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en-USINSIDE ...en-USFrom the Publisher . . en-US3en-US Racism: A Memoir . . en-US5en-US . . en-US6en-US CMC Eventsen-US . . . . . .en-US 9 en-US Directory . . . . . ......... en-US10-11 en-US Event Calendaren-US . . en-US 12-13en-US Oral History Programen-US .en-US 14en-US GROW Radio schedule en-US21 en-USBy Karen Ahlersen-US Close scrutiny by citizen activists is maken-US-en-US ing a big difference in the Adena Springs en-US Ranch consumptive use permit applicaen-US -en-US tion process. Citizens, backed by a team en-US of attorneys and professional scientists, en-US are pleased that the St. Johns River Waen-US -en-US ter Management District (SJRWMD) has en-US issued a third Request for Additional Inen-US -en-US formation (RAI) to better understand poen-US -en-US tential impacts to Silver Springs and the en-US Ocklawaha River from Adenas proposed en-US 5.3 million gallon per day (MGD) average en-US withdrawal. en-US The real impacts to Silver Springs will en-US come at the worst possible time during dry en-US periods when irrigation is most needed, en-US said Water Action Team (WAT) hydrogeolen-US -en-US ogist Dr. Todd Kincaid. What we should en-US be focused on is the maximum daily withen-US -en-US drawal, based on Adena consultant reports, en-US of 24.8 MGD. Kincaid notes that on Table en-US by Gainesville Veterans for Peaceen-US When the Gainesville chapter of Veterans en-US en-US Memorial Mile eight years ago, we had en-US no idea that, in 2013, wed still be disen-US -en-US playing the tombstones of American seren-US -en-US vice members who died in Iraq and Afen-US -en-US ghanistan. We thought the wars would be en-US over, that the U.S. would be disengaged en-US from these unjust occupations. en-US But instead, the 10th anniversary of the en-US invasion of Iraq just passed (with relaen-US -en-US tively little fanfare), and were going on en-US 12 years in Afghanistan. Instead, the state en-US en-US-en-US ing even more secretive attacks through en-US drone strikes, killing an unknown number en-US of innocent civilians.en-US This is why we will erect the Memorial en-US Mile display by sunrise on Sat., May 25, en-US along the Solar System Walk. The display en-US will stay up through sunset on Memorial en-US Day, May 27. en-US Veterans for Peace encourage the public en-US to stop by and walk the stunning mile at en-US any time, believing this is the best way en-US to take in the reality of these wars. Each en-US tombstone representing individual Ameren-US -en-US icans also represents the friends and famen-US-en-US ily of the deceased who were and still are en-US affected by these wars. en-US Memorial Day began as a simple, somber en-US ritual of remembrance and reconciliation en-US after the Civil War, then called Decoraen-US-en-US tion Day. Since that time, Memorial Day en-US has continued to honor U.S. service memen-US -en-US See MEMORIAL MILE, p. 2en-US See SPRINGS, p. 4 en-USMemorial Day is about remembering the cost of war, and these tombstones only en-US represent the U.S. dead, not the many times more wounded, the Iraqi, the Afghan and en-US others killed, maimed and displaced in the past 11-plus years of war. See the display en-US for yourself May 25-27. Photo by Mary Bahr. en-US8th Annual Memorial Mile Display May 25-27en-USUpdate on Adena Springs Ranch Battle en-USThe Gainesvilleen-USIguanaen-USMay/June 2013en-US Vol. 27, Issue 5/6
PAGE 2, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 From MEMORIAL MILE, p. 1 en-USbers who have died in all wars; by the early 20th century, this en-US day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, en-US as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, en-US whether they served in the military or nota far cry from the en-US national holiday of barbecues, brewskies and beaches that en-US many Americans celebrate today.en-US Memorial Mile will be made up of more than 6,660 model tomben-US -en-US stones lining the north and south sides of NW 34th Street just en-US east of 8th Avenue near the Solar System Walk. Each tombstone en-US remembers an American service member who died in Iraq or en-US Afghanistan, and includes the service members name, date of en-US death, age, branch of service, rank and hometown. They will be en-US arranged by theater and date of death. Tombstones with Amerien-US -en-US en-US whose tombstones have been visited by friends and family. en-US Veterans for Peace will have available, on site at an information en-US en-US en-US other expressions of love at the tombstones of their loved ones en-US and friends.en-US en-US display has crossed over to the south side of the street. More en-US than 210 tombstones were added since Memorial Day last year.en-US Veterans for Peace believes that these losses and the corresponden-US -en-US en-US alone. The visual impact of the tombstones conveys the reality en-US of these numbers. en-US This years event will also feature the Peace Ribbon from Code en-US Pink. This is an ongoing grassroots project in which individuen-US -en-US als and groups make panels honoring the victims of the wars in en-US Afghanistan and Iraq by creating a cloth memorial to fallen seren-US -en-US vice members and Afghan and Iraqi civilians. The Peace Ribbon en-US en-US go to www.codepink4peace.org/section.php?id=17.en-US Parking will be available at nearby West Side Park.en-US For more information, visit vfpgainesville.org. en-USDen-USDear Iguana,en-US I am extremely proud of receiving the John A. Penrod Brigadas en-US Award for Peace and Justice. John Penrod was a great activist en-US and humanitarian, who continues to inspire us to follow his exen-US-en-US ample of a decent, intentional life. There are many activists and en-US groups who work on causes in the Alachua County community. en-US I would like to highlight the work of two of those groups that I en-US have worked with, to point out the importance of group solidarity. en-US The 130 Meal Limit campaign sought to end the limit on the numen-US -en-US ber of hungry folks who could eat at St. Francis. It was a beautiful en-US en-US -en-US ists who worked on this campaign. The ISO and ISO members en-US like Katie Walters, a past Penrod winner, were instrumental in en-US ending this inhumane practice of not providing food for more than en-US 130 people per day. en-US I got involved because I volunteer in the kitchen at St. Francis, en-US and it dehumanized not only those who were turned away, but en-US was dispiriting to all who saw hungry people turned away. Memen-US -en-US bers of the Central Labor Council, Veterans for Peace and the Laen-US -en-US bor Party also kept the pressure on those who had the power to en-US overturn this inhumane ordinance. en-US I got involved in the Labor Party because of my friend Kimberly en-US Hunter, another Penrod winner, who was a staff person for the en-US en-US with, the Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice. I joined the en-US Labor Party because I wanted to support Kimberly and also I en-US liked that the Labor Party had become actively involved in supen-US -en-US porting labor issues such as the teachers demonstrations against en-US cuts to education funding. en-US The Labor Party is now putting their resources into helping pass en-US the Wage Theft Ordinance in Alachua County, which was another en-US example of a group of committed folks who came together, used en-US the different skills they had to wage a beautiful campaign.Victory en-US is sweet. en-US Decades ago when I was organizing during an eight-year farm en-US worker-led boycott campaign in rainy Washington State, we all en-US came out twice a week for boycott activities because we knew that en-US our friends were getting soaked in the freezing cold. We didnt en-US want them to be out there by themselves. This is what organizing en-US means to me, standing with my comrades in the struggle, together. en-US I am so honored to be the Penrod Award winner this year, but reen-US -en-US ally I can think of dozens of folks that I have worked with in the en-US en-US award for all of our grinding, focused advocacy work. I accept en-US this honor on behalf of all of us.en-US Thank you to the Labor Party, Veterans for Peace and United Facen-US -en-US ulty of Florida for sponsoring this award.en-US Dont give up, dont give in, love and support each other, we can en-US do it together. Thank you, Sheila Payne, 2013 Penr od Award Winner en-USLetter to editors from Penrod winner THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 3 en-USFrom the publisher ...en-US en-USby Joe Courteren-US Self-radicalization is a term that came to the en-US fore after the Boston Marathon bombing; the big en-US question of how these two young men could, on en-US their own, come up with the rationalization to do en-US such an awful act on their own. It is a concept en-US that troubles people when they contemplate the en-US wide range of information available on the Interen-US -en-US net which can deviate from the accepted norms en-US and narrative of our society and culture. And of en-US course we can see examples of behavior based en-US on a set of constructed principles that groups and en-US individuals adopt and act upon. That is normal en-US human behavior. There is always the chance that en-US the normal human behavior of forming or adopten-US-en-US ing some paradigm to live by will, in some people, be taken to the extreme en-US en-US complete devotion to one form of music over all others, or one religion over all others; en-US it is also what we humans do. Very troubling here is where American Exceptionalism en-US en-US One of the quite-neglected skills that our U.S. culture lacks is critical thinking; it is en-US not emphasized in schools, and our media, with its bi-polar form of discussion, make en-US en-US we argue shading within that narrow paradigm. There is a hubris that develops and a en-US closing of the mind to alternatives. Taken further, there is a hostility that can develop en-US to those who do accept a different point of view. We can see no better example than the en-US hostility to single-payer healthcare, a practice most of the world uses. It is, as Obama en-US said, off the table.en-US I believe there is a very healthy form of self-radicalization, and that is when the en-US blinders come off, and through study and critical thinking, you can see that things can en-US be another way. Thats what the slogan of the World Social forum meant by Another en-US World is Possible. Thats what the founding fathers thought when they threw off Briten-US -en-US ish colonialism.en-US en-US religion or politics is rude and unseemly, that mindset that chants USA, USA, USA. en-US The unquestioning patriotism that leads to our U.S. foreign policy, its drones and en-US occupations, its support of authoritarian rulers; that these are not being made topics of en-US debate or discussion is, to say the least, unhealthy.en-US Now, through the Internet and expanded sources of information, we do have the tools en-US for self-radicalization and critical thinking, and thats a good thing. And I hope this en-US paper helps.en-USDen-US Den-US D en-USSubscribe!en-US The Gainesville Iguanaen-US en-US en-USis Gainesville's progressive en-US events calendar & newsletter.en-USIndividuals: $15 en-US en-US (or more if you can)en-US en-US Low/No income: What you canen-US en-US Groups: $20en-US Iguana, c/o CISPLAen-US en-US P.O. Box 14712en-US en-US Gainesville, FL 32604en-USComments, suggestions, contributions en-US en-US list your event or group, contact us at: en-US(352) 378-5655en-USGainesvilleIguana@cox.neten-US en-US www.gainesvilleiguana.orgen-US en-USfacebook.com/gainesvilleiguanaen-US en-US monthly or bimonthly by volunteers en-US for 25 years. Circulation for this en-US issue is 4,500. en-US Publisher: Joe Courter en-USEditors Emeritus: Jenny Br own Mark Piotr owski en-USEditorial Board: Pierce Butler Joe Courter Beth Gr obman Jessica Newman en-USProduction work & assistance: Justine Mara Andersen Joye Barnes Robbie Czopek Annette Gilley Emily Sparr en-USDistribution: Joe Courter Marcus Dodd Bill Gilbert Jack Price en-USAuthors & photographers have sole credit, en-US responsibility for, and rights to their en-US work. Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl en-US Harrison. Printed on recycled paper.
