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INSIDE ...From the Publisher . . . . 3Black History Film Schedule . . 8CMC Events . . . . . . . 9 Directory . . . . . . 10-11 Event Calendar . . . . 12-13 Oral History Program ... 14-15 Jamie Garvey ............ 16 GROW Radio schedule . . 23 McDonalds workers and allies strike on July 31, 2013 in Chicago. Photo by Steve Rhodes.See LABOR, p. 4CMC SpringBoard fundraiser March 21by Joe Courter The date for the Civic Media Centers annual SpringBoard fundraiser is Friday evening, March 21. There will be a new location this year after last years venture at Prairie Creek Lodge, and that is in the heart of Downtown Gainesville at the Wooly, 20 N. Main St., a new event venue in what is the old Woolworth building next to and run by The Top restaurant. There will be food from various area restaurants, a siThe speaker this year is an old friend of the CMC, David Barsamian, the founder and main man with Alternative Radio, who said he is honored to follow in Noams footsteps. dio has made a special effort to archive Noam Chomsky talks since its founding in 1989. Davids radio show was a staple See SPRINGBOARD, p. 2 by Jenny Brown This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of LaborNotes. You can read the online version, complete with informative links and resources, at www. labornotes.org/2013/12/2013-reviewaiming-higher-labor-tries-new-anglesand-alliances#sthash.Hif2x7CZ.dpuf. Lean meanness stalked workplaces. The political and economic outlook contin ued dismal. But the year was marked by workers trying new things and setting higher standards, for their employers, their unions, andin the case of lowwage workerstheir pay. Unemployment ticked down slightly, but the jobs created paid worse than ever. Mainstream media reported with amaze -2013 in review: Aiming higher, labor tries new angles and alliancesment that jobs that once paid the bills, from bank teller to university instructor, now require food stamps and Medicaid to supplement the wages of those who work every day. California Walmart worker Anthony Goytia spoke for many when he said its no longer paycheck to paycheck for him and his co-workers, but payday loan to payday loan. When long-awaited provisions of Obamacare kicked in, the promise of covering the uninsured was blighted by perverse incentives for employers to cut hours. Businesses that didnt want to give insurance cried crocodile tears, so Obama The GainesvilleIguanaJanuary/February 2014 Vol. 28, Issue 1/2
PAGE 2, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 of WUFT-FM in Gainesville until being dropped a couple years ago (it was too one sided, they said ... give me a break; that is what Public Radio is supposed to do, present other sides!), but it is still on the air locally on WGOT, the CMCs Low Power FM station, as well as on hundreds of radio stations world wide. Thats not bad for a grassroots activist from Boulder, Colorado who brings dissident voices from around the world to audiences that otherwise would never have been reached, and regularly travels far and wide to capture these voices, or as in the case of our recent hosting of Chomsky in Gainesville, air a recording that we provided him. David has met and dialogued with leading intellectuals like Vandana Shiva, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, and many many more. Visit www.alternativeradio.org, and you realize what a monumental contribution he has made to the body of knowledge we all need and share. Details on the event are still being deter mined, but it will take place on Friday, March 21, from 6 to 9 pm at the Wooly. Advance tickets and other information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org. More info will be in the March Iguana, which should be out March 5. Save the date! DSPRINGBOARD, from p. 1Group forms to oppose Plum Creek developmentFor nearly two years, Plum Creek has waged a state-of-the-art public relations campaign to orchestrate support for their plans to develop this land. Numerous public workshops, long on pictures generated many misconceptions, the most important of which is that their proposal is an expression of the public will. At last, Plum Creek has submitted their formal request to the county. Alachua Countys Comprehensive Plan balances the need for growth and jobs with environmental protection and planning, but Plum Creek is proposing its own plan. Its requesting over 200 changes to the Comprehensive Plan that would apply only to their land. The public hearing process for this complex and historic proposal will play out over the spring and summer. A coalition called Stand By Our Plan is assembling to inform the public and defend the communitys Comprehensive Plan. Visit StandByOurPlan.org to learn more about Plum Creeks intentions and to get involved. Dby Scott Camil Plum Creek, one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trusts in the country, is also the largest landowner in Alachua County. Their roughly 65,000 acres east of Newnans Lake include some of the wettest and most remote land left in the county, and straddle an important regional wildlife corridor.
