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INSIDE ...Publisher's Note . ............. 3 RNC in T ampa . ............... 7 Civic Media Center Events . ..... 9 Dir ectory . ................ 10-11 Calendar . ................ 12-13 Mr .. Econ . .................. 14 W oody Guthrie Centennial . .... 16 Oral History Pr ogram . ........ 18 Radio Pr ogramming . ......... 20 Cartoon by Jeff Parker .. This cartoon was originally published by Florida Today on July 1 . To see more cartoons from Florida Today, visit Health Law Upheld, But Health Needs Still UnmetBy Physicians for a National Health Program The following statement was released on June 28 by leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program (www .. pnhp . org) . Although the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the unfortunate reality is that not a remedy to our health care crisis: (1) it will not achieve universal coverage, as it leaves at least 26 million uninsured, (2) it will not make health care affordable to Americans with in-More Than Just Election DayBy Joe Courter There's Election Day, when all should cast an informed vote, and then there is the Process and all the varied ways one can participate in the build-up to the day(s) when votes are cast. Those who don't vote because of their disappointment in the national races hurt all those local candidates whose cantly more powerful. Like I said last month, people died for their right to vote; it is not too much to ask for you to participate.See ELECTIONS p. 4 See HEALTH CARE p. 2 The GainesvilleIguana July/August 2012Vol. 26, Issue 7/8
PAGE 2, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 surance, because of high co-pays and gaps in coverage that leave patients event of serious illness, and (3) it will not control costs. Why is this so? Because the ACA perpetuates a dominant role for the private insurance industry. Each year, that industry siphons off hundreds of billions of health care dollars for demands from doctors and hospitals; it denies care in order to increase insurers bottom line; and it obstructs any serious effort to control costs. In contrast, a single-payer, improvedMedicare-for-all system would provide truly universal, comprehensive coverage; health security for our patients and their families; and cost control. It would do so by replacing private insurers with a single, nonall medical bills, streamlines administration, and reins in costs for medications and other supplies through its bargaining clout. Research shows the savings in administrative costs alone under a single-payer plan would amount to $400 billion annually, enough to provide quality coverage to everyone with no overall increase in U.S. health spending. The major provisions of the ACA do not go into effect until 2014. Although we will be counseled to wait and see how this reform plays out, weve seen how comparable plans have worked in Massachusetts and other states. Those reforms have invariably failed our patients, foundering on the shoals of skyrocketing costs, even as the private insurers have continued to amass vast fortunes. Our patients, our people and our national economy cannot wait any longer for an effective remedy to our health care woes. The stakes are too high. Contrary to the claims of those who say we are unrealistic, a single-pay er system is within practical reach. The most rapid way to achieve universal coverage would be to improve upon the existing Medicare program and expand it to cover people of all ages. There is legislation before Congress, notably H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which would do precisely that. What is truly unrealistic is believing that we can provide universal and affordable health care in a system dominated by private insurers and Big Pharma. The American people desperately need a universal health system that delivers comprehensive, equitable, compassionate and high-quality care, nancial barriers to access. Polls have repeatedly shown an improved Medicare for all, which meets these criteria, is the remedy preferred by two-thirds of the population. A solid majority of the medical profession now favors such an approach, as well. We pledge to step up our work for the and humane cure for our health care ills: single-payer national health insurance, an expanded and improved Medicare for all. D HEALTH CARE from p. 1 Dr. Cindy RosenfeldCommunity Veterinary Services, LLC 352-485-2520 firstname.lastname@example.org WWW.DRCINDYVET.COMAlso available: Distemper/parvovirus $20 Heartworm tests $20 Feline (cat) FVRCP (4:1) $20 Deworming $5 $10 Lyme $25 Skin exams and sick pet visits too!Friday appointment day call or email us! See website for full schedule & holiday updates . No debit or cr edit cards please . RABIES VACCINATION $15 (includes free exam) No appointment needed rain or shineWaldo Farmers & Flea Market (9 a.m.2 p.m.) Outside Booth #18 (North of C Building)LOW COST PET VACCINATION AND VETERINARY CLINIC An alternative to high-priced animal hospitalsCOMMUNITY VETERINAR YY S ER ER VIC E E Severy Sunday at theWALDO FARMERS & FLEA MARKET
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 3 From the publisher ...Weeding Through the B.S.By Joe Courter Publishing a small news magazine in this age of information overload has its pluses and minuses. There is a lot to write about and report on, but sheesh, there sure is a lot to choose from. Do you write about things coming up, or things that have already happened? From an activist orientation, the Iguana wants to present information to inform and inspire, to try and convey that the struggle for a better world is long and slow, with bursts of hope as defeat but as part of the process of change. A good friend last week expressed to me that she wished the Iguana was bigger or came out more often, 'cause it is one media source she trusts. Well, as this publication is run both on volunteer time and on a shoestring budget, that is unlikely. So it is up to everyone, via libraries, selective use of the media, or their computer to get out and dig up meaningful stuff, and not settle for the mainstream BS that passes for news now. Beyond that, there is also an ethic of solidarity, the common struggle. We see resistance to austerity measures around the world, a collective NO! to the with the least, but also on the compliant. Because they can. For now. Elections can be maddening, as the hopeful progressive people of Egypt and Wisconsin, and now Mexico, have recently learned. The power structure has a deep foundation, and being well organized and well funded are tough assets to overcome. The power of money in this nation's elections has reached an astounding and sound bite messaging in the media, this development is profoundly disturbing. Short comments by John Boener or Mitch McConnell are played and repeated without analysis, which facilitate their announced plan to make the Obama administration a failure, to make him a one-term president. Locally the robocalls. And all those big signs. The primary voting will take place August 14, with early voting beginning August 4. The last day to register to vote in this election is July 16. Something you will be seeing more of in the future is Viva 500. No it is not a race at Daytona Speedway; it is the state-sponsored celebration of Spanish Conquistador he saw in bloom "La Florida." There will be much ado about this man, whose history is full of conquering and enslavement. But hopefully the Iguana will do its part to uphold the story of the native people who were already here and how the Spanish invasions impacted their lives. It's the Columbus Quincentenary, Part Two. D Subscribe! 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 32604Comments, suggestions, contributions list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655 GainesvilleIguana@cox . net www .. gainesvilleiguana . org facebook . com/gainesvilleiguana The Iguana has been published monthly or bimonthly by volunteers for 25 years . Circulation for this issue is 4,500 . Publisher: Joe Courter Editors Emeritus: Jenny Br own Mark Piotr owski Editorial Board: Pier ce Butler Joe Courter Beth Gr obman Jessica Newman Pr oduction work & assistance: Diana Mor eno Karrie L yons-Munkittrick Joye Barnes Jason Fults James Schmidt Robbie Czopek Distribution: Bill Gilb ert, Joe Courter, Mar cus DoddAuthors & photographers have sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work . Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Har rison . Printed on recycled paper ..
