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INSIDE ...From the Publisher . . . 3 Election Endorsement . 7 Farm Worker Awareness 8 CMC Events . . . . . 9 Directory ......... 10-11 Event Calendar . . 12-13 They Were Here First . 14 Wage Theft Ordinance 16 How Noam Chomsky is discussedby Glenn Greenwald This excerpt is from an article originally published by the Guardian on March 23. To read the article in its entirety, visit www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/23/noam-chomsky-guardian-personality. One very common tactic for enforcing political orthodoxies is to malign the character, style and even mental health of those who challenge them. The most extreme version of this was an old Soviet favorite: to declare political dissidents mentally ill and put them in hospitals. In the US, those who take even the tiniest steps outside of political convention are instantly decreed crazy, as happened to Noam Chomsky is coming... again with a speaking engagement by Noam Chomsky at UF, and a couple of roundtable the CMC brought Chomsky back to Gainesville and co-sponsored a talk by him at the OConnell Center attended by over 6,000 people. Well, its ten years later, and guess what? The CMC will be helping bring Professor Chomsky back again. If all goes according to plan, the talk will be again at to come. D See CHOMSKY, p. 2 Court orders FDA to remove all restrictions on the Morning-After Pill The GainesvilleIguanaApril 2013 Vol. 27, Issue 4 judge in Tummino et al. v. Hamburg ordered that the available without restriction and without prescription. For over a decade, grassroots feminist activists with National Womens Liberation have been waging the most expand access to birth control any restrictions on age or how it can be sold. In this photograph, Stephanie Seguin, National Womens Liberation leader and Tum mino v. HamburgPhoto courtesy of National Womens Liberation. To learn more about the ruling, see the full story on p. 4.
PAGE 2, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 the 2002 anti-war version of Howard Dean and the current iteration of Ron Paul (in most cases, what is actually crazy are the political orthodoxies this tactic seeks to shield from challenge). This method is applied with particular aggression to those who engage in any meaningful dissent against the societys most powerful factions and their institutions. Nixon White House discredit his disclosures with irrelevant attacks on his psyche. Identically, the New York Times and partisan Obama supporters power of the US government. style of the critic as a means of impugning, really avoiding, fortably within mainstream political thought as a loyal Democrat and a New York Times columnist, his relentless attack he is barraged with endless, substance-free complaints about his tone: he is too abrasive, he does not treat opponents with respect, he demonizes those who disagree with him, etc. The his claims in professional authority, overstates them, omits ar Nobody has been subjected to these vapid discrediting techcurrently working explores how establishment media systems restrict the range of acceptable debate in US political discourse, and Im using Chomskys treatment by (and ultimate exclusion from) establishment US media outlets as a window for under what is so striking is that virtually every mainstream discussion of him at some point inevitably recites the same set of personality and stylistic attacks designed to malign his advocacy without having to do the work of engaging the substance of his claims. on its cover (a cover he had framed and now proudly hangs on W. Said lecture, and as always happens when he speaks, the terviewed him in London and produced an article, published Saturday morning, that features virtually all of those standard When he starts speaking, it is in a monotone that makes no particular rhetorical claim on the audiences attention; of the hallmarks of Chomskys political writing, and speaking, are displayed: his anger, his extraordinary range of reference and experience . . Fact upon fact upon fact, but also a withering, sweeping sarcasm the atrocities are tolthe hideously charred corpses of murdered infants; bodies writhing in agony unspool until they become almost a form of punctuation. You could argue that the latter is necessary, simply a description of atrocities that must be reported, but it is also a method that has diminishing returns. The facts speak for themselves; the adjectives and the sarcasm have the counterintuitive effect of cheapening them, of imposing on the world a disappointingly crude and simplistic argument. tions of guilt, but not from a position of innocence or hope for something better: Chomskys sarcasm is the scowl of a fallen world, the sneer of hells veteran to its appalled naifs and thus, in an odd way, static and ungenerative. . ways directly a surprise, in a way, from someone who has earned a reputation for brutality of argument, and a need to win at all costs. There really is an alpha-male dominance psychology at work there, a colleague once said of him. He has some of the primate dominance moves. The staring down. The withering tone of voice. Students have been known to visit him in pairs, so that one can defend the other. . Chomsky, the son of Hebrew teachers who emigrated from Ukraine and Russia at the turn of the last century, began as a Zionist but the sort of Zionist who wanted a socialist state then he has been accused of antisemitism (due to defending the right to free speech of a French professor who espoused days he argues tirelessly for the rights of Palestinians. . . Does he think that in all these years of talking and arguing D Second store at From CHOMSKY, p. 1