PAGE 4, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 en-US2013 Peace Poetry Contesten-USby Jessica Newmanen-US The 4th Annual Peace Poetry Contest, organized by Gainesen-US -en-US ville Veterans for Peace, was a great success this year with en-US more than 230 total entries and 32 winners from grades 1. en-US The Public Reading for the winners took place on May 11 at en-US the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.en-US Below is the 1st Place poem for grades 1 by Caden Kresak, en-US a 4th grader from Archer Elementary School.en-US You can read all of the winning poems at the Veterans for en-US Peace website at vfpgainesville.org. You can also see a video en-US of the Public Reading there, thanks to the Samuel Proctor Oral en-US History Program. en-USD If We Try If there are no boundaries Between north and south, west and east And we all share the land, Then we can all live in peace If we help one another Aid the poor spread the feast And we all share Earth s goods Then we can all live in peace If we can agree to disagree The whole world sign a treaty And we use words not weapons, Then we can all live in peace All the violence has ceased If we all accept our neighbors, Then we can all live in peace en-USCaden Kresak, 4th Grade, Archer Elementary School 1st Place, Grades 1 en-US#1 in Adenas CUP application en-US dated April 15, 2013 that 49.3 en-US MGD is needed for the project. en-US This raises concern that Adena en-US en-US increase the permitted amount en-US to make the project economien-US -en-US cally feasible.en-US The Adena application has en-US been reduced from an original en-US request for 13.26 to 5.3 MGD. en-US The SJRWMDs issuance of en-US en-US these days of streamlined permitting for agricultural permits and en-US is indicative of WATs positive impact. Adena is now preparing an en-US application for an Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) to aden-US -en-US en-US en-US -en-US cially designated Outstanding Florida Water. SJRWMD staff have en-US assured WAT attorney John R. Thomas that no CUP will be issued en-US until the Environmental Resource Permit is processed.en-US WATs simultaneous participation in SJRWMDs development of en-US Minimum Flows and Levels (MFL) for Silver Springs and DEPs en-US development of a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) ties en-US in closely with their review of the Adena project. MFLs are set to en-US en-US over consumption and BMAPs are to address high levels of nutrien-US-en-US ents at the springs. WAT believes Adenas impacts to water quality en-US at Silver Springs must be considered in the BMAP. en-US en-US Silver Springs in the range of 1.6 MGD to 3.1 MGD. WAT experts en-US note that this range exceeds the amount of water SJRWMD has en-US en-US -en-US tion later this year. Adena has not done a full accounting of where en-US the requested 5.3 MGD will come from.en-US WAT works throughout the permitting process with an eye toward en-US defending their position in court if necessary. A more rigorous reen-US -en-US view of the Adena permit than many thought possible is being en-US done by SJRWMD. WAT believes the original permit for 13.2 en-US MGD would have been granted in April 2012 if their professional, en-US independent review had not come to bear.en-US Adena has until Sept. 16, 2013, to respond to the third RAI letter en-US or to request an extension to the response time frame. When the en-US application is considered complete, District staff will determine en-US if the requested allocation of water meets District permitting crien-US -en-US teria.en-US Tax deductible donations to the Water Protection Fund at Southen-US-en-US en-US used to support WATs science and legal teams. Contributions can en-US be made at www.southernlegal.org or mailed to SLC/WPF, 1229 en-US NW 13th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601. en-US Prior to the permit application being received, District staff met en-US with the applicant to discuss their plans. The applicant originally en-US discussed applying for a permit to withdraw 27 MGD, but that en-US amount was reduced to 13.267 MGD after meeting with District en-US staff. The application currently under review is for 5.3 MGD for en-US agricultural and livestock uses. The responses that the District reen-US -en-US ceived to its RAIs on Dec. 14, 2012, and April 18, 2013, are availen-US -en-US SPRINGS, from p. 1en-US able in the RAIs section of the permit application web page here en-US https://permitting.sjrwmd.com.en-US For more information contact Karen Ahlers at email@example.com-US en-US org or call 352-546-3560. Visit www.wateractionteam.org. en-USDen-USCitizens protest outside the newly constructed IFAS Frank Stronach Plant Science Center in Citra. Adena Springs Ranch owner Stronach donated $1.4 million to IFAS. Photo by Mark Long.
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 5 en-USBy Arupa Freemanen-US en-US Freemans blog, Vermont and Other States of Mind veren-US -en-US montandotherstatesofmind.blogspot.com. en-USthe green and fragrant lawn of a Bennington College professor, en-US in a little cul de sac where the neighborhood children ran from en-US yard to yard, blown along by the Tao of childhood. I was four en-US years old. I suddenly saw a black child, a boy about seven. I was en-US absolutely thunderstruck with amazement. I walked straight up en-US to him and said, What happened to you? The professors wife en-US pounced on me and pulled me off to a far corner of the yard.en-US She got up in my face, her hands on my shoulders, and said, en-US Jeremy is a little negro boy. You must always be nice to him en-US and never say anything about him being negro or about how he en-US looks. Do you understand? You must promise me.en-US Yes Maam. I promise.en-US I later learned that Jeremy was a Herald Tribune Sunshine Fund en-US child. That now-defunct New York City newspaper sent low-en-US income inner city kids to Vermont every summer, to give them a vacation out of the city. Another reason for incessant nice en-US-en-US nesson top of being disabled and having some kind of skin en-US condition, Jeremy was poor.en-US en-US at least on the rare occasions a person of color appeared among en-US us. Everyone was nice. Vermont did at least have a long history en-US of support for civil rights. The house I lived in was over a hunen-US -en-US dred years old and was believed to have been a station on the en-US Underground Railroad. It was said that, after the passage of the en-US Fugitive Slave Act, black persons on their way to Canada were en-US hidden in our coal bin, down in the cellar. en-US en-US coal that would still have the lacy imprint of a fossil fern. While en-US I was there, I would lay full length in the coal and imagine that en-US I heard the dogs of the slave traders baying in the distance. I en-US would tremble and pray to be delivered, and compliment myen-US -en-US self on my incredible courage. By this time I was eight and en-US knew that being black was not a disability or a skin condition.en-US In June 1963, after I graduated from high school, my granden-US-en-US mother, who had raised me, sent me to Oklahoma to live with en-US day there I picked up a copy of the newspaper, The Daily Okla en-US-en-US homan. On the front page was a story reporting that the Oklaen-US -en-US homa State Legislature was having a formal debate on whether en-US or not Heaven is integrated. Much like our own legislature here en-US in Florida, this deliberative body was not made up of rocket en-US scientists. This debate was occasioned by civil disturbances in Oklahoma en-USCity, by black teenagers who wanted to be allowed to go to the en-US citys amusement park, where they had ferris wheels, a roller coaster, whack-a-mole games, cotton candy.... Black kids were en-USnot allowed to go in and enjoy these delights. They formed en-US groups, described in the newspaper as mobs, who tried to en-USRacism: A Personal Memoiren-USrush the gates of the park, described by the paper as riots. en-US I couldnt imagine why anyone would want to keep kids of en-US any color out of an amusement park. More evidence that I was growing up on Planet Crazy, a place run by the inmates. en-USI got a job that summer working for a temp agency called Manen-US -en-US power. They sent me to a textbook publishing company to run en-US en-US -en-US gress had passed a fair employment act, stating that companies en-US en-US day of a grownup job in the grownup world, I walked in to a en-US en-US hung a sign:en-US WORK WITH VIGORen-US OR YOULL BE REPLACEDen-US BY A N****R!en-US It was a lousy summer. My home life was fairly questionable, en-USand the temperatures stayed over the hundred-degree mark for en-US most of July and August. The District Attorney offered to give a en-US medal to an old white man who defended his convenience store en-US by shooting a Native American boy, a sixteen-year-old, in the en-US back because this child was trying to steal a sox-pack of beer. I en-US en-US lines, and got through that summer of 1963. In the Fall of 1963, I enrolled at the University of Oklahoma. en-USen-US -en-US ety, and started doing actions to integrate clubs and restaurants en-US around campus. I particularly remember one blind date I went en-US on, to a popular bar called Louies. en-US The owner, Louie, looked like a classic Oklahoma redneck, en-US straight out of central casting. No one had ever seen a black paen-US -en-US tron at this bar. I was assigned to go there on a date with a black en-US kid from OUs basketball team. I am a horizontally challenged en-US en-US well over six feet tall. We looked like Wilt the Stilt and Shirley en-US Temple out for a night on the town. We were served beer and en-US fries just like everyone else. Either Louie recognized a set up en-US when he saw one, or maybe he wasnt such a bad old boy. I was en-US disappointed that we didnt get thrown out. I loved drama.en-US Maya Angelou once said that racism is like a cobweb that you en-US walk into, or more that you are born into. You keep pulling it en-US off, this strand and that strand, but you can never get all of it. en-US Over the years, since my debut as a civil rights activist, I found en-USThe black guy sitting next to me slipped his hand under my skirt en-US and stroked my knee. No worse than that, but still unwelcome. en-US He stared straight forward as if I didnt exist, and I sat frozen. If en-US he had been a white guy I would have decked him, but I didnt en-US dare risk an incident where I would come off as a racist white en-US girl accusing a black guy of something. I just never sat next to en-US See RACISM, p. 6
PAGE 6, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 him again. en-USWhen I started dating black guys, I was en-US amazed to discover that they could be en-US jerks, just like their white counterparts. en-US I had bought into positive stereotypes en-US about how all black guys are deep and en-US full of soul and poetry. Even in my thiren-US -en-US ties, when I moved to the south, I rememen-US -en-US en-US black shoes, white socks, thick glasses en-US and a pen protector in his shirt pocket. I en-US was surprised. Even black guys who are en-US jerks are cool, or had been in my limited en-US experience.en-US I joined the coalition of artists who ran en-US the Acrosstown Repertory Theater, a en-US grassroots, cross-cultural theater where en-US I found myself working along side black en-US artists from the community, as well as in en-US theater projects based in the gay and lesen-US -en-US bian community. en-US I found out that theres a lot more to inen-US -en-US tegration than wearing slogan t-shirts en-US and marching in parades. Its in actually en-US working with people that the old resenten-US -en-US ments and old stereotypes strands of en-US the cobwebcome to light and can be en-US eradicated. en-US It also takes accommodation. When en-US Kathy Freeperson and I put on large en-US shows involving straight and lesbian en-US women, black women, working class en-US women and single mothers, we discoven-US -en-US ered that having onsite child care was a en-US necessity. en-US Also, providing transportation to those en-US who didnt have it. Far too many amazing en-US artists go unrecognized and unchallenged because of such barriers to participation. en-USIf you do what it takes to give these arten-US-en-US ists a chance, the results are rich and varien-US -en-US ous.en-US It is no different in the business of proen-US-en-US viding services to homeless and hungry en-US people. At 68 Im still pulling off strands en-US of the cobweb. en-US en-US until the day I found myself doing it. en-US I realized thatall unconsciouslyI thought a young black homeless guy was en-USmore likely to sell a donated tent to buy en-US crack than other demographics. In realen-US -en-US ity, I could name a couple of old white en-US homeless women who have sold tents for en-US crack. en-US That experience, of me doing racial proen-US -en-US en-US -en-US sciousness. I discovered that to stay out en-US of the cobweb I have to be with another en-US human being in the moment, tuned in to en-US en-US no other in the universe. en-USDen-USen-USby Joe Courteren-US So what can be said about the Mayors en-US race in Gainesville? Disappointing, en-US heck yeah, but not a surprise. en-US Through the culmination of many facen-US -en-US tors, Craig Lowe was a very much en-US weakened candidate, quite sad and en-US en-US in others. Ed Braddy, on the other hand, en-US was able to capitalize on all the anti-en-US biomass fervor to build a motivated coen-US -en-US alition, use his own talents as a public en-US speaker and sound bite artist, and utilize en-US a backlash against Lowe to score a win.en-US But that win was an interesting split, en-US with the eastern districts (1 & 4) goen-US -en-US ing for Lowe and the west (2 & 3) for en-US Braddy. en-US For progressive-minded folks, this is en-US en-US Bottchers district, and she will be up en-US for re-election in the next cycle, along en-US with Todd Chase (conservative NW disen-US -en-US trict 2), and then an at-large open race en-US as Thomas Hawkins is term-limited. en-US The balance of power hasnt shifted en-US yet; its still Gainesville and not Braden-US -en-US dyville, but it ought to be a wake-up call en-US to progressive-minded folks. And with en-US Braddy as Mayor, there will be a very en-US interesting new dynamic to the meeten-US -en-US ings; hes smart, both quick-witted and en-US abrasive, and a committed libertarian en-US free-marketeer. It will be a challenging en-US situation for all involved.en-US There is also a nasty situation due to a en-US perceived slight within some in the Afen-US -en-US rican-American community and allies en-US over a ham-handed large donation that en-US came into Craig Lowes campaign from en-US the Florida Democratic Party during the en-US late stage of the primary while fellow en-US Democrat Scherwin Henry was still in en-US the race, followed by another controen-US -en-US versy over a Democratic Black Caucus en-US decision to work for Republican Braden-US -en-US dy over Lowe, which has also caused en-US bad blood within the local Democratic en-US Party. en-US As Will Rogers said, I belong to no en-US organized party, Im a Democrat. en-US Stay tuned... en-USD en-USRACISM, from p. 5
