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Black History at UF ........ 6
Peg Libertus .............. 7
Dr. Econ ................. 8
Iguana Election Guide....... 9
Calendar ................ 12
Occupy Gainesville ........ 16
Mountaintop Removal...... 22
Occupy the Courts......... 24

He signed it on
the dotted line
by Alexander Cockburn
This article was originally pub-
lished by Nation of Change on Jan.
6. More op-eds can be found at
America changed as the new year
stumbled across the threshold, but
the big shift didn't get much press,
which is easy to understand. Can
there be a deader news day than a
New Year's Eve that falls on a week-
end? Besides, alive or dead, habeas
corpus has never been a topic to set
news editors on fire.
The change came with the whisper
of Barack Obama's pen, as he signed

The fiainesville


J Jan./Feb. 2012
Vol. 26, #1-2

We the People, NOT

We the Corporations

by Nancy Jones and Tommy Baker of
Gainesville Move to Amend
Grassroots movements across the
country are gaining momentum at a
rate unprecedented in modem times,
due largely to Occupy Wall Street.
Ending "Corporate Personhood"
with a Constitutional amendment is
one such national movement that has
taken root in Gainesville, where we've
recently started a new local chapter of

the national Move to Amend organi-
zation (MovetoAmend.org).
On Jan. 21, 2010, the U. S. Su-
preme Court took an extreme step
to further remove American citizens
from the election process by allow-
ing corporations to spend unlimited
amounts of money on political cam-
paigns. The Citizens United v. Feder-
al Election Commission (FEC) court

Continued on p. 24...

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Continued on p. 2...

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into law the National Defense Autho-
rization Act, the annual ratification
of military Keynesianism $662
billion this time which has been
our national policy since World War
II bailed out the New Deal.
Sacrificial offerings to the Penta-
gon aren't news. But this time, snug-
ly ensconced in the NDAA, came
ratification by legal statute of the
exposure of U.S. citizens to arbitrary
arrest without subsequent benefit of
counsel and to possible torture and
imprisonment sine die. Goodbye, ha-
beas corpus. I wrote about this here
before Obama signed the bill, but
when a president tears up the Consti-
tution, the topic is worth revisiting.
We're talking about citizens with-
in the borders of the United States,
not sitting in a hotel or out driving
in some foreign land. In the latter
case, as the late Anwar al-Awlaki's
incineration in Yemen bore witness a
few months ago, that the well-being
or summary demise of a U.S. citizen
is contingent upon a secret determi-

nation of the president as to whether
the aforementioned citizen is waging
a war of terror on the United States.
If the answer is in the affirmative,
the citizen can be killed on the presi-
dent's say-so without further ado.
We're also most emphatically not
talking about non-U.S. citizens or
possibly even legal residents (though
I'd urge green card holders to file
for citizenship ASAP). Non-citizens
get thrown in the Supermax without
a prayer of having a lawyer. Under
the terms of the NDAA, a suspect's
seizure by the military is a "require-
ment" if the suspect is deemed to
have been "substantially supporting"
al-Qaida, the Taliban or "associated
By the military? Until Dec. 31, the
Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 limited
the powers of local governments and
law enforcement agencies from using
federal military personnel to enforce
the laws of the land. No longer. The
NDAA renders the Posse Comitatus
Act a dead letter.
Connoisseurs of subversion and
anti-terror laws well know that "as-

sociated forces" can mean anything.
See, for example, one of the defini-
tions of "enemy combatants" minted
after 2001: "associated forces that
are engaged in hostilities against the
United States or its coalition part-
ners, including any person who has
committed a belligerent act or has
directly supported such hostilities
in aid of such enemy forces." Like
those memory pillows I saw on dis-
count in Macy's on New Year's Day,
the phrase "directly supported" will
adjust itself to the whim of any inge-
nious prosecutor.
Obama issued a signing statement
simultaneous with passing the act
into law.
Theoretically, he's against signing
statements. In 2008 he said, "I taught
the Constitution for 10 years, I be-
lieve in the Constitution, and I will
obey the Constitution of the United
States. We're not going to use sign-
ing statements as a way of doing an
end-run around Congress."
Actually, whatever Obama may
have taught, a signing statement,
whether issued by Bush or Obama,

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doesn't have the force of law.
Obama's Dec. 31 signing statement
was designed to soothe the liberal
vote, as the president expressed "se-
rious reservations with certain pro-
visions that regulate the detention,
interrogation and prosecution of sus-
pected terrorists" and insisted that,
by golly, he .will never "authorize the
indefinite military detention without
trial of American citizens."
This pious language was part of a
diligent White House campaign to
suggest that (a) there is nothing in
the act to perturb citizens, but (b)
anything perturbing is entirely the
fault of Congress, and (c) Obama
solemnly swears that so long as he
is president he'll never OK anything
bad, whatever the NDAA might be
construed as authorizing, and any-
way (d) there's nothing new about
the detention provisions because
they merely reiterate those of the Au-
thorization for Use of Military Force,
signed by Bush in 2001.
To take the last point first, the
NDAA expands the 2001 law and
codifies ample new powers, plus new
prohibitions regarding any possible
removal of prisoners in Guantanamo.
As for Congress, its performance
was lamentable, but as Senator Carl
Levin, one of the bill's co-sponsors,
has convincingly inferred, the real
reason the White House threatened
a veto was because the bill, as then
drafted, might have limited what the
executive branch deems its present
powers of indefinite detention with-
out trial.
Amid the mutual buck-passing,
what Congress and the White House
connived at, beating back all obstruc-
tive amendments, was the framing of
cunningly vague language about the
dirty work afoot. Jonathan Turley,
a great champion of constitutional
rights and civil liberties, puts the
trickery in a nutshell: "The exemp-
tion for American citizens from the
mandatory detention requirement
... is the screening language for the
next section ... which offers no ex-
emption for American citizens from
the authorization to use the military
to indefinitely detain people with-

out charge or trial" (emphasis in the
That's the heart of the matter. And
in ambiguity we can see certainty:
The writ of habeas corpus can now
be voided at the whim of a president,
whether it be Obama reversing him-
self on the personal pledges in his
signing statement or any successor,
as can the Sixth Amendment's right
to counsel.
One day, perhaps soon, the Su-
preme Court will rule on the act's
constitutionality. For now, as ACLU
director Anthony Romero said after
the signing, Obama "will forever be
known as the president who signed
indefinite detention without charge
or trial into law." America is an em-
pire on which the sun never sets, and
so, appropriately, the statute applies
across the planetary "battlefield"
that constitutes the Great War on

The NationofChange team is
dedicated to fighting back against
the forces of corporate greed and
US imperialism with one simple
but powerful weapon: the truth.
For more articles from Nation
of Change, visit their website at


The Gainesville Iguana
is Gainesville's progressive
events calendar & newsletter.
Individuals: $15
(or more if you can)
Low/No income: What you can
Groups: $20
Iguana, c/o CISPLA
P.O. Box 14712
Gainesville, FL 32604
Comments, suggestions, contributions
(written orfinancial) are welcome. To
listyour event or group, contact us at:
(352) 378-5655

The Iguana has been published
monthly or bi-monthly by volunteers
for 25 years. Circulation for this
issue is 4,500.
Joe Courter

Editor Emeritus:
Jenny Brown
Mark Piotrowski

Editorial Board:
Pierce Butler
Joe Courter
Jessica Newman
Beth Grobman

Production work & assistance:
Amanda Adams
Joye Barnes
Jason Fults
James Schmidt
Robbie Czopek
Bill Gilbert, Joe Courter,
Marcus Dodd
Authors & photographers have sole
credit, responsibility for, and rights
to their work. Cover drawing of
iguana by Daryl Harrison. Printed
on recycled paper.


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Florida Legislature's Attack on Women

By Staci Fox

On Jan. 10, the Florida Legislature
began its 2012 session. The focus of
the 2012 legislative session should
be on strengthening our economy
and getting Floridians back to work,
not attacking Florida's women and
their access to reproductive health
Some of the most egregious bills
attacking reproductive health care
HB 277/SB 290: These bills would
limit access to reproductive health
care services such as life-saving
cancer screenings because a health
center also provides abortion care.
The proposed legislation only tar-
gets doctors that provide abortion
care; therefore, it has only one pur-
pose to interfere with patient care
and further restrict women's access
to legal, safe abortions.
HB 839: This bill would prohibit
abortions after 20 weeks with lim-
ited exceptions (if the pregnancy
endangers a woman's life or could
cause her "substantial and irrevers-
ible physical impairment"). There

are no exemptions for pregnancies
that are the result of rape or incest.
HB 1151/SB 1374: These bills are
a direct legislative attempt to chal-
lenge the US Supreme Court's Roe
v. Wade decision by outlawing al-
most all abortions in Florida.
These bills do nothing to reduce
unintended pregnancies and the
need for abortion. Instead these bills
tell women and their healthcare pro-
viders that they are not to be trusted
and reduce access to legal health
care services. These bills will do
nothing to create jobs or balance our
state's budget. Planned Parenthood
of North Florida will work hard to
prevent these bills from becoming
law, but we need your help.
On Feb. 21, hundreds of Floridians
will travel to Tallahassee to lobby
and make their voices heard in sup-
port of reproductive health care for
Florida's women and families. Will
you join us? Please contact Planned
Parenthood of North Florida for
more information at (352) 376-
9000 .ct
Staci Fox is the CEO and President of
Planned Parenthood of North Florida.




in the South

The League of Women Voters
of Alachua County and St. Au-
gustine's Church present this
panel discussion on Tuesday,
Jan. 24, from 7:30p.m. to 9p.m.
The event will be held at the
Hurley House behind the St.
Augustine Church and Catholic
Student Center, 1738 W. Univer-
sity Avenue in Gainesville.
Professor Dr. Philip Williams
will offer background on unau-
thorized immigration and the
reality of immigrants' lives. Dr.
Manual Vasquez will address the
role of churches. Robin Lewy of
the Rural Women's Health Proj-
ect will address upcoming leg-
islation and local immigration
For more information, con-
tact the League of Women Vbt-
ers of Alachua County at (352)
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The Real Black History of UF

By Jessica Newman
This timeline was originally pub-
lished in 2008 in The Fine Print,
an alternative student magazine in
Gainesville. See more Fine Print
articles at www.thefineprintuf.org.