PAGE 4, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 So on the big scale, where are we? On Nov. 6 there will be a Democrat and a Republican. We know them. There will be the Green party and the Libertarian Party, both small, principled and, as usual, ignored by the media. The proposed other third party effort one Dem and one Repub in an online-determined primary ballot called "America Elects" quietly collapsed in mid-May. That kind of killed the idea of a major third voice getting into the D&R partycontrolled debates. What we will have is a pretty sharp contrast between the disappointing but eloquent Obama and the less ar ticulate and tied to a hard right party Romney. And a tsunami of rightwing money unleashed by Citizens United muddying the discussion to a point of potential disgust for most sane people. It will be a long 18 weeks from press time in July to the vote. Money and greed have us in a bad mess. Military Madness has the world hating us. Locally we have City and County governments hamstrung from Tallahassee budget cuts, trying to deal with the shortfall amid much squealing about paying taxes to make up for it by the Republicans (whose own party did all the cutting in Tallahaspoisoned political climate fostered by hate radio and the corporate media, which focuses on the simplistic and sensational. We are in trouble as a nation. But, please, put the gloom aside, and lets try to keep our progressive little city rolling along with a sensible County Commission and School Board. There's voting to be done on Aug. 14. That Aug. 14 primary will arrive soon, with early voting in the two weeks before. Here's a quick rundown on Alachua period has ended. Candidate background and contact info can be found on the Supervisor of Elections webCounty Commission, District One: Mike Byerly has a Democratic opponent, Roberta Lopez. She's good, but Mike is the best Commissioner we have. He has three Repubs wanting to run against him in what will be a pretty rough primary election, though they will probably all trash Mike more than beat each other up. Mike is grassroots, and he could use help against the mountain of money and meanness he'll face in the fall. County Commission, District Three: Robert Hutch Hutchinson can raise funds and will run a creative campaign and be a great commissioner if elected to the position he served well in previously. He faces Democrat Ken Cornell, a strong newcomer who will have a lot of conservative money backing him in the primary, ELECTIONS from p. 1
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 5 trying to make Hutch face, in effect, two strong campaigns. That money will probably desert him and back the Republican who awaits Hutch (or Ken) in the fall, Jean Calderwood, who has no primary opponent. Another really rough race for November. County Commission, District Five: Though not on the August ballot, this race is worth a mention. Democrat and really good guy Chuck Chestnut will face an extremely well-funded opponent in the November election, Dean Cheshire, who has signs all over town already. When you see those signs, just put a line down the "S" and make it a "$"... mentally of course. Chuck has been a City Commissioner and a Representative in Tallahassee, and we need his per spective on the Commission. School Board, District Four: We encourage strong support for newcomer Leanetta McNealy to unseat Barbara Sharpe. This three-way race, open to all voters, also has Tea Partybacked Jodi Wood on the ballot. The winner will need 50 percent plus one to win outright; otherwise a run-off election will occur for the top two in November. The Iguana had supported Sharpe before, but she cozied up to the conservatives on the Board as soon as she got there. McNealy has Iguana support as well as the Labor Party and the Democratic Party, but getting past 50 percent will be hard. Popular School Board member Eileen Roy is re-elected with no opposition this time around; if you are a fan of Eileen, get with Leanetta! There will be other regional races, but we will just talk about one more. In the newly created District 20 for State Senate, Marihelen Wheeler will face Clovis Watson in the Democratic primary, with the winner facing only a write-in candidate in November. No Republican is running. Watson is a former City Manager and Police Chief in the City of Alachua, and he was a principle actor in the shady politics and the harassment of citizen activist Charlie Grapski in that city a couple years ago. He fell under the spell of Republican operatives during this time, and prominently published an angry renunciation of the Democratic Party and expressed his newfound Republicanism. Watson now plaintively says he regrets this period, but to send a person with this record to the snake pit of Tallahassee seems like a really bad idea. Wheeler is a career educator with experience going to Tallahassee to See ELECTIONS p. 6
PAGE 6, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 solidly supports her in what is going to be a tough race, especially for as nice a person as she is. District 20 is a sprawling, somewhat redrawn district that was Chuck Chestnut's District 23. Being a candidate is hard work. They need your support, so do what you can. The last day to register to vote for the August 14 primaries will be July 16. You can also change your party afGreen or whatever do not get a voice in some important Democratic Party races. D Iguana Alachua County Voter Guide for Aug. 14 ElectionRepublican... You're on your ownNon-Democrat... You only get School BoardDemocrat...U.S. Senate Nelson School Board, District 4 McNealy State House, District 20 Wheeler State House, District 21 Bosshardt Property Appraiser Crapo County Commission, District 1 Byerly County Commission, District 3 Hutchinson ELECTIONS from p. 5
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 7 Gainesville to March with Thousands on Republican National Convention in TampaBy Diana Moreno, Alachua County Labor Party Coordinator This article originally appeared in the Alachua County party .. org/alachua . On June 16, close to 50 or ganizers from Illinois, Minnesota and Florida met at the University of South Florida with a common goal: to organize a march in protest of the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa. The organizers ranged in ages and organizations. Activists from Occupy Tampa, along with members from Veterans for Peace, the National Organization for Women, and three different chapters of Students for a Democratic Society (Tampa, Minneapolis and our own Gainesville branch) were in attendance. The day-long conference was organized by the Coalition to March on the RNC, a group that seeks to form a nation-wide coalition to march in opposition to, as their website puts it, the endless attacks on the rights of working people and our standard of living. The conference opened with a presentation about what the Coalition stands for: Good jobs, healthcare, affordare broad not only because the Coalition seeks to bring a diverse group of organizers down to Tampa, but they are also meant to encompass the top priorities and needs of working people, vastly different from the priorities of the Republican establishment that will descend in Tampa on Aug. 27. The attendees had the opportunity to hear from activists who participated in the 2008 march on the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, as well as organizers from the recent NATO Summit protests in Chicago. Their experience with grassroots building as well as police intimida tion gave the group a realistic outlook on what they could expect as they prepare for and participate in the march. The news of heavy police presence and lack of cooperation from the City of Tampa in giving the protesters proper permits to demonstrate peacefully have been as challeng ing as they are shocking. The City has received an estimated $50 million from Congress to install security cameras and militarize its police force. On July 2, the Coalition to March on the RNC will hold a national call-in day to the City of Tampa demanding the right to march within sight and sound of the Convention on Aug. 27. Then on July 27, one month before the big march, coalition partners will hold demonstrations, pickets and protests outside of their local Republican Party headquarters or corporate sponsors of the Convention. Gainesville activists will participate in both actions. If youre interested in learning more or want to participate in the Gainesville Committee to March on the RNC, please contact email@example.com or visit: www. MarchontheRNC.com. D Know Your Rights!2012 RNC in Tampa: What You Need To KnowTuesday, July 10, 7p.m. to 8:30p.m. FREE!The ACLU will host this free, online webinar for organizers and activists planning to attend the RNC in Tampa Aug. 27-30. To register, visit https://www.aclu.org/secure/webinar-regis tration-rnc-tampa-what-you-need-know-0
