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Unions say postal default is a big lie
by Jenny Brown, Labor Notes
The story line from Postal Service
management is simple and
apocalyptic: The public is mailing
and paying bills online, and the loss
of revenue is bankrupting the post
office. It will default on payments in
November. Next year it won't be able
to gas up vehicles or pay workers.
The solution, management says, is
for Congress to let it break union
contracts, lay off 120,000 workers,
eliminate Saturday delivery, close
3,500 post offices and 200 processing
plants, slash benefits, and contract
out work. In other words, destroy the
service in order to save it.
The loss of plants would add days
to delivery times. Replacing the
shuttered post offices would be
kiosks in Walmarts and gas stations,
called "Village Post Offices."
But postal unions say the bosses are
manufacturing a crisis to push their
union-busting agenda. "The Postal
Service is not going bankrupt,"
said Fredric Rolando, president
of the Letter Carriers (NALC).
"Washington politics is killing it."
"Outrageous, illegal, and
despicable," said Cliff Guffey,
Postal Workers president, after the
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Wall Street protests
enter third week
Postal unions and labor supporters rally outside Rep. Cliff Stearns' office on SWY
34th St. at 20th Ave. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The action was part of a national day of
informational pickets across the country against the mass layoff/Is nd closing with the
US. Postal Service. Photo courtesy of Alachua County Labor Party.
You might not know it by reading
the Gainesville Sun but the Occupy
Wall Street demonstrations in New
York City are entering their third
week. Thousands of people have
joined in with hundreds arrested
and mounting reports and evidence
of police brutality. As we went to
press, more than 700 protesters
were arrested for shutting down the
Continued page 4...
Postal Service... cont. from p. 1
postmaster general asked Congress
to break the contract signed just three
months before with APWU's 220,000
members. The union had negotiated
hard for the contract's no-layoffs
clause. Postal workers in all crafts
are beside themselves.
"Workers had nothing to do with
this fiasco," said Jim Kaufman, an
Albany, New York, bulk mail tech.
"Yet the Postal Service is going
back to Congress and asking them to
overturn our most recent contract."
The four postal unions designated
September 27 to "Save America's
Postal Service" and held rallies in
hundreds of congressional district,
said Joe Golonka, Letter Carriers
education director in Michigan.
David Yao, vice president of the
Seattle Postal Workers local,
said mobilizing members and
community allies in a sustained
campaign will be a challenge. He
thinks the union relies on "smart
people in headquarters making good
arguments, being clever and thinking
of something you trade," as opposed
to rank-and-file action. But the
lobbying approach has resulted only
in a stab in the back.
The unions argue that there's plenty
of money to continue the current
level of service and honor workers'
contracts. It's just tied up because of
a 2006 law which requires the Postal
Service to put away enough money,
over 10 years, to fund 75 years of
retiree health benefits-about $5.5
billion each year.
"It's the only entity in the U.S. that
has to do that," said Albany postal
worker Jeff Levitt. "That's created
much of the deficit the Postal Service
Would have surplus
The Postal Service is self-funded
and takes no federal subsidy. NALC
says it would have generated a $611
million surplus since 2007 if it
weren't saddled with the extra retiree
In addition, the Postal Service has
accumulated an overpayment into the
federal pension system of between
$50 and $75 billion, according to
If these overpayments were trimmed
back, the unions say, the Postal
Service could weather the economic
downturn and maintain service
This is the fourth time the
government has overcharged the
Postal Service for the retirement
fund, Levitt said. In earlier cases
the funds were reimbursed, but with
deficit fever overtaking Washington,
lawmakers are balking at paying the
money back this time, he said.
Time for plunder
Republicans are using the
squeeze to argue for privatization.
Representative Darrell Issa, a
California Republican, described any
reimbursement as a bailout of a dying
government program. Issa is using
his position as chair of the House
Oversight Committee to push postal
Postal service contracts are big
business. In 2010 FedEx received
$1.37 billion and Northrop Grumman
took in almost $500 million.
"Postal management has attempted
over and over to create a private
network to do this work, where they
pay substandard wages, they don't
have any benefits for the employees,
and their services are atrocious,"
Levitt said. "There's a lot of money
to be made on this if they can
He said attempts to contract out
express and priority mail resulted in
Hundreds of postal employees
picketed Issa's office in north San
Diego September 1. "Congress needs
to create jobs, not destroy the ones
we have," read one sign.
The postal unions are backing a bill
that would count the retirement fund
overpayment towards $5.5 billion
in retiree health payments. That bill,
HR 1351, has 206 co-sponsors at this
But the Obama administration's
jobs package released September 19
proposes cutting Saturday delivery.
The Postal Service asked Congress
to violate the APWU contract a week
before the 280,000-member Letter
Carriers were scheduled to bargain
"I don't even see how you could
bargain a contract," said Brian
Keelan, a former Letter Carriers
vice president in Queens, New York.
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"How can we trust them if we sign
anything?" Keelan called the bid
to violate the contract a dangerous
precedent for other federal unions.
The Postal Workers gave up a lot
to gain a no-layoffs clause in the
contract members ratified in May,
said Paul Felton, a Detroit-area
postal worker. In exchange, the
contract created a lower wage scale
for new career employees, added
an additional third-class contingent
workforce, and compromised the
traditional 40-hour week.
Propaganda has been thick on the
shop floor. Postal managers all
over the country called meetings in
August to tell workers, "If we were
a private company, we would have
already filed for bankruptcy and gone
through restructuring- like the auto
companies did two years ago."
If the Postal Service were a private
company, unionists shot back, it
wouldn't have Congress insisting on
giant overpayments and would be
operating in the black.
The threat to Saturday delivery
threatens thousands of carrier jobs,
according to the unions. It also
threatens small newspapers and
magazines that are distributed by
mail-not to mention every postal
customer who wants to receive her
mail in a timely fashion.
"Five-day delivery would be a
death spiral," said Keelan, noting
that people who need delivery
on Saturday will be pushed to
competitors, and will have to pay
more. "And it really won't save any
The Postal Regulatory Commission
recommended against the move in
March, estimating that cutting a day
of delivery would save only 2-3
percent of the Postal Service budget.
The Postal Service has axed 130,000
workers in the last four years, largely
through enticements to retire.
Mail volume has indeed declined
since an all-time peak in 2006, but
many of the layoffs have in reality
been spurred by automation. Thirty
years ago, letter carriers spent four
hours sorting mail before making
their rounds. Today they spend 30
minutes doing that work because
machines place much of the mail in
the order it will be delivered. There
are fewer carriers, and their routes
Unions expected a slow shrinking
of the workforce, but members
say the Postal Service's crisis
plan would destroy the service,
forcing customers to use expensive
competitors, undermining rural
America's access to postal services,
and handing postal work to
"There's no reason to privatize-with
the exception of some small group of
investors who will benefit from this,"
said Jeff Levitt. "As opposed to the
American people." ce
This article was originally published
in Labor Notes on Sept. 27. For more
information on Labor Notes, visit
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Occupy Wall St... cont. from p. 1
Brooklyn Bridge. Since events are
changing rapidly we've included
a few online resources for you to
follow (facing page). The Occupy
Together solidarity movement is
growing with actions taking place/
developing in hundreds of cities
-including Gainesville (see box).
The letter below by Arun Gupta,
editor of The Indypendent in NYC
(www.indypendent.org), was posted
by Naomi Klein on her site www.
naomiklein.org. All links can also be
found on www.gainesvilleiguana.org.
The revolution begins
at home: An open letter
to join the Wall Street
By Arun Gupta
What is occurring on Wall Street
right now is truly remarkable. For
over 10 days, in the sanctum of the
great cathedral of global capitalism,
the dispossessed have liberated
territory from the financial overlords
and their police army.
They have created a unique
opportunity to shift the tides of
history in the tradition of other great
peaceful occupations from the sit-
down strikes of the 1930s to the
lunch-counter sit-ins of the 1960s to
the democratic uprisings across the
Arab world and Europe today.
While the Wall Street occupation
is growing, it needs an all-out
commitment from everyone who
cheered the Egyptians in Tahrir
Square, said "We are all Wisconsin,"
and stood in solidarity with the
Greeks and Spaniards. This is a
movement for anyone who lacks a
job, housing or healthcare, or thinks
they have no future.
Our system is broken at every level.
More than 25 million Americans are
unemployed. More than 50 million
live without health insurance. And
perhaps 100 million Americans are
mired in poverty, using realistic
measures. Yet the fat cats continue
to get tax breaks and reap billions
while politicians compete to turn the
austerity screws on all of us.
At some point the number of people
occupying Wall Street whether
that's five thousand, ten thousand or
fifty thousand will force the powers
that be to offer concessions. No one
can say how many people it will
take or even how things will change
exactly, but there is a real potential
for bypassing a corrupt political
process and to begin realizing a
society based on human needs not
hedge fund profits.
After all, who would have imagined
a year ago that Tunisians and
Egyptians would oust their dictators?
At Liberty Park, the nerve center of
the occupation, more than a thousand
people gather every day to debate,
discuss and organize what to do
about our failed system that has
allowed the 400 richest Americans
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/at the top to amass more wealth than
the 180 million Americans at the
It's astonishing that this self-
organized festival of democracy has
sprouted on the turf of the masters
of the universe, the men who play
the tune that both political parties
and the media dance to. The New
York Police Department, which has
deployed hundreds of officers at
a time to surround and intimidate
protesters, is capable of arresting
everyone and clearing Liberty Plaza
in minutes. But they haven't, which
is also astonishing.