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 3 From the publisher ...Mandela, the Movement and MeWe are just over a month since the death of Nelson Mandela, but I want to spend some words here on ways he and his struggle affected me. In 1963 I was 12 years old and not aware of the South African struggle against apartheid, but in this country others were. Among them was a young man in Berkeley, CA named Mario to-door to free Nelson Mandela. A year or so later Savio was one of the movement leaders during the Free Speech Movement. What was the genesis of the FSM? Information tables which were shut down, which had been set up by students who had gone to Mississippi for Mississippi Freedom Summer. My campus experience 1969 to 1973 was greatly impacted by the spirit of student protest which grew nationwide in opposition to the Viet Nam War. Did the South African struggle motivate the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, which had been so advanced by Mississippi Freedom Summer? Undoubtedly. And there is a direct line from Civil Liberation in 1968. The women of that group did a huge amount to advance my thinking as an activist and organizer in the s after I had moved to Gainesville and met them. and here at UF there was a 40-day occupation of the steps and entry to Tigert Hall by the Student Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism. In fact, Tigert Hall was re-named Mandela Hall with a huge banner for the duration; I was in the van traveling back from a rally in DC when the decision was made to make the move on UF to crank up the pressure to divest, and was at many rallies out there on those steps. The Krishnas would even move their lunch servings over there on rally days. On the day Mandela was freed, I was watching it live on TV with my father-in-law James Cooke Brown, and it was profoundly stunning to see this noble, tall man walking down the road from the jail, so different from the lone rather menacing photo which was in common usage. Then that evening Jim and I went to Cultural Arts Coalition director Nkwanda Jahs house for a party and there witnessed Jim be reunited with Dan Harmeling after spotting each other across the room. They had been in jail together in St. Augustine after being arrested in a Civic Rights demonstration in 1963, and had not seen each other since then. Weeks later Nelson Mandela went on a speaking tour of a half dozen or so large arenas, and four of us drove up to Atlanta and saw him at the Georgia Tech football stadium. Unforgettable. It was painful to hear his legacy so often trivialized or worse following his death. With brave Luther King has been with the frozen moment I Have a Dream speech. From a continent away live in. We lost a great one when he died. The best program I heard remembering Mandela was the NPR show Q from Dec. 6; I recommend listening to it when you can take the time to spend an hour. *** Id like to dedicate this issue to Jamie Garvey, whose shocking death has really hit a lot of us hard. had many a brief conversation. Nothing deep, just howya doin, whatcha doin stuff. He touched so many people, and now with his death he has brought out a shared sense of community. In this fucked up world of wars, greed, exploitation and heartlessness, we have each other, and we need to show each other love, empathy and support. And maybe sometimes go deeper than howya doin, whatcha doin. We just lost a member of the Gainesville family, but in the process, our family got a bigger and closer. DJoe Courter Subscribe! The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar & newsletter.Individuals: $15 (or more if you can) Low/No income: What you can Groups: $20 Iguana, c/o CISPLA P.O. Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604Comments, suggestions, contributions list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655GainesvilleIguana@cox.net www.gainesvilleiguana.org facebook.com/gainesvilleiguana The Iguana has been published monthly or bimonthly by volunteers for more than 25 years. Circulation for this issue is 4,500. Publisher: Joe Courter Editors Emeritus: Jenny Brown Mark Piotrowski Editorial Board: Pierce Butler Joe Courter Beth Grobman Jessica Newman Production work & assistance: Justine Mara Andersen Joye Barnes Robbie Czopek Gay Haldeman Erica Merrell Naomi Nelson Paul Ortiz Trish Riley Distribution: Joe Courter Marcus Dodd Bill Gilbert Jack Price Anita SunduramAuthors & photographers have sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work. Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Harrison. Printed on recycled paper.
PAGE 4, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 unions objected that the new law unfairly undermined their multi-employer funds, the administration stonewalled. DIRECT TO VOTERS As layers of corporate cash further insulated politicians from peoples needs, unions and worker groups had some success putting questions to voters directly. In New Jersey they overruled the governors veto and put a higher state minimum wage into their constitution, while Minnesotans raised income taxes on the well-to-do. Transportation and hospitality workers at Seattle-Tacoma airport and the surrounding town voted in a $15 minimum, paid sick leave, and the ability to sue if hotels steal tips from banquet workers. In Seattle, socialist Kshama Sawant won a city council seat and shamed the two mayoral candidates into supporting a $15 city minimum. Minimum wage ballot questions are expected in 2014 in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Massachusetts, where nurses are also running an tore up an agreement on city contracts and personally scabbed on a Teamster sanitation strike. The labor independents won two dozen city council seats in Lorain and three nearby towns. With their voting rights under attack, North Carolinians mobilized against an anti-worker (and anti-woman, anti-civil rights) legislative assault by bringing thousands of protesters to the state capitol every week for Moral Mondays, with close to a thousand arrests. Immigration rights activists mobilized locally all year, including brave human blockades against deportations, most recently in Los Angeles, D.C., and New Jersey. But none of this was enough to get a bill through the Housenot even the Senates compromise, with its poison pill of more indentured guestworkers. still under negotiation. TPP would gut nations rights to pass legislation limiting corporate predators. But the sheer outrageousness of TPPs reach, along with the secrecy around it, generated grassroots opposition, including from a few unions. Congress looked likely to vote on a fast-track for TPP in January. NEW METHODS Unions tried new angles on organizing some promising, others vaguer. Some attempted city-wide organizing: in Pittsburgh with a community union; in Boston with a multi-campus organizing