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INSIDE... Occupy movement continues
Kofi documentary ........ 4 to grow across the country
Occupy Wall St., GNV ... 6-9
Judith Brown ............ 9 (Top) About 100 students and Gainesville residents marched on Nov. 2 from the
Plazas of the Americas, the Occupy UF headquarters, to the Bo Diddley Plaza, the
Group directory. ..... 10-11 Occupy Gainesville headquarters. Photo by Joe Courter. (Bottom) Thousands gather
Calendar.......... 12-13 at a General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street in early October, using the "human
microphone" to broadcast their message and reach consensus on important decisions
Stetson Kennedy ........ 14 within the group. Photo by Matt Walsh.
Farmworker organizing .. 16 Occupy Wall St. & Occupy Gainesville coverage continues on Pages 6-9.
Oral History Project ..... 18
Labor history lessons .... 20 O CCU P
Meal limit redux? ....... 22
Mass visual arts ........ 23
January city elections .... 23
Civil Rights doc at CMC ..24 .
"voter fraud" fraud .o
by Diane Roberts
This article was originally published
in the Guardian on Nov. 1, 2011.
Presidential candidate and angry
white man Newt Gingrich seems
nostalgic for the good old Jim
Crow poll tax days: he has called
for 'people to have to pass an
American historical literacy test
before they can vote. His colleagues
on the anti-democratic right have
Continued page 2...
Voting... cont. from p. 1
not gone quite so far, but 38
states, most of them controlled by
Republicans, are concocting all
kinds of ingenious ways to suppress
the vote. A new report from New
York University's Brennan Center
for Justice says that more than five
million people enough to swing the
2012 presidential election could
find themselves disenfranchised,
especially if they're poor or old or
students or black or Latino.
Hyper-conservative governors and
legislators, working with templates
produced by a shady cabal called
the American Legislative Exchange
Council (ALEC), have pushed
through laws to cut the number
of voting days, impede groups
registering new voters, demand proof
of citizenship and otherwise make
it more difficult to cast a ballot.
ALEC, partly funded by the John
Birch-er billionaire Koch brothers
and affiliated with Liam Fox's
Atlantic Bridge, is on a mission
to shrink not just government
(which it regards as a cancer on
capitalism), but democracy itself.
Ion Sancho, elections supervisor of
Leon County, Florida, and veteran of
Florida's 2000 presidential election
fiasco, says: "Every state that has a
Republican legislature is doing this,
from Maine to Florida. It's a national
In the 2008 election, Barack Obama
benefited from extended voting
hours and early voting days, as well
as rules allowing citizens to register
and vote on the same day. It's pretty
obvious why: students, the elderly,
and hourly-wage workers who can't
queue for hours without making the
boss angry, tend to favor Democrats.
Florida which became a byword for
Banana Republicanism and electoral
corruption 11 years ago has been
positively zealous in attempts to
restrict voting rights on the grounds
that easy voting leads to waste, fraud
and abuse. One lawmaker pitched a
hissy fit, claiming that dead actors
(Paul Newman, for one) constantly
turn up on voter
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rolls and that "Mickey Mouse" had
registered to vote in Orlando. State
senator Mike Bennett wants to make
voting "harder"; after all, he said,
"people in Africa literally walk 200
or 300 miles so they can have the
opportunity to do what we do, and
we want to make it more convenient?
How much more convenient do you
want to make it?"
Florida Republicans addressed the
problem of "convenience" earlier
this year by cutting early voting
days from 14 to eight, cutting
budgets for expanded polling places
and eliminating Sunday voting:
African American (and some Latino)
churches had successfully run a
post-sermon "Souls to the Polls"
operation, getting out the vote in
2004, 2006 and 2008. Florida has
also attacked civic-minded people
trying to register new voters. Jill
Ciccarelli, a teacher at New Smyrna
Beach High School, wanted to
foster a sense of citizenship amongst
her pupils, so she helped the ones
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who were old enough register. She
didn't know she was breaking the
law. Now, all individuals or groups
must file a "third party registration
organisation" form with the state, and
instead of having ten days to deliver
the paperwork, they must now do it
in 48 hours. Failure to comply could
draw felony charges and thousands.
of dollars in fines.
The nonpartisan League of
Women Voters, promoters of civic
responsibility-since 1920, has now
abandoned its Florida voter drives:
LWV is suing the state, saying that
Florida's clampdown on the franchise
violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Florida's response? Governor Rick
Scott, a Republican elected in 2010
and steeped in Koch-flavored Tea,
wants to largely exempt Florida a
former slave state with as rich a racist
history as Alabama or Mississippi -
from the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Florida's not out front on this:
many states, including those fat
with electoral college votes such as
Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,
Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio, have
passed harsh restrictions on who can
vote and how. More than a dozen
states demand that people show an
approved photo ID card. Surely, the
middle-class reasoning goes, every
red-blooded American has a driving
license? But hundreds of thousands
- many elderly, disabled or just plain
poor do not. Representative Terri
Sewell, a member of Congress from
Alabama, told the New York Times
that her wheelchair-bound father had
used his United States social security
card as proof of identity when voting.
Now that's been outlawed.
In Texas, student ID cards are no
longer be valid for voting; neither
are ID cards issued by the federal
Veterans Administration. All those
students and war vets need to do is
go buy a gun: concealed weapons
permits are acceptable at the polls.
Republicans all sing from the same
hymnal on this one: voting must be
tightly controlled to prevent fraud.
Never mind that there is no fraud.
Indeed, the Brennan Center found
that voter fraud is so "exceedingly
rare" that "one is more likely to be
struck by lightning than to commit
voter fraud." Mickey Mouse was not
allowed to register. Paul Newman
did not vote from beyond the grave.
Hordes of undocumented Mexicans
have not stuffed ballot boxes (though
a great many new, legal Latino voters
have registered in Florida, Texas and
other large states).
A new report from New
York University's Brennan
Center for Justice says
that more than five million
people enough to swing the
2012 presidential election
- could find themselves
if they're poor or old or
students or black or Latino.
But why let the facts get in the
way of rigging an election? Some
conservative sages have let the veil
slip long enough for us to see what's
really going on. Former Arkansas
mediaite Mike Huckabee likes to say
that if people have friends who don't
plan to vote the rightwing line, "Let
the air out of their tires on election
day. Tell them the election has been
moved to a different date."
Huckabee protests he's just joking.
But Matthew Vadum, a Fox News
favorite and part of the paranoid
right's brain trust, isn't being
remotely funny when he says
"registering the poor to vote is un-
American." Nor was American
Legislative Exchange Council co-
founder Paul Weyrich back in the
1980s, when he said, "I don't want
everybody to vote. Our leverage in
the elections quite candidly goes up
as the voting populace goes down."
Obviously, democracy is no fun if
just anyone can play. c t
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"In His Own Home" The Story of Kofi Adu-Brempong
By Luce Lincoln, Malini Schueller
On March 2, 2010 five officers of
the University of Florida Police
Department responded to a 911 call
from a neighbor who heard screams
from Ghanaian doctoral student Kofi
Adu-Brempong's campus apartment.
The officers broke open his door and,
upon seeing him sitting with a metal
table leg in his hand, shot him in the
face and hand. The time between
entering the apartment, armed with
assault rifles, and shooting Kofi twice
in the face was approximately seven
Adu-Brempong, who needed a cane
to walk because of childhood polio
and had been suffering from mental
illness, now had severe facial injuries
and was charged with resisting
arrest. He was guarded 24/7 outside
his hospital door, his legs shackled
together when going to the bathroom.
The charges against Adu-Brempong
were dismissed, and Stacy Ettel, the
officer in charge of the operation,
was fired. But Keith Smith, the
officer who actually shot Kofi, was
neither suspended nor fired.