That's because assaulting peaceful
crowds in a public square demanding
real democracy economic and not
just political would remind the
world of the brittle autocrats who
brutalized their people demanding
justice before they were swept away
-by the Arab Spring. And the state
violence has already backfired. After
police attacked a Saturday afternoon
march that started from Liberty Park
the crowds only got bigger and media
The Wall Street occupation has
already succeeded in revealing the
bankruptcy of the dominant powers
- the economic, the political, media
and security forces. They have
nothing positive to offer humanity,
not that they ever did for the Global
South, but now their quest for
endless profits means deepening the
misery with a thousand austerity cuts.
That's why more and more
people are joining the Wall Street
occupation. They can tell you about
their homes being foreclosed upon,
months of grinding unemployment
or minimum-wage dead-end jobs,
staggering student debt loads,
or trying to live without decent
healthcare. It's a whole generation'
of Americans with no prospects, but
who are told to believe in a system
that can only offer them Dancing
With The Stars and pepper spray to
Yet against every description of a
generation derided as narcissistic,
apathetic and hopeless they are
staking a claim to a better future
for all of us. That's why we all
need to join in. Not just by liking
it on Facebook, signing a petition
at change.org or retweeting protest
photos, but by going down to
the occupation itself. There is
great potential here. Sure, it's
a far cry from Tahrir Square or
even Wisconsin. But there is the
nucleus of a revolt that could shake
America's power structure as much
as the Arab world has been upended.
Instead of one to two thousand
people a day joining in the
occupation there needs to be tens of
thousands of people protesting the fat
cats driving Bentleys and drinking
thousand-dollar bottles of champagne
with money they looted from the
financial crisis and then from the
bailouts while Americans literally die
on the streets.
Occupy Wall St. online
New York City General
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Occupy Wall St. main site
Occupy Together site
Ongoing coverage in The
24-7 streaming video of Occupy
Occupy Gainesville solidarity
To be fair, the scene in Liberty Plaza
seems messy and chaotic. But it's
also a laboratory of possibility, and
that's the beauty of democracy. As
opposed to our monoculture world,
where political life is flipping a lever
every four years, social life is being
a consumer and economic life is
being a timid cog, the Wall Street
occupation is creating a polyculture
of ideas, expression and art.
Yet while many people support the
Even their solutions
are cruel jokes. They
tell us that the "Buffett
Rule" would spread
the pain by asking the
penthouse set to sacrifice
a tin of caviar, which
is what the proposed
tax increase would
amount to. Meanwhile,
the rest of us will have
to sacrifice healthcare,
'food, education, housing,
jobs and perhaps our
lives to sate the ferocious
appetite of capital.
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Michael Moore: Jail bankers who wrecked our economy, not protesters
The following is part of an interview that Democracy
Now's Amy Goodman did with Michael Moore after
he visited the Occupy Wall St. demonstrations. A full
transcript is available at www.democracynow.org.
AMY GOODMAN: While other demonstrators were
charged with blocking traffic and resisting arrest,
[Hero] Vincent faces the most serious charge of
assaulting a police officer. The NYPD says they acted
appropriately, but Vincent said he's confident the
videos of the attack will exonerate him and has vowed
to continue to participating in the Occupy Wall Street
HERO VINCENT: If there's anything called the
epitome of a struggle, me and my family lived it. We
were foreclosed on. My father had trouble finding
a job, still hasn't found one. I had trouble finding a
job, still haven't found one. My sister is in college,
the tuition is doubling. They're trying to fight for her
financial aid. We struggle with food. I even slept on a
bench for a few nights before this occasion. So, I'm
here for everybody in my family, not just myself, and
everybody who goes through the same struggles, that I
can empathize with.
AMY GOODMAN: Michael, your comments on Hero
Vincent and all that are down there?
MICHAEL MOORE: Well, it's highly ironic that now
over 100 of the protesters have been arrested and not.
a single banker, a CEO from Wall Street, anyone from
corporate America nobody, not one arrest of any of
these people who brought down the economy in 2008.
Who created schemes, financial schemes that not only
destroyed the economy, but took away the future of
this generation, of this young man and his children in
the future. They have completely ruined it for people
while they have become filthy rich. Not qne of them
arrested, but 100 of these people who have stood
up non-violently against this madness, and they're
arrested? This just boggles the mind. c't
occupation, they hesitate to fully join
in and are quick to offer criticism.
It's clear that the biggest obstacles
to building a powerful movement
are not the police or capital it's our
own cynicism and despair.
Perhaps their views were colored by
the New York Times article deriding
protesters for wishing to "pantomime
progressivism" and "Gunning for
Wall Street with faulty aim." Many
of the criticisms boil down to "a lack
of clear messaging."
But what's wrong with that? A fully
formed movement is not going to
spring from the ground. It has to
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be created. And who can say what
exactly needs to be done? We are
not talking about ousting a dictator;
though some say we want to oust the
dictatorship of capital.
There are plenty of sophisticated
ideas out there: end corporate
personhood; institute a "Tobin Tax"
on stock purchases and currency
trading; nationalize banks; socialize
medicine; fully fund government jobs
and genuine Keynesian stimulus;
lift restrictions on labor organizing;
allow cities to turn foreclosed
homes into public housing; build
a green energy infrastructure. But
how can we get broad agreement
on any of these?
If the protesters
came into the
square with a
set of demands
it would have
only limited their
latives potential. They
ide Market Place would have either
been dismissed as
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such as socialized
5-0806 medicine or
- or if they went for weak demands
such as the Buffett Rule their efforts
would immediately be absorbed
by a failed political system, thus
undermining the movement.
That's why the building of the
movement has to go hand in hand
with common struggle, debate and
radical democracy. It's how we
will create genuine solutions that
have legitimacy. And that is what is
occurring down at Wall Street.
Now, there are endless objections
one can make. But if we focus on the
possibilities, and shed our despair,
our hesitancy and our cynicism, and
collectively come to Wall Street with
critical thinking, ideas and solidarity
we can change the world.
How many times in your life do you
get a chance to watch history unfold,
to actively participate in building a
better society, to come together with
thousands of people where genuine
democracy is the reality and not a
fantasy? For too long our minds have
been chained by fear, by division,
by impotence. The one thing the
elite fear most is a great awakening.
That day is here. Together we can
seize it. cf
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IGUANA, OCTOBER 2011, PAGE 6
Perfect storm from Alberta threatens climate crisis
by Rob Brinkman
A perfect storm of ecological, human
and climatic catastrophe is brewing
in Alberta, Canada. The mining of
Canadian Tar Sands and plans to
pipe the resulting toxic brew to the
Texas Gulf Coast for refining and
likely export will mean, in the words
of world-renowned climatologist
Dr. James Hansen, "game over" for
efforts to stabilize Earth's climate.
The exploitation of the largest
pool of fossil carbon fuel in this
hemisphere, and the second largest
on the planet, is also destroying
one of the largest boreal forests,
threatening both wildlife and the
home of indigenous peoples. This is
an all too familiar story in the history
of western exploitation of natural
resources in which native peoples
are pushed onto what are viewed
as marginal lands, only to find that
the resources in these lands become
viewed, erroneously, as essential to
our energy-hog lifestyle.
In an effort to kickstart a campaign
against the Keystone XL pipeline
proposed to pipe the tar sands across
the breadbasket of America, Tar
Sands Action, together with 350.org,
organized a unique civil disobedience
campaign outside the White House
which resulted in the arrest of 1,252
people over 13 days.
I was arrested on Aug. 24 with 51
other people committed to pressuring
President Obama to deny the
required permit for the pipeline. The
charge was failure to obey a lawful
order; I was released hours later after
paying a $100 bond forfeiture.
This action began on Aug. 20 with
the initial group, including organizer
Bill McKibben, being arrested.
The Capitol Police, having been
informed in advance that these
demonstrations would continue for
two weeks, decided to hold this first
group in jail for the weekend pending
arraignment. They told the organizers
that they did this to deter others from
coming for future days of protest,
which only increased the resolve of
more people to come. On subsequent
days, the Capitol Police reversed
course and offered bond forfeiture to
all others arrested.
Each day's action became a ritual
for both police and demonstrators
with the numbers arrested growing
significantly in the second week.
Media coverage also increased,
spurred by the arrests of Dr. James
Hansen, and Darryl Hannah the
following day. There were themes
to many of the days. I was arrested
with a group of activists from the
Gulf Coast; there were days featuring
people from the states the pipeline
would pass through, days of religious
leaders, and a day of indigenous
The campaign to stop the Keystone
XL tar sands pipeline continues.
Since the last day of arrests on Sept.
3, tar sands protesters have greeted
Obama at every domestic public
appearance he has made. While I
am unaware of any planned visits
locally, there are actions we can do in
this community to support the anti-
It will be a challenge to, convince
Obama to do the right thing;
however, justice for the affected first
peoples of Canada, protection of
wildlife and the natural environment,
and preserving a future through
preserving a stable climate, are
not optional. It is past time a new
renewable energy future was charted;
if we do not begin to end our
addiction to fossil fuels now, when
will we? c(
IGUANA, OCTOBER 2011, PAGE 7
Thousands gathered and hundreds were arrested in early September for protesting outside the White House to urge President
Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Photo by Josh Lopez.