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 7 en-USGainesville organizes for immigration reform,en-US en-USby Liz Getzmanen-US A group of local residents and organizations gathered at en-US Gainesvilles Mennonite Meeting House on Tuesday, May 7, to en-US continue organizing a coalition on immigration reform within en-US the Third Congressional District of Florida. en-US Organized by Gainesvilles Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant en-US Justice, and under the leadership of Marihelen Wheeler, en-US former Democratic primary candidate for Floridas House en-US en-US Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in en-US en-US directly with Ted Yoho, U.S. Representative for the Third en-US Congressional District.en-US Edwin Enciso, organizer for Comprehensive Immigration en-US Reform (CIR) NOW, a Florida-based group that advocates en-US for state and national immigration reform, joined residents en-US Tuesday evening to help organize the Immigration Summit en-US en-US Church in Marion County (15096 NW Highway 225, en-US en-US According to Enciso, district teams such as the Third en-US Congressional Districts coalition are needed to pressure en-US congressional representatives to advocate for reform.en-US We may see regressive forces rally this summer just as en-US we saw happen to health care in 2009 if we fail to obtain en-US enough congressional pledges of support now, Enciso says.en-US According to the Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice, en-US the district coalition is non-partisan and open to individuals en-US of all political spectrums. Additional organizations that en-US have pledged support include the National Farm Worker en-US Ministry, the Alachua County Democratic Women, the en-US Florida Farm Bureau, and Alachua Countys League of en-US Women Voters (LWV).en-US The League of Women Voters strongly supports comprehensive en-US immigration reform, said Kathy Kidder of the Alachua en-US en-US into the United States, including programs allowing workers en-US en-US documents and employer sanctions for hiring unauthorized en-US workers, improved safeguards against illegal immigration, and en-US reforms that meet U.S. business and employment needs should en-US also be part of the legislation.en-US Dr. Samuel Trickey, a board member and past president of en-US National Farm Worker Ministry, said, The agricultural en-US guest worker provisions in the proposed Comprehensive en-US Immigration Reform were negotiated by authentic farm en-US worker groups, led by United Farm Workers. National Farm en-US Worker Ministry is pleased to support that. Its far better than en-US a rerun of the old bracero program, which would have been en-US utterly wrong and unjust.en-US Janell Hendren, National Affairs Director for the Florida en-US Farm Bureau, agreed that the guest worker provision is fair en-US to both farm workers and their employers. She said Florida en-US Farm Bureau is committed to the comprehensive immigration en-US reform package in the Senate bill.en-US To learn more about the coalition, contact the Interfaith en-US Alliance for Immigrant Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org-US com. en-USD en-USSecond store en-US aten-US 5011 NW en-US 34th St. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs A special thanks to our sponsor:352-334-ARTS GvlCulturalAffairs.orgAll shows subject to change.2013 Concert Series Schedule5/24 Gainesville Community Jazz Band Jazz 6/7 Little Jake Mitchell & The Soul Searchers Blues 6/14 Wester Josephs Stereo Vudu Rock/Vudu Rawk/Ska 6/21 Fast Lane R&B/Soul/Funk 6/28 De Lions of Jah Reggae 7/5 All American Song Fest Songs about America
PAGE 8, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 en-USby Joe Courteren-US Jeremy Scahill has become one of the inen-US -en-US vestigative journalists of our times. en-US From his humble beginnings as a stringer en-US on Amy Goodmans Democracy Now! (I en-US was recently told Amy actually hired him en-US out of her own pocket initially), he hit maen-US -en-US jor recognition with his 2007 book Blacken-US-en-US water, on the private mercenary army so en-US heavily involved in the Bush war efforts en-US in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, even en-US New Orleans post-Katrina.en-US Now Scahill is out with his new book, en-US en-US and it a riveting chronology of the exen-US -en-US panding war footprint the U.S. is making en-US in the Middle East and Africa, and the reen-US-en-US sulting blowback of these actions, espeen-US-en-US cially the use of drones and the impact of en-US the civilian killings they repeatedly cause. en-US Additionally, the documentary movie, en-US also called Dirty Wars, will be released in en-US June; it follows Scahill as he goes around en-US the worlds hot spots to report and interen-US -en-US view on-the-scene and sometimes under en-US en-US Below are some links to Jeremy Scahill en-US on Democracy Now! and on Tavis Smien-US -en-US leys PBS show, and a related link to a Yeen-US -en-US en-US impact a drone attack had on his village. en-US This is the new way of war, and no one is en-US revealing it like Jeremy Scahill.en-US en-US en-US Expanding Drone Attacksen-US http://en-US www.democracynow.org/2013/4/24/the_en-US en-US Tavis Smiley Interview with Invesen-US-en-US tigative Journalist Jeremy Scahill en-US http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/en-US interviews/investigative-journalist-jereen-US -en-US my-scahill/en-US en-US-en-US limi en-US before the United States Senate Juen-US-en-US diciary Committee Subcommittee on the en-US Constitution, Civil Rights and Human en-US Rights, on April 23 regarding Drone en-US Wars: The Constitutional and Counterteren-US -en-US rorism Implications of Targeted Killing en-US http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/04-en-US 23-13Al-MuslimiTestimony.pdf. en-USDen-USDirty Wars shines a light
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 9 Every Wed. Zine W orkday, 12-2 pm Every Thu. W eekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 pm Every Thu. Poetry Jam, 9 pm Mon, May 27 Into the Fire: The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece, new en-USdocumentary about how austerity measures in Greece are negatively en-US affecting migrant workers and refugees, 7 pm Tue, May 28: W ild Iris Feminist Open Mic, 7 pm Fri, May 31: ArtW alk: Haitian Heritage Month, Photographs & Poetry by Zazou, en-USDance by Sebastien, Drumming & paintings by Adrian Rhodes, en-US 7-10pm Mon, June 3: Eyes of the Rainbow , documentary about the life of Assata Shakur, en-US7 pmen-US Mon, June 10: NOW Feminist Film, 7 pmen-US en-US -en-US tance in a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements, by en-US Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, 7 pm Wed, June 19: Intervention Skills Workshop/Discussion, 7 pm Sat, June 22: WGOT Event at CMC, check website for details Mon, June 24: Stonewall Dems Film, 7 pm Tue, June 25: W ild Iris Books Feminist Open Mic, 7 pm Thu, June 27: FREE HIV testing Fri, June 28: ArtW alk, 7 10 pm Mon, July 1: The Central Park Five, documentary that examines the 1989 case en-USen-US woman in NYCs Central Park, 7 pm Mon, July 8: NOW Feminist Film, 7 pm Mon, July 15: Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County present: Angels in Amer en-US-en-US ica Chapters 5 and 6, award winning miniseries, set in 1985, about en-US two couples facing the AIDS epidemic during the Reagan administraen-US -en-US tion, 7 pm Tue, July 16: Deep Space Showcase Puppet Show 8 pm Wed, July 17: Intervention Skills Workshop/Discussion, 7 pm 433 S. Main Street (352) 373-0010 en-USwww.civicmediacenter.orgen-USParking just to the south at SE 5th Ave., (see sign) or en-US after 7 p.m. at the courthouse (just north of 4th Ave.) or en-US GRU (2 blocks east of CMC)en-US Check website for details and additional events.en-USCivic Media Center Events en-US en-US May/June 2013en-USen-USen-USIn mid-June, the Hippodrome Cinema en-US will show The Reluctant Fundamentalen-US -en-US ist, taken from the novel of the same en-US name by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. en-US It tells the story of the impact that the 9/11 en-US attacks had on a then-successful young en-US Pakistani working on Wall Street and how en-US he responds to both changes in American en-US society and U.S. foreign policy in the en-US years following. Check the Hippodromes en-US website thehipp.org/cinema or call 375-en-US en-US And congrats to the Hippodrome for 40 en-US (!) years of bringing cultural enrichment en-US to our community. Theyve come a long en-US way from an old Seven-Eleven off Hawen-US -en-US thorne Road.en-USD en-USWild Iris is en-US still coming!en-USSo here we are heading into summer, en-US and were still waiting for the new en-US space to be ready. We hope youve en-US been following us on Facebook and en-US online where were posting pictures en-US of the progress. While we have some en-US downtime, were getting things en-US ready behind the scenes with a fresh en-US new inventory upgrade, online stock en-US availability, creative displays, Wild en-US Iris merchandise, and signage creen-US -en-US ated by our bad-ass interns, and new en-US training modules for our amazing en-US volunteers.en-US In the meantime, dont forget that en-US you can support us by shopping onen-US -en-US line at wildirisbooks.com were en-US still offering free domestic shipping en-US on any order over $25, and weve en-US got millions of print and e-books to en-US choose from. Find us in the social en-US networking world you like the most, en-US sign up for our newsletter and stay in en-US touch.en-US Well also continue to host Feminist en-US Open Mic in The Courtyard, last en-US Tuesday night of every month from en-US 7:30-9pm, poets, musicians and all en-US creative types welcome.en-USD