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 3 From the publisher ...Can we overcome intolerance? by Joe Courter What follows is not meant to offend anyone, or anyone's belief system, but I have reached a point where I need to say it. The topic is religion, and in particular, religious intolerance. It could have been a number of things to set me off on this, as I have a lifetime of being an atheist/humanist. My skepticism began early when I was told little kids my would go to hell when they died, simply because they, well hadn't heard. That did not compute. Then seeing my Protestant neighbors eat meat on Fridays and skip church in the summer while we couldn't strongman, was a highly functioning society, Sunni and Shia co-existed, intermarried, lived in mixed neighborhoods. By regional standards it was way ahead on education But oh it runs deep in the human animal, that tribalistic desire to divide into we and they, and nothing greases the skids on intolerance like fundamentalist religion You would think we humans, with all our science and knowledge, could move beyond it to a deeper understanding and perspective, but old ways die hard. had just driven out the Moslems after centuries of occupation, and I asked her if the repression and dehumanization of the native people over here might have its roots in racism rooted in the occupation. She said no. It wasn't race; it was religion. It was sanity. Is that too much to ask? Yet I know my voice won't go far. We atheists are seen Don't get me wrong. I think religious belief can be a great asset for many people in terms of inner peace, social justice, and joyous cultural rituals. My personal belief is that we humans have an inherited predisposition to adopt belief systems as a core paradigm around which we make sense of the world, much as we have a inherited capacity DFirst you push into territories where you have no business to be, and where you had promised not to go; secondly, your intrusion provokes resentment and, in these coun-tries, resentment means resistance; thirdly, you instantly cry out that the people are rebellious and that their act is rebellion (this in spite of your own assurance that you have no intention of setting up a permanent sovereignty over them); fourthly, you send anarchy, you declare, with hands uplifted to the heavens, that moral reasons force you to stay, for if you were to leave, this territory would be left in a condition which no 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) 378-5655GainesvilleIguana@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 Brown Mark Piotrowski Editorial Board: Pierce Butler Joe Courter Beth Grobman Jessica Newman Production work & assistance: Justine Mara Andersen Joye Barnes Robbie Czopek Rick Piper Emily Sparr Donna Tucky Otto Olsen Distribution: Joe Courter Marcus Dodd Bill Gilbert Jack PriceAuthors & photographers have sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work. Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Harrison. Printed on recycled paper.
PAGE 4, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Feminists Win Landmark Birth Control Victoryby National Womens Liberation Tummino et al. v. Hamburg prescription and without point-of-sale or age restrictions within Until the courts ruling today, emergency contraception was kept behind a pharmacy counter, only available without a prescription stocked on any shelf in any store, right next to the condoms, aspito buy it. TM, Next Choice, or emergency contraception) works to prevent The Decision sued a statement that Plan B One-StepTM is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential, but the Secretary of Health and Human sion that 'many public health experts saw as a politically motivated effort to avoid riling religious groups and others opposed established policy to make safe medications available to the public, the court found that the administration invoked arguments Supreme Court decisions Griswold v. Connecticut Eisenstadt v. BairdGriswold, and then for everyone else in Baird. Plaintiffs Speak Out Plaintiffs in the lawsuit included nine grassroots feminist activthe National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.2National Womens Liberation believes that any female old enough to get pregnant is old enough to decide that she doesnt want to be pregnant. This decision to grant immediate access women and girls to be able to control the course of their lives, said Plaintiff Stephanie Seguin, NWL-Gainesville Chapter or ganizer. said, Women and girls have won a landmark victory today for reproductive justice. The denial of full access to the Morningministrations. The courts decision dramatically expands access to a safe and effective form of birth control and is a ruling in favor of science and for justice for women. have taken over a decade of pressure from feminists, our allies and a lawsuit. Long-Running Fight Feminists in the University of Florida (UF) chapter of the CamCampus NOW leaders were sparked by feminists then working at the feminist-run abortion clinic Gainesville Womens Health why women needed it, Campus NOW organized a campaign to force the resignation of these NOW activists, who later became organizers in Gainesville Womens Liberation and National Womens Liberation, were wary of pharmacist-controlled dispensing and opposed the halfNational Womens Liberations Role For over a decade, grassroots feminist activists with National cades to expand access to birth control in the United States: to any restrictions on age or how it can be sold. with NOW chapters in Gainesville and New York, have been at
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 5 the forefront of this struggle to win unrestricted access to the chapter noticed that the Center for Reproductive Rights had TM from a prescription medication to an over the counter product, with no restrictions. Because NWL believed that birth control should be available without restriction, the group decided to join the campaign. the NOW chapters at the University of Florida, the Gainesville community, and in New York State petitioned and held workshops within state NOWs and National NOW to encourage all NOW chapters around the country to participate in a national the-counter. committees were considering granting over-the-counter status only. ence of members of Gainesville Womens Liberation and Reddisobedience. This organizing was carried out under the tongueers gathered thousands of signatures of people willing to defy the morning-after pill to a friend any time she needed it.4 Later in 2004, because NWL had waged nearly two years of an Rights approached members to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Throughout history, social movements have established court cases to help advance peoples rights. The Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling was an example of where a civil court case in order to advance the civil rights movement goal of integrated education. Labor unions and social justice groups, including the National Organization for Women, have long-used this strategy as well. Similarly, the Tummino case is an example of the organized feminist movement choosing to wage a legal battle to advance a case alone will not win freedom for women; a strong and active dues-paying feminist membership is the key element in the freecase. If the Obama administration chooses to appeal the current decision, the need for an organized and dues-paying movement standing up to defend womens rights will be crystal clear. Join Us! for womens freedom, or on our chapter Facebook pages. NWL chapters in Gainesville, Florida, and New York City, open to all women. ter. Notes org/docs/tummino-order-on.pdf. orders-fda-remove-restrictions-morning-after-pill.html Pill over the counter, The Gainesville Iguana ings.org. D