Although the case shocked students
at the University of Florida, and
protesters held three rallies to bring
attention to the shooting, the case
remains a local incident and received
very little coverage outside Florida.
However, the shooting of Adu-
Brempong is not an isolated incident
of police bungling, but rather part of
an ongoing pattern of police brutality
against blacks, as well as a stark
reminder about increasing campus
In order to bring attention to this
case, we are making a documentary
about it titled "In His Own Home."
This project came out of outrage by a
small group of concerned community
members committed to seeing social
justice happen on a local level.
With this film, we hope to expose
not only the racist intent involved
in this brutal incident, but also how
universities are more and more
becoming militarized zones where
police have little accountability
to students and citizens living
in the vicinity. We hope for this
documentary to be an educational
and organizing tool, calling for our
communities to be safe from such
violence by police.
The story of Kofi continues to
unfold. Keith Smith, the officer who
shot Kofi, was fired by the UF Police
Department a few weeks ago when
he roughed up a student speeding in a
Mercedez near campus. While we are
relieved that Smith is no longer on
the police force,
we wonder why
he was not even
shooting Kofi in
the face. Campus
tragic results as
seen in the case of
a young black
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With this film, we hope to
expose not only the racist
intent involved in this brutal
incident, but also how
universities are more and
more becoming militarized
zones where police have little
accountability to students
and citizens living in the
student who was tasered to death by
University of Cincinnati police in
There is no funding for this project,
and we are all volunteering our time.
The documentary is almost complete,
but we need funds to cover expensive
fees to license the rights to news
footage and the cost to make DVDs,
among other administrative costs. To
see a trailer of "In His Own Home"
or to donate to the project, go to
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Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
This document was accepted by
the NYC General Assembly on
September 29, 2011 as a declaration
of the Occupation of Wall St.
As we gather together in solidarity to
express a feeling of mass injustice,
we must not lose sight of what
brought us together. We write so that
all people who feel wronged by the
corporate forces of the world can
know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we
acknowledge the reality: that the
future of the human race requires
the cooperation of its members;
that our system must protect our
rights, and upon corruption of that
system, it is up to the individuals to
protect their own rights, and those
of their neighbors; that a democratic
government derives its just power
from the people, but corporations do
not seek consent to extract wealth
from the people and the Earth; and
that no true democracy is attainable
when the process is determined by
We come to you at a time when
corporations, which place profit over
people, self-interest over justice, and
oppression over equality, run our
governments. We have peaceably
assembled here, as is our right, to let
these facts be known.
* They have taken our houses
through an illegal foreclosure
process, despite not having the
They have taken bailouts from
taxpayers with impunity, and
continue to give Executives
They have perpetuated inequality
and discrimination in the
workplace based on age, the color
of one's skin, sex, gender identity
and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food
supply through negligence, and
undermined the farming system
* They have profited off of the
torture, confinement, and cruel
treatment of countless animals,
and actively hide these practices.
* They have continuously sought
to strip employees of the right to
negotiate for better pay and safer
* They have held students hostage
with tens of thousands of dollars
of debt on education, which is
itself a human right.
* They have consistently outsourced
labor and used that outsourcing
as leverage to cut workers'
healthcare and pay.
* They have influenced the courts to
achieve the same rights as people,
with none of the culpability or
* They have spent millions of
dollars on legal teams that look
for ways to get them out of
contracts in regards to health
* They have sold our privacy as a
* They have used the military and
police force to prevent freedom of
* They have deliberately declined to
recall faulty products endangering
lives in pursuit of profit.
* They determine economic policy,
despite the catastrophic failures
their policies have produced and
continue to produce.
* They have donated large sums
of money to politicians, who are
responsible for regulating them.
* They continue to block alternate
forms of energy to keep us
dependent on oil.
* They continue to block generic
forms of medicine that could save
people's lives or provide relief ifi
order to protect investments that
have already turned a substantial
* They have purposely covered
up oil spills, accidents, faulty
bookkeeping, and inactive
ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people
misinformed and fearful through
their control of the media.
They have accepted private
contracts to murder prisoners
even when presented with serious
doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated
colonialism at home and abroad.
They have participated in the
torture and murder of innocent
They continue to create weapons
of mass destruction in order to
receive government contracts.*
. To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General
Assembly occupying Wall Street in
Liberty Square, urge you to assert
Exercise your right to peaceably
assemble; occupy public space;
create a process to address the
problems we face, and generate
solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action
and form groups in the spirit of
direct democracy, we offer support,
documentation, and all of the
resources at our disposal. Join us and
make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
Online Occupy info
Occupy Wall St. main site
Occupy Together site
IGUANA, NOVEMBERIDECEMBER 2011, PAGE 6 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011, PAGE 6
Occupy Gainesville, on the road to spread the word
By Tommy Baker
The wind is picking up, and the
demonstrators are chasing the
signs that blow into the streets of
downtown Orlando. Signs that say
"Give a damn" or signs that highlight
the billions of dollars given to
Bank of America flop around in the
shadows of ten-plus story hotel and
I joined the thousand or so marching
through the streets earlier in the day,
wearing my Occupy Gainesville
T-shirt and chanting at the top of
my lungs with hundreds of others,
"Banks got bailed out! We got sold
out!" The signs were then rigid
between the hands of marchers,
demonstrators and protesters, the
concerned citizens of a country who
has lost its direction.
I came from Occupy Gainesville to
march with my parents who have
been directly affected by the shifting
of wealth over the last five years.
Mrs. Rosa Parks
My mother works for Seminole
County managing computer systems.
She is underpaid and cannot get a
raise or improved benefits. It has
been hard for her to find another job
being a woman in her 50s in IT.
My dad lost his business a couple
years ago pulling wrenches on
lawnmowers and coming home tired
and broke. At the same time, the
U.S. government was bailing out
the banks and car companies with
hundreds of billions of dollars, my
dad was filing for bankruptcy. He has
recently been lucky enough to find a
job as a landscaper.
My parents are just one example of
a family losing their savings and
struggling to pay a mortgage or rent.
The decline of wealth in the middle
class and the sharp increase of wealth
by the top 20 percent over the past 30
years is not just a sign of corporate
greed but of apathetic workers. Wall
Street had its best month in October
in the past nine
years, and the
jobless rate is
almost I out every
No longer is it a
question of what
can do to stop it.
The question is,
as we all know,
what we can do to
our government to
The Occupy Gainesville
General Assembly (GA)
is open to all and meets
daily at 6:30 pm on the
Bo Diddley Downtown
The movement happening around the
world is inspiring to say the least.
The march here in Orlando gathered
almost 1,000 people and the numbers
are only rising. The people are only
getting stronger, and it can be seen
in the diversity of the demonstrators.
They all talk with each other and
learn each other's stories. They
talk about how we can improve or
country, state and city.
In my opinion, there is not just
a movement being created, but a
community. Joining the Occupy
movement was easy for me. When
I told my parents I was getting
involved with Occupy Gainesville,
they didn't know I was sleeping on
the sidewalk of Bo Diddley Plaza.
I asked them to simply look up
the Occupy movement in Orlando
because, well, it was time for them to
stop complaining in their home about
their challenges, and it was time to
take our grievances to the streets. e
Tommy Baker is one of more
than a dozen members of Occupy
Gainesville sleeping in Bo Diddley
Plaza each night as part of the
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IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011, PAGE 7
Honoring the Mother
of the Modern Day
Civil Rights Movement
Annual Quiet Courage Awards Ceremony
Date: Nov. 20, 2011
Time: 4:00 P.M.
Springhill Missionary Baptist
120 NE Williston Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32641
(on WillMA*m Rd mith qfSE I6h Ae.)
Join the Rosa Parks Quiet'
Courage Committee as we
continue honoring her legacy
for justice. There will also be
special recognition of-the
50th Anniversary of the
An Iguana's eye view of Occupy Wall St.