PAGE 10, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 Notice to readers: If there is en-USinaccurate information in this en-US list, please let us know. If you are en-US connected to an organization listed en-US here, please check and update so en-US en-US en-US Thank you.en-US en-US is a group for artists who are en-US continually expanding their skills and en-US knowledge. Comprised of makers from en-US various backgrounds encompassing a wide en-US range of mediums from forged iron to spun en-US wool to graphic design. We hold technique en-US workshops, artist talks and critiques, en-US professional practices meetings and critical en-US thinking discussions. GainesvilleArtLab@en-US gmail.com. http://GainesvilleArtLab.orgen-US en-US meets en-US monthly and organizes to support local en-US labor and advance the national campaign en-US for universal, single-payer health care. en-US Annual memberships are $20/year. Please en-US contact us to join or for the most updated en-US info: FloridaLaborParty.org, ACLP@en-US FloridaLaborParty.org, 352.375.2832, 14 en-US East University Ave, Suite 204, Gainesville, en-US FL PO Box 12051, Gainesville, FL 32604en-US Aen-US en-US en-US Currently no local chapter. For info on en-US forming new chapter, or ACLU info, en-US en-US en-US Amnesty International en-USUF campus en-US chapter of worldwide human rights en-US movement; www.facebook.com/ufamnesty en-US or UFAmnesty@gmail.com.en-US Bridges Across Bordersen-US Florida-based en-US international collaboration of activists, en-US artists, students and educators supporting en-US cultural diversity and global peace. en-US en-US 485-2594, en-US en-US (Gainesville en-US Chapter) provides education and en-US activist opportunities to bring about en-US a stable climate. Meetings are the en-US en-US usually at the downtown library's en-US Foundation Room. 352-672-4327, www.en-US citizensclimatelobby.org, cclgainesville@en-US gmail.comen-US Civic Media Center en-US Alternative reading en-US room and library of the non-corporate press, en-US and a resource and space for organizing. en-US 352-373-0010, www.civicmediacenter.org. en-US The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating en-US Spanish Speakers through Advocacy en-US and Service (CHISPAS) en-USStudent-run en-US group at UF. www.chispasuf.orgen-US Code Pink: Women for Peaceen-US Women-led en-US grassroots peace and social justice movement en-US utilizing creative protest, non-violent en-US direct action and community involvement. en-US CodePink4Peace.org, email@example.com. en-US en-US en-US Floridas rural landscapes, wildlife en-US corridors and natural areas. 352-466-1178, en-US en-US Democratic Party of Alachua County en-US Meetings are held the second Wednesday en-US en-US auditorium of the County Administration en-US Building at SE 1st St. and University Ave. en-US en-US 1730, AlachuaCountyDemocraticParty.orgen-US en-US Local collective en-US to create a revolution through edible and en-US food-producing plants. 561-236-2262 en-US www.EdiblePlantProject.org.en-US en-US en-US Work to reform Florida's sentencing en-US laws and restore fairness to Florida's en-US criminal justice system. PO Box 142933, en-US Gainesville, FL 32614, firstname.lastname@example.org-US org. 352-682-2542en-US en-US An independent, critically en-US thinking outlet for political, social and arts en-US coverage through local, in-depth reporting en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US A clearinghouse for information, activities en-US and educational programs. 352-338-0766 en-US www.midwiferyschool.orgen-US en-US en-US An organization dedicated to restoring en-US the Ocklawaha and preserving Floridas en-US other natural resources. 352-378-8465 en-US FlaDefenders.orgen-US en-US provides en-US toiletries and household cleaners at no en-US cost to people living with HIV/AIDS. Hot en-US meals and limited frozen food are also en-US available at no cost, www.gaaponline.en-US org, email@example.com, 352-373-4227, en-US Open Tuesdays 10-1 and last Friday of en-US month 5-7len-US Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to en-US the Death Penaltyen-US concerned people in the en-US Gainesville area who are working to abolish en-US the death penalty in Florida. Participate in en-US vigils when Florida has an execution. Meets the en-US en-US Church and Catholic Student Center en-US (1738 W. University Ave.) 352-332-1350, en-US en-USwww.fadp.org.en-US en-US is the local en-US chapter of a loose-knit group of collectives en-US worldwide who prepare and share free, en-US vegan/vegetarian, healthy, home-cooked en-US meals, made from local surplus, with en-US all who are hungry. Meals are at 3 p.m. en-US every Sunday at Bo Diddly Community en-US Plaza. Prep starts at 11 am. Get in touch en-US if youd like to help. gainesvillefnb@en-US riseup.net. www.facebook.com/#!/en-US groups/143660782367621/en-US Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for en-US Immigrant Justice (IAIJ)en-US meets en-US biweekly to discuss relevant immigration en-US issues and ways to bring political en-US education to the community through en-US workshops, presentations, advocacy and en-US action. firstname.lastname@example.org or en-US www.gainesvilleiaij.blogspot.com en-US Gainesville Loves Mountains en-USworks in en-US partnership with Appalachian communities en-US to end mountaintop removal coal mining en-US and create a prosperous economy and en-US sustainable future for the region and its en-US people. We believe that the single, best en-US path our community can take toward en-US a stronger economy, better jobs, and a en-US healthier environment for all is energy en-US en-US for a local ordinance requiring all rental en-US en-US standards. gainesvillelovesmountains@en-US gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/en-US GainesvilleLovesMountains 352-505-2928en-US en-US The en-US en-US South, formed in 1968, the organization is en-US now part of National Womens Liberation. en-US WomensLiberation.orgen-US Graduate Assistants United en-US Union en-US that represents all UF grad assistants by en-US en-US community involvement and academic en-USIguanaen-US Directory en-USCall 352-378-5655. or email email@example.com with updates and additions
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 11 en-USen-US org, www.ufgau.orgen-US Green Partyen-US Part of worldwide en-US movement built out of four different en-US interrelated social pillars, which support en-US its politics: the peace, civil rights, en-US environmental and labor movements. en-US www.GainesvilleGreens.webs.comen-US Grow Radioen-USen-US provide the opportunity for community en-US members to create and manage unique, en-US engaging, educational, locally-generated en-US en-US and visual arts and humanities for the en-US enrichment of, but not limited to, the en-US Gainesville community. www.growradio.en-US org. PO Box 13891, Gainesville, 32604, en-US 352-219-0145 (v), 352-872-5085 (studio en-US hotline)en-US en-USen-US organization that provides emergency en-US en-US farm workers around the country. www.en-US harvestofhope.net or email: kellerhope@en-US cox.net.en-US Home Vanen-US A mobile soup kitchen that en-US goes out to homeless areas twice a week en-US with food and other necessities of life, en-US delivering about 400 meals per week; en-US operated by Citizens for Social Justice. en-US firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-372-4825.en-US Industrial Workers of the Worlden-US en-US Local union organizing all workers. en-US Meetings are at the Civic Media Center en-US en-US Gainesvilleiww@gmail.net. www. en-US gainesvilleiww.org en-US Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant en-US Justice en-US Organizing faith communities en-US to work together for immigrant justice. en-US Meets 2nd Mondays at 6 p.m. at La en-US Casita, 1504 W. University Ave. (across en-US from Library) GainesvilleIAIJ@gmail.en-US com; 352-377-6577en-US International Socialist Organizationen-US en-US Organization committed to building a en-US left alternative to a world of war, racism en-US and poverty. Meetings are every Thurs. en-US at the UF classroom building at 105 en-US NW 16th St. at 7 p.m. gainesvilleiso@en-US gmail.com.en-US Kindred Sistersen-US Lesbian/feminist en-US magazine. PO Box 141674, Gainesville, en-US FL 32614. KindredSisters@gmail.com, en-US www.kindredsisters.org.en-US en-US Program en-US needs volunteers to join its en-US corps of advocates who protect the rights en-US of elders in nursing homes, assisted en-US living facilities and adult family care en-US en-US is provided. Interested individuals en-US should call toll-free (888) 831-0404 or en-US visit the programs Web site at http://en-US en-US en-US Human en-US rights group for psychiatric survivors en-US and mental health consumers. 352-328-en-US 2511.en-US National Alliance on Mental Illness en-US (NAMI)en-US Support, education and advocacy en-US for families and loved ones of persons with en-US mental illness/brain disorders. 374-5600. en-US ext. 8322; www.namigainesville.org. en-US National Lawyers Guild en-USLawyers, law en-US students, legal workers and jailhouse en-US lawyers using the law to advance social en-US justice and support progressive social en-US movements. email@example.com en-US or www.nlg.orgen-US National Organization for Womenen-US en-US Gainesville Area en-US www.gainesvillenow.en-US org. info@gainesvilleNOW.org NOW en-US meeting info contact Lisa at 352-450-1912. en-US Planned Parenthood Clinicen-US Full-en-US service medical clinic for reproductive en-US and sexual health care needs. Now en-US offering free HIV and free pregnancy en-US testing daily from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 en-US p.m.. Located at 914 NW 13th Street.en-US Pride Community Center of North en-US en-US Resources for the gay/en-US lesbian community, open M-F, 3-7, en-US Sat. noon-4 p.m.. Located at 3131 NW en-US 13th St., Suite 62. 352-377-8915, www.en-US GainesvillePride.org. en-US Protect Gainesville Citizensen-US en-US Group whose mission is to provide en-US Gainesville residents with accurate and en-US comprehensible information about the en-US Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. 352-354-en-US 2432, www.protectgainesville.org. en-US en-US provides innovative ways to resolve en-US en-US serives like mediation, communication en-US skill building and restorative justice. en-US www. cemterforpeacebuilding.org. 2603 en-US NW 13th St. #333, 352-234-6595 en-US en-USen-US of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the en-US Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of en-US Gainesville 4225 NW 34th St. 352-en-US 528-3751, www.ssjsierra.orgen-US Sister City Program of Gainesvilleen-US en-USLinks Gainesville with sister cities in en-US Russia, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, and en-US en-US month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mennonite en-US Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Avenue en-US (across from Gainesville HS). For en-US more information, see: http://www.en-US gnvsistercities.org.en-US en-US A en-US network of youth organizing with en-US farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop en-US conditions and modern-day slavery en-US en-US search Gainesville Student/Farmworker en-US Alliance.en-US Students for a Democratic Societyen-US en-US Multi-issue student and youth en-US organization working to build power en-US in our schools and communities. en-US Meetings are every Monday at 6:30 en-US p.m. in Anderson Hall 32 on the UF en-US campus.en-US en-US Group of gay, en-US lesbian, bi and straight students & non-en-US students, faculty and staff. www.grove.en-US en-US en-US Union en-US represents faculty at Univeristy of en-US Florida. 392-0274, firstname.lastname@example.org, en-US en-US www.UFF-UF.org. en-US United Nations Association, en-US en-US Our en-US purpose is to heighten citizen awareness en-US and knowledge of global problems and en-US the United Nations efforts to deal with en-US en-US United Way Information and Referral. en-US Human-staffed computer database for en-US resources and organizations in Alachua en-US County. 352-332-4636 or simply 211.en-US Veterans for Peaceen-US Anti-war en-US organization that works to raise en-US awareness of the detriments of militarism en-US and war as well as to seek alternatives en-US that are peaceful and effective. Meetings en-US en-US at 7 p.m.. 352-375-2563, www.afn.en-US en-US en-US Community low-en-US power station operating as part of the Civic en-US Media Center. email@example.com, en-US en-US www.wgot.org.en-USD
! CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. !! Blues Pioneers featuring Willie Green at Thomas Center Spanish Court (306 NE 6th Ave), 6:30 pm.Raisin in the Sun nal weekend at Actors Warehouse, 608 N. Main St; info: actorswarehouse.org Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm. !! Morning Yoga at CMC, !! 7 am every Wednesday.Free condential walk-in HIV testing at Alachua County Health Dept, 224 SE 24th St, 9 am pm, M-F; & at Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St, 4 pm on 1st & 3rd Thurs; info: 334-7961.Zine Workday, CMC, noon pm every Weds.Downtown Farmers Market every Wed, Dntn Plaza, 4-7 pm; !Edible Plant Project, 2nd Weds.Move to Amend meets, Pride Ctr, 6 pm, every Wednesday.Anti-imperialist Bible Study, Mennonite House, 7 pm Weds thru 7/3; also international & crosscultural movies (call 377-6577 for titles), 7 pm Weds thru Aug 28. ! CMC Volunteers meet !! every Thursday, 5:30 pm.Bullyproof Your Child Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St, 6 pm.Internatl Socialist Org. meets Thursdays, 7 pm, 105 NW 16th St.Green Party meets, CMC, 7 pm. Open Poetry every Thursday at CMC, 9 pm: Gvls longest-running poetry jam, open to all; informal & welcoming to both readers & listeners. !! Food Not Bombs makes !! free vegan/vegetarian meals Suns: prep starts 11 am: firstname.lastname@example.org.Moyers & Company on WUFTTV, Sundays, 1 pm.Fla Coalition for Peace & Justice weekly potluck & ecovillage tour, 4 pm: fcpj.org.\21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 31 June 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22Sunday Domingo Monday Lunes Tuesday Martes Wednesday Miercoles Thursday Jueves Friday Viernes Saturday Sabado Radio Notes: Find schedules for WUFT, WGOT, and Grow Radio, our local non-corporate stations, at www.s wuft.org, wgot.org, & growradio.org respectively. WGOT is a part-time over-the-air broadcast; and like Grow radio is streamed on the internet. More info on local independent radio on pg 21. On the music side of things, those on the east side or with antennas might appreciate the music on Jacksonvilles public radio station at 89.9 FM, ranging from acoustic to electronic, jazz and blues, in an eclectic and pleasant mix in the evenings and night. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY RADIO! The Gainesville IguanaIguana, c/o CISPLA, P.O. Box 14712, Gainesville, FL 32604 (352) 378-5655 www.gainesvilleiguana.org! MayJune! MayoJunio! Alachua County Comm meets see 5/28. IWW meets 1st Sundays, CMC, 6 pm, Womens Movie Night, 1st Sundays, 7 pm, Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St. !! !! Feminist Film tba presented !! by NOW, CMC, 7 pm. Alachua County Comm meets; see 5/28.Alachua County Labor Party meets: 6:30 pm, ACEA Hall; info, 375-2832.Free HIV testing, 4th Tuesdays, CMC, 6:30 pm.Wild Iris Feminist Open Mic Night, CMC Courtyard, 7 pm. !! 