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Title: The Gainesville iguana
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/ The 'JiI4nesvidle







Jit September 2011

Vol. 25, #10


INSIDE ...
Labor Day events ........ 2
What is ALEC? .......... 5
McCarthyism in Florida .. .6
Radical Rush 2011 ....... 7
Lessons from Wisconsin ... 8
Group directory. ..... 10-11
Calendar ........... 12-13
Rumsfeld to get his? ..... 14
Medicare Birthday ...... 15
County budget hearings . 16
Oral History Project ..... 18
NFL lockout ........... 20
Immigration "reform" . 23
Koch Bros. & state univ... 24


Verizon strike

ends...for now

by Jenny Brown, Labor Notes
After 15 days on strike, 45,000
Verizon workers will march into
work on Tuesday after extracting
an agreement from their stubborn
employer to bargain. The
Communication Workers (CWA)
and Electrical Workers (IBEW) will
be working under their old contracts
while talks continue. They agreed not
Continued page 2...


Culmination of eight months of organizing...

130-meal limit repealed!


by Jessica Newman
After two years in practice and
countless years on the books, the
130-meal-a-day limit has come to an
end in the city of Gainesville.
This law banned homeless shelters
(only the St. Francis House
downtown was truly effected) from
serving more than 130 meals in one
24-hour period, all in the name of
"keeping the homeless population
downtown under control."
On Aug. 18, the City Commission
voted 6-0 to repeal the meal limit
and instead place a three-hour-per-
day time limit on serving food to the


hungry and needy (Commissioner
Randy Wells was absent).
This is a great victory for social
justice and for the St. Francis House,
which submitted the petition for a
City Commission vote on the issue
back in March. With the 130-meal
limit, St. Francis House regularly has
to shut its doors less than one hour
after opening them, turning away
hundreds of hungry men, women and
children.
Big developers in the downtown area
decided that too many poor people
would deter young, rich renters
Continued page 4...


The Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW celebrates outside City Hall after the
historic repeal of the 130-meal limit. Photo courtesy of Katie Walters.






Verizon strike... cont. from p. 1
to strike again for 30 days.
During the strike, which stretched
from Virginia to Massachusetts,
Verizon was unable to provide timely
installation and repairs, and reports
of outages plagued the company. In
addition to pickets at hundreds of
worksites, unions and community
groups picketed over 1,000 Verizon
Wireless stores, say union leaders.
The end of the strike was greeted
with mixed feelings. While most
strikers are relieved to return to their
jobs, many calculate that going back
without a new contract will take the
pressure off and that Verizon will go
back to its old tricks. "We all felt the
power we had while being on strike,"
said Erin Small, a shop steward in
New York's CWA Local 1101. "I am
afraid of losing the energy we had.
We were obviously having an impact
on how much work the company


could get done."
Even members who were happy to
go back to work worried about the
long-term impact.
"People I've spoken to were
not pleased we were going back
under the old contract," said Anita
Matthews, a central office technician
and shop steward in New York. "We
should have stayed out till we got a
contract and we would have gotten
what we wanted."
"Ideally, under better conditions,
we'd have a contract," said Rich
Corrigan, a shop steward and picket
captain in Manhattan. He described
himself as "cautiously optimistic."
"We remember the last time we
stayed in," Corrigan said, describing
the 2008 contract fight. "We stayed
working and got a very good
contract." Chris Shelton, Vice-
President of CWA District 1, said,


"If they don't keep their word, we
have the option to go out again, only
it'll be a lot worse because it will
mean we're out on strike until we get
a contract." District 1 includes 327
CWA locals in the Northeast.
STRIKE FOR RIGHTS
CWA President Larry Cohen called
the strike unique because "we struck
for real bargaining rights, for the
company to bargain seriously."
He compared the strike to public
workers fighting for their rights in
Wisconsin and said the plan had been
to "go back into bargaining when the
talks could be meaningful."
The company has agreed to take
certain concessions off the table,
CWA officials said. "That's not
a victory, per se," Cohen told a
members' conference call Sunday
after the agreement was signed.
Besides agreeing not to strike again
for 30 days, CWA agreed to lift a


Gainesville Labor Day

weekend celebrations.


Saturday, Sept. 3 / North Central
Florida Central Labor Council (CLC)
Labor Day breakfast
United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 75 union hall
(1949 NW 53rd Ave.), 8:30 a.n.
This year's annual Labor Day breakfast speakers are retired
Labor History professor Bob Zeiger and State Democratic
Party chairman Rod Smith. Bring 2 cans of food to donate.

Sunday, Sept. 4 / Labor Daze Fest:
A Rally for Better Jobs for Gainesville
Bo Diddley Plaza (111 E. Univ. Ave.), 5-10 pm
For locals, by locals, about locals, there will be live
local music, petitions, speakers, chair massage, food and
merchandise, face painting, and a voter registration drive.
Come have fun, listen to music, and learn what we can do
to get good jobs in Gainesville! And it's FREE, so bring the
whole family. Have a good time for a good cause!


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cap on overtime limits. In reaction,
Rebuild 1101, a reform caucus in
CWA Local 1101, wrote: "Our strike,
management incompetence, and the
weather caused a huge backlog for
Verizon. We shouldn't be helping
to bail them out while we're still
without a contract."
Asked whether it was the right
time to end the strike, Cohen said,
"Collectively we decided, we stick
to what we said at the beginning of
this."
"This was the announced strategy
from day one," said Rand Wilson,
former organizing director for a
Massachusetts CWA local. "It is
risky, but there's risks being out on
strike, too."
WIRELESS PICKETS
Union workers are down to 30
percent of Verizon's workforce, as
the company has crushed organizing
drives on its growing wireless side,
even closing three facilities to quash
organizing efforts. Only 70 wireless
workers belong to CWA and were
therefore on strike, but that fact
made it legal for the union to picket
wireless stores everywhere, as the



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wireless division was in fact a strike
target.
Without those 70 unionized
wireless workers, CWA officials
noted, the union would have
run afoul of draconian labor law
designed to prevent solidarity by
banning picketing or boycotting of
"secondary" targets.
Those 70 wireless employees may be
targeted by management to eliminate
their unit or otherwise get rid of
them. "Management knows it was
a bridge to picketing 1,000 wireless
stores," said Cohen. But he also
said that during the strike the union
fielded more than 100 calls from
wireless side workers, asking how
they could get a union.
GET RID OF UNION WORKERS
Laura Randall, a landline shop
steward in New York, said her co-
workers are very aware that Verizon
wants to get rid of them: "They don't
want union employees doing the
work. A lot of us were concerned, the
longer we were out, the easier it is
for Verizon to move our work around
while we were on the picket line."
She said that her work could be
moved to Texas, and once it's moved,
"it's a lot harder for us to get it
back." Randall hired in 11 years ago
and is still at the lowest seniority
rung, she said, because Verizon is not
hiring.
"A lot of us thought we were never
going to go back, potentially going
to be replaced forever," said Rich
Corrigan. Even knowing that, he
said, "all were willing to stay out one
day longer."
Eighty workers have received
discipline letters for conduct alleged
during the strike; the company has
suspended them.
In Salisbury, Maryland, Paula
Vinciguerra, president of CWA Local
2106, received a suspension letter
after she sat down with an IBEW
member in front of a truck driven
by a scab who had crossed the line


Subscribe!

The Gainesville Iguana
is Gainesville's progressive
events calendar & newsletter.
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The Iguana has been published
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teers for 25 years. Circulation for
this issue is 4,500.
Publisher:
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Editor Emeritus:
Jenny Brown

Editorial Board:
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Production work & assistance:
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Distribution:
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several times. She said they were
arrested, shackled, and treated like
criminals. "I'm 60 years old and I've
never been arrested; it was quite an
experience," she said.
CWA leaders pledged to fight every
discipline letter, taking the issues
to the bargaining table if necessary.
Rebuild 1101 noted in its statement,
however, that, according to the back-
to-work agreement, discipline is
exempt from arbitration.
CALL IT OFF
When the agreements between the
bargaining team and Verizon were
signed Saturday afternoon, the
unions sent out word that mobilizing
activities should cease. But in a
conference call Sunday, CWA Vice
President Ron Collins retracted
the statement. "The only thing
the agreement did stop was picket
lines," he said. "We're going back
to work, but that did not stop the
mobilization."
Picket lines at Verizon Wireless
stores allowed groups from Florida
to Hawaii to adopt stores and tell
the public the story of the strike.
"The pickets at the wireless stores,
leafleting, flash mobs, was probably
the most strategic aspect of the strike,
driving the company crazy," said
Wilson, who currently coordinates
campaigns for the AFL-CIO. "The
key to making the strategy work
is to resume a very robust contract
campaign."
While pickets have come down,
CWA today encouraged allies who
have adopted a Verizon Wireless
store to continue to pass out leaflets


The Labor Party, Industrial
Workers of the World and ISO
are organizing informational
leafletting at the two Verizon
stores in Gainesville. For more
info visit floridalaborparty.org
or call 352-375-2832.

and try to convince people to shop
the unionized alternative, AT&T.
They also plan to leaflet at Verizon
authorized dealers and at Apple
stores as the new iPhone is rolled out
in a few weeks and to target college
campuses to stop the flow of new
Verizon Wireless subscribers.
"However disappointing it is to go
back to work without a contract, I
think we can make the most of this
shift in strategy," said Small. She
noted that the union had tried an
inside strategy when the last two
contracts expired.
Wilson said the strike is a
tremendous opportunity to organize
such a campaign when everyone's
fired up: "As in any strike, it's
an incredibly politicizing and
consciousness-raising event."
"Our job is to make the most of the
momentum and relationships we built
while on the picket line. The more
organized we are the more effective
we can be," said Small. "That is true
whether we are out on strike or inside
working." c'ft
Jane Slaughter contributed to this
piece. Reprinted with permission
from Labor Notes. For subscription
information, visit Labornotes.org.