PAGE 6, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Lunch Specials $5.25 w/soda 421 NW 13TH ST. (352) 336-6566 Celebrate Our Springs 4th Annual Alachua County Peace Poetry ContestPublic Reading May 11, 2:30p.m.Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville Gainesville County to submit one poem on the subject of peace. Out of hundreds of entries, winners are selected by a panel of graduate students from the sity of Florida. Winners are invited to read their poems aloud at the pubGallery West in Gainesville. For more information, email vfppeace Finding the Fountain of Youth exhibit panel discussion to be moderated by journalist and author Cynthia Barnett. There is no charge to attend the event and the exhibits are open to the public. Barnett is the author of Blue Revolu-tion: Unmaking Americas Water Cri-sis Globe. year retrospective of Florida nature with the springs of Florida. The exhibit mixes stirring text with dramatic thenand-now pairings of photos, showing the changes to our springs that many of us have seen. The project channels joy and beauty and grief and anger and is a sobering wake-up call for every Floridian who uses water. Plus the ex-hibit features a very cool and dramatic 60-foot-wide backlit translucent clere-story window photo of a pair of mana-tees at Crystal River. Florida Museum of Natural History is located in the University of Florida D.
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 7 by Joe Courter With early voting already in progress, the Iguana strongly endorses Craig Lowe for Mayor of Gainesville, and encourages support for his campaign in getting out the vote. Craig is part of a team of forward-looking individuals on the Commission, and, while not a gifted public speaker and encumbered by the fall out of a recent DUI arrest when he dozed off behind the wheel Braddy, a right-wing talk radio jock with his own DUI history with, both with fellow commissioners and staff. This isnt just the Iguana talking; in a recent letter to the Gainesville Sun endorsing Craig Lowe. This is the opening paragraph: lators and school board members who have served collectively mal people, neither of our current candidates for mayor is withThe difference is that Mayor Craig Lowe has been an active ad-Iguana endorses Craig Lowe for Gainesville Mayorvocate for the positive efforts of the City of Gainesville for the and often dishonest critic. Iguana website at www.gainesvilleiguana.org. The idea of a glib and abrasive Tea Party libertarian as a Gainesmass activists have jumped into the Braddy campaign to continue their bashing of the Commission and Lowe in particular, but we hope the big picture and common sense will prevail. Run-offs are all about getting out the vote, and thats what we D To read the full letter submitted to the Gainesville Sun visit the Iguanas website at www.gainesvilleiguana.org.
PAGE 8, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Farm Worker Awareness Week in Gainesvilleby Richard K. MacMaster One week in early Spring, we remind ourselves that we depend on the farm workers who plant and harvest the fruits and vegetables we eat every day of the year. Theirs is the most hazardous, worst paid, and most essential job in the United States. Over the past century, natives and imida to Michigan, living and working in oppressive condilabor contractors. Farm workers have made remarkable gains in the last few mato growers and a long list of big tomato buyers is one outstanding example. Buyers and growers agreed to an extra penny a pound for the workers and better working conditions, including an end to sexual harassment. But these real gains are fragile, as long as some growers and some Chipotle signed the agreement, but Publix and Wendys still refuse to even talk with farm worker delegations. Better wages and working conditions secured by United Farm Workers, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, as well as Coalition of Immokalee Workers are threatened by some versions of a Guest Worker program under consideration in Congress that will not assure the same wage scale and working conditions as U.S. farm workers or permit portability, so that a worker is free to leave an employer who does not live up to their contract. Growers as well as workers in Immokalee had a narrow escape when the U.S. Department of Commerce refused recently to allow Mexican tomato growers to undercut Florida growers by eliminating fair labor standards, but lobbyists for Wal-Mart will be back pushing for this change. Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF for a panel discussion resenting National Farm Worker Ministry, spoke of the real life situation of farm workers and their struggle to assert their rights. Farm Workers in the frontlines of efforts to improve wages and working conditions. posed Guest Worker programs at Congressman Ted Yohos town to all UF students, faculty, and staff with materials distributed in picting modern-day slavery, poor working conditions, and sexual harassment. to at least meet with representatives of the men and women who copal Church of the Mediator in Micanopy made the case for the UF Institute of Hispanic-Latino Culture closed the week with Ceing opportunities to learn more about their work and legacy and follow their example in organizing for justice for farm workers DAt least 40 people protested at the Publix at the corner of University Avenue and 34th Street as part of Farmworker Awareness Week. Photo by Phil Kellerman.