PAGE 8, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 Across That Bridge, AgainBy Amy GoodmanThis article was originally published at Nation of Change on June 14 at www .. nationofchange . org/ . As the election season heats up, an increasing number of states are working to limit the number of people who are allowed to vote. Already we have a shamefully low percentage of those eligible to vote actually participating. Florida, a key swing state, is preparing for the Republican National Conmocracy. While throwing this party, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, along with his secretary of state, Ken Detzner, are systematically throwing people off the voter rolls, based on Many eligible Florida voters recently received a letter saying they were removed and had limited time to prove their citizenship. Hundreds of cases emerged where people with long-standing U.S. citizenship were being purged. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, of those singled out to prove their citizenship, 61 percent are Hispanic when only 14 percent of registered Florida voters are Hispanic, suggesting an attempt to purge Latinos, who tend to vote Democratic. Recall the year 2000, when then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris systematically purged AfricanAmericans from voter rolls. The U.S. Justice Department has ordered Detzner to stop the purge, but he and Gov. Scott promise to continue. The Justice Department has sued the state in federal court, as have the ACLU and other groups... Back in 1961, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, just 21 years old, was a leader of the Freedom Rides, testing new federal laws banning segregation in interstate travel. He and many others were severely beaten when their buses crossed state lines into the Deep South. He sat down at segregated lunch counters, and joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, soon rising to chair the organization. He told me about a pivotal moment in his life, and this nations history, the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge: On March 7, 1965, a group of us tried to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to dramatize to the nation that people wanted to vote. One young African-American man had been shot and killed a few days earlier, in an adjoining county, called Perry County. Because of what happened to him we made a decision to march. In Selma, Alabama, in 1965, only 2.1 percent of blacks of voting age were registered to vote. The only place you could attempt to register was to go down to the courthouse, you had to pass a so-called literacy test. As Lewis and scores of others tried to cross the Pettus Bridge in Selma, at the beginning of their 50-mile march to Montgomery, Lewis recalled, we got to the top of the bridge, we saw a sea of blue, Alabama state troopers, and we continued to walk, we came within hearing distance of the state troopers. One said, Im Major John Cloud of the Alabama State Troopers, this is an unlawful march, it will not be allowed to continue, I give you three minutes to disperse, return to your church. ... You saw these guys putting on their gas masks, they came toward us beating us with nightsticks and bullwhips and trampling us with horses. I was hit in the head by a state trooper with a nightstick. I had a concussion at the bridge. My legs went out from under me. I felt like I was going to die. I thought I saw death. When I asked Lewis what propelled him forward in the face of such violence, he said, My mother, my father, my grandparents, my uncle and aunts, people all around me had never registered to vote. Universal suffrage, the right to vote, is never safe, never secure, never complete. This election season will be one where money from a few will have many are being eliminated, their voices effectively silenced. pand voter participation, not just prevent the purges, our democracy is in serious danger. DWGOT 94.7 LP FM Gainesville's Progressive Community Radio Station WGOT is on the air: Sunday: 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri: 1 p.m. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. 5 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 1 p.m. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. 9 p.m. Saturday: 1 p.m. 9 p.m.Check out wgot.org for upcoming events and a detailed schedule.WGOT-LP is now streaming using Shoutcast. We are currently only streaming during our on-air schedule but are considering coming up stream under the Shoutcast directory. To listen from your iOS, Android, or Blackberry mobile device, you can use any radio streaming apps such as Tune In. We are now listed in iTunes Radio under the Eclectic category. Direct feed at www. wgot.org/listen/. 94.7 is a Low Power FM station with a transmitter at NW 39th Ave and I-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. Democracy NOW! airs Mon.-Fri. 1p.m. & Mon.-Thur. 8p.m.
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 9 Pushaw Construction, LLCResidential RemodelingRichard Pushaw 352.215.1883 email@example.com NE 10th Place, Gainesville, FL 32601 Licensed and Insured | CRC0024190 | EPA Lead Safe Firm 433 S. Main StreetParking just to the south at SE 5th Ave .. (see sign) or after 7 p .. m .. at the courthouse (just north of 4th Ave . ) or GRU (2 blocks east of CMC) Check our website for details or events scheduled after this went to presswww.civicmediacenter.org (352) 373-0010Civic Media Center Events July/August Every Thursday: W eekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Poetry Jam, 9 p.m. Monday 7/9: Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark documen T uesday, 7/10: Gainesville ISO presents The Stonewall W ednesday, 7/11: Queer Reading Group, 7pm Friday 7/13: Auditions for The Silent Room, a play about workers, 6pm Saturday 7/14: The North Florida Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, the songs and words of Guthrie performed by Florida artists, 8pm Sunday 7/15: Crew Call for The Silent Room a play about workers, 3pm Monday 7/16: Food Not Bombs: Dinner and a Movie featur ing the 7pm W ednesday, 7/18: Anarchademics radical theory reading and discussion group, 7pm Friday 7/20: Music with James Lance and The Bill Perry Orchestra, 9pm Saturday 7/21: Co-op Summer Survival Fest at the Repur pose Project, 4 to 1 1pm Sunday 7/22: Zine Workday, 3 to 6pm Monday 7/23: Citizen s Co-op presents Food Fight docu Friday 7/27: ArtW alk featuring local artist Alma Elaine Shoaf, 7pm to 10pm Saturday 7/28: Munchkin!, a family-friendly curious card game, 3pm to 6pm Oral History Archives Event, 7pm Monday 7/30: Gainesville IWW presents Woody Guthrie: This Machine Kills Facists documentary T uesday, 7/31: "Koch Brothers Exposed," 2 showings at 7pm and 8:30pm Monday 8/6: White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki documentary in memory of the 67th anniversary 7pm T uesday, 8/8: Queer Reading Group, 7pm Saturday 8/11: Alachua County Rapscallions present x4x4 a 24-hour theater project, show time at 8pm Monday 8/13: Food Not Bombs: Dinner and a Movie, 7pm W ednesday, 8/15: Anarchademics radical theory reading and discussion group, 7pm Monday 8/20: T uesday, 8/21: IWW Labor Film Series, 7pm Friday 8/24: David Rovics Monday 8/27: Friday 8/31: ArtW alk, 710pm
PAGE 10, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 Art Lab is a group for artists who are continually expanding their skills and knowledge. Comprised of makers from various backgrounds encompassing a wide range of mediums from forged iron to spun wool to graphic design. We hold technique workshops, artist talks and critiques, professional practices meetings and critical thinking discussions. GainesvilleArtLab@ gmail.com. http://GainesvilleArtLab.org Alachua County Labor Party meets monthly and organizes to support local labor and advance the national campaign for universal, single-payer health care. Annual memberships are $20/year. Please contact us to join or for the most updated info: FloridaLaborParty.org, ACLP@Flor idaLaborParty.org, 352.375.2832, 14 East University Ave, Suite 204, Gainesville, FL PO Box 12051, Gainesville, FL 32604 A merican Civil Liberties Union Cur rently no local chapter. For info on forming new chapter, or ACLU info, contact Jax ofAmnesty International UF campus chapter of worldwide human rights movement; www.facebook.com/ufamnesty or UFAmnesty@gmail.com. Bridges Across Borders Florida-based international collaboration of activists, artists, students and educators supporting culbridgesacrossborders.org, 352-485-2594, Citizens Climate Lobby (Gainesville Chapter) provides educaiton and activist opportunities to bring abou a stable climate. montgh at 12:30, usually at the downtown library's Foundation Room. 352-6724327, www.citizensclimatelobby.org, firstname.lastname@example.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. The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating Spanish Speakers through Advocacy and Service (CHISPAS) Student-run group at UF. www.chispasuf.org Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW! Search for Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW on Facebook. www.endthemeallimitnow.org Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-led grassroots peace and social justice movement utilizing creative protest, non-violent direct action and community involvement. CodePink4Peace.org,jacquebetz@gmail. com Committee for a Civilian Police Review Board Group that demands the creation of a citizens police review board to arrogance, bias and violence displayed by some members of the Gainesville Police Department. gvillepolicereview@ gmail.com Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. Floridas rural landscapes, wildlife cor ridors and natural areas. 352-466-1178, Democratic Party of Alachua County Meetings are held the second Wednesday auditorium of the County Administration Building at SE 1st St. and University Ave. 1730, AlachuaCountyDemocraticParty.org Edible Plant Project Local collective to create a revolution through edible and food-producing plants. 561-236-2262 www.EdiblePlantProject.org. Families Against Mandatory Minimums Work to reform Florida's sentencing laws and restore fairness to Florida's criminal justice system. PO Box 142933, Gainesville, FL 32614, gnewburn@famm. org. 352-682-2542 The Fine Print An independent, critically thinking outlet for political, social and arts coverage through local, in-depth reportFlorida School of Traditional Midwifery A clearinghouse for information, activities and educational programs. 