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Protesters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 27-30 were met by a militarized city. Chants addressed issues head-on: This is what $50 million dollars looks like!* and Take off that riot gear, there aint no riot here! Protests were peaceful and diminished in size by a hurricane threat that canceled buses from around the country. Despite the police's overwhelming numbers and equipment, relations were largely cordial; one activist reported cops clapping along as marchers sang Solidarity Forever. Participants who attended the protests will give a report-back at the Civic Media Center on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of Rob Shaw. $50 million is the price tag for this authoritarian overkill, with another $50 million spent for the Democratic Convention in Charlotte Sept. 4-6.Security Overkill in Tampa at RNCThe following is the conclusion of an article by Noam Chomsky from TomDispatch.com and reprinted by CommonDreams.org on Aug. 13. The entire article is highly recommended with a lot of historical background, but space only allowed the last third to be run. ... The peak of U.S. power was after World War II, when it had literally half the worlds wealth. But that naturally declined, as other industrial economies recovered from the devastation of the war and decolonization took its agonizing course. By the early 1970s, the U.S. share of global wealth had declined to about 25 percent, and the industrial world had become tripolar: North America, Europe, and East Asia (then Japan-based). There was also a sharp change in the -Noam Chomsky: Too big to fail INSIDE ...Publisher's Note . . . . . . . .............. 3 Civic Media Center Events . . . ...... 9 Dir ectory . . . . . . . . . ................ 10-1 1 Monthly Event Calendar . . . .... 12-13 Ask Mr Econ . . . . . . . . ................ 14 General Election Information . . ... 16 Oral History Pr ogram . . . . . ......... 17 Alachua County Budget . . . . ........ 20 Election Resour ces . . . . . . ........... 21 See CHOMSKY p. 2 The GainesvilleIguana September 2012Vol. 26, Issue 9
PAGE 2, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 nancialization and export of production. A variety of factors converged to create a vicious cycle of radical concentration of wealth, primarily in the top fraction of 1 percent of the population -mostly CEOs, hedge-fund managers, and the like. That leads to the concentration of political power, hence state policies to cal policies, rules of corporate gover nance, deregulation, and much more. Meanwhile the costs of electoral campaigns skyrocketed, driving the parties into the pockets of concentrated capital, -not far behind. Elections have become a charade, run by the public relations industry. After his 2008 victory, Obama won an award from the industry for the best marketing campaign of the year. Executives were euphoric. In the business press they explained that they had been marketing candidates like achievement and would change the style in corporate boardrooms. The 2012 election is expected to cost $2 billion, mostly in corporate funding. Small wonder that Obama is selecting business leaders for top positions. While wealth and power have nar rowly concentrated, for most of the population real incomes have stagnated and people have been getting by with increased work hours, debt, and regulatory apparatus was dismantled starting in the 1980s. None of this is problematic for the ernment insurance policy called too big to fail. The banks and investment with rich rewards, and when the system inevitably crashes, they can run to the nanny state for a taxpayer bailout, clutching their copies of Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. That has been the regular process more extreme than the last -for pression levels for much of the population, while Goldman Sachs, one of the main architects of the current crisis, is richer than ever. It has just quietly announced $17.5 billion in compensation for last year, with CEO Lloyd Blankfein receiving a $12.6 million bonus while his base salary more than triples. It wouldnt do to focus attention on such facts as these. Accordingly, propaganda must seek to blame others, in the past few months, public sector workers, their fat salaries, exorbitant pensions, and so on: all fantasy, on the mothers being driven in their limou sines to pick up welfare checks -and other models that need not be mentioned. We all must tighten our belts; almost all, that is. Teachers are a particularly good target, as part of the deliberate effort to destroy the public education system from kindergarten through the universities by privatization -again, good for the wealthy, but a disaster for the population, as well as the long-term health of the economy, but that is one of the externalities that is put to the side insofar as market principles prevail. grants. That has been true throughout U.S. history, even more so at times of economic crisis, exacerbated now by a sense that our country is being taken away from us: the white population will soon become a minority. One can understand the anger of aggrieved individuals, but the cruelty of the policy is shocking. Who are the immigrants targeted? In Eastern Massachusetts, where I live, in the Guatemalan highlands carried ers are Mexican victims of Clintons NAFTA, one of those rare government agreements that managed to harm working people in all three of the participating countries. As NAFTA was rammed through Congress over popular objection in 1994, Clinton also initiated the militarization of the U.S.-Mexican bor der, previously fairly open. It was understood that Mexican campesinos cannot compete with highly subsidized U.S. agribusiness, and that Mexican businesses would not survive competition with U.S. multinationals, which must be granted national treatment under the mislabeled free trade agreements, a privilege granted only to corporate Not surprisingly, these measures led to rising anti-immigrant hysteria by the victims of state-corporate policies at home. Much the same appears to be happening in Europe, where racism is probably more rampant than in the U.S. One can only watch with wonder as Italy World War I genocide, in the nowliberated East, at the hands of Italys Fascist government. Or when France, still today the main protector of the brutal dictatorships in its former colonies, manages to overlook its hideous atrocities in Africa, while French President Nicolas Sarkozy warns grimly of Le Pen objects that he is doing nothing to prevent it. I need not mention Belgium, which may win the prize for what Adam Smith called the savage injustice of the Europeans. The rise of neo-fascist parties in much of Europe would be a frightening phenomenon even if we were not to recall what happened on the continent in the recent past. Just imagine the reaction if Jews were being expelled from France to misery and oppression, and then witness the non-reaction when tims of the Holocaust and Europes most brutalized population. In Hungary, the neo-fascist party Job-See CHOMSKY p. 4 CHOMSKY from p. 1