Meal limit... cont, from p. 1

and entrepreneurs from coming
downtown. So they pressured the
City Commission, and in 2009,
the City started enforcing the meal
limit.
Now the City has shifted its views
180 degrees thanks to the efforts of
the Coalition to End the Meal Limit
Now, which has been organizing
since December 2010. They've
held more than a dozen rallies
and convinced many downtown
business owners to sport the "I
Oppose the Meal Limit" signs seen
around the area.
After the City Commission
decision on Aug. 18, Coalition
members cheered and celebrated
both inside and outside the walls of
City Hall.
But the repeal of the meal limit
doesn't go into effect immediately.
The City Attorney's office still
has to draft a new version of the
ordinance, which will have to be
approved and voted on two more
times by the City Commission.
Then St. Francis House will have
to apply for a permit to be able
to serve during the three-hour
window. The repeal should be
in effect some time in October,
estimated Katie Walters, member of
the Coalition.
The struggle was a classic example
of the tragic "not-in-my-backyard"
mentality, and the success of the
Coalition to End the Meal Limit
Now is a perfect example of how
we can overcome that. c


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What is the American Legislative

Exchange Council (ALEC)?


From SourceWatch
www.sourcewatch.org
The American Legislative Exchange
Council (ALEC) describes itself as
the largest "membership association
of state legislators," but over
98% of its revenue comes from
sources other than legislative dues,
primarily from corporations and
corporate foundations. After the 2010
congressional midterm elections;
ALEC boasted that "among those
who won their elections, three of the
four former state legislators newly-
elected to the U.S. Senate are ALEC
Alumni and 27 of the 42 former state
legislators newly-elected to the U.S.
House are ALEC Alumni."
ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front
group. It is much more powerful
than that. Through ALEC, behind
closed doors, corporations hand state
legislators the changes to the law
they desire that directly benefit their
bottom line. Along with legislators,
corporations have membership in
ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine
ALEC task forces and vote with
legislators to approve "model" bills.
They have their own corporate
governing board which meets jointly
with the legislative board. (ALEC
says that corporations do not vote
on the board.) They fund almost all
of ALEC's operations. Participating
legislators, overwhelmingly
conservative Republicans,,then
bring those proposals home and


Additional resources on ALEC:
www.sourcewatch.org
Step-By-Step Guide to Understand-
ing ALEC's Influence on Your State
Laws: www.propublica.org
Breakdown of legislative influence
by the Center for Media and
Democracy: www.alecexposed.org
The official ALEC website:
www.alec.org

introduce them in statehouses
across the land as their own brilliant
ideas and important public policy
innovations- without disclosing that
corporations crafted and voted on the
bills. ALEC boasts that it has over
1,000 of these bills introduced by
legislative members every year, with
one in every five of them enacted
into law. ALEC
describes itself
as a "unique,"
"unparalleled"
and "unmatched"
organization. It 0
might be right.
It is as if a
state legislature
had been
reconstituted,
yet corporations
had pushed the .*.'. ,
people out the '- X',"
door. Learn more -
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Save the date: Civic
Media Center's 18th
anniversary, Oct. 14
Mark your calendars now and
plan to join us for an enjoyable
evening of food, fun and music
at the Alachua Conservation
Trust's gorgeous Prairie Creek
Lodge on Friday, Oct. 14. We'll
be celebrating the Civic Media
Center's 18th anniversary, and
enjoying an Oktoberfest repast
of beer, wine, grilled brats-n-
sauerkraut, and other tasty grub
for omnivores, vegetarians and
vegans alike. Watch for further
details as they become available
at www.civicmediacenter.org.
In the meantime, make sure
you don't miss these upcoming
music shows @ the CMC:
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Oct. 11 David Rovics
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Florida Free Speech Forum: Dr. Michael Gannon

on "McCarthyism in Florida"


by The Florida Free Speech Forum
The Florida Free Speech Forum
(FFSF), was formed in September
1994 by a group of dedicated
Gainesvillians who felt it important
that there be a platform for free
speech in our community. It has
continuously provided stimulating
monthly programs since then. It
was modeled on the City Club of
Cleveland, Ohio, the oldest free
speech forum in the United States.
The FFSF is one of only two similar
organizations in Florida and is
regarded as the foremost bastion
of free speech in the southeastern
United States.
Recent forums have addressed such
diverse issues as Citizens United
vs. Federal Election Commission;
Charter Schools: Educational
Panacea; Facts and Myths about
Immigration Workers; and The
Politics of Sex Education. This
month's talk will be given by Dr.
Michael Gannon on "McCarthyism
in Florida" on Mon., Sept. 12.
During the 1950s and 1960s,
methods of investigation and forms
of accusation similar to those
employed by U.S. Senator Joseph
R. McCarthy, of Wisconsin, at the
national level, were replicated in
Florida by the Florida Legislative
Investigation Committee, more
popularly known as the Johns
Committee, after the state senator
from Starke, Charley E. Johns. Dr.


Gannon's talk will focus on the
committee's hunt for Communists
in the NAACP, homosexuals in the
University of Florida, and subversive
faculty members in other state
universities.
Dr. Gannon received his Ph.D. in
History at the University of Florida.
He taught at the University for 36
years. He has written extensively
about the Spanish colonial
history of Florida. He has also
published several books about U.S.
involvement in World War II dealing
with U-Boats. He wrote a stage play
called "Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
on Trial." He has received numerous
awards in Florida and elsewhere
including the "Knight Commander
of the Order of Isabel la Catolica"
from King Juan Carlos I, the highest
academic award of Spain.
The Florida
Free Speech I 0th
Forum, based in
Gainesville, is 6
in its 17th year. DJO I
The forum meets
once a month H
and concentrates
on topics related
to freedom of
speech and topics William F. Schul
of compelling ist Service Corn
current interest, of Amnesty Inte
After the Universalist Ass
presentation, human-rights ch
there is a Q&A reflect on how
change in the fu


Where: Paramount Plaza Hotel,
2900 S.W. 13th St.
When: Monday, September 12.
11:30 am 1:00 pm

session, both of which are recorded
for rebroadcast on WU17-FM. The
luncheon buffet starts at 11:30, and
the program starts at noon.
The luncheon costs $17 for members,
$18 for members who reserve late,
and $19 for non-members. For
reservations, call 335-3938 on or
before Wednesday, Sept. 7. This is a
Free Speech Forum; therefore, if you
do not wish to purchase lunch you
may attend and listen to the speaker's
talk for free. Seating is available in
the back of the room. ef



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This 10-year lecture series is a memorial to Stan Ericksen, a
Unitarian Universalist who was involved in major social causes
- the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, human rights,
and more.
Sponsored by: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, Florida Free
Speech Forum, Gainesville Citizens Against the Death Penalty.
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WUFT-FM 89.1

programming

schedule
Monday Friday
6:00 a.m. Morning Edition
10:00 a.m. The Diane Rehm Show
Noon Fresh Air
1:00 p.m. World Have Your Say
(Fri Conner Calling)
2:00 p.m. Talk of the Nation
4:00 p.m. The Front Page Edition
of All Things Considered
5:00 p.m. All Things Considered
6:30 p.m. Marketplace
7:00 p.m. PBS Newshour
8:00 p.m. The Story
(Fri -BBC World News,
Capital Report, 8:30 pm)
9:00 p.m. On Point
11:00 p.m. BBC World News
(until morning)


Saturday
6:30 a.m.
7:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Noon
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.

Sunday


Noticias
BBC World News
Weekend Edition Saturday
Car Talk
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me
Sikorski's Attic
Animal Airwaves Live
This American Life
Marketplace Money
BBC World News
Bioneers
All Things Considered
A Prairie Home
Companion
Soul Circuit
Afropop Worldwide
BBC World News
(until morning)


12:00 a.m. BBC World News
7:30 a.m. Florida Frontiers
8:00 a.m. Weekend Edition Sunday
10:00 a.m. Bob Edwards Weekend
Noon This American Life
1:00 p.m. Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me
2:00 p.m. On The bridge
4:00 p.m. The Thistle & Shamrock
5:00 p.m. All Things Considered
6:00 p.m. BBC World News
7:30 p.m. Humankind
8:00 p.m. Ballads & Blues
10:00 p.m. Music From the Hearts
of Space
11:00 p.m. BBC World News
(until morning)


Radical Rush, Fall 2011


by the Coordinators at
the Civic Media Center
Radical Rush has been organized by
the Civic Media Center since 1998.

Radical Rush (RR) is an
organizational fair for progressive
and radical activist groups of
Gainesville to recruit new members
and publicize their work to students.

The Rush is presented in the form
of a collaborative tabling effort.
Campus ancdcommunity-based
groups participate, with the added
bonus of helping to bridge the
"town/gown" divide and allow
activists working on a wide variety
of issues to meet each other,
network, and learn about each other's
organizations.

Radical Rush also helps break
through the generation gap, fostering
inter-generational collaboration
as students and younger activists
are introduced to older, seasoned
organizers for a wide variety of
causes.

