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Firefighter hero-worship and hypocrisy:
When public employees save lives
by Pierre Tristam
There's really been only one story in Flagler County in
the past few weeks: The wildfires.
I've had a chance to see the disaster up close a few times,
and to see firefighters in action at several of the fires.
These men and women's valor can't be understated.
Nor can the effort they're putting out, though words
really are cheap when trying to convey the magnificent
work getting done out there, and the price being paid
for it. County firefighters have had all leaves canceled.
They've been working on mandatory 36-hour shifts for
weeks, with no end in sight.
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Gainesville's chapter of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression demonstrate on
June 16 outside the FBI building in Gainesville on NW Main St. to protest the FBI's
unwarranted raids on anti-war and solidarity activists around the country. For more
information, check out their website at www.stopfbi.net. (Photo by Marisol Marquez)
As County Administrator Craig Coffey put it yesterday,
"we're at the end of our rope," though somehow last
week the same county administrator and his deputy, along
with the Palm Coast city manager, thought it was fine
to skip town and attend a conference at a posh resort in
Clearwater. The conference was titled: "Making magic:
how bold can government be?" Very bold, obviously.
But the fires have been a story of disconnects all around.
Northeast and South Florida are in drought conditions.
Fires aren't raging only in Flagler, Volusia, St. Johns and
Putnam. If you bring up the Division of Forestry's map
of wildfires in the state, not a single one of the division's
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Geronimo Pratt .......... 2
Moyers on Democracy .... 5
Orlando Food Not Bombs.. 6
Home Van ..............8
Meal Limits............. 9
Group directory ...... 10-11
Calendar ........... 12-13
RIP, Gil Scott-Heron ..... 15
Whistleblowers ......... 16
Oral History Project ..... 20
Medicare's Birthday ..... 22
Festivalfor Fla. Future... 24
The Death of Geronimo Pratt
by Joe Courter
When Geronimo Pratt spoke in
Gainesville in 1998, I asked him
if it would be okay if I taped
and transcribed his talk for the
Gainesville Iguana. He smiled, and
with a twinkle in his eye, said, "Of
course, we're all revolutionaries." It.
is a cherished moment in my life,
and I was really sorry to read of his
To mark Pratt's passing we're
excerpting two pieces here: Stephen
Lendman's "Former Political
Prisoner Geronimo Pratt Dies," and
a part of his 1998 talk at UF, which
we published in the Iguana ("27-year
political prisoner invites students to
join struggle"). You can find links to
the full versions of both articles on
our newly launched website at
Former Political Prisoner
Geronimo Pratt Dies
by Stephen Lendman
Reporting his death, the AP said:
"Former Black Panther Party leader
Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt" died at
age 63 in a small (Tanzania village)
"where he had lived for at least half a
decade, a friend of Pratt's in Arusha,
former Black Panther Pete O'Neal,
He lived a peaceful life in Tanzania,
O'Neal explained, adding: "He's my
hero.'He was and will continue to be.
Geronimo was a symbol of steadfast
resistance against all (he) considered
wrong and improper. His whole life
was dedicated to standing opposition
to oppression and exploitation....
He gave all that he had and his life,
I believe, struggling, trying to help
people lift themselves up."
His lawyer and longtime friend,
Stuart Hanlon, who spent years
working for his release, also
announced his death, saying:
to him is the
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States. This became a microcosm
of when the government decides
what's politically right or wrong. The
COINTELPRO program was awful.
He became a symbol for what they
He had southern, rural roots, and
hardworking parents who sent all
their kids to college. "He (went)
to the military, (fought) and (was
awarded two Bronze Stars, a Silver
Star, and two Purple Hearts) in
Vietnam, (came) home, (and became)
a football star in college. That would
be an American hero. It was different
because he was black and he became
a Panther and then the road went the
wrong way." Calling Pratt one of his
closest friends, Hanlon said his case
"defined me as a lawyer."
David Hilliard helped recruit Pratt
to provide leadership for the Los
Angeles Panther chapter. "He
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symbolized the best human spirit,"
he said. "His spirit of endurance, his
strength, his service to his people.
He (was) very positive and a real
example for young people who want
to look into the direction of Che
Guevara, Malcolm X and the leader
of our party, Huey P. Newton. He
(was) one of the true heros of our
era. He dedicated his life to (serve)
his people. There is nothing more
honorable than that."
On June 3, Los Angeles Times writer
Robert Lopez headlined, "Former
Black Panther whose murder
conviction was overturned dies at
"[He became] a symbol of racial
injustices during the turbulent
1960s....a cause c61lbre for a
range of supporters, including
elected officials, activists, Amnesty '
International, clergy and celebrities,
who believed he was framed by Los
Angeles police and the FBI" because
he was Black and a Panther member.
In fact, he was under FBI
surveillance in Oakland when
the murder he was convicted of
happened in Santa Monica, hundreds
of miles south. Nonetheless, he was
unjustly framed and served 27 years
In 1970, he was arrested and falsely
charged with Caroline Olsen's
murder, a Los Angeles teacher. In
1968, she and her husband Kenneth
were attacked on a Santa Monica
tennis court by two Black men. Three
years later, Kenneth said Pratt was
one of the assailants, pressured to
name him after first identifying three
other suspects from LAPD photos. In
1972, he was falsely convicted.
In fact, Pratt was framed, victimized
by LAPD authorities working with
the FBI's illegal COINTELPRO
counterintelligence program against
political dissidents, including
communists; anti-war, human and
civil rights activists; the American
Indian Movement; and Black Panther
Party members, among others....
In Pratt's case, Julius Butler was the
prosecution's main witness, an FBI/
LAPD informant, expelled from the
Panthers by Pratt for advocating
violence. At trial, he falsely claimed
Pratt confessed to the killing.
Later, when Butler was outed as an
informer, paid to lie, LA authorities
denied Pratt a retrial, keeping him
imprisoned wrongfully for another
Moreover, according to former
FBI agent Wesley Swearingen,
Los Angeles Panther headquarters
wiretap information showed
Pratt was in Oakland when it
happened, also confirmed by agency
surveillance evidence there. Pratt's
defense wasn't told. In addition, in
both cities, tapes and other evidence
were destroyed to keep an innocent
man wrongfully imprisoned for 27
years, eight in solitary confinement,
as well as parole denied 16 times.
On May 29, 1997, Judge Everett W.
Dickey (an Orange County Reagan
appointee), in a sharply worded
opinion, reversed Pratt's conviction,
ruling prosecutors suppressed
evidence to unjustly imprison him in
ordering a new trial. At the time, he
was America's longest held political
prisoner, yet to be fully exonerated.
Over 30 years later in February 1999,
it came in a four paragraph Los
Angeles County District Attorney,
Gil Garcetti, statement, saying:
"We accept the decision of the court
of appeals. The murder at issue in
this case occurred over 30 years ago.
Most of the witnesses to the case
are deceased. It would be virtually
impossible to retry this case. In our
professional judgment, there would
be no reasonable likelihood of
Omitted was any admission of FBI,
LAPD, or prosecutorial wrongdoing.
In fact, Hanlon at the time said
Garcetti fought him and fellow Pratt
attorney Johnnie Cochran, Jr. "every
step of the way," trying to keep him
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In May 2000, in a civil rights lawsuit,
a federal judge awarded Pratt $4.5
million for false imprisonment, but
couldn't return his 27 lost years, or
undo the toll it took even on someone
with his inner strength.....
Pratt to UF students: 'bust them
books open and to get at us with
some new knowledge'
On February 23, 1998, a year after
being released from prison for a
murder he did not commit, Geronimo
Pratt spoke to an audience of about
300 at the University of Florida.
The event was organized by the
Black History Month committee.
You can find the longer transcript
of his talk on our website: www.
"It's a shame that you've got these
young brothers and sisters coming in
these prisons for nothing. And you're
sitting out here looking for jobs at
these new prisons they're building
cause they've got fat paychecks.
That's a shame. They're killing the
brothers in there... Brothers come
in, well this brother's got 25 years
to life, he got 40 years--for one little
error, for one little mistake. Then
I've got my white partners over there
doing 4-5 years, got'busted with the
With all these new prisons they've
got now, you've got to watch out
for it being a breeding ground for
COINTELPRO stooges, because the
new maximum security prisons, it's
weird, the way they're manipulating
young minds and have them so
fearful of the powers that be, the next
thing you know, they're snitching....
We advocated armed struggle. And
we saw the need to pick up the gun,
and we did that, in protective ways.
We had to do it within the confines
of legality. So we had another
straitjacket on us. So our war college
was one of the sharpest in existence,
because we had to prepare our
people, train our soldiers to do this,
do that, and yet be held in check by
this force, and then further be held
in check by another force, because
you had to operate within the realm
of legality... But
what you see in
the history books,
with the Panthers I
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We didn't know it, we were young
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Bill Moyers: "Democracy
should be a brake on
unbridled greed and power"
The following was taken from an
interview on Democracy Now! on
June 8 with Bill Moyers. You can
find the audio version and the full
interview at www.democracynow.org.