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 3 From the publisher ...Election: pivotal nationally, locallyBy Joe Courter Okay, the primary elections are behind us, and come November the voting begins. This election is pivotal on both the national and local levels. With the selection of Paul may be a referendum on how government should work in America; in the words of has been bubbling, some might say festering, thought of a national healthcare system. It hates regulation on business, be it banking, energy or commerce. It wants privatization of the public sector, from government programs like Social Security to drilling by corporations for oil and gas in our National Parks. Its adherents have been very successful in using their money and connections to get their ideology into the mainstream, creating the Heritage Society and the Cato Institute and many other think tanks, which the docile corporate media has come to accept as the third voice in our political debate. It can generate huge campaign donations from the rich and corporations because its policies, This is a wake-up call that brings to mind the old bumper sticker/button slogan, If Youre Not Outraged, Youre Not Paying Attention. What we have, unfortunately, is a society that is utterly addicted to distractions, disconnected from the political process and in some cases reality itself, such as the denial of evolution or the statistical data on climate change. Weve all been aware of the attacks on womens reproductive rights, but now of rape, and in forcible rape (the word he actually meant to use, not legitimate rape), women have this biological power to resist getting pregnant, and that these pregnancies are rare. trumps reality in these peoples minds. Another World is Possible is a slogan from the World Social Forum. It was seen as an inspiring call for a better world of social justice and sensible environmental policies. But there are other worlds possible, too. Please, if you have access to the Internet, watch, listen or read the program on it is coming our way unless we wake up and exert our own vision. Please pay attention, and get outraged, informed, organized and active. 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: Hillary Allison Justine Mara Anderson Joye Barnes Robbie Czopek Diana Mor eno Karrie L yons-Munkittrick Emily Sparr 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, SEPTEMBER 2012 bik gained 17 percent of the vote in national elections, per haps unsurprising when three-quarters of the population feels that they are worse off than under Communist rule. We might be relieved that in Austria the ultra-right Jrg Haider won only 10 percent of the vote in 2008 -were it not for the far right, won more than 17 percent. It is chilling to recall that, in 1928, the Nazis won less than 3 percent of the vote in Germany. fence League, on the ultra-racist right, are major forces. (What is happening in Holland you know all too well.) In Germany, Thilo Sarrazins lament that immigrants are destroying the country was a runaway best-seller, while Chancellor Angela Merkel, though condemning the book, declared that multiculturalism had utterly failed: the Turks imported to do the dirty work in Germany are failing to become blond and blue-eyed, true Aryans. Those with a sense of irony may recall that Benjamin warned that the newly liberated colonies should be wary of allowing Germans to immigrate, because they were too swarthy; Swedes as well. Into the twentieth century, ludicrous myths of Anglo-Saxon purity were common in the U.S., including among presidents and other leading scenity; far worse in practice, needless to say. It is much easier to eradicate polio than this horrifying plague, which regularly becomes more virulent in times of economic distress. I do not want to end without mentioning another exter nality that is dismissed in market systems: the fate of the edied by the taxpayer, but no one will come to the rescue if the environment is destroyed. That it must be destroyed is close to an institutional imperative. Business leaders who are conducting propaganda campaigns to convince the population that anthropogenic global warming is a liberal hoax understand full well how grave is the threat, but they dont, someone else will. This vicious cycle could well turn out to be lethal. To see how grave the danger is, simply have a look at the new Congress in the U.S., propelled into power by business funding and propaganda. Almost all are climate deniers. They have already begun to cut funding for measures that might mitigate environmental catastrophe. Worse, some are true believers; for example, the new head of a subcommittee on the environment who explained that global warming cannot be a problem because God promised If such things were happening in some small and remote country, we might laugh. Not when they are happening in the richest and most powerful country in the world. And before we laugh, we might also bear in mind that the current economic crisis is traceable in no small measure to the fanatic faith in such dogmas as the eflaureate Joseph Stiglitz, 15 years ago, called the religion that markets know best -which prevented the central bank and the economics profession from taking notice of an $8 trillion housing bubble that had no basis at all in economic fundamentals, and that devastated the economy when it burst. As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome. D D CHOMSKY from p. 2 THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 5 By Karen Ahlers Adena Springs Ranch tried to head us off at the pass last month. Adena representatives provided a public meeting at Church at the Springs in Ocala to announce they will reduce their water permit request from 13.26 million gallons per day to 5.3 MGD. Their presentation sounded like they are starting to hear us, but in no way diminishes our resolve to pursue independent review of their proposed consumptive use permit. The St. Johns River Water Management District has received thousands of letters and petitions expressing concern or objection. We share these concerns and welcome a thorough evaluation of Adenas water needs and a valid assessment of the likely impacts of their withdrawals, said attorney John R. Thomas who represents private citizens who are spearheading an independent review of the permit. No permit should be is-See ADENA SPRINGS p. 6Adena Springs Ranch Consumptive Use Permit update Vote: November 6, 2012 VOTE NOV. 6