drive by college adjuncts; and in the Twin Cities, where joint actions knitted together struggles against banks and employers. Anti-eviction campaigns were bolstered by union support in Minneapolis, Portland, Detroit, and Bostonincluding by the job loss that would come with it. Emboldened by the Chicago Teachers 2012 strike, teachers rose up against the corporate reform agenda. Seattle teachers refused to give yet another standardized test. Los Angeles teachers fought the promise of iPads for every student, a wedge to bring in more tests and corporate curricula. Chicago teachers continued to anchor a widening movement against school closings, driving Mayor Rahm Emanuels poll numbers down to only 2 percent strongly approving. Labor-community coalitions sometimes won the day. One Brooklyn hospital sits on land coveted by high-end condo developersa constituency used to getting its way. But rather than give a rsum workshop, the New York State Nurses picketed with the surrounding community and refused to give up even after the bosses rerouted patients So far theyve saved the hospital. Among the fuzzier new directions were the AFL-CIOs enthusiastic but amorphous outreach to community groups and the UAWs bid to get Volkswagen to allow organizing at a Tennessee plantin order to install a German-style works council for union-management cooperation. Wheres that leading? $15: DEMAND OF THE YEAR The same question came to mind as fast food workers walked of cities in December, in a Service Employees-funded effort. A year of protests and strikes demanding $15 and a union have address, or at least explain away. While the demand for $15 has made a small dent, the demand for a union seems as far off as ever. Between small shops, large turnover, and hostile labor law, signing a contract with McDonalds or Pizza Hut sounds farfetched. But fast food workers have been winning small victories: getting ing in unbearably hot kitchens. In Chicago, Whole Foods workers securing a day off for Thanksgiving by holding Strikesgiv ing on the busiest grocery shopping day of the year. The good old-fashioned strike also worked in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, where Walmart workers unassociated with recent organizing walked out to protest low hours and a tyrannical supervisor. With most of the shift out, management caved to their demands. ASKING MORE While retail workers struggled for more hours, others from nurses to postal and UPS workers protested as employers crammed more into those hours. Auto workers, forced onto an Alternative Work Schedule that obliterates weekends and evades overtime pay, demanded their When Machinists union higher-ups, following secret negotia tions, pushed surprise mid-contract concessions on 31,000 Boeing workers, the membership tore up the ransom note and said no, two to one. Boeing had threatened to take its new 777X plane out of Washington state if workers didnt cave. Now a slate is challenging the Machinists national leadership. And a reform slate took over the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union, promising transparency in negotiations, a strong and outreach to customers to save USPS from privatization. Nobody would say the U.S. labor movement is doing well were down to 11.3 percent and concessions are still rampant. But the alarming slide in living standards, while politicians assure us the economy has recovered, has stirred union members, and brought out voters, to demand better. DLABOR, from p. 1
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 5 Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.com THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/ City Commission election in Marchby Joe Courter [Before getting into the races, a word about voter registration. If you are here as a resident, I would assume you are registered and will vote. If you are a student or just temporarily here, I encourage you to register in Alachua County while you are here. You will be representing the future students or other newcomers to the area on the issues most important to you. The elections party you are does not matter, as city elections, when it comes to voting, are non-partisan.] The City of Gainesville will be holding elections for three commission seats on Tuesday, March 11. The deadline for candi dates to enter the races is Jan. 20, so there may be others joining the fray after press time, but here is where it stands now. Two races are District seats, with the incumbents pretty sure of re-election as there doesnt seem to be any major controversies or strong opposition. District 2 is Todd Chase, and District 3 is Susan Bottcher. The former is on the Conservative side, the latter on the Liberal side, and each has one minor largely self-funded opponent at this time. Thats not to say they are shoe-ins, but that is how it looks now. The majorly contested race will be the At-Large seat currently held by the term-limited Thomas Hawkins. The two major candidates of the four currently entered are Annie Orlando and Helen Warren. Each are longtime Gainesville residents, and both are socially liberal and environmentally minded. The big difference between them is that Orlando is in the race as an opponent of the way the biomass plant was contracted and built, and also a person who felt personally wronged by the way the solar feed-in program was run. She is getting support from the small but vocal Tea Party City Commission bashing side of the spectrum, while Warren is more in line with the mainstream center left Democrats currently on the commission. The Iguana will have a voters guide in the March edition, when we can see how the candidates have shaken out, but having known Helen for 30-plus years as a solid and D On keeping us going ...A note to recent subscribers/donors: Thank you for responding to our December letter; it is the people who support this paper by subscribing or, if they pick it up for free still send a donation in, that help pay the printing and postage. Nobody gets paid here beyond the expense of production and distribution. If you got the letter, you can still send a donation or update your subscription. And by the way, if you just pull this off a stack or from a box, and you feel so moved, use a stamp and envelope and mail something in. No paypal yet, but we may just do that sometime soon. If you dont want it mailed to you, we can put you on an email notice list, and let you know when the new edition has been distributed. We thank you. D Editorial Boards reading listThe Top 25 Most Censored Stories of 2013http://www.projectcensored.org/category/top-25-of-2013/ Good Things about the Year 2013http://codepink.org/blog/2013/12/10-good-things-abouttheyear-2013/ Years a Slave v. 12 Years a Prisoner... at Guantanamohttp://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/12/20-5There is a War on Journalism: Jeremy Scahillhttp://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/5/there_is_a_war_on_ journalismBBC HARDtalk Glenn Greenwaldhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuothSrX1mQDemocracy needs whistleblowers. Thats why I broke into the FBI in 1971. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/07/fbi1971-burglary-hold-government-accountable Burglars Who Took on FBI Abandon Shadowshttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/us/burglars-who-took-onfbi-abandon-shadows.html?emc=eta1&_r=1Amiri Baraka, Our Griothttp://www.ebony.com/black-history/amiri-baraka-ourgriot-1934-2014-400#.UtCAbygTvEW