352-338-0766 www.midwiferyschool.org Florida Defenders of the Environment An organization dedicated to restoring the Ocklawaha and preserving Floridas other natural resources. 352-378-8465 FlaDefenders.org Gainesville Books for Prisoners is a D.I.Y. prisoner support group. We are an that maintains a small library, housed in the back of Wayward Council, to match books with requests from incarcerated persons in Florida. Get in touch if youd like to help. email@example.com. www.facebook.com/#!/ groups/219545091407216/ 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 gustine Church and Catholic Student Center (1738 W. University Ave.) 352-332-1350, www.fadp.org. Gainesville Food Not Bombs is the local chapter of a loose-knit group of collectives worldwide who prepare and share free, vegan/vegetarian, healthy, homecooked meals, made from local surplus, with all who are hungry. Meals are at 3 p.m. every Saturday at Bo Diddly Community Plaza. Prep starts at 11am. Get in touch if youd like to help. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.facebook.com/#!/ groups/143660782367621/ Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) meets biweekly 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.gainesvilleiaij.blogspot.com Gainesville Womens Liberation The South, formed in 1968, the organization is now part of National Womens Liberation. WomensLiberation.org Graduate Assistants United Union that ing for improved working conditions, community involvement and academic org, www.ufgau.org Green Party Part of worldwide movement built out of four different interre Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655. or email firstname.lastname@example.org with updates and additions
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 11 lated social pillars, which support its politics: the peace, civil rights, environmental and labor movements. www.Gainesvil leGreens.webs.com Grow Radio provide the opportunity for community members to create and manage unique, engaging, educational, locally-generated visual arts and humanities for the enrichment of, but not limited to, the Gainesville community. growradio.org. Harvest of Hope Foundation organization that provides emergency and workers around the country. www.harvestofhope.net or email: email@example.com. Home Van A mobile soup kitchen that goes out to homeless areas twice a week with food and other necessities of life, delivering about 400 meals per week; operated by Citizens for Social Justice. barupa@ atlantic.net or 352-372-4825. Industrial Workers of the World Local union organizing all workers. Meetings are of the month at 7 p.m.. Gainesvilleiww@ riseup.net. www. gainesvilleiww.org Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice Organizing faith communities to work together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays at 6 p.m. at La Casita 1504 W. University Ave. (across from Library) GainesvilleIAIJ@gmail.com; 352215-4255 or 352-377-6577 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 7 p.m.. firstname.lastname@example.org Kindred Sisters Lesbian/feminist magazine. PO Box 141674, Gainesville, FL 32614. KindredSisters@gmail.com, www.kindredsisters.org. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. vided. Interested individuals should call toll-free (888) 831-0404 or visit the programs Web site at http://ombudsman. Sister City Program of Gainesville. Links Gainesville with sister cities in Russia, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, and Haiti. Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Avenue (across from Gainesville HS). For more information, see: http://www.gnvsistercities.org. Student/Farmworker Alliance A network of youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. More info on Facebook, search Gainesville Student/Farmworker Alliance. Students for a Democratic Society Multi-issue student and youth organization working to build power in our schools and communities. Meetings are every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall 32 on the UF campus. UF Pride Student Union Group of gay, lesbian, bi and straight students & nonedu/~pride. United Faculty of Florida Union represents faculty at Univeristy of Flor ida. 392-0274, email@example.com, www.UFF-UF.org. The United Nations Association, Gainesville Florida Chapter. Our purpose is to heighten citizen awareness and knowledge of global problems and the United Nations efforts to deal with those issues. www.afn. org/~una-usa/. Veterans for Peace Anti-war organization that works to raise awareness of the detriments of militarism and war as well as to seek alternatives that are peaceful and efof every month at 7 p.m.. 352-375-2563, www.afn.org/~vetpeace/. Wayward Councilunteerand collectively run record store, all-ages show space, infoshop, and community center. Volunteer meetings are every Sunday at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend. 807 W. University Ave. 352-3350800. firstname.lastname@example.org. www. facebook.com/#!/groups/55568725618/ WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the Civic Media Center. email@example.com, www.wgot.org. 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 www.nlg.org National Organization for Women Gainesville Area www.gainesvillenow. org. info@gainesvilleNOW.org NOW meeting info contact Lisa at 352-4501912. NOW information, contact Laura Bresko 352-332-2528. Planned Parenthood Clinic Full-ser vice medical clinic for reproductive and sexual health care needs. Now offering free HIV and free pregnancy testing daily from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.. Located at 914 NW 13th Street. Pride Community Center of North Central Florida Resources for the gay/ lesbian community, open M-F, 3-7, Sat. noon-4 p.m.. Located at 3131 NW 13th St., Suite 62. 352-377-8915, www. GainesvillePride.org. Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information about the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. 352-354-2432, www. protectgainesville.org. River Phoenix Center for Peacebuild ing provides innovative ways to resolve serives like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. www. cemterforpeacebuilding.org. 2603 NW 13th St. #333, 352-234-6595 Queer Activist Coalition Politically for full civil and social equality for the LGBTQ community. queeractivistcoali email@example.com. Sierra Club every month at 7:30 p.m. at the UF Entomology & Nematology Building, Room 1035. 352-528-3751, www.ssjsierra.org
PAGE 14, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 housing prices was more than double Consumer Price Index. And the price of a home compared to household income now stood at about 5 times the median annual household income. The Banking and Home Mortgage System What happened in the early 1980s is that banking regulations were not enforced. Local savings and loan institutions provide the majority of loans in the housing sector. However, seeing greater returns in speculative real around regulations requiring them to lend locally and limiting what types of products they could provide customers. Many banks began lending to markets they had no knowledge of and invented new products to make the funds in savings accounts more liquid. Savings accounts were meant to be more stable than checking accounts and give banks the capital they needed to make loans, especially long-term loans like home mortgages. Technically, deposits in savings accounts could not be withdrawn without a 30-day notice to the bank. To get around this regulation, banks invented NOW accounts Negotiable Orders of Withdrawal. In effect, savings accounts became no different than checking accounts, thus depriving the home lending market of a stable source of long-term capital. Savings banks/savings and loan associations found a loophole so that they could either become commercial banks or merge with commercial banks and expand what they did with the money depositors entrusted to them. No longer did the U.S. banking system have institutions that were totally focused on home mortgage lending. Not only that, but many savings and loans associations, as a result of their greed, made questionable loans outside of their original markets that proved to be worthless. The resulting collapse in the 1980s became known as the S&L Crisis. above 10 percent in the late s and early s. Housing markets in many housing prices in places like New York City, Boston, California, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. rising far faster than any other commodity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported housing costs rising about twice as fast as general consumer prices during this period. The upper classes, whose incomes were rising and whose existing homes were increasing in value, had the luxury of purchasing ever larger houses, even second and third homes. A speculative bubble in housing began, and housing began to be looked at as not just a place to live but also as an opportunity to make money. Traditional commercial banks also began to look at the housing market as explosion of bank mergers and takeovers, and local community banks disappeared for the most part. And just like the regulations governing savings institutions were ignored a decade ear lier, regulations governing commercial banks became totally non-existent. The critical regulations at issue were those set up as part of the Glass-Steagall Act, a law set up to protect consumers in response to the Great Depression. Glass-Steagall split commercial banks and made loans mostly to individuals and small businesses in their local comlarge businesses that produced basic goods and services for the economy, and made loans that were far more risky, but in many cases these loans offered the lure of greater returns. Investment banks were not supposed to offer retail or commercial banking services. Commercial banks, seeing the greater returns generated by investment banks, began underwriting the capital needs of large corporations and governments. Investment banks, seeing the retail customer as a source of cash, began offer ing brokerage accounts that looked What happened to the American Dream of a college education and home ownership? Anonymous Iguana ReaderThis is the second part of a three-part series .. In this installment, Mr .. Econ tackles home ownership . Ask Mr .. Econ asks readers to submit their tough questions about the villleiguana@cox . net . Income versus Housing Prices Home ownership was viewed as critical to America and its communities because it provided a stable place to live and raise a family, thereby producing stable communities. However, in 2010, the median price of a home rose to $241,200. The jump in