PAGE 6, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 sued without a complete assessment and plan to protect and restore Silver Springs, the Silver River and the Ocklawaha River Outstanding Florida Waters. Ranch manager Mark Roberts said less water would be used for the grassfed beef because the cattle would only be at the Ft. McCoy property for six months before being slaughtered onsite. Roberts was non-committal about where the herd would be raised for the the water needs at other locations. A team of advocates, presented by PR Director Honey Rand, argued that 5.3 MGD withdrawals would cause only a small reduction in aquifer levels and the ranch would cause only a small increase in nutrient concentrations in the groundwater because Adena would employ best management practices in handling cattle wastes and fertilizer. There is no additional groundwater to be taken it has already been overcommitted to existing permit holders by Floridas water management districts, said Dr. Bob Knight, director of the Florida Spring Institute in Gainesville. down more than 30 percent, or more than 160 MGD, and nobody agrees why. While rainfall patterns play a role, Adena speculates the water-bear ing limestone collapsed on itself, the District thinks submerged vegetation is river, and objectors say data show the overuse of groundwater is responsible. The District has probably been telling Adena they could not grant a permit for anything like 13 MGD from the Silver Springs springshed. Even reduced to 5.3 MGD, its just way too much additional water lost to the ecosystem. The Adena PR Team was unable to answer many questions about their nutrient management plan. Adena per mitting attorney Ed de la Parte asked the audience to trust the process at SJRWMD. Silver Springs, the Silver River and the nearby Ocklawaha River Aquatic Preserve are legally designated Outstanding Florida Waters," which under Florida Law and the Federal Clean Water Act must afford the highest level of protection. Sadly, Florida has not delivered on the protection promise, and these OFWs are in severe decline from overpumping of groundwater resources and inadequate management and regulation of fertilizers and animal wastes, Thomas said. Each of these OFWs has been deter mined to be impaired by excessive nitrate concentrations, and the State recently released a draft study for Silver Springs calling for all sources of nitrate to be reduced 79 percent. This nitrate loading. Funding is needed for a possible legal battle. Donations can be sent to the Southern Legal Counsel at www. southernlegal.org or by mail to 1229 NW 12th Ave., Gainesville, Fla., 32601. For more information contact John R. Thomas at jrthomasesq@earthlink. net or Karen Ahlers at ahlers.karen@ gmail.com. D ADENA SPRINGS from p. 5
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 7 tion were excited to reunite and have some laughs, newer members and guests were eager to meet some of these legendary characters who have devoted their lives to working for peace over the past decades. Among them was Gainesvilles Chapter 14 President Scott Camil, who was frequently approached to commemorate his dedication to educating the public and to recall his past who sat on train tracks in 1987 to stop the transportation of explosives to Central America. Wilson was run over by the train only to survive and bring public attention to what later became known as the Iran/ Contra scandal. like Col. Ann Wright refusing to participate in an unjust By Brian Moore, Gainesville Veterans for Peace Member tion this year in Miami. The focus was on U.S. military in volvement in Latin America with the theme Liberating the Americas: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean. Also speaking at the workshops were familiar names like ham. They participated in presentations on Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, a panel on G.I. resistance, a Hiroshima/ Nagasaki commemoration and much more. You can see video of the workshops at vfpnationalconvention.org. We met with many other members to discuss current issues including drone warfare, depleted uranium, Agent Orange, the military industrial complex, the war on drugs and U.S. foreign policy in South America. Many of the members present in Miami worked together in the elections of 1990. While older members of the organiza-See VETS p. 8
PAGE 8, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 of many of problems we face and can set examples for educating the public. This years convention in Miami struggle. veteransforpeace.org and contacting local chapters. For more information on the Gainesville chapter, visit www. afn.org/~vetpeace/ or email gvlvfp@ earthlink.net. Dagainst whistleblowers, no new war in Iran and many other important issues. dinner, two WWII veterans were commemorated with standing ovations for their lifelong commitment to peace. Many other members were praised for their work in and out of the organization. Author Alice Walker read a beautihis commitment to equal rights for women in the church and getting countries to pull their troops out of Although member participation might have been down this year at the convention, there was no lack of optimism moving forward. Leah that membership will begin to grow at a faster pace especially because of the volatile times we are living Gainesville Vets for Peace members pose with Col. Ann Wright at the national convention in Miami last month. Photo courtesy of Vets for Peace. and marches that many members have participated in. But there was concern for the lack of new members from our most recent president, suggested that younger veterans are in a much needed recovery think its a different environment today with less public outrage over the wars or at least less media coverage. Along with an effort to attract the newer generation of veterans, many topics were discussed in the lively debates towards the end of the convention. W ith an opportunity for members to weigh in on the topics, the discussions were very thorough and passionate as they debated future international chapters, voting procedures, by-laws and resolutions. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for U.S. President. Stein visited with us for two days speaking with all of us who had questions. It was refreshing to hear a presidential candidate that actually cares about and supports our issues like ending these wars, ending the drone murders, ending the attacks VETS from p. 7WGOT 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 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, SEPTEMBER 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 SEPTEMBER 2012Every Monday: Every Thursday: Poetry Jam, 9pm Saturday 9/8: Munchkin!, a family-friendly curious card game, 3pm to 6pm Monday 9/10: ment Fundraiser at 1982, 7:30pm Monday 9/10: documentary discussing closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S., 7pm W ednesday, 9/12: locals will give a short talk on their experi History Archives Project, 7pm Sunday 9/16: Zine Workday, join us to work our zine library and unite Gainesville zine culture, 3pm to 6pm Monday 9/17: Occupy Wall Street Anniversary screening of "Inside Job," a documentary exposes the truth behind the economic crisis of 2008, 7pm T uesday, 9/18: 1 1am to 2pm Wednesday, 9/19: 1 1am to 2pm W ednesday, 9/19: Anarchademics radical theory reading and discussion group, 7pm Thursday 9/20: 1 1am to 2pm Thursday 9/20: Green Party meeting, 7pm Friday 9/21: masks and delicious food, 8pm to Midnight Saturday 9/22: Anarchademics and the Edible Plant Project Maathai, a biographical portrait of Maathai, Monday 9/24: W ar, an investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military 7pm T uesday, 9/25: Gainesville IWW presents Finally Got the News, documentary that reveals the activi7pm Thursday 9/27: ris a research fellow in Tokyo with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 7pm Friday 9/28: ArtWalk, 7pm to 10pm Saturday 9/29: Plaza, 1pm to 9pm