1945-1958: 85 black students
applied for admission to all lev-
els of UF, and all were rejected.
1954: Brown v. Board of Edu-
cation, Supreme Court ruling
banning segregation in public
1958: George Starke becomes
the first black to be admitted
to UF's law school following a
Federal Court decision to inte-
grate professional and graduate
1962: First black undergradu-
ates admitted to UF; there are
seven of them.
1962: Willie George Allen be-
comes the first black to gradu-
ate from UF from the Florida
Law School.
1964: Alachua County schools
are desegregated; the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 is passed.
1965: Stephan P. Mickle be-
comes first black to receive
an undergraduate degree from
UF; Center for African Studies
established at UF; the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 is passed.
1968: Johnnie Brown becomes
the first black at UF to compete
in intercollegiate sports (track).
1968: The Black Student Union
is established at UF.
1969: Leonard George and Wil-
lie B. Jackson become the first
black football players signed at

1970: The Black Student Union
is formally recognized as a stu-
dent organization at UF.
1970: First black faculty and
staff employed at UF.
1971: "Black Thursday" occurs
where 66 students stage a sit-in
in President O'Connell's office;
123 black students begin the
withdrawal process from UF.
1972: Institute of Black Culture
established at UF; Kappa Alpha
Psi, first black Greek fraternity,
established at UF; first black
Student Government President
1973: Cynthia Mays is selected
as the first black Miss Home-
1974: Zeta Phi Beta becomes

the first black Greek sorority
established at UF.
1980: Sharon Bruton becomes
the first black female inducted
into Florida Blue Key.
1991: BAM! (Black Awareness
Movement) stages a peace-
ful protest and takeover of SG
offices over the allocation of
Black History Month funds.
2000: Associate Dean Kenneth
Nunn resigns deanship in pro-
test over lack of diversity in
Law School faculty.
2009: Brandon White, student
senator, resigns from the Ga-
tor Party and makes a statement
saying he was considered "a
black man first and a qualified
applicant second." cd

1_-m a>^ ^^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ ^ _ ^^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Black History Month Events

at the Civic Media Center

(433 S. Main St.)
Feb. 6, Monday, 7p.m. Film showing of'Black Power Mix
Tape," newly released archival footage of 1967-1975
Feb. 12, Sunday, 4p.m. 6th presentation in a series of work-
shops on Essential Afrikan History with Kali Blount
Feb. 17, Friday, 7p.m. Film showing of "Power to the Peo-
ple," followed by a discussion, and then live music from The
Babylonians at 9p.m.
Feb 20, Monday, 7p.m. Film showing of "Sankofa," a mysti-
cal classic of slavery and resistance by Haile Gerima
Feb. 22, Wednesday, 7p.m. Samuel Proctor Oral History Proj-
ect of UF presents on the group's recent trips to Mississippi for
local interviews
Feb. 27, Monday, 7npm. Film showing of "Through the Door
of No Return," a documentary following a film maker who trac-
es his father's ancestry back to Ghana.



Peg Libertus, Local Activist and Playwright: 1944-2011

The following is an excerpt from
Peg Libertus' obituary published in
the Gainesville Sun.

"Peg" Margaret Joan Libertus, 67,
died September 26, 2011 from com-
plications of ovarian cancer... In
Gainesville, Peg taught drama at San-
ta Fe College's Continuing Education
Program. She was awarded a State
of Florida Individual Artist's Grant
for her fiction writing. She encour-
aged many others in their creativity,
especially local writers. Her great-
est theatrical accomplishment was
the completion of the musical "The
Boxer of Basin Street" presented at
the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre in
Peg had a strong commitment to
community service and political ac-
tivism ranging from the street protests
at the National Democratic conven-
tion in 1968 to the soup kitchen of
St. Francis House here in Gainesville.
Over the years, she served as board
member or advisory committee mem-
ber for various agencies: North Cen-
tral Florida Health Planning Council,
State of Florida Prevention of Dis-
abilities Advisory Council, Alachua
County/City of Gainesville Cultural
Affairs Board, and the Center for In-
dependent Living. Peg also contrib-
uted her writing and graphic skills to
the St. Francis House newsletter and
to the United Way of Alachua County.
Peg was a staunch supporter of the
Democratic Party and a Party volun-
teer during many national and local
elections. She advocated for the rights
of the handicapped.

The following are memories submit-
ted by local friends of Peg Libertus.

Joe Courter: "My best memory
of Peg came from her observation
following her amazing summer and
fall of registering voters prior to the
1992 election, when week after week
she'd park herself in front of Publix
or Walmart and proceeded to regis-
ter over a thousand voters. She said
that simply by interacting with the
people prior to and as they registered
she could predict whether they'd pick
Democrat or Republican. Her conclu-
sion? Said with good-natured general-
ization, 'Democrats are crazy, Repub-
licans are nasty.' Be it well intended
altruism vs. rugged individualism,
international cooperation vs. Ameri-
can exceptionalism, Barney Frank vs.
Newt Gingrich, it somehow holds for
Fred Pratt: "I remember Peg and
I talking many times about the "bad
old days." When we talked about the
bad old days, we were talking about
life for people with disabilities before
the passage of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 and the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act. We always took the time
to tell young people with disabilities
what it was like for us before the pas-
sage of the ADA. When we talked
about this, they were always amazed
that there was a time when people
with disabilities were not able to get
into department and grocery stores
because of barriers, that there was a
time when people with disabilities
did not work and were kept at home
or in institutions...

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"I also remember the work that Peg
did in the LGBT civil rights movement
in Gainesville and Alachua County. I
particularly remember when we were
trying to get the county to add sexual
orientation to its anti-discrimination
ordinance. Peg and I had been in the
Disabled Rights movement for years,
and we worked to pass some of this
knowledge on to the LGBT commu-
nity. One memory I have in particular
is the time we were going to hold a
demonstration in front of the County
Administration Building. I opened up
my apartment to hold a strategy and
sign-making session. After we were
done, Peg and I talked to the group
on how to resist any police action in
a nonviolent, peaceful manner. These
were tactics that we learned in the
Disabled Rights movement that we
wanted to pass on."cf

Memorial Service

in Honor of

Peg Libertus

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2p.m.

Center for Independent

(222 SW 36th Terrace)

All friends and family of
Peg are welcome.

Jean Chalmers
Mobile: (352) 538-4256
Office: (352) 377-3840
Fax: (352) 377-3243
Email: chalmersrealestate@gmail.com




The Iguana bids farewell to

Editor Emeritus Mark Piotrowski

By Joe Courter

Homegrown Gainesville commu-
nity organizer and swell human being
Mark Piotrowski, who most recently
designed the Iguana in its revived pres-
ence over the past year, has embarked
on a new phase of his life with a move
to Tallahassee to work with the Florida
Education Association and his impend-
ing entry into fatherhood with his part-
ner Janeen. That will be one well-loved
Mark first came into contact with us
while still in high school more than 20
years ago, when a friend of his passed
a copy of the Iguana on to him. He
became a student activist at UF in the
Freedom Coalition and was part of the
founding of the Civic Media Center in
1993. He also worked on the Freedom
Coalition's newspaper as well as as-
sisting the Iguana during that period.
He has been a committed movement
activist ever since, whether here in
town with the Labor Party, or during
his sojourns out of town in Boston or

When we produce this paper and turn
each month's 4,500 copies out on the
world, all we can hope is that the in-
formation within can raise the knowl-
edge and consciousness of the persons
reading it, let them know of events and
struggles near and far, or connect them
to historic movements of the past on
which we all stand. We usually don't
know what sparks we set off, but in
Mark's case, thanks to his friend Lara,
we and the move-
ment gained one
; 5 hell of an orga-
nizer. We know
he'll be back, but
'UI *: we want to pub-
licly wish him and
Janeen the best of
luck as this next
phase of life un-
folds. e

Dear Mr. Econ...
Are you confused about the econo-
my and economics? Are you curious
about the various economic proposals
coming from presidential candidates
or local politicians? Would you like to
know what all the commotion about
derivatives, credit default swaps, fore-
closures and sub-prime mortgages is
about and how it affects you? ,
Do you wonder how locally owned
institutions like the Iguana, the local
food co-op or credit unions help your
community? Or how about demand
side, supply side? Or wonder which
side are you on or should be on?
Help is on the way! Beginning in our
next issue, Mr. Econ will answerour
readers' questions and answer them in
plain English. Our goal is to give our
readers a better understanding of the
economy and how we might be able
to change it in order to better serve our
So please send your questions to