This year we are happy to be able
to have RR last an entire week by


JOIN A MOVEMENT
An organizational fair
for the progressive
and alternative groups
of Gainesville (both on
and off campus)


including both the Santa Fe and
UF campuses. Groups participating
will be able to reach a much larger
audience. Anyone interested in
learning about progressive social
change and/or becoming more active
in the community has the opportunity
to talk with members about their
organizations.

The CMC called for the first planning
meeting on August 15, and several
groups sent representatives. RR
planners will be organizing a social
event at the CMC for Friday, Sept.
16. Please check our events calendar
at civicmediacenter.org, where more
details will be posted as available.

RR planners are also working with
both SFC and UF groups to increase
our visibility. There are many folks
involved in the planning of RR this
year, so it promises to be a creative
and successful week of events. Come
check it out!

For more information or
to participate, please email
coordinators@civicmediacenter.org
or call 352-373-0010. c"


GET INVOLVED
* Become more active in your community
* Recruit members for your organization
and get students engaged on campus and off


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IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2011, PAGE 7


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA







An Outside Agitator in Wisconsin


By Joe Richard
About 6 months ago, I had the
incredible good fortune to be offered
a plane ticket to Madison, Wisc., to
participate in the massive protests
and union mobilizations which had
only recently begun there. I'd been
following developments closely,
and with the popular revolution
having just toppled Hosni Mubarak
in Cairo only days before, it seemed
like workers in the US had finally
caught the bug of popular resistance.
I loaded a backpack full of flimsy
Florida cold weather clothing,
notebooks and pens and flew out the
next day. I was an outside agitator on
the way to cause as much trouble as I
could for Gov. Walker.
What I witnessed in Madison was
unlike anything I'd ever experienced
before. Walking through the doors
to the occupied capitol (which had
been held by the workers movement
for a week or so at this point) was
a sight to see. Thousands of union
members, students and community
members packed every level of the
rotunda, chanting, cheering, singing,
hugging and making speeches and
appeals for solidarity. The teachers
wore red shirts, thousands strong.
The teamsters in black. AFSCME
members in green. Thousands of
posters, placards, pledges of support
and encouragement, union banners-
and flags decorated the walls of
the capitol, like an honor roll of
every union across the country.
Supporters used the bull horn to read
out declarations of solidarity from


every corner of the country, and the
globe. A message from the Egyptian
textile workers was read out. Then
the Iranian bus drivers union. And
the Brits, French and Greeks alike.
"Hold strong, brothers and sisters,"
they read, "and trust to your own
strength." The US working class had
once more burst onto-the stage of
history, and they knew it.
The whole city was infected with
the spirit of rebellion against
what the old Wisconsinpopulist
"Fighting Bob" LaFollette had
termed the "new and dark power"
of corporate domination. Every
business which didn't want to be
shuttered immediately posted pro-
worker placards in their windows.
Workers from each and every trade
wore their work uniforms out on
their days and nights off, finally
proud to be a member of the working
class in a society which cynically
sneers at their position. Ironworkers


and plumbers
roamed the streets
and held court
at bars, proudly
wearing their
hard hats covered
with union
stickers. Nurses
and hospital
workers wore
their scrubs, while
the university
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People felt their own power, many
for the first time in their lives. And
it was exciting. Conversations ran
late into the night, every night, both
inside the capitol and outside. My
skin shivered when I sat with a table
of union stagehands, electricians
and a lesbian firefighter, who was
explaining to the brothers how "the
bosses use homophobia to divide the
workers against each other." They all
paused for a moment, mulling it over.
"She's right, goddamnit!" yelled the
husky electrician, before buying the
next round.
Perhaps the feeling of solidarity was
all too infectious for some people.
By the end of February, the top
leadership of Wisconsin labor at
the statewide level decided to call
off its participation in the protests
and the capitol occupation, under
orders from the Democratic Party.
But their own members didn't listen,
and continued to pour into Madison
day after day and weekend after
weekend, forcing the leadership to
play catch up. Even more frightening
to the leadership had been the talk of
widespread strike action in protest
of Walker's anti-union bill, possibly
even culminating with a general
strike, which for a time was a very
real possibility. And within the
capitol, a constant, running political
battle was being played out, by the
forces inside the movement who
wanted to maintain the occupation as
a continuous direct challenge against
Scott Walker and those who wanted
to abandon it.
From the very beginning, the official
Democratic Party was opposed to
the occupation. When it began by
spontaneous attempts to block the
entrance into the Senate gallery,
the Democratic Senators had no
choice but to flee the state to prevent
quorum from being reached. As
the weeks panned out, again and
again the Democratic Assemblymen
came inside the capitol, urging
people to leave and abandon the
most effective tactic used since
the Sit Down Strikes of the 1930s.
Despite the massive outpouring of


support from all around the country
and the world, and the shifting in
popular opinion towards public
sector workers (because of that very
occupation of the capitol), we were
told that we would only fuel the fire
of anti-union sentiment, and that the
occupation was hurting our side's
image. Eventually, by working with
the police to slowly dwindle down
the occupation, the Democrats were
finally able to push the occupiers to
abandon the capitol.

People felt their own power,
many for the first time
in their lives. And it was
exciting.


We were told that instead of direct
action, we should go knock on
doors for the recall elections, the
Democrats' magnificent plan to flip
one house of the legislature into
their own party's control. Instead of
pressing home the offensive with
the singularly effective tactic of
blocking the capitol with non-violent
civil disobedience, the movement
was almost entirely
de-mobilized and
sent out into the
wilderness of rural
Wisconsin for 5
months, knocking
on the doors of
ultra-conservatives
and asking them to
vote out the very
same people they
had just elected,
because of their Tea
Party conservatism.
Labor spent millions Florid
of dollars and
sent thousands of hits Ga
volunteers into the
field to campaign Florida AFL-
for Democratic union and co
candidates who Gainesville si
didn't even room-only crn
pledge to overturn Association's
Walkers anti-union AFL-CIO sta
Walker's anti-union and long-tim
legislation after it AFL-CIO's 2(
was passed. Stanley Cook


It was a bad plan from the start. And
it didn't pan out. The Democrats
were only able to pick up two seats
in the Senate out of a possible 6.
Now they still have no majority
in any chamber of the legislature
of Wisconsin. And they spent
millions of dollars and thousands of
volunteer hours on it. It's a textbook
case of how to snatch defeat out
of the jaws of victory. I imagine
that many people who participated
in the occupation and the workers
movement in Wisconsin are very
disoriented right now. Many are
demoralized. Some will walk away
from any sort of activism or politics
altogether. But some won't. And
many of these people won't forget
the lessons they learned from the
movement, and will apply them
again in the next battle. The uprising
in Madison was only the first major
battle of the Great Recession. More
will come. And next time our side
will do well to heed the words of
our brothers and sisters around the
world, maintaining our political
independence, and "trusting to our
own strength." c

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AFL-CIO Roadshow

inesville
CIO President Mike Williams spoke to
immunity activists during the roadshow's
top on Monday, August 22. The standing-
owd at the Alachua County Education
union hall heard from state and national
offers, CLC presidents from other counties
e trade union activists about the Florida
911 strategic plan. Photo courtesy of


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After School Art Club Collective of
emerging artists who brainstorm, discuss
and create 2 Tuesdays a month.
www.afterschoolartclub.wordpress.com

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.
floridalaborparty.org/alachua
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
movement; www.facebook.com/ufamnesty
or UFAmnesty@gmail.com.
Bridges Across Borders Florida-based
international collaboration of activists,
artists, students and educators supporting
cultural diversity and global peace. office@
bridgesacrossborders.org, 352-485-2594,
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.
civicmediacenter.org.

Coalition to End the Meal Limits NOW!
See the story on page 1 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
involvement. CodePink4Peace.org,
jacquebetz@gmail.com

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. gvillepolicereview@
gmail.com


Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc.
Non-profit land trust working to protect
Florida's rural landscapes, wildlife
corridors and natural areas. 352-466-1178,
Conserveflorida.org
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. Office is
at 901 NW 8th Ave., 352-373-1730,
AlachuaCountyDemocraticParty.org

Edible Plant Project Local collective
to create a revolution through edible and
food-producing plants. 561-236-2262
www.EdiblePlantProject.org.

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, gnewburn@famm.
org. 352-682-2542

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.thefineprintuf.org.

Florida School of Traditional Midwifery
A clearinghouse for information, activities
and educational programs. 352-338-0766

Florida Defenders of the Environment
An organization dedicatedto restoring
the Ocklawaha and preserving Florida's
other natural resources. 352-378-8465
FlaDefendets.org

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.fadp.org.

Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for
Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) meets
bi-weekly to discuss relevant immigration
issues and ways to bring political education
to the community through workshops,
presentations, advocacy and action.
gainesvilleiaij@gmail.com or www.
gainesvilleiaij.blogspot.com


Iguana Directory

Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.


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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.
WomensLiberation.org

Graduate Assistants United Union
that represents all UF grad assistants by
fighting for improved working conditions,
community involvement and academic
freedom. 352-575-0366, officers@ufgau.
org, www.ufgau.org
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. www.GainesvilleGreens.
webs.com
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. growradio.org.

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@
cox.net.

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.
barupa@atlantic.net or 352-372-4825.

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. GainesvillelWW@
riseup.net.

Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Organizing faith communities to work
together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd
and 4th Sundays at 6 p.m. at Book Lover's
Cafe. GainesvillelAIJ@gmail.com; 352-
215-4255 or 352-562-1386


Don't see your organiza-
tion listed here, or is the
info out of date?