PAGE 6, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 The Daily Green: providing organic fresh fast foodby Lynne Loewenthal at a friends house. A year prior, a group of enthusiasts successfully obtained a license to create a locally programmed radio station, WGOT LP 94.7 FM, under the umbrella of the Civic Media Center. A year later, Adam Reinhard became the station manager and John Arana, Eddie Cromer and Adam had music radio shows: In Your Ear, Back of volunteer efforts with the station continued until DJ Amy Teague of Front Porch fame put a bug in their ears about joining efforts to create a new eatery at the old Louis Lunch. John was thrilled when they got the opportunity to purchase the old diner. Hed been waiting for the Louis Lunch family to decide the help of Adam, Eddie, and a slew of local and family support. John came from South Florida beginning his Gainesville years as a UF student, where he earned a Masters in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a minor in Wildlife Education. After graduation, he created his own construction company specializing in renovat-ing old buildings including his early 1900s home around the corner from Louis Lunch. of the revamped diner now known as Daily Green where they have a minimum 80 percent organic content in their products, support local farms and businesses that have sustainable agendas, and use sustainable building materials. Years ago while interviewing Adam on WGOTs Good Company, he said, as long time residents of Gainesville, they have always wanted to add something unique to our community. A native of South Florida, Adam came here with a degree in hand aiming to get a teaching job. He has been teaching at Eastside High for close to 20 years. And, hes become a legend: he cant go any-where in town without parents or students stopping to thank him for how he positively affected their lives. His dedication continues via Daily Green with his goal to provide a service not only to the population he serves at school, but to the larger community. Eddie (aka Lil Quadee B), a health conscious gastronomer who hails from the Panhandle, won the hearts of John and Adam with his unique approach to life and cooking. If its a superfood, its in Eddies kitchen. If its mayonnaise, it aint. Eddie brings a steady stream of followers collected during his years at the former local favorite, Iveys Restaurant, where he becommitment to his own healthy eating translates in his recipes and kitchen protocol. He insists on organic content and pays attention to reducing the waste stream by using compostable and recyclable materials. Waste food recycling inevitably creates a space where community can come together and celebrate good health through healthy eating and a sustainable lifestyle. Gainesvillians take their town into their own capable and intel-ligent hands and create the kind of place they want to live. John, Adam and Eddie are perfect examples. Together, they made the former burger shack that sported Little Debbie Snacks into healthy food on the go. If youve wondered what gives Gainesville the power to attract and retain residents from all over the globe, con-sider that Gainesville is a consciously and organically created community that produces establishments like Daily Green. The Daily Green is located at 436 SE 2nd St. and is open Mon-days through Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information on Daily Green, visit their website at http://dailygreendowntown. org/. D Thank you, from Veterans for Peaceby Scott Camil On behalf of Veterans For Peace, I would like to thank our loving, caring activist community for the great turnout we had for our 27th annual Winter Solstice Peace Concert. Once again we had a full house. Your support will insure that Gainesville Veterans For Peace will be able to fund all of our activities for the year 2014. I want to also thank Bill Hutchinson, Gainesvilles best musicians and Peter Theoktisto from Everyman Sound for putting on a really great show. All of these folks donate their time for the concert. I would like to thank Alice Hou, Nate Englert and Mur dolph Jones, our Peace Poetry readers. These youngsters represent our hopes for a more peaceful future. Finally I would like to thank our Peace Helmet winners, Gloria Summers, Doris Nabuis, Paul Ortiz, Richard Hudgens and Nic Vera. Without people like these Gainesville Veterans for Peace could not function. D
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 7 by Fred Royce La Via Campesina leaders from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. will be meeting with interested Gainesville community members at the Civic Media Center on the evening of Jan. 29, and at the University of Florida Library East on Jan. 30. Both events are free and open to the public. La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together mil lions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricul tural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agricul ture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature, according to its website. La Via Campesina comprises about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any politi It is widely regarded as the worlds leading international rural social movement. The North America regional leaders are visiting Gainesville to share ideas and develop linkages around the issues of food sovereignty, agrarian reform and agroecology, and how these issues relate to the broader themes of climate change and social justice. We look forward to your participation in open and wide-ranging discussions! DInternational farmworkers, small farmer leaders visit Gainesville La Via Campesina Public MeetingsJan. 29, 7-9 pm. An Evening with La Via Campesina Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. Gainesville Jan. 30 Food Sovereignty: A Dialogue on an Alternative Future Room 1, Library East, UF 9-10:30a.m.: Food Sovereignty: Struggle and concept 11:00:30: Food Sovereignty and the labor Nexus 1:45-3:30: Food Sovereignty, climate change and sustainable development La Via Campesina, the International Peasants Movement, works for unity among peasants, landless, women farmers and rural youth. Photo courtesy of viacampesina.org.