5 Broken Cameras (Oscar!! nominated Palestinian doc on nonviolent resistance in West Bank), CMC, 433 S. Main St, 7 pm. CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm. ! !! DEC meets, County !! Commission meeting room, 2nd Weds, 7 pm.!Veterans for Peace meet, 7 pm: call 352-375-2563 for directions. WGOT Benet w/ high school !! bands at 1982 (919 NW Univ Ave), $5, 8 pm.Gvl Community Jazz Band at Free Friday concert, Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza, 8 pm see pg 7.Dollar Dance Party for Church of Holy Colors parking lot fund, CMC, $1, 10 pm (also on Sat, 10 pm). ! Citizens Climate !!! Lobby meets 1st Saturdays, downtown library, noon.Immigration Summit, Faireld Presbyterian Church, 15096 NW County Rd 225, Marion County, 1 pm.Veg For Life vegan potluck, UUFG, $1+veg dish, 6:30 pm.25! WGOT benet, CMC, details !! tba at civicmediacenter.org.The Currys play Sandhill Stage, Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Rd 234, $20, 8 pm. !! Avenue Q opens at Hipp, !! 7 pm see thehipp.org.Much Ado About Doris: Improv Comedy at Lightnin Salvage. CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. !! Open Poetry, Thursdays at CMC, 9 pm. !! Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5:30 !! pm, UF Plaza of Americas.Gay Movie Night last Fridays, Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St, $2, 7:30 pm.Artwalk all over town & especially down at S. Main arts & culture center, 7 pm.The String Kings rock at Free Friday concert, Bo Diddley Plaza, 8 pm.Greenland Is Melting and Antique Animals (Jax) at The Atlantic. !! Peoples Heath Conf, UF Health !! Professions Complex, 5 pm & Sat, 8 am pm; info, 273-2167.Transgender Movie Night, 2nd Fridays, 7 pm, Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13 St.Wester Josephs Stereo Vudu, Free Friday, Bo Diddley Plaza, 8 pm. !! Alachua County !! Comm meets, 2nd & 4th Tues, 9 am & 5 pm, County Admin Bldg; citizens comment, 9:30 am & 5:30 pm.Free HIV testing, 4th Tuesdays, CMC, 6:30 pm.Wild Iris Feminist Open Mic Night, CMC Courtyard, 7 pm. !! Memorial Mile Final Day !! walk it, drive it, bike it but see it and reect on the cost of war: NW 8th Ave, E of NW 34th St.Into the Fire: Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece at CMC, 7 pm. For more events, event details, and irregularly updated calendar entries, see www.gainesvilleiguana.org/calendar. County Farmers Mkt on N 441 by Hwy Patrol Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 amnoon. Morning Yoga, 9 am at CMC, 433 S. Main St, every Tuesday.School Board meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 620 E Univ Ave, 6 pm: see sbac.edu.PFLAG monthly meeting at United Church, 7 pm. Free Organic Farming Work! shop, 17603 NW 276th Lane, Alachua, 9 am; registration required: foginfo.org or 352-363-1093.Transportation meeting: County Admin Bldg, 5 pm; info: 955-2200.Eyes of the Rainbow (Assata Shakur documentary), CMC, 7 pm: see pg 16. Christians & Muslims read Koran together, Emmanuel Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 10 am, 2nd & 4th Saturdays..Kids Music & Food Festival, Forage Farm, 7204 SE CR 234, $15 (kids under 5 free), 1 pm contact email@example.com. !! Stonewall Democrats, !! 901 NW 8th Ave, 6 pm, 4th Wednesdays. Keep up with the CMC at www.civicmediacenter.org for events created after this calendar was printed, and into the future (also see pg 9). 25 23 29 27 24 28 26!! Stonewall Democrats lm !! showing at CMC, 7 pm. !! Humanists meet, UUFG, !! 4225 NW 34th St, 7 pm.Intervention Skills Workshop, CMC, 7 pm. !! Juneteenth Celebration, Fred !! Cone Park (2841 E. Univ Ave): music, food, speakers 10am pm.Gvl Roller Rebels All-Stars vs Duval Derby Dames, Alachua County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 7:30 pm.Other Voices sing at Sandhill Stage, $15, 8 pm. FULL MOON !! If you appreciate this !! calendar, please consider supporting the Ig with a donation &/or subscription: PO Box 14712, Gainesville FL 32604. Please support Citizens Co-op, a growing community resource. Shop Co-op rst & keep your $$$ local! (see ad, pg 23) IGUANA Deadline for JulyAug issue is July 3rd; write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 378-5655 with events, updates, advertisements & info. !! Critical Mass see 5/31. !! Gay Movie Night see 5/31. Artwalk see 5/31. De Lions of Jah play Bo Diddley Plaza Free Friday concert, 8 pm. Wine Tasting Benet for mental illness recovery, The Doris (716 N. Main St), $50 & up, 5 pm.Little Jake Mitchell & the Soul Searchers at Free Friday concert, Bo Diddley Plaza, 8 pm.magnet magnet School Board, 6 pm. CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. !! Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm.National HIV Testing Day: Free HIV testing, CMC, noon pm. Whether here or anywhere: please support live music! !! Memorial Mile & Peace Rib!! bon at NW 8th Ave & 34th St see pg 1 & vfpgainesville.org.March Against Monsanto signmaking at Harn Museum, 1 pm; leaves for Publix, 2 pm; see pg 21.Alternative Radio by David Barsamian airs Saturdays on WGOT, 4 pm.Gvl Roller Rebels v. Greenville Derby Dames, Skate Stn, 7:30 pm.InFest art & music showcase, The Jam (817 W. Univ Ave), $7, Sat & Sun. !! CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.!! Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm. ! Fast Lane brings the funk to !! Bo Diddley Plaza for Free Friday series, 8 pm. July 1 4 3 6 30 2 5!! Operation Catnip Spay !! Day, 8 pm see facebook.com/operationcatnip. Veterans for Peace meet, 7 pm. All American Song Fest, Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza: free, 8 pm.!CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. !Sierra Club may meet at UUFG, 7:30 pm: see ssjsierra.org.Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm. Veg For Life vegan potluck, UUFG, $1+veg dish, 6:30 pm. FULL MOONTOWEL DAY MEMORIAL DAY JUNETEENTH BLOOMSDAY INDEPENDENCE DAY SUMMER SOLSTICE ! School Board, 6 pm.!! PFLAG 3rd-Monday meeting at United Church, 1624 NW 5th Ave, 7 pm. !!! The Central Park 5, !!! CMC, 7 pm. There will doubtless be events scheduled that arent on this calendar at press time: check various websites and listings, and support events in our wonderfully active community. 1904: Fats Waller born. 1951: Al Franken born. 1934: Police kill Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow. 1979: Tom Petty files bankruptcy. 1961: Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi. 1964: Barry Goldwater proposes nuking Vietnam. 1647: 1st Witch hanged in Salem, Mass. 1926: Norma Jean Marilyn Monroe Mortensen (or Baker) born. 1863: Harriet Tubman & 300 Black US Soldiers free 750 slaves. 1865: Last Confederate Army surrenders. 1906: Josephine Baker born. 1989: Tienanmen Square Protesters massacred. 1884: 1st Roller Coaster opens in Coney Island, NY. 1921: Hermann Rorschach debuts his blots. 1933: 1st Drive-in Movie Theater opens, in Camden, NJ. 1848: Paul Gauguin born. 1891: Cole Porter born. 1910: Chester Arthur Howlin Wolf Burnett born. 1928: Maurice Sendak born. 1898: US Marines land at Guantanamo, Cuba. 1979: Marion Michael John Wayne Morrison dies. 1929: Anne Frank born. 1967: US Supreme Court bans laws against interracial marriage in Loving v. Va case. 1865: William Butler Yeats born. 1971: NY Times prints 1st of Pentagon Papers. FATHERS DAY 1963: Valentina Tereshkova becomes 1st woman in space. 1954: CIA overthrows elected Guatemalan government. 1983: Dr. Sally Ride becomes 1st US woman in space. 1945: Aung San Suu Kyi born. 1947: Salman Rushdie born. 1788: US Constitution takes effect. 1969: Cuyahoga River catches fire. 1970: US Senate repeals Tonkin Gulf Resolution. 1892: Pearl Sydenstricker (Buck) born. 1869: Emma Goldman born. 1880: Helen Keller born. 1969: Gays riot at Stonewall Inn, NYC. 1950: Harry Truman orders US troops to Korea. 1972: 1st Issue of Ms. Magazine published. 1964: Lyndon Johnson signs Voting Rights Act. 1978: US Supreme Court rules against George Carlins Seven Dirty Words. 1998 (& after): World ends, according to Church of the Subgenius prophecy. 1946: George W. Bush born. 1946: Sylvester Stallone born. 1783: Montgolfier Brothers launch first hot-air balloon. 1977: Apple Computer launches Apple II.
PAGE 14, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 en-USen-US of transcript excerpts from the collection of en-US the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at en-US the University of Florida.en-US Rosa B. Williams, long-time Gainesville en-US community organizer, was interviewed by en-US Joel Buchanan [B] in 1996. en-USIn Starke, Florida. My mother was a houseen-US wife. When I was small I can remember en-USher working out ... taking in laundry at her house. But she never worked out after I got en-UScutting cross ties, then he worked at a sawen-US -en-US mill and then when he came here to live, he en-US worked two jobs, Alachua General Hospital en-US and the University of Florida. en-USen-US Yeah feeding the pigs, cows, chickens, doing en-US everything else. We planted peanuts and all en-US but we did have to go out and cut okras and en-US potatoes. We used to make about 25 cents for en-US a little basket. en-USWorking at Alachua General Hospital runen-US -en-US $13.50. That always stuck in my mind.I en-USwent to work as a maid [for] Deborah and en-US Jane Stearic, until the beginning of the 70s. en-US Shes the one that really started pushing me en-US out there. She used to go to the library and en-US pick up my books for me. She said one day en-US that she wasnt going to, and I was going to en-US go myself. And when I say push, if it had en-US not been for her I wouldnt have went to the en-US library and insist that I get a library card, en-US en-US -en-US nally got one. It took us about two or three en-US months.en-US Then when the Democrat Club was home en-US around here, she was insistent that I go to en-US their lunches and things and I was the only en-US black person, you know. en-USen-US Well they wasnt rude but they would just en-US ask me so many questions which they had en-US to check out like what church, what organien-US -en-US zations I was a member of, some neighbors en-US they had to verify that I live where I say that en-US I did. B: Were you active in the Civil Rights en-USen-US Yes, I was very active in that. The Gainesville en-US Women for Equal Rights, and there were a en-US whole bunch of us. We had sometimes more en-US whites than we had blacks. It was during the en-US en-US He was the pastor of that church and we was en-US meeting down there like every day. en-USGainesvilleen-US Women for Equal Rights? I think it was Jean en-US en-US Higgins who come in at the same time, she en-US en-US -en-US ville Women for Equal Rights, also. They was out actually recruiting black en-USwomen because they was working on Civil en-US Rights issues. You know, getting it so blacks en-US could sit at the counter, go to the library like en-US I had did, integrate some boards.en-US At that time some of the black members en-US didnt think that Barbara and I should have en-US been over there because we didnt have that en-US high education.en-US I didnt even deal with it, you know what en-US Im saying? My old saying is that Rosa takes en-US care of herself. So to me, it was just like rain en-US falling. I dont worry about what people say. en-US I dont have time to. And I say I must be doen-US -en-US ing something good, if theyre taking out en-US their energy time to talk about me. B: They were also in charge of helping en-USen-USHistory and the people who make it: Rosa B. Williamsen-USen-US Ah, it was a day school... We had our classes en-US in a mobile, out there by Lincoln Middle en-US School. en-USI was one of the vice presidents for a long en-US time. We had a large membership and a very en-US good organization. We used to meet on Sunen-US -en-US day nights downstairs at old Mount Carmel en-US Church. That place would be packed. B: Tell me some of the places that you en-USpicketed,en-US The College Inn, and the Walker House. en-US Jean Chalmers and me would go into places en-US to see if they would serve us, some of them en-US wasnt going to, or some of them would say, en-US Tell Jean well serve her, but we dont have en-US to serve you. We both would leave.en-US And then a black and a white person would en-US go and apply for a job, the black person en-US en-US had to say, and then an hour later, the white en-US person would go and apply for that same job, en-US and then we would compare notes, and there en-US were some that we needed to be working on, en-US and wed start working on that also. en-USUh-huh. I had peoples call to my house, but en-US I got to cussing them out, they didnt call me en-US back. en-USen-US No. I was just hoping wouldnt nobody spit en-US on me or something, no. At that time, Joel, en-US that age and time, you dont be scared. Been-US -en-US cause you was out there with a whole bunch en-US of other people, and everybody was out en-US there, we knew, for a right cause. B: When you left the Stearics, what did en-USen-US I went into Bell Nursery Daycare Center and en-US the Community Action Agency. en-USThe Community Action Agency? Probably en-US en-US before Oscar and them came. Me and, um, en-US Reverend Kimmon and Don Red and Helen-US -en-US en Cesaire and Elizabeth from Archer, was en-US en-US hired at the Community Action Agency. At en-US en-US in the courthouse. Harvey Weston was the en-US administrator.