"Behind Closed Doors": the dark
legacy of the Johns Committee
By Jessica Newman
While many are familiar with the
Red Scare days of the McCarthy
Era, few know about the infamous
Johns Committee, named after State
Senator Charley Johns, Florida's
very own anti-communist, anti-
"Behind Closed Doors," a
documentary produced by UF
graduates Allyson A. Beutke and
Scott Litvack, tells this haunting
story of a committee that targeted
people in academic institutions,
public restrooms and bus stations.
And while Florida State University
and the University of South Florida
attempted to prevent the Johns
Committee from harassing its
professors, the University of'Florida
and its president at the time, J.
Wayne Reitz, actually cooperated
outright with the committee, feeding
it with tips and ratting out its own
The documentary tells the story of
one professor, Sigmund Diettrich,
who was summoned by investigators
to a hotel to be interrogated on his
sexual orientation. Not long after
this, he was fired from his job and
attempted suicide the same day,
according to the documentary.
"Hundreds of other professors and
students across the state were also
terminated or expelled because of
their sexual preferences," according
to the film's website.
During Pride Week this year, the
Civic Media Center will be showing
"Behind Closed Doors" and
opening up the space afterward for
Gainesville residents who remember
the days of the Johns Committee to
speak about their experiences and
from the audience.
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Fri., Oct. 21 "Circumstance,"
a film showing at the
Hippodrome focusing on
youth defiance in modem-
day Iran, particularly one girl
whose passions could have her
arrested. See the Hippodrome's
website for more information.
Sat., Oct. 22 Pride Parade
starts at 1pm, heading East on
University Avenue and ending
at the Bo Diddley Downtown
Community Plaza for the kick-
off of the Pride Festival from
2pm to 9pm.
Sun., Oct. 23 Pride Garden
Party at Spike's on 4130 NW
Tues., Oct. 25 The Civic
Media Center presents "Behind
Closed Doors" at 8pm.
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Gainesville Celebrates Food Day
by Leah Cohen, Gainesville Food
The nation will celebrate Food Day
on Oct. 24. Gainesville communities
and organizations are planning so
many activities that they couldn't
all fit in one day. Events will kick
off Oct. 15 with a fair food panel
discussion and film at the Civic
Media Center, sponsored by the
CMC, Florida Organic Growers,
the Citizen's Co-op and the
Agricultural Justice Project. Students
at Morning Meadow Preschool and
Kindergarten and Heart Pine School
will plant fall gardens the week
leading up to Food Day. Check out
information on other events.
"Food Day seeks to bring together
Americans from all walks of
life-parents, teachers, and students;
health professionals, community
organizers, and local officials;
chefs, school lunch providers, and
eaters of all stripes-to push for
healthy, affordable food produced
in a sustainable, humane way...
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and
Representative Rosa DeLauro
(D-CT) are the Honorary Co-Chairs
for Food Day 2011, and the day is
Themes for Food Day 2011:
Reduce diet-related disease
by promoting healthy food
Support sustainable farms
& limit subsidies to big
Expand access to food and
Protect the environment and
farm animals by reforming
Promote health by curbing
junk-food marketing aimed
Support fair conditions for
food and farm workers
sponsored by the Center for Science
in the Public Interest, the nonprofit
watchdog group that has led
successful fights for food labeling,
better nutrition, and safer food since
1971." (www.foodday.org) To me,
the idea of Food Day is to encourage
us to think about the implications of
how we eat and how we produce and
sell what we eat. c'<
Poetry Jam, 9pm
"Essential Afrikan History," talk by Kali Blount, 7pm
Icarus Project, radical mental health cooperative, 7pm
Music w/ Randall Bramblett, multi-instrumentalist of Sea
Level fame, 8pm
Book Sale, 11 lam-2pm
Stetson Kennedy Memorial & Concert w/ Willie Green,
Cathy Dewitt, & Dale Crider, 2-6pm (see page 24)
"Incident at Oglala," 7pm
Music w/ radical folk singer/songwriter David Rovics, 9pm
Queer Reading Group discusses book on Johns
Music w/ Queen Anne's Lace, others TBA, 9:30pm
Green Party meeting, 7pm
CMC/ACT Oktoberfest w/ singer/songwriter Sam Pacetti
@ Prairie Creek Lodge, 5-10pm (music 8pm)
Florida Organic Growers Fair Food Video & Panel
"Keystone XL Pipeline & Tar Sands," video and
discussion, 7pm (see page 7)
CMC 18th Anniversary Talk: "Stetson Kennedy's
America," by Dr. Paul Ortiz of UF Oral History Program,
7pm (see page 24)
Anarchademics radical reading & discussion group, 7pm
Icarus Project meeting, 7pm
Music w/ Chris Castle & Womack Family Band, 8pm
CD release show for hip hop crew O.N.E., 9pm
MindFreedom presents: "Crooked Beauty," 7pm
Johns Committee documentary, 8pm (see page 8)
UF Ctr for Leadership presents: "The End of Povery?" 7pm
Fest 10: Mostly-acoustic music all night, 9:30pm-2am
Fest 10, 4pm-10pm
Fest 10, 4:20pm-10pm
433 S. Main Street
Parking just to the south at SE 5th Ave., (see sign) or after 7pm at the courthouse
(just north of 4th Ave.) or GRU (2 blocks east of CMC). Check our website for
details or new events that may have been scheduled after this went to press.
(352) 373-0010 www.civicmediacenter.org
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October 2011 Events
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After School Art Club Collective of
emerging artists who brainstorm, discuss
and create 2 Tuesdays a month.
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 in 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
Amnesty International UF campus
chapter of worldwide human rights
Bridges Across Borders Florida-based
international collaboration of activists,
artists, students and educators supporting
cultural diversity and global peace. office@
The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating
Spanish Speakers through Advocacy and
Service (CHISPAS) Student-run group at
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 Limit NOW!
Search for Coalition to End the Meal Limit
NOW on Facebook.
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 Department. gvillepolicereview@
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. Office is
at 901 NW 8th 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, gnewbum@famm.
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 programs. 352-338-0766
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,
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.
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.
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.
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.
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@
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.
email@example.com 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@
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. GainesvilleIAIJ@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
net with the update.
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
9-11 lam and l-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. 352-354-2432, www.
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 Thurs.of every
month at 7:30pm at the UF Entomology &
Nematology Building, Room 1035. 352-
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/
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
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.
United Nations Association Group that
educates people worldwide about the
issues, projects and programs of the United
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,
WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-
power station operating as part of the Civic
Media Center. email@example.com,
WGOT 94.7 LP FM
Gainesville's Progressive Community Radio Station
We share 94.7 with other community groups,
WGOT is on the air:
Sunday: 1PM 4PM
Mon, Wed, Fri: 1PM 4PM & 8PM 5AM
Tuesday and Thursday: 1PM 4PM & 8PM 9PM
Saturday: 1PM 9PM
Check out wgot.org for upcoming events and a detailed
schedule (and new shows including David Barsamian's
Alternative Radio, now on Saturdays at 4 pm!)
94.7 is a Low Power FM station with a transmitter at NW
39th Ave and 1-75, so best reception is within 5 miles, but
many people are able to pick up the station in their car.
Questions? Comments? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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low-power FM -
on the air -
tune in at 94.7
(and set your car
gmail.com or or
\ .Gainesville's public radio station is now
mostly NPR talk it's located at 89.1 on
the FM dial.
Weekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane
Rehm (interview & call-in); noon-1 pm:
S\ Terry Gross, Fresh Air; 1-2 pm, BBC
-- call-in World Have Your Say, Wednesdays;
/X, 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 19) for expanded
weekend schedule and program details.
A new internet resource is Grow Radio
lendar. (www.growradio.org), based in G'ville.
9 "Hurricane Season in New
Orleans" talk by Leslie
Harris, Millhopper library, 2 pm.
BioMass Forum, 3 pm, 3146 NW
13th St see pg 17.
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.
potluck & discussion at UUFG,
4225 NW 34th St, 6:30 pm.
' 6 Pride Picnic, Westside
16 Park, noon-3 pm.
Nitty Gritty Dirty Band at
Phillips Center, :30 pm.
1854: Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie
Willis Wilde born.
1916: Margaret Sanger opens
world's first birth control clinic.
23 Butterfly Festival
Saturday & Sunday at
FOL Book Sale, 1-6 pm.
Pride Garden Party, 6:30 pm,
Spikes, 4130 NW 6th St.
Toasters at DoubleDown Live.
1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian killed.
30O "Giving Voice to Special
Children" 10/10 talk by
Shelley Fraser Mickle
on WUFT-FM, 4 pm.
1811: Jane Austen publishes
Sense and Sensibility "by a Lady".
1885: Ezra Pound born.
1939: Grace Slick born.
1 O "Giving Voice to Special
10 "Children" talk by Shelley
Fraser Mickle at Fla Free Speech
Forum, Paramount Hotel, 11:30 am
(talk free; lunch, $19: reservations
335-3938 by Oct 5); see 10/30.