The following report was originally
published in the Alachua County
Labor Party's October 20 newsletter
as part of a series where Labor Party
members shared their experiences
with the Occupy Wall St., Occupy
Gainesville and Occupy Portland
movements. The complete series
is available online at
by Jenny Brown,
Gainesville Iguana Editor Emeritus
Occupy Wall Street has obviously
been very exciting in New York, with
activities almost every day including
two disruptions of Sotheby's art
auctions that cater to the super-rich.
Sotheby's locked out its union art
handlers when they refused to take a
pay cut while the company is rolling
in extra dough.
Occupy Wall Street from the first has
been supporting the labor struggles in
the city and in turn the unions have
been overwhelmingly supportive
of the occupation both officially
and in terms of mobilizing people
power. The first big march that unions
participated in, on October 12, brought
out between ten and twenty thousand
to march to Zuccotti Park. Most of the
big unions had endorsed the march
and many were organizing actively
to get members there. The blue collar
unions representing transit workers and
Verizon workers, along with the college
teachers and graduate assistants, seem
to be most represented.
Zuccotti Park is right next to the World
Trade Center construction site, and a
couple of blocks from a big new transit
hub construction project, so the 'labor
table' at Occupy Wall Street gets regular
union visitors from the building trades.
This was reflected in a 30-person labor
outreach committee meeting I attended
where union construction workers
made up half the meeting. The mostly
older, mostly Black and Latino union
members were very respectful of the
Everyone is taking
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this very seriously, even though the
extreme consensus process was clearly
alien to most union members.
New York unions had marched on Wall
Street several times before the Occupy
Wall Street effort got going, the most
recent time the nurses union National
Nurses United marched fora transaction
tax. The unions led a 15,000 march on
Wall Street May 12, and there was an
occupation at City Hall park for two
weeks (called Bloombergville after
Experience pays off: The city used the
trick that they had to 'clean the site' to
evict Bloombergville, so the Occupy
Wall Street folks knew that history on
Friday when the City wanted to displace
them on the pretext of cleaning. People
showed up with mops and brooms,
including members of the SEIU
building services local 32BJ (many of
the members are janitors), and the site
was thoroughly scrubbed. (The real dirt
is in the banks, they pointed out.)
Unions and other groups sent out a call
to defend the site at 6 am on Friday
(Oct 14). The police were expected to
make their move at 7 am. When I got
there, before dawn, the square was
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packed, and all around the square the sidewalks were packed,
including a good number of union members in their t-shirts
and jackets. I estimated the crowd at 1,000 to 1,500. In the
face of the crowd, the city and the cops backed down! On
Saturday around 10,000 marched on Times Square.
Occupy Wall Street is saying the kind of basic things about
class that unions have been afraid to say so clearly, instead of
talking about "saving the middle class," Occupy Wall Street
is saying the clearer, more accurate, "We are the 99 percent."
Instead of boring policy recommendations, they're saying we
can solve the problems in our society, but the 1% is standing
in the way. "You want a demand?" said one woman's sign,
"We want a future." They're also raising the union chant first
heard at the Republic Windows and Doors sit-in in Chicago:
"Banks got bailed out, we got sold out." (I heard a cop
humming this to himself as one of the marches went past.)
And although the occupation of the Wisconsin statehouse
was targeting an immediate enemy, the Occupy Wall Street
protesters are targeting THE big enemy, the paymasters of
the likes of Scott Walker and Rick Scott.
Like the Civil Rights Movement's demand, "Freedom Now,"
there's really little confusion about what the protest is aiming
at. I'm glad that at this stage they're not saying we want this
law or that law. c
Jenny Brown was the co-founder and editor of the Iguana
for 24 years. She currently works for Labor Notes in New
York City (see pg. 21 for subscription info).
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Carol Giardina (top, left), author of "Freedom for
Women" and Vivian Filer (top, right), longtime
Gainesville community organizer and civil rights activist,
at the Judith Brown Commemorative on November 5th.
Ms. Filer lead the audience in singing the Sweet Honey
in the Rock song "We who Believe in Freedom Cannot
Rest" to open the program. Judith was a second wave
feminist pioneer who died 20 years ago. She got her start
in the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960's, and in
1966 Carol became a close collaborator with her. Also in
attendance were civil rights veterans John Due (bottom,
left) and Zoharah Simmons (bottom, right). Pat Due,
John's life partner, was a mentor to Judith in Quincy, FL
in 1963, and he shared reflections on Judy and Pat as
strong committed organizers. Dr Simmons, currently a
professor at UF, was a veteran of SNCC in Mississippi in
that same time period. The Samuel Proctor Oral History
Project recorded the event, and oral histories of friends
and co-workers of Judith Brown were also taken at the
event, held at the Gainesville Pride Center. Photos by
James Ford. ci
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IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011, PAGE 9
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 Currently
no local chapter. For info on forming new
chapter, or ACLU info, contact Jax office
904-353-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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, gnewburn@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,
Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.
IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011, PAGE 10 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
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.
email@example.com or www.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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. GainesvillelAIJ@gmail.com; 352-
215-4255 or 352-562-1386
IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011, PAGE 10
International Socialist Organization
Organization committed to building a left
alternative to a world of war, racism and
poverty. Meetings are every Thurs. at the
UF classroom building at 105 NW 16th St
at 7pm. email@example.com
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 Lawyers, law
students, legal workers and jailhouse
lawyers using the law to advance social
justice and support progressive social
movements. firstname.lastname@example.org or
National Organization for Women
Gainesville Area NOW meeting info
contact Lisa at 352-450-1912.
Judy Levy NOW information,
contact Laura Bresko 352-332-2528.
Planned Parenthood Clinic Full-service
medical clinic for reproductive and sexual
health care needs. Now offering free HIV
and free pregnancy testing daily from
9-11am and 1-4pm. Located at 914 NW
Pride Community Center of North
Central Florida Resources for the gay/
lesbian community, open M-F, 3-7,
Sat. noon-4pm. Located at 3131 NW
13th St, Suite 62. 352-377-8915, www.
Protect Gainesville Citizens Group
whose mission is to provide Gainesville
residents with accurate and comprehensible
information about the Cabot/Koppers
Superfund site. 352-354-2432, 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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Radio Gainesville's public radio station is now
Radi ^mostly NPR talk it's located at 89.1 on
the FM dial.
Notes: Weekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane
Rehm (interview & call-in); noon-1 pm:
Hey, west Terry Gross, Fresh Air; 1-2 pm, BBC
G'ville call-in World Have Your Say, Wednesdays;
WGOT p 2-4 pm: Talk of the Nation. Evenings, 8-10:
low-power FM The Story & On Point, followed by BBC
on the air World News all night.
tune in at 94.7 Under the Bridge, AfroPop, & Hearts of
(and set your car Space all continue see schedule at
radio, too): / www.wuftfm.org (or pg 15) for expanded
wgot947@ / weekend schedule and program details.
gmail.com or or A new internet resource is Grow Radio
www.wgot.org/calendar. (www.growradio.org), based in G'ville.
13 Downtown Arts Festival
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.
2 Operation Catnip Spay
2O Day feral cat neutering
program seeks human & feline
participants: info, 380-0940.
Rosa Parks Quiet Courage
Awards Ceremony, 4 pm,
Springhill Miss. Baptist Church,
SE Williston Rd north of 16th
Ave; see pg 7.
Southern Culture on the Skids
with Nook & Cranny at Double
Down Live (doors 6 pm, show 7).
2'7 Jenny's in town for a
1 I visit: T-day leftovers pot-
luck brunch at the Lake House,
10 am-2 pm; info, 378-5655.
4 Palestine/Israel Sister Cities
community forum, Mennonite
Mtg House, 1236 NW 18th Ave,
Women's Movie Night, 5 pm,
1st Sundays, Pride Community
Center, 3131 NW 13th St.