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 15 en-USI was the Supervisor of Outreach. Thats how en-US the Hawthorne Daycare Center got started, en-US the High Springs Daycare Center, the Aren-US -en-US cher Daycare Center, the Newberry Daycare en-US Center, the Northeast Daycare Center, they en-US got started from the outreach workers. B: And Bell Nursery, one of the oldest en-USen-US -en-US munity.en-US Im not sure about that because St. Augusen-US -en-US tine was maybe older. B: So you worked there as a cook. When en-USyou left Bell Nursery and Community Acen-US -en-US en-US I stayed in daycare, this was in the head A-en-US en-US Child Care. They was the one who was funden-US -en-US ing these daycare centers. So I went in the en-US en-US -en-US fying the peoples, you know, when they apen-US-en-US plying for daycare. B: Was the Community Action Agency, en-USen-US en-US In town, but out in Hawthorne, Archer, Walen-US-en-US do, and all of those places it was mixed. And en-US Grove Park even was mixed. en-USen-US Because its giving me a chance to work and en-US do something for some peoples who did not en-US ask to be born the way they are, and they en-US are the most forgotten bunch, you know. en-US Tacachale have a hard time getting money en-US out of the state, but the prison system get even-US -en-US erything what they want. These people, you en-US know, they just born like they was. They enen-US -en-US joy the same thing what everybody else enen-US -en-US joy, and I just like getting volunteers to make en-US things more better for them. en-USen-US en-US Yes, mm-hm. That organization is for to en-US help organize and support other crime watch en-US organization. We call it Departers Against en-US Crime, where we place somebody with a en-US child with need, to go to a basketball game, en-US to take that child out somewhere. B: As the director of the United Gaines en-US-en-US ville, what have you all done there thats en-US en-US Porters Oak Community Center. The county en-US give us the old Bridge House Building, and en-US so we proceed to remodel it with the help of en-US the city, and Im really proud of that because en-US the Porters area has not had the recreation en-US facilities they deserve to have. Also you en-US didnt see them make laws to small business en-US and things, Im really proud about that, just en-US knowing we have helped someone expand en-US their business or begin a new business. B: Give us the name of a few of those en-USen-US-en-US mental in working on their elections.en-US Jimmy Carter, Bob Graham, and around en-US here in town, Leveda Brown, Charles Chesten-US-en-US nut, Kate Barnes, Neil Butler, that was the en-US en-US -en-US tion. Sid Martin. All of his. Jon Mills, yeah. I en-US just go door to door and get other peoples to en-US go knock on doors or pass out literature and en-US encourage them to go vote for them. en-US Now I get money from the candidates to en-US get these kids who go door to door. But Im en-US never paid. B: This year I had the privilege to attend en-USen-US What started that, and why is it held at en-US en-US They came here for one weekend for an FSU en-US game, and I forgot which one it was that said en-US something to me out there in the Presidents en-US Box, said We all should have some real food en-US sometime when we come down here. I said, en-US Well, well have to think about that. I said, en-US but you need more than one person to do it. en-US So we just started talking and making plans en-US for the next two years when FSU came here en-US again. B: How do you feel when you have the en-USen-US en-US en-US I just like doing it you know for the peoples en-US to have a representative for what come from en-US out of town. We have lots of help. Lots of en-US people pulled in to pull that off. The Univeren-US -en-US sity of Florida, Shands Hospital foot the bill en-US for everything.en-US I was the chairman of the Democrat Club. en-US We didnt have to go by the same rules as the en-US Democrat Executive Committee. We could en-US endorse peoples or do whatever we wanted en-US to do. We could go out actually in the comen-US -en-US munity and do more things. B: Now were you very much involved en-USen-US Atkins Warren. I heard that you were on en-US a selection committee for that.en-US I was. For Wayland and Atkins. B: Do you think that Atkins was helpful en-USen-US en-US he got caught up in the circle ... lots of people en-US got caught up in. Heres Atkins, and heres en-US en-US the actual policemen cannot get to Atkins. en-US And that was Atkins downfall, I think. B: Jimmy Carter visited your home, is en-USen-US Yes, uh huh. You know the peoples living en-US in the community most enjoy when I have en-US these big affairs because they know they goen-US -en-US ing to be able to come there and get some en-US food, all that beer was left, I give it away to en-US people in the neighborhood. en-USen-US Yeah. I was not interested in that. en-USen-US and so-forth, why are you still where you en-US en-US I like the area and I like the peoples there. Its en-US center, its easy to get anywhere you wants en-US to go. A long time ago, we used to have all en-US kind of running around, people shooting, en-US and doing this-that and the other, but the area en-US is getting back to being what I used to know. en-USReal close. That means we call each other en-US every night. en-USB. Williams Scholarship at the Shands en-US en-US Its about a $100,000 scholarship thats goen-US -en-US ing to be used for anybody thats going into en-US en-US about it about two weeks ago. en-UShonor, theres a scholarship in your honor, en-US en-US No, [laughter]. en-USNo.en-US A full transcript of this interview is available en-US en-US en-US en-US -en-US son narratives can change the way we unen-US-en-US derstand history, from scholarly questions en-US to public policy. SPOHP needs the publics en-US help to sustain and build upon its research, en-US teaching, and service missions: even small en-US donations can make a big difference in en-US SPOHPs ability to gather, preserve, and en-US promote history for future generations.en-US en-US support.html or make checks to the Univeren-US -en-US mail to PO Box 115215, Gainesville, FL en-US32611. en-USD
PAGE 16, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 Revolutionary Assata Shakur is no terrorist en-USby Bill Fletcher, Jr.en-US en-US on May 14 by the New Pittsburgh en-US Courier. Read more at www.en-US newpittsburghcourieronline.com.en-US When the FBI announced that they were en-US placing fugitive Assata Shakur (Joanne en-US Chesimard) on the list of most wanted en-US terrorists and that they were offering an en-US additional $1 million for her capture, it en-US caught most of the world by complete en-US surprise.en-US Assata has been living quietly in exile in en-US Cuba where she was given political asylum en-US for 30 years. The former member of the en-US Black Liberation Army escaped captivity en-US after being tried and convictedunder conen-US -en-US troversial circumstancesin connection en-US with the killing of a New Jersey State poen-US -en-US liceman. Several other allegations against en-US her were dropped either through acquittals en-US or mistrials.en-US Assata Shakur had been a member of en-US the Black Panther Party, later joining the en-US Black Liberation Army. Like many other en-US Black activists in the late 1960s and early en-US 1970s, she witnessed the vicious represen-US -en-US sion of the Black Freedom Movementen-US and other movements of the timeby en-US agencies of the U.S. government, includen-US -en-US ing through the use of the now notorien-US-en-US ous COINTELPRO (the FBIs Counter en-US Intelligence Program). COINTELPRO en-US en-US of organizations that the FBI concluded en-US were a threat to the U.S. elite. Disruption en-US included rumor-mongering, provocation, en-US the encouraging of splits, imprisonment en-US and murder. The intensity of the represen-US-en-US sion of the Black Freedom Movement, in en-US this case, led many activists to conclude en-US that, at a minimum, self-defense was en-US necessary. For others the conclusion was en-US that a military arm of the Black Freedom en-US Movement was needed.en-US Whether one agrees or disagrees with the en-US conclusions arrived at by Assata Shakur, en-US one thing is very important: she was en-US never a terrorist. Let us be clear about the en-US meaning of this word that we hear so regen-US -en-US ularly these days. A terrorist is someen-US-en-US one who uses military methods/violence en-US against civilians in order to advance a poen-US-en-US litical objective. There is nothing in the en-US activism of Assata Shakur that displays en-US anything approaching terrorism. Addien-US-en-US tionally, since her exile, she has not been en-US involved with any activities in the U.S.A. en-US that could be construed as terrorist.en-US So, what is this about? It appears that the en-US main inspiration for this outrage is to deen-US -en-US rail any efforts at the normalization of reen-US -en-US lations between the U.S. and Cuba. Upon en-US the reelection of President Obama, there en-US have been rumors circulating that there en-US might be efforts to remove Cuba from en-US the list of countries supporting terrorism. en-US There were additional suggestions that en-US there might be efforts towards normalizaen-US -en-US tion.en-US There are groups in the U.S.A. who open-US -en-US pose normalization en-US of relations with en-US Cuba and they will en-US do anything that en-US they can to disen-US-en-US rupt such efforts. en-US Whether those eleen-US -en-US ments convinced en-US the FBI to take this en-US step is irrelevant. en-US The fact is that this en-US step complicates en-US discussions about en-USAssata Shakur. Photo courtesy of www.asen-US -en-US satashakur.org. en-USchanging the terms of U.S./Cuban relaen-US-en-US tions. Right-wing Cuban exiles as well en-US as ultra-conservative elements in our en-US political establishment have an interest en-US in the status quo; most of this country is en-US more interested in improvement in relaen-US -en-US tions with Cuba.en-US For this reason, we need to understand the en-US upping of the ante on Assata as not only a en-US threat to her existence, a violation of Cuen-US-en-US ban and international law, but also a cynien-US-en-US cal move to disrupt efforts to end the Cold en-US War in the Western Hemisphere.en-US Now is the time to demand that President en-US Obama and Attorney General Holder reen-US -en-US verse the decision of the FBI. Lets end en-US this ridiculous melodrama.en-US On May 3, Assata Shakur wrote a powerful en-US open letter shedding light on her side of en-US the story and encouraging others to be a en-US voice for the voiceless. You can read that en-US letter here: http://revolutionaryfrontlines.en-US wordpress.com/2013/05/03/an-open-en-US letter-from-assata/.en-US You can also read more about Assata en-US Shakur at the Civic Media Center. Reen-US -en-US sources and books about Assata can be en-US found here: http://www.civicmediacenter.en-US org/search/library/assata.en-US On Monday, June 3, at 7p.m., the Civic en-US Media Center will show Eyes of the en-US en-US about and featuring Assata Shakur as part en-US en-US Donations requested, and there will be a en-US en-US For more information and links on Assaen-US -en-US ta, go to www.afrocubaweb.com/assata.en-US htm. en-USD
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 17 en-USBelow are some stories the Iguanas editorial board wanted en-US to include in this issue, but we didnt have the space. Have an en-US article you think our readers should be aware of? Email links to en-US email@example.com-USThe Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush en-US and Dick Cheney from a Dying Veteranen-USThis letter, penned by anti-war activist and paralyzed Iraq War en-US veteran Tomas Young on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, is en-US a scathing condemnation of the Bush Administrations decision en-US to invade Iraq. In February, Youngwho has spoken out against en-US the wars that ruined his and thousands of others livespublicly en-US stated the he had decided to end his own life some time in the en-US next few months. See more at Truthdig: http://www.truthdig.en-US com/dig/item/the_last_letter_20130318/en-USAn Open Letter to the Indigenous Peoples of en-US Guatemalaen-USGuatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios Montt was brought to en-US trial and found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity en-US for the mass killings and rapes of Guatemalas indigenous Ixil en-US Peoples. The roots of the Gainesville Iguana go back to Central en-US America organizing against U.S. foreign policy in that region en-US in the mid s. It is great to see, at long last, some light shined en-US on that dark period, and so important to see Washingtons en-US hand in it exposed. See more at Common Dreams: http://www.en-US commondreams.org/view/2013/05/15en-USen-US en-USThe mainstream media is up in arms about the Justice en-US en-US telephone records from Associated Press reporters and editors (a en-US New York Times editorial called the act an assault on the press, en-US and democracy, too). Glenn Greenwald gives a good analysis en-US of the situation: It is remarkable how media reactions to civil en-US liberties assaults are shaped almost entirely by who the victims en-US are. Read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/en-US commentisfree/2013/may/15/obama-civil-liberties-sea-change.en-USen-US en-USWhat were reading right now
PAGE 18, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 en-US en-US national Week of Action, put the morning-after pill on the shelf during a feminist en-US en-US NWLs goal is to stir grassroots activism to pressure the Obama Administration to en-US drop its appeal, which is blocking the April 5 federal court order to make the Mornen-US-en-US ing-After Pill fully over-the-counter with no age restrictionjust like aspirin. Flashen-US -en-US mobs or banner drops were held during the week in a dozen cities across the U.S., in en-US collaboration with Women Organized to Resist and Defend. See www.womensliberaen-US-en-US tion.org. Photo by Pete Self. Courtesy of National Womens Liberation (NWL).en-US By Jenny Brown and Stephanie Seguin,en-US Members of National Womens Liberationen-US en-US the Guardian on May 13. See more at en-US http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisen-US -en-US free/2013/may/13/plan-b-ruling-availen-US -en-US able-over-the-counter.en-US en-US something so basic: for women in Amerien-US -en-US ca to have easy access to safe and afforden-US -en-US able birth control, including the mornen-US -en-US ing-after pill (sometimes referred to by en-US en-US We won a key victory when a federal en-US judge ordered the Obama administration en-US to make the morning-after pill available en-US other over-the-counterin other words, en-US to make it available without a prescripen-US -en-US en-US there as the administration tried to delay, en-US but last week the courts again ruled on the en-US side of womens access to birth control, en-US regardless of age.en-US Theres been a lot of talk in the media en-US about the role the judge is playing in the en-US advancement of pill access. But the nine en-US original plaintiffs in the case arent just en-US names on a piece of paper; we are dues-en-US paying members of National Womens en-US Liberation, and weve led a decade-long en-US grassroots campaign to get the pill over-en-US the-counter. en-US The lawsuit was just one of many actions en-US en-US While U.S. women have been losing on en-US many other fronts, from the religious en-US exception to birth control coverage in en-US Obamacare to a wave of restrictive state en-US abortion laws, weve been steadily gainen-US-en-US ing ground on the morning-after pill, even en-US if it sometimes feels like Zenos dichoten-US -en-US en-US line.en-US In 1999, the morning-after pill was made en-US available in the U.S. by prescription only, en-US a ludicrous requirement for a safe conen-US -en-US traceptive that is more effective the more en-US quickly it is taken after unprotected sex.en-US en-US the-counter status, we were counseled that en-US we should pursue a more reasonable goal, en-US such as requiring that rape victims be proen-US -en-USWe wont stop til the morning-after pill is en-US en-US available to all, regardless of ageen-USvided the pill in hospitals, a demand that en-US wouldnt even help most rape victims. Inen-US-en-US stead, we followed a cardinal rule of the en-US radicals of the 1960s Womens Liberation en-US Movement: we demanded what we really en-US wanted, rather than toning down to be reen-US-en-US spectable.en-US We pledged to give a friend the morning-en-US after pill, in violation of the prescription en-US requirement. We faxed our pledges to the en-US Food and Drug Administrationover en-US 4,400 faxes from women in every state. en-US We threw the pill into the crowd at rallies, en-US and gave it away as a door prize at funden-US -en-US raisers.en-US We insisted that womens voices be repen-US-en-US en-US considering whether the pill should be put en-US en-US mundane day-to-day slip-ups that made en-US the morning-after pill an important tool en-US for women. We told how the prescription en-US requirement had delayed and deterred us, en-US leading to abortions, which were much en-US more expensive, traumatic and time-conen-US -en-US suming.en-US We quoted the famous 1969 Redstockings en-US abortion speakout: We are the experts on en-US our own lives, not doctors, not pharmaen-US -en-US cists, not the Food and Drug Administraen-US -en-US tion director, or even President Obama.en-US In the hearing, we unfurled a list of the 38 en-US countries (now 63) where the morning-en-US after pill was already available without a en-US en-US when she visited France, health workers en-US handed out the morning-after pill with en-US condoms in bars. Why was the U.S. so en-US behind?en-US Our experiences were those of most women-US -en-US en: broken or forgotten condoms or conen-US -en-US doms men refused to wear. Yes, some of us en-US have been raped. But we didnt want full en-US access to the morning-after pill because en-US we lived in fear; we wanted full access en-US because the results of medical advances en-US should be in our hands the birthright of