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 9 Local Criminal Defense lective Grand Opening, cer research and the CMC, Penalty presents: West of Memphis, new documentary about the West persons, identities, and rela play by Shamrock and Michael McShane about mentary about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima the local food movement, tion by The Well Florida yard and at Repurpose 4pm, Puppetry, May Pole, Folk Show with Michael donations Sat., May 4: DIY Family Herb Fest, in CMC and Courtyard, ketplace, workshops, and family friendly activities Mon., May 6: Stonewall Democrats of winning miniseries, set in during the Reagan admin Show at the Matheson lor and Cracker the Box, in 433 S. Main Street www.civicmediacenter.org (352) 373-0010 Parking 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 press.Civic Media Center Events April 2013 Hugo Chavez, R.I.P.by Joe Courter That Hugo Chavez was controversial is an understatement. That the powers that be in the U.S. disliked him is undeniable. That the U.S. corporate media put forth a one-sided negative image of him is also undeniable. So with that, we offer the following links as a counterbalance, because ezuelas poor, through education and healthcare. He was no dictator; he won election after election despite a strong opposition media and outside (i.e., U.S.) assistance to his opponents. If you only read one of the read venezuelanalysis.com for covChavezs Death, Like His Life, Shows the Worlds Divisions by D
PAGE 10, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Notice to readers: If there is inaccurate information in this list, please let us know. If you are connected to an organization listed here, please check and update so others can be accurately informed about your contact information. Thank you. 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 professional practices meetings and critical Alachua County Labor Party meets monthly and organizes to support local labor and advance the national campaign for universal, single-payer health care. contact us to join or for the most updated merican Civil Liberties Union Currently no local chapter. For info on Amnesty International UF campus chapter of worldwide human rights movement; www.facebook.com/ufamnesty Bridges Across Borders Florida-based international collaboration of activists, artists, students and educators supporting cultural diversity and global peace. Citizens Climate Lobby (Gainesville Chapter) provides education and activist opportunities to bring about a stable climate. Meetings are the usually at the downtown library's gmail.com Civic Media Center room and library of the non-corporate press, and a resource and space for organizing. 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! 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. Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. Floridas rural landscapes, wildlife Democratic Party of Alachua County Meetings are held the second Wednesday Edible Plant Project Local collective to create a revolution through edible and Families Against Mandatory Minimums Work to reform Florida's sentencing laws and restore fairness to Florida's The Fine Print thinking outlet for political, social and arts coverage through local, in-depth reporting Florida School of Traditional Midwifery www.midwiferyschool.org Florida Defenders of the Environment the Ocklawaha and preserving Floridas FlaDefenders.org Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty concerned people in the Gainesville area who are working to abolish the death penalty in Florida. Participate in vigils when Florida has an execution. Meets the Church and Catholic Student Center 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, home-cooked meals, made from local surplus, with every Saturday at Bo Diddly Community 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 www.gainesvilleiaij.blogspot.com Gainesville Loves Mountains works in to end mountaintop removal coal mining and create a prosperous economy and sustainable future for the region and its people. We believe that the single, best path our community can take toward a stronger economy, better jobs, and a healthier environment for all is energy gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/ Gainesville Womens Liberation The now part of National Womens Liberation. WomensLiberation.org Graduate Assistants United Union that represents all UF grad assistants by community involvement and academic org, www.ufgau.org Green Party Part of worldwide movement built out of four different Iguana Directory
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 11 interrelated social pillars, which support its politics: the peace, civil rights, environmental and labor movements. www.GainesvilleGreens.webs.com Grow Radio provide the opportunity for community engaging, educational, locally-generated and visual arts and humanities for the enrichment of, but not limited to, the Gainesville community. www.growradio. hotline) Harvest of Hope Foundation organization that provides emergency farm workers around the country. www. cox.net. Home Van goes out to homeless areas twice a week with food and other necessities of life, delivering about 400 meals per week; Industrial Workers of the World Local union organizing all workers. Meetings are at the Civic Media Center 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. International Socialist Organization Organization committed to building a left alternative to a world of war, racism and poverty. Meetings are every Thurs. gmail.com. Kindred Sisters Lesbian/feminist 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 is provided. Interested individuals visit the programs Web site at http:// MindFreedom North Florida Human rights group for psychiatric survivors National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, education and advocacy for families and loved ones of persons with National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social or www.nlg.org National Organization for Women Gainesville Area www.gainesvillenow. Planned Parenthood Clinic Fullservice medical clinic for reproductive and sexual health care needs. Now Pride Community Center of North Central Florida Resources for the gay/ GainesvillePride.org. Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information about the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding provides innovative ways to resolve serives like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. Queer Activist Coalition Politically motivated activist group at UF Sierra Club Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville ssjsierra.org Sister City Program of Gainesville. Links Gainesville with sister cities in (across from Gainesville HS). For more information, see: http://www. gnvsistercities.org. Student/Farmworker Alliance network of youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery search Gainesville Student/Farmworker Students for a Democratic Society Multi-issue student and youth organization working to build power in our schools and communities. campus. UF Pride Student Union Group of gay, students, faculty and staff. www.grove. United Faculty of Florida Union represents faculty at Univeristy of www.UFF-UF.org. 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/. United Way Information and Referral. Human-staffed computer database for Veterans for Peace organization that works to raise awareness of the detriments of militarism and war as well as to seek alternatives that are peaceful and effective. Meetings org/~vetpeace/. WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the Civic www.wgot.org.