PAGE 10, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 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 education and activist opportunities to bring about a stable climate. Meetings are the citizensclimatelobby.org, cclgainesville@ gmail.com 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 Womenled grassroots peace and social justice movement utilizing creative protest, non-violent direct action and commu nity involvement. CodePink4Peace. org,firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. Edible Plant Project Local collective to create a revolution through edible and food-producing plants. 561-236-2262 www.EdiblePlantProject.org. Families Against Mandatory Minimumscriminal 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 fenders.org Gainesville Books for Prisoners is a 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 munity 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 Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655. or email firstname.lastname@example.org with updates and additions
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 11 DGreen Party Part of worldwide movement built out of four different interre 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 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 proevery month at 7:30 p.m. at the UF En1035. 352-528-3751, www.ssjsierra.org Sister City Program of Gainesville. Links Gainesville with sister cities in 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/. WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the Civic Media Center. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wgot.org. grams Web site at http://ombudsman. 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. email@example.com 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 ly from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.. Located at 914 NW 13th Street. Pride Community Center of North Central Florida 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 comprehenpers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sierra Club
PAGE 14, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 education has been stagnant, with the exception of the increases from 2009 through 2011 due to the American According to the National Center for Education Statistics, federal funding has fallen from a high of about 18 percent of a schools revenue to below 10 percent. While we have heard of the very public and very large gifts foundations and individuals have given to colleges, private corporate funding has not kept pace. Several studies ranging from the Center for Education Statistics, to the Chronicle of Higher Education, to private research studies have shown corporate support for higher education is at best stagnant. Instead, corporations that used to give research dollars to universities have chosen to keep those dollars in house or, at best, to form joint research ventures with schools. These public/private partnerships research jobs, graduate assistantships, future employment opportunities, laboratories and equipment that the university cant afford can now be used or shared. But still, the real money stays outside the university. bottle of Gatorade you just bought, or poison you use to kill rats, or the blood thinner your elderly uncle takes? In each of these examples a major state research portion of their costs through these milk and Coumadin (the blood thinner) or Warfarin (the rat poison), patents are held by the University of Wisconsin and its patent holding arm, the Wisconsin hence, the name of the rat poison). As newer patents are developed by these public/private partnerships, less of the income comes to the university. Tied to real money is the return on what is called the universitys endowment. Universities invest their savings accounts, usually called endowments, in the stock market and other risky places in the hopes of high returns. With the stock market underperforming, this has a two-fold consequence in some cases. endowment to add to the revenue side of the universitys budget. Universities tend to save the corpus or the endowments principle for capital projects or rainy days. The second has to do with contributions to pension funds. Both public and private sector colleges at one time With the stock market and other investment vehicles underperforming expectations, universities are being forced to add money to their pension funds to make up for the short fall of expected revenues in order to meet pension obligations. To some extent, this is being exacerbated by the fact that a large number of faculty and staff currently at universities are from the baby boomer era, are just now reaching retirement age and are in fact retiring. Hence, these pension obligations are real and becoming due right now. Universities, therefore, have to augment pension investment income with current revenues to make up for the shortfall. It should be noted that not all college pension funds are in this predicament. There are several that either through more prudent investment policies, more or instituting or increasing faculty staff contributions, have avoided this problem. Further, many systems have pension plan, which works more like an employer-funded or jointly funded hook for any future guarantees. Faculty salaries are another reason for the increasing costs of getting a college education. Faculty salaries have been under tremendous upward have to compete with private sector What happened to the American Dream of a college education and home ownership?Anonymous Iguana Reader This is the third part of a three-part series addressing the readers question about the American Dream. In this installment, Mr. Econ tackles college education. Lets look at the factors that place a college education beyond the grasp of many middle class people. The basic factor here is price. The price of a four-year college education has skyrocketed. From 1980 to 2010, the estimated cost of earning a four-year degree has risen from $2,550 per year at a public college or $15,014 at a private school, to $5,594 and $32,800 in 2010 increases of around 490 percent. At the same time, middle class wages and their purchasing power are stagnant or falling, and the consumer price index rose by only 165 percent. One of the main factors that contributed to the astronomical increase is the decrease in government support for higher education. At major state colleges and universities, state legislatures have can see this locally in the more than $38 million that was recently cut from the University of Floridas budget by the state legislature, and UF is not alone. In addition, federal spending on higher