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 19 en-USlot, the opposition was one of the wealthiest and most powerful en-US industries in the state Disney. We knew that what we lacked en-US in money, we had to make up in public support. Not only that, en-US we spread our efforts to the state level, knowing that our sucen-US -en-US cess depended on the death of SB 1216, a bill sponsored by our en-US own state senator.en-US Our campaign was held together through the unpaid efforts of en-US a few dedicated community members, and the donations and en-US support of area residents. The only large donation we received en-US came through our North-Central Florida Central Labor Council, en-US and it was used to fund a study on wage theft in Alachua County en-US by a research institute at Florida International University.en-US It took months of presentations and community forums, gatheren-US -en-US ing signatures, and meeting with community leaders and counen-US -en-US ty commissioners to gain legitimacy. We were lucky to have a en-US mostly open and receptive county commission, and lucky that en-US we could count on the solidarity from seasoned anti-wage theft en-US activists from across the state.en-US The main lesson we learned through this hard-fought campaign en-US en-US -en-US terests in our state government, a coalition of well-organized en-US citizens can still defeat the status quo in Tallahassee. en-US Money cannot cover up the fact that workers in this state are en-US in desperate need of better protection, and it cannot silence the en-US en-US have a means of redress in Alachua County. en-US en-US our legislators from bringing up these bills again for years to en-US en-US Learn more at the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Forces en-US website at acwttf.wordpress.com. en-USDen-USBy Diana Morenoen-US On April 16, the Alachua County Board of County Commissionen-US -en-US ers voted 3-2 in favor of passing a Wage Recovery Ordinance in en-US Alachua County. The coalition behind the victory, The Alachua en-US County Wage Theft Task Force, spent months outreaching to en-US the religious and business community, as well as lobbying their en-US elected county representatives to pass a local solution to our en-US states wage theft epidemic. But what should have been a night en-US of celebration for workers and organizers in Alachua County en-US was muted by the ongoing legislative session and our represenen-US -en-US tatives efforts to kill our ordinance in Tallahassee.en-US When the Florida capitol entered its last weeks of session, acen-US -en-US tivists from across the state were watching closely as three preen-US -en-US emption bills tried to move through both chambers. These bills en-US SB 726, HB 655, & SB 1216 would have destroyed the en-US Task Forces efforts to protect workers from wage theft, as well en-US as Orange Countys efforts to win paid sick-leave for their comen-US -en-US munity. en-US Clearly, our state representatives distaste for big government en-US disappeared quickly when the bottom line of powerful business en-US and special interests groups was being threatened. In the end, en-US session came to a close with only one of the three bills (HB 655) en-US making it through. We were spared the gutting of our ordinance, en-US although our Orange County friends were not as luckyen-US The Task Force faced opposition from the top from the very been-US -en-US ginning. The Florida Chamber of Commerce, a powerful force en-US in Tallahassee politics, made it well known that one of their en-US top priorities during this years legislative session was to defeat en-US grassroots efforts to pass anti-wage theft, living wage, and paid en-US sick-leave ordinances; and they backed their lobbying efforts en-US with the one thing community activists usually lack money. en-US In Orange Countys struggle to get paid sick-leave on the balen-US -en-USStruggle for wage theft ordinance not over yet en-USevery woman and girl. en-US Despite a 23-to-4 vote on the panel in our en-US favor, the FDA delayed and delayed.en-US Fellow feminists worried that we were en-US being too militant when we invited them en-US to join us in blocking access to the FDAs en-US building, the way the FDA was blocking en-US our access to the morning-after pill.en-US They were wrong. Our testimonies and en-US sit-in (nine of us were arrested in January en-US 2005) gave encouragement to FDA staffen-US -en-US ers who disagreed with the agencys acen-US-en-US tions. The assistant FDA commissioner for en-US womens health, Susan Wood, resigned in en-US disgust in August that year.en-US en-US place the pill over the counter for ages en-US 17-and-up, we continued to demand full en-US access for all ages. The powerful rely on en-US half-measures to divide women in this en-US case younger from older but it hasnt en-US worked because we focused on how the en-US restrictions affected all women. en-US While creating unacceptable hurdles for en-US younger women and girls, the regulation en-US placed the pill behind the pharmacy counen-US -en-US ter for all women, who now had to show en-US ID to prove their age.en-US We echoed abortion pioneer Lucinda Cisen-US -en-US ler, who responded to partial legalization en-US of abortion in 1970, saying, We will not en-US accept insults and call them steps in the en-US right direction.en-US Then, on April 5, U.S. Federal Judge Eden-US -en-US ward Korman ordered the administration en-US to make the pill available on drugstore en-US shelves for all ages. en-US The FDA inched forward again, all the en-US while insisting they werent responding en-US to the court order. Theyve now made one en-US brand of pill available to customers 15 en-US and older to be placed on the shelf next en-US to condoms. However, all purchasers will en-US have to prove their age, and those younger en-US than 15 still need a prescription. And a en-US one-brand monopoly will keep high the en-US already outrageous price.en-US Two days later, the Obama administration en-US asked Korman to suspend his order while en-US they appeal. The judge denied the request.en-US Were not waiting to see if the governen-US -en-US ment pursues further appeals. On May 14, en-US en-US -en-US mob actions to put the drug on the shelf en-US where it belongs, with no age restrictions.en-US en-US en-US -en-US eration.org. en-USD
PAGE 20, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 en-USby Paul Ortizen-US Stephen Coats, the longtime executive director of the U.S. Laen-US -en-US bor Education in the Americas Project (US/LEAP) died suden-US -en-US denly on April 1 at 61 years old. en-US This is a terrible loss for the labor movement in the Americas, en-US en-US so many activists (including the writer) to carry on his work.en-US For decades, the terms international labor solidarity and en-US Stephen Coats were virtually synonymous. As coordinator of en-US the U.S./Guatemala Education Project (US/GLEP) during the en-US 1990s, Stephen relentlessly kept U.S. labor activists apprised en-US of the repression of labor and social justice activists in Guateen-US -en-US mala and throughout Central America. Brother Coats taught us en-US that the death of one labor organizer in Guatemala was a blow en-US to the labor movement in the United States. en-US In the era of Reaganism and Thatcherism, US/GLEP taught en-US consumers to see the connections between low prices in the en-US U.S. and low wages in Latin America. In those days, compaen-US -en-US nies like Old Navy, the Gap, and Starbucks scoffed when we en-US used the term corporate social responsibility. en-US en-US killed workers in a factory that supplied clothing to his store en-US that, those workers were not directly employed by us; thereen-US -en-US fore, we have no responsibility for what happened.en-US This answer was not good enough for Stephen Coats, and he en-US gave us the educational tools we needed to keep pressure on en-US U.S.-based retailers while workers organized new unions in en-US Latin America. en-US Stephen played a critical role in helping both labor unionists en-US as well as high school and college students build international en-US solidarity committees throughout the 1990s.en-US The campus-based student anti-sweatshop movement was a en-US major achievement of this era. US/LEAP provided us with en-US scripts, statistics, and worker testimony to present to neighen-US -en-US bors, shoppers, and managers in order to demand that people en-US in the United States understand that our lives as consumers en-US were intimately linked to the working conditions of laborers en-US throughout the Americas. We used these materials in informaen-US -en-US tional picket lines, in store sit-ins (the direct predecessor of en-US en-US Stephen Coats leaves many important legacies behind as a en-US community organizer. It makes me smile every time I shop at en-US a grocery store, winery, mall outlet or coffee shop and see the en-US Fair Trade section with products and educational materials en-US explaining the chain of production and the roles that each of us en-US must vigilantly play to understand that an injustice anywhere en-US is a threat to justice everywhere. en-US en-US accept the idea of corporate responsibility. This is part of en-US Brother Coats legacy and the legacy of thousands of fair trade en-US warriors activated by US/LEAP and other Central American en-US solidarity groups of the 1980s and s.en-US The struggle for international labor solidarity is far from over. en-US We can honor Stephens memory best by becoming active in en-US the struggle to remind workers in the U.S. that our fates are en-US bound up with those of our brothers and sisters in the Global en-US South. en-US Visit US/LEAPS web site for more information: http://www.en-US usleap.org/en-US Stephen Coats, Presente! en-USDen-USStephen Coats: teacher of soliden-USarity, Presente!
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 21 en-USGROWen-USRADIOen-US.en-USorgen-US en-US en-USprogramming scheduleen-USGrow Radio is a listener-supported, en-US Gainesville-based Internet radio station en-US that provides community members en-US an opportunity to create and manage en-US engaging, educational, informative, en-US locally-generated programming to en-US en-US and humanities for the enrichment of the en-US Gainesville community.en-US Sunday 9 a.m. Generic Radio Program 11 a.m. Buf falo Girls 1 p.m. The Atomic Age 5 p.m. Joe and Craig Show 7 p.m. The A.M.H. 2 Hour ... 9 p.m. The Sum of Your Life 11 p.m. Seoulmates-Kpop Radio Monday 12 a.m. Seoulmates-Kpop Radio 11 a.m. Dr Bills Super Awe ... 1 p.m. The Kitchen Sink 3 p.m. Ectasy to Frenzy 5 p.m. The Four Passions 7 p.m. Maium 8 p.m. New Day Rising 11 p.m. Female T rouble Tuesday 8 a.m. Narcolexi 10 a.m. The Root 12 p.m. What s the Story? 2 p.m. Street Nuts 6 p.m. America in the Evening 8 p.m. river rail rhythm 10 p.m. The Experiment en-USWednesday 9 a.m. Sax and Violins 1 en-US p.m. 3 p.m. The Quiet City 5 p.m. A Brazilian Commando 7 p.m. Downtown Sound 9 p.m. The Otherness 11 p.m. Radiodeo en-USThursday 12 a.m. Radiodeo 11 a.m. Get on the Right Thing ... 12 p.m. Things Be Blowin ... 4 p.m. Hope & Anchor 6 p.m. Erosion 10 p.m. Lost Sharks en-US 11 a.m. The Breakup Song 1 p.m. 4D Meltdown 3 p.m. Swamp Boogie & Blues 5 p.m. Da Funk 7 p.m. Acme Radio 9 p.m. The Bag of Tricks en-USSaturday 11 a.m. Jazzville 3 p.m. Boots and Cats 5 p.m. Alewife Outbound 7 p.m. Planet of Sound 9 p.m. Reality Bites en-USMarch Against Monsanto en-USGainesville will be joining at least a dozen cities in Florida that will be en-US marching as part of a global movement for justice and health. On Saten-US -en-US urday, May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against en-US Monsanto. Joining Joanna of Gaia Grove to organize the march are en-US Occupy Gainesville, the Zen Hostel, local organic farmers, student en-US groups and others. Everyone is invited.en-USJoin us in Gainesville on May 25!en-US1 pmen-US Meet at the Harn Museum of Art at UF (SW 34th Street and Hull en-US Road) to prepare signs for the Marchen-US 2 pm en-US March from the Harn to Publix on the corner of 34th Street and en-US University Avenueen-US 3 pm en-US Demonstration at Publix (if driving straight to Publix, please en-US park across the street)en-US For more information about the March in Gainesville, check out the en-US March Against Monsanto-Gainesville, FL Facebook page.en-US For more information on Monsanto, check out a recent report by Food en-US & Water Watch on CommonDreams.org. How U.S. State Department en-US Twists Arms on Monsantos Behalf http://www.commondreams.en-US org/headline/2013/05/14-2. en-USen-USGainesville's Progressive Community Radio Stationen-US WGOT is on the air:en-US Sunday:en-US 1 p.m. 4 p.m.en-US en-US en-US 1 p.m. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. 5 a.m.en-US en-US Tuesday and Thursday:en-US 1 p.m. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. 9 p.m.en-US en-US Saturday:en-US 1 p.m. 9 p.m.en-US Check out en-US wgot.orgen-US for upcoming events and en-US a detailed schedule.en-US en-US WGOT stream under the Shoutcast directory. To listen from en-US your iOS, Android, or Blackberry mobile device, you can use en-US any radio streaming apps such as Tune In. We are now listed in en-US iTunes Radio under the Eclectic category. Direct feed at www.wgot.org/listen/. 94.7 en-US is a Low Power FM station with a transmitter at NW 39th Ave and I-75, so best reen-US -en-US ception is within 5 miles, but many people are able to pick up the station in their car. en-US en-US Questions? Comments? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. en-USDemocracy NOW!en-US airs en-US Mon.-Fri. 1 p.m. & Mon.-Thur 8 p.m.