Contact us at 352-378-5655
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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. gainesvilleiso@gmail.com
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
An ombudsman is an advocate for people
who live in nursing homes, assisted living
facilities and adult family care homes. All
services are confidential and free of charge.
Toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or find us online
at ombudsman.myflorida.com.
MindFreedom North Florida Human
rights group for psychiatric survivors and
mental health consumers. 352-328-2511.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
(NAMI) Support, education and advocacy
for families and loved ones of persons with
mental illness/brain disorders. 374-5600.
ext. 8322; www.namigainesville.org.
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 School.
nlggainesville@gmail.com.
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
9-1 lam and 1-4pm. Located at 914 NW
13th Street.
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.
GainesvillePride.org.
Protect Gainesville Citizens Group
whose mission is to provide Gainesville
residents with accurate and comprehensible
information about the Cabot/Koppers
Superfund site. 352-354-2432, www.
protectgainesville.org.
Queer Activist Coalition Politically
motivated activist group at UF
fighting for full civil and social
equality for the LGBTQ community.
queeractivistcoalition@gmail.com.
Sierra Club Meets the first Thurs.of every
month at 7:30pm at the UF Entomology &
Nematology Building, Room 1035. 352-
528-3751, www.ssjsierra.org
Student/Farmworker Alliance A network
of youth organizing with farmworkers
to eliminate sweatshop conditions and
modem-day slavery in the fields. More info
on Facebook, search "Gainesville Student/
Farmworker Alliance."


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.
edu/~pride.
United Faculty of Florida Union that
represents faculty at University of Florida.
392-0274, president@uff-uf.org,
www.UFF-UF.org.
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.org/~vetpeace/.
WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-
power station operating as part of the Civic
Media Center. wgot947@gmail.com,
www.wgot.org


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.
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Downtown Plaza, 5-10 pm: pg 2.
Wayward Council volunteer
meeting 6 pm every Sunday,
807 W. University Ave.
, IWW meeting, CMC, 8 pm.
1 "The Mind's Eye, 50
A1 Years of Photography by
Jerry Uelsmann" last day of
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"A Gathering for Peace, Under-
i standing, and Hope", Trinity
United Methodist, 4000 NW 53rd
Ave, 5-8 pm; features food, art,
music from around world.
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5 ACLU meets 6 pm, 1st Mondays, 1 Pilgrimage to Publix
Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St. U Coalition of Immokalee
Made in Dagenham labor film at Workers statewide march &
CMC, 7 pm, presented by ISO. rally at Publix headquarters in
.Lakeland; carpool info:
fl gainesvilleiaigmail.com.
School Board meets, 6pm,
1st & 3rd Tuesdays.
SLABOR DAY -1860: Jane Addams bom.
n Radical Rush at Santa Fe Coll, 1 Alachua County
1211 am-3 pm; also at SFC 9/13, 1 Comm meets 9 am &
UF campus 9/14-16 see pg 7. 5 pm, County Admin Bldg;
Michael Gannon on "McCarthyism citizens' comment, 9:30 am &
in Florida" at Fla Free Speech Forum, 5:30 pm see pg 16.
Paramount Hotel, 11:30 am see pg 6. Hymn for Her (touring acous-
Sandra Day O'Connor on civics tic duo not to be missed) &
education, Graham Ctr, Pugh Hall, Lindsey Mills in concert at
UF, 6 pm, free. Civic Media Center, 9 pm, $5.
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8 pm, $5. 433 S. Main St, 7 pm. Knox at CMC, 8 pm, sponsored 3rd Wednesda
18 Coalition Against the 1909: Kwarrx
CoMeal Limitn Against the See www.gainesvillebands.com by Gvl Area NOW. 1934: Loona
4 pm, Civic Media Center. for nfo on live music in G'ville. 1938: The Ho
Thanks, Glyph! 1885: Jelly Roll Morton bom. 1963: 1st US
25 "Peacemaking in Gvl"- 6 Jeff Klinkenberg, "The Next 27 Alachua County Q Stone
2 Mennonite Meeting Hse, 2 Florida", 6 pm, Graham Ctr, Comm meets 9 am & 2O 901 N
1236 NW 18 Ave, w/ Randy Reid, Pugh Hall, UF, free. 5 pm, Co. Admin Bldg: pg 16. Sustainable S
Scott Camil, others: 2 pm. Open Dialog documentary on Fin- Alachua County Labor tary, CMC, 7
Fla Organic Growers Harvest nish alternative approach to healing Party meets: 6:30 pm, 618 civicmediacer
Hoe-Down, 5 pm, Prairie Creek persons diagnosed "schizophrenic" or NW 13th Ave; info, 375-2832. details.
Lodge, 7204 SE Cty Rd 234, $25, "psychotic"; CMC, 8 pm; presented Wild Words, Wild Iris Books, 551 BCE: Co
www.foginfo.org. by Mind Freedom Florida. last Tuesdays, open mic, 7 pm. 1938: Victor
2 Women's Movie Night, 5 pm, ACLU meets 6pm, 1st Mondays, 4 "Using Games to Change Veteran
1 st Sundays, Pride Commu- t Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St. 4i the World" Jane 5 7 pm: ca'
nity Center, 3131 NW 13th St. McGonigal, Graham Ctr, Pugh directions.
Coalition Against the Meal Limit Keep up with the CMC at Hall, UF, 6 pm, free.
meets, 4 pm, Civic Media Center. www.civicmediacenter.org for School Board meets 1 st & 3rd
Industrial Workers of the World events created after this Tuesdays, 6 pm.
meeting, 1st Sundays, CMC, 8 pm. calendar was printed, and into 1923: Ph
the future (also see pg 21). 1957: USSR l aunches Sputnik I. 1936: aPhil
1957: Leave It to Beaver airs. 1936: V*c=I%


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the FM dial. & 5 pm: citizens comment, County Health
Weekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane 9:30 am: County Admin Bldg, St, 9 am-3 pm
Rehm (interview & call-in); noon-1 pm: 12 SE 1st St. Ctr, 1107 NW
erry Gross, Fresh Air; 1-2 pm, BBC County Farmers' Mkt on Ist & 3rd Thui
l1-in World Have Your Say, Wednesdays; N 441 by Hwy Patrol Tues/ Downtown Fs
pm: Talk of the Nation. Evenings, 8-10: Thurs/Sat, 8 am-noon. every Wed, Dt>
Story & On Point, followed by BBC
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Thursday, 5:30 pm
Sierra Club general meeting,
UF Entomology Bldg rm 3118,
1st Thursdays, 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 & lis-
teners.
"Nerdy and Dirty" science,
performance & music at The Labo-
ratory, 818 W. University Ave.


8 CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.
Fla Financial Crisis Com-
mission panel at Graham Ctr with
Bob Graham, Phil Angelides, Jeff
Atwater, 6 pm, free: see
www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.
7th Annual Latino Film Fest,
Ham Museum, opening night re-
ception 6 pm, Nora's Will, 7 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
15 CMC Volunteers meet,
15 5:30 pm.
"Cry Out for Justice" Coalition
of Immokalee Workers outreach
program at Mennonite Meeting
House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 6 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
1963: 4 children killed in
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22 CMC Volunteers meet,
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232 SE 1st St, 9 pm.
FALL EQUINOX


29 Fla Organic Growers pro-
.7 duction workshop, Bell, FL,
8:30 am see www.foginfo.com
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.


1547: Miguel Cervantes born.


Friday
Viernes


' / Reduced Shakespeare
1 Company at Phillips Center -
see Scene magazine for details.
Quartermoon, Bo Diddley downtown
plaza, 8 pm, free.
Cracker the Box at Satchel's Pizza/
Lightnin' Salvage, 6-9 pm: live music
Wednesday through Saturdays:
lightninsalvage.com/livemusic.html
Whether here or anywhere:
please support live music!
23 An Triur, Downtown Plaza,
23 8-10 pm, free.
Circle K Dance Party with DJ Myron
at Civic Media Center, 9 pm: benefit for
SFC Circle K Club and CMC, $5.


30 gCritical Mass Bike Ride,
30 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
(this month featuring benefit interna-
tional political poster sale); 7-10 pm,
last Friday of each month.
Gram Parsons Tribute, Bo Diddley
Plaza. 8 pm. free.


Saturday
Sabado


'


2 Rally for Rick Scott resignation
in Tallahassee see Facebook.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties Fridays at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave, 7 pm.
"3 Cities-1 World" concert & art auc-
tion to benefit Gvl-Palestine-Israel sister
cities travel: Oak Hall School, 8009 SW
14th Ave, 7 pm; $50, $25/students at
threecities-oneworld.eventbrite.com.
"You Know I Can't Hear You When
the Water's Running" sex comedy at
Acrosstown Reperfory Theatre: 2nd &
3rd, 8 pm; 4th, 2 pm; tickets $10 at
door, $8 at Book Gallery West.
Tom Shed, Bo Diddley downtown
plaza, 8 pm, free.
Feminist Friday held by Gvl Area
NOW, 6:30 pm, Sabor's (Tioga),
Patchwork, Bo Diddley downtown
plaza, 8 pm, free. ___
Mikah Shalom & The Babylonians at
The Atlantic, 10 pm.