Juan Gonzalez: Are you hopeful
these days, despite the -what we
discussed about the state of the
media? We're obviously seeing these
enormous uprisings throughout the
Arab world. On Democracy Now!,
we've covered the-really, the
democratic popular renaissance that's
occurred throughout all of Latin
America in recent years, that there
are parts of the world where things
are hopeful. But right here at home,
in the United States, things don't
always seem like they're heading in a
Bill Moyers: I think this country
is in a very precarious state at
the moment. I think, as I say, the
escalating, accumulating power
of organized wealth is snuffing
out.everything public, whether it's
public broadcasting, public schools,
public unions, public parks, public
highways. Everything public has
been under assault since the late
1970s, the early years of the Reagan
administration, because there is a
philosophy that's been extant in
America for a long time that anything
public is less desirable than private.
And I think we're at a very critical
moment in the equilibrium. No
society, no human being, can survive
without balance, without equilibrium.
Nothing in excess, the ancient Greeks
said. And Madison, one of the great
founders, one of the great framers of
our Constitution, built equilibrium
into our system.
We don't have equilibrium now. The
power of money trumps the power
of democracy today, and I'm very
worried about it. I said to- and if
we don't address this, if we don't get
a handle on what we were talking
about-money in politics-and find
a way to thwart it, tame it, we're in
-democracy should be a brake on
unbridled greed and power, because
capitalism, capital, like a fire, can
turn from a servant, a good servant,
into an evil master. And democracy
is the brake on my passions and my
appetites and your greed and your
wealth. And we have to get that
I said to a friend of mine on Wall
Street, "How do you feel about the
market?" He said, "Well, I'm not-
I'm optimistic." And I said, "Why
do you, then, look so worried?" And
he said, "Because I'm not sure my
optimism is justified." And I feel that
So I fall back on the balance we
owe in a-in the Italian political
scientist, Gramsci, who said that he
practices the pessimism of the mind
and the optimism of the will. By
that, he meant he sees the world as
it is, without rose-colored glasses,
as I try to do as a journalist. I see
what's there. That will make you
pessimistic. But then you have to
exercise your will optimistically,
believing that each of us singly, and
all of us collectively, can be an agent
And I have to get up every morning
and imagine a more confident future,
and then try to do something that day
to help bring it about.cr'
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Orlando Food Not Bombs arrested for feeding the hungry
by Brian Clark Howard
They just wanted to feed the hungry.
But now seven activists face charges
of violating an Orlando, Florida city
ordinance that could net them 60
days in jail, a $500 fine or both.
On June 6, four people were arrested
in Orlando's Lake Eola Park for
passing out vegan food to the
homeless for breakfast. They are
Steve Willis, Dylan Howeller, Noelle
Bivens, and Brock Monroe. Last
week, Jonathan "Keith" McHenry,
54, Ben Markeson, 49, and Jessica
Cross, 24, were released from the
Orange County Jail on $250 bail
each, according to the Orlando
Judge Thomas Kirkland gave the
three charged people a trespass
warning and told them they must
keep away from Lake Eola Park,
where they had been serving free
food to the homeless with their anti-
poverty activist group Orlando Food
But Mr. Markeson said that Food
Not Bombs would continue to feed
those in need in Lake Eola Park. He
said he and Ms. Cross would stay
away from the parks, and help cook
food elsewhere. Mr. Markeson told
reporters: "I don't know why they're
so threatened by people ladling out
A spokesperson for the Orlando
police, Lieutenant Barb Jones, told
MailOnline: "They can feed twice
in each park with the permit, there
are other places they can feed, and
the city has set up locations for
them to feed. This is just a group
that has decided that they want to be
able to feed no matter what the city
has done.We paid for their permits.
These are misdemeanors, as drinking
alcohol in the park is a violation.
There are a lot of things you can't do
in city parks."
Mr. McHenry said he would be
representing himself in court against
the charges of breaking the city law.
According to the Orlando Sentinel,
he lives in Taos, New Mexico but has
been staying with friends in the area,
near Winter Park, Fla.
Mr. McHenry is a co-founder of
the international Food Not Bombs
movement, which has local chapters
in many cities, especially college
towns. Food Not Bombs started
in Cambridge, Mass., in 1980 and
is well known for passing out free
vegetarian and vegan food to anyone
who shows up to events, regardless
of whether they are homeless, the
working poor or just looking for
some grub and company.
The group is also known for anti-war
demonstrations and running seminars
on poverty issues.
According to the group's website,
Orlando Food Not Bombs has been
distributing free food in downtown
Orlando every Wednesday since
January 2005, with breakfast on
Monday added in spring 2008.
The group notes that other religious
and secular organizations have also
passed out food in area parks for
years. However, in July 2006, the
Orlando City Council passed an
ordinance limiting any group that
holds a food sharing-event that
attracts 25 or more people (including
those serving the food) to two
permitted events per downtown park
per 12-month period.
The ordinance included more than
three dozen public parks in what is
often called the Greater Downtown
Park District. This includes Lake
Eola Park, a prominent landmark
often called the city's "crown jewel,"
and which hosts the fountain that
appears on the city's official seal.
Several U.S. cities have adopted or
are considered ordinances limiting
distribution of food in parks.
Most restrict the time and place of
handouts, usually with the stated goal
of discouraging homeless people
from congregating in an attempt to
preserve public safety and "beauty."
In Las Vegas, a 2006 law made
it illegal to give any food to
"the indigent" in city parks. A
lengthy legal challenge followed,
and in September 2010 the city
compromised by allowing gatherings
of up to 75 people Without a permit.
Fort Myers, Fla. and Santa Monica,
Calif. scaled back ordinances
restricting feedings after protests and
legal challenges. In Santa Monica,
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it now requires a permit to feed "hot
food" to more than 150.
In Orlando, a 2006 ordinance limits
any group that holds a food sharing-
event that attracts 25 or more people
(including those serving the food) to
two permitted events per downtown
park per 12-month period.A legal
challenge by Food Not Bombs and
another group was tossed out by a
federal appeals court, which ruled
such laws do not violate free speech.
Orlando Food Not Bombs claims
"the city seems oblivious to the fact
that people need to eat every day, not
just two times a year."
According to the group, the city
justifies the law by claiming that food
scraps left over could be "harmful to
birds and squirrels" and that sharing
events can endanger public health
by spreading rubbish and endanger
public safety by attracting crime.
Food Not Bombs counters that they
only use a designated picnic area,
which would normally be subject to
all the same issues during daily use.
The group claims, "Many observers
contend that the City's rationales
for the measure are, in reality, ugly
and malignant. The City doesn't
want homeless people downtown
because it considers them unsightly,
annoying and bad for business and
an impediment to the local social/
political/economic elite's goals
of downtown redevelopment and
gentrification. The City sees profits
as being more important than people,
especially poor and marginalized
people, and their basic human needs,
such as food and shelter."
The group accuses the city of trying
to "deny the poor and homeless
dignity, respect, equal treatment and
equal access to public amenities such
A U.S. District Court of Appeals in
Atlanta ruled in April that the city
of Orlando does have the right to
regulate food sharing with such an
ordinance, and that doing so does not
restrict free speech. Orlando Food
Not Bombs and The First Vagabonds
Church of God had filed a federal
lawsuit against the city. The latter
group is led by a formerly homeless
man named Brian Nichols.
On Sept. 26, 2008, federal Judge
Gregory Presnell ruled that the
ordinance violated the groups' free
speech rights to engage in activities
that express political beliefs.
However, that decision did not stand
on appeal in April.
After that recent ruling, Orlando
police began making arrests of
activists feeding people in parks,
usually after food was distributed.
Prior to that, they were reportedly
not enforcing the law, to see how the
court case turned out.
Ms. Jones told MailOnline.com: "The
city ordinance was upheld, which is
why the law is being enforced. All
we do is enforce city ordinances and
state and federal law." Orlando Food
Not Bombs did receive permits from
the city to feed the
homeless on May
18 and May 23,
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said the city paid
On May 25, the
group also fed
a large group
of people, in
according to local
Orlando Food Not Bombs claims the
area the city set up to allow public
feedings is "unwelcoming" and
"unappetizing." The group criticizes
the high barbed wire fence around
the area, the fact that it is actually a
parking lot, the fact that there are no
hand wash stations, and the fact that
it has limited hours of operation.
The group also alleges that eight
homeless men "have been beaten
by teenagers" in the area in the past
few months, including one man who
allegedly died from his injuries.
Ms. Cross, a professional chef and
baker, told the Orlando Sentinel
she got involved in the anti-hunger
movement while a student at the
University of Central Florida. She
said: "It's inhumane to tell people
they should not give food to the
This isn't the first time Orlando
Food Not Bombs has clashed with
police. In March 2007, three group
members were issued parking tickets
while unloading food at' a park.