PAGE 22, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 by Joe Courter en-USAs we watch the killing in Syria, and en-US what we have seen of the destabilization en-US and suffering in nation after nation in en-US that region, I have not been able to forget en-US this interview done by Amy Goodman en-US on Democracy Now! on March 2, 2007 en-US with Gen. Wesley Clark. So many of en-US these strategically located countries have en-US come into turmoil in the last decade.en-US Was the rather spontaneous Arab en-US Spring in Tunisia and then Egypt the en-US cover to move ahead on this? In reading en-US Jeremy Scahills new book Dirty Wars, en-US or even listening to the recent segment en-US hes done on Democracy Now! (please en-US do it!), it paints a picture of a ruthless en-US and amoral attempt to destabilize nation en-US en-US western interests.en-US The so-called War on Terror is leaden-US-en-US ing to loss of liberty at home, drone wars en-US multiplying American enemies, and in en-US its wake a self-destructing Iraq and Afen-US -en-US ghanistan as a narco-state awash in U.S. en-US dollars and weaponry. en-US Is this the foreign policy we want? Has en-US Obama been an extension of the Bush en-US administrations foreign policy agenda? en-US We are, in the words of George H. W. en-US Bush, in deep doo-doo.en-US See the video of the interview here: http://en-US www.democracynow.org/2007/3/2/gen_en-US wesley_clark_weighs_presidential_bid.en-US AMY GOODMAN: Now, lets talk about en-US Iran. You have a whole website devoted en-US to stopping war.en-US GEN. WESLEY CLARK: en-US www.stopiranwar.com.en-US AMY GOODMAN: Do you see a replay en-US in what happened in the lead-up to the en-US war with Iraq the allegations of the en-US weapons of mass destruction, the media en-US leaping onto the bandwagon?en-US GEN. WESLEY CLARK: Well, in a way. en-US But, you know, history doesnt repeat iten-US -en-US self exactly twice. What I did warn about en-US en-US 2002, I said if you want to worry about en-US a state, it shouldnt be Iraq, it should be en-US Iran. But this government, our adminisen-US -en-US tration, wanted to worry about Iraq, not en-US Iran.en-US I knew why, because I had been through en-US the Pentagon right after 9/11. About en-US ten days after 9/11, I went through the en-US Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld en-US and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went en-US downstairs just to say hello to some of en-US the people on the Joint Staff who used en-US to work for me, and one of the generals en-US called me in. en-US He said, Sir, youve got to come in en-US and talk to me a second. I said, Well, en-US youre too busy. He said, No, no. He en-US says, Weve made the decision were en-US going to war with Iraq. en-US This was on or about the 20th of Sepen-US -en-US tember. I said, Were going to war with en-US Iraq? Why? He said, I dont know. He en-US said, I guess they dont know what else en-US to do. en-US en-US information connecting Saddam to al-en-US Qaeda? He said, No, no. He says, en-US Theres nothing en-US new that way. They just made the decien-US -en-US sion to go to war with Iraq. He said, I en-US guess its like we dont know what to do en-US about terrorists, but weve got a good en-US military and we can take down governen-US -en-US ments. en-US And he said, I guess if the only tool you en-US have is a hammer, every problem has to en-US look like a nail.en-US So I came back to see him a few weeks en-US later, and by that time we were bombing en-US in Afghanistan. I said, Are we still goen-US-en-US ing to war with Iraq? And he said, Oh, en-US its worse than that. en-US He reached over on his desk. He picked en-US up a piece of paper. And he said, I just en-US got this down from upstairs meanen-US-en-US en-US today. And he said, This is a memo en-US that describes how were going to take en-US en-US -en-US ing with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, en-US en-US Iran. en-US en-US sir. I said, Well, dont show it to me. en-US And I saw him a year or so ago, and I en-US said, You remember that? He said, en-US Sir, I didnt show you that memo! I en-US didnt show it to you!en-US AMY GOODMAN: Im sorry. What did en-US you say his name was?en-US GEN. WESLEY CLARK: Im not going en-US to give you his name.en-US AMY GOODMAN: So, go through the en-US countries again.en-US GEN. WESLEY CLARK: Well, starting en-USAmy Goodman interviews General Wesley Clarken-US Jean Chalmers en-USCRS, GRI, REALTORen-USen-USBROKER-ASSOCIATEen-US SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTen-USMobile: (352) 538-4256en-US en-US en-US en-US en-USen-US www.ElwoodRealtyServices.com
IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013, PAGE 23 Quality Dental Care JEFF R. MATILSKY, D.M.D. 1110 NW 8th Ave., Suite A Gainesville, FL 32601 (352)376-4637 Fax: (352)373-2268 www.jeffmatilsky.com en-USwith Iraq, then Syria and Lebanon, then Libya, then Somalia en-US and Sudan, and back to Iran. en-US So when you look at Iran, you say, Is it a replay? Its not en-US exactly a replay. But heres the truth: that Iran, from the beginen-US -en-US ning, has seen that the presence of the United States in Iraq en-US was a threat a blessing, because we took out Saddam Husen-US-en-US sein and the Baathists. They couldnt handle them. We took en-US care of it for them.en-US en-US But also a threat, because they knew that they were next on en-US the hit list. And so, of course, they got engaged. They lost a en-US million people during the war with Iraq, and theyve got a long en-US and unprotectable, unsecurable border. So it was in their vital en-US interest to be deeply involved inside Iraq. They tolerated our en-US attacks on the Baathists. They were happy we captured Saden-US -en-US dam Hussein.en-US en-US cement it, they occasionally give some military assistance and en-US training and advice, either directly or indirectly, to both the en-US insurgents and to the militias. And in that sense, its not exactly en-US parallel, because there has been, I believe, continuous Iranian en-US engagement, some of it legitimate, some of it illegitimate. I en-US mean, you can hardly fault Iran because theyre offering to do en-US eye operations for Iraqis who need medical attention. Thats en-US not an offense that you can go to war over, perhaps. But it is an en-US en-US And the administration has stubbornly refused to talk with en-US Iran about their perception, in part because they dont want to en-US pay the price with their domestic our US domestic political en-US base, the right-wing base, but also because they dont want to en-US legitimate a government that theyve been trying to overthrow. en-US If you were Iran, youd probably believe that you were mostly en-US already at war with the United States anyway, since weve asen-US -en-US serted that their government needs regime change, and weve en-US asked congress to appropriate $75 million to do it, and we are en-US en-US blowing up things inside Iraq Iran. And if were not doing en-US it, lets put it this way: were probably cognizant of it and enen-US -en-US couraging it. So its not surprising that were moving to a point en-US of confrontation and crisis with Iran.en-US My point on this is not that the Iranians are good guys en-US theyre not but that you shouldnt use force, except as a en-US last, last, last resort. There is a military option, but its a bad en-US one. en-USD
PAGE 24, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2013 en-USGrassroots Support Keeps it Goingen en-USWhat the Civic Media Center does:en en-US en-US en en-USWhat you can do:en en-US en-US en-US en-USen-US With Radical Press Coffee Collective up and running, en-US en-US weve expanded our hours: 9 to 9 Mon-Fri, 10 to 9 Sat.Sun.en-US Enjoy great tea and coffee, vegan treats, free wireless. For information: en-USen en-USen en-US352-373-0010 en-USThe Gears Grind Onen-USSouth Main Community Updateen-USby Christopher Fillieen-US We are now almost into June, and the en-US deal for the South Main Arts community en-US to vacate its long-term lease on the .85-en-US acre parcel between SE 5th and SE 6th en-US avenues (as well as negotiations on the en-US parcel immediately to the East owned en-US and occupied by Everyman Sound) is still en-US making its way through the gears of the en-US City. The deal was proposed to make way en-US for the City Of Gainesville Fire Departen-US -en-US ments Fire Station Number One to move en-US and expand.en-US The land is currently occupied by the en-US Repurpose Project, the Church of Holy en-US Colors, Vibrant Community Developen-US -en-US ment, Gainesville Compost, and parking en-US for the Citizens Co-Op, the Civic Media en-US Center, Display Gallery, the Sequential en-US Artists Workshop, The Green Building en-US Cooperative, Ricardo Cavallino and Asen-US -en-US sociates Architecture, and (soon) Wild en-US Iris Books. While we have agreed and en-US understood that it is necessary to build en-US en-US the growth forecasted in the central city en-US through such projects as Innovation en-US Square and the proposed Cade Museum, en-US we are proceeding with caution and stayen-US -en-US en-US impacts to the needs and goals for the en-US community we have grown into. We are en-US being asked to give up a generous long-en-US term lease and an agreement to purchase en-US the property, for the betterment of the en-US city. To date, the City has made good en-US faith efforts to plan to provide on-street en-US public parking to the area and to agree en-US to community input for an urban deen-US -en-US sign that will not discourage pedestrian en-US en-US arts and cultural corridor we have envien-US -en-US sioned from downtown to Depot Park. en-US We hope that they can agree to hold up en-US their end of the bargain, and end this en-US period of uncertainty. We have been en-US informed that sellers with comparable en-US offers have approached the city. Issues en-US of environmental contamination, if they en-US should be found, and funding approven-US -en-US als from the City Commission could all en-US make another property more suited. To en-US prepare for this, we have negotiated a en-US back-up contract with the owner and en-US are securing commitments from the loen-US -en-US cal community for investment capital. en-US Who knows what the future will bring? en-US In every crisis, lies opportunity.en-US en-US the 514 S. Main St. South Main Comen-US-en-US munity Arts and Culture Center, housen-US -en-US ing the CMC, Co-Op etc., is in no way en-US at risk of sale, eminent domain, or any en-US other such change. It is only the expanen-US -en-US sion of our community to the South, and en-US those businesses located and that had en-US planned on locating here, who may be en-US impacted if the deal goes through. en-USD en-USThe Gainesville Iguanaen-US en-USis Gainesville's progressive en-US events calendar and newsletteren-USSubscribe!en-USIndividuals: $15 en-US en-US (or more if you can)en-US Low/No income: What you canen-US Groups: $20en-US Iguana, c/o CISPLAen-US en-US P.O. Box 14712en-US en-US Gainesville, FL 32604en-US Comments, suggestions, en-US en-US are welcome. en-US en-US us at:en-US (352) 378-5655en-US GainesvilleIguana@cox.neten-US www.gainesvilleiguana.orgen-US facebook.com/gainesvilleiguanaen-US en-US issues of the Gainesville Iguana en-US online (complete issues are en-US available as PDFs) at en-US www.gainesvilleiguana.orgen-USTheen-US en-US en-US Gainesville en-US Iguanaen-US en-US en-US (established 1986)