PAGE 8, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 Civic Media Centerpresents Black History MonthCo-sponsored by the UF Center for African Studies Monday, Feb. 3 Prince Among Slaves Monday, Feb. 10 Quilombo Monday, Feb. 17 Stealing Africa Why Poverty? Monday, Feb. 24 Amandala followed by group discussion. Film descriptions are available at civicmedicenter.org
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 9 Every Thu: Weekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 pm Poetry Jam, 9 pm Mon, Jan 20: Dare Not Walk Alone, documentary on the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement, 7 pm Wed., Jan 22: Climate Activism Meeting, 7 pm Fri, Jan 24: WGOTs 6th Birthday Bash! (Squeaky, Human Parts, New Natives, Ninja Gun, and Loose Bearings) at the Atlantic Nightspot, $7-10 sliding scale, 9 pm Sun, Jan 26: Labor Party Meeting, 11 am WGOT Singer-Songwriter Night in Courtyard, 6:30 pm Mon, Jan 27: Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 7 pm Tue, Jan 28: FREE HIV Testing, 6:30 to 8 pm Wed, Jan 29: La Via Campesina, international peasant farmworkers movement event, 7 pm Fri, Jan 31: Art Walk, 7 to 10 pm Sun, Feb 2: Zoe Lewis in concert, quirky musical genius playing piano, harmonica and more, presented by Wild Iris Books, $15, 6 pm Mon, Feb. 3: Prince Among Slaves, amazing true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince enslaved in the US South, 7 pm Tue, Feb 4: Pre-International Noise Conference Music Show, 9 pm Introduction to Drawing with Turbado Marabou, 4 to 6 pm, This class will continue for the following 5 Tuesdays. Wed, Feb 5: Graduate Assistants United (GAU) Potluck Social, 7 pm American uprising and autonomous territory in the new world. 7 pm Tue, Feb 11: Vagina Fest music show, 9:30 pm Wed, Feb 12: The Slam Up Tour, presented by Wild Iris Books, two phenomenal female slam poets 7 pm Fri, Feb 21: Art lecture and discussion with Turbado Marabou, 7 pm Mon, Feb. 17: Stealing Africa-Why Poverty? Glencores mines in Zambia dont generate much wealth for Zambians, but they do make some people in Switzerland very rich, 7 pm Mon, Feb 24: Amandla!:A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, 2002 documentary that shows how black South Africans used music as a tool to struggle against Apartheid, 7 pm Fri, Feb 28: Tiger Monkey Extravaganza Art Walk, local artist collective, 7 to 10 pm Interested in editing, graphic design, or web design? The Iguana needs YOU! Help make Gainesvilles longest running progressive rag happen! Contact Editor Jessica Newman for more details at email@example.com. 433 S. Main Street (352) 373-0010 www.civicmediacenter.orgParking just to the south at SE 5th Ave., (see sign) or after 7 p.m. at the courthouse (just north of 4th Ave.) or GRU (2 blocks east of CMC) Check website for details and additional events.Civic Media Center events January/February 2014
PAGE 10, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 Notice to readers: If there is inaccurate information in this list, please let us know. If you are connected to an organization listed here, please check and update so others can be accurately informed about your contact information. Thank you.Art Lab is for artists who continually expand skills and knowledge. Comprised of makers from a range of mediums (e.g. forged iron, spun wool, graphic design). Technique workshops, artist talks/critiques, professional practices meetings, critical thinking discussions. GainesvilleArtLab@gmail.com. http:// GainesvilleArtLab.org Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc. Protecting North Central Floridas natural, scenic, historic & recreational resources for over 25 years. ACT is the 2013 national Land Trust Excellence award recipient. 352-373-1078. AlachuaConservationTrust.org Alachua County Labor Party meets monthly and organizes to support local labor and advance the national campaign for universal, single-payer health care. Memberships are $20/ year. Contact: FloridaLaborParty.org, ACLP@ FloridaLaborParty.org, 352.375.2832, 14 East University Ave, Suite 204, Gainesville, FL PO Box 12051, Gainesville, FL 32604 American Civil Liberties Union Currently no local chapter. For info on forming a new Amnesty International UF campus chapter of worldwide human rights movement; www. facebook.com/ufamnesty or UFAmnesty@ gmail.com. Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) working to stimulate conservation action to save threatened species of birds in the southeastern U.S., www.arcinst.org. Citizens Climate Lobby (Gainesville Chapter) provides education/activist opportunities to bring about a stable climate. Meetings are on the at 12:30, at the downtown library's Foundation Room. 352-672-4327, www.citizensclimatelobby. org, firstname.lastname@example.org Civic Media Center Alternative reading room and library of the non-corporate press, and a resource and space for organizing. 352373-0010, www.civicmediacenter.org. The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating Spanish Speakers through Advocacy and Service (CHISPAS) Student-run group at UF. www.chispasuf.org Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-led grassroots peace and social justice movement utilizing creative protest, non-violent direct action and community involvement. CodePink4Peace.org, email@example.com. Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. Nonrural landscapes, wildlife corridors and natural Democratic Party of Alachua County Meetings held the second Wednesday each the County Administration Building at SE 1st Ave., 352-373-1730, alachuadems.org. Edible Plant Project Local collective to create a revolution through edible and foodproducing plants. 561-236-2262 www. EdiblePlantProject.org. Families Against Mandatory Minimums Work to reform Florida's sentencing laws and restore fairness to Florida's criminal justice system. PO Box 142933, Gainesville, FL 32614, firstname.lastname@example.org. 352-682-2542 The Fine Print Independent, critically thinking outlet for political, social and arts coverage through local, in-depth reporting for Florida School of Traditional Midwifery A clearinghouse for information, activities and educational programs. 