Who is Mr. Econ? Mr. Econ holds
economics degrees from American
University and the New School for
Social Research, two of the premier
centers for the study of alternative or
what the profession calls heterodoxx"
economics. He is the author or editor
of three books and numerous articles
in scholarly and popular publications.
He has taught on the university level,
consulted to progressive policy mak-
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to speak on economic and community
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Gainesville City Elections, Jan. 31

By Joe Courter

Whether voting early (Jan. 21 to
28) or on Election Day (Jan. 31), if
you live in the City of Gainesville,
please get out and vote in this elec-
tion for City Commission.
With the Republican presidential
primary on the ballot, there will be
extra motivation for the R's to vote,
while the D's and I's don't have the
presidential primary to motivate
them. Folks, staying home is a vote
for the opponent; that was the story
of the 2010 Congressional races. It
wasn't that the right wing turned out
so many more people, it was that the
left and moderates were convinced
that because Obama wasn't per-

forming to expectations, they should
send him a message by not voting,
thus lowering their own numbers.
At no time does your vote matter
more than local elections, and city-
wide we have an exceptional candi-
date in James Ingle running against
eight other candidates for the at-
large seat.
The others are Republicans, sin-
gle-issue biomass critics and, well,
some less qualified people. Also
running in
the at-large
race is former
commissioner For voting locate
Lauren Poe, tion on the candi
who we'd be Elections website
supporting if

Ingle wasn't in the race. The likely
run-off will be Feb. 28.
In the District 1 race, we definitely
like Yvonne Hinson Rawls, whose
chief rival is a largely self-funded
biomass critic attorney. As there is a
third candidate, this could also go to
run-off, but that is less likely.
But whoever you choose to support,
make sure to get out there by Jan. 31
and VOTE! Our silence could be a di-
saster. cl

ons, dates and more informa-
dates, visit the Supervisor of
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Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 352-378-5655.

After School Art Club Collective of emerg-
ing artists who brainstorm, discuss and create
2 Tuesday 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.floridalaborparty.

American Civil Liberties Union Currently
no local chapter. For info on forming a new
chapter, or ACLU info, contact Jax office
904-353-7600 or bstandly@aclufl.org

Amnesty International UF campus chapter
of worldwide human rights movement; www.
facebook.com/ufamnesty or UFAmnesty@

Bridges Across Borders Florida-based
international collaboration of activists, artists,
students and educators supporting cultural
diversity and global peace. office@bridg-
esacrossborders.org, 352-485-2594,

The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating
Spanish Speakers through Advocacy and
Service (CHISPAS) Student-run group at
UF. www.chispasuf.org

Civic Media Center Alternative reading
room and library of the non-corporate press,
and a resource and space for organizing. 352-
373-0010, www.civicmediacenter.org.

Coalition to End the Meal 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 involvement. Code-
Pink4Peace.org, jacquebetz@gmail.com

Committee for a Civilian Police Review
Board Group that demands the creation

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of a citizens' police review board to
fight against the pattern of corruption, ar-
rogance, 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 natu-
ral areas. 352-466-1178, Conserveflorida.org

Democratic Party ofAlachua 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 www.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Work to reform Florida's sentencing laws and
restore fairness to Florida's criminal justice
system. PO Box 142933, Gainesville, FL
32614, gnewburn@famm.org. 352-682-2542

The Fine Print An independent, critically
thinking outlet for political, social and arts
coverage through local, in-depth reporting
specifically for Gainesville's students. www.

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 Ock-
lawaha and preserving Florida's other natural
resources. 352-378-8465 FlaDefenders.org

Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to
the Death Penalty concerned people in the
Gainesville area who are working to abolish
the death penalty in Florida. Participate in
vigils when Florida has an execution. Meets
the first Tuesday of every month at St. Au-
gustine Church and Catholic Student Center
(1738 W. University Ave.) 352-332-1350,

Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Im-
migrant Justice (IAIJ) meets bi-weekly to
discuss relevant immigration issues and ways
to bring political education to the community
through workshops, presentations, advocacy

and action. gainesvilleiaij@gmail.com or

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. P.O. Box
14017, Gainesville, FL 32604, (347) 560-
4695, nwl@womensliberation.org, Wom-

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

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 move-
ments. www.GainesvilleGreens.webs.com

Grow Radio Non-profit company that will
provide the opportunity for community mem-
bers to create and manage unique, engaging,
educational, locally-generated programming
to promote fine, musical and visual arts
and humanities for the enrichment of, but
not limited to, the Gainesville community.

Harvest of Hope Foundation Non-profit
organization that provides emergency and
educational financial aid to migrant farm
workers around the country. www.harvestof-
hope.net or email: kellerhope@cox.net.

Home Van A mobile soup kitchen that goes
out to homeless areas twice a week with food
and other necessities of life, delivering about
400 meals per week; operated by Citizens for
Social Justice. barupa@atlanticnet or 352-

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. GainesvilleIWW@riseup.

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

International Socialist Organization
Organization committed to building a left
alternative to a world of war, racism and
poverty. Meetings are every Thurs. at the
UF classroom building at 105 NW 16th St at
7pm. gainesvilleiso@gmail.com




Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
An ombudsman is an advocate for people
who live in nursing homes, assisted living
facilities and adult family care homes. All
services are confidential and free of charge.
Toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or find us online
at ombudsman.myflorida.com.
MindFreedom North Florida Human
rights group for psychiatric survivors and
mental health consumers. 352-328-2511.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
(NAMI) Support, education and advocacy
for families and loved ones of persons with
mental illness/brain disorders. 374-5600.
ext. 8322; www.namigainesville.org.
National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law
students, legal workers and jailhouse law-
yers using the law to advance social justice
and support progressive social movements.
nlggainesville@gmail.com or www.nlg.org
National Organization for Women
Gainesville Area NOW meeting info
contact Lisa at 352-450-1912.
Judy Levy NOW information, con-
tact Laura Bresko 352-332-2528.
Parents, Families and Friends of Les-
bians and Gays (PFLAG) is working to
create a better future for LGBTQ youth
and adults though a partnership of parents,
allies and LGBT people. PFLAG Gaines-
ville has monthly meetings on the third
Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the United
Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Ave.

352-340-3770. info@pflaggainesville.org /
"PFLAG Gainesville" on Facebook.
Planned Parenthood Clinic Full-service
medical clinic for reproductive and sexual
health care needs. Now offering free HIV
and free pregnancy testing daily from
9-1 am and 1-4pm. Located at 914 NW
13th Street.

Pride Community Center of North Cen-
tral Florida Resources for the gay/lesbian
community, open M-F, 3-7, Sat. noon-4pm.
Located at 3131 NW 13th St, Suite 62.
352-377-8915, www.GainesvillePride.org.
Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose
mission is to provide Gainesville residents
with accurate and comprehensible informa-
tion about the Cabot/Koppers Superfund
site. 352-354-2432, www.protectgaines-
Queer Activist Coalition Politically moti-
vated activist group at UF fighting for full
civil and social equality for the LGBTQ
community. queeractivistcoalition@gmail.

Sierra Club Meets the first Thurs.of every
month at 7:30pm at the UF Entomology &
Nematology Building, Room 1035. 352-
528-3751, www.ssjsierra.org
Student/Farmworker Alliance A net-
work of youth organizing with farmwork-
ers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and
modem-day slavery in the fields. More info

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 info@wgot.org

on Facebook, search "Gainesville Student/
Farmworker Alliance."

Students for a Democratic Society
Multi-issue student and youth organization
working to build power in our schools and
communities. Meetings are every Monday
at 6:30pm in Anderson Hall 32 on the UF
UF Pride Student Union Group of gay, les-
bian, bi and straight students & non-students,
faculty and staff. www.grove.ufl.edu/~pride.

United Faculty of Florida Union that
represents faculty at University of Florida.
392-0274, president@uff-uf.org,
United Nations Association Group that
educates people worldwide about the issues,
projects and programs of the United Nations.
Veterans for Peace Anti-war organiza-
tion that works to raise awareness of the
detriments of militarism and war as well as
to seek alternatives that are peaceful and ef-
fective. Meetings are the first Wednesday of
every month at 7pm. 352-375-2563, www.
WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-
power station operating as part of the Civic
Media Center. wgot947@gmail.com,

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G'ville -
low-power FM -
on the air -
tune in at 94.7
(and set your car
radio, too):
gmail.com or or

Gainesville's public radio station is mostly
SNPR talk it's located at 89.1 FM.
SWeekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane
Rehm (interview & call-in); noon-1 pm:
/ Terry Gross, Fresh Air; 1-2 pm, BBC
call-in World Have Your Say; 2-4 pm:
Talk of the Nation. Evenings, 8-10: On
Point, followed by BBC World News. This
American Life airs Saturday at 2 pm & Sun-
day at noon, and On the Bridge, Gaines-
ville's best two hours of radio, is on 2-4 pm
Sunday see schedule at www.wuftfm.org
(or pg 15) for expanded weekend schedule
and program details.
Also check out internet station Grow Radio
calendar. (www.growradio.org), based in G'ville.