BioMass plant presentation by GRU
to City Commission call Gvl city
hall for time & confirmation.
Incident at Oglala (Robert Redford-
narrated documentary on Leonard
Peltier case of 1975) at CMC, 7 pm,
"Using Diverse Histories to Trans-
form Universities Communities" -
talk by Leslie Harris, UF Smathers
Library IA, 7:30 pm.
1 7 Karma Cream hosts CMC
restaurant benefit night, 6-8 pm.
Keystone XL Tar Sands documentary
movie, 7 pin, Civic Media Center,
433 S. Main St.
1933: Albert Einstein arrives in US.
1648: Peace of Westphalia ends
Thirty Years' War.
1 Civic Media Center celebrates
3 JHalloween with humorous
anti-war zombie film, 7 pm. Party
1952: US explodes first H-bomb.
4 School Board meets,
6 pm, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.
County Farmers' Mkt on
N 441 by Hwy Patrol Tues/
Thurs/Sat, 8 am-noon.
"The Case for Socialism" talk
by Ashley Smith, Anderson 32,
UF, 6 pm.
"Using Games to Change the
World" Jane McGonigal talk,
.Pugh Hall, UF, 6 pm.
1910: Portugal overthrows
kina, establishes republic.
1 Alachua County Comm
ion 2nd & 4th Tues, 9 am
& 5 pm: citizens comment,
9:30 am: County Admin Bldg,
12 SE 1st St.
David Rovics, international
touring political folksinger,
performs at CMC, 9 pm, $5-
The Anthrax Files on PBS
Frontline, 9 pm (or online).
18 School Board meets 1st
10& 3rd Tuesdays, 6 pm.
Civic Media Center 18th
featured speaker Dr. Paul Ortiz:
"Stetson Kennedy' America" -
cake, toasts, and of course a
box pass; 7 pm, CMC.
Lost in Detention on PBS
Frontline, 9 pm (or online).
1926: Chuck Berry bom.
25 FOL Book Sale, half
price day, 12-7 pm.
Alachua County Comm meets
9 am & 5 pm, County Admin
Bldg; citizens' comment, 9:30
am & 5:30 pm.
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.
Behind Closed Doors doc on
Johns Committee, CMC: pg 8.
School Board meets 1st &
3rd Tuesdays, 6 pm.
1836: Osceola starts resis-
tance to Seminole relocation.
5 Free con
5 HIV test
County Health I
St, 9 am-3 pm,
Ctr, 3131 NW 1
lst & 3rd Thurs
every Wed, Dto
Santa Fe Colleg
presented by Cc
lee Workers; int
Veterans for Pi
' Edible I
Weds, 4-7 pm.
by Peter Bergei
6 pm, free.
Gator Dawgs I
meets, County I
room, 2nd Wed
group at CMC,
Rev. Horton H
French & insuq
2 FOL B<
6 12-6 pn
6 pm, free.
8th Ave, 6 pm,
6:30 pm talk b)
town library: fr
2 Veterans I
7 pm: call
2 Food Day see pg 9.
FOL Book Sale, 12-7 pm.
Crooked Beauty documentary hosted
by MindFreedom Florida; CMC,
for info on live music in G'ville.
ing at Alachua
)ept, 224 SE 24th
M-F; & at Pride
3th St, 4-6 pm on
; info: 334-7961.
wn Plaza, 4-7 pm.
lavery Museum at
e, all day, free;
)alition of Immoka-
race meet, 7 pm:
63 for directions.
y, CMC, 7 pm.
plant Project at
mers Mkt, 2nd
Bin Laden" talk
i, UF Pugh Hall,
fit, 6-9 pm.
s, 7 pm.
Lace, CMC, 9 pm.
ike Night at
' Salvage, 6-9 pm.
s open discussion
eat & others at
lis surrenders to
ok Sale, 100 day,
Lt night, 5-9 pm.
ing" talk by Fla
F Pugh Hall,
iocrats, 901 NW
Church & State"
ty meeting, down-
;e, open to public.
or Peace meet,
00 votes cast for
6 DC Protests: October2011.org.
CMC Volunteers meet every
Thursday, 5:30 pm.
Tuck Tucker, dobro master, at
Lightnin' Salvage, 6-9 pm.
Buck (film) & live subject of film
at Hippodrome, 7 pm.
Sierra Club general meeting,
UF Entomology Bldg rm 3118,
1st Thursdays, 7:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
Backyard show at Boca Fiesta:
live music outside, 9:30 pm.
1917: Fannie Lou Hamer born.
13 CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.
Gvl Regional Utilities
Community Meeting, 6-8 pm,
Thomas Ctr, 302 NE 6th Ave.
1925: Lenny Bruce bom (as
Leonard Alfred Schneider).
2 United Nations Day cele-
2A bration at Gvl Woman's
Club, 2809 W University Ave,
9 am-1 pm. _
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
Bullied screening at Pride Ctr,
3131 NW 13th St, 7-8:30 pm.
Anda Union Mongolian music
(throat singing & instruments) at
Phillips CPA, 7:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
14 Sam Pacetti at Oktoberfest
Party, Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204
SE County Rd 234,5:30-10 pm, $15
covers food, drink & concert (8 pm);
benefits Alachua Cons. Trust & CMC.
Pride Community Awards Dinner,
Sweetwater Branch Inn, 625 E. Univ
Ave, 6 pm, $45._
Jacar6 Brazil, Agbedidi, UF World
Music Ensembles, Bo Diddley Down-
town Plaza, 8 pm, free: last of "Let's
Go Downtown" concerts until May.
21 Cracker the Box at Satchel's
A Pizza/Lightnin' Salvage,
6-9 pm: live music Wednesdays
Drenched Earth Tour w/ Chris Castle
& Womack Family Band, CMC, 8 pm;
$8 adv (CMC, Hyde & Zeke), $10 door.
Whether here or anyWhere:
please support live music!
1917: John B. "Dizzy" Gillespie born.
I Kanapaha Gardens Fall Fest
9 am; also on Sunday.
Fair Trade Food Day video & panel
by Fla Organic Growers; CMC, 7 pm.
Play Again at Paynes Prairie Visitors'
Ctr, 100 Savannah Blvd, 7 pm; $5-7
Squeaky & Pop Canon reunion
shows at DoubleDown Live great
Gainesville music from last century.
22 2 Friends of Library Book Sale
432 N. Main St, 9 am-6 pm.
Interfaith Relations see 10/8.
Pride Festival begins with parade
from 7th St & W. Univ. Ave to down-
town plaza, 1 pm; Festival at plaza, 2-
9 pm, with kid space; authors' book-
signings at Wild Iris Books, all day:
see www.gainesvillepride.org & pg 8.
O.N.E. CD release party, CMC, 9 pm.
4 4. I
27 CMC Volunteers meet,
2 /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 & listeners..
1904: New York City opens
world's first subway (50 to ride).
CMC Volunteers meet,
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
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with events, updates,
advertisements & info.
2 8 Welcome The Fest to G'ville -
O music all over for 3 days.
CMC acoustic venue, $5 at door.
Critical Mass Bike Ride, 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; 7-10 pm, last
Friday of each month.
4 UF Homecoming.
Keep up with the CMC at
for events created after this
calendar was printed, and into
the future (also see pgs 9 & 14).
1879: Will Rogers bom.
9 7th Annual Fla Bat Festival
Sat Lubee Bat Conservancy,
1309 NW 192nd Ave, 10 am-4 pm;
free & totally awesome see pg 19.
3rd Stone Band at Shake Rag Art Ctr
Melrose Halloween Bash, 8 pm, $10.
Alternative Radio will return to local
airwaves on WGOT-FM 94.7, Satur-
day afternoons at 4 pm; best listening
in NW G'ville or in your car.
5 "Judith Brown, Freedom
Fighter"- talk by Carol Giardina
at Pride Ctr, noon ($15 adv, $20 door
includes brunch): pg 4.
Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday
potluck, 6:30 pm at UU
Fellowship, 4225 NW
34th St: 375-7207.
1968: Shirley Chisholm is first black
woman elected to US Congress.
7 Fall Full Moon Festival in High
Spgs: see farmtofamilymusic.com.
Living Illegal local authors' book
kickoff at Matheson Museum, 6-8 pm.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties Fridays at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave, 7 pm.
"No Nukes" Howie Hawkins speaks
at Friends Meeting House, 702 NW
38th St, 7 pm seepgs 16-17.
Randall Bramlett plays jazz, folk &
more at CMC, 8 pm, $10 ($8 in adv at
CMC or Hyde & Zeke); see pg 14.
The Relics, Bo Diddley Downtown
Plaza, 8 pm, free.
8 Interfaith Relations discussion,
Mennonite Meeting House,
1236 NW 18th Ave, 10 am on 2nd &
CMC Book Sale, 11 am-2 pm.
Environmental Youth Summit,
1-4 pm, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church,
2505 NE 8th Ave.
Stetson Kennedy Memorial &
Concert at CMC, 2-6 pm; see pg 24.
Richard Louv talk, dinner & book-
signing at Prairie Creek Lodge,
7204 SE County Rd 234, 5 pm, $20.
Ernest Lee art show & reception at
Shake Rag Art Ctr, Melrose, 7 pm.
