movement]
Veterans of World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan
Women's rights activists of
Citrus growers and farm workers
Native Americans (more than 900
Water management workers and
Labor union organizers and
Civilian Conservation Corps
Immigrants' rights organizers
Legendary civil rights activists Patricia Stephens Due and her husband John Dorsey
Due, Jr., speak about their experience in the '60s and their part in the struggle for
equality in the segregated South, particularly Florida. Patricia Stephens Due is most
known for her 49-day stint in the Leon County Jail, or, as she likes to call it, her "jail-
in" as a college student. John Dorsey Due is as prominent and respected civil rights
attorney focusing on the abolition of racism, an available and quality education, and
workers' rights. They spoke at UF's Pugh Hall in February at an event sponsored by
the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and other centers and groups on campus.
Photo: Jessica Newman.
* Rural women from across
Participants in history across
Starting with the next issue, the
Iguana will begin a regular feature
of highlights from the more
thanl50,000 pages of transcripts
from the SPOHP collection. Those
who want to sample the archives on
their own can search for written and
audio records online at web.history.
Perhaps more to the point for
Iguana readers: the Proctor project
is looking for eyewitnesses to
history willing to share their own
memories, particularly African
Americans who experienced
segregation and the struggles to end
it, veterans from all branches and
ranks of military service, community
organizers, Panama Canal Zone
workers, and others too diverse
to categorize. Material gathered
will be made available online,
shared with scholars, students and
other researchers, passed along via
"radioSPOHP" and podcasts, retold
in public presentations, and donated
to the Library of Congress as well
as appearing in the Iguana and other
Interviews can be arranged at the
SPOHP's home in Pugh Hall at the
UF campus, interviewees' homes,
or any convenient place in Alachua
County by contacting program
director Dr. Paul Ortiz at 352-392-
7168 or email@example.com.
Oral history preserves the memories
of regular people who deserve not to
be forgotten. The past is still receding
at 60 seconds per minute but more
of our individual pieces of it will
move on into the future. ct
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Coleen Rowley on "How Top Secret America
Misfires" CMC's annual SpringBoard fundraiser
Coleen Rowley will be coming to
Gainesville for the Civic Media
Center's SpringBoard fundraiser
on Friday, April 1, at the Matheson
Museum (513 E. University Ave.).
Prior to her speech on "How Top
Secret America Misfires," the
CMC will be both preparing food
and obtaining large dishes from
Gainesville restaurants. A question-
and-answer session will follow.
Afterwards, we'll have the fun and
fundraising of our raffles and silent
Following her years as an FBI special
agent, during which time Rowley
was an instructor in ethics and legal
training as well as an investigative
agent, she has become an outspoken
critic of the way the Patriot Act and
fear of terrorism have led to major
abuses of civic liberties and attacks
Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing
and dinner, our speaker begins at
8pm, and then the raffles and auction
close out with the evening winding
up by 10pm.
Advance tickets are $10, and are
available at the CMC (433 S. Main
St.). We request a$15-$20 donation
at the door.
For more information and access
to her blog entries, see www.
Recent entries have included issues
surrounding Wikileaks as well as the
FBI harassment and arrest of peace
and justice activists in Chicago and
Coleen-Rowley grew up in a small
town in northeast Iowa. She obtained
Sa B.A. in French from Wartburg
. College in Waverly, Iowa, and then
attended the College of Law at the
University of Iowa, graduating with
honors in 1980.
In January 1981, Rowley was
appointed a Special Agent with
the FBI and initially served in the
Omaha, Neb. and Jackson, Miss.
divisions. In 1984, she was assigned
to the New York office and worked
on Italian organized crime and
Sicilian heroin drug investigations
for more than six years. During
this time, Rowley also served three
separate temporary duty assignments
in the Paris Embassy and Montreal
In 1990, Rowley was transferred to
Minneapolis where she assumed the
duties of Chief Division Counsel,
which entailed oversight of the
Freedom of Information, Forfeiture,
Victim-Witness and Community
Outreach Programs as well as
providing regular legal and ethics
training to FBI Agents of the division
and some outside police training.
In May 2002, Rowley brought
some of the pre-9/11 lapses to light
and testified in front of the Senate
Judiciary Committee about the
endemic problems facing the FBI and
to FBI Director
with the Joint
Inquiry led to a
Department of Justice Inspector
General investigation. She was one
of three whistleblowers chosen
as persons of the year by TIME .
In April 2003, following an
unsuccessful and highly criticized
attempt to warn the director and
other administration officials about
the dangers of launching the invasion
of Iraq, Rowley stepped down from
her legal position to go back to being
a FBI Special Agent.
She retired from the FBI at the end
of 2004 and now speaks publicly
to various groups on two different
topics: ethical decision-making and
balancing civil liberties with the need
for effective investigation.
In February 2005, a majority of
Minnesota congresspersons and
senators nominated Rowley to serve
on the Privacy and Civil Liberties
Oversight Board, but the Bush
Administration did not select her.
This Board was mandated by 2004
federal intelligence reform legislation
implementing the recommendations
of the 9-11 Commission.
For more information contact the
Civic Media Center at coordinators@
civicmediacenter.org, or call 352-
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The revolution that could be: The reality of the
recent Middle East revolts
The recent events in Tunisia, Egypt,
Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan
and in Iran have given me hope for
transformation in the Middle East.
Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak are no
more in power, but media has been
rather premature in romanticizing
notions of "Grand Oriental
In order to understand and define
these movements, one has to look
their causes in Tunisia and Egypt,
how they developed and whether
they were revolutions in the first
place. The word "revolution" comes
from the Latin word for "a turn
around," and it is important not to
deviate from the true definition.