22 Bill Moyers is back!
22 Moyers & Company on
WUFT-TV, Sundays at 1 pm.
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.
1561: Francis Bacon bom.
1788: Lord Byron bom.

Keep up with the CMC at
for events created after this
calendar was printed, and into
the future (also see pg 21).

1737: Thomas Paine bom.
1954: Oprah Winfrey bom.

5 Women's Movie Night, 5 pm,
1st Sundays, Pride Commu-
nity Center, 3131 NW 13th St.

1904: William S. Burroughs born.
1970: US troops invade Laos.

SEssential Afrikan His-
tory Workshop with Kali
Blount at CMC, 4 pm.
Interweave LGBTQ-friendly
potluck & discussion at UUFG,
4225 NW 34th St, 6:30 pm, 2nd
1 1473: Nicholas Copernicus
26 "History & Empathy" -
,O 'Suzanne Marchand talk, UF
Smathers Library 1A, 7 pm.
Swamp City Sirens vs. Millhop-
per Devils, Skate Stn, 6:30 pm, $8
adv, $12 door.

3 Occupy Gainesville Day 104 -
check out their web site for
ongoing activities, support & reports
at OccupyGainesville.org, and thanks
to all the Occupiers!
Made in LA documentary on immi-
grant women workers, sponsored by
IWW, CMC, 7 pm.
Early Voting for City Commission
election through Saturday: downtown
County Building.
30 Jose Antonio Vargas multi-
media journalist, speaks on
immigration, UF Pugh Hall, 6 pm.
Silver City (John Sayles film from
2004 satirizing corrupt politicians &
environmental destruction; candidate's
name is Dickie Pillage take it from
there...), 7 pm, CMC.
See www.gainesvillebands.com
for info on live music in G'ville.
Thanks, Glyph!

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6 Black Power Mixtape, 1967-
1975 unreleased film footage
w/ contemporary commentary; 7 pm,
Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.
1564: Chrisopher Marlowe born.
1945: Bob Marley born.

S"Daily Life in Palestinian
Territories" Amira Haas,
UF Pugh Hall, 6 pm.
Inherit the Wind Humanist Society
shows classic "Monkey Trial" movie,
CMC, 6:30 pm (potluck dinner too).
2 O Sankofa (Haile Gerima's
20 U classic 1993 film of slavery &
rebellion), CMC, 7 pm.
Monty Python's Spamalot, Phillips
Ctr, 7:30 pm, $40-60.
27 Through the Door of No
IReturn (filmmaker traces
father's ancestry to Ghana & explores
roots of slave trade), CMC, 7 pm.

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SSchool Board meets
1st & 3rdTues, 6 pm.
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.

24 "State of the City" -
Mayor Craig Lowe,
Hipp, 25 SE 2nd PI, noon.
Alachua County Comm
meets, 2nd & 4th Tues, 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.
Biomass Plant opposition
talk, 7 pm, CMC.
"Immigration in the South"
panel, 7:30 pm, Hurley House
(NW 1st Ave & 17th St) see
pg 4.
1 Gainesville City
.J Elections: VOTE! (pg 9)
Wild Words, Wild Iris Books,
last Tuesdays, open mic, 7 pm.
Burrito Bros. Taco Co. hosts
CMC fundraiser, 6-8 pm: CMC
gets percentage of moneys
taken in for that period: go eat!
1968: 70,000 Viet Cong launch
Tet Offensive.

18 Free co
HIV te!
County Health
St, 9 am-3 pm
Ctr, 3131 NW
Ist & 3rd Thui
Downtown Ft
every Wed, Dt
Edible Plant I
Into the Abyss
by Werner Her
5:15 & 8 pm (
8:30 pm).
group, CMC,
Think Local 4
candidates Q&
library (401 E

25 NW 8tt
Gvl Area NO
v. Wade, 6:30
Books, 802 V
"Middle Eas
video & discu
Danny Glove
Ctr, 7 pm.

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7 Historian Peter Wood on
S"Winslow Homer's Civil
War", Ham Museum, 6 pm.
School Board meets, 6 pm.
Internat'l Noise Conference
Pre-show (experimental &
noise music), CMC, 9 pm.
SFrench Film Fest at
S Hipp Cinema tonight &
other nights see
the 'pp.org/cinema.

2 1 School Board, 6 pm.
Wild Bill Bailout aka
Dave Lippman in concert at
CMC, 8 pm (Shrub has retired).
28 Gvl Runoff Election
28 (if needed)
Alachua County Labor
Party meets: 6:30 pm, 618
NW 13th Ave: info. 375-2832.

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citing at Alachua
Dept, 224 SE 24th
,M-F; & at Pride
13th St, 4-6 pm on
-s; info: 334-7961.
trmers' Market
own Plaza, 4-7 pm;
project 2nd Weds..
- death penalty doc
zog, Hipp Cinema,
ilso Thurs, 6:15 &

cs open discussion
;rd Weds, 7-9 pm.
'ivic Forum city
A, 7:30 pm, dntn
Univ Ave).
all Democrats, 901
Ave, 6 pm, 4th

N program on Roe
pm, Wild Iris
Univ Ave.
sion, CMC, 7 pm.
speaks, Phillips

Veterans for Peace
neet, 7 pm: call
for directions.

'n Hughes born.
its sit in at Greens-
c Exec. Comm.
,nty Commission
Weds, 7 pm.
ion Can't Tell Us
's Sex & Work" -
,7 pm, Millhopper
45 NW 34th St.
tion" free classes
d, 7 pm Wednes-
4225 NW 34th St.
symposium opens
s open discussion
rd Weds, 7-9 pm.

ill Democrats, 901
Ave, 6 pm.
meet, Millhopper
report-back from
CMC, 7 pm.

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CMC, 7 pm.


19 CMC Volunteers meet
S every Thursday, 5:30 pm.
City Candidates Debate, 6 pm,
County Commission Auditorium.
Internat'l Socialist Org. meets
Thursday, 7 pm, 105 NW 16th St.
"A Sit-In with Margaret Block",
UF Ustler Hall, 7pm see pg 18.
Manhattan Transfer, Phillips Ctr,
7:30 pm, $25-35.
Open Poetry every Thursday at
CMC, 9 pm: Gvl's longest-running
poetry jam, open to all; informal &
welcoming to both readers &
lictpnprc FILL .MOON

26 CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.
Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm.
Ugly Radio Rebellion (playing
music of Frank Zappa) & Big Bi-
son at Backstage Lounge, 1318 S.
Main St (across from Winn-Dixie).
Shanon Waters at Satchel's
Pizza/Lightnin' Salvage, 6-9 pm:
live music Weds through Sats:
l CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.
florida Highwayman Mary Ann
Carroll talk & painting exhibit,
Matheson Museum, 6 pm.
Icarus Project meets, CMC, 7 pm.
Sierra Club general meeting,
UF Entomology Bldg rm 3118,
1st Thursdays, 7:30 pm.
ISO planning discussion on Egyp-
tian revolution; time & place tba;
see gainesvilleiso.org.
Open Poetry at CMC. 9 pm.


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20 "Occupy the Courts" rally
0 with Dr. Cornel West, 1 pm,
downtown plaza; West & Tavis Smiley
speak at UF Pugh Hall, 6 pm; pg 24.
Penny Nichols, Steve Gillette & others
at Prairie Creek Lodge, 7 pm, $20.
No Woman No Cry doc on reproductive
health on Roe v Wade anniversary, 7:30
pm, CMC; talk by Helen Strain; pg 4.
Little Jake Mitchell at Kickin' Devil
Caf6, 2017 NE 27th Ave, 8 pm.
WGOT 4-yr anniversary benefit at
The Atlantic, featuring Whiskey & Co,
Boswellians, & others, 9 pm.
1892: 1st basketball game played.

27 "Right to Health Care in
S/ Brazil" lecture at Turlington
L-011,4-5 pm.
Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5:30 pm, UF
Plaza of Americas.
Art Walk Downtown; many galleries
& venues participate; 7-10 pm, last
Friday of each month.
Gay Movie Night last Fridays, $2, 7:30
pm, Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St.
Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff at
Univ. Auditorium, 7:30 pm, $20-30.
Soweto Gospel Choir, Phillips
Ctr, 7:30 pm, $30-40.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties Fridays at Wayward Council,
807 W. University Ave, 7 pm.
Daymoths, Lizzy Pitch, & Maria
Carter in concert at The Laboratory,
818 W. Univ. Ave.
Whether here or anywhere:
please support live music!

9 CMC Volunteers meet,
5:30 pm.
"Ignorance, Women, & Excellent
Science" Carla Fehr talk, Ustler
Hall Atrium, UF, 7:30 pm.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.

1944: Alice Walker born.
16 CMC Volunteers meet,
1 5:30pm.
Icarus Project meets, CMC, 7 pm.
Celtic Women, 7:30 pm, O'Dome.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.

1 Official Blues Brothers Revue,
10 Phillips Ctr, 7:30 pm, $20-30.
IGUANA Deadline for Mar '12
issue is Feb 26th; write
gainesvilleiguana@cox.net or
call 378-5655 with events, up-
dates, advertisements & info.

1898: Bertolt Brecht born.
17 Power to the People film &
discussion at CMC, 7 pm;
followed by live music from The
Babylonians, 9 pm.
1942: Huev P. Newton born.