Doug Clifford Saturdays, 11 pm-
midnight; WSKY-97.3; show repeats
Sunday nights 11 pm, WKTK-98.5.
Musical October for the Civic Media Center
by Joe Courter
Once again this year the Alachua
Conservation Trust and the Civic
Media Center are joining forces
for an Oktoberfest celebration at
the Prairie Creek Lodge. The event
will be on Friday evening October
14th from 5:30pm until 10pm and
beyond the good people from both
organizations, as well as the food and
liquid refreshment, we will have the
added pleasure one of Florida's best
singer/songwriters, Sam Pacetti, who
will be in concert at 8pm. Sam is a
real treasure as a human being, a St
Augustine Florida native who learned
guitar style from the famed Gamble
Rodgers as d young man, and has
continued to grow and develop his
talents, in recent years living in
Virginia but now back in Florida and
working on a new CD.
We're hoping for a huge turnout; the
Prairie Creek Lodge is an attraction
in itself, a former timber company
hunting lodge whose karma has
switched 180 degrees with it (and
its land) now part of the Alachua
Conservation Trusts holdings.
Located only 15 minutes from
downtown, you get there going east
on University Avenue, then onto
Hawthorne Rd (SR20) to out past
Prairie Creek and make a right on to
CR 2082, then after 1.3 miles right
onto CR234 ( the road that goes
to Micanopy). Only .9 miles from
getting on to 234 signs and a mailbox
#7204 will have you turn right and
you are there. The concert will
be inside if it rains, but hopefully
outside if the weather cooperates. A
$15 minimum donation will get you
food, drink, and the concert. Come
hungry and ready for a good time.
In addition to Sam Pacetti at Prairie
Creek Lodge on the 14th, the CMC
has that bracketed by two outstanding
shows with touring performers.
October 7th will be Randall
Bramblett, a Georgia based
performer whose career
includes his band "Sea Level" to a lot
of session work Top notch vocalist
and songwriter, he is on a solo tour
These words say a lot:
"Randall is the most talented
and prolific songwriter I have the
privilege of knowing."
-Bill Berry (RE.M.)
"[He's] one of Georgia's musical
treasures... Guaranteed to
improve your day!"
-Dave Schools (Widespread Panic)
"Randall is in my opinion the most
gifted & talented southern singer-
songwriter musicians of the past
several decades." -Chuck Leavell
(Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers)
The show will be $8 in advance and
$10 at the door. Doors open at 8pm
With same price and time on
October 21 will be the Gainesville
stop on the Drenched Earth Tour
Castle and the
Band. These Regg8
and powerful Best
songwriting as in
together in a Tradition
two set two hour Jerk Chi
show, one of the Vegan Stea
highlights of Vegan Stea
last years CMC options *
lineup. They have
a new CD out
recorded at Levon Open EV
Friday the 28th
will also be
musical, and in
a big way. It is
the kickoff of the
in "The Fest",
during which the CMC is an official
venue, with acoustic performers
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See
performers and meet people from
all over the country for just a $5
minimum donation each day. ck
Sam Pacetti will perform at the Prairie
Creek Lodge on Friday October 14th
al Jamaican dishes Oxtail
cken Curry Palm Hearts *
k Many vegetarian & vegan
Unique beverage selection
ERYDAY 11 am -10 pm
619 W University Ave.
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Publix (still) needs to do the right thing
By Richard K. MacMaster
Thirty Gainesville religious leaders
signed a letter to Publix supermarket
executives urging them to meet with
representatives of the Coalition of
Immokalee Workers (CIW) and
discuss the possibility of paying
an additional penny per pound for
tomatoes. They made the letter
public in a press conference at City
Hall on July 28 and on the day after
Labor Day announced it to state-
wide supporters in front of Publix's
corporate headquarters, at the prayer
service culminating the CIW's
recent two hundred mile bicycle
"Pilgrimage to Publix." But local
residents may not understand why
these clergy are pressing their friends
at Publix to do the right thing.
Immokalee farm workers pick
tomatoes, which are grown to the
specifications of fast-food and
supermarket buyers and sold through
wholesalers at a price essentially
determined by these large-scale
corporations. The workers generally
work for a labor contractor rather
than the farmer or grower and
are paid on an agreed piece-rate
basis, which has remained stagnant
since the 1980s thus decreasing
in real value with inflation and
is considerably less than the legal
minimum wage. The situation is the
same for workers who harvest other
The Fair Labor Standards Act set
both a minimum wage and maximum
hours, and it eliminated child labor
with a provision that workers had
to be at least sixteen. Workers in
agriculture were exempt from all this
legislation. With the rise of corporate
farming and agri-business, Congress
amended the act in 1966 to cover
workers in these vast operations, but
the new law specifically exempted
workers on smaller farms and hand
harvest workers everywhere.
The migrant workers who harvest
the food we eat every day are paid
a fraction of the minimum wage,
work ten to twelve hour days without
earning overtime pay, and, if they
have children, usually put them to
work in the fields alongside other
family members. There is no market
incentive to improve this situation
since consumers want quality
produce at the lowest price.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers
calculated that an additional penny a
pound would bring harvest workers
closer to minimum wage. They also
drew up a model code of conduct that
eliminated many of the worst abuses
in the system: child labor, wage theft,
sexual harassment, and requiring
workers to put a third more tomatoes
in the bucket than they would be paid
for or to stand in the fields for unpaid
hours waiting for the dew to dry
enough to pick the crop. Individual
growers could raise wages, shorten
the working day, and banish children
under sixteen from their harvest
fields, but the wholesaler who
markets their crops will pay the same
price per pound as all other growers
are paid. Farmers who did the right
thing on their own would thus face
certain ruin and probable loss of their
'farms. The wholesaler is in an equal
bind. As long as the market price is
set by the biggest buyers, only these
large corporate buyers can bring
So the Coalition of Immokalee
Workers turned to Taco Bell. After
a long campaign, Yum! Brands
(owners of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and
KFC) agreed to pay an extra penny
a pound for tomatoes. McDonald's
and Burger King subsequently came
on board. Aramark signed on, too.
Among supermarkets only Whole
Foods agreed to pay a penny more.
Growers and wholesalers were at first
reluctant to join the team. Growers
argued it would be nearly impossible
to keep track of which worker picked
tomatoes sold to which buyer and
calculate wages accordingly. They
first agreed to put the extra pennies
in an escrow fund, and finally last
November through the CIW's
landmark agreement with the Florida
Tomato Growers Exchange to
pay the extra wages to the workers.
Growers also agreed to implement
the code of conduct. This fall, more
than eighteen years after they first
began to organize, Immokalee
workers are finally seeing real
change in the fields.
Wholesalers who sell to
supermarkets did the right thing, too.
The distributor of King's Choice
tomatoes was the first wholesaler
to agree to the higher price and the
code of conduct. He said it was not
a question of competitive pricing,
but of following the social justice
teachings of his Catholic faith.
Pacific, Six L's, Alderman Farms and
Lady Moon also chose to work with
the Coalition to improve conditions
for tomato pickers and their families.
The immense purchasing power
of major buyers like McDonald's
and Publix determines more than
the price of tomatoes. They set
specifications for the tomatoes that
growers have to meet. That power
can be used in the fields, too, as
recently when a labor contractor
refused to abide by the CIW code of
conduct that the grower had adopted,
and McDonald's made it clear that
he would implement it or never
work for a grower under contract to
Publix and other supermarkets have
it in their power to make life better
for the men, women, and children
who bring Florida tomatoes to our
tables. Growers and wholesalers
can only pass on the extra penny
a pound they've agreed to pay if
the buyer pays it to them. As long
as Publix refuses to meet with the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers and
negotiate a price deal, the workers go
without the money that growers and
wholesalers have agreed to pay them,
Continued next page...
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Immokalee... cont. from p. 15
while workers on a farm that sells
to Burger King or Aramark are paid
something like a living wage.
After being turned away by Publix,
the Coalition of Immokalee
Workers is calling for a National
Supermarket Action Week October
16-24. Gainesville's Interfaith
Alliance for Immigrant Justice
will be working in this next phase
of the Fair Food campaign. To
get involved, contact IAIJ at
GainesvillelAIJ@gmail.com or by
phone at 352-371-6772 or 352-215-
Coat drive helps
local people in
need stay warm
The cooler nights are upon us,
soon to be followed by cooler
days and cold nights. Here is
your opportunity to make sure
that nobody goes without such
a basic necessity as a coat this
The Alachua County Coalition
for the Homeless and Hungry,
Inc. (ACCHH), a 501(c)
(3) nonprofit, is collecting
new and clean, gently used
outerwear such as coats, jackets,
sweatshirts and sweaters.
Gloves, mittens, scarves, hats,
sleeping bags, tents and blankets
are also welcome. All shapes
and sizes are needed, but the
need is greatest for LARGE and
EXTRA LARGE adult sized
coats and jackets.
Bring your clean, gently used
coats to the Alachua County
Housing Authority, 703 N.E.