PAGE 14, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Our wise men are called Fathers, and they truly sustain that character. Do you call yourselves Christians? Does then the reli gion of Him whom you call your Savior inspire your spirit, and guide your practices? Surely not. It is recorded of him that a bruised reed he never broke. Cease, then, to call yourselves Christians, lest you declare to the world your hypocrisy. Cease, too, to call other nations savage, when you are tenfold more the children of cruelty than they. In the government you call civilized, the happiness of the people is constantly sacorigins of your codes of criminal and civil laws; hence your dungeons and prisons. We have no prisons; we have no pompous parade of courts; we have no written laws and yet judges as highly revered among us as they are among you, and their decisions are as much regarded. We have among us no exalted villains above the control of our laws. Daring wick edness here is never allowed to triumph over helpless innocence. The estates of widows and orphans are never devoured by enterprising swindlers. We have no robbery under pretext of law. Chief Joseph Brant (1742) Thayendanegea (Mohawk) tribe, upstate N.Y. As a response to our article last month on Viva 500, the Iguana received to following history of native peoples in our Alachua peans. You can access last months issue at www.gainesvilleiguana.org to see the March issue. by Vincent Lipsio nando De Soto and his army, on their gold, passed through Gainesville. They spent their third night in Utinamocharra and forced villagers to give up stored food to them. That village was one of the villages in a dense cluster east of Moon Lake; it later became been covered as part of a residential neighborhood in the suburban sprawl at the northwestern edge of Gainesville, near the Devils Millhopper. The cruelties that the villagers had suffered from De Sotos men were recorded in recollections of the chief who had been a boy the day De Soto stopped by. The Potano tribe of the Timucua were the residents of our area at that time. Their population had already been reduced to a fraction of its former size by diseases brought by the Spanchanced to stumble across Florida in da, smallpox and the like had spread inland. The number of villages decreased and the chief moved his capital from the shores of Orange Lake to the hammock that became the mission of San Fransisco, or, as the native folk pronounced it, San Felasco. The Potano were at war with another when the French established Fort Spain, after brutally expelling the French from Florida, supported the Utina and helped defeat the Potano. Twenty years later, the Potano killed a Spanish captain leading an invasion into Potano territory. To punish them, a second Spanish expedition attacked and killed many Potano and drove the Potano cheif moved to Fox Pond near the Devils Millhopper. The remaining Timucua were converted to Roman Catholicism and organized into missions overseen by Franciscan priests. Five of these misCounty and three of them in or adja cent to Gainesville. Father Francisco Pareja, during his writing system making the Timucuan ropeans. Pareja published a grammar for their language and side-by-side Timucuan and Spanish church books and documents from which their lanlects, including Potano. Timucuan is a language isolate, i.e., it is not related to any other known language. Timucuan rebellion against the Spanish who burned most of the Timucuan many Potano died from an unidenti tano survived at the two remaining settlements. were Protestants) with colonial soldiers from the Province of Carolina invaded Florida and killed or carried off nearly all the remaining native taken to Charleston where they were sold in the market as slaves. surviving Timucua with them as they sailed away to Havana. (Note that as a Spanish territory, Florida was an outpost of the colony of Cuba and was governed from Havana.) DThey Were Here FirstGainesvilles indigenous history This months Oral History article has been postponed for space reasons: look for selections from the Samuel Proctor Programs 1996 interview with Gainesville organizer Rosa B. Williams in our May-June issue. Find more from the html.