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3 CMC Volunteers,
2 5:30 pm.
Arlo Guthrie "Boys Night Out",
Phillips Ctr, 7:30 pm, $40-55; pg 2.

1868: WE.B. DuBois born.

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S1 Sierra Club
Mi ar meets see 2/2.

24 Cinema Verde Film Festival
A opens: 8 days of environmental
films see www.verdefest.org.
Art Walk Downtown; many galleries
& venues participate; 7-10 pm, last
Friday of each month.

1807: U.S. prohibits importing slaves.

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21 Collectors' Show at Museum of
SNatural Historyl10 am-3 pm.
Vocal Workshop w/ Penny Nichols,
Prairie Creek Lodge, 11 am, $ 30.
Songwriting Workshop w/ Steve Gil-
lette, Prairie Creek Lodge, 2 pm, $35.
Citizens Co-op-hosted block party:
live music & booths, noon-11 pm, SE
5th Ave & Main St gonna be great!
Gainesville Rocks (the Vote) Bo
Diddley Plaza: food, live music w/
Crash Pad, Mama Trish vs Godzilla, &
Company Man: 1st day of early voting.
Hidden Battles (doc on veterans after
wars) at CMC, 3 pm; co-sponsored by
Gvl Vets for Peace.
Galileo of Gainesville play by Dan
Kahn at Acrosstown Rep to benefit
Home Van (sliding scale): Fri & Sat,
8 pm; Sun, 2 pm runs through 29th.
28 Great Air Potato Roundup,
Morningside Nature Ctr, 9 am.
Interfaith Readings, Mennonite
Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave,
10 am, 2nd & 4th Saturdays.
Book Release Party for Poetry Jam
poet G.M. Palmer, 7 pm, CMC.
"Reaching Out Intimate Partner
Violence Forum", 5 pm, Pride Ctr,
3131 NW 13th St.
4 Violinist Joshua Bell, Phillips
Ctr, 7:30 pm, $45-65.
Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
pm at UU Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th
St: 375-7207; $1 + veggie/vegan dish..
Omi Ajamu Jazz Quartet, 6:30 pm at
The Doris, 716 N. Main St.

1 Peg Libertus memorial service,
S2 pm, Ctr for Ind. Living, 222
SW 36th Terr; see pg 6.
Vegan Fundraiser Dinner, CMC,'6
Hipp Cinema 30th Anniversary
celebration, 6 pm, $25 adv, $35 door.
Fellow Worker social, Caf6 Colette
(Wild Iris Books), 7 pm.

18 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.

25 Doug Clifford Saturdays,
S11 pm-midnight; WSKY-97.3;
show repeats Sunday nights 11 pm,

3 Spring Break officially
in reality, it
probably started .

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2011: The end of U.S. hyperpower

and its war with Islamdom

By Juan Cole

This article was originally published
by Juan Cole on his blog "Informed
Comment" (www.juancole.com) on
Dec. 31.

Some years are pivotal and serve to
mark off eras of history. 2011 saw the
end of American hyperpower, and it
announced the end of a decade of U.S.-
Muslim conflict that began with 2001.
It saw the killing of Osama Bin Laden,
the virtual rolling up of al-Qaeda, the
repudiation of al-Qaeda's methods by
the masses of the Arab world, and the
U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.
The upheavals of the Arab Spring
and subsequent elections have led to
Muslim fundamentalist parties being
drawn into parliamentary politics
on a Westminster model, rather than
remaining sect-like corporate groups
outside the body politic. The changes
in government have left the U.S.
and the U.K. with no choice but to
deal with parties such as al-Nahda in
Tunisia and the Muslim Brotherhood
in Egypt, which right wing members
of Congress had earlier lambasted as
proto-terrorist organizations.
In Libya, the U.S. and NATO allied
with the Muslim masses against
dictator Muammar Qaddafi, and
some of their new allies had been
Muslim radicals earlier. Although the
degree of U.S.-Muslim polarization
of the period 2001-2011 was often
exaggerated (Turkey and Morocco,

e.g., were American allies), the three
unconventional wars (Afghanistan,
Iraq and al-Qaeda), along with
significant tensions elsewhere (Sudan,
Somalia) did create an over-all bipolar
The end of the Cold War, which
had stretched from 1946 to 1991, had
left the political elites of the United
States and Western Europe without a
bogeyman or security threat on which
they could run for office and through
which they could funnel resources
to the military-industrial complex
that largely pays for their political
With Russia in steep decline in the
1990s and China still run as a small,
cautious power, the U.S. emerged as
what the French called a Hyperpower,
the sole superpower.
U.S. hawks were impatient that
Bill Clinton seemed not to realize
that he had complete freedom of
movement for a brief window of
time. It was the new U.S. status of
hyperpower that allowed the G. W.
Bush administration to respond to
the September 11 terrorist attacks by
launching two major wars and a host
of smaller struggles, all against targets
in the Muslim world.
As of 2011, the age of the U.S.
hyperpower is passing, along with
the possibilities for American wars of
choice, i.e., wars of aggression.
The most potent symbol of this
change is Syria, where U.S. freedom
of movement in staging any sort of

intervention is constrained by Russia
and China.
In 1991, the U.S. was 25 percent of
global GDP. Today, it is 20 percent. In
1991, with the collapse of the Soviet
Union, the U.S. was the only country
in the top 10 global economies
with a substantial ability to act
alone in projecting military force
in the world. Japan and Germany
maintained militaries only for self-
defense. France, Italy, the U.K. and
Spain typically worked within a
NATO framework (except for French

As of 2011, the age of the
U.S. hyperpower is passing,
along with the possibilities for
American wars of choice, i.e.,
wars of aggression.

interventions in Africa). Brazil was
relatively inward-looking.
U.S. supremacy was announced
with the Gulf War, even before the
Soviet system had quite collapsed.
Premier Mikhail Gorbachev was
unable to protect a former Soviet
client state, Iraq, from U.S. ire. And
George H. W. Bush put together a
coalition of two dozen allies with a
UNSC mandate to push Iraq out of
occupied Kuwait, thus underlining
that the United States was now the
successor to the British Empire as
guarantor of security in the oil-rich
Persian Gulf.
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against Iraq, while it lacked the legal
framework that the Gulf War enjoyed,
was a continuation of that assertion of
American dominance on a unilateral
basis (not unilateral in the sense that
the U.S. had no allies, but unilateral
in the sense that none of the allies was
indispensable and that the U.S. could
do as it pleased).
In 2011, China and India are in
the top ten world economies (by
purchasing power parity), and each is a
hegemonic military power now. China
can help protect Syria, e.g., and India
insists on buying Iranian petroleum.
Russia is likely to rejoin the top ten by
2015, and it is militarily significant.
Moscow is running interference for
the Baath regime in Syria in part to
protect the Tartus naval base on the
Mediterranean, which the Russians
lease from Damascus.
The United States is no longer
the hyperpower. It can no longer
necessarily act unilaterally by
launching a major war of aggression
at will. It lacks the resources. And, it
has significant challengers in some
The Obama administration was
only able to act in Libya because
Russia and China had allowed a
strong UNSC resolution in favor of
intervention to be passed. Had either
exercised a veto, the Libya War would
have been forestalled. And, even with
a UNSC resolution authorizing the
use of force, Washington felt the need
to lead from behind and let France,
Britain and Qatar stay in the forefront,
because it feared bad PR if it were
perceived to be yet again unilaterally
attacking a Muslim country.
A corollary is that each region of the
world is now more independent of the

U.S. than it had been. Brazil defied
the U.S. on Libya and Latin America
is defying the U.S. on relations with
The greatest trend- to greater
independence of the U.S. can be seen
in the Middle East and North Africa.
Some regimes that were almost
sycophants toward Western capitals
have been swept away. Indigenous
and nativist political movements,
especially those based in political
Islam, are doing well. Religious
parties came to power in Tunisia and
Morocco, forming governments and
selecting the prime minister.
A similar development will likely
occur in Egypt, Libya and Yemen in
2012. All of these governments had
been dominated by billionaire poli-
ticians and increasingly Neoliberal
economic policies. The new cabinets
dominated by political Islam are eco-
nomic populists, but likely will not
challenge the U.S. significantly. Nei-
ther can they be depended upon, how-
ever, to do as they're told, in the way
that Mubarak could have been.
It is too early to say whether the
assertion of people power, in part
via the internet, in the Arab world
marks a structural, long-term change
in the way business is done. What
can be said is that the Middle East is
emerging as more independent than it
had been since the 1970s.
President Obama gave a speech
marking the end of the Iraq War. He
should give one marking the end of
the "War on Terror."
The U.S. is not actively fighting
Muslim troops in Iraq any more. Bin
Laden is dead. Whatever is going on
in southern Afghanistan will have to
work its way out alone.
Those are the
three big changes
in 2011. The U.S.
is one great power
among many, now.
Muslim radical-
ism is running out
of steam. And,
the Middle East is
declaring indepen-
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Veterans for Peace Connects with Occupy Gainesville