O ct 1 Feminist Brunch,
S1 Gvl Area NOW, 1 pm,
Civilization, 1511 NW 2nd St.
El Regalo, Latino Film Festival, Ham
Museum, 2 pm.
Stetson Kennedy Memorial Service
at Beluthahache, 2 pm: bring potluck,
instruments, & stories: see pg. 19.
Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
pm at UU Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th
St: 375-7207.


or Peace meet, "Fund Need, Not Greed" 7 Fall Full Moon Festival, High Q Environmental Youth Summit,
352-375-2563 for U rally begins in DC: see pg 17 I Springs, all weekend, $20: see 0 1 pm, Mt Carmel Baptist Church,
& October2011.org. farmtofamilymusic.com. 2505 NE 8th Ave more info on
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm. The Relics, Bo Diddley Downtown Facebook.com.
Sierra Club meets see 9/1. Plaza, 8 pm, free. Pueblos HermanoslBrother Towns,
Randall Bramblett in concert at CMC, Latino Film Festival, Ham Museum.
rrligan born. 1917: Word "Jazz" first printed. 8 pm; opener tba; $8 adv, $10 door. 2 pm: see latinawomensleague.org.
favel born. 1981: Anwar Sadat assassinated.


3 Central Labor Council Labor
Day breakfast, Carpenters Hall,
1910 NW 53rd Ave, 8:30 am bring 2
or more cans of food for needy.
Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
pm at UU Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th
St: 375-7207.
UF Football vs. Fla Atlantic, 7 pom.
Doug Clifford Saturdays, 11 pm-
midnight; WSKY-97.3's one hour of
lefty talk per week.
1838: Frederick Douglass escapes.


10 Interfaith Relations discus-
sion at Mennonite Meeting
House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 10 am on
2nd & 4th Saturdays through summer.
"Fellow Worker!" labor social -
Labor Party & IWW-sponsored meet-
up at Brophy's Irish Pub, 60 SW 2nd
St, 7 pm, 2nd Saturdays.
UF Football vs. UAB, 7 pm.
Crawfishes & Adam Balbo perform
at CMC, 9 pm, $3-5 slide.
Boswellians, others at Double Down.
Hands of God, Latino Film
Festival, Ham Museum, 2 pm.
UF Football vs Tennessee, 3:30 pm.
1787: US Constitution adopted.
24A Downtown Latino Festival
24' 24th & 25th, Diddley Plaza,
noon-5 pm.
From Prada to Nada, Latino Film
Festival, Ham Museum, 2 pm.
"Do Human Rights Have a Future?"
- Ericksen Lecture by William Schulz
at UUFG, 2 pm: seepg6.
Gvl Roller Rebels vs Gold Coast
Derby Grrls, 8:15 pm, Skate Stn; $8
adv, $12: gainesvillerollerrebels.com.







Finally, Donald Rumsfeld might get his


This interview was originally run
on Democracy Now! on Aug.
11. For more information on
Democracy Now! and to read the full
transcript, check out their website at
democracynow.org.
AMY GOODMAN: For years,
human rights groups have attempted
to file a lawsuit against former Bush
administration officials for their role
in crafting policies that led to torture
in Iraq. Well, on Monday, in a move
that has shocked some in the legal
community, a federal appeals court
refused to dismiss a lawsuit against
former Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld and unnamed others for
developing, authorizing and using
harsh interrogation techniques
against prisoners in Iraq.
The details of the case may surprise
you. The lawsuit was filed not by
a former prisoner at Abu Ghraib or
Guantinamo, but by two American
citizens who were employed in Iraq
by the private U.S. government
contractor Shield Group Security in
2006.
Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel
say their lives took a shocking
turn after they witnessed the sale
of U.S government weapons to
Iraqi rebel groups for money and
alcohol. First they became FBI
informants and collaborated with an


investigation into their employer.
But then the company revoked the
men's credentials for entering Iraq's
so-called Green Zone, effectively
barring them from the safest part of
the country. Shortly thereafter, they
were arrested and detained by U.S.
troops.
The men were moved to Camp
Cropper, subjected to physical and
psychological torture, they say, at
the hands of U.S. forces. Vance was
held for three months, Ertel for six
weeks. The two men were subjected
to extreme sleep deprivation,
interrogated for hours at a time, kept
in a very cold cell, denied food and
water for long periods. They were
eventually released, never charged
with a crime.
[middle of interview]
AMY GOODMAN: Donald Vance,
you've just described an incredible
story of what took place in 2006. And
now you filed suit against Donald
Rumsfeld, the former secretary of
defense. Why Donald Rumsfeld?
DONALD VANCE: Well, at this
time, we're only able to identify
Donald Rumsfeld,, because of, you
know, of course, his position at the
time. We were not able to identify
the actual interrogators, because, as
I said, we were being interrogated
in what they call a "sterilized


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environment." There's no names,
ranks or insignias of the people that
are interrogating you. So, until a
court is able to give us discovery
to find out who these people are,
currently Donald Rumsfeld is our
only named defendant.
[break]
AG: We continue on this
conversation with an American
.contractor, a Navy veteran, who
was held by U.S. military under-at
Camp Cropper in Iraq for more
than three months. There, he was
subjected to extreme cold, to
interrogation, to what the U.S.
military has called "enhanced
interrogation techniques." Donald
Vance, our guest. Also, Andrea
Prasow, senior counsel in the
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Program at Human Rights Watch.
Talk about the significance, Andrea
Prasow, of this case and the fact that
a federal court on Monday allowed
this case to move forward, suing
Donald Rumsfeld.
ANDREA PRASOW: I do think
this case is incredibly significant,
because the allegations that have
been set forward in this complaint
by Mr. Vance and his co-plaintiff
really demonstrate the significant
role that former Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld played in
personally authorizing
the torture not only of
the plaintiffs, as they
allege, but of hundreds,
if not thousands, of
other detainees in
Iraq, Afghanistan and
Guantdinamo.


AG: The Obama
administration has
declared waterboarding
a form of torture and
banned its use since
taking office, but has
not prosecuted any


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Bush administration officials to
date. Shortly after he took office,
Obama was asked if he supported
prosecutions for Bush-era torture.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
Nobody is above the law. And
if there are clear instances of
wrongdoing, that people should be
prosecuted, just like any ordinary
citizen. But that generally speaking,
I am more interested in looking
forward than I am in looking
backwards.
AG: That was President Obama
in 2009. Andrea Prasow, your
comments on looking forward, not
backwards? Also, I want to ask
Donald Vance that same question.


AP: You know, I think it's impossible
look forward without first looking
backwards and trying to understand
the full scope of what did happen
and why it happened. And until that
happens, there's no guarantee that it
won't happen again.
AG: Attorneys for Donald Rumsfeld
have harshly criticized the court
ruling. This is the statement from
attorney David Rivkin, quote:
"Having judges second-guess
the decisions made by the armed
forces halfway around the world
is no way to wage a war. It saps
the effectiveness of the military,
puts American soldiers at risk, and
shackles federal officials who have


a constitutional duty to protect
America." Andrea Prasow?
AP: Torturing detainees is no way
to wage a war, either. And the idea
that the fact that the U.S. feels it's
.engaged in a war should insulate it
from liability for torturing people,
I think, is really outrageous. That's
not the way the constitutional
structure suggests that people should
be held accountable. It's not what
international law says. The law is
very clear. The U.S. is a signatory
to the Convention Against Torture,
and that means it has an obligation
to investigate claims of torture and
to prosecute people who it believes
have committed torture. cf


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Labor Party celebrates Medicare's 46th birthday

as part of nationwide celebration
Gloria Ross, right, says she would be dead
if it wasn'tfor Medicare. The 81-year-old
has had lung cancer, melanoma, a cornea
transplant and other medical procedures
which Medicare has helped her pay for.
Ross, Carol Thomas (middle) and Jack
Price (left) spoke at the Alachua Count 1y 0
Labor Party's celebration of Medicare's
46th Birthday on Saturday, August 30 at
the Library Partnership. The birthday
was one of several dozen held across the
country. This year's slogan, "Medicare:
The solution, not the problem," pointed to
the threats this most-beloved government
program faces as Congress works to
balance the federal budget on the backs of WWW EA
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Building the County's budget:

It ain't easy, but somebody's gotta do it


By Joe Courter
The job of County Commissioners
(or for that matter, City
Commissioners) is no simple
task. They deal with conflicting
single-interest groups while trying
to keep the big picture in mind,
balancing long-range goals with
short-term needs, and within that,
working toward enhancements-
things that will make life in your
community better-while dealing
with necessities, the here-and-now
needs. Beyond that, sometimes an
individual Commissioner will have
personal interests: a philosophical
commitment to environmentalism
or, on the flipside, to unfettered
economic development.
At no time does this come into
play more than setting an annual
budget. In late July and early August,
Alachua County's manager, Randy
Reid, and his office conducted a
series of workshops that shine light


on what kind of decision-making
goes into that process.
This is the third year the County
has organized the public meetings,
called "Community Conversations."
According to Donna Bradwell,
a manager in the Office of
Management and Budget, this
year had the highest turnout by
far, enough that they added two
additional sessions, for a total of five,
and held them in different locations
around the county. For the past two
years, the "conversations" have been
partially funded with grant money
from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
In groups of 30 to 50 participants,
attendees were given individual
clickers that allowed instant
tabulation, and then were asked
a series of questions. This was
followed by a breakout session with
small groups addressing budget
cutting in a scaled-down General
Operating Fund for the County.