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PAGE 16, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 by James Ingle, Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force Wage theft is all too common in our society. There is the server whose only pay is what he or she collect in tips, or the store clerk who is told to clock out before cleaning up at the end of the day, or the construction worker who never gets his last check when money they have earned; it also sends a ripple effect throughout businesses are forced to compete with businesses that lower their costs by not properly paying employees. Social services are bearing the burden of helping people who would be more Wage theft is already illegal, but there is little enforcement of these laws. The state Department of Labor was disbanded under Governor Bush. People who are victims of wage theft have only two options: either call the federal Department of Labor or take the employer to court. Most victims dont have the time or of Labor is overburdened and understaffed, often taking months to even begin a new investigation. The result is that the system in place to help victims of wage theft is so slow and ineffective that most victims feel they have no protection. They end up acscrupulous employer keeping the money the victims rightfully earned. This adds up to billions of dollars in wage theft annually in our country. Communities across the nation have begun making enforcement of wage laws a local issue. Wage theft ordinances give local Theft Ordinance to protect our workers and responsible businesses from such thievery. The ordinance has had broad support from our community, local businesses, and religious institutions. The Wage Theft Ordinance also has had near-unanimous support from the County Commissioners with only Susan Baird opposed. The County Commission voted to move forward with the cause of one section but repeatedly emphasized his support for the rest of the ordinance at the meeting. Commissioner Baird was absent.) Despite the need for this ordinance and the support from both the local community and government, the ordinance may be revoked almost as soon as it is passed. ida legislature. This bill, written by a Big Business lobbying Countys State Senator Rob Bradley, would take away local governments right to meaningfully address wage theft. The bill, if enacted, would take away enforcement abilities from local governments, allowing only a non-binding arbitration. It would push victims of wage theft back into the ineffective system that has already been failing them. It would also place a cap on what a judge could award a victim if they were fortunate enough to make it through the court system. The bill also provides addiWe can take real action to stop wage theft locally but not if this bill passes.What you can do the County Commission. Contact Senator Bradley and tell him how much you are Contact your County Commissioner and tell them how much you support a strong Wage Theft Ordinance. wordpress.com DSupport the Alachua County Wage Theft Ordinance
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 17 Penrod Brigadas Award presented at SpringBoardby Jessica Newman Gainesville activist Sheila Payne for her dedication to a strong labor movement for all working people, her impassioned leadership in the struggle against exploitation of immigrants and farmworkers, and for a lifelong commitment to building a just and peaceful world. the United Faculty of Florida wanted to honor and encourage activists in the community for their consistent track record of movement work. ion in the Spanish Civil war, worked with the Congress of Industrial versity of Florida, United Faculty of Florida. He was a member of found the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, worked closely with the National Organization for Women and Gainesville Womens immigrant justice, labor, civil rights, womens rights, and anti-war in the farm labor movement, and she later worked with the United Farm Workers in Washington state during its historic struggle to worked with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and currently paign for Fair Food. Limit NOW, and Porters Community Farm, among other efforts. D
PAGE 18, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.comBob Zieger, Presente!by Paul Ortiz Our dear friend, colleague, and comrade in the labor movement, Dr. Robert Zieg er, Distinguished Professor University of Florida, passed away on March 6. scholarship renowned for its support of working class struggles from the time of torians in the early 20th century to the New Labor History inbor historian because you have a commitment to social justice; not because you expect get rich. Bob Zieger ranks as one of the greatest scholars in the century-long sweep of labor history. Dr. Zieger was intimately concerned about the state of the labor movement. He grieved over labors losses in the wake of deindustrialization; he was overjoyed by the 2006 International Workers Day struggles led by the emerging Latino working class. Bobs writings are animated by spirits of the nations great by a kind of gritty pragmatism. There is a touch of Fighting Bob La Follette (Bobs concern for the political representation Bob Zieger was a two-time recipient of the Philip Taft Labor For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America since 1865, and the magisterial The CIO, 1935-1955. Bob felt that the Committee for Industrial Organization and the labor upsurge of the Great organization, Bob reminded his audiences. It took the struggles of the sit-down strikers, picket line walkers, wildcatters and police-defying militants to bring such powerful corporations as General Motors and U.S. Steel to the bargaining table. Bob was a spirited and rigorous historian who introduced countless scholars, students, union members, and community orgalabor historians faced an uphill struggle in the academy, Bob organized several edited anthologies designed to present the best newly-minted Ph.D.s publishing credit. Dr. Zieger talked the talk, and he walked the walk. Bob was a longtime member and leader of the United Faculty of Florida, ulty and instructors to join the United Faculty of Florida. His Bob Zieger. Photo courtesy of the University of Florida History Department.