Two were later rescinded while the
third didn't appeal. In April 2007,
group member Eric Montanez was
arrested for violating the ordinance
after "two masked cops in a black
SUV with tinted windows videotaped
him ladling out stew 30 times. OPD
used eight officers to apprehend this
"The cops even took a sample of
OFNB's delicious vegan stew as
evidence," the group states. Mr.
Montanez was acquitted at a jury
In June 2007, six members of OFNB
were arrested for drumming too
loudly during a protest against the
food-sharing ordinance outside a
campaign fundraiser for Orlando
Mayor "Buddy" Dyer. Charges
against one activist were dropped;
the other five were acquitted at a jury
This story was originally published
on the British Daily Mail's website
on June 6. You can see the original
version here: www.dailymail.co.ukl.
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Help from the Home Van
By Arupa Freeman
The Home Van is a mobile soup
kitchen and free store that goes out
to homeless areas around downtown
Gainesville twice a week and also
helps out with individual crises
going on in the homeless community
between the two visits every week.
Our volunteers include homeless
people, who help with food
preparation and delivery and also
serve as our eyes and ears out in the
woods so that we know if someone
needs our help. We also have a
doctor, a nurse, a lawyer, and a
chaplain volunteering with us.
Through our newsletter, we reach out
to the community, telling stories of
life on the streets and in the woods,
and letting people know what help is
needed. We let people know there is
no "the homeless" to be staked out,
like a herd of cows, in places chosen
by the city (not that there is such a
place throughout our nine years of
service, we have watched homeless
people chased in circles from one
patch of woods, park or alley to
another, in the idiotic belief that they
will somehow disappear).
To read stories about our homeless
friends, go to http://homevan.
blogspot.com/ (names and
identifying details have been changed
to protect the privacy of our friends,
but the stories are real).
The mission of the Home Van is
to bring food, clothing, blankets,
hygiene supplies and other services
to the unsheltered homeless people
of the downtown Gainesville area.
There are no tests of worth to receive
services from the Home Van. We
believe that all people are worthy of
the necessities of life. We work in
partnership with those we serve, for
the higher purpose of making our
world a more humane and loving
Early on we discovered that many
homeless people have animal
companions, often strays they
adopted. We realized that you can't
help homeless people without
helping their animals (which we
want to do anyhow). Many of them
will give their pets their own food
and go hungry. Their animals also
provide comfort, friendship, warmth
in the winter and, in the case of dogs,
protection from criminals who prey
on homeless people.
We got bags of pet food at the food
bank and passed them out. Much
more was needed. In 2007, we were
joined by Elizabeth Howard, the
founder of Home Van Pet Care.
Through the ceaseless efforts of
Elizabeth and many others friends
of animals, many, if not most, of the
dogs and cats at homeless campsites
have been spayed and neutered and
receive vet care at the St. Francis
House veterinary clinic.
To learn more about Home Van
Pet Care, you can access their blog
blogspot.com. To donate cash, animal
food or supplies to Home Van Pet
Care, or to learn about volunteer
opportunities, contact Elizabeth at
The solution for homelessness is
to give people somewhere to live.
At meetings you will hear City
Commissioners and others talk about
how complicated.it is to solve the
problem of homelessness and how
complex the causes are.
Homelessness has three causes:
lack of affordable housing, lack of
a living wage, and lack of access
to health care, both physical and
mental. Homeless people have the
same problems as all the rest of us;
they are just having them in public
without money and family support.
You get drunk in your living room.
Your homeless friend gets drunk
in an alley. Your parents bailed
you out of a really bad choice you
made. Your homeless friend did not
How you can help:
The steadily growing numbers of
the hungry, homeless, and otherwise
needy in the greater Gainesville area
strain the capacities of the Home
Van and its allies.
Checks for the Home Van should
now be made out to Citizens for
Social Justice, Inc., ear-marked for
the Home Van, and mailed to 307
SE 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32601.
Home Van's current wish list
includes food, clothing, blankets,
tents, tarps, bottled water, creamy
peanut butter, candles, white tube
socks, bug spray, Vienna sausages,
and personal hygiene products
(contact Arupa at 352-372-4825 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop-
The Alachua County Coalition for
the Homeless and Hungry (also
serving Bradford, Levy & Putnam
Counties) includes several other
agencies working to relieve those in
CDS Family & Behavioral
Gainesville Community Ministry
Helping Hands Clinic
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Lazarus Restoration Ministries
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
Psychotherapeutic Services -
The Salvation Army
St. Francis House
Three Rivers Legal Services
For links to these organizations, see
www.gainesvillegives.org or www.
have anyone to do that. You spent
the Vietnam War in college. Your
homeless friend was sent to Vietnam
and came home severely wounded in
mind, body and spirit.
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The biggest obstacle to providing
shelter and other services to
homeless people is NIMBY (Not In
My Back Yard) hysteria, fueled by
the criminalization of homelessness.
Yes, homeless people go to jail, but
not for standing behind trees waiting
to mug people. They are jailed for
sleeping, for urinating, for having an
open container, for being in the park
On the rare occasions a homeless
person commits an actual crime,
he or she is identified as being
homeless. When was the last time
you read a crime story that started
out, "Joe Smith, who lives,indoors,
was arrested for theft"?
Please carry bottled water in your
car or bike basket this hot summer,
so you can offer a homeless person
a drink of water. Smile and ask them
how they are doing. Don't let them
be invisible. They are our brothers
and sisters. cf
Arupa Freeman is the founder and
organizer of the Home Van.
How You Can Help the Hungry on July 21
by Lauren Byers and Sean Larson
The St. Francis House, a soup
kitchen and homeless shelter in
Gainesville, has been forced to turn
away hungry children, men and
women every day. Years ago, the city
imposed an ordinance affecting the
St. Francis House (SFH), limiting
them to serving 130 meals a day.
However, the City Commission did
not enforce this ordinance until 2009.
Months ago, SFH put forward
a petition that addresses the
Commission's concerns, and would
also change the numerical meal limit
to a three-hour time frame in which
everyone needing a meal could
effectively be served.
Since that time, the City Planning
Board unanimously recommended
that this change be implemented by
the City Commission.
In the past year, the Coalition to End
the Meal Limit NOW has gathered
dozens of letters from downtown
businesses opposing the meal limit,
hundreds of petition signatures
from the downtown and southeast
neighborhoods, and thousands of
signatures through an online petition.
The Coalition has sent hundreds of
postcards from Gainesville residents
to City Commissioners and the
Mayor, and begun a phone campaign
to call our representatives.
On top of this, the Coalition has
held numerous rallies at City Hall,
food-sharings downtown, and pickets
against the major developers who
support the meal limit.
Through all of its grassroots efforts,
the Coalition has been able to gauge
and document the general sentiment
of the community regarding the
meal limit. That sentiment is
overwhelmingly hostile to the
status quo and. open to the proposed
While the rest of the community is
against the meal limit, two downtown
business owners have come out in
support of it. The Coalition found
public emails sent to the Mayor
and City Commissioners from
Nathan Collier, owner of Paradigm
Properties, asking, "Why not
LOWER the limit? Phase downtown
meals out over time?"
Collier remains one of the few
proponents of the meal limit, and
because of the City Commission's
refusal to listen to its constituents in
seeming deference to this developer,
the Coalition has called for and
effected a boycott of Collier Co. and
Paradigm Properties. This boycott is
in force as a direct result of Collier's
stance on the meal limit and the
disproportionate influence he appears
to hold over the Commission.
In all of this, the Coalition has made
leaps and bounds towards getting
this meal limit revoked, with four of
the seven City Commissioners being
swayed to support the SFH petition.
City Commissioners Sherwin Henry,
Susan Bottcher, Jeanna Mastrodicasa
and Todd Chase have stated their
intent to vote to approve the SFH
petition for a time frame.
Meanwhile, the Coalition has learned
that this petition was on the agenda
for a vote as early as May 5, but
Mayor Craig Lowe unilaterally
removed and postponed it.
In addition, the Mayor is the only
one yet to meet with the Coalition,
having cancelled a prior appointment
with no plans for a new meeting.
Again, it was Lowe who shamefully
avoided another Commissioner's
call for a vote in the beginning of
June, and it is becoming glaringly
clear that the Mayor is pursuing his
own agenda against the wishes of his
The Coalition applauds the
aforementioned four Commissioners'
decision to support the SFH time
According to information from
City Commissioners, the expected
official vote will be on July 21.
The Coalition encourages everyone
to go and support the Gainesville
community against the meal limit.
For more updates and information,
visit the Coalition's Facebook page
(search for Coalition to End the
Meal Limit NOW) and check out its
website at endthemeallimit.org.
members of the Coalition to End the
Meal Limit NOW.
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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; 352-375-2832.www.
American Civil Liberties Union Because
Freedom can't defend itself. Local chapter
focuses on racial justice, freedom of
speech and LGBT rights. Meetings are
held the first Monday of each month at
6:00pm at the Pride Center, 3131 NW
13th St. For info Ncflaclu@yahoo.com
Amnesty International UF campus
chapter of worldwide human rights
ufamnesty or UFAmnesty@gmail.com.