1st St. in Gainesville between
9am and 4pm, Monday through
Friday. Coats will be accepted
now through March 1, 2012. All
donated coats will be distributed
free of charge through Coalition
member agencies to local people
in need. cd'
Florida's nuclear threats loom
by Michael Canney, Co-Chair of the
Green Party of Florida
Progress Energy's nuclear plant
at Crystal River (CR-3) is one of
more than 100 aging US reactors
approaching the end of their life
spans. Engineered to run for 40
years, CR-3 was supposed to begin
decommissioning in 2014, when
its federal license expires, but the
nuclear utilities persuaded the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission to
create a fast-track relicensing process
for the old reactors, postponing the
expensive decommissioning process
and allowing old nukes to generate
power & profits for another 20 years.
More than 60 old reactors already
have rubber-stamp license renewals
from the NRC, and four reactors
in Florida are set to receive them,
including Crystal River, which has
been offline since September 2009
when cracking and delamination
problems were discovered in the
concrete and steel containment
Instead of retiring CR-3, the
company boldly decided to spend
five years repairing the reactor
containment and "uprating" the
reactor, at an estimated cost of $1
billion. Why invest $1 billion in a
broken nuclear plant whose operating
license expires in 2014 (the same
year repairs will be finished) unless
Progress Energy is counting on
getting NRC approval for a 20-year
In addition to keeping their old
nuclear reactors running for 20
more years, Progress Energy and
Florida Power & Light (FPL) are
also planning to build new ones.
Four new reactors are scheduled to
be built in Florida, with two of them
only 40 miles from Gainesville in
Levy County. The other two will be
at Turkey Point on Biscayne Bay.
Nuclear Cost Recovery: A license
To prime the pump for investment in
Nuclear Information and
Institute for Energy and
Rocky Mountain Institute
Union of Concerned Scientists
World Information Service on
PEF Levy County Nuclear
Plant Documents (including
application on Fla. DEP site)
"FPL customers to prepay for
nuclear plants?" Palm Beach
Post, Sept. 27, 2011
new reactors, utilities persuaded their
legislators in Tallahassee to draft a
law in 2006 giving them authority
to collect in advance hundreds
of millions of dollars from their
ratepayers. The utilities must appear
before their handpicked Public
Service Commission (PSC) every
year and ask for approval to continue
collecting "Cost Recovery" funds,
which Progress Energy can pocket if
the nuclear plant never gets built.
There is growing resistance in
Florida to this legalized theft by
nuclear utilities. Progress Energy and
FPL ratepayers filed a class action
suit in federal court challenging
Nuclear Cost Recovery. A Coalition
Against Nuclear Cost Recovery
recently formed, and a campaign
is underway to flood the PSC with
letters opposing this practice.
ThePSC held public meetings
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about NuclearCost Recovery in
Tallahassee from Aug. 10-26, and
public comments are open until
Oct. 24 when the PSC will vote. An
excellent analysis of the Nuclear
Cost Recovery scam and Talking
Points for public comments can
be found at the Citizens Allied for
Safe Energy (CASE) website: www.
items/resources/downloads. Be sure
to reference Docket 110009 in the
subject line and send comments to
the PSC at email@example.com.
Nationally, there are many active
legal challenges filed against the
permitting and licensing of new
nuclear plants, and information
about them can be found at the
Nuclear Information and Resource
Service (NIRS) website: www.nirs.
org. NIRS, the Green Party and the
Ecology Party are interveners in the
NRC licensing of the Levy County
nuclear plant, and that intervention
is still pending before the Atomic
Safety Licensing Board.
As radiation from the nuclear disaster
at Japan's Fukushima Daichi reactor
complex spreads around the globe,
and as government regulators and
corporate media outlets cover for
the nuclear industry and downplay
the disaster, grassroots anti-
nuclear movements are growing
worldwide. The Fukushima multiple
meltdown dramatically illustrates
the incalculable risks and costs
of deploying this dangerous and
On Friday, Oct. 7, Howie Hawkins
will be featured at an event at the
Friends Meeting House (702 NW
38th St, Gainesville) that will
challenge corporate spin about
nuclear power, expose the financing
of Florida's nuclear industry, and
discuss effective strategies for
political organizing and policy
advocacy. Hawkins has been an
organizer in movements for peace,
justice, labor, the environment and
independent politics since the late
1960s. He was a co-founder of the
anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in
Nuclear fission or biomass
burning? We don't really have
On Sunday, Oct. 9, Gainesville
Citizens CARE (for Clean,
Affordable, Renewable Energy)
is sponsoring a Community
Biomass Forum that will
provide a comprehensive
overview of the most costly
private contract ever approved
by the City of Gainesville.
For more information about
the Biomass Forum, visit the
Gainesville Citizens CARE
website at www.GC-CARE.
org. For more information about
the biomass industry, visit the
Partnership for Policy Integrity
website at www.IFPI.net.
1976 and the Green Party in the U.S.
in 1984. A former Marine, Hawkins
organized opposition to the Vietnam
War and was active in the anti-
apartheid movement. More info at:
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These nonpartisan events are open to the public and your attendance is welcome.
Speak Out Tour
Featurim g Howle Hawkins
anud local guest speakers
Friday OCL 7 @ 7:00 PM
Friends Meeting House
702 NW 38th St. Galnesvhie
Howie Hawkins will speak about corporate welfare
for nukes and fund a "Green New Deal" with full
employment, universal health care and educational
benefits, clean mass transit, and green
manufacturing jobs. An organizer in the labor, peace
& justice, and environmental movements, and
independent politics since the late 1960s. He co-
founded the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976
and the U.S. Green Party in 1984.
386.418.3791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-*ponsored by the (been Party
and Gainesville Peteransfor Peace
Gainesville Citizens CARE Inc. presents
Community BIOMASS Forum
Sunday October 9 @ 3:00 PM
"The $3 BILLION decision"
Grace Presbyterian Church
3146 NW 13th St., Gainesville
The program will include an overview of the GREC
biomass project and Information about the real
costs and impacts of the contract. A Question &
Answer session and Open Mic session will follow.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
SHARE this information with others
VOLUNTEER with GC-CARE (CALL 352-213-9000).
PARTICIPATE in these upcoming meetings:
Oct 4 & 18 Alachua County Commission
Oct 6 & 14: Gainesville City Commission
Oct. 9: GC-CARE Biomass Forum 3 p.m.
Oct. 10: Regional Utilities Committee 4:00 pm
Oct. 13: GRU annual meeting, reception at 5:30 pm
Q & A at 6 pm at the Thomas Center
Contact GRU for details.
352-213-9000 or email info@GC-CARE.org
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA IGUANA, OCTOBER 2011, PAGE 17
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Florida students fight proposed tuition hikes
by Fernando Figueroa,
Eighty members of Students for
a Democratic Society (SDS) and
their allies participated in a march
in Gainesville on Sept. 16 against
annual tuition hikes planned by
administrators at the University of
Florida (UF). Administrators say they
will raise tuition by 15 percent or
more each year through 2019.
Starting in Turlington Plaza with
speeches from several student leaders
and the vice-president of the local
IBEW, activists rallied against the
increase in tuition. Angry students
held signs reading, "Students unite
and right against tuition hikes,"
and "No hikes, no fees, education
should be free." The young people
chanted, "Chop from the top!" as
they began their march to Tigert Hall,
the administration building. Despite
a strong presence from the authorities
and the pleas of the administrators,
the students were angry enough to
take and block a lane of traffic as
they marched towards Tigert Hall
through the Plaza of the Americas.
Pausing to hear more speeches
at the feet of a giant, unpopular
statue of two figures dancing in the
Plaza of the Americas, organizers
with SDS took a moment to drape -
a large yellow price tag reading
"$35,000" over the statue. Students
see the statue, being rented for a
limited time, as symbolic of the
ridiculous amount of money wasted
by the administration. Protesters
Students for a Democratic Society members and supportersfill the halls of Tigert
Hall outside UF President Bernie Machen's office during their protest on September
16. The administration is threatening to raise tuition by 15% each year until 2019.
Photo by Michela Martinazzi.
laughed and mocked the statue
while the administration was unable
to take the price tag down. SDS
organizer Robbey Hayes said, "The
administration thinks it can waste our
money on this useless statue while
we're silent about the rising cost
of our education that's why we're
marching loudly to Tigert Hall to
demand our money back."
True to their words, the activists
returned to the streets, leading
a militant final march to Tigert
Hall. Students with bullhorns
chanted, "When education is
under attack, what do we do'?
Stand up, fight back!" as they
neared the administration building.
Encountering heavy resistance from
the university president's goons,
members of SDS in the front lines
managed to rally
fighting spirit and
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to get the crowd to simmer down.
They quickly made their way upstairs
and occupied the hallway leading
to the office of UF President Bernie
Machen, blocking the exits and
ignoring the directions to disperse
shouted at them by administrators.
With the crowd screaming "We want
Bernie! We want Bernie!" leaders of
the march negotiated with Machen's
staff members until their demands
were met: a meeting about the hikes
between Machen and top leaders
from SDS is scheduled a week from
the day of the march. SDS Organizer
Chrisley Carpio summed up the
protest, "SDS has proved it again:
Militant student activism gets results.