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 19 Dove World WarDirector Mike McShane, with several recent hits in Death of a Salesman and Christmas Belles (HSCT) to his directing credit, now takes on a new work by Shamrock McShane. It is labeled as a new playmovieventment. Live on Stage and Dead on Screen and Happening Now. The process of the play is to create a movie. The movie is part of the play is part of the movie; its interactive. The audience plays its part both during the performance and after because Dove World War is also a War against Time. Dove World War opens at the Civic Media Center on FriThe Prophet Mohammad, and Gainesvilles progressive Mayor Craig Lowe. D THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/ energy and knowledge of the labor history was an important ele ment in our unions recent growth. I treasured the moments we shared together. Bob would pick tral Florida Central Labor Council meetings at the Carpenters during these car trips than I did in three years in graduate school. Dr. Zieger was the United Faculty of Floridas delegate to the North Central Florida Central Labor Council for many years, Bob used the CLCs annual Spaghetti Dinner to introduce new people to labors progressive culture. He recruited the dinners participants to bring canned food donations that he would in turn deliver to the St. Francis House or Catholic Charities. This was Bobs way of teaching us that the House of Labor must care for the entire working class, especially the poor and the unorganized. Bob was always a great partisan on my behalf. He lobbied for me to come to the University of Florida, and his encouragement of our students at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program was ing manuscripts, and serving on numerous university commit to learn that university students were demonstrating a newfound interest in learning about the history of union organizing. One day barely a month ago, Bob sat down with one of our undergraduate interns and gave a jaw-dropping interpretation of same reason that our brothers and sisters in the building trades did: Bob never carried himself above his students or fellow unionists. In spite of his numerous awards and accolades Dr. Zieger saw himself as a lifelong student, and a member of the labor movement. He was one of us, a treasured ally and fellow traveler in our perennial search for historical truth, social justice Bob Zieger began teaching on the college level at the University sor of history at Wayne State University, and his labor history courses were immensely popular with union members in Deof History. Bob was a beloved teacher at the UF and his favorite union organizers and leaders in the labor movement. family. He is survived by his wife, Gay Pittman Zieger, a retired college instructor, his son Robert, daughter-in-law Sheira, and his granddaughter Persephone. He enjoyed taking long walks, playing with Persephone, and promoting Gays second career as an artist. In honor of Bobs years of service to the labor movement and ated an award in his honor titled the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies. This prize will be awarded bi-annually to the best essay in labor studies written by an early career scholar, journalist or activist. You can contribute to this fund by visitBob Zieger will be sorely missed by his colleagues in the history profession, his comrades in the labor movement and by the countless students that he mentored over an exceptional career D
PAGE 20, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Wheres the liberal talk radio?by Joe CourterRight wing talk radio is severely over-represented in hate and paranoia in pungent streams. This probably is similar to the spread elsewhere. The fear-mongering and character attacking style works, whereas liberal talk is a lot harder to do for many reasons. major national effort that collapsed, but syndicated programming exists. One effort at carrying that programming has begun in Give it a listen if talk is your bag. D Radical Press Coffee Collective opens shop April 12 Florida. tea, fun, treats, and beverages all night long. Radical Press Coffee Collective is a fee shop located in the Civic Media Center, Gainesvilles independent lending library. Offering: Locally roasted light, medium, and dark roast coffee options press and French Press preparation and cappuccinos Hot, iced, or Lat-Tead herbal, blended, and loose leaf teas Gluten Free and vegan baked goods Shop-made sodas and daily specials Cozy environment for reading, studying, meeting and organizing. We are providing the commu all-vegan coffees, teas and baked goods. We hope to strengthen the community by using fair economic practices and ingredients and creat ing a model for sustainable worker cooperatives.When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, April 12 Where: 433 South Main Street Cost: $5$7 sliding scale
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 21 GROWRADIO.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, locally-generated programming to and humanities for the enrichment of the Gainesville community. Sunday Monday 5:00 p.m. The Four Passions 10:00 p.m. The Residents Radio Hour 11: 00 p.m. The Culture Wars Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Partly Clasic with a ... Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Gainesvilles 34th Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival Festival is presented by the Cultur The festival features art, entertain ment and music, which celebrates cans in Gainesville. The Festival is a two-day street event, which hosts gospel, blues, rican dance performances throughout the day. There are activities for children and information relevant to the health and welfare of the community. Food booths line the streets of the Festival that ranges food. There will also be information booths from local organiza tions The festival is located on the 6th Street in Gainesville. DWGOT 94.7 LP FM Gainesville's Progressive Community Radio Station WGOT is on the air: Sunday: Mon, Wed, Fri: Tuesday and Thursday: Saturday: Check out wgot.org for upcoming events and a detailed schedule. WGOT stream under the Shoutcast directory. To listen from any radio streaming apps such as Tune In. We are now listed in Democracy NOW! airs
PAGE 22, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 Margaret Parrish, 1943by Linda Bassham children of Charles and Margaret Fitzpat rick Parrish. She grew up here and in the surrounding area, member of a large extended family. Her mothers progressive politics gave her a foundation on which to women. Margaret was in high school during the early s when the Thalidomide scare led to public discussion on abortion. This was she went to meet a college roommate at the Waldo train station and had to carry her from the train. Her friend was the victim of a botched illegal abortion and rape. Margaret found a doctor who would treat her and not report to the authorities, saving her from arrest and expulsion. Within two years, Margaret was working with Clergy Consultation Services referring women to New York, Puerto Rico and elsewhere for legal abortions. Margaret went to work at the Childrens to the National Labor Relations Board to win salary parity for women faculty and helped the faculty union get started. They got the city to include marital status in its anti-discrimination ordinance. They did this and much more with the support of viding the environment and support that made it all possible. time in Gainesville for activism and especially feminism. Margaret was there at the tear gas into the crowd and beat demonstrators. When Betty Friedan led women Homecoming, it was Margaret who had This invasion forced the all-male Blue mit women. The Free Speech Movement whom she supported. Margaret was involved with Conscientious Objector and Selective Service counseling. ment where they discussed womens inability to obtain abortions in Gainesville, by women who wanted safe legal abor kitchen and dream of opening a health center in Gainesville. With guidance from ville Womens Health Center (GWHC) ty Medical Board because they hadnt ity. The board had no choice but to grant permission after the center was written up positively in the Gainesville Sun and welcomed by the community. educating and counseling women so they saw to it that the clinic was warm and clinic had a poster over a procedure table paid them off in nine months. Rape Information and Counseling Ser vice (RICS), which evolved into Sexual ful Paths. Organizers replaced board members who didnt recognize the need to address the root cause of violence our philosophical and political leaders. on the house the city was renting them and the city manager proposed renting came up with the idea to go to ask neighbors if theyd rather have drug addicts or battered women and their children living opened BirthPlace. In a taped interview Margaret said, It was the most fun I ever had, going on to say that the more say so people have over their lives, the hapborrowed money to provide services for time they got little opposition from the medical establishment. They all expected it would be the alternative community who would use BirthPlace, but it turned out that most of the families were blue collar or healthcare professionals. Today the tradition of BirthPlace lives on at the Birth Center. of life date, Margaret was on the Human Rights. There was a caravan of cars from group of about 200 women who entered the Florida House of Representatives, sat This photo of Margaret Parrish ran on the front cover of the Iguana in February 1994. It was her campaign photo from when she ran for City Commission. She was honored at the Gainesville Womens Club on March 30. A partial recording tory talk in 2002 can be heard at www.archives.org/details/margaretparrish.