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 15 institutions to establish different salary as law, engineering, business and the research sciences. To a lesser extent this has pulled other faculty salaries up, but nowhere at the rate of those professions that directly compete with the private sector. Overall median faculty salaries have risen from just under $13,000 in 1970 to around $66,000 in 2010, representing an increase of approximately 400 percent, less than the rise in the consumer price index for the same period of time. In addition to rising faculty salaries, more and more college and university staff became organized, including graduate assistants. What was previously very poorly paid employment with few or low paid workers that kept the university clean, the community fed, the grounds manicured, and the buildings heated and cooled, the introductory level courses taught, and the research project going, became more expensive. With all these factors and foundations turning to shore up the social safety network that was decimated in Clinton and Bush II administrations, there were few other places to turn for additional revenue outside of tuition and student fees. Hence, the price of a four-year college degree shot up. What made matters worse is that some universities turned to some very creative tuition and enrollment public research universities attempted to privatize either the entire university or parts of it that they thought could become self-sustaining. Also, a number of schools have experimented with differential tuition for various majors, the theory being that students can expect to earn more once they graduate from some majors, so they should pay more. Finally, some major research universities have limited the size of the undergraduate class. The theory behind this move is that many tenured professors see teaching undergraduates as a burden. Classes are large, papers and exams take a long time to grade and review, and courses take a lot of time to prepare. This all takes away from research, writing books, developing patents, writing and working on grants, presenting lectures at conferences, and consulting and developing outside businesses, all of which can lead to additional income. As a result, the revenue tuition is expected to generate is spread over fewer enrollees, which means higher costs. So we have a situation where middle class income and purchasing power is falling while at the same time the cost of going to a four-year college is rising faster than the general rate of many people are forced into the labor market working at low paying jobs just to survive or to at least earn enough money to go to a community college. In the vast majority of cases, neither of these two tracks will provide the education and training necessary to secure a job that will enable a person to achieve the middle class American D
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IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 17 History and the people who make it: John De GroveTranscript edited by Pierce Butler This is the tenth in a continuing series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. John DeGrove, the father of growth management law in Florida, was interviewed by Cynthia Barnett [B] on December 1, 2001. B: You were in the infantry from 1942-1946? [June 6, 1944]. We landed at Cher bourg, in France, got on cattle cars, went across France, and into the front lines in Holland, Germany, Belgium. I got into leading patrols out behind the enemy lines and doing things like that. Pretty soon, our platoon [was] down to a handful of people who were still alive. Thats how I became a sergeant We were doing a counter-attack, I guess and some Germans were surrendering. Somebody in the back threw a grenade. Big mistake on their part. That apparently did some damage [to stop me right then at all. [After] that concussion [grenade], we went on and those guys were wiped out. After the war, I went in to the hospital because I had a case of viral pneumonia. It developed into tuberculosis and they always said that the concussion grenade had weakened the structure of that lung, so that when I got the viral pneumonia, which [I] should have been able to shake off, it evolved into tuberculosis after I got in the hospital. I [was sent] out to Colorado, a special place for tuberculosis types. I decided, Ill be damned if Im going to die out here in Colorado. I was [determined] to die in Florida, as close to home as I could get. They went along with all that. I went to the tuberculosis sanitarium. They had several of these, and they were ahead of their time. I was in the hospital for almost four years. I missed the marvelous streptomycin and the TB drugs, the ones that would have kept me in the hospital for a month or two, just by a few months. I became president of the student body against the president. We threw him out. Well, he was a bad guy. We went into an enrollment decline. In the process ins straightened out and going right was just wrong. I had some board of trustee members who agreed with me. His name was Wagner. We did every kind of thing to force this guy out. at Emory [University in 1954]. My theLands Act. That really got me into realizing how badly its possible to manage Act of 1849, I think it was, granted to Florida twenty million acres of land. Turned out that a lot of it wasnt swamp It hadnt been surveyed. There are only thirty-eight million acres of land See ORAL HISTORY p. 18 Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.com
PAGE 18, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 in Florida and we got twenty million Lands Act. It was to be drained and reclaimed for useful purposes. That is, I believe, the exact phrase of the ful purposes, carried the connotation that as wetlands, as swamp lands, it had no value. That got started with the when wed gotten well underway to screwing up the state. lion acres of land. I think it was twendeal was, that he would dig a canal drain the land. He would get an extra acre for every acre that he reclaimed. I remember talking to Marjory StoneGrass] about this, neither one of us realized what damage channelizing because we hit this bad dry spell and it looked like he had drained and reclaimed a whole lot of land that only dried up. When the rains came again, the whole thing didnt work out for him. Maybe he did commit suicide. That got [me] looking and under standing, the give-away to railroad companies, to canal companies, to this, to that. A lot of it just absolutely skullduggerously crooked. My thesis dug into how we had mismanaged that land and what negative impacts that mismanagement had. At Chapel Hill, I got