"Cost of War" seen in community violence, environmental impact, weakened economy

By Mary Bahr
Gainesville Veteransfor Peace

Dennis Lane, executive director
of National Veterans for Peace, said
the cost of war can be seen today "in
family and community violence, in
the human and environmental impact
of depleted uranium and a wide
variety of chemical exposures, and in
a weakened domestic economy and
de-funded health, education and other
social programs."
You may have seen the Gainesville
Vets for Peace Cost of War program.
It gives the cost of war to our local
community and to the state of Florida,
as well as the national costs in blood
and taxes.
The data is derived from the National
Priorities Project Cost of War project
at www.costofwar.com. These pages
will give you the cost in tax dollars
on counters that change every second
and will also offer tradeoffs (what
those dollars could have bought in our
domestic economy had we not spent
them on war).
Even with troops withdrawing
from Iraq, many troops and support
personnel will be left behind. We still
have to pay the costs of equipment
replacement and health care, which are
projected to total a trillion dollars each.
And then there's still Afghanistan.
As I write this, the total taxes paid
in Gainesville for both wars are
$232,649,897 and counting. Those
hundreds of millions paid by our local
citizens could have bought a year's
worth of college scholarships for 4,997
students, solar energy conversion
for 7,742 households, or healthcare
for 4,824 low income people. If you
visit the site, these numbers will have
increased, as we continue to pay far
more for war than we do for the needs
of our own citizens.
Because of the clear connection

Visit www.occupygainesville.org

between our government's priorities
and war. Vets for Peace finds a
natural tit for support of the Occupy
movement. On a national level, we
passed a resolution to protect the
Occupiers against police brutality,
recognizing "that our common enemy
is the wealthy power elite, those who
control, ravage and exploit."
On the local level, VFP Gainesville

and supplies the movement uses each
day, arriving at the Plaza before 8 a.m.
and loading up around 11 p.m.
On Nov. 11, two VFP members,
John and Tommy Butler, were arrested
along with 21 other Occupiers for
staying in the "Free Speech Zone" of
our public downtown plaza past 11:30
John is also the liaison with Occupy

John Fullerton (left), of Gainesville Veterans for Peace and Occupy Gainesville,
unloads the tents, tables,food and other materialsfor Occupy Gainesville. Every day,
John sets up and takes down the Occupy camp in the Bo Diddley Plaza. Photo by
Mary Bahr.

has supplied support to Occupy by
organizing a Veterans Speak-Out at
Bo Diddley Plaza. which resulted in
moving testimony from young soldiers
returning from war. We also invited
Occupy to table at the annual Winter
Solstice Concert, where we presented
the group with a Peace Helmet award
for their dedication to the fight for
justice, and supplied them with Occupy
buttons to give away and sell.
One VFP member. John Fullerton,
has become a daily part of local
Occupy, providing logistical support
by delivering and removing the canopy

Supply run by the national blog
Firedoglake. He went through online
training for this position, which
enabled him to receive supplies for our
local Occupy, including blankets, hats
and rain ponchos.
Occupy Supply has a mission
of helping the movement make it
through the winter, which is especially
challenging for the encampments up
north. It has raised more than $174,000
and has spent more than $150,000 on
union-made, high quality clothing,
tents, blankets, etc. for encampments
across the U.S. You can donate online




Occupy Gainesville protests outside of Wells Fargo in Downtown
Gainesville. Photo by Mary Bahr.

to Occupy Supply, and 100 percent
of your money goes directly toward
supplies and shipment.
John said that in addition to
coordinating supplies, his liaison
position also puts him in touch online
with fellow Occupy workers around
the country. John sees Occupy as "an
acorn that has been planted," which he
hopes will acquire the critical mass to
grow into a much larger movement.
His take on the movement is that it
has a focus on getting money out of
This theme was addressed at their
GA as members connected with Move
to Amend, a group that addresses the
Supreme Court's Citizens United case
treating corporations as people and
corporate money as free speech.
John agreed with an analysis by
Firedoglake blogger and Newark
Occupier Tobiasfox, in an article called
"Why We Occupy." He describes
Occupy as consisting of three groups
of people.
The first group is "solely interested
in occupying public space and making
that public space a community within
a community, regardless of how
organized or chaotic that community
may appear. This is all they want to
do: occupy public space. Occupying
public space is critical because it's
a place where we can establish the

commons and create a true democracy,
and set up all the social systems needed
to support a fully human society."
The second group consists of affinity
groups within that community. For our
local Occupy, those affinity groups
include a women's group, Move to
Amend, a food and comfort group,
radical cheerleaders, a group focused
on big Pharma, and a Koppers group
addressing environmental pollution
from Gainesville's own Superfund
site. This is not a comprehensive list,
but it is representative of the groups
allied under the umbrella of the
Occupy community.
The people in the third group are
the activists who stir things up and
organize actions like the one against
Wells Fargo and Bank of America. The
picketers focus on the fraud committed
by these banks in the housing market
and encourage passersby to move their
money to community banks and credit
The Occupy members I visited with
generally agreed with this analysis but
said it oversimplified the situation and
pointed out that the group was fluid
with many overlapping views and foci.
Occupiers responded to the One
Percent comments that they should
"get a job and quit whining." Nancy
from the food and comfort group
said she already worked full time and

that no one had a right to criticize
if they did not attend a GA, i.e. join
the community. Another Occupier
answered more from the activist side
of the group that "job" stood for "Just
Over Broke," and he would not buy
into the present economic system
because it did not value its workers.
Deborah told her story of the
benefits of the Occupy community.
She attempted to close an inactive
account at Bank of America and was
told that she would have to wait 30
days. She informed the teller that
she would be back with pickets from
Occupy Gainesville. After checking
with a manager, her account was
closed immediately.
To see how to support Occupy
Gainesville and a calendar of upcoming
events, visit www.occupygainesville.
org or stop by Bo Diddley Plaza any
time you see the tent. Most days there
is a GA or a working/affinity group
meeting around 6:30p.m.
Occupy Gainesville will host the
Southeastern Regional Occupy Gath-
ering March 23 25 in efforts to con-
nect the movement in the U.S. and also
the Caribbean (occupysoutheast.org).
My visit to Occupy found a group
of young and old people working
together on community and organizing
that community to make John's acorn
sprout and grow. c't


our burden
(In memory of PFC Keith Lloyd)

the sun's beating down, he's got him locked in his sights
another soldier lost, another pointless fight
i've lost good friends, they died before my eyes
i've seen families mourn, and i've heard their children cry

you could never understand the burden that is left
the million times i've wished for a bullet in my chest
it's easier to die than to live with what i've done
taken peoples lives and never thought to run

my dreams still haunt me, i always see his face
filled with so much anger, my life could never be the same
taught from birth to hate, they tried to take my life
and even though it's over, i still see them every night

Recited by Tommie Butler, U.S. Army Iraq War Veteran and
Vets for Peace Member, at Occupy Gainesville's Armistice
Day Speak-Out on Nov. 11 at Bo Diddley Plaza



History and The People Who

Make It: Margaret Block

Transcript edited by Pierce Butler

This is the sixth in a continuing se-
ries of excerpts from transcripts in the
collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral
History Program at the University of
Lifelong civil rights activist Margaret
Block was interviewed by Paul Ortiz on
September 18,2008.

I got involved in the movement like
in when I was about 10 years old, I
used to hang around with this man
named Mr. Amzie Moore. They orga-
nized the Regional Council on Negro
Leadership, and I was aware of some-
thing being wrong because listening to
my parents and everybody talk about it.
I wasn't able to do anything until 1961
when I graduated from high school.
Then I joined the movement. I didn't
join SNCC until '62 because we didn't
have nothing in Cleveland [Mississip-
pi] in 1961 but the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, and I joined it.
That was we were teaching people how
to read and write and how to take that
test that you had to take from the state
of Mississippi interpreting the Constitu-
That's what.we had to teach, the lit-
eracy test, which was insane. You know,
one registrar asked how many bubbles
is in a bar of Ivory soap, just dumb
stuff. That's the most rewarding thing
I'd ever done in my life, was teaching
that citizenship school. It was the idea
of me teaching my elders how to read

and write. I taught all over the Delta
and Rosedale and all over, Cleveland
and Shaw, just all these little towns in
the Delta. That was in '63, '62 and '63.
When we did that, that was way before
Freedom Summer.
Well, SCLC was more Christian, re-
ligious, more spiritual than SNCC was,
and SCLC was, they were the educa-
tional. You know, like they gave us
training and they would get us out of
jail and stuff like that. They led the mass
movements and stuff, too. But SNCC
was a lot of vibrant young people. You
know, they were students, and I had met
all I didn't even go to college until
real late because I was in the movement
and my brother got kicked out of Mis-
sissippi Valley State for trying to orga-
nize a SNCC chapter on campus. So I
figured, what's the use. Mmm-hmm. So
I tell people I didn't get an education
by going to college. I got an education
working in the movement and coming
in contact with people like Hollis and
John Lewis and my brother and Amzie
Moore and Diane Nash and Septima
SNCC was, we were risk-takers. We
would do stuff and people, Dr. King
would be goin', you know, "just look
at you," because we were not afraid to
challenge nobody. So that's what I like
to emphasize. We used to party a lot,
not all the time. But we used to have
parties and just have fun and, you know,
to relieve all that tension and stuff that
was going on with being shot at and
being chased. So it was more, well, it

was more for young
people, SNCC was.
Emmett Till
was the reason we
couldn't wait to get
big enough to join
a movement. He
said that he was the
fire, he started the
fire. That's what
they did when they
killed Emmett Till.
Because I remem-