Until President Machen meets
our demands, we will continue to
organize until the tuition increases
After scheduling the meeting with
the administration, SDS ended the
day by dropping a banner reading
"Chop from the Top!" outside
the wall of Tigert Hall. Activism
season is officially in full effect for
on Sept. 22 in Fight Back! News,
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7th Annual Florida Bat Festival
by Jessica Newman
When we think of a bat here in
Gainesville, we think of the little
guys we see right before dusk
who could be confused for a small
bird or even a large bug. But on
Saturday, Oct. 29, locals will have
the opportunity to see a fruit bat with
a wingspan of more than five feet
(the largest bat species in the world)
right here at home, thanks to the
Lubee Bat Conservancy's Annual Bat
The Lubee Bat Conservancy is a
nonprofit research operation just
outside of town dedicated to the
study of endangered bat species and
also the development of educational
projects in order to combat extinction
around the World.
So why do they care so much about
doing research on bats that don't
even exist in Florida? Because "40
to 45 percent of bat species are
threatened in the world," according
to Brian Pope, director of the
conservancy, and they play vital roles
in all different types of ecosystems,
7th Annual Florida Bat
Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309
NW 192nd Ave., Gainesville
Saturday, October 29
10a.m. to 4p.m.
Free and open to the public!
from deserts to rainforests. One of
their main jobs is to pollinate the
native flora, without with other
species within the ecosystem would
also go extinct. For many places,
no bats means no plants; even in
Gainesville we know that less bats
means more mosquitoes.
The conservancy is home to 214
bats, each one with its own name
and all a product of captive breeding
in order to keep the strongest genes
in the pool. But the main purpose of
the conservancy is education, and
that's the focus of the Bat Festival on
Oct. 29, expected to draw
', 3,000 to 4,000 people,
VaJi:j. All the conservancy's
.j bats will be on display
J (with the chance to
. escape if they don't like
the crowds), and there
will be educational talks
and tours throughout
the day. Music, crafts
and games for all ages
will keep everyone
S entertained, and visitors
\ can purchased bat-themed
I watercolor paintings by
the bats themselves. cG'
Fruit bats cuddle at
\ home on the Lubee Bat
Conservancy property in the
outskirts of Gainessville.
Photo courtesy of Lubee Bat
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
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BBC World News
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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
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Stetson Kennedy... cont. from p. 24
in the intersections between labor
organizing, racial justice, and
Stetson Kennedy has been called
Florida's Homer. He was an epic
bard of the South, and his prose was
fiery and uncompromising. In the
now immortal Southern Exposure
(1946) he waged war on the "hate-
mongers, race-racketeers, and
terrorists who swore that apartheid
must go on forever."... Sandra
Parks aptly observed that, "Stetson
Kennedy was a walking around
reminder of the principle ... that
people's basic decency outweighed
the customs, laws, misconceptions
and violence of racism. Although
millions of white Southerners were
uneasy about segregation, Stetson
was among the few who took the
risks of direct action against it."...
Throughout his career as a folklorist,
author and community organizer,
Stetson posed tough questions to
authorities that made even many of
his friends uncomfortable....
In 1937 [after dropping out of
the University of Florida], the
unemployed writer got a job working
with the Federal Writer's Project of
the Works Progress Administration.
It was here, that Stetson became a
friend and collaborator of novelist
and anthropologist Zora Neale
Hurston. Together, Kennedy and
Hurston gathered, preserved, and
promoted unbelievably rich veins
of labor lore, folk songs, African
proverbs and tall tales in Florida.
Hurston and Kennedy were brilliant
folklorists because they were more
interested in listening to people than
in studying them. All the while,
they understood the grim realities
behind the labor conditions that their
informants toiled under. Kennedy
told Diane Roberts that, "Zora and I
were at a turpentine camp near Cross
City where we met this octogenarian
who'd been born "on the
turp'mntine.' I asked why he didn't
just leave, and he said "the onliest
way out is to die out and you have to
die "cause if you tries to leave they'll
kill you.' "...
In the immediate aftermath of World
War II, Stetson Kennedy played a
critical role in the labor and civil
rights movements by exposing
injustices that most Americans took
for granted. His work with the CIO
in Atlanta began during the war, and
he immediately sought to educate
rank-and-file workers on the evils
of the poll tax, and the importance
of building interracial industrial
unionism in the South. It is too
easy to forget the types of risks
that Stetson's generation took in
challenging American apartheid. In a
letter to Southern Changes published
in the 1990s, Stetson recalled,
"Back then, no hint of dissent, no
matter how slight, could take refuge
behind the liberal shield, but was
promptly branded as arch-radical and
positively subversive. The Klan said
'the Bible said that Jim Crow was
God's will and therefore eternal,' and
anyone, white or black, who dared
say nay thereby made themselves a
likely candidate for social, economic,
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and even rope lynching."
Southern Exposure is considered to
be a milestone of the early modem
civil rights movement era. In this
book, Stetson demonstrated that
"prejudice is made, not born," and
he drew upon African American
voices and experiences to prove that
segregation was both separate and
unequal. Racism was immoral, and
it culturally damaged all Americans
and undermined southern economic
development. He also carefully
teased out the connections between
racial inequality, and economic
Equally important, Stetson showed
the myriad ways in which northern
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capital profited from southern
poverty and racism. The research
underpinning the book is awe
inspiring. Stetson developed a special
skill in mining hundreds of pages
of statistics, obscure government
reports, and other records to illustrate
his points. Several decades later he
recalled that, "No matter how you
looked at it, the 1930 Census was a
revolutionary document. Not only the
statistics, but the bowlegs of pellagra
attested that the American South
was one of the major hunger areas
of the world.... The honest observer
had no choice but to characterize
the South as a feudalistic, colonial,
undeveloped, largely illiterate,
disease-ridden Jim Crow apartheid
society ruled by a racist one-party
white oligarchy. (And so I did.)"...
The Jim Crow Guide: A landmark
in American literature
Stetson Kennedy paid dearly for his
investigative journalism: his home
was firebombed, and his life was
repeatedly threatened. Powerful
forces ranging from Mississippi
senator Theodore Bilbo (author
of the book Take Your Choice:
Separation or Mongrelization) to
Forbes Magazine despised Stetson
because of his stance against
corporate interests. It is rumored that
arch-racist Bilbo's very last words in
1947 involved a lament that Stetson
Kennedy and Lillian Smith were
undermining the white South.
It is easy to forget that when
Stetson first infiltrated the Ku Klux
Klan it occupied a storied place in
the white American imagination.
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Nation" to "Gone with the Wind"
promoted reverence for the "Hooded
Americans." Stetson revealed an
organization that was in fact based
on racist and anti-labor violence
as well as municipal corruption.
"I didn't even know Stetson's
name until I was in my mid-30s,
and I consider that a travesty.
I'm Florida born and raised,
and I feel like I should have
... been taught about him as
an example from when I was
in elementary school," said
Jimmy Schmidt, Civic Media
Center co-coordinator. The
CMC houses the extensive
Stetson Kennedy Library which
Kennedy donated in 2009.
Noted journalist Drew Pearson
called Stetson "our Nation's No.
1 Klan-buster." Historian Gary
Mormino notes, "Stetson Kennedy
is lucky to be alive... He was one
of the most hated men in America."
After feeding the Klan's secret
codes to the 4.5 million listeners of
Radio's Adventures of Superman
in 1947, one of the KKK's leaders
famously stated, "Kennedy's ass is
worth $1,000 a pound!" Stetson did
as much as any writer or activist
in history to thoroughly discredit
the Klan and to demonstrate to the
public that this was an organization
dedicated more to the principles of
Nazism than Americanism.
Stetson Kennedy had the intelligence,
and the wherewithal to become
journalist, or a
D ~ writer living a
OOD comfortable and
l class life.
Second store Instead, he cast
Secon to his lot with the
at5011N impoverished, the
34th St. people Herman
34t -. Melville called
"The meanest mariners, renegades,
and castaways" of American society.
His writing on behalf of oppressed
minorities cost him dearly and
Stetson had to flee the United
States in the 1950s due to threats of
physical violence and the increasing
pall of McCarthyism. This was
not a man who-ever quietly went
into the night, however. In France,
Kennedy earned an audience with
the philosopher and Nobel Laureate
Jean Paul Sartre, who in turn helped
Stetson publish The Jim Crow Guide.
Simon de Beauvoir was the book's
The Jim Crow Guide was published
in 1956. This guidebook, based in
large part on oral history field work
in Florida, was an uncompromising
polemic against white supremacy and
for universal human rights. Sartre
enthused, that this was, "A history
of the United States that is 'almost
incredible' sensibly different from
that put forth by official manuals." A
European critic added, "Books such
as this oblige us to look and think....
It is impossible to remain indifferent
after reading [it]."
In The Jim Crow Guide Stetson
demonstrates that white supremacy
was aimed at Latinos as much as it
was aimed at African Americans. In
fact, I would count Stetson, along
with Ernesto Galarza as one of the
pioneering scholars of Juan Crow
as well as Jim Crow. Certainly, Jim
Crow Guide deserves to be treated
as one of the key texts in U.S.
history. Stetson seamlessly connects
race, class, and national origin
discrimination together into chapters
on forced labor, marriage laws,
and voting, etc. Stetson understood
racism as a national problem, not a
distinctively southern issue. As he
told noted historian John Egerton
years later, "Well, I'm sure you're as
much aware as I am that we're not
really talking South, we're talking
about the nation, and that segregation
had permeated the nation. Even
legalized and compulsory segregation
was not confined to the South."...