IGUANA, APRIL 2013, PAGE 23 Quality Dental Car e JEFF R. MA TILSKY D.M.D. 1 1 10 NW 8th A ve., Suite A Gainesville, FL 32601 (352)376-4637 Fax: (352)373-2268 www .jef fmatilsky .com Immigration Overhaul A True Amnesty?by Phil Kellerman President, Harvest of Hope FoundationThe last time this country had a full-scale amnesty for undocumented persons was when Ronald Reagan was president. One thing is certain in this hungry world; no regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the persons were offered a path to citizenship. is a good chance that Congress will pass an overall immigration reform bill, but path to citizenship for the undocumented. This will include thousands of dollars coverage under Obamacare until they are approved for citizenship. In my experience advocating for migrant farmworkers and other immigrants, obtaining a green card (permanent legal residency) a person will be eligible to apply for two 4-year provisional legal status periods in which they will be allowed to work legally, and very important, not fear deportation. Second, the to get through college or military service will be granted an expedited path to citizenship. Is the bill a true amnesty? No. However, with Congressional republicans and democrats at loggerheads, the proposed bill is a step, and I am advocating for its passage. Inhumane deportations must be reduced as I have seen how employ-ers lose employees and families are destroyed when the sole breadwinner is thousands of children brought here to get on a path if they complete college. In tuition. Florida though does not consider undocumented children to be residents even if they have lived in the state for the majority of their lives. I encourage readers to contact their Florida representatives for passage of in-state tuition for the states undocumented high school graduates. This country needs highly eduD in Florida, one of three states needed for cure the needed three states votes the Margaret never stopped. She was a also counseled young people informally. She helped found Stop Child Sexual City Commission, losing the run-off after es branding her a lesbian abortionist the Sunday before the election. She was a cohelped begin a Court Watch program to ensure better treatment of women in the courts. Margaret received numerous recCommission on the Status of Womens If it involved making Gainesville and the world a better place, especially for women and children, Margaret was probably there. From the s to last month, she made history and we are all better for it. In an interview by the Southern Lesbianspecial issue of Sinister Wisdom, Margret ass is the greatest high. We did a lot of Courter for past issues of the Iguana and his 2002 Civic Media Center First Hand History taped interview with Margaret. ist Herstory Project for sharing. D
PAGE 24, IGUANA, APRIL 2013 What the Civic Media Center does: What you can do: RADICAL PRESS COFFEE SHOP NOW OPEN For information: 352-373-0010 The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar and newsletterSubscribe!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/gainesvilleiguana issues of the Gainesville Iguana online (complete issues are available as PDFs) at www.gainesvilleiguana.orgThe Gainesville Iguana (established 1986)South Main Arts and Culture by Joe Courter There is not a lot of news on the South cation, because folks seem to be under a misconception about the situation. block just south of the buildings that comprise the Civic Media Center, Citi ists Workshop and very soon, Wild Iris Books, which we can call the S. Main On the block to the south, between Church of Holy Colors, Gainesville Compost, the up-and-running Repur pose Project, and most importantly for all of the neighbors to the north, the dumpster and recycling units. and dumpster space that these stakeserve as we move into the purchase of is the hope to retain the Repurpose Project building as both a historic relic and providing urban connectivity on S. Main, and assistance to the Repur pose Project itself should they need to move. Repurpose Project established itself in that location believing there was a secure lease arrangement on station deal, which leaves the Repur pose Project in a vulnerable spot. and the contracts are still not ready to be signed as the wheels of bureaucracy have been turning slowly. No construction will begin until October period when the City owns the land Repurpose Project know theyve added greatly to the neighborhood since they moved in, and have been assured of continued operations until construction begins and input to the design process leading up to construction. The stakeholders like for their cooperation in the process. sioners have been positive, but community support will be of great help as things move forward. D