1 Operation Catnip Spay
Day see 11/20.
Interweave see 11/13.
236 BCE: Flutists at Athenian
Temple of Dionysus strike for
251642: Isaac Newton bon.
5 1899: Humphrey Bogart
14 "Defending Offensive Ex-
14r "pression" talk by Prof. Clay
Calvert at Fla Free Speech Forum,
11:30 am, Paramount Hotel (talk free;
lunch, $19: reservations 335-3938).
"The Florida I Knew" talk by
ex-governor Ruben Askew,
UF Pugh Hall, 6 pm, free.
La Cosecha (The Harvest
- doc on child labor in US
agribusiness), CMC, 7 pm.
21 Healing Homes doc on
2 Swedish mental health alterna-
tive; co-sponsored by Mind Freedom
Florida, CMC, 7 pm.
for info on live music in G'ville.
O 0 Pray the Devil Back to Hell,
O(0 documentary on women's role
in stopping Liberian civil war (part of
PBS Women, War, and Peace series),
7 pm, Civic Media Center, 433 S.
1757: William Blake bom.
Freedom Never Dies: Legacy of
Harry T. Moore doc on leading
Fla NAACP organizer murdered in
1951 house bombing, CMC, 7 pm.
12 "Living Illegal" authors on
new book on undocumented
aliens in US: Fla Free Speech Forum
What Would Jesus Buy? (doc featur-
ing Rev Billy from Church of Stop
Shopping), CMC, 7 pm.
19 Monty Python's
.,FLife of Brian:
a holiday tradition
at CMC, 7 pm
S 1940: Phil Ochs bom
1 1776: Insurgents ambush
I Hessian-UK troops: Trenton, NJ.
8 Alachua County Comm
on 2nd & 4th Tues, 9 am
& 5 pm: citizens comment,
9:30 am: County Admin Bldg,
12 SE 1st St.
County Farmers' Mkt on
N 441 by Hwy Patrol Tues/
Thurs/Sat, 8 am-noon.
Anti-war sign-holding 4-6
pm: 1st & 3rd Tues, Archer Rd
& SW 34th St; 2nd & 4th Tues,
University Ave & W. 13th St.
Civil Indigent at CMC, 8 pm.
1519: Hernan Cort6s kidnaps
1 5 School Board meeting
15 rescheduled to 11/22.
"An Evening with John
Sayles", Hippodrome Theatre
(co-sponsored by CMC): 6:30
pm, reading, reception &
book-signing for Moment in
the Sun, $10; 8 pm, new film
Amigo, $7.50; reservations,
thehipp.org (adv. tix at Hipp
6ox office by 11/11).
1998: W.J. Clinton impeached.
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22 Alachua County
2 Comm, 9 am & 5 pm:
citizens comment, 9:30 am.
School Board meeting 6 pm
(rescheduled from 11/15).
29 Wild Words, Wild Iris
9 Books, last Tuesdays,
open mic, 7 pm.
Alachua County Labor Party
meets: 6:30 pm, 618 NW 13th
Ave; info, 375-2832.
Prince Rama, local ethereal
music successes return to town
for show at Boca Fiesta back
yard, 9 pm.
1864: US Army kills >500 un-
armed Arapaho & Cheyenne.
6 School Board meets, 6 pm.
1 Comm meets 9 am & 5
pm, County Admin Bldg; citi-
zens' comment, 9:30 am &
"Nicaragua: Surviving US
Policy" talk by photographer
Paul Dix, CMC, 7 pm.
1957: Billy Bragg bom.
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;
Trject, 2nd Weds.
Sullen Klas at UF
6 pm, Matheson
E. Univ Ave.
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rd Weds, 7-9 pm.
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7 "The Holy Fool" talk by
Prof. Sergey A. Ivanov,
4:30 pm, 212 Library West, UF
(search for "Ivanov" at
CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. -
Icarus Project meets,
CMC, 7 pm. ___
Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm
1973: President Richard Nixon
claims "I am not a crook."
Spinoza bom. 4
1864: Henri de
1868: Scott Joplin bom.
1925: William F. Buckley bom.
Dec 1 CMC Volunteers
D ecL 1 meet, 5:30 pm.
Sierra Club general meeting,
UF Entomology Bldg rm 3118,
1st Thursdays, 7:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
WORLD AIDS DAY
8 CMC Volunteers meet,
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.
1OO : Svinft Ilninn dissn/lves
18 United Way pre-game concert
1 series, Bo Diddley downtown
plaza; 5:30 pm, free.
Art Hop gallery & shops at Mill-
hopper/Thomebrooke area, 6-9 pm.
Miles Davis Experience, Phillips Ctr,
7:30 pm, $30.
Lauris Vidal and Boswellians at The
This morning: Leonid meteor
showers expected pre-dawn, to S.
- Z Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5:30
S..7 pm, UF Plaza of Americas.
3rd Stone, downtown plaza: United
Way pre-game concert series, 5:30 pm.
Gay Movie Night last Fridays, $2, 7:30
pm, Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St.
Aaron Neville Quintet at Phillips Ctr,
7:30 pm, $40.
2GHS Roots and Shoots Club
Open Mic Night, CMC, 7 pm, $5.
1620: First English language
9 Farm to Family Holiday Full
Moon Festival in High Springs -
$20 for full weekend includes camp-
ing; Sunday only, $10:
Art Walk Downtown; many galleries
& venues participate; 7-10 pm, last
Friday of each month.
26 Gator Football vs FSU,
2 time tba. ,pa.
1865: Alice in Wonderland published.
1942: Casablanca premieres.
3 Art of Children of Rwanda
fundraiser, Prairie Creek Lodge,
7204 SE Cty Rd 234, 3 pm, $10-20.
Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
pm at UU Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th
St: 375-7207; $1 + veggie/vegan dish.
Velveeta Underground at Lightnin'
Salvage, 6-9 pm.
A1O Interfaith Relations
10 \discussion, Mennonite Meet-
ing House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 10 am.
1949: Human Rights Day declared.
US aid. ,,L O. -.
ial Afrikan CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. 1 Dan Hicks & Hot Licks at UF r17 Vets for Peace 25th Winter
r" workshop # 4 1 IIcarus Project meets, u Squitieri Theatre, 7:30 pm, $40. 1 Solstice Concert, 8 pm, UUFG,
CMC, 7 pm. CMC, 7 pm. 4225 NW 34th St: see ad, pg 2.
its: Geminid 1770: Ludwig van Beethoven bom. Whether here or anywhere:
3 (mostly to NE). Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm. 1775: Jane Austen born. please support live music!
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22 1989: Rumania overthrows
1923: Soviet Union esta
1913: Federal Reserve System set up
to t form US finance (more needed}.
3 Nook and Cranny at Satchel's
SPizza/Lightnin' Salvage, 6-9
pm: live music Weds through Sats:
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24 Alternative Radio on local
airwaves on WGOT-FM 94.7,
Saturday afternoons at 4 pm; best lis-
tening in NW G'ville or in your car.
1980: Paul McCartney
sues Beatles; era ends.
0 1 CMC Volunteers meet
A10 every Thursday, 5:30 pm.
Internat'l Socialist Org. meets
Thursday, 7 pm, 105 NW 16th St.
Open Poetry every Thursday at
CMC, 9 pm: Gvl's longest-running
poetry jam, open to all; informal &
welcoming to both readers &
Melt Banana, amazing speed rock
Japanese band, and others at
Double Down Live.
1969: Sesame Street first airs.
11 Occupy Gainesville events plan-
ned starting 11 am more info,
Feminist Happy Hour: GvlAreaNOW,
6:30 pm, Fat Tuscan, 725 NE 1st St.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties Fridays at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave, pm.
The Cockettes (doc of '70s queer rock
& performance art group), CMC, 7 pm.