very interested in urban development patterns. Thats when I began to see, understand, or be sensitive to the downsides of sprawl. Central and Southern Florida Flood have the right boundaries. At least it was a regional entity. It was a way to try to straighten out some of the things that we had messed up so badly. Back at the turn of the century, and really a part of the Progressive movement, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Floridas governor, took a good long hard look and concluded that skullduggery had taken place in what we Lands Act lands. We had given away more land for this that and the other purpose, many of it ill-advised or absolutely crooked, than there was in the whole state of Florida. They went to court. They were successful in recapturing 3,000,000 acres of the original Everglades. They recaptured it to drain, not to restore it. As time went on and the digging went forward, we ended up with the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control project, [and] the increasingly obvious negative impacts of this effort, [such as] saltwater intrusion. I came here to the University of Florida in January of 1958. They offered me a marvelous salary, I think it was $5,800. The university had this rule that not only could you not run for political ofdidacy of anybody else that ran for ponew assistant professor and I [had] no particular political protection. Anyway, I declared that [rule] to be unconstitutional, not only wrong, but it couldnt possibly be [right]. It turns out it had to do with a deal to get the medical school what has turned into the Shands complex here instead of Jacksonville. [They wanted to keep] liberal professors totally out. The guy that made that deal, I guess, was Shands, a [senator] in the [Florida] legislature. Anyway, we organized the Civic Action Association. We managed to throw out the old guard and not only elect a new city council, but, in effect, a new county commission. Up until then the old guard just picked out who was going to be the next ones. I was pushing for city-county consolidation, all kinds of radical stuff. I ended up chairman of the planning board. We were here from 1958-64, six years, and boy, we took over. I was chairman of the state AAUP [American Association of University Professors]. When Charlie [Foreman] and I met, I was at a Board of Control meeting representing the AAUP and I think Charlie might have been chairman. He just could not believe that I was a Florida southern cracker. So he got it [the faculty censorship rule] changed. It taught me something I had begun to learn earlier and I have never wavered in my conviction. Before then, Charlie Foreman had been just a guy [who] didnt look like [he was] inter ested in doing anything good [or for] what I was after. Never ever write anybody off completely, because you might be able to work with them some time in the future. As a matter of fact, Ive worked with Charlie ever since. He has been a great supporter of the Joint Center and 1,000 Friends of Florida. B: When did you go to Boca Raton? In 1964, when FAU opened its doors. We started 1,000 Friends of Florida together. That was later, much later. I knew him when he was working with Claudius Maximus. B: How well did you know Claude Kirk? What do you think of him? ORAL HISTORY from p. 17
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 19 Any legacy that he has for positive behavior is due to the fact that he wasnt a right-wing ideologue. He was a total character. He had to have people following him around all the time to one lady and then another, which he did repeatedly, famously once when he went all the way to California out I think it was the governors bride. Somehow he persuaded her to get the legislature. [He and] this other person, were supposed to be watching out for [Claude]. Somehow he slipped away from them and he got this lady to get on this jet with him just disappeared. Board Member, South Florida Water ily who owned a lot of land on Jupiter Island. Hes always been a very strong environmentalist. Hes gradually come to accept that you cant have a sustainable environment unless you have sustainable urban systems. and that neither are sustainable [in Florida at this time]. B: What would you say Nat Reeds legacy is to Florida? [He was] Nixons environmental advisor. He persuaded him to stop the cross-Florida barge canal and many other things. In 1969, in this Seaside Institute paper, I said that we had to understand that Floridas effort to get any kind of growth management system had to evolve out of a conviction that no right-minded person would voluntarily come to a state, as I put it, where it was hot and muggy, the Indians were hostile and swore theyd never surrender, the alligators were large, and the moccasins were mean. To counter these, from statehood through World War II, our leaders did everything they could to promote growth in Florida. In the midto late1960s, our love affair with growth began to cool. Quite a number of people were saying, wait a minute, were really messing things up here. There was an effort to stop digging the cross-state barge canal. Theres nor, 1967-1971]. B: They were both involved in halting the jetport and the cross-Florida barge canal. been Assistant Secretary of the Intepublican. The Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act was passed. Coastal Construction Setback Line legislation was passed, aimed at protecting vital dunes and coastal vegetation, and the establishment of the Coastal Coordinating Council, charged with developing a planning and management plan for Floridas 11,000 miles of coastline. these initiatives. He couldnt have cared less, but he was heavily inNat was convinced that protecting the environment had become good politics in Florida. Every time weve done something in Florida to move toward some kind of effort to manage our growth, its been in a real or perceived crisis. Always. The other common thread is, everything weve ever done, weve never ended up funding it adequately to allow it to be implemented effectively. The second half of SPOHPs John DeGrove interview will appear in the October 2012 Gainesville Iguana. An audio podcast of this interview will be made available, along with many others, at oral/feature-podcasts.htm. D Alachua County Victim Services presents ..."The Invisible War" investigates the troubling epidemic of rape in the military ... it's estimated that female soldiers in male soldier than shot by an enemy combatant ... learn how systemic corruption allows the vast . Janson Buchanan, RoviMonday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Civic Media Center, 433 South Main St., Gainesville$3-5, donations appreciated The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program believes that listening 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 for future generations. Donate online at edu/oral/support.html or make checks to the University of Florida, Box 115215, Gainesville, FL 32611.