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ber Amzie Moore and Medgar Evers, I
grew up around those guys. You know,
Medgar used to live in Mound Bayou
with Dr. Howard when Dr. Howard was
a surgeon. So when Emmett got killed,
Medgar and Amzie Moore dressed up
like they were field hands and went out
to the fields and were talking to people,
investigating it around which was brave,
and crazy, and suicidal.
Music was extremely important to the
movement. If it wasn't for the Freedom
Songs, we would take a church song
and, you know, just change the words.
Those are all church songs we were
singing up there but we just changed
the words. But that was important, the
music in the movement. The music
was the glue that kept the Civil Rights
Movement together. And it was the best
organizing tool that we had, because we
would be singing those songs at a meet-
ing and people would pass by and hear
us singing and say, oh, you guys going
to sing that song next week? And we'd
tell them yeah and we'd have the church
full because people would enjoy the
Freedom Songs.
So those Freedom Songs are really
important. They're at the Smithson-
ian Institute. Bernice Reagon recorded
them down there in Atlanta at the SNCC
song-whatever they had in '63 or '62,
you know, all those years ago. But any-
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- Bernice Johnson, when I knew her.
Yeah, she recorded all those songs,
Kids going to school now, in my
hometown, they know nothing at all
about my brother Sam who is an icon
in the movement. He was featured in
African American National Biography
by Henry Louis Gates. People, I think
they just don't care. It's not just the chil-
dren. It's the adults. And it's not good,
either, that you don't even know your
own history and you got icons walking
around now that you could talk to, like
Ms. Rogers or just people still around
that was in the movement and that's
being treated like, OK, we're going to
half-teach it and we're going to do that
half-truth thing with it.
Yeah, we had a shoot out. It was Au-
gust the 7th, 1964. We had taken the
Brewer Brothers from Sharkey Road,
which was out from Glendora. We had
taken them over to Charleston to the
courthouse to vote, and we expected
trouble because we knew those people
- that was one of the strongholds of the
Klan, too, Tallahatchie County.
So we knew it was going to come
down the next night, and what did we
do? We went. The Brewers, all of them
were well-armed. So when they came,
when these Klan came down there at
night, we were out in the country and
we was on this farm and it was one long
road. When we came out from the coun-
try, they was gonna shoot at us.
And they were so surprised when we
shot at them first. They took off. We had
our spotlights. This lady named Ms. El-
sie Brewer, she turned on a big ol' spot-
light, turned it on, and they didn't know
what to think of, and when we shot at
them, we didn't hear nothing else from
They would harass us on the radio and
stuff, but we didn't hear anything else
about them coming out there to shoot
nobody. Because we let them know
that we were fully prepared to shoot it
out with them. We even made Molotov
Now, one time that's the time when
Stokely was out on the project with me
out there in Tallahatchie, and Stokely
tell me, we gonna make some Molotov
cocktails, and I'm going, mmm-hmm.

He's telling me, gimme the cash money,
we making' Molotov cocktails tonight,
and I'm looking at him, never have been
nowhere but to Chicago and Memphis
and Jackson all my growing up years.
Pretty soon I went, Stokely, I don't
drink, and I don't want no cocktail. I
thought he was talking about something
to drink.
O: Some people would find it sur-
prising because the official ideology of
the movement was nonviolence, but in
this particular case, you're saying the
Brewer family -
We made exceptions. Oh, that was
just SNCC, the Student Nonviolent I
didn't tell them I was nonviolent.
I went on and carried the fight on to
San Francisco when I moved-finally
had got ran out in '66. My nerves had
gotten just bad, you know, tired of be-
ing threatened and shot at and just going
through stuff. So I had went to San Fran-
cisco. But I went on with the fight out
there, joined the war, you know, Viet-
nam, the anti-Vietnam War and that, no
intervention in Central America, helped
write Proposition J, which we got put on
the ballot. You know Prop J, where we -
the first city to divest our pension funds
and stuff from South Africa.
O: OK. Why did you come back [af-
ter 31 years]?
Well, my mom got sick, and then I just
had to be, I don't know. My chil-
dren were grown when I came
back, and I own a house and,
you know, rather than struggle
to pay extremely high mortgage
rates in northern San Francisco,
I moved back down here to take
care of my mom. Then I decid-
ed that the fight ain't over with
here. I'm still fighting.
Yeah, like they're charg-
ing kids to go to school, pub-
lic school. That's another fight
I had. I was working for the
Mississippi Center for Justice,
the Youth Justice Center out
of Jackson, and, yeah, they're
charging kids school fees to
go to public schools. Charging
them, yeah, $10 enrollment for
elementary school, $17.50 for
middle school, and then it just
went through the roof when they

went to high school, like paying for
those classes
They know they got to have English,
they know they got to have chemistry,
and they charge for that stuff.
It's an incredible injustice. It's like
a poll tax on education or something.
Then there's no accountability for the
money because each parent when you
go to whatever school you go to, you
have to pay the money to the cashier, the
secretary at the school. It doesn't go into
general budget fund. They do what they
want to do with it, and God only knows
what they doing with it. c'
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Will 'zombie economics' prove Florida's proposed

nuclear power plants are no longer competitive?

By Robert Trigaux,
Tampa Bay Times

This article was highlighted in
an event by Mary Olson of Nuclear
Information and Resource Service
(www.nirs.com) and Mandy Hancock
of the Southern Alliance for Clean
Energy (www.cleanenergy.org) in
a Civic Media Center presentation
Monday, Jan. 9. Also shown was a
film "Climate of Hope," a 28 minute
Australian production on the nuclear
film cycle, which was excellent and
is viewable on Youtube. Another
suggested site was www.fairewinds.
com, with up to date coverage of
Fukajjima, Japan.
This story was originally published
on Jan. 4 in the Tampa Bay Times

Wake up and good morning.
Well, Progress Energy and Duke
Energy, stalled in their merger by
federal regulators worried about
too much monopoly power, say
they are again revamping terms of
their deal to make the feds happy.
According to the Raleigh, N.C.,
paper, the News & Observer,
Progress Energy CEO (who will
also be CEO of the combined
Duke-Progress giant should it
happen) Bill Johnson said the trick
of the latest merger proposal will
be to "preserve the
$650 million in savings THIN]
promised to regulators
in the Carolinas while
also selling off a sizable
chunk of electricity
into wholesale markets
to appease federal
Why do we care here A
in Florida?
Obviously, Progress
Energy Florida is http:
part of this proposed
acquisition by Duke Gail
of the Progress Energy

corporation. And both Duke and
Progress Energy have long histories
and big ambitions of becoming
an even bigger player in building
nuclear power plants to generate
Here in Florida, that nuclear
ambition is being played out by
political power that's allowed
Progress Energy to charge
its Florida customers for two
questionable nuclear projects.
First, a hefty portion of the
staggering $2.5 billion repair bill
for the Crystal River nuclear power
plant, down since the fall of 2009
and broken by the controversial do-
it-yourself fixes attempted by the
power company.
Second, even as Progress Energy
struggles to revive the aging, off-
line Crystal River nuke plant,
it's charging customers now for
preliminary costs tied to a long-
proposed new nuclear power plant
north of Tampa Bay in Levy County
that may yet never happen.
Here's the real trick. Duke and
Progress Energy are committed
to a nuclear power future that
increasingly -- for reasons of
both cost and safety -- is pricing
itself out of the viable market for
generating electricity.
Progress Energy no longer
quotes fresh costs for the Levy

County plant because, in part, it's
going to be a stunner. A plant (with
two nuclear reactors on the site)
that was once touted a cost just
over $10 billion, soon went to $17
billion. Given the trend line -- not to
mention the Japan nuclear disaster
which will boost safety-related
costs to any new nuclear plants --
it would not be surprising to see a
plant cost topping $25 billion or
perhaps even $30 billion by the
time a Levy County plant actually
comes online in the latter 2020s.
At some point, those costs will
become clearly uncompetitive,
despite Duke and Progress Energy's
political power to convince
legislators to see things their way.
There's been a steady flow of
commentary in recent months about
the declining competitiveness of
nuclear power. And the federal
government, for all its sporadic
boosterism for nuclear power, is so
financially pressed that it's proved
unable to cough up the massive
loan guarantees the nuclear power
industry demands in order to break
ground on large numbers of nuke
Consider this latest commentary,
dated Jan. 3 and headlined The End
of the Nuclear Renaissance, in The
National Interest. The key point?
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to be a serious option for meeting
the world's energy needs." So
writes John Quiggin, the Hinkley
visiting professor at Johns Hopkins
University and an Australian
Research Council Federation fellow
at the University of Queensland.
He is the author of "Zombie
Economics: How Dead Ideas Still
Walk Among Us."
As Quiggin states in his
commentary: "... after an initial rush
of enthusiasm, proposals for new
nuclear plants ran into economic
reality. When the deadline set under
the Nuclear Power 2010 program
expired, twenty-six proposals
had been received by the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission. But by
the beginning of 2011, more than
half of these had been abandoned,
and ground had been broken on
only two sites, with a total of four
"The nuclear renaissance was
already tottering, but the disaster of
Fukushima was the coup de grace.
It's true, as nuclear advocates have
argued, that the plants at Fukushima
were old and that a disaster as big
as the March tsunami was hard to
plan for. No doubt the failures in
cooling and containment systems
that gave rise to the present crisis
can be overcome and reactor
designs modified to improve safety.
"But safety doesn't come cheap,
and redesigns mean delays. With
no prospect of any further increases
in subsidies and loan guarantees,
it seems likely that most of the
proposals for new nuclear-power
plants in the United States will be
Keep in mind this is just one
view of a growing number of sharp
minds that see nuclear power's role
waning, not reborn, in the coming
decades. It raises the key question
for Floridians -- saddled now
with repair and building fees in
their electricity bills, charges that
will skyrocket if the Levy County
project continues:
What are we paying for?
Projects that may no longer prove
financially competitive?ct