Free Blues, Bo Diddley Plaza, 7 pm.
David Mamet's Oleanna at Across-
town Rep. Theatre, 8 pm (also Sat, 8
pm, & Sun, 2 pm), $ 10 ($8 stu/sr/mil).
ARMISTICE [VETERANS] DAY
2 1 Downtown Arts Festival opens
j- (also all day Sunday).
Fair Trade/Fair Food Fair, Beltram
Peace Ctr, 1236 NW 18thAve, 9:30 am.
Abundant Edible Landscapes fall
plant sale, Indigo Green, 322 SW 4th
Ave, 10 am-1 pm.
Shmanksgiving: A Vegan/Vegetarian
Thanksgiving at CMC, 6 pm, $5.
The Impostors at Unified Training
Ctr, 809 W. Univ Ave, 8 pm, $5.
Doug Clifford Saturdays, 11 pm-
midnight; WSKY-97.3; show repeats
Sunday nights 11 pm, WKTK-98.5.
1 9 "School of Assassins" protest,
Ft Benning, Columbus, GA -
Gator Football vs Furman, 1 pm.
"Composing A Heart" musical
performance art about immigrants'
children by Bess de Farber, CMC,
Rochevanies, Capture the Rapture,
& Chicken Luv: Boca Fiesta back
yard; benefits CMC & Wild Iris Books.
Remembering Stetson Kennedy through
the Civic Media Center
By Tyler Benjamin
One woman told a small group why
she stopped drinking Miller High
Life at 19 and started going for the
Pabst Blue Ribbon they were holding
now. Most of the men had beards or
at least sideburns that stretched down
to their chin. Almost everyone had
something pierced. They shared their
stories of activism over white wine in
Stetson Kennedy would have loved
Kennedy, a white native of Florida,
was a writer and activist for
oppressed communities in the South
ranging from blacks during the Jim
Crow era to migrant workers in more
recent times. The accomplished man
died in August at age 94.
He recently revealed that he could
speak another language when he
gave part of a speech to migrant
workers in Spanish.
He commissioned a Jewish flagmaker
in New York to make a flag with
a swastika, which he eventually
unfurled behind officials from a
German company seeking more
American investment just after World
The Klan still has a price on his head
after he infiltrated their organization,
handed over some of their deepest
secrets to the FBI and then to a radio
show because he found out the FBI
was in bed with the Klan too.
"In the end, we really thought that
he was going to live forever," said
Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel
Proctor Oral History Program at the
University of Florida. "He had beaten
everyone else. There was no reason
to believe he couldn't cheat death."
Ortiz was the guest speaker at the
18th birthday of the Civic Media
Center in October who detailed
Kennedy's life and called on an
audience of around 40 people to
continue Kennedy's legacy of
thorough research and powerful
Kennedy's wife, Sandra Parks, who
sits on the CMC's board and turned
71 the same day of the event, said
books to the center
because he wanted
ordinary people to
have access to his
chose the CMC
over one of the
in the nation,
Research and Education Center in
Tennessee, because the Gainesville
center was "in the university's
face and not on a mountaintop in
The event, co-sponsored by the
oral history program and the CMC,
mirrors Kennedy's belief in story
telling as a vehicle to capture and
preserve the knowledge of what
many that night referred to as
Ortiz explained that Kennedy.
believed in the combination of
education and activism to combat
oppressive forces like racism. He
believed that economic inequality led
to the greatest oppression, not a lack
of knowledge or outright hatred.
Using that as a springboard, Ortiz
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called on the audience to not be
timid in their writing, asking students
especially to step up to the plate
where people like Kennedy once
went to bat for those who weren't
even allowed to play.
"This book is as powerful as a picket
sign," Ortiz said, holding up "Jim
Crow Guide," one of Kennedy's
Ortiz, Parks and the CMC's co-
founder discussed Kennedy's
unwavering trust in what his wife
called "the uncommon good sense
in ordinary people." Each of them
reiterated Kennedy's best advice:
pick a cause and stick with it.
While he never demanded
commitment to world-changing
causes from anyone, Parks said,
Kennedy himself didn't shy away
from them. He cared deeply about
human rights, the preservation of
traditional cultures and looking after
As a young man, Kennedy chose this
life when he literally walked away
from a table set with privileges like
his white skin and his family's ties to
the Ku Klux Klan. One morning over
breakfast, Kennedy's sister asked
him if he'd rather be with black
people than with his family, Ortiz
said. Kennedy answered yes and left
Ortiz made clear that Kennedy's
work collecting stories with the
Works Project Administration, a New
Deal program, taught him the truth
behind economic disadvantage but
also about the power of listening.
Kennedy couldn't look away from
injustice, and this was rooted in the
story-collecting fieldwork he did
when he left UF at just 21.
In his travels, Kennedy saw a Florida
scarred with open-faced phosphate
mines and forests destroyed by the
turpentine industry, according to
Ortiz. He met poor, unskilled blacks
who could sing and tell incredible
stories, but who couldn't leave to
make a better living because that just
wasn't the way it worked.
After Ortiz spoke, Joe Courter, one
of the CMC's co-foUhders, asked
members of the audience to share
what the center meahs to them. A
few mentioned how they didn't find
a place like the CMC in other cities.
One woman said it was her spiritual
home, and one man explained it's
the reason he settled in Gainesville.
All spoke with misty eyes and great
James Schmidt, a CMC coordinator,
said he signed up to get involved at
the center exactly 18 years ago. He
called the center "an incubator for
social activists," and he connected
the past and present.
"The value of the Civic Media Center
is that young folks in this college
town get involved, start volunteering,
learn about a whole world of ideas,
find that thing that Stetson [Kennedy]
talked about and then they go into the
world," Schmidt said.
It's that forward, "into the world"
sentiment that Ortiz wanted to
convey Tuesday night. To that end,
alongside the CMC's oral history
project, Ortiz said an oral history
project anchored in Kennedy's life is
in the works.
Kennedy's legacy of intense and
prolonged activism sat quiet but
present in the books that surrounded
the audience Tuesday night, and
the bursting biography of a citizen
committed to justice came to life in
Parks summed up Kennedy's fervor
in one simple sentence, something
she said he used to conclude his own
presentations and something she used
to conclude her words that night.
"If any of you see a hopeful
movement, call me collect."c
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Florida farmworkers convince multi-billion dollar
corporations to accept their demands
By Kimberly Hunter
If we hope to change corporate
policies to benefit rather than exploit
the 99 percent, we should study the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers'
history and organizing model:
Consciousness + Commitment =
Change. They have discovered how
to challenge giant corporations in the
21st century- and win!
Together with consumers, they
are forging a hopeful reality, one
where we are bound together not
only through our objectification and
exploitation but also through our
In 1993, six Florida farm workers
decided Ya Basta "enough is
enough." Enough poverty wages.
Enough sexual abuse from bosses.
Enough violence in the fields.
Enough water and shade deprivation.
Enough arriving at 5:00 am only to
sit waiting for five unpaid hours.
Enough human trafficking. Enough
$3,200 per month, Manhattan-priced
housing for lousy trailers. Enough
So they began meeting weekly in a
room borrowed from a local church
to discuss how they could better
their communities and lives, despite
working in the agricultural industry -
one of only two industries excluded
from the 1930s labor protection laws
in the U.S.
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enough, farm workers are also
paid "by the piece" rather than by
the hour, and despite inflation, the
average "piece-rate" wage tomato
harvesters receive 50 cents per
32-pound bucket has not increased
since the 1980s. By today's
standards, this means a farm worker
must harvest 2.5 tons of tomatoes in
one day just to make minimum wage.