PAGE 20, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 By Mike Byerly, Alachua County Commissioner Your county budget is undergoing some serious changes at the hands of the new conservative Alachua County Commission majority. Each year, the Property Appraiser determines the market value of all taxable property in the county and reports this to the County Commission. The County Commission then applies a rate, the millage rate, to this total in order to produce the budget for the coming year. The budget and the millage rate are not the same thing, and cant be used interchangeably. If property values decline, but the millage rate stays the same, then the budget will decline by the same percentage as property values. So, its possible to increase the millage rate while actually reducing the budget. This is what happened last year, and the year before. The budget for the current years General Fund (by far the countys largest fund) is $127,423,057. Property values are projected to decline by about 3.4 percent this year. To maintain the same actual budget next year, the millage rate would have to be raised 3.4 percent. This is the course I supported. Commissioners Lee Pinkoson, Susan Baird and Winston Bradley voted to keep the millage rate the same, which will now require that the budget be reduced by 3.4 percent, or about $4.4 million. Bear in mind that even our radically conservative state legislature recognizes the necessity of indexing a budget to population percent of the budgets purchasing power. In other words, maintaining the same budget next year would result in an effective 5 percent reduction in the Countys ability to provide services. Add the proposed 3.4 percent reduction resulting from the proposed millage rate, and the proposed budget declines some 8 percent in just one year. Property values have declined modestly for each of the past three years. However, this follows a huge, market-driven runup during the real estate speculation of the mid-2000s. So even with the recent declines, countywide property values are still 25 percent To make a ridiculously complicated story as short as possible, Floridas counties are going to have to start making substantially higher payments to the state for the federal Medicaid services that their residents receive. In Alachua County, this will mean approximately $3.4 million more next year, $2.4 million more for three years following that, and then about $1.2 million more per year from then on. expense will still be there next year, but the money to pay for it wont. by vote at the beginning of each budget year, and that vote has always been unanimous. This year, Comissioners Pinkoson, Baird and Bradley have changed course. In total, the proposed budget uses about $5.4 million in one-time sources to fund annually recurring expenses. Next summer, as the new Commission begins to build their budget, theyll start with the same millage rate and the same program expenses, but will have about $5.4 million less to work with. Its easy to cut taxes if, instead of making corresponding budget reductions, you just put it on next years tab. The real pain will kick the can down the road). The following are some highlights from the budget now on track to be approved by a majority of the County Commission as were going to press. will once again receive an increase. About $1.8 million in new money will fund new positions at the jail and in administration, along with an assortment of capital improvements. This means the reductions everywhere else must be correspondingly deeper. straight year, County employees will receive no raises or cost of living increases. There are consequences, of course. Both in Alachua County and across the state, salaries in the private sector and in peer public sector agencies have been rising steadily for the past four years, including at UF and the City of Gainesville. Alachua County is becoming uncompetitive. Morale is in the tank, and the County continues to hemhorrage talent and experience to other governments, the private sector and early retirement. The same budget generates less productive work each year. -The County will pay for this years $3.4 million Medicaid expense by raiding the CHOICES program, which the County attorney now holds can legally be done. This is a ONE-TIME irresponsible, its unethical; this is clearly not what the voters had in mind when they approved CHOICES. -Each year, unspent funds in all departments and constitutional form the starting point for building the next years budget. The County Commission has elected to take $1.4 million from this revolving amount in order to balance the budget this year. This is -The Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) will be reduced by $175,000, a 15 percent cut. CAPP is the program through which the County provides assistance to the poor through already doing this work. CAPP emphasizes assistance to children and the elderly. Every dollar provided by the County helps to are able to generate, and so theyre able to provide these services more cheaply and effectively than the County could. CAPP is in receive an additional $138,000 reduction, including two positions positions, a reduction of $112,000. This department operates a variety of programs to divert non-dangerous offenders from the County jail, including parole, substance abuse and mental health Teen Court, and day-reporting. A recent departmental analysis estimates that without these services, the current average daily jail population of approximately 993 would instead be approximately 1,715. Of course, long before the jail population reached that level, wed be legally obligated to build a new jail pod. Previous estimates cited in County Commission hearings for the cost of a new pod begin at $30 million and go upwards rapidly from there.The truth about the Alachua County budget See BUDGET, p. 21
IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012, PAGE 21 By Joe Courter We will have another edition out in early October, but now the campaigning has moved from the primaries to the main elections. From our point of view, the primaries went well with one exception. There candidates in the race were good, and, without a lot of research, I went with the candidate who had more name recognition and money Aaron Bosshardt as Well, Andrew Morey (Bosshardts opponent) knocked on a lot of doors with a grassroots campaign and beat Bosshardt in the primary, and we couldnt be happier. We have subsequently found Morey to be an excellent candidate, and Bosshardt has rolled his campaign into Moreys. This is a winnable race, and we encourage volunteers to help out. Locally, we also hope people will jump in on the County races listed below with whatever support they can give. This is a pivotal election for both the Alachua County Commission and the Alachua County School Board, and these candidates will make a big difference in the coming years for our County. Tea Partys Ted Yoho knocked out long time Congressman Cliff Stearns. Y oho pretty stacked conservative district, so itll be an uphill battle. Itll be interest ing if the talkative Yoho will agree to the rigorous debate schedule Gaillot is requesting. DAlachua County Races County Commission, District 1 Mike Byerly (DEM) PO Box 776 Micanopy, FL 32667 (352) 466-7030 email@example.com www.electmikebyerly.com County Commission, District 3 Robert Hutch Hutchinson (DEM) 2619 SE 30th Place Gainesville, FL 32641 (352) 256-6043 firstname.lastname@example.org www.electhutch.com County Commission, District 5 Charles S. Chuck Chestnut, IV (DEM) 1773 NE 21st Place Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 215-0659 email@example.com School Board, District 4 Leanetta McNealy (DEM) 1266 SE 12th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32641 352-373-9472 firstname.lastname@example.org www.leamcnealy.com