352-338-0766 www. midwiferyschool.org Florida Defenders of the Environment are dedicated to restoring the Ocklawaha and preserving Floridas other natural resources. 352-378-8465 FlaDefenders.org Gainesville Area AIDS Project provides toiletries, household cleaners, hot meals, frozen food at no cost to people living with HIV/ AIDS. www.gaaponline.org, info@gaaponline. org, 352-373-4227, Open Tuesdays 10-1 and last Friday of month 5-7. Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty works to abolish the death penalty in Florida. Participate in vigils when Florida has at St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center (1738 W. University Ave.) 352-284-1749, www.fadp.org. Gainesville Food Not Bombs Local chapter of loose-knit group of collectives worldwide who prepare and share free, vegan/vegetarian, healthy, home-cooked meals made from local surplus with all who are hungry. Meals at 3 p.m. Sundays at Bo Diddly Community Plaza. Prep starts at 11 am. Get in touch if youd like to help. email@example.com. www.facebook. com/#!/groups/143660782367621/ Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) meets biweekly at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave. to discuss relevant immigration issues and ways to bring political education to the community through workshops, presentations, advocacy, action. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gainesvilleiaij.blogspot.com Gainesville Loves Mountains works with Appalachian communities to end mountaintop removal coal mining and to create a prosperous economy and sustainable is the best path our community can take toward a stronger economy, better jobs, a healthier environment. We are building a campaign for an ordinance requiring standards. gainesvillelovesmountains@ gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/ GainesvilleLovesMountains 352-505-2928 Gainesville Womens Liberation womens liberation group in the South, formed in 1968, the organization is now part of National Womens Liberation. WomensLiberation.org Graduate Assistants United Union improved working conditions, community involvement and academic freedom. 352-575Green Party Part of a worldwide movement built out of four interrelated social pillars that support its politics: the peace, civil rights, environmental and labor movements. www. GainesvilleGreens.webs.com Grow Radio for community members to create and manage engaging, educational, locally-generated arts and humanities for enrichment of the community. www.growradio.org. PO Box 13891, Gainesville, 32604, 352-219-0145 (v), 352-872-5085 (studio hotline) Harvest of Hope Foundation aid to migrant farm workers around the country. www.harvestofhope.net, email: email@example.com.Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655. or email firstname.lastname@example.org with updates and additions
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 11 Home Van A mobile soup kitchen going to homeless areas twice a week with food and other necessities, delivering about 400 meals per week; operated by Citizens for Social Justice. email@example.com or 352-372-4825. Humanist Society of Gainesville Meets 7:30 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of most months at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St to discuss and promote secular, humanist, atheist & agnostic social facebook.com/humanistsocietyofgainesville; firstname.lastname@example.org. Humanists on Campus: UF organization provides a community for freethinking, secular humanists. Goals include promoting values of humanism and discussing current issues humanists face internationally. We strive to participate in community service and bring a fun, dynamic group to the university! Preferred contact info: email@example.com, 374-3537. Industrial Workers of the World Local union organizing all workers. Meetings are at the month at 6 p.m.. Gainesvilleiww@gmail. net. www. gainesvilleiww.org Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice organizes faith communities to work together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd Mondays at 6 p.m. at La Casita, 1504 W. University Ave. (across from Library) GainesvilleIAIJ@ gmail.com; 352-377-6577 International Socialist Organization Organization committed to building a left alternative to a world of war, racism and poverty. Meetings are every Thurs. at the UF classroom building at 105 NW 16th St. at 7 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindred Sisters Lesbian/feminist magazine. PO Box 141674, Gainesville, FL 32614. KindredSisters@gmail.com, www. kindredsisters.org. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Special training and MindFreedom North Florida Human rights group for psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers. 352-328-2511. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, education and advocacy for families and loved ones of persons with mental illness/brain disorders. 374-5600. ext. 8322; www.namigainesville.org. National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Local supporters work to promote/preserve threatened programs for senior citizens through educational activities. We have literature, speakers, National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social movements. email@example.com or www.nlg.org National Organization for Women Gainesville Area www.gainesvillenow.org. info@gainesvilleNOW.org NOW meeting info contact Lisa at 352-450-1912. National Womens Liberation and its Gainesville chapter is a feminist group male supremacy and win more freedom for women. The inequalities between women and men are political problems that require a collective solution. Founded in 1968. Join us at www.womensliberation.org, P.O. Box 14017, Gainesville, 32604, 347-560-4695, firstname.lastname@example.org. Occupy Gainesville is about engaging the people of our community in grassroots, participatory democracy. We are about diversity and dialogue; we stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the rest of the people peacefully occupying public space across this county and the rest of the world. www.occupygainesville. org and https://www.facebook.com/ occupygainesville PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Gainesville (1624 NW 5th Ave.) at 7 p.m. with a programmed portion and informal meeting with opportunity to talk and Planned Parenthood Clinic Full-service health center for reproductive and sexual health care needs. Offering pregnancy testing and options counseling for $10 from 10amnoon and 2-5pm. Located at 914 NW 13th St. 352-377-0881. Pride Community Center of North Central Florida Resources for the gay/lesbian community, open M-F, 3-7, Sat. noon-4. Located at 3131 NW 13th St., Suite 62. 