Civic Media Center

January/February 2012 Events

Every Thursday:Poetry Jam, 9pm
Tuesday, 1/17:Essential Afrikan History Workshop #5, 7pm
Wednesday 1/18: Anarchademics, radical history and theory reading
and discussion group, 7pm
Thursday, 1/19:Icarus Project, radical mental health support group, 7pm
Friday, 1/20:"No Woman, No Cry," documentary on global issues in
women's health and reproductive freedom for the anni-
versary of Roe vs. Wade with a discussion led by Helen
Strain of Planned Parenthood, 7:30pm
Saturday, 1/21 :Gainesville Vets for Peace matinee screening of "Hidden
Battles," a documentary on soldiers' experiences of kill-
ing, 3pm
Sunday, 1/22:CMC Zine Library Organizing Party, 12-5 pm
Monday, 1/23:"Made in L.A.," documentary on immigrant women
workers organizing on the job, co-sponsored by Gaines-
ville IWW and La Casita, 7pm
Tuesday, 1/24:Presentation on opposition to proposed Biomass Plant,
Wednesday, 1/25: Middle East Realignment," 1st in monthly series vid-
eos and discussions on International Relations, 7pm
Friday, 1/27:ArtWalk, featuring works by Gustavo Roca, others TBA,
Saturday, 1/28:Book release party for Poetry Jam poet G. M. Palmer's
new book, 7pm
Monday, 1/30:"Silver City," John Sayles feature on rightwing, Bush-
style electoral follies, 7pm
Tuesday, 1/31:CMC Fundraiser night at Burrito Bros. Taco Co.
Monday, 2/6:"Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975," collection of previ-
ously unreleased footage, with commentaries by con-
temporary artists and activists, 7pm
Tuesday, 2/7:International Noise Conference Pre-show, experimental and
noise music, 9pm
Wednesday, 2/8: Queer Reading Group, 7pm
Saturday, 2/11:Vegan Fundraiser Dinner, 6-9pm

Sunday, 2/12:

Friday, 2/17:

Monday, 2/20:

Wednesday, 2/22:

Monday, 2/27:

6th presentation in a larger series of workshops on
Essential Afrrikan History, 4p.m.
"Power to the People" film showing at 7p.m., fol
lowed by discussion and then live music by the
Babylonians at 9p.m.
"Sanfoka," a Haile Gerima mystical classic of slavery
and resistance, film showing.
Presentation by Samuel Proctor Oral History Project
of UF on their travels to Mississippi for interviews.
"Through the Door of No Return," a film maker's
tracking of his father's ancestry all the way to Ghana.

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 websitefor
details or new events that may have been scheduled after this went to press.
(352) 373-0010 www.civicmediacenter.org




Tainted Coal: Mountaintop Removal and GRU

By Jason Fults,
Gainesville Loves Mountains

For the past few decades,
Appalachian coal companies have
sought to erase the gains of some of the
most hard-fought labor struggles in U.S.
history by reducing their workforce
through mechanization.
Large deep-mining operations
employing union miners have been
replaced with millions of pounds of
explosives and draglines more than
20 stories tall. This method of coal
mining is referred to as "mountaintop
removal" (MTR), and as its name
implies, its impact on local ecosystems
is devastating.
I lived in Appalachia for several
years, and it was there that images of
MTR and its effects on the people and
landscapes of the region were burned
into my consciousness-images that I
carry with me many years later.
The Environmental Protection
Agency describes MTR as "...a form
of surface coal mining in which
explosives are used to access coal
seams, generating large volumes of

waste that bury adjacent streams.
The resulting waste that then fills
valleys and streams can significantly
compromise water quality, often causing
permanent damage to ecosystems and
rendering streams unfit for drinking,
fishing, and swimming. It is estimated
that almost 2,000 miles of Appalachian
headwater streams have been buried by
mountaintop coal mining."
Residents and activists who have
been fighting this practice would say
that the EPA's description is charitable.
The nexus between the devastation of
MTR and our personal consumption
is our municipally owned utility,
Gainesville Regional Utilities. GRU
purchases coal and other fuels that they
then convert into electricity and sell to
That is why we started Gainesville
Loves Mountains, a local group
dedicated to working in conjunction
with organizations in Appalachia to end
MTR and create a prosperous future for
the region.
Currently, about 62 percent of GRU's
energy mix comes from coal, and about
60 percent of that coal comes from

MTR mine sites. Gainesville Loves
Mountains has been meeting with GRU
staff, a few City Commissioners and
Mayor Craig Lowe for the past several
months to discuss this issue.
Last March, we brought Larry Gib-
son, a resident of West Virginia and
neighbor to MTR mining sites, to
Gainesville.to talk. While the Commis-
sioners, and particularly our eco-con-
scious mayor have been sympathetic to
these concerns, they have been rebuffed
by GRU staff who want no restrictions
placed on their coal purchases and who
insist that they only purchase coal from
"reputable, law-abiding" companies.
Appalachian activists who have
been fighting against MTR disagree.
One staff-person at the Boone, N.C.
organization Appalachian Voices said,
"It looks like their suppliers are the
worst of the worst, particularly Massey,
Patriot, ICG (International Coal
Group) and TECO Coal C. Moreover,
the specific mines-from Twilight to
Patriot's mines ... to ICG's godawful
complex north of Hazard-would
make for the most awful visuals and
compelling human stories out there."

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One issue that emerged in the public
meetings in recent months is that while
GRU contractually requires their coal
suppliers to "obey all applicable laws,"
there is absolutely no monitoring or
enforcement of this requirement. The
staff members at GRU, when asked,
were completely unaware of any
violations of the law by any of our
suppliers and have instead reassured
us, consistently, that "we only deal with
highly reputable providers."
So the unspoken policy has been one
of plausible deniability: the less that we
know about the origins of our energy, it
seems, the better.
In recent months, GRU has been
performing "test bums" on coal from
outside of Appalachia.
If these tests are successful,
Gainesville would have a larger pool to
choose from, and it would be easier to
avoid MTR coal. In response to citizen
advocacy, GRU has agreed to require
their coal suppliers to self-report any
major legal violations to the utility.
Yet even as recently as last month,
Assistant General Manager John
Stanton continued to maintain that
the upcoming round of coal contracts
would be "...awarded on the basis of
low total cost."
By "total cost," Stanton was factoring
in transportation and other financial
costs of burning coal. He unfortunately
was not referring to the environmental
and social "costs" that residents of
Appalachia are paying with their lives.
While it is doubtful that GRU
will change course and agree to stop
purchasing MTR coal right away, the
efforts of Gainesville Loves Mountains,
in concert with Appalachian activists
and energy consumers nationwide, can

Photo courtesy of iLoveMountains.org, a website that uses cutting edge technology to
inform and involve citizens from all over the country in their efforts to save mountains and

bring this egregious practice to an end.
Please remember the people of
Appalachia when you turn on your
lights or power up your heater this
If you want to learn more about MTR
and our community's connection to it,
visit ilovemountains.org. And please let
our local leaders know that you want to
see an end to Gainesville's connection
to mountaintop removal mining (a list
of key contacts is given below).
The communities that supply our
energy deserve clean water, healthy
livelihoods and respect!

Please contact:

Bob Hunzinger (GRU General
Manager): HunzingerRE@gru.com,
Susan Bottcher (City Commissioner,

chair of Regional Utilities Committee):

Mayor Craig Lowe:

Thomas Hawkins (City
hawkinswt@ cityofgainesville.org,

Once you have notified local
leaders and spread the message to your
contacts, please "like" us on Facebook
(GainesvilleLovesMountains). If you
would like to do more to help win
this victory, please contact Jason Fults
via phone at (352)318-0060 or email
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their power and wealth.
The 2012 presidential election is
expected to have the most extravagant
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Kantar Media, a company that tracks
advertising, reported $5.8 million
spent on TV ads in the Iowa Repub-
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of those being negative attack ads.
The ruling not only equates mon-
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that corporations have the same 1st
Amendment rights intended for peo-
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portions are amassing more wealth
than ever before in history, and it is
time to push back. Efforts being taken
locally include a protest, "Occupy
the Courts", at the Bo Diddley Plaza
in downtown Gainesville on Friday,
Jan. 20 at 1 p.m., the day before the
second anniversary of the court rul-
ing. This event is particularly exciting
because Dr. Cornel West, a long-time
civil rights activist and national best-
selling author, will be speaking.
To find out more or to be a part of
the local chapter of Move to Amend,
attend the rally, visit Facebook's
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send an email to MoveToAmend@
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