Bridges Across Borders Florida-based
international collaboration of activists,
artists, students and educators supporting
cultural diversity and global peace.
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
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
Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc.
Non-profit land trust working to protect
Florida's rural landscapes, wildlife
corridors and natural areas. 352-466-1178,
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
Families Against Mandatory
Minimums Work to reform Florida's
sentencing laws and restore fairness to
Florida's criminal justice system. PO
Box 142933, Gainesville, FL 32614,
The Fine Print An independent, critically
thinking outlet for political, social and arts
coverage through local, in-depth reporting
specifically for Gainesville's students.
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 Citizens for Alternatives
to the Death Penalty concerned people
in the Gainesville area who are working
to abolish the death penalty in Florida.
Participate in vigils when Florida has
an execution. Meets the first Tuesday
of every month at St. Augustine Church
and Catholic Student Center (1738 W.
University Ave.) 352-332-1350, www.
Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2011, PAGE 10 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for
Immigrant Justice (IAI) meets
bi-weekly to discuss relevant immigration
issues and ways to bring political
education to the community through
workshops, presentations, advocacy and
action. email@example.com or
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 Liberation.
Graduate Assistants United Union
that represents all UF grad assistants by
fighting for improved working conditions,
community involvement hnd academic
freedom. 352-575-0366, officers@ufgau.
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.
Harvest of Hope Foundation Non-profit
organization that provides emergency
and educational financial aid to migrant
farm workers around the country, www.
harvestofhope.net or email: kellerhope@
Home Van A mobile soup kitchen that
goes out to homeless areas twice a week
with food and other necessities of life,
delivering about 400 meals per week;
operated by Citizens for Social Justice.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-372-4825.
Don't see your
organization listed here,
or is the information
listed out of date?
Contact us at 352-378-5655
net with the update.
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2011, PAGE 10
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 Thurs. at the
UF classroom building at 105 NW 16th St
at 7pm. email@example.com
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 daily from
9-11am and 1-4pm. Located at 914 NW
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.Florida.
Student/Farmworker Alliance A
network of youth organizing with
farm workers to eliminate sweatshop
conditions and moder-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.ufl.
United Faculty of Florida Union that
represents faculty at University of Florida.
392-0274, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.
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-
WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-
power station operating as part of the
Civic Media Center. wgot947@gmail.
WGOT 94.7 LP FM
SGainesville'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 email@example.com
D e m o cr a cy O W airs E
Mon-Fri @ pr & on-hur @ 8p K
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M-Th.: 11 am- 10:30pm
Fri, Sat.: 11am- llpm
Sunday: 4 pm,- 10:30pm
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low-power FM -
on the air -
tune in at 94.7
(and set your car
gmail.com or or
10 Coalition Against the
Meal Limit meets at
4 pm, Civic Media Center,
433 S. Main St.
1875: Mary Macleod Bethune
1774: Joseph Priestly
7 Women's Movie Night, 5 pm,
1st Sundays, Pride Commu-
nity Center, 3131 NW 13th St.
Industrial Workers of the World
meeting, 1st Sundays, CMC, 8 pm.
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, Wednesdays;
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.wuftfm.org (or pg 5) for expanded
\ weekend schedule and program details.
A new internet resource is Grow Radio
(www.growradio.org), based in G'ville.
1804: Nathaniel Hawthorne born.
1826: Thomas Jefferson & John
SButterfly-friendly plant sale
at Fla Museum of Natural His-
tory, 10 am.
China Blue: documentary on garment
worker exploitation, CMC, 7 pm.
8 The War on Democracy: doc
1 on US & Latin America, CMC,
1870: Papal Infallibility declared.
1918: Nelson Mandela born.
1939: Hunter S. Thompson born.
25 Transcendent Man: Ray
25 Kurzweil documentary, 7 pm,
Keep up with the CMC at
events created after this
calendar was printed, and into
the future (also see pg 23).
A l 1 ACLU meets 6 pm,
u Ig 1st Mondays, Pride
Center, 331 NW 13th St.
Vanishing of the Bees, CMC, 7 pm.
S Budrus, documentary on Israeli-
Palestinian resistance to Israel's
"apartheid wall", CMC, 7 pm.
2 Alachua County Comm
Oon 2nd & 4th Tues, 9 am
& 5 pm: citizens comment,
9:30 am: County Admin Bldg,
12 SE 1st St.
County Farmers' Mkt on
N 441 by Hwy Patrol Tues/
Thurs/Sat, 8 am-noon.
1914: Gavrilo Princip, 19,
shoots Austrian Archduke
Ferdinand, triggering WWI.
1919: Treaty of Versailles
officially ends WWI.
29 Free coni
County Health I
St, 9 am-3pm, I
Ctr, 1107 NW 6t
1st & 3rd Thurs;
every Wed, Dtov
MoveOn at Civil
Gray, Nailed Do
5School Board meets 1st & T ,
3rd Tuesdays, 6 pm. U
1971: 26th Amendment
lowers US voting age to 18.
12 Alachua County
12 Comm. 1:30 pm;
2012 millage rates to-be set.
John Darnielle, author &
Mountain Goats singer, speaks
at downtown library, 6pm.
Dr. David Reznick on "Activ-
ism & Wellness" for ISO at
CMC, 8 pm.
' 9 School Board meets 1st
S& 3rd Tuesdays, 6 pm.
1848: Women's Rights Con-
vention in Seneca Falls, NY.
26 Alachua County
SBudget hearing, 1:30
pm, 12 SE 1st St.
Alachua County Labor
Party meets: 6:30 pm, 618
NW 13th Ave; info, 375-2832.
Wild Words, Wild Iris Books,
last Tuesdays, open mic, 7 pm.
School Board meets,
6 pm, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.
1924: James Baldwin born.
1930: Betty Boop debuts.
1974: Richard Nixon resigns.
1894: US invac
1907: Frida Ka
1 3 Edible 1
Market, 2nd We<
SFC NW campu
Humanists of G
meets, 2nd Wed,
2/ 901 NW
Jazz Bandits at
music Weds thn
7 pm, CMC.
3 Veterans f
1918: US & Ui
I O DEC me
1970: US Hous
Equal Rights An
I4 A1 -I Presumed Guilty, documentary 1 Alachua County Anarch
14 1846: H.D. Thoreau jailed 15 on Mexican justice system, 16 Budget meeting: 17 pm.
for tax resistance to CMC, 7 pm. 1:30 pm, County Admin Bldg. 1892: M
Mexican War. 1___ ________________892: M_
1500: Christopher Stonewal
211598: Netherlands declare 22 3Colombus arrested for 2 t901 NW
independence. 1791: Haitian Revolution begins, abusing natives of Haiti.
28 Find Alternative Radio on- 29 1533: Inan emperor 30 Alachua County ep
L line at alternativeradio.org. 7 Atahualpa murdered by Budget meetings: 10 am Sept 1
Francisco Pizarro. & 1:30 pm.
3 Fla Coalition for Peace &
Justice weekly potluck &
ecovillage tour, 4 pm: fcpj.org.
Wayward Council volunteer
meeting 6 pm every Sunday,
807 W. University Ave.
IWW meeting, CMC, 8 pm.
ag at Alachua
ept, 224 SE 24th
4-F; & at Pride
1 St, 4-6 pm on
'n Plaza, 4-7 pm.
- corporate news
i shown by
Media Ctr, 7 pm.
fit show, 10 pm,
'lant Project at
Is, 4-7 pm.
Ily & hearing,
;, 5 pm.
vl meet, 6:30 pm,
,7 pm, County
an group at CMC,
8th Ave, 6 pm.
e, 6-9 pm: live
:y Katie Walters,
0 CMC Volunteers meet
U every Thursday, 5:30 pm
Open Poetry every Thursday at
CMC, 9 pm: Gvl's longest-running
poetry jam, open to all; informal &
welcoming to both readers & lis-
"The Mind's Eye, 50 Years of
Photography by Jerry Uels-
mann" entertaining & provocative
exhibit at Ham Museum runs
through 9/11, free.
1520: Montezuma & Aztec nobles
murdered by Hernando Cortez.
1914: Mohandas Gandhi's first
arrest, South Africa.
7 Alachua County 2012
budget presentation, 1:30 pm.
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Sierra Club general meeting, UF
Entomology Bldg rm 3118, 1st
Thursday, 7:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
14 CMC Volunteers meet,
14 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
21 Meal limit vote by Gvl
City Commission expected
- see article, pg 14.
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
1542: Roman Inquisition begun.
1873: Jesse James invents train
SQ CMC Volunteers meet,
G'ville Area NOW, Pride Center,
3131 NW 13th St, 6:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
1591: Anne Hutchinson born;
banished from Boston for heresy.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties Fridays at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave, 7 pm.