352377-8915, www.GainesvillePride.org. Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information about the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. 352-354-2432, www. protectgainesville.org. River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and provides services like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. www. cemterforpeacebuilding.org. 2603 NW 13th St. #333, 352-234-6595 Sierra Club every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville 4225 NW 34th St. 352-528-3751, www. ssjsierra.org Sister City Program of Gainesville links Gainesville with sister cities in Russia, Israel Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Avenue (across from Gainesville HS). http:// www.gnvsistercities.org. Student/Farmworker Alliance A network of youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. On Facebook, search Gainesville Student/ Farmworker Alliance. Students for a Democratic Society Multi-issue student and youth organization working to build power in schools and communities. Meetings held every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall 32 on the UF campus. UF Pride Student Union Group of gay, lesbian, bi and straight students & nonedu/~pride. United Faculty of Florida Union represents faculty at Univeristy of Florida. 392-0274, email@example.com, www.UFF-UF.org. United Nations Association, Gainesville Florida Chapter. Purpose is to heighten citizen awareness and knowledge of global problems and the UN efforts to deal with those issues. www.afn.org/~una-usa/. United Way Information and Referral. Human-staffed computer database for resources and organizations in Alachua County. 352-332-4636 or simply 211. Veterans for Peace Anti-war organization that raises awareness of the detriments of militarism and war as well as seeking peaceful and effective alternatives. Meets first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.. 352-375-2563, www. afn.org/~vetpeace/. WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the Civic Media Center. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wgot.org.D
PAGE 14, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 History and the people who make it: Marquitta Brown Transcript edited by Pierce Butler This is the nineteenth in a continuing series of transcript excerpts from the collec tion of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Marquitta Brown was interviewed by Sar ah Blanc [SB] in 2010. MB: I was born January 20, 1988. I grew up in Miami, played sports all the time. Every Christmas, it was either a cop toy set and Matchbox cars, no Barbie dolls, none dangerous or anything, until twelfth grade. And then, everything was life-changing. Friends that I was sitting by, the next day they wouldnt be there, they had got shot and killed at some party. So twelfth grade for me was more like, alright, life is serious; I need to get out of here. I had good academics always. I had a lot of domestic violence in my home between my mom and dad. That was my motivation, just to get my grades, go away to school, never come back home. In high school, I worked every summer. I would at least have two jobs and dur ing school I would have at least one. Id stop when sports started cause Id play basketball every season. Me and the friends in high school, we were all in competition. We challenged each other. That was our way of motivating each other and keeping each other on top. SB: Did you have any teachers or advisors in high school that really pushed you? MB: Yes, Mr. Henry. He was my criminal justice teacher, which I had met ninth grade. He was why I went to Miami Carol City Senior High School. I had him all up until twelfth grade. He passed away that October, so that was hard. He was always saying something positive. I wish he was still alive so I could call him back and be like, yeah, Im I did a speech my twelfth grade year, because I was the class president, and I dedicated my speech to him, and my close friend had passed away my twelfth grade year, Jeffery. It was a good speech, too. The title was, All Grown Up. I also have a tattoo on my back that says, all grown up. Mr. Henry would always say, it takes a village to raise a child. I found comfort in my godmother, I found comfort in Mr. Henry, and my brothers, and my friends. This is the village that he was talking about. And even just by working, through summer programs. I had made so many connections, so many people that would write good references, all of that carried me along. My brother ended up being the victim of some gang stuff. They would just jump random people. So my brother and his friend walking home from school got I kept begging my mom; let him come live with me, his eleventh and twelfth grade of high school. And hes now at Santa Fe. He still lives with me. I ended up coming [to UF] in the fall, a lot of my friends came up the summer, but I wanted to still work because I had already applied for a paid internship. It was the City of Miami Gardens. And I ended up getting a job at Call the Racetrack, in the marketing department there, for two summers. The next year I ended up at the MiSB: When you got to college, did you know what you wanted to study? MB: It was always Criminology. When I came in here, I got