The exercise brought some of the
dilemmas facing Commissioners
into clearer focus by putting
participants in the position of the
Commissioners. You have to cut the
budget (municipalities can't run on
a deficit), but from where? There are
categories like Public Safety (police,
fire and ambulance services), which
eat up a big part of the pie, Health
and Human Services for people
in need, Economic Development,
Environmental Stewardship and
more. All the while, interest groups
lobby for their particular concerns,
and some cuts would result in the
loss of matching funds.
It is a complex process of intersecting
needs that Commissioners deal with
every budget cycle.
By the time you read this, the
compiled results will be up on
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Bradwell reported that, despite the
varied locations around the county,
results were quite similar. And while
the public input probably has a
limited effect on the actual decisions
of the County government, it's
important to understand just how a
budget works and where it comes
from.

It was Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Jr., who said, "I
like to pay taxes. With
them I buy civilization." To
have this attitude means
you value the greater good
and are willing to share in a
cooperative effort to make
society better, not just for
your own self-interest.

These workshops were particularly
timely as we are in a period when
an anti-tax, anti-government
activism has become quite vocal,
characterized by the so-called
Tea Party. This small group of
reactionary citizens, empowered
by talk radio and Fox News style
"analysis," have been raising their
voices at Commission meetings,
getting their sound bites on the news
and in print, and organizing political
campaigns. As a result, Susan Baird,
one of their own, won election to the
County Commission last year. They
are doing exactly what the system
expects citizens to do-participate-
while the left and progressive groups
have been sitting on their hands,
feeling bummed because the magical
expectation of change via Obama
doesn't seem as effective as hoped.
It was Oliver Wendell Holmes,
Jr., who said, "I like to pay taxes.
With them I buy civilization." To
have this attitude means you value
the greater good and are willing
to share in a cooperative effort to
make society better, not just for
your own self-interest. I have lived
in Gainesville for more than 30
years, and, especially in the past 5
to 10 years, have seen great projects


that will benefit future Gainesville
generations: ecological preservation,
roads and parks, and revitalization of
run-down core areas. But there has
been a lot of development during this
period, too; it's been anything but
"no growth."
Citizen participation is needed
to keep the balance that has been
established. When the red pen of
budget cutting is needed, as in the
period we are in with State and
Federal cutbacks, seeing the choices
as these workshops demonstrated,
shows the process is not easy.
Any of the "Cut Taxes" Tea Party
crowd who attended these workshops
should have had their eyes opened.
One can only hope they went and
they were enlightened. And for
those of us who enjoy advancing
civilization, we need to get into the
participatory process, too.
If you'd like to get involved, there
are two particularly important
meetings coming up, one on Sept.
13 and the another on Sept. 27, both
at 5:30, at the county administration
building, according to County
Commissioner Mike Byerly. These
are the two formal "public hearings"
on the adoption of the County's
budget for the coming year, the
culmination of the four months
of commission workshops and
negotiations leading up to that point.
The County adopts the final budget
on September 27. c*


October 2011
Stop the Machine! Create
a New World! What is the
machine? Corporatism and
militarism. What new world is
possible? One in which people's
needs are more important than
corporate profits, in which we
unite our struggles for jobs,
education, housing, healthcare
and human rights, in which
we are freed to implement
solutions for a peaceful, just and
sustainable world.
October 2011 marks the 10th
anniversary of the US's invasion
of Afghanistan. On Oct. 6,
individuals and organizations
that promote peace and justice
will join together in the October
2011 Movement in Freedom
Plaza in Washington, DC.
Hundreds of organizations
around the country are involved
in the planning of this peaceful
and sustained occupation, which
they hope will turn into our
Tahrir Square, Cairo or the next
Madison, WI.
Gainesville is organizing a
group; for more info on travel
information and the local plan,
contact John Fullerton with
Gainesville Veterans for Peace
at jfullerton3 @cox.net.
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Victory (Finally!) for the San Francisco 8
"It took over 4 1/2 years to win this case!" said Cisco Torres.
Judge Philip Moscone signed and filed an order dismissing charges
against Francisco Torres late Thursday, August 18th. Cisco was the last
former Black Panther member facing charges in this 1971 case about the
killing of a SF Police Sergeant. In 1973 several of the men were brutally
tortured by police in Louisiana to elicit false confessions. The case
was dismissed in the 1970s, but charges were filed again in January of
2007 against eight former Black Panthers. They all resisted this renewed
repression: Charges against Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank
Jones, Richard O'Neal and Harold Taylor were previously dismissed for
insufficient evidence. Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim plead to greatly
reduced charges, receiving time served and probation.


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History and the people who

make it: Daniel E. Harmeling


transcript edited by Pierce Butler
This is the fourth in a continuing
series of excerpts from transcripts
in the collection of the Samuel
Proctor Oral History Program at
the University of Florida. A lifelong
civil rights activist, Dan Harmeling
still lives in Gainesville. He was
interviewed by Marna Weston on
February 13, 2009.
Activism on campus began early in
the summer of 1963. It was inspired
by the local civil rights movement
within the black community and
through the organization of the
NAACP. The NAACP Youth Council
was picketing segregated restaurants
and the Florida Theatre in downtown
Gainesville because of their
segregation and their not serving of
black people and no admission to the
movie theatre.
The particular one we were interested
in on campus was the College Inn,
which is now right across the street,
on University Ave. from what I think
is Buckman Hall, and maybe now
it's called the Purple Porpoise. It
was a big cafeteria style restaurant
at the time and beginning in the fall
of 1962 when the first undergraduate
black students were admitted to the
university at the freshman level...
these students of course were refused
admission to the restaurant.
As the picketing began with the
NAACP, a group was formed on


campus called the Student Group for
Equal Rights. One of the first things,
it was one of our black students,
Jesse Dean, who was a part of the
Student Group for Equal Rights,
and of course he could not eat at the
College Inn and it was determined
that a course of action would be to
set up a picket, a very regular picket
of maybe five to ten people, very
orderly, in front of the College Inn
restaurant. That began during the
summer. We did public relations to
help the student body understand
what we were doing. We put out a
newsletter called Common Sense.
We built up some momentum; the
organization may have represented
fifteen or twenty students, maybe
a total of forty or more picketed...
From the very beginning we had a
faculty advisor, Marshall Jones, a
professor with a dual appointment
at the medical school through
the department of psychiatry as
well as through the department of
psychology at the university. There
were maybe half a dozen of us who
became very active in the local
NAACP and we joined with the
organization. Some of the names that
come to mind are Charles Chestnut,
who has been politically involved
in the community. He was president
of the NAACP Youth Council, and
Rev. T.A. Wright was president of the
Adult Branch.
One thing that happened was, we
started negotiating for desegregation


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of the Florida Theatre. There was an
attempt always at negotiating rather
than an in-your-face kind of thing.
There was a biracial committee
that had been set up in Gainesville
but that didn't seem to be getting
anywhere. The only thing that
seemed to work was when there was
activism, a picket line that seemed
to spur negotiations. In that case,
at the Florida Theatre, there was
sort of a settlement that they would
do, this one person or two black
people would be allowed in on a
Saturday afternoon and if there was
no problem maybe they'd try three
'people next time but it would be in
the afternoon. And if there was no
problem, then maybe they'd try 1 or
2 black people at night and then see.
As it turned out, it seemed to be a
bunch of nonsense, so negotiations
were broken. That desegregation
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the summer of 1964. Which brings
to mind that there were people from
our university, students and faculty
also joined the 1964 protests in St.
Augustine joining Dr. King and
the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference. Marshall Jones was a
part of that, my brother Jim and I
were also part of that, but there were
other names: Judith Brown, Dana
Swan, these were all students at the
university. A professor who's still
around, David Chalmers also was
jailed for a while in St. Augustine as
part of these protest....
In 1965 when we formed our
political organization called the
Freedom Party, we also had a place
just across University Ave. and we
named that place Freedom Forum.
The police broke into Freedom
Forum one night at three in the
morning and took out boxes of
literature as we found out later on.
The only mistake they made was,
someone observed at the all-night
laundry across the street, came over
the next morning and let us know
the police were there. So a couple
of representatives went down to the
police station and said they certainly
wanted to find out what it was that
the police had reason to break into
Freedom Forum. Who authorized
this? The police chief apologized
and said that was a mistake and they
brought everything back.
A student was assigned a science
project from the black high school,
Jesse Dean, one of the first five
black undergraduates. It was through.
Jesse that Marshall learned about
the NAACP, started getting active in
doing some of the things with them,
together with his wife Beverly. Then
when Marshall had an opportunity
to come here, Jesse transferred as a
junior to the University of Florida.
Jesse also went on to get a master's
degree through the Department of
Anthropology. Jesse Dean, when
the draft came and he got his draft
notice, here one of first black
students getting his master's degree,
got his draft notice and went to
Canada. Jesse Dean to this day still


lives in Canada. For many, many
years couldn't even come back until
I think they passed amnesty when
Jimmy Carter was president.
The university, by the way, has
always been thought of as a leader
in the South in activism in the Civil
Rights Movement. That's why this
manuscript of Dr. Jones is called
Berkeley of the South, because it was
regarded that way.
We formed a group called Committee
for Student Recruitment and we
traveled the state to black high
schools to seek out students. How
were they even going to know
that the University of Florida was
desegregated?
We felt compelled to be a part of the
Civil Rights Movement, because not
only was it freedom for black people,
but it was a freedom for us. We
realized that as they were segregated
from white, black people, white
people were segregated as well. We
could be thought of as breaking the
law if we did not adhere to the Jim
Crow or the legal segregation.
Marshall [Jones] ran into
problems with the university as
his appointment was to be made
permanent. He did not have
tenure, but he had all the academic
credentials, he was publishing
constantly, he was endorsed for
tenure by his department, by the
medical school, by every academic
level -- until you got to Dean Grinter
and J. Wayne Reitz. Dean Grinter,
the dean of the graduate school,
[namesake] of Grinter Hall, yes and
J. Wayne Reitz was president of the
university and dean of the graduate
school. They turned it down. They
sent it back and they repeated it and
again, unanimous endorsements.
They sought some people out to see
if they could somehow discredit
Marshall Jones and they couldn't
find it. But they refused to do it.
Then they took another factor, they
couldn't keep him from tenure with
his academic credentials.
They said that Marshall Jones