"American Dream" Art Show over
40 artists' Americana, curated by Bill
Bryson, opening at The Top Secret
Space, 22 N. Main St, 7-11 pm; also
open July 8, 9, & 29 (ArtWalk) & for
All America Song Fest free concert at
Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza, 8 pm.
8 Velveeta Underground, Bo Didd-
ley downtown plaza, 8 pm, free;
after which, walk down the street for -
Indie Rock & Folk, 9 pm: Plainclothes
Tracy, Big Boat, & Josiah Lloyd at
Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.
1905: International Workers of the
World founding convention.
1 Citizens Co-op opens at last!
1- Storefront at 435 S. Main open
all day; benefit concert 7 pm at CMC,
$5-10 sliding scale; see pg 8.
Caitlin Eadie, Bo Diddley downtown
plaza, 8 pm, free.
22 Morningbell, Downtown Plaza,
28-10 pm, free.
James Wesson, others TBA, perform at
CMC, 9 pm.
[9 Critical Mass Bike Ride,
S 5:30 pm, UF Plaza of Americas.
Gay Movie Night last Fridays, $2,
7:30 pm, Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St.
Art Walk Downtown; many galleries
& venues participate, including CMC;
7-10 pm, last Friday of each month.
Righteous Kind, BD Plaza, 8 pm, free.
2Doug Clifford Saturdays, 11 pm-
midnight; WSKY-97.3's one hour
of lefty talk per week.
IGUANA Deadline for
Sept '11 issue is Aug 27;
@cox.net or call 378-5655
with events, updates,
advertisements & info.
1776: Continental Congress votes
9 Feminist Brunch hosted by Gvl
Women's Liberation, 11 am;
"Fellow Worker!" labor social -
Labor Party & IWW-sponsored meet-
up at Brophy's Irish Pub, 60 SW 2nd
St, 7 pm, 2nd Saturdays.
"The Change We Knead Now" -
Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith
McHenry speaks at CMC, 7 pm.
Gvl Roller Rebels vs Atlanta Sake
Tuyas, 8:15 pm, Skate Stn; $8 adv, $12
at door: gainesvillerollerrebels.com.
16 1927: Augusto Sandino
begins war against US
occupation of Nicaragua.
SInterfaith Relations discus-
3 sion at Mennonite Meeting
House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 10 am on
2nd & 4th Saturdays through summer.
3 O Kathleen Taylor & Nellie
SEshleman perform acoustic
guitar, cello & vocals; also Nooks &
Crannies; CMC, 9 pm, $5.
Whether here or anywhere:
please support live music!
r Peace meeting A Alachua County Budget Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemo- 6 Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck,
:call 352-375- T meeting: 5 pm. ration, Kings Bay Trident Base, 0 6:30 pm at UU Fellowship,
CMC Volunteersmeet, 5:30 pm. St. Marys, GA, 3-5 pm; 352-468-3295. 4225 NW 34th St: 375-7207.
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Invade Russia. Sierra Club meets see 7/7. Country Music, BD Plaza, 8 pm, free.
ets, 7 pm, County 11 Open Poetry at CMC, I Heavy Petty, BD downtown
ion mtg room. 9:30 pm. 12 plaza: free concert, 8-10 pm. 1-
9 of Reps passes Hamell on Trial at Double Down Live
lendment, 350-15. (former Common Grounds), 10 pm. FULL MOON
ie West born.
th Ave, 6 pm.
meeting: 1:30 pm.
1 Open Poetry at CMC,
18 9:30 pm.
25 Alachua County Budget
meeting: 1:30 pm, County
Admin Bldg, 12 SE ist St.
2 Free University resumes -
schedule TBA on Facebook.
1 1 .
1 Other Voices, Bo Diddley
7 downtown plaza, 8 pm, free.
26 See 7/29 for last-Friday events.
Uncle Monty's Rhythm
Cream, Downtown Plaza, 8 pm, free.
3 Tom Shed, Bo Diddley
downtown plaza, 8 pm, free.
0 Gvl Roller Rebels vs. Ft
Myers Derby Girls, Skate Stn,
doors open 8:15 pm, bout 9 pm.
4 See www.gainesvillebands.coni
for info on live music in G'ville.
Firefighters... continued from p. 1
districts is spared, though northeast
Florida has the bulk of them.
So when is Gov. Rick Scott going
to declare a state of emergency?
It's not just an alarmist designation.
It's a financial urgency for counties
like Flagler, where the county fire
department alone has been spending
$40,000 a week just on overtime.
That doesn't include other costs. The
county had a $350,000 reserve for
this sort of disaster. But it's burning
There's this inexcusable
firefighters people fall in
a heap to call heroes and
lavish with praise are the
same public employees,
unionized employees, most
of the same-people and the
lawmakers they elected
just finished bashing,
insulting, demeaning and
robbing. They're the same
public employees whose
unionizing rights have been
A disaster designation from the state
would release more dollars and other
forms of aid. But this is the Scott
administration we're talking about. It
starts fires. It doesn't put them out.
It's not just the fires. The drought
alone would warrant a disaster
designation. The average water
demand for the week a year ago in
Palm Coast was 7.2 million gallons
of water per day. Last week, it was
8.8 million gallons. That's a 22
percent increase. The population
hasn't increased 22 percent. By
some measures- labor force and
school enrollment-it's fallen by
a percent or two. Richard Adams,
the city's public works director,
attributes spiking water use directly
to "extended drought conditions."
Last year then-Gov. Charlie Crist
sought and got a federal disaster
designation for Flagler and 34 other
counties in response to a freeze
and last year's drought. He got
it. Where's Scott now? Probably
scouting the location for his next tea
There's a local disconnect, too.
Flagler County firefighters have been
battling wildfires since December,
when the county's burn ban was first
declared, though the first sizeable
fire broke out in March with the
350-acre Old Brick Road blaze.
Then in May it's as if hell started
franchising all over the western
portion of the county, anchoring its
most destructive business just west
of Espanola. It's been 13 years since
Flagler County has seen anything
that destructive. But to many people
on the east side of the county the fires
might as well be in another world,
because the smoke hasn't been
blowing this way.
Last week when smoke blew over
Palm Coast for a day, a fireman' told
me that he got "a ton of calls" at
his station-which never happens:
people usually call 911 -from people
asking if there was a fire somewhere.
He couldn't believe it. People still
have no clue, though those who do
have been generous: at the county's
Emergency Operations Center
yesterday, Flagler County's Marine
Corps League was dropping off
crates of water for the firefighters, as
many people have, doing their part
for the cause.
Finally, there's this inexcusable
disconnect: those firefighters people
fall in a heap to call heroes and
lavish with praise are the same public
employees, unionized employees,
most of the same people and the
lawmakers they elected just finished
bashing, insulting, demeaning and
robbing. They're the same public
employees whose unionizing rights
have been under assault. The same
public employees whose salaries
have been cut. The same public
employees whose health benefits
have been sheared or premiums
jacked up. And in Flagler County,
they're the same public employees
who've gone without a raise for three
years, yet who, when the fires aren't
burning, are blamed for everything
wrong in government.
The disconnect is unreal. The
hypocrisy is unreal. Get with it,
people. Words are the cheapest
commodity next to false flattery.
Don't just call these firefighters
heroes. That's meaningless. Here's
what would make a difference: quit
trashing public employees. Quit
trashing the unions that keep them
strong. Quit voting for clueless
lawmakers who trash either.
And put your money where your
hero-worship is for a change next
time you think a tax cut is more
important than paying for the men
and women saving your property
and your skin. cG
Pierre Tristam is the editor at
FlaglerLive.com. Reach him
at firstname.lastname@example.org or through
his personal website at www.
pierretristam.com. This article was
originally published on Saturday,
June 11, by Flagler Live.
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RIP, Gil Scott-Heron
By Joe Courter
I had the experience of sitting in a New
Jersey living room with my
60-something sister-in-law and her
30-something daughter on May 28, the
day the news broke about the death of
Gil Scott-Heron. Neither of them had
heard of him, they commented. I said he
was a very important figure in my life.
If you have not heard of him, or need
a refresher course, use the web's great
resources and spend some time with this
troubled genius. The following came
from Clutch magazine:
"Considered by many to be the
godfather of hip-hop, Gil Scott-Heron
was indeed a visionary. Since his
passing last Friday in New York City,
fans and fellow musicians from all
genres have poured out their hearts to
say thank you to the revolutionary who
paved the way for many of today's
biggest artists. Chicago native Lupe
Fiasco posted a piece on his blog
dedicated to Scott-Heron, whom the
MC referred to as a "guiding light
of a human being." The poem plays
off Heron's infamous spoken-word
piece "The Revolution Will Not Be
Televised." Riffing off the 1970s
classic, Lupe pays homage to a great
while reminding us of the present." cft
Our new website is up and running.
We'll have some exciting changes in
the coming weeks and months but
for now you can find full stories from
each issue and links to our archive!
The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized
by Wasalu "Lupe Fiasco" Jaco
Idiot boxes of the world unite! To fight off the effects of intelligence,
replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from
"Martin," let the baby's bathe in that glow and learn all manner of
things they don't really need to know!