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 15 very much like a typical checking account. But there was a major difference. Whereas the commercial bank had a legal responsibility to invest the money of like government bonds and home mortgage loans, the investment banks were not constrained by these regulations. Funds deposited in a brokerage account could and often would be invested in exotic things like derivatives, or thin air, in other words. In 1999, the Glass-Steagall Act was abolished, releasing the banks from virtually any oversight. Not only were do what investment banks were supposed to do and vice versa, but the two types of banks could also merge. Hence, one of the largest investment banks, J.P. Morgan, merged with one of the largest commercial banks, the Chase Manhattan Bank, and a new round of mergers and acquisitions began. Home mortgage lending was not a profitable business for the newly expanded banks. Banks and mortgage companies saw the originating of home loans as charge to borrowers, and in some cases they could also charge the sellers of homes. But having money tied up for as long as 30 years in a global economy, where millions of transactions are taking place every second, didnt seem like a good deal. As a result, the banks invented a new product called a mortgage-backed security and got the U.S. government, through Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, to insure them. This allowed the banks to make the mortgage loans, earn the fees and then sell the loans to someone else for an addidrive to make money, banks and mortgage lenders made loans to people who could not afford to pay them. Further, the loans were often made for houses that were worth less than the loans. And new, creative types of mortgage products were developed that made it easier for people to qualify for loans. Then the storm hit, and the bubble burst. People lost jobs at the same time balloon payments were coming due or interest rates were being adjusted on these new mortgage products. As the home buyers defaulted on their loans, housing prices dropped. In other words, a massive downward spiral began spinning out of control. As a result of the housing bubble burst, tougher lending policies were instituted, the major ones requiring a 20 percent down payment and proof of income to support the loan for the long-term. Given the decreasing wages of the middle class and the decreased buying power of those wages since 1970, these more stringent lending requirements excluded many middle class families from the dream of owning a home. Equity in ones home eroded for two in housing prices and values,, and the second might be the homeowner bor rowing against the equity that had been built up in the home. Again, a situation where the borrower is underwater. All of these factors in the housing market, along with the general factors in the economy laid out above, have combined to deprive the middle class from being able to purchase a home. D
PAGE 16, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 North Florida Woody Guthrie Centennial CelebrationBy Joe Courter A variation of this article appeared in the summer Media Notes, newsletter of the Civic Media Center .. Y ears ago when the Civic Media Center was just getting started, one of the performers came up to me after packing her guitar away and thanked the CMC for including music as part of media. There can be no better example in the 20th century of this than the "hard ramblin', hard travellin' Woody Guthrie. In a time when there needed to be a voice of the people, this Oklahoma native traveled and sang out for the common man, against the forces of greed, and at times simply for the joy of being alive. The North Florida Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration will be Satur day, July 14, starting at 8p.m. on the lawn of the Repurpose Project (519 S. Main St.), just south of the CMC and Citizen's Co-op. This gig did some wandering of its own, originally announced for Boca Fiesta, then at the Warehouse Lounge, would have loved. These changes are not a negative on the other locations, but in planning and considering various aspects of the day, it took some, well, rethinking. The CMC has some ties to Woody Guthrie, if indirect, through Stetson Kennedy, Florida's (no longer) Living Legend, whose personal library was donated to and populates the CMC's shelves, and whose home outside of Jacksonville was a frequent visiting spot for Woody in his travels. July 14, 1912 was the birth of Woody Guthrie, a man for whom the times drew forth his talents, and the circumstance of the new medium of radio spread his voice around the country at a time it really needed it. What we are asking is that the array of local talent take some of Woody's songs and words and make them their own for the day, short sets from a lot of Gainesville talent, of mostly Woody with some additional Woodyesque selections. The list at press time includes a variety of Gainesville performers, and we are grateful to all who will donate their artistry. Thanks to the Library of Congress, and their new fangled recording ing archived by others, there's a lot of Woody out there. Yet, just last week at a volunteer meeting at the CMC, a new volunteer asked, "Who is Woody Guthrie?" and Harvest of Hope, a direct aide migrant farmworker organization. Tickets are reasonable at $5 to $10, sliding scale. There will be food and and hopefully a whole cross section of the good progressive folks of Gainesville to celebrate the birth of this legendary force for good in the world one hundred years ago. D Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.com
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 17 Woodys Birthday Party: 50 Years AgoBy Arupa FreemanI found out about Woody Guthrie in the early sixties when I moved to Norman, Okla., to go to college. Someone invited me to an annual event in Norman, Woody Guthries birthday party. I dont know who organized it or how many years it had been going on, but it was an established tradition. It was always wellattended, but received no press coverage and, amazingly enough, was attended by best). Hundreds of people gathered in a stream with ducks ran through it and best of all it had trees. Oklahomans have done a lot of reforestation since the 1960s, but back then an area with honest-to-God trees was special. Hundreds of people, many of them students, gathered in the late afternoon, braving the blinding July heat. A sizable contingent were men in overalls and straw hats, with about three or four teeth each, who were carrying guitars and banjos. The party always started in the same way, with Woodys sister, from Gotebo, Okla., standing up in front and making a few opening remarks. She was a country woman in a cotton house dress, her hair pulled back into a bun, and shed have an old black purse clasped to her side. She spoke in a thick rural Okie twang: Im Woodys sister, and I want to thank all you folks for coming to celebrate Woodys birthday. The main thing I want you to know is Woody was a good boy, and he werent no Communist. Now yall have a good time! The men in overalls were Woodys old friends from all over the Oklahoma panhandle and adjoining parts of Arkansas. After Woodys sister spoke, they would start playing and they would play into the wee small hours of the morning have to die and go to Hillbilly Heaven to hear anything like it. They are still When the sun started to go down, they would go to their trucks and get jugs of moonshine, take long draws, and then hand them over to the audience, where they would start circulating from mouth to mouth. I knew what moonshine was but, as a little country girl from Vermont, did not have the courage to try it. When the sun went down a little further, doobies would start circulating. Pot grew wild in the Oklahoma Panhandle and was an old tradition itself. As the night wore on, the music would get louder and wilder and more improvisational, and the crowd would become less inhibited, but never to the point of any real trouble. It was all about joy the vast Oklahoma sky with purple clouds air the temperature of bath water and, most of all, the music. These memories came back to me when I read in the Iguana that there is going to be a celebration of Woodys 100th birthday this July 14. I look forward to it. I know the music will be wonderful how could it not be? It would be nice, though, to have it opened by an old lady with an old black purse who would welcome the crowd and tell them, Woody was a good boy, and he werent no Communist (even if he was). If Woody is up in hillbilly heaven, he would like that. D Second store at 5011 NW 34th St.