Stetson Kennedy

10/5/16 8/27/11
Just as The Iguana was going
to press, we received word of
the passing of beloved Florida
folklorist and human rights hero
Stetson Kennedy. There will be
a memorial for Stetson at his
Beluthahatchee home starting at
2pm, October 1; potluck, bring
instruments and stories. Now
"Florida's Living Legend" must
live on in all of us. Whether
you met the man or not, one
way to mark his passing is to
read the excellent interview
Gainesville's Bill Bryson did for
Vice Magazine last year, which
you can find at www.tinyurl.
com/stetsonkennedy

had undue influence on students,
including a particular family from
Orlando. That Marshall had caused
one student to marry a black woman.
He influenced, unduly influenced,
that was me, to marry a black
woman. So, in 1968, he was denied
tenure and he appealed it. As far as
I know, the university association,
or there is some academic national
group that actually censured the
University of Florida for that,
encouraging faculty to avoid
positions at the University of Florida
because of the circumstances in the
firing of Marshall Jones. So Marshall
Jones went on to take an appointment
at the University of Pennsylvania
Medical School in Hershey,
Pennsylvania.
UF President J. Wayne Reitz
kicked me out of school, he kicked
Judy Brown out of school. They
dropped my brother Jim, as soon
as he finished running for student
body president, said he didn't show
enough interest. He had to fight his
way back in." c
An audio podcast of this interview
will be made available, along with
many others, at www.history.ufl.edu/
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How Players Won the NFL Lockout


By David Meggyesy and Dave Zirin
This story was originally published
in August 15/22, 2011 issue of The
Nation. For more Nation articles,
check out www.thenation.com.
In 1987 Tex Schramm, then general
manager of the Dallas Cowboys, told
Gene Upshaw, executive director
of the NFL Players Association
(NFLPA), "Gene, here's what
you have to understand: we're the
ranchers and you're the cattle, and
we can always get more cattle."
Schramm's statement perfectly
reflects the arrogance of NFL owners
and how they view player-employees
and the collective bargaining game.
It has been pointed out many times
that the major sports leagues reflect
the structure and operations of
major corporations. In corporations,
employees are essentially viewed


as exploitable commodities and
replaceable parts. It's the same for
professional athletes.
The difference is that while players
may be seen as the cattle, they are
also the workers who raise the cattle.
They are the labor and the product,
and therefore more difficult to
replace. As former NFL great Brian
Mitchell said, "The NFL is like going
to a great steakhouse. The players are
the chef. But they're also the steak!"
During the most recent lockout-the
longest work stoppage in NFL
history-the owners neglected this
fact, so they paid a terrific price. The
owners, led by commissioner Roger
Goodell, believed they could shut
down the entire 2011 season. They
believed they would be paid by the
networks even if they didn't deliver
a product. They believed they could


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take the most
successful product
in the American
entertainment
landscape and
get more. They
wanted to expand
the season from
sixteen games
to eighteen.
They wanted
dramatically
reworked revenue
distribution. They
wanted more
control over the
lives of players.
Make no mistake
about it: they lost.
There are
several reasons
for this. First
and foremost,
the players,
led by NFLPA
executive director
DeMaurice Smith,
stood together.
The hundreds of
athletes showed


extraordinary solidarity, considering
that a typical pro career lasts only
3.5 years; the pressure to get back
to work must have been intense.
Divisions were more apparent on the
ownership side, where many chief
executives started to grumble that
they were killing the golden goose,
especially after a court ruled that they
couldn't receive network money for
games that weren't broadcast.
Second, the owners were wildly off
in their prediction that fans would
turn on the players. That's the way
it has always been in sports labor
conflicts. At best, fans have seen it
as "millionaires versus billionaires";
at worst, fans have jeered at anyone
who would complain about "getting
paid to play a game."
But not this time. The most obvious
reason for the profound shift in fan
sentiment is that it was a lockout, not
a strike. The players' slogan, "Let us
play," reflected the fact that they-just
like the fans-were happy with
business as usual.
Also, there is far more consciousness
now among fans about the physical
toll-including concussions as well as
the deadly disease ALS-that football
takes on the human body. This is
.a sport with a 100 percent injury
rate. The fact that commissioner
Goodell would express sympathy for
the physical plight of players even
as he demanded two extra games
in the season (which, according to
polls, fans didn't even want) seemed
immoral and greedy.
And finally, workers across the nation
have taken it on the chin at the hands
of big business. This lockout would
have sent to the unemployment
lines stadium workers, parking lot
attendants and everyone else who
scrapes by thanks to NFL Inc. Steeler
All-Pro Troy Polamalu seemed
to capture the moment when he
said, "It's unfortunate right now. I
think what the players are fighting
for is something bigger. A lot of


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people think it's millionaires versus
billionaires, and that's the huge
argument. The fact is, it's people
fighting against big business. The
big-business argument is, 'I got the
money, and I got the power, therefore
I can tell you what to do.' That's
life everywhere. I think this is a
time when the football players are
standing up and saying, 'No, no, no,
the people have the power.'"
Standing strong together and going
for the win is an attitude NFL players
have been taught from day one. It
served them well in a lockout that
no one predicted they would win.
In fact, one anonymous source in
the union said, "These guys are so
competitive, some of them don't
want to settle for a bigger piece
of the pie. They want the whole
bakery!"
Winning this battle didn't only
secure for the players a fair collective
bargaining agreement. It didn't only
increase the earnings of veteran
athletes, strengthen benefits and
mercifully keep the season at
sixteen games. It also raised even
more important questions, which
NBA players should be asking as
well: What do we need owners for?
Players are the game-no one shows
up at Cowboys Stadium to watch
Jerry Jones pace imperially up and
down the sideline. We should be
asking why we can't have more
fan-owned teams, similar to the
Super Bowl Champion Green Bay
Packers-that's a team with 112,000
owners. Why can't players get equity
and even ownership of the franchises
themselves? And why can't a big
chunk of the revenues that players
produce go back to the communities
where they play? A thick percentage
of all proceeds at Green Bay's
Lambeau Field goes to local
charities. Given the current state
of our cities, this would be a huge
benefit to urban America. Also, think
about how this argument combines
the logical and the radical. It opens
up discussions about economic
democracy that the people who run
the NFL-and the people who run our


country-would prefer we not have.
Pro football is a players' and fans'
game. The fans come to see the


players, and taxpayers build the
stadiums. The one irrelevant
element is the owners. It's time for
a change. ct


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September 2011 Events


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-y Thursday: Poetry Jam, 9pm
aturday 9/3: Statewide meeting to plan protests against the 2012 Republican
National Convention, 3-6pm
Sunday 9/4: Join us at "Labor Daze" celebration from 5-10pm at Bo
Diddley Plaza in Downtown Gainesville (see p.2)
Monday 9/5: ISO presents "Made in Dagenham" documentary on women
workers' organizing at British Ford plant, 7pm
Inesday, 9/7: Film Blue Gold: World Water Wars, 7pm
turday 9/10: Acoustic music with Adam Balbo and Crawfishes
Sunday 9/11: Music w/ To All My Dear Friends (just back from summer
tour!), Lobo Marino (Richmond, VA), and Bluejay, 8pm
monday 9/12: RADICAL RUSH 2011 @ Santa Fe College Oak Grove,
10am-2pm; Continues through the week (see p.7); IWW
presents: "There But for Fortune," new documentary on radical
folksinger Phil Ochs, 7pm
'esday 9/13: After School Art Club meeting, 6-8pm; Music w/ Hymn for
Her and Lindsey Mills, 9pm
nesday 9/14: Essential Afrikan History by Kali Blount, 7pm
Friday 9/16: Radical Rush Social, time TBA, check civicmediacenter.org for
details
turday 9/17: "One City, One Prompt" community writing workshop, 6pm
Music w/ Buttonhoof, others TBA, 9:30pm
monday 9/19: "The Garden," 2008 doc on the struggle to save the nation's
largest urban community garden, in South Central Los Angeles,
7pm
besday 9/20: Gainesville Area NOW presents: "The Ms. Education of Shelby
Knox," doc on young woman's struggle for comprehensive sex
ed and gay rights at her high school, 7pm
nesday 9/21: Anarchademics, radical history and theory reading and
discussion group, 7pm
ursday 9/22: Texas Songwriter Night at Boca Fiesta--local musicians
covering TX tunes by writers such as Townes Van Zandt, Guy
Clark, and many others, 9pm
Friday 9/23: Santa Fe College Circle K Club "Eliminate Dance" benefit w/
DJ Myron, 9pm
monday 9/26: MindFreedom Florida presents: "Open'Dialogue," documentary
on Finnish alternative approach to healing for people
traditionally diagnosed as "schizophrenic" or "psychotic," 7pm
tuesday 9/27: After School Art Club meeting, 6-8pm
Friday 9/30: September Artwalk, Progressive & Radical Poster Sale, 7-10pm