The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!
Channel the content of some rambling nonsense deep into the annals
of yo' subconscious, deprogram and depress chasing some televised
success, be them, that, they and those be everything but in control,
The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!
Small claims Court drama, teenage baby mamas, Osama watching
Osama, Celebrity Endorsed indoor saunas, the perfectly cooked
pirafia and other cannonfodder for you to ponder, all at the speed of
imitations of life while the smoke of war gets inhaled thru the peace
pipes, be still my beating heart and scare my brain from thinking
thoughts as i sit intoxicated by the delights, sarcasm and 3 strikes
thrown by my favorite pitcher in a sound surrounded, 3 dimensional,
high death, full color mixture, wholly unsocializing and completely
The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!
By this one-eyed monster most of the world was raised, and by this
hero most of the world was saved, and to this master most of the
world is slaves, it factors your fears with actors and cheers from
a live studio audience pushing you to engage in a heroic act of
thoughtlessness for the grand prize of a little bread, fleeting fame in
the circus and every thought in yo head,
The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!
"Ain't no changing me" said my flat screen TV, No More Che's to
the rescue, or Black Panthers to correct you, just coaxial cables and
satellite signals to connect you to a world that doesn't really look like
it does on TV, where everything is much shorter, fatter, uglier and
in disorder, where u have to do it now because there are no digital
recorders where if the present gets boring you can just fast forward,
The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!
So there will be no revolution, or paradoxically ironic televised public
execution of the entire worldwide televising institution, there wont
even be a celebritized, televised trial of old baby blue, cuz you see my
dear friends the television will not be revolutionized but what about
the revolution that should taking place inside......................of you?
By Wasalu "Lupe Fiasco" Jaco in dedication to
that guiding light of a human being, Gil Scott-Heron
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2011, PAGE 15
The following is the acceptance
speech given by Thomas Drake,
former National Security Agency
senior official and whistleblower,
upon the receipt of the 2011
Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize on
Thank you, Jesselyn, for your
introduction. What a tribute to
receive the Ridenhour Truth-Telling
Prize as a whistleblower.
First, I would like to take a moment
and personally express my deepest
appreciation and gratitude to
Jesselyn. She has become my public
voice and conscience. I am truly
honored to have her on my side -
being who she is doing all she can
to keep me free.
This Prize did not exist, Jesselyn,
when you went through all your
trials and tribulations with the US
government, as a whistleblower.
And so this Prize is just as much for
you as it is for me. May you always
fly on the wings of eternal truth and
I now come before you to exercise
my fundamental rights under the
Constitution to freely assemble
with you and speak my conscience
- under the protections of the 1st
And in accepting the Ridenhour
Truth-Telling Prize, I am
speaking out publicly
regarding my telling
circumstances for the
very first time.
I have already'paid a
frightfully high price for
being a whistleblower.
But worse still lies
ahead of me.
Although I took an oath
to support and defend
the Constitution and
faithfully upheld the
Law of the Land over a
public service career spanning more
than 20 years, I now stand before
you as a criminal defendant with
my own life and liberty very much at
stake in a public trial set to begin on
13 June in Baltimore, Maryland.
(Note: In early June, the Justice
Department dropped all felony
charges, and Drake accepted a minor
misdemeanor charge. His courage to
go public, and the attendant publicity
in the New Yorker, Washington
Post and elsewhere undercut the
egregious overreach, which seemed
to be heading toward the use of
the draconian Espionage Act on
whistleblowers. Drake is due for
sentencing July 15th)
My case is centered on a government
prosecution bent not on serving
justice, but on meting out retaliation,
reprisal and retribution for the
purpose of relentlessly punishing
a whistleblower. Furthermore,
my case is one that sends a most
chilling message to other would-be
whistleblowers: not only can you
lose your job, but also your very
Freedom it is a most precious space
- the essence of being fully free.
What happens when it is eroded and
Imagine for the moment that you
cannot travel outside of Washington,
D.C., Virginia or Maryland, without
the permission of the Court. Imagine
that you cannot leave the United
States because your passport was
confiscated and you are considered a
Imagine for the moment that you
have virtually no privacy left and
that you have been the object of
extensive and continuous physical
and electronic surveillance by the
government as they attempt to find
out everything they can about you.
Imagine for the moment having
your very home raided by the
FBI. Imagine having your family
pictures, books, personal papers and
computers seized and taken away.
Imagine finding yourself without a
job or a future and threatened with
the prospect of serving the rest of
your life in prison.
Imagine the government doing
everything it can to isolate you from
your family, your five sons, your
friends, and your colleagues and
their distress in wondering what has
happened to you. Is that freedom?
The government regards me as an
enemy of the state and a virtual
political prisoner already, by virtue
of having charged me under the
Espionage Act. Yet for whom was I
I formally raised grave concerns
about government wrongdoing
through proper channels within
NSA and with Congress and also
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when called as a material witness
before two 9/11 congressional
investigations and a multi-year
Department of Defense Inspector
General audit investigation at NSA,
regarding violations of the 4th
Amendment and our Constitutional
rights revealing the existence of
lawful, accountable and auditable
alternative programs and approaches,
rather than the unlawful and
fraudulent programs and approaches
the government funded with many
billions and billions of taxpayer
dollars in what became an abysmal
funding of failure, when we simply
failed to keep America out of harm's
As a former government senior
executive, I served in the public
interest "to establish Justice, insure
domestic tranquility, provide for
the common defense, promote the
general welfare, and secure the
blessings of liberty."
I did not take an oath to support
and defend government illegalities,
violations of the Constitution or
turn a blind eye to massive fraud,
waste, and abuse simply because the
government had the power to do so,
hiding behind the veil of secrecy.
The privilege of my Constitutional
oath took precedence and priority;
otherwise, I would have been
complicit. I would not and could
not condone unlawful orders and
decisions that broke statute and
regulations even criminally.
I (and a number of others) had
dedicated ourselves to the core
American principle and practice that
innovation and excellence are the
hallmark for generating high-quality,
low cost, fit-for-use products and
services that would have greatly
enhanced and expanded our general
welfare, provided for the common
defense, and vastly improved our
intelligence in the wake of 9/11,
without compromising our liberties
or our security believing that the
clear line between innovation and
infringement, creative freedom and
crackdown, liberty and security was
one that should never be crossed.
I can only wonder what might
have been since the late 1990s, if
these alternative breakthroughs
- even revolutionary programs
and approaches for meeting and
demands of the
Digital Age -
the very best
to fully deliver
support of our
common defense -
instead of billions
and billions in
dollars due to
and placing at risk
both our liberty
and our security.
Instead, the government made
my cooperation with official
investigations a criminal act.
It is now apparently a federal crime
to report illegalities, malfeasance,
fraud, waste and abuse perpetrated
by our own government.
The government is making
whistleblowing a crime.
They are making dissent a crime -
especially when it embarrasses the
government and calls the government
What is the difference between my
situation and that of the Chinese
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2011 Memorial Mile Project
During this year's Memorial Day weekend, Gainesville's
Veteransfor Peace displayed more than 6,000
tombstones along NW 8th Avenue for the fifth annual
Memorial Mile. Lamarol Tucker, a Gainesville native,
was killed May 16 in the line of duty when an improvised
explosive device hit his vehicle in the Afghan province of
Zabul. (Photo by Jessica Newman)
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2011, PAGE 17
artist who was detained when trying
to leave his country because Chinese
authorities deemed him a threat to
The fact remains that the heart of my
case rests directly on whistleblowing
and 1st Amendment activities -
involving issues of significant and
even grave public concern in terms
of government illegalities, contract
and program malfeasance, as well as
fraud, waste and abuse protected
by the Constitution, case law and
And yet the government is
censoring and criminally
COMMUNICATIONS I made
in furtherance of government
investigations and doing so under
the Espionage Act. Espionage is the
LAST thing my whistleblowing and
1st Amendment activities and actions
were all about.
This has become the specter of
a truly Orwellian world where:
Whistleblowing has become
espionage. Espionage includes
whistleblowing. And whistleblowing
is now equated with spying. Dissent
has become the mark of a traitor.
Truth is equivalent to treason and
speaking truth to power makes one
an enemy of the state.. And yet who is
really the enemy here?
Speaking up at all against the
abuses, malfeasance and illegalities
committed by the government invites
becoming the equivalent of a virtual
political prisoner or worse having
a criminal indictment placed on my
Supporting and defending the
Constitution against all enemies
foreign and domestic (the very oath 1
took four times in my public service
career), apparently also violates the
primacy and increasing power of the
National Security State characterized
by fear instead of freedom.
And yet did I need to surrender the
lS the Constitution
to the National
GARDen State Under
as myself, are those who are simply
doing their jobs and honoring their
oaths to serve their Nation under the
Law of the Land. We are dedicated
to the proposition that government
service is of, for and by the people.