PAGE 18, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 History and the people who make it: Sonja Diaztranscript edited by Pierce Butler This is the ninth in a continuing series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida . Community organizer Sonja Diaz was interviewed by Prof . Paul Ortiz [O] on June 3, 2010 . I am a third/fourth generation Chicana. My dads side of the family was born and raised in Southern California back to my great grandparents. My mom is sixth generation Tejana. My mother was a farm worker and my father grew up in East L.A., a construction worker with my grandpa. Both of my parents were My mom was active in the UFW and my father in the East L.A. Walkouts. I grew up in East L.A. in a family that was very socially conscious. Every weekend wed go to an art event, a protest, a march. For instance, the Csar Chvez marches in East L.A.; protesting Prop. 187, to take away social services for undocumented people; Prop. 209 which Radio Fire activism cause my brother and I would get in our red Radio Fire and our parents would drag us along. So, activism was spurred through our family: my father, being an urban planner and advocating on behalf of urban communities of color; my mother, working in social services and for empowerment of blacks and Latinos. It just was natural at UC Santa Cruz to continue activism East Los Angeles, El Sereno, and my parents shaped who I am today. It gave me that community education that was so lacking in LAUSD public schools. They taught me in a way where I felt proud of not only being a Chicana, but also of where I grew up and of the people and community that supported me. water, not having bathroom breaks, not getting paid. She told me about my grandpa, who was born in Mexico and didnt have formal education, taking notes about all the hours that his compadres worked because they werent getting paid for everything. On my dads end, both my grandpar ents were very vigilant that they went to Catholic schools. If you had more than three kids, after the third it was free, so it was a deal for them. But it was very racist and he would talk about discrimination based on skin, based on class. His counselors refused to give him a college application. And to this day, I look at that story as somethingwow, you knowthats what used to happen, but its still happening. Im not immigrant, nor are my parents, but that was our community, the Latino community. There was a sense of solidarity -policies like SB 1070 [an antiimmigrant Arizona law] now, affect us directly despite the fact that we have citizenship. In fourth grade in California we learn about missions and Native Americans, and we dont talk about genocide. Its more of a picturesque thing of the misgifted in second grade so that afforded me extra curriculum where we would go into subjects like oceanography or architecture, but those were very race neutral. Nothing was critical and it stayed that way. In U.S. history there would be a paragraph about Martin Luther King or the civil rights movement, nothing about Native American genocide. I would bring these perspectives up, and the rest of the class was clueless. There was no history of Latinos, Asians, or blacks. There was no perspective that there was wrong-doing on behalf of white people or colonizers. My great-grandpa Tony, who passed away in 2006, was very close to us. He was born in Redlands and lived in East L.A. and had a lot of odd jobs. He was a butcher, a gang member, a boxer. He would tell us about not being able someone burnt down the schoolhouse, or that he was so poor he would spell poor with four os. My favorite was that on his birthday all hed get was an extra tortilla. He saw it allhe ended up living to about a hundred years old. O: ... your assessment of where SB 1070 and House Bill 2281 come from [HB 2281 is an Arizona law prohibiting nic groups]? SB 1070s purpose and where it was coming from was hate. The group that created it is a right-wing neo-conser vative think tank. Were in a recession and people want to know who to blame. People on the bottom get to be scapegoats, though they have no part in whats going on. The new regulation out of Arizona states that high school English teachers cannot have an accent. Theyre all so arbitrary, obviously tar geted at communities of color, commulanguage. But theres been massive or ganizing that has been multi-ethnic and multi-generational. Im a third/fourth generation Chicana, but this is an issue I care about, where I can be an ally. When we had the May Day Rally this year, the L.A. Times estimated about 45,000 people were there. But I have to tell you, it was just dense, at least 200,000 people.