Continued page 22...
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Stetson Kennedy... cont. from p. 21
Unveiling Modern-Day Slavery
In the midst of the Cold War, the U.S.
State Department claimed that, "The
United States Constitution and laws
contain effective safeguards against
the existence of forced labor." In
this conception, modem-day slavery
was a problem in other countries
and continents, but surely not in
the United States. Stetson knew
better. He spent hundreds of hours
on the road with a recorder talking
with agricultural workers who lived
in slavery conditions throughout
Florida and the southeast. He talked
with workers who lived under the
constant threat of physical violence
and murder if they dared to leave
their employer's orchards. He also
combed the U.S. Government's own
studies on migrant labor to find and
document cases of peonage involving
Mexican, Filipino, and Japanese
migrant laborers in California and the
When Stetson appeared before the
United Nations Commission on
Forced Labor in Geneva in 1952 he
presented stacks of oral recordings,
government reports, and state-
based studies that demonstrated that
brutal exploitation was a chronic
experience in American agriculture.
"Peonage or debt slavery has by.
no means disappeared from our
land," Stetson testified. "There are
more white people involved in this
diabolical practice than there were
slaveholders...the method is the
only thing which has changed."
He continued, "Forced laborers
in the U.S.A. are not prisoners of
war or persons convicted of some
crime against the state, but rather
are 'guilty' only of belonging to
some vulnerable racial, economic,
national, or occupational group...
Moreover, their labor is not dedicated
to the public welfare, but is exploited
purely for private profit." In many
ways, this research was even more
explosive than his better-known work
in exposing the Ku Klux Klan....
An Enduring Influence
When the incredibly vibrant social
Sandra Parks aptly observed
that, "Stetson Kennedy was a
walking around reminder of
the principle ... that people's
basic decency outweighed the
customs, laws, misconceptions
and violence of racism.
Although millions of white
Southerners were uneasy about
segregation, Stetson was among
the few who took the risks of
direct action against it."
movements of the 1960s did not
bring the Revolution, Stetson was
neither surprised nor anguished; he
simply kept unleashing journalistic
barrages against the corrupt system
of economics and governance in the
United States. Stetson's meticulous
study of American institutions
inoculated him against burnout.
Years of research taught him that the
idea of American exceptionalism-
the notion of the US as a uniquely
democratic state with some minor
problems that could be fixed by wise
leaders or well-meaning college
students-was nonsense. The nation
was born with severe defects which
included the dispossession of Native
Americans, racial slavery, white
nationalism and an increasingly
suffocating corporate control. Stetson
Kennedy believed in the promise of
democracy and equality (these were
one in the same for him) but he also
knew that these ideals had never been
achieved in the United States-even
among and between white people.
His essays for Southern Changes in
the 1980s were especially effective
in revealing the more subtle forms
of racism that flourished during the
Reagan era. "Except for the black
ghetto, Jim Crow has been dumped
upon the ash heap of history," Stetson
wrote in 1989. "And yet, I submit,
where once we had segregated
racism, we now have desegregated
racism." This was classic Stetson.
While others celebrated "progress"
Stetson pointed out the enduring
flaws of the republic.
Stetson did not expect accolades
for pointing out what was wrong in
American life. This is another key
to his longevity, and in his refusal
to quit or to become cynical. He
practiced the radical tradition of
Ida B. Wells, Ruben Salazar, and
Upton Sinclair, a tradition that
believes that it is naive to expect
thanks for exposing the deepest
flaws of the nation. Instead, the
writer or community organizer
finds satisfaction in the heat of the
moment. In the words of Chicano
intellectual Carlos Mufioz, Jr., "Life
is struggle and struggle is life, but
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be mindful that Victory is in the
Works such as Jim Crow Guide,
Palmetto County, and The Klan
Unmasked, gave light, and
generations of civil rights activists
and southern community organizers
followed. When I joined the board
of the Institute for Southern Studies
in the 1990s, I came across the
following statement by Bob Hall:
"At the birth of our magazine in
1973...Southern Exposure emerged
as the obvious choice [for a name]...
Sto carry on the tradition of Stetson
Kennedy's original Southern
Exposure... a tradition that links
analysis to action, that tells the truth
and makes clear the imperative for
change. We chose the right person
to follow. He is a freedom fighter,
patriot and rebel, investigator and
truth-teller, a foot solider and leader
in the larger movement for a human
Like most people, I discovered
Stetson Kennedy relatively late
in life, well outside of the college
classroom. His works are still
anathema in most southern history
seminars. Like all great prophets, he
is a stranger in his own country. Most
academic liberals are terrified of the
fact that Stetson's relentless pursuit
of truth clashes with their shameful
retreat into "nuance" as if oppression
can be softened somehow by labeling
it "complexity." Stetson Kennedy
is not someone we are going to find
in a mainstream history book, but
he's someone we find when we are
ready to strike against injustice and
"I didn't even know Stetson's name
until I was in my mid-30s, and I
consider that a travesty," Jimmy
Schmidt, one of the Civic Media
Center's cooridnators, recalled
the day of Stetson's passing. "I'm
Florida born and raised, and I feel
like I should have known Stetson's
name and been taught about him
as an example from when I was in
Schmidt worked indefatigably over
the past several years to help catalog
Stetson's vast book collection
which Stetson donated to the Civic
Media Center so that organizers
and members of the community
will be able to study and read about
progressive traditions for generations
to come. ...
I also learned that day that Stetson
still mourned for his friends Harry
T. Moore and his wife Harriette,
who were assassinated by the
Ku Klux Klan in Florida in 1951
because of their leadership of voter
registration campaigns. Stetson took
the assassination of the Moore's as
a personal blow and an affront to
human dignity six decades later.
Stetson and Sandra Parks stayed in
contact with the Moore's daughter,
Evangeline, over the years. Sandra
offered to give Evangeline her
ticket to the inauguration of
President Barack Obama in 2009
but she was unable to make the
trip to Washington, D.C. due to her
rheumatism. "It has been more than
half a century since my parents
were assassinated, but it has taken
the election of Obama to make me
feel that they did not die in vain,"
Evangeline Moore observed. In
spite of the freezing weather, and
against his doctor's advice, Stetson
traveled to Washington, D.C. for the
inauguration. "I really did need to
be there," he explained. "I've been
campaigning for President Obama
Stetson never gave up, he never
stopped running. This is one of my
favorite Stetson zingers. In 2004,
he told journalist Diane Roberts, "If
the Bush brothers really think that
women and minorities are getting
preferential treatment, they should
get themselves a sex change, paint
themselves black, and check it
out." One of Stetson's intellectual
strengths is that he understood that
racism, sexism and class oppression
were not artifacts of the past.
His perception of human social
relations remained sharp to the very
end. He urged people to continue
organizing unions and movements
I am overwhelmed with grief at
Stetson's passing. I will revere him as
a mentor, a friend, and a role model
for the rest of my life. I am heartened
that there are so many people today
who work in the spirit of solidarity
that always animated Stetson's
writing. Stetson Kennedy's pursuit of
honesty, social equality, and freedom
was unparalleled. He told the stories
of America's forgotten people. It is
our turn now to pick up his torch and
to tell his stories for as long as we are
able to breath. c'K
Paul Ortiz is the director of the
Samuel Proctor Oral History
Program at the University of Florida
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Stetson Kennedy (1917-2011)
and the pursuit of truth
by Paul Ortiz
This is an abridged version of an
article originally published on Aug.
27 in "Facing South" by the Institute
for Southern Studies (more info at
www.southernstudies.org). The full
version can be found on our website:
Stetson Kennedy passed away
today. He was 94 years old. Stetson
died peacefully, in the presence of
his beloved wife Sandra Parks at
Baptist Medical Center South in St.
Stetson Kennedy spent the better part
of the 20th century doing battle with
racism, class oppression, corporate
domination, and environmental
degradation in the American South.
By mid-century Stetson had become
our country's fiercest tribune of
hard truths; vilified by the powerful,
Stetson did not have the capacity to
look away from injustice. His belief
in the dignity of the South's battered
sharecroppers, migrant laborers, and
turpentine workers made him the
region's most sensitive and effective
The CMC celebrates the life
of Stetson Kennedy
Join us on Saturday, Oct. 8th at
the Civic Media Center for:
11-2 pm Book sale of
surplus and duplicate books
owned by Stetson Kennedy.
2-6 pm Stetson Kennedy
memorial event. Music by
Cathy DeWitt, Willie Green
and Dale Crider, along with
refreshments and testimonials.
life, that some of us thought that he
would trick death the way that he
had once fooled the Ku Klux Klan
into exposing their lurid secrets to
the listeners of the "Adventures of
Superman" radio program in 1947.
As recently as April, Stetson gave
a fiery speech to hundreds of farm
workers and their supporters at a
rally in support of the Coalition
of Immokalee Workers in Tampa.
Standing in solidarity with Latina/o
and Hatian agricultural workers
affirmed Stetson's ironclad belief
Continued page 20,..
Stetson was so relentless, so full of
More than 180 people including many Gainesvillians gathered to celebrate
the life and work of beloved folklorist and anti-facist/anti-racist organizer Stetson
Kennedy on October I at his home, Beluthahatchee. Photo by .loe Courter.
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