State Races Florida State Representative, District 21 Andrew Morey [DEM] PO Box 357121 Gainesville, FL 32635-7121 352-538-0379 email@example.com www.morey2012.org Congressional Race U.S. Congress, District 3 JR Gaillot [DEM] PO Box 8747 Fleming Island, FL 32006 904-531-4737 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jrgaillot.com Useful Resources Alachua County Democratic Party 901 NW 8th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 www.alachuadems.org 315 SE 2nd Ave. OR 2727 NW 43rd St. Gainesville, FL Alachua County Women for Obama Karen Epple 352-642-6843Election Resources for NovemberElections Update-The Environmental Protection which will include reductions in water for County conservation lands. A halftime GIS analyst will also be eliminated. -About $420,000 is being reduced in the General Fund by reassigning certain expenses to a different fund, the Municipal Services Taxing Unit, or MSTU. Its still in the budget, but will now be paid for only by residents in the unincorporated portions of the County who pay the MSTU. -Lastly, the Gas Tax funds the operations declining consumption of gasoline is steadily driving down revenues to this fund. If this trend continues, as we believe it will, the County will have to supplement the operations of Public Works from some other source (the MSTU would be the most appropriate). This year, to restore a $526,000 decline in Gas Tax revenue, the budget proposes to delay capital expenditures and reduce reserves (which will have to be restored). In other words, ONE-TIME These are the two most important upcoming public hearings, both Adminstration Building: Sept. 11 at Attend if you can. DBUDGET from p. 20
PAGE 22, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 Coalition of Immokalee Workers Week of Action in Gainesville, 9/11-9/159/11, Tuesday, 7p.m. Farmworker Poverty: An Interactive Play per itz Union on UFs campus 9/12, Wednesday, 7p.m. Meet the CIW Farmworkers Community Potluck and Program by CIW with and Mayor Craig Lowe reading a proclamation; Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 1236 NW 18th Ave., Gainesville 9/13, Thursday, 9a.m.5p.m. Slavery Museum on display; Plaza of the Americas at UF 9/13, Thursday, 1p.m. Talk and multi-media presentation by CIW Smathers Library 9/14, Friday, 5p.m. Protest Action at Westgate Publix; corner of Univer sity Avenue and 34th Street 9/15, Saturday, 10a.m. 4p.m. Fair Food Fair Trade Fair with workshops and vendor tables; Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 1236 NW 18th Ave., Gainesville Gardening workshops and exhibits; Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville 9/15, Saturday, 12p.m. 9p.m. Informational tabling at Gainesvilles town Gainesville For more information on the CIWs week of action, contact Sheila Payne at 352-373-3435 or sheilapayne56@ Master at 352-377-6577 or email@example.com. This event is hosted by the Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice and co-sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures La Casita, Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, George A. of Florida History, Center for Latin American Studies, CHISPAS, and D By Rommy Torrico This article originally appeared on the Rural Womens Health Project blog, www.viablog.net, on Aug. 31. Throughout a lifetime, one can experience few monumental moments that mark ones life in such a way that one remember every detail, no matter how much time has passed. In my 23 short years, I can say Ive had only four of these moments my birth, my move to the U.S. in 1994, my time as a student at the University of Florida Its been four years since my last landmark moment. I was a sophotold my story to a crowd. A liberating and harrowing experience, I shared a very real and very vulnerable part of my identity to the world. I was undocumented, unashamed and unafraid. And although I cherish that moment, I was always aware that I was living under the illusion of freedom. The day after graduation, I would be part limbo. My status denied me the right to work and to continue my journey of pursuing my dreams. What should have been a time of celebration and forward momentum was nothing nitely. Or so I thought. It was 9:30a.m. on June 15, when I started as an unassuming day would soon turn into one of the few experiences that have marked my life for ever. an email with the subject line White House announces admin relief for I remember reading it in disbelief, not allowing myself to become hopeful. Was this really it? million undocumented and out-ofstatus youth nationwide. If granted, the chance to work, study and tempo rarily live without fear of deportation. As more news came in, the notion that I could leave this limbo behind started sinking in. I began realizing how historic this moment was for so many of us who had been waiting for so long. From that point on until the Presidents announcement at 2p.m., it was a waiting game. I, like many holding my breath. almost two decades of living in the shadows as an undocumented youth, with restrained freedom and a hunger to take its place in my life. Yet, there is still much work to be done at all levels. This program, although similar in some respects, is not action only provides temporary status and work eligibility for two years, ers will be able to continue moving forward or that we will be safe from deportation in the future. In addition, deferred action only includes youth from the ages of 15 to 30. This completely overlooks a sigers who aged out of the age range still in a precarious situation. This fragile, glass ball that holds the hopes can shatter more quickly than we can imagine. DIn the next issue, look out for "Changing the Conversation," an essay by Richard MacMaster, local farmworker advocate and leader with Gainesville's Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice, where he addresses the fundamental changes that must be made in our society in order to achieve true social justice.
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PAGE 24, IGUANA, SEPTEMBER 2012 Farm to Family Full Moon concert canceled, organizers request support to continueBy Don Appelbaum The Farm to Family Full Moon Festival scheduled for Sept. 28-30 has been canceled. The County Commission denied their application for a special use permit for the 120-acre Gilchrist concerts since 2010. Neighbors surrounding the location 38 within a half-mile and 65 within a mile banded together to give a presentation to the County Commission on Aug. 20 resaid sound traveled to the surrounding area, despite concert sponsors attempting to contain PA levels by using sur round sound in the stage viewing area. Farm to Family is looking at other locations, including two 400-acre properties. In order to move, Farm to Famvenue has moved: two years ago, they where they held shows since 2005. Past concerts featured regional bands such as Nashville-based singer/songwriter Quartermoon, and Jacksonville reggae The festivals were family and dogfriendly, and offered food, vendors, camping and other entertainment. firstname.lastname@example.org. CMC Membership Drive Goal: 100 new members before the end of the year What the Civic Media Center does: What you can do: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Future note ... Save the date! Alachua Conservation Trust and Civic Media Center OktoberFest Friday, October 12, Time TBA Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Road 234, Gainesville 32641 For information:www.civicmediacenter.org email@example.com 352-373-0010 Thomas Wynn and the Believers perform at Farm to Family on Oct. 8, 2011. The County Commission denied show organizers a permit for the Gilchrist location they've been using, so they are seeking a new one. Photo courtesy of www.farmtofamily.com. D 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)