This is the system they were seeking
Fast forward 18 years to 2011. The
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
(CIW) is more than 4,000 members
strong and has convinced nine multi-
billion dollar food corporations to
sign its Fair Food Code of Conduct,
requiring they not only pay a penny
more per pound of tomatoes 32
extra cents per 32-pound bucket but
also stop purchasing from growers
who tolerate exploitation.
Thus, for the first time this
November, more than 30,000 Florida
tomato harvesters will receive a 64
percent wage increase, a clock-in
system, an at least minimum wage
guarantee, a confidential complaint
resolution system, and on-the-
clock worker-to-worker labor rights
education. But for tomato harvesters
working in fields contracted to non-
participating corporations, they still
receive only 50 cents a bucket and
are guaranteed no rights. So while the
CIW has achieved ground-breaking
progress towards uprooting the
Detection their struggle
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How did this
When those six
together in 1993,
they knew what
they opposed but not exactly how to
achieve what they wanted. At first,
they sought negotiations with their
immediate bosses crew leaders and
local growers but soon recognized
how corporate food industries
leverage their buying power to
demand the lowest possible prices
from already struggling farmers,
thereby pressuring farmers to keep
workers' wages low. So rather than
simply calling for a wage increase,
the CIW developed a very specific
goal: the Fair Food Code of Conduct,
a legal contract that they can pressure
companies to sign, requiring they pay
a penny more per pound of tomatoes
and cease purchasing from growers
who tolerate exploitation.
Next, they chose the first company
to pressure. In 2001, they called for
a boycott of the largest restaurant
company on the planet, Yum! Brands,
Inc., parent company of KFC, A&W,
Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Long John
Over the next four years, the CIW
organized in the tomato fields and
in mainstream society to raise
awareness about their campaign.
They needed more than well-wishing
. supporters, so they searched for
natural allies, other people seeking
liberation from corporate food
industry exploitation. Santiago Perez
of the CIW often tells would-be
supporters, "We don't want your
pity; we want your partnership."
Students were among the first to
protest corporate dehumanization
of both suppliers and customers.
As communicated by the grower
who once said to an indignant CIW
harvester, "A tractor doesn't tell
the farmer how to run the farm,"
each person is expected to play a
predictable role in the corporate
The Student/Farm Worker Alliance
writes, "Both farm workers and
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Trade unionists Jason Fults, (left) an electrician apprentice, and Paul Ortiz, (right)
a UF history professor, take part in a picket in support of the Coalition of Immokalee
Workers outside the Millhopper Publix earlier this year. Photo: Kimberly Hunter.
young consumers are objectified
by the corporate food industry:
farm workers are seen as tractors
that harvest raw materials cheaply
while youth are seen as mouths
that obediently consume branded
products. Now more than ever, the
connection between farm worker
exploitation and the exploitation of
young people is clear."
But we defy and undermine the
corporate business plan when we
refuse to be obedient, predictable
consumers. Just as the CIW yelled
back, "I am not a tractor," students
also showed, through Boot the Bell
campus boycotts, that they were
not mindless mouths.Nationwide
consumers student, religious, labor
and community organizations -
adopted the Taco Bell Boycott, and
in 2005, Yum! Brands became the
first company to sign the Fair Food
Code of Conduct. After that success,
the Alliance for Fair Food formed,
the Campaign for Fair Food marched
forward, and in five years, they
pulled eight more multi-billion dollar
food corporations on board. (For a
full list, visit CIW-Online.org)
What's next & where do you fit in?
Despite that progress, supermarket
stubbornness still stands in the way
of a sustainable solution. So far,
only one supermarket, Whole Foods,
has signed the Fair Food Code of
Conduct. Despite this lack of support
from their largest buyers, the Florida
Tomato Growers' Exchange (FTGE)
took a step of faith and signed with
the CIW, so this November concrete
changes are being enforced in FTGE
tomato fields. FTGE represents 90
percent of Florida farmers, but they
worry if everyone isn't on board,
the agreement may be undermined,
especially if supermarkets purchase
tomatoes from non-participating
So the Campaign for Fair Food
continues, and in Florida, our
primary focus is Publix. As our
state's largest private corporation,
Publix is an influential supermarket
leader. Despite their carefully crafted
excuses, Publix understands the
fair tomatoes agreement because
their Greenwise coffee proudly
purports the same standards: "We're
proud to say that this coffee is Fair
Trade. Why? Because Fair Trade
prices help small farmers provide
employees with livable wages and
work conditions, which fosters the
same values we do: community, well-
being, and a nicer world."
Why would Publix support fair
trade coffee from another continent
but not fair tomatoes from their
home state? Here in Gainesville, the
Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant
Justice (IAIJ) is asking the same
question, and we're partnering with
the CIW to pressure Publix's CEO,
Ed Crenshaw, for an answer.
This past July, the IAU held a press
conference at Gainesville City
Hall, announcing a letter signed
by 24 local clergy, urging Publix
to meet with the CIW. After the
announcement, Interfaith Action, a
CIW sister organization, invited me
to intern in Immokalee during August
and September. My task was to help
organize a 200-mile "Pilgrimage to
Publix" by bicycle from Immokalee
(home of the CIW) to Lakeland
(home of Publix). Our goals were
to create a compelling narrative for
the media, to raise further awareness
and partnerships with congregations
along the way, and to invite CEO Ed
Crenshaw to visit Immokalee and
learn why Publix's participation is so
As he has for the last three years, Mr.
Crenshaw ignored the CIW's latest
effort to reach him, so the CIW called
for escalation and a Supermarket
Week of Action the following month.
On Oct. 13, Gainesville's IAIJ
picketed outside the grand opening
of an Ocala Publix; the same day,
Tampa Fair Food picketed a store
opening in St. Petersburg.
Ten days later, 11 IAIJ clergy
delivered their letter while holding
a tomato aisle "pray-in" at the
Millhopper Publix. Publix called the
police, but no clergy were arrested.
After the pray-in, clergy discussed
having congregations "adopt a
Publix" and hold regular pray-ins.
The CIW and their allies will persist
until wealthy supermarket CEOs
agree to give tomato harvesters what
As a community organizer, I strongly
believe political education should
always go hand-in-hand with
action. Please pick up your phone
right now and request Publix CEO
Ed Crenshaw sign the CIW's Fair
Food Code of Conduct: 863-688-
1188, ext. 52347. To get involved
locally or learn more, see the listing
for Gainesville IAIJ in the Iguana
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History and the people who
make it: Jon Anderson
Transcript edited by Pierce Butler
This is the fifth in a continuing series
of excerpts from transcripts in the
collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral
History Program at the University of
Gainesville resident Jon Anderson,
born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1946, spent
28 years in federal service (in the
Army and Veterans Administration),
earned two Master's degrees (from
FSU & UF), and worked as an
elementary public school teacher and
in the Florida Museum of Natural
History. He was interviewed by Paul
Ortiz on December 7, 2009.
When I went there [West Point] in
1964, there were no active wars
going on. I think I went to West Point
because I figured the uniforms would
be good for attracting girls. [laughter]
I can't think of any other reason why
I went there. I started there in July of
[19164, then in August of 64 was
the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which
has since proved to be a very dubious
reason for entering that war. I found
West Point, like most people, most
plebes, very very difficult with the
hazing and the harassment and all of,
I was able to avoid some of that
because I was a runner on the Cross
Country team representing West
Point. I consider it I was running
for my life. [laughter] You got to eat
your meals at the training table with
the athletes. Meals were the worst
place for a plebe because you were
just sitting there, right across from
an upperclassmen who, if he chose
to, invariably would find something
wrong with either the way you
looked or something you said or
something you were doing. So meals
were the worst time for most plebes.
I was spared that because I ate my
meals with the athletes and went on
While West Point seemed to still
have some status, it, I think, lost
some of the luster with the Vietnam
War. It wasn't quite as impressive to
tell somebody you're going to West
Point in 1967 as it was when I started
there in 1964.