We emphatically do not serve in
order to manipulate on behalf of the
powerful nor to conceal unlawful,
illegal or embarrassing 'secrets' from
Because truth does matter. Truth
may be inconvenient, it may cause
embarrassment, it may threaten the
powers that be and their unlawful
activities, but it is still the truth.
I have but this one life to live. And as
an American, I will not live in silence
to cover for the government's sins..
The Law does matter. But when is it
lawful to make it unlawful to reveal a
government 'secret' inside of which
illegalities are taking place hence it
was made a 'secret' in the first place?
Under the Rule of Law, is it unlawful
to report illegal government activity
just because it involves national
security? Why does the invocation
of 'state secrets' prevent a fuller
determination for discovering if that
Why discard the benefit provided
by the Rule of Law for the lack of
protection under the Rule of Law that
requires invoking national security
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as the pretext for abandoning the law
in the first place?And nowhere do I
understand that national security is a
substitute for the law.
As a student of history and politics, I
firmly believe that we have reached
a breaking point in this country,
when the government violates and
erodes our very privacy and precious
freedoms in the name of national
security and then hides it behind the
convenient label of secrecy.
This is not the America I took an oath
to support and defend in my career.
This is not the America I learned
about while growing up in Texas and
Vermont. This is not the America we
are supposed to be.
From my perspective, there are yet
more revelations that I believe will
one day see the light of day the
best form of disinfectant as we have
seen only the tip of the iceberg. There
also remain many powerful lobbyists
and revolving door loyalists, whose
investment in the military-industrial-
intelligence-congressional complex is
solely motivated by the profit motive
and mentality, and not the lawful and
responsible provisioning of programs
We should consider what it means
when our government obsesses
over the identification of enemies
as a unifying cause; pursues foreign
policies through the supremacy of
the military and projected might;
raises national security to the level
of a state religion; protects corporate
power; suppresses dissent and free
speech; pursues with zeal pretextual
crime and punishment; and engages
in rampant cronyism and corruption.
And if speaking truth to power
and truth about power (and those
powerfully located within and
without government) is criminal,
we are far down the road to the
accelerating erosion of what it means
to be American.
No one is above the Law. Unbridled,
unaccountable and unnecessary
power and secrecy on the part of
the government are the hallmark
of tyranny and contradict the very
founding principles of this Nation -
and ultimately make us less safe and
secure. Liberty and security are not
opposites. And they are decidedly not
mutually exclusive. Upholding our
liberties is, in fact, the basis for our
For the sake of our Constitutional
Republic do we forsake the security
of our liberty in the name of national
security power and politics?
So consider what is at stake through
the prism of my experience.
Consider what it means for yourself,
your families, your friends, your
neighbors, your communities and
Consider what is at stake in all that
I have shared with you. Consider
what you will do with what you
have heard from me. Consider what
difference you will.make after you
leave from here today.
Do we want people dependent on
the government, or a government
dependent on the people? The
Constitution places the supreme
power of government in the hands of
Restoring the Constitutional Rule
of Law and the public trust will
not be easy as much damage has
already been done. But restore it
we must, because the very essence
of what it truly means to be an
American is very much at stake -
for this generation let alone future
generations so we are free to
engage in the fullness of living life,
enjoying our precious liberties, and
in pursuing happiness the heart of
the American Dream unfettered by
fear and fiat.
Therefore, just consider if not now,
when? If not you, who?"With Liberty
and Justice for All." Thank you for
your listening. ct
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2011, PAGE 19
Packed house for Jenny Brown's Labor Notes talk
Jenny Brown speaks at a Labor Notes event on May 20 at the Civic Media
Center, discussing the national attack on labor and the struggle here in
Florida. Labor Notes is a national media and organizing project that has been
the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor
movement. Brown is a Labor Notes staff writer and editor emeritus of the
Gainesville Iguana. (Photo by Connie Canney)
History and the People Who Make It: Martha W. Barnett
Transcript edited by Pierce Butler
This is the third in a continuing
series of excerpts from transcripts
in the collection of the Samuel
Proctor Oral History Program at the
University of Florida.
One of the first women to study
law at UF, Martha W. Barnett led
a varied legal career and was
elected president of the American
Bar Association in 2000. She was
interviewed by Dr. Paul Ortiz on
November 18, 2009.
Paul Ortiz: Let's start midstream
with the Rosewood case.
Martha W. Barnett: Okay, we were
talking about the Rosewood massacre
and I was looking at your picture
on a Rosewood memorial honoring
some of the white people who were
instrumental in saving a lot of the
people that lived in Rosewood [The
Rosewood massacre was a violent,
racially motivated conflict that took
place during the first week of January
1923 in rural Levy County, Florida,
United States. At least six blacks
and two whites were killed, and the
town of Rosewood was abandoned
and destroyed during what was
characterized as a race riot].
And I mentioned to you that the
only house still standing after the
massacre was that of the grocer,
Mr. [John] Wright, and how helpful
he had been in hiding some of the
people as the violence took place.
But also not-on theie, are employeesi
of the Cummer & Sons Cypress
Company [1922-1959]. The Cummer
family owned the mill that was
adjacent to Rosewood and they had
a rail line that ran from Cedar Key, I
guess into Gainesville, and ultimately
up to Jacksonville.
That night of the violence, when the
violence erupted and the town was
burned, they ran their cars through
Rosewood very slowly and allowed
women and children, no men, they
wouldn't let--what we were told, no
men could get on the train.
They allowed women and children
to get on and they got them out of
Rosewood, took them to Gainesville.
Others went to Jacksonville and then
from Jacksonville they dispersed
because it was a major transportation
,center. Some live in Gainesville, and
their descendants, to this day.
[A] lot of the people who converged
on Rosewood were from out of the
local area. We know that people
came because it was carried in the
newspapers all over the country, what
was taken place. We know they came
in from surrounding areas, distant
from Rosewood and Gainesville.
The local people, they had lived very
peacefully and comfortably together,
the people of Rosewood, for a long
Our law firm represented the
survivors of the Rosewood
massacre in seeking compensation
from Florida legislature and also
seeking an acknowledgment from
the state that, seventy years ago,
the state of Florida had failed
to protect its citizens when they
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were being attacked, and that the
failure was based on racial bias and
discrimination and prejudice...
The phone rang and I happened
to answer it...And he says, well,
my name is Ernest Parham and he
said,...I've been reading about this
Rosewood case for the last couple
of months and he said, a lot of what
they are saying is not true. He said,
I was there. I saw it all. He said,
I've been quiet for over seventy
years, but I was there...and I can't
be quiet anymore. I want to tell
somebody what happened. He came
to Tallahassee. He was ninety-five
years old, ninety- somewhere in
there, an elegant man. He had all of
his faculties. He had been eighteen
years old at the time. ...He described
for us exactly what happened. He
went to his grave with the names
of the individuals who participated.
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He would not confirm or deny that
because he had witnessed a murder,
a criminal act, and he just simply
would not do that...
Our clients were then twelve
survivors who had been children at
the time, eight to twelve, thirteen
years old. He was a young adult and
he was white. So we had these black
children whose memories may or
may not be as good as an adult. He
simply validated and confirmed a lot
of what we expected and he added
so much to the credibility and the
strength and the foundation of our
I always thought it took a huge act
of courage for him, in the twilight of
his life, when he didn't even have to.
admit that he had been there, for him
to come forward with the truth. ...
PO: You were saying you were the
first woman to work with the firm
[Holland & Knight]. What was the
legal culture like for women in law at
MWB: It was a transition period.
When I started at the University of
Florida in 1970, I don't know, there
were less than ten women in my
class. And I don't think there were
more than twenty or twenty-five
women in the law school. I vividly
remember walking up the first day I
went to the law school. Everybody
was crowded around in an open
area and I remember looking around
going, where are the women? It was
just alien to me that there were not
[The] attitude was, Okay, maybe
we've got to hire a woman and so
I think in the early 70s was
when you had women entering the
profession [and] pressure to have
women as part of law firms. Then it
took about a decade for the tokenism
of it, I think, to say, they really
are serious. These women want to
[O]ne of the major roles of the ABA
is to vet federal judges. The President
of the United States would provide
the ABA a list of individuals.. .The
ABA would do an investigation, all
confidential, but to advise the White
House on whether the person was
qualified or not based on intellect,
temperament, integrity.. .nothing
to do with a
When I was
President [of the
ABA], the then
of the country,
not to use the
Association for that role. He rejected
a fifty-three year policy of presidents
and would not give us the names...
So George Bush, I think, felt that
lawyers were a political group and
he didn't have any confidence in
the information, I guess, that they
would provide to him... [T]he ABA
continued to vet these lawyers, these
nominees, but we became an advisor
to the Senate Judiciary Committee,
first and foremost...