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Parking just to the south at SE 5th Ave., (see sign) or after 7pm at the court-
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Corp. universities... from p. 24
But the Neoliberal and
Neoconservative philosophies that
have dominated both parties in the
US in recent decades view such a
commitment as undesirable. The
United States is being refashioned
as a plutocracy in which the
wealthiest 1 million persons are a
new aristocracy and governmental
programs that inconvenience them
by making them pay their taxes are
dismantled.
Positions at state universities ought
to be decided upon by the students,
faculty, and deans in consultation. '
They shouldn't be decided just
because a wealthy crank wants us to
study X. Along with Koch-funded
positions in "unregulated capitalism"
of the sort that brought us the 2008
meltdown, we no doubt could have
a raft of positions in Atlantis Studies
and Post-War Ufology. Rich people
are good at making money. They
aren't necessarily good at academic
skills. In fact, many are downright
hostile to academic knowledge that
brings into question their shibboleths.
The tenure system was created
for academics precisely because
one got fired, at the University of
Pennsylvania, in the early 20th
century, for objecting to child labor.
Some of the regents made their
money that way and took offense.
We don't need more positions in
economics departments in state
universities for "free market
economics" of the sort the Koch
brothers funded at FSU. Is that what
the students there want and need? Is


that what the faculty senate would
have voted for? Maybe we need,
some positions in how bad it is for a
society to have all its unions gutted
or to have its gini coefficient (which
measures economic inequality)
skyrocket.
The president of FSU, who defended
the Koch deal, did not mention
that such outside endowments are
skewing the curriculum at state
universities in unfortunate ways. But
here is the objectionable thing, which
he admits, about the way the search
for the positions was conducted:
"These 50 applications were sent
for input to an advisory board
approved by the Koch Foundation.
The advisory board, formed in
2008, consisted of two FSU faculty
members, both Eminent Scholars in
Economics, and a Ph.D. economist
appointed by the Koch Foundation.
(It is not unusual for a donor to
have representation in an advisory
capacity.)"
This allegation is simply untrue.
It is not the case that academic
institutions routinely insert an outside
advisory board into the middle of the
search process. In fact, this way of
proceeding is absolutely outrageous,
more particularly because one of the
members of the advisory board was
not even on the faculty! Moreover,
it is invidious for the Kochs to give
some FSU faculty more of a voice in
hiring than others.


The only legitimate academic
endowment is one
with no strings
attached. The


money should go into the endowment
up front. And then the university
procedures should be followed in
making hires. The endower is owed
profuse and frequent thanks and can
come hear the public lectures given
by those hired with their money, but
they absolutely should not have their
thumbs on the till in the hiring.
But ideally state universities should
be funded by state legislatures, and
should have charters of academic and
curricular independence from those
legislatures. State universities should
be for the people. We already have
elite universities for the elite.
Our Congress has already largely
been bought by the corporations it
is supposed to be regulating, and
by a raft of special interests, from
the National Rifle Association to
the Israel lobbies. Now if our state
universities are to be bought, even
our academic knowledge will be
corrupt.
And, it won't be long before the BP
Chair in How there is No Climate
Change, and the Saudi Arabian
Chair in the Necessity of Beheading
Adulterers, and the Avigdor
Lieberman Chair in Ethnic Cleansing
Solutions, and the Communist Party
of China Chair in Google Censorship
crowd onto our campuses along with
a host of other junky positions.Are
Americans doomed to have both their
minds and their bodies enslaved by
cranky rich people, and how can we
hope to remain globally competitive
if so? cr


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"Secure Communities": Immigration reform gone amiss


by the Rural Women's Health Project
In Florida, every county has the
"Secure Communities" program.
"Secure Communities," or S-Comm,
is a euphemism for law enforcement
taking on the role of immigration
officers, verifying the legal status of
everyone brought in for questioning
or charges, even women who are the
victims of domestic violence or those
who are victims of other crimes.
What follows is the introduction
and recommendations from the
newly released report, "Restoring
Community," which uncovers out-
of-the-shadows perspectives and
testimonies on the havoc being
caused by the S-Comm program
throughout the country.
The full report is available at:
http://altopolimigra.com/s-comm-
shadow-report/.
Immigration and Custom
Enforcement (ICE) leadership
developed and rolled out the
S-Comm program in secret and at
breakneck speed with little or no
input from law enforcement agents,
local officials, scholars, immigrant
communities, faith groups,
immigrant rights advocates or other
affected communities.
The result as described in this report
is a fundamentally flawed program
that is beyond repair. Indeed, in the
past two years, U.S. immigration
policy has been revolutionized by
devolution of authority to local
police that constitutes a civil and
human rights crisis. ...
S-Comm multiplies the force
of unjust immigration laws and
enforcement policies that tear
families apart, that penalize parents
for working to make a better life
for their children, and that further
entrench inequality. It multiplies
laws and enforcement policies
that, in effect, make the pursuit of
the American Dream a criminal
proposition for current generations
of immigrants. That such a program


should be the showcase policy of an
Administration that presents itself as
a champion of immigration reform is
a betrayal. Multiplying the force of
misguided policy and unjust laws is
not reform, it is a step backwards.
By now, it is clear to anyone who
has observed the firestorm in
Arizona in the wake of SB 1070
that the conflation of local police
work and immigration enforcement
is bad policy. This is true whether
the policy comes from misguided
and unconstitutional state laws
or misguided and unjust federal
programs.
By entangling local police in the
business of civil immigration law
enforcement, S-Comm is leading
to the Arizonification of the
country. S-Comm, like SB 1070
and its copycats, encourages a
criminalization of immigrants that is
inherently incompatible with the goal
of integration and reform.
But it is not too late. In the midst
of the controversy, fear, and pain
engendered by S-Comm, there is
hope. Those who S-Comm seeks to
silence, criminalize and exile are
standing up to tell their stories and
to be recognized as parents, children,
students, workers and valuable,
contributing members of our
community.


These same brave
individuals are
now fighting not
just for their own
rights, but for the
rights of us all,
by joining the
struggle to defend
cherished civil
liberties, bedrock
principles of
equality and basic
fairness. They
are also fighting
to defend the
safety of all oug
communities.


Advocates, law enforcement
officers and government officials
are pushing back against S-Comm
and other misguided programs that
force police-ICE collaboration.
Clergy and other people of faith
around the country have attended
and testified at ICE hearings, spoken
out at immigrant rights rallies,
accompanied immigrant families
to court, visited people being held
in detention, provided sanctuary,
advocated with public officials and
witnessed for an end to this program.
After persevering through the
failed experiments of S-Comm and
its predecessors, 287(g) and the
Criminal Alien program, there is now
a resounding consensus that in order
to keep our families together, we
must keep police and ICE separate.
Progress is indeed possible. This
report provides us the way forward.
To get involved in pushing for
comprehensive immigration reform,
please contact Gainesville's Interfaith
Alliance for Immigrant Justice
(IAIJ). The IAIJ is organizing and
educating faith communities to
work together towards the singular
goal of immigrant justice. Please
contact them at: GainesvillelAIJ@
gmail.com, 352-215-4255 or 352-
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The Koch brothers and the end

of state universities


By Juan Cole
This story was originally published
by Juan Cole on May 13 on his blog,
Informed Comment, which can be
found at www.juancole.com.
The real scandal around the
endowment by the'Koch brothers of
two chairs ,at Florida State University
is that state universities now have to
seek such outside money and accept
strings. The reason they have to do
so is that many state legislatures
have chosen not to have state
universities any more. At many "state
universities" the state contribution
to the general operating fund is less
than 20 percent, falling toward 10
percent.
This abandonment of their
responsibilities to higher education
on the part of the states hurts students
in the first instance. Institutions
that used to be affordable to
students from working and lower
middle class backgrounds are now
increasingly out of reach for them.
State universities are becoming the
new Ivies, a good bargain still for the
upper middle class and the wealthy,
but a distant dream for the daughter.
or son of a worker in a fast food
restaurant.
This development is also scary
because it promotes the corruption
of academia. In fact, as Charles
Ferguson showed in his film, "Inside
Job," sotie academic economists
are already hopelessly corrupt.
The barracuda capitalist system in
contemporary America provides
many incentives for economists to
promote laissez-faire, anti-regulatory
ideas of the sort that led to the
2008 collapse of our economy.
Endowments with strings attached
are just one more.
Starting in the 1980s, state
legislatures began putting their
money into other things. Some cut


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taxes for the rich. Some engaged
in a vast expansion of the prison
system impelled by the phony "war
on drugs" that led to a vast increase
of inmates guilty of nothing more
than toking a little weed. (Getting
high off alcohol or prescription
drugs is not punished by American
society, or we'd have tens of millions
incarcerated instead of only 2.3
million-though even the two million
make the US very peculiar in world
terms. Some forty percent of these
inmates are incarcerated on non-
violent, drug-related offenses. Few
other countries are so fixated on
maintaining such an archipelago of
Gulags. Portugal has decriminalized
most drugs, and nothing bad
happened as a result).
State universities were designed by
far-sighted legislators who believed
that it is the duty of a state to provide
high-quality, low-cost education to
children of working and middle class
families.
Thomas Jefferson thought that you
cannot have a democracy if the
"common man" is not educated, and
though he is associated with "small
government" ideas in some spheres,
he thought states should be funding
universities.
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