The attitude about Vietnam was
such that I felt a lot of people
didn't wanna hear about any of it.
The person who showed the most
interest in my Vietnam experiences
and would talk with me about it
was the leading anti-war protestor
at the University of Virginia, which
I thought was rather ironic. Other
people, it's like they really didn't
want to hear about it...
All the officers that I knew that
worked for the General [staff], we
would never take time off because
we just lived and breathed what was
going on with the war. That was
what we did, and I think we had a
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staff, and you got people out there
in the jungle, and you had better
do everything you could to protect
them and give them services. If not,
you know, they could get blown
away. So, everybody would work,
I thought, very hard in trying to do
their job, but nobody was really
interested or talking about, we're
gonna win this war.
When I was in Quinn Yan, I was
the commander, but I had a garrison
about the size of a football field.
Quinn Yan was a big city on the
coast. There were a lot of little bases
scattered around the city, and I was
in charge of one of them. Okay, well,
one day, at this place in Quinn Yan,
my commanding officer drove by
my garrison, and he saw girls there.
I had ten to twelve men. I'd say
three-fourths of them had girlfriends-
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slash-prostitutes that lived with them
all the time. They lived there in their
hooches and were with them. I knew
all the girls. They all knew me. So,
he chewed me out and said, you can't
have girls on your post, you know, on
your base. You gotta get rid of 'em.
So I called all my soldiers together,
and I said, my boss drove by and saw
your girls walking' around on the post.
So let's do this. Keep 'em hidden so
that I can't see 'em.
A couple nights later, we.. .there
was a rocket attack. There weren't
rockets hitting on my base, but they
were hitting someplace in the Quinn
Yan area, so all these sirens go off
[making siren noise], and then you
run for the bunkers. So I run down to
the bunker, it's nighttime, and there's
this young sergeant in there. I forget
his name. I'll call him Sergeant
I look at Sergeant Thomas, and I
forget his girlfriend's name, but I
knew his girlfriend. I'll call her Me
Tring. I said, "Sergeant Thomas,
where's Me Tring?" He said, "she's
upstairs in the hooch." I said, "what's
she doin' up there?" He said, "she's
under the bed. Why is she under the
bed? Because it's a red alert. There's
rockets coming in, and I knew that
when we have red alerts, you come
to this bunker, and you said you
didn't wanna see the girls at all." I
remember saying to him, "God damn
it, go up and get her right now." So
I made him run up during the rocket
attack, get the girl, and bring her
Then I called everybody together
the next day. I said, "okay, let's go
over this again. I don't wanna see the
girls except during red alerts, rocket
attacks, mortar attacks. The girls
go in the bunkers no matter what,
whether I'm there or not. Everybody
So, I had Vietnamese that I knew,
but I don't ever remember having
discussions with the war with any of
them. Now, when I was at Quinn Yan
though, I did know a man, who's still
alive, Don Millus, and he was from
Yale, but he was a conscientious
objector. He and I wrote a letter that
was published in the New York Times
in 1971 protesting the war. I thought,
boy, they're gonna take me and drop
me out in the middle of the jungle
someplace, armed with only a small
knife, and just leave me there. But '
then, talking' to him, he said, nah,
none of these people read the New
York Times anyway. [laughter] I don't
remember conversations with people,
you know, about the war, you know.
It just didn't happen that much. It just
You know, you'd hear of things like,
after World War Two, you'd go in a
bar, and they buy you a drink 'cause
you're a veteran. That only happened
to me one time, and it was at a bar
right over here on campus, and the
guy who bought me a drink was
another Vietnam veteran.
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Labor Day 2011 address: The lessons of the past
By Bob Zieger
The following remarks were given
on Sept. 3, 2011 by Bob Zieger,
professor emeritus at UF, at the
annual Labor Day Breakfast. The
breakfast is sponsored by the North
Central Florida Central Labor
Council of Gainesville.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka
has recently said that "nostalgia for
organized labor's past is no strategy
for our future." As a historian,
however, I do think that the past can
continue to instruct us.
Let me bring you back to the year
1935 and the founding of the CIO, or
Congress of Industrial Organizations.
The CIO existed as a separate
organization between that year and
1955 when it merged with the AFL to
form the AFL-CIO. Many historians
see the formation and struggles of the
CIO to build industrial unions as the
single most important episode in the
history of American labor.
Much has changed since the 1930s.
Then the "typical" worker dug
coal, poured steel, or assembled
automobiles. Today she is a health
care worker, a retail clerk, a school
But there's an old saying that the
more things change, the more they
stay the same. Billy Bragg bids us to
remember "the lessons of the past."
What are the lessons that
the rise of the CIO holds
for us? THIN
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The CIO was a fighting organization.
It took the struggles of the sit-
down strikers, picket line walkers,
wildcaters, and police-defying
militants to bring such powerful
corporations as General Motors and
U.S. Steel to the bargaining table.
As singer Pete Seeger, in "Talking
Union," reminds us, "If you wait for
the boss to raise your pay/ You'll
be waiting' till judgment day." The
methods of union busters have
changed since the 1930s but the
need for workers to fight for their
rights remains central, as the Verizon
workers and the folks in Wisconsin
have recently taught us.
The CIO united workers across
ethnic, racial, religions, and skill
boundaries. Prior to the CIO,
organized labor's record with respect
to African Americans, immigrants,
and people of Asian descent; and in
organizing women and the unskilled
was a dismal one. It was only by
organizing black workers on the
kill floor of the meatpacking plants
that the CIO was able to build a
packinghouse workers' union; only
by bringing workers of diverse skill
levels and ethnic backgrounds into
common cause that unions could be
built in the industrial heart of the
economy. Today right wingers invite
us to pit immigrant workers against
native-born workers and workers in
private employment against public
workers. The CIO wasn't built by
caving in to such divisions nor will
labor be revived today if workers
succumb to ethnophobia and to
attacks on our brothers and sisters
who work as teachers, firefighters,
and public healthcare providers.
The CIO connected with the
progressive community, religious and
secular. It reached out to allies in the
churches, radical movements, and
civil rights organizations such as the
NAACP. These allies provided key
support for union struggles. Today's
labor movement must continue its
efforts to connect with progressives
in the community-women and
men of faith; environmentalists;
feminists; civil rights activists; civil
libertarians; human rights advocates.
And-equally important-our allies
in the community must come to
the support of the embattled labor
movement. Let us never forget that
labor rights are HUMAN rights;
and the labor movement is a crucial
component, under siege as we speak,
of the progressive community.
Indeed, in many ways it is the last
line of defense against the triumph of
the corporatist, right wing agenda.
Vote. The CIO pioneered in
creating the original political action
committee. Under the leadership of
Sidney Hillman and Walter Reuther,
the CIO and its affiliated unions,
notably the UAW, stressed the
centrality of the political process in
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the struggle to raise standards. True,
it does too often seem that although
"labor does the heavy lifting," it
quickly becomes "the caboose at the
end of the train" when those whom
it supported gain office. Even so, the
need for labor, in alliance with other
progressive elements, to mobilize its
members and reach out to working
people in the political process has
been powerfully demonstrated-
positively in 2006 and 2008,
negatively in 2010.
So: a formula for revivifying a
beleaguered labor movement, as the
CIO sparked the labor resurgence
of the 1930s and 1940s: FIGHT;
UNITE; CONNECT; VOTE.
In closing, I'm tempted to end with
Dr. King. Despite the Koch Brothers
and Fox News, in defiance of the
union busters and Tea Party, his
powerful words continue to give
courage: "The Arc of the Universe
bends slow," he assured us, "but it
bends toward Justice." But I think
instead I'll end with a voice from the
CIO era: Back in 1941, Pete Seeger
had this advice to workers in the auto
plants, shipyards, and steel mills:
"Take it easy," he counseled-"but
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of History, UF, from 1986 until his
retirement in 2008.