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 19 This is a four-lane street, for what, about 13 blocks down? And L.A. city blocks are long. Prop. 187 galvanized the Latino vote.But hopefully theres gonna be civic participation implications too, which would result in Latino and other immigrant communities, who are eligible to vote but are not registered, to register and to change the landscape. Theres a lot of direct action. I have a lot of peers at UCLA that went in front of the ICE Detention Center downtown and stopped an ICE bus from coming in. A lot of friends went to Arizona last weekend on busses. These are working families going and protesting, that are peaceful. In LA, there was a strong we still havent been able to galvanize the black community. O: Let me ask you about this attempt to quash ethnic studies. In Texas textbooks, Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, has been rethe conservative movement. People are not getting a clear view of history. To have different perspectives, especially perspectives that speak to ones own racial, ethnic, or urban community are important. To not have any role models in your textbook, to have counselors and educators tell you youre worthless because of the color of your skin it just continues an ideology that you are not to go anywhere, that higher education is not for you, that low-wage, unskilled labor opportunities are for you, that prisons are for you. Its a nar row view. It seeks to put down a class of people by not legitimizing their history, not giving them access to it. So by not having people like Dolores Huerta, or Rosa Parks, which as a country, we are all very, very in tune with celebrating her legacy, is problematic. These studentsblack, Latino, and Asian studentsare not gonna have role models. And American Indians: theres no one that looks like them that did something great. So if you see nothing but white men that are leaders, wheres the room for you? Students are taught this is unbiased recounting of what happened. For students that go to those schools, that later become social justice advocates, to be able to build consensus amongst allies that dont believe the evidence thats out there, because they too are reading this biased wording -it just makes things even harder. My father was in a doctoral program at UCLA. My brother and I were about school with him, and play and climb the trees. It wasnt until high school in a predominantly Latino and Asian, neighborhood that I realized not everybody goes to college. My high school was just a factory. They werent concerned about students that were college going, they were concerned about students that they classiterface with my high school counselor. College was an opportunity for me, but no educators at my high school were able to support that. Our school was heavily policed. We had narks, paid There was a very heavy presence of army, marine, and navy recruitment. I was in high school when the war started. Three of us jumped the fence and were protesting. I was surprised by my own high school cause we werent politicized. I was in sports, I played on the varsity teams where my friends were like, this war is good, terrorists need to die, racial [epithets] and stuff of that pening. I got suspended for a few days. The principal called my parents; they supported me, and she was shocked. There was a high school that had people of color, target 101 to recruit. They would sign my friends up for 4, 5, 6 years. I went to UC Santa Cruz because of a student initiated retention program for Chicano/Latino students. Through that, I got to meet upperclassmen and underclassmen already in college, and incoming students like myself. The discourse we had about what it meant to be a student of color, how to prepare, what Santa Cruz could offer -these diversity outreach programs that provide I wanted to do. Santa Cruz was unique -there isnt any fraternities, sororities, and that culture isnt there, and there isnt the sports culture, all youre left to do is to organize, which I had been used to doing. That was where all the students of color went, where the fun was, to join ethnic/racial or progressive student organizations. That allowed me to build a network, but it gave me a biased perspective, because it was so comfortable. When I later found out in upper div courses was very marginalizing. There werent a lot of students of color and other perspectives werent talked about. The small college system at Santa Cruz valued diversity, everybody organized and had some sort of political orientation, or a cause, and just got into it. So that was good. But it also provided a false sense of community because Santa Cruz was the least diverse, and the wealthiest UC in the system. So what I saw and the See ORAL HISTORY p. 20 TEMPEH PAD THAI COCONUT CHICKEN DINNER COMBOSLunch Specials $5.25 w/soda M-Th.: 11 am 10:30pm Fri, Sat.: 11am 11pm Sunday: 4 pm 10:30pm 421 NW 13TH ST. (352) 336-6566
PAGE 20, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 W UU F TT -F M M 89.1 programming scheduleWUFT-FM offers news and public media for North Central Florida from the University of Florida with a mix of local and national programs. Monday Friday 12:00 a.m. W orld Cafe 6:00 a.m. Morning Edition 10:00 a.m. The Diane Rehm Show Noon Fresh Air 1 :00 p.m. T ell Me More (M-W) Conner Calling (F) 2:00 p.m. T alk of the Nation 4:00 p.m. The Front Page Edition of All Things Considered 5:00 p.m. All Things Considered 6:30 p.m. Marketplace 7:00 p.m. PBS Newshour 8:00 p.m. On Point (M-Th) V iernes Social (F) 10:00 p.m. The T akeaway 1 1:00 p.m. Q (PRI) Saturday 6:30 a.m. Latino USA 7:00 a.m. Only A Game 8:00 a.m. W eekend Edition Saturday 10:00 a.m. Car T alk 1 1:00 a.m. W ait Wait... Dont Tell Me Noon Sikorski s Attic 1:00 p.m. Animal Airwaves Live 2:00 p.m. This American Life 3:00 p.m. Marketplace Money 4:00 p.m. T ravel with Rick Steeves 5:00 p.m. All Things Considered 6 :00 p.m. Ask Me Another 7:00 p.m. T ed Radio Hour 8:00 p.m. Soul Circuit 1 1:00 p.m. Snap Judgment Sunday 12:00 a.m. W orld Cafe AAA Music 6:00 a.m. Fresh Air Weekend, repeat 7:00 a.m. Capital Report 7:30 a.m. Florida Frontiers 8:00 a.m. W eekend Edition Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bob Edwards Weekend Noon This American Life 1:00 p.m. W ait Wait... Dont Tell Me 4:00 p.m. The Thistle & Shamrock 5:00 p.m. All Things Considered 7:30 p.m. Humankind 8:00 p.m. Ballads & Blues 9:00 p.m. T ed Radio Hour 10:00 p.m. Radiolab 1 1:00 p.m. Conversations from World Cafe G RORO WRADIO.org programming scheduleGrow Radio is a listener-supported, Gainesville-based Internet radio station that provides community members an opportunity to create and manage engaging, educational, informative, locallygenerated programming to promote humanities for the enrichment of the Gainesville community. Sunday 1 1:00 a.m. Ben and Lea 1:00 p.m. Left of the Dial 3:00 p.m. The Chicken Loop 5:00 p.m. Admittedly Y ours 2:00 p.m. T alk of the Nation 9:00 p.m. The Sum of Your Life Monday 9:00 a.m. Florida Rules 1 1:00 a.m. Dr Bills Super Awesome Musical happy Time 3:00 p.m. Ectasy to Frenzy 7:00 p.m. Maium 8:00 p.m. New Day Rising 10 :00 p.m. The Residents Radio Hour T uesday 8:00 p.m. The Cof fee Alternative 2:00 p.m. Street Nuts 5:00 p.m. The Barefoot Sessions 7:00 p.m. The Styrofoam Cup 8 :00 p.m. The Doomed Forever Show W ednesday 1:00 p.m. The Narain Train 3:00 p.m. Uniformity T ape 5:00 p.m. A Brazilan Commando 7:00 p.m. Bigga Mixx Show 9:00 p.m. The Otherness 1 1:00 p.m. Radiodeo Thursday 4:00 p.m. Hope & Anchor 6:00 p.m. No Filler 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the Silence 10:00 p.m. Lost Sharks Friday 1 1:00 a.m. Y2K Gunsale 1:00 p.m. Dimensional Meltdown 3:00 p.m. Swamp Boogie & Blues 5:00 p.m. Sunset Megamix 7:00 p.m. Acme Radio 9:00 p.m. The Bag of Tricks Saturday 11:00 a.m. Jazzville 1:00 p.m. Lab Rat Tales 3:00 p.m. The New Deal 7:00 p.m. Listening Too Long Programming is subject to change .. Please check radio stations websites for updated schedules .. comfort that I felt wasnt actually what was happening demographically. I took African-American and Latino histories class, the junior year of my half of junior year in Washington D.C. working in Congress, where I felt like I was in a weird sociology experiment because D.C. is just so segregated. I wasnt used to that sheer racism, where it was black and white, and nobody in between. And working in Congress where it was black people pushing the shopping carts with the mail or working in the cafeteria and all the staffers were white. It was just weird. So to come back to Santa Cruz was even more interesting, because I knew that there was different levels of oppression going on, but I didnt know the extent. Some of my friends didnt believe any of the[se] things -they were history majors -because they went through a discipline that didnt talk about this. Learning that black people in the U.S. have zero wealth and Latinos arent much higher. Just the sheer disparities: the intentional segregation when they started building single family homes to house war veterans, but only veterans that were white... It made me very, very interested in black politics. After that course I went to a national program at the University of Michigan, with other students of color. Black students did not want to build coalitions with Latino students. They felt that immigration was a Latino problem, nity before they could think about anybody else. To have that evidence that I learned in African American and Latino Histories, to share that, was impor tant. Recently, I was at a meeting about SB 1070 at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center. Someone was talking about how there were no blacks at the march on May Day, and how do we get them involved, and this is a civil rights thing. I started getting itchy because we cant, as Latinos, use history and the achievements of others, where were misappropriating it. We cant just assume ORAL HISTORY from p. 19