Too many have used it in place of
more appropriate definitions like
"opposition" or "protest movement."
The movement in Tunisia hit an
integral point when Mohamed
Bouazizi, an unemployed college
graduate, set himself on fire on
Dec. 17. On Jan. 6, 95 percent
of the country's lawyers went on
strike, followed by a nationwide
teacher walk-out. The origins of
this movement stem from youth
unemployment (at 30 percent),
inflation, press censorship and
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On Jan. 15, Ben Ali left Tunisia.
But two days later, thousands of
protesters gathered again to challenge
the new government, which retained
many of the old ministers. Thousands
of Tunisian refugees are now fleeing
to the Italian island of Lampedusa.
To top it off, on Feb. 16, Mohamed
Nouri Jouini, Minister of Planning
and International Cooperation, met
with a World Bank (WB) delegation
who expressed the WB's readiness to
support the Tunisian people to help
them "achieve the objectives of the
The revolution is in progress, but the
battle has not been won.
Egypt's movement bloomed out
of social, economic and political
inequalities. More than 40 percent of
Egyptians lived on less than $2 a day,
with a minimum wage of $58 per
month for the last 10 years. Although
Mubarak left on Feb. 11 and Egypt's
generals dissolved parliament, one
cannot deny the connections between
the old regime and the military as
well as the CEOs of many firms who
are tied to the old regime.
If the movement's goal was to merely
oust Mubarak, then it was successful.
But political and economic reform
has yet to take place. On Feb.
16, legal experts started drafting
has 10 days to draft
a six constitutional
articles that deal
elections, one of
ail.com which addresses
term limits for
These proposed changes will then
be submitted to voters through a
referendum within three months.
But again, it was this exact regime
minus Mubarak that rigged elections
for decades. Workers continue
to protest daily and cry out for
an overthrow of the system. It is
uncertain whether Egypt's military
will fulfill the promises of a new
democratically elected government
or drift in the other, less democratic
The origin of these protest
movements has been fermenting for
years. Only time will tell whether the
new wave will bring concrete change
or whether it demonstrates the
ambiguity of the Revolution keeping
in place many of the powers of the
former regimes. What is clear is
that sweeping reform of the judicial,
legislative and executive branches
has not yet occurred in order for
these movements to be considered
Rather, they can be considered
revolutions in progress, and it's more
important than ever to keep them
at the forefront of our minds and to
remain in solidarity with the people
Siavash Kouchek is an Iranian-
American and Gainesville resident
who graduated from the University
of Florida with a BA. in history.
For more perspectives on the revolts
in the Middle East, check out Juan
Cole's piece in the March 7-14, 2011
edition of The Nation, "The Great
Arab Revolt," http://www.thenation.
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Between the Igs While We Were Away...
A number of big stories arose in 2010
that the Iguana would probably have
run with had we been publishing at
The Shooting of Kofi Adu-
The shooting of an unarmed, UF
graduate student in his own home
by the University Police Department
Critical Response Team made
headlines as an outrageous blunder
by UPD. The incident provoked a
strong and sustained community
response, a court case settled out of
court, the firing of a long-time UPD
officer, long and ongoing rehab for
the victim (who was dealing with
mental health issues at the time) and
extensive dialog about the treatment
of persons in mental health crises by
In a surreal coda to the case, the
Council of State Governments Justice
Center named UPD as a mentor to
other law enforcement on the topic of
police responses to the mentally ill.
We saw the tearing down of Alachua
General Hospital all of it, every
bit to rubble while enemy of
public healthcare Rick Scott and
his Solantic Corporation took over
the adjacent medical building for
one of their privatized "McMedical
Rick Scott: former Hospital
Corporation of America head who
got out of HCA with a huge pile
of money right before HCA was
busted for Medicare fraud to the
tune of over a billion dollars. What
did he do with his loot? Bought the
governorship of Florida!
Hello Craig Lowe
We saw Craig Lowe barely nose out
Tea Party reactionary Don Marsh for
mayor in a runoff election.
Students and community members flood the University of Florida's Emerson
Alumni Hall last spring as part of a demonstration and march protesting the
UPD's shooting ofKofi Adu-Brempong. Photo: Allan Brooks
Tolerance in the Face of Hate
Lowe's election became oh-so-
important when Dove World
Outreach and Furniture Store church
minister Terry Jones announced
his intention to burn a Koran on
Sept.11. The eyes of the media world
descended on our fair city. And what
most of them eventually saw was a
community that organized a variety
of peaceful and heartfelt responses,
a sensitive and good-hearted mayor
representing us well, and a rather
pathetic reactionary preacher of a
50-person church exposed as the
small-minded attention-seeker (and
profiteer) he is.
Homelessness: The Same Old Story
A couple of other stories pretty much
just go on and on. Homelessness,
with the economic downturn, grows
and strains service agencies. The
"one stop center" hasn't started. St
Francis'House has to stop serving
the human beings in need of food
after 130 people come through the
door: not per meal, but per day. That
can be before noon. Number 131, go
find someplace else. There is a lot of
bad attention falling on Gainesville
over this, as well as grassroots
pressure. For more information on
the Coalition to End the Meal Limits
NOW!, see page 14.
The Koppers Battle Keeps On
And Koppers, our own Superfund
site, is still being studied, and
mitigation plans are still being
chewed over. Over the last 30 years,
there have been waves of community
organizing trying to deal with this.
Meanwhile, the plume keeps moving
toward the city's well field, and
the neighbors wonder about their
health. To get involved with the fight
against Koppers, check out www.
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