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Meal Limit gone, discrimination remains
Iguana Staff Report
In last month's Iguana, editor Jessica
Newman prematurely declared
"Victory!" in the struggle to end
the 130-meal limit in Gainesville. It
seemed to many that the battle had
been won, and it was only a matter
of formalities before a three-hour
window for serving food would take
effect, making meals available to a
lot more than 130 people.
But one prescient Iguana reader
wrote a week later saying the
struggle was not yet over, that
advocates for homeless and hungry
people needed to stay on their toes.
And she was right.
As the Gainesville Sun so eloquently
stated on Nov. 3, "Only 81 people
show up on first day without meal
limit." This headline almost makes it
seem like the 130-meal limit wasn't
as evil as those pesky activists had
made it out to be over the last two
Why did only 81 people show up?
The Sun's journalist, Chad Smith,
attempts to list a variety of different
reasons, effectively burying the only
As part of a compromise between
St. Francis House and "downtown
business owners" (AKA developers
Collier and McGurn), all clients of
the homeless shelter, whether they're
staying overnight or just receiving
a free meal, are required to obtain
a card from the Gainesville Police
that they have
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these cards every 30 days, but other
sources said every six months.
The compromise is not written into
the new ordinance, which lifted the
meal limit in early November, but
it effectively rendered the new law
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convicted of the Moores' murders,
evidence unearthed in recent years
points to what was long rumored
and conjectured, a conspiracy by
members of the Central Florida
Klavern of the Ku Klux Klan.
The CMC invites you to please join
us in honoring the legacy of Harry
and Harriette Moore, and learn more
about the amazing accomplishments
of a fearless, tireless organizer who
stood up to white supremacy in Jim
Crow Florida, and paid the ultimate
price for his disciplined, unwavering
fight for the liberty and dignity of
his people. Come learn more about
the man who has been called the first
Civil Rights Movement martyr.
In recent years, the state of
Florida and Brevard County,
where the Moores lived and
worked, have finally begun
to honor their historic legacy
by creating the Harry T. and
Harriette Moore Memorial Park
and Interpretive Center at the
homesite in Mims. Through the
park, this film, and the efforts
of journalists and authors
(including our own Stetson
Kennedy, who never stopped
trying to uncover the truth
about the bombing), Floridians
have started down the long path
to raising public awareness of
Harry Moore's achievements
and restoring their story to its
rightful place in our state's
Election, January 31
By Joe Courter
Is it too early to think about this? Has
all the Republican primary soap opera/
mud wrestling got you burned out
Well get ready. The day this paper is
being printed, Nov. 8, the fine citizens
of Mississippi will be voting to
determine if a fertilized egg is a human
being, which has to be a wake-up call to
sensible people everywhere that it made
it to the ballot.
Your vote matters, and so does
multiplying your vote by working to
increase voter turn-out.
Our local elections for City
Commission will be on Jan. 31, with
early voting starting one week earlier.
This will also be the Republican
primary, so the R's will be out in force.
This does not bode well for the
commission races as Democrats and
other non-Republicans won't be as
motivated to turn out.
There is a district race and an at-
large race for the City Commission.
As of now there are two announced
candidates in the district race and six in
the at-large race. The filing deadline is
Nov. 18, so that can change.
As of now, we like Yvonne Hinson-
Rawls in the district race and both
James Ingle and Lauren Poe (somewhat
less) in the at-large race.
Poe is a more middle-of-the-road
Democrat, while Ingle is more
progressive and working class oriented.
With that many candidates in the at-
large race, a run-off is likely, and that
would be held on Feb. 28.
The last day to register to vote to be
eligible for the Jan. 31 elections is Jan.
3. The next Iguana will be out in mid-
January, and we'll have more details on
candidates and elections then. c*
IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011, PAGE 23
MASS Visual Arts
By Jessica Newman
Out of the "American Dream" show came MASS Visual Arts in
an effort to produce and present creative, theme-based exhibitions
to provoke, inspire and challenge the thoughts, conversations and
dreams of the Gainesville community.
"What we are striving to create is an alternative opportunity for
contemporary artists in North Florida to present their ideas and
efforts in a contemporary gallery type setting," said Dale Gunnoe,
board member of MASS Visual Arts. "What an exhibition does
for an artist is what publishing work does for a writer, or releasing
a CD does for a musician. It offers the artist the opportunity to
share and express themselves to a community of peers, elders and
to those who may otherwise never experience art outside of the
Internet or television."
On Nov. 12, from 1p.m. to 2a.m., MASS will host an alternative
and complementary event during the Downtown Arts Festival that
will feature a silent auction and concert at the Atlantic downtown.
Donated auction items include contemporary art by Gainesville
artists, gift certificates and goods from locally owned businesses,
private lessons from local artists and artisans, and other fine
offerings from the community.
There will be a DJ most of the day downstairs with dancing and
drinks for all, and the auction will take place upstairs. Gainesville
bands So Pastel, Driver, Rose Cross, and Rex or Regina (formerly
Plastic Plastic) will wrap up the event.
Proceeds from this event will offset production costs for the
"Below the Belt" exhibition planned for March 2012. For more
information, check out the MASS Visual Arts website at www.
CMC screens documentary of slain
civil rights leader, Harry T. Moore
By Jimmy Schmidt
The Civic Media Center will screen
the documentary film "Freedom
Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry
T. Moore," on Monday, Dec. 5, at
7pm as part of its Monday movie
series. Dec. 25 will mark the 60th
anniversary of the bombing that
claimed the lives of Harry Moore and
In 1951, after celebrating Christmas
Day with their family, civil rights
activist Harry T. Moore and his wife
Harriette retired to bed in their house
in Mims, Fla. Ten minutes later, a
bomb hidden under the floorboards
beneath their bed shattered their
house, their bodies, and the
"moonlight and magnolias" fiction of
the segregation-era South in Florida.
Harry Moore died on the way to the
hospital, and Harriette died nine days
later. "Freedom Never Dies" tells
the story of Moore and his family on
film for the first time and, in doing
so, uncovers a tragically hidden
and suppressed, but tremendously
important, piece of Florida history.
As an NAACP staffer and as
leader of the Progressive Voters
League during the 1930s,
40s and 50s, Harry T. Moore
organized voting drives that
successfully registered over
100,000 African Americans to
vote in Florida.
Harry Moore was an organizer and
staffer for the NAACP in Florida.
He founded the first branch of that
organization in Brevard County and
eventually served as the secretary
for the statewide organization. As
an NAACP staffer and as leader
of the Progressive Voters League,
Moore organized voting drives
that successfully registered over
"Freedom Never Dies: The
Legacy of Harry T. Moore"
Civic Media Center
(433 South Main St.)
Monday, Dec. 5, at 7pm
100,000 African Americans to
vote in Florida, a huge increase in
the number of black voters and 51
percent higher than the proportion of
blacks registered to vote in any other
This would have been a fantastic
accomplishment for any organizer
at any time in history, but given that
most of Florida (in the 1930s through
1950s when Moore was working)
was about as deep as you could get
in the segregated "Deep South," with
a violent white supremacist culture
holding sway from the swamp
savannahs to the highest offices of
the land, the success of his voter
registration drives must be seen as
nothing less than heroic. Throughout
his life, Harry Moore spoke out
in public and in print, in meetings
and church services, in letters to
newspapers, magazines and public
officials, and by every other means
at his disposal, against the injustices
that blacks endured, from lynching
to employment discrimination to
the scourge of taxation without
representation via the institutional
racism and grassroots terrorism that
kept black people locked out of the
For his audacity in giving loud voice
to the righteous anger and frustration
of his community, and for his
persistence in his mission, the racist
white power structure of Florida
determined to silence him, one way
Though no one has ever been
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