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 21 that blacks should be out there too. These relationships need to be cultivated. Theres still the idea that blacks arent immigrants, even though we see a lot of West Africans or Caribbeans coming mostly to the East Coast, but some to L.A. and the Bay Area. And also for black Americans that have been for civil rights, although it may be something that they dont have a direct connection to, they could still get down with it. Theres a lot of trust that needs to be built. I am more hopeful cials, and also researchers, need to pay more attention to this. A lot of the literature out there is about the tensions that exist, or ways a single ethnic community organizes itself, instead of whats going on between groups. One example of what would be good to analyze between blacks and Latinos is this movement for green jobs. The propensity for those blue collar jobs to be unionized and come back to black communities, but to also incorporate Latino workers that are newly arrived or have been here for generations, like myself. Were seeing coalitions, like the Apollo Alliance in Los Angeles, that has a lot of different organizations, some racial/ethnic based. working together to make the pie bigger, and then to use the something to watch over the next few years. An audio podcast of this interview will be made available, podcasts . htm . The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program can change the way we understand history, from scholarly questions to public policy .. SPOHP needs the publics help to sustain and build upon its research, teaching, and service missions: even small donations can make a big difference in SPOHPs ability to gather preserve and promote history edu/oral/support . html or make checks to the University of Gainesville, FL 32611 . D TT el. 386.418.1234 ~ Fax 386.418.8203 14804 N N W 140th Street ~ AA lachua, FL 32615
PAGE 22, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/ the destruction of slavery in that land. All Europe now frowns upon Spain, because of her attitude toward human bondage. We must take our place on the broad platform of universal human rights, and plead for the brotherhood of the entire human race. Tragically, Rev. Garnetts call for the recognition of universal human rights fell upon deaf ears in his own country. As one-party rule swept the South, forced labor reemerged. Convicts, primarily African American men, were traded as commodities to farmers and corporations to work in the coal mines Georgia, and the turpentine camps of Florida. The relationship between crime and punishment was broken, and cash-starved municipalities viewed the conviction of black people as a source of revenue. J.C. Powell, a white prison captain dubbed Florida The American Gulag, and PBSs recent documentary Slavery by Another Name reveals that millions of African American men were held in chattel bondage long after the end of the Civil War. Courageous voices spoke against the insidious new slavery. Foremost among these was Floridas Stetson Kennedy. In 1952, Kennedy risked life and limb to gather testimony about slavery in the South, and he presented this evidence before the United Nations Commission on Forced Labor in Geneva. Modern-day slavery continues to exist in Florida. Barry Estabrook notes, in his recently published book Tomafreed more than one thousand men and women who have been held and forced Florida, and that represents only the tip of the iceberg. Most instances of slavery go unreported. There is a solution to these egregious violations of human rights in our state. A Florida-based organization, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, recently earned the Anti-Slavery Award from the Anti-Slavery International of London for its efforts to expose and to end slavery in Florida agriculture. Major corporations including Taco Bell, McDonalds and Trader Joes have joined the CIWs Campaign for Fair Food that has led able Code of Conduct joining consumers, growers and purchasers of Florida produce together to ensure that agricultural workers are treated fairly and paid regularly for their labor. Unfortunately, a major purchaser of Florida tomatoes, Publix Super Mar kets, continues to ignore the pleas of religious leaders and Florida consumhave pledged to abolish exploitation that it bears no responsibility for the conditions of the men and women who pick the crops that help generate enor of its own customers who have been petitioning the company on this matter for more than two years. On this newest Emancipation Day we should pledge to take up Rev. Henry man rights and for the brotherhood of the entire human race regardless of occupation, racial background or nationality. Contact Publix Supermarkets www. publix.com/contact/SendUsAMessage. do and urge them to sit down with at the negotiating table with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. It is up to us to honor the spirit of May 20 in Florida, in the United States and in the world generally. D EMANCIPATION from p. 24
IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012, PAGE 23 Ds Tees and TingsRemember Your AncestorsSpecializing in Afrikan & Caribbean ItemsDen & Deb's Flea Market in GainesvilleBooth #37 Next to Sonnys 2708 NE Waldo Road markets . There is a special irony that just a dozen blocks north opened Den & Debs . It's worth a wander and there's lots of stuff . It's got a sort of farmers market feel, with individual vendors struggling to make it, some of whom are small business owners put out of business by the economy and/or undercut by big corporate chains, left stuck with their old inventory .. It's bigger than it looks and part of the gr eat East Gainesville small business boom . Good luck to Dos Mamas in the old Kickin' Devil spot, and WELCOME BACK TO SATCHEL'S and the great music at Lightnin' Salvage . DPhotos by Joe Courter ..
PAGE 24, IGUANA, JULY/AAUGUST 2012 Save UF, Spend the ReservesHundreds of students and faculty members gather on April 25 to demand that administration spend the reserves instead of cutting vital departments to balance this year's budget shortfall . In the end, through rallies, letters to the editor, faculty and student participation in faculty senate forums and board of trustee meetings, and through direct meetings with administration, the Save UF campaign was able not only to change the public perception and conversation surrounding the cuts, but we also feel we were a huge reason why the president and administration considered using some of the reserves to make up for the budget shortfall . Photo by Diana Moreno . DWorking for a New Emancipation Day in FloridaBy Paul Ortiz On May 20, 1865, United States General ing of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state of Florida. It was a moment that African Americans had fought for. During the Civil War, over 1,000 black Floridians had joined nearly a quarter of a million African Americans across the nation to serve in the Union Army and Navy. Many more worked as scouts, spies and laborers in a struggle to end the long nightmare of slavery. Henceforth, black Floridians observed May 20 as a sacred day of remembrance of the Peculiar Institutions many victims, and in hope that the nation would never more place property rights above human rights. African Americans understood, however, that slavery continued to exist in our hemisphere. In the decades after May 20, 1865, black churches and conventions organized to protest slavery in Latin America, particularly in Brazil and Cuba. One mass meeting, chaired by the great abolitionist Henry Highland Garnett at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, led to the for mation of the American Foreign AntiSlavery Society in 1877. Rev. Garnett pledged his organizations support to the anti-colonial struggle being waged in Cuba, and stated, If the veteran abolitionists of the United States had not mustered themselves out of service, I believe that there would not now have been a single slave in the Island of Cuba. We sympathize with the patriots of Cuba, not simply because they are republicans, but because their triumph will be See EMANCIPATION p. 22 The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar and newsletter .. Subscribe!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, are welcome . To list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655 GainesvilleIguana@cox . net www .. gainesvilleiguana . org facebook . com/gainesvilleiguanaThe Gainesville Iguana (established 1986)