This president, [Barack] Obama,
has gone back to the position that
all presidents ... since Eisenhower
to George Bush, has gone back to
providing the names in advance of
nominations to get this confidential
look a person's qualifications. cf
An audio podcast of this interview
will be made available, along with
many others, at www.history.ufl.edu/
The Samuel Proctor Oral History
Program believes that listening
carefully to first-person narratives
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"I am alive because of government medicine"
Jack Price gave the following talk
on July 31, 2010 at the downtown
library as part of a Alachua County
Labor panel "Happy Birthday
Medicare: Protect It, Improve It,
Expand It." We're running it to
celebrate Medicare's 46th birthday
this year. Next month we'll have a
more in-depth look at the threats
facing this beloved social program.
"While I was rather flattered by the
flyer description, it was not accurate.
I was not a labor organizer. Sorry
I was never even a union member.
But I have been a union supporter
all of my life. I supported a teachers'
union organizing effort when I was
in grammar school.
When I was in high school, on
several afternoons after school, I
walked the CWA picket line outside
the Southern Bell headquarters
on Adams St. in downtown
Jacksonville. Throughout my adult
life I knew I lived better because
there were unions.
Labor Unions have always been
in the forefront of the health care
access struggles. In the 1930s, unions
were unrelenting in their pressure
on Franklin Roosevelt for Social
Security. The original proposal
included health care [for all].
Unfortunately, FDR decided that was
too ambitious. But in 1948 Harry
Truman renewed the issue.
Here in Florida, in 1950, it was
championed by Claude Pepper
running for re-election to the
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Senate. The Florida Medical Society
launched a full-throttle attack and
in a campaign of red-baiting [and]
race-baiting, Pepper lost to George
Smathers-a name familiar here
in Gainesville. Peppers career was
interrupted but he was elected
to the House of Representatives
from a Miami district where he
became universally acclaimed as the
champion of the elderly.
-The America of the 1960s was
very different from the America of
today. Unions were robust. We got
our news from the newspapers or
three networks. There was no Fox
News. And the USA was still an
industrial power. In 1964, Lyndon
Johnson spectacularly defeated
Barry Goldwater and healthcare
for the elderly was again an issue
on the front burner. But Medicare
was not easily attained. In the front
ranks of the Medicare fight were
the unions and the National Council
of Senior Citizens [now known as
the Alliance of Retired Americans]
whose membership was largely
retired union members. There was
the American Association of Retired
Persons (AARP), then a much
smaller organization, which took
no position [on the establishment of
Medicare]. It had not yet evolved
into the gigantic AARP, the brand
and marketing tool.
In 1965, immediately after the
Johnson inauguration a massive
campaign petition drives and rallies
- was in full operation. I was part
of the effort here
in Florida. The
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in the petition
drives. I was in my 30's and an
officer of the South Broward Young
Democrats. Several Saturdays were
spent tabling outside the Food Fair
supermarket. Food Fair was a south
Florida supermarket chain owned by
Maryland Democrats. It no longer
exists. I note that Publix and Winn
Dixie would not allow us to table on
Then as the decisive votes in the
Congress drew nigh there were huge
rallies across the country. In New
York City, Madison Square Garden
was jammed. Here in Florida, at
the Miami Beach Auditorium buses
rolled in from every corner of our
state [to attend] a gigantic rally
keynoted by Rep. Claude Pepper.
Despite massive public support,
the passage of Medicare was not
easy. President Lyndon Johnson
was totally involved at every step,
squeezing shoulders of Congress
members, telephoning members. A
tape recently on TV of Johnson's
conversation with Wilbur Mills, the
chair of the House Ways and Means
Committee-who had resisted saying
"this is not the time. It will cost too
much." Lyndon Johnson said, "We
need the bill. Just pass the bill and
I'll find the god damn money." And
pass it did!
A great victory--a major step in
completing the New Deal agenda.
At the time we thought "we'll take
care of the old folks and soon we'll
expand [single payer health care, to
I'll always remember watching on
TV the bill signing [on July 30,
1965] in the Truman Library in
Missouri and President Johnson
presenting Medicare card #1
to a beaming Harry Truman.
Unfortunately, nothing more
happened until 2010. We finally got
a healthcare law-less than we had
I was young when the struggle
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began and now I am old. I turned
80 last October 11, a date I share
with Eleanor Roosevelt. I am alive
because of government medicine.
Did you know that if you make it to
Medicare [age] your life expectancy
has increased 30 percent over that in
1960. We live longer and healthier
because of government-namely
Medicare. In the intervening
years, the NSC disappeared and
labor unions have shrunk. But I
labor on in the Alliance of Retired
Americans, a successor to the NSC,
of which I am an at-large Vice
President. Seniors desperately need
an advocacy organization, as now
even Social Security is itself at risk.
There is no retirement for those who
make social justice their life's work.
Thank you." c"
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) meeting, 8pm
Indie rock & folk music w/ Plainclothes Tracy, Big Boat, and
Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry speaks on "The
Change We Knead Now: Baked Goods Not Bailouts"
IWW Presents: "China Blue," documentary on exploitation of
garment workers in China, 7pm
International Socialist Organization Presents: Dr. David
Resnick speaking on "Activism and Wellness," 8pm
Citizens Food Co-op Grand Opening/ Benefit Music Show
(Coffee Project, Lindsey Mills, Dikembe, & Sleeping Spiders),
"The War on Democracy," documentary on U.S. foreign policy
in Latin America and the "War on Terror"
Weds. 7/20: Anarchademics, radical history and theory reading and
discussion group, 7pm
Friday 7/22: Music w/ James Wesson, others TBA, 9pm
[onday 7/25: "Transcendent Man," examines futurist Ray Kurzweil's
controversial ideas about intelligence, technology, and
nesday 7/27: Open Source Sofware for Activists, talk by CMC coordinator
Katie Walters, 7pm
Friday 7/29: July Artwalk, 7-10pm
turday 7/30: Music by Kathleen Taylor With Nells On, Nooks & Crannies,
Monday 8/1: "Vanishing of the Bees," documentary on the "colony
collapse" phenomenon, 7pm
Monday 8/8: "Budrus," documents the campaign of nonviolent civil
resistance by Palestinians and Israelis against Israel's
[onday 8/15: "Presumed Guilty," 2 lawyers challenge the Mexican justice
system by documenting the case of one of their clients on film
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event, "You know, I remember when
the American Dream of prosperity
was achieved by many people. It
was the result of a strong public
education system and working
at good paying jobs. Those jobs
helped us afford a home, send our
kids to college and let us retire
with dignity. Unfortunately, that
dream has become out of reach for
Florida's working families because
of our inaction you, me, all of
us the wealthy special interests
have seized complete control of
state government. Their power and
influence has turned that dream of
prosperity and economic security into
a nightmare of want and insecurity."
The Festival for Florida's Future
ended with a rallying call that
this day was not the end but the
beginning of a working families'
movement that will continue to grow
and become a force unlike anything
that Florida has ever seen.
Together, united, the participants at
the festival sent a new message to
Tallahassee: "Working families stand
united to fight against the powerful
special interests that hold our state
The voice of activists who are
"Putting the movement back in
the Labor Movement"
for in-depth and up-to-date
reporting from around the
IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2011, PAGE 23
Festival for Florida's Future
By Joshua Anijar, Florida AFL-CIO
Florida's 2011 Legislative session
left people both shell-shocked and
outraged at the intensity of assault
leveled on working families. This
made the need for Floridians to
come together, in unity, to take back
our state from politicians and big
Instead of holding another rally,
or another conference, groups
and organizations from diverse
backgrounds came together,
under the Fight for Florida (www.
fightforflorida.com) banner to put
on a festival in Central Florida on
June 4. On that day, thousands of
Floridians, from as far as Pensacola
to Miami, traveling by bus, car and
even motorcycle convoy converged
on the Central Florida Fairgrounds in'
Orlando to be a part of the festivities
and to attend workshops.
The Festival for Florida's Future
marked the kick-off of a sustained
campaign to organize and
mobilize working families from all
backgrounds to make a difference in
the lives of all Floridians.
Attendees participated in different
workshops on a range of subjects
from how to use social media, to
a panel discussion with Awake the
State organizers. There was even a
workshop on how to run for office!
Activists were also able to write
letters and record video messages to
Legislators while their children were
entertained in a supervised play area.
In the promenade, there were more
than 40 different info booths from
various community, faith and
political organizations, which offered
activists a gateway to take action
and become involved with ongoing
campaigns. This area also served as
the central meeting place for activists
from across the state to introduce
themselves, share ideas, network
and connect to the larger progressive
movement in Florida.
On the main stage, music (from salsa
to rock and roll) was intermixed with
speakers like Silvia Perez (a farm
worker from Immokalee) who spoke
about her struggles as an immigrant
looking for the "American Dream"
and a decent education for her
Fred Barr (an unemployed marketing
executive) shared his story about
dealing with the physical and
financial strain of cancer while trying
to find a job to support and provide
for his family. Elton and Barbara
Wright (school teachers with a
disabled son) connected the actions
of the Florida Legislative session to
their daily struggle. Their stories are
by no means unusual but are instead
repeated each day by many Florida
families enduring similar hardships.
Mike Williams, President of the
Florida AFL-CIO, explained at the
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