twenty-four college credits from the criminal justice program I was telling you about, with Mr. Henry. We would go to Miami-Dade and take classes; UF took twenty-one of those. There was never anything else I wanted to do but law enforcement and work on juveniles. When I did go to UF, I did Criminology and Family, Youth, and Community. I dont think it was until my third year I had Criminal Law. That class itself was just what Ive been waiting for. It made you really think. It wasnt like, A, B, C, D, bubble in, so that was good. SB: Did you live on campus your first year? MB: Stairs, no elevator. We had a nice gym, Southeast gym. And that became my hangout. I would go there, play basketball, for hours and hours. Someone was like, hey, do you want to join our team football when I was little, nine and ten, with all boys. I was the only girl that passed and everything. After that semester, I got my own team started. Co-ed and womens. And then took the same team and played basketball, coed and womens. That was my life here at UF. I enjoyed every minute of it. Became a legend. Three years and I was done. I was working at Southwest gym. My second year I worked there, my third year, too, as a scorekeeper and as the building attendant, so that was good. Its not like I needed to work, it was just in me. Like, not to bank people do, and then they run out and theyre for school and saved, and my spending money will be what I make working. Senior year, and I was like, ahh, what am I going to do? I do not want to go back to Miami. But I started thinking, I really want to work with juveniles, how hard it would be to get on the police up here, and I saw, oh, shoot, they got some job openings. So I hurried up and applied. Gainesville Police Department, they do tryouts, so I did good at my tryouts, I guess.
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 15 For one, Im very spiritual. I feel like I have 100 percent connection with God. Im at peace with life itself. And I dont think about death. I enjoy my job. I just try to be safe. I work out east, in the zone that I worked in with the summer camp with the kids. I want to start a youth program. I dont know if Im going to end up doing it here in Gainesville or once Im retired from police, go back to Miami and do it. Because, you know, we have parks and stuff but any and everybody could come. They would come on the basketball court, run all the kids off, smoke, do whatever they wanted to do. There was nowhere to go. We played football on contests in the middle of the street. We would put out slides in the grass in the front yard, cut on the sprinklers, and everybody from the neighborhood would come, which was fun. I want to have all these things, just a big youth recreation program. I want them to football, soccer, everything. Just so they can have somewhere to go. Cause a lot of kids, they resort to crime cause its too much time on their hands. My area that I work in is all low-income families. And I get mad because I work from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. and literally, you in the neighborhood at 12 a.m., with no parent. I always either blame parenting or just, like I said, theres no opportunities out here, nowhere constructive to go, so you just roam the streets. their parents are teaching them: I hate the cops, so you should hate the cops too. You shouldnt teach your kids that. If anything, you should teach your child how to respond to the police. My mom and dad, when they were teach ing us how to drive, they taught us if you get pulled over by the police, keep your hands on the steering wheel so they can see them. Dont move, dont do anything until they tell you to do it. And my mom would always say, if you can, dial our home, because we had cell phones, and we had them on speed dial, so put us on First, you had to do a written test, which, thats nothing. Then you have to do a physical agility: its like a whole obstacle course. The only part that slowed weight thing from here to here. I mean, Im not the strongest person. And it was muddy and I kept falling and trying to pull; it was crazy. But even after that part, we still had to sprint 200 or 300 yards or so. Tired as I was, I still sprinted. After that you had the oral board. They give you a scenario, what would you do? Im trying to think of certain things I had learned from college and from my high school program. So, it helped, I guess, cause I passed. Then I took the psych exam, then a polygraph. I dont have anything to lie about, so I wasnt scared. You ever done any drugs? Im like, dude, Ive never smoked a cigarette. I stay out of the clubs because I dont like smoke. Ive never done any drugs. So then hes like, oh, what about steroids? That was funny. After that, I knew I was hired. I got in an academy that was like six months long. You do four more months of was nerve-wracking cause every night, That was very good training. And I went solo. I got my own police car now and everything. I guess they trust me. [Laughter] Every day, you dont know whats going to happen. All you know is, youre gonna have to help somebody and you have to put somebody to the ground. SB: Have you had to? MB: Oh, yeah, its fun. I even got scars. I got scratched up by a female. She had a crack pipe on her and she didnt want to go to jail. She ended up being HIV-positive, so I had to get tested, and everything was negative, but it was still scary. You risk your life every day. But I like to think about it as, if I walk out of my house, or even sitting inside, my life could always be on the line. Because it was, my twelfth grade year, back to that. It was like two cases where an eight-yearold girl, sitting on the porch, playing with a doll, got shot for no reason. People doing drive-by shootings. the phone and just let us listen to everything. Ive had so many encounters with es in Miami, but it didnt make me hate them. I just wanted to join them. SB: Do your friends and family treat you differently now that youre a police officer? MB: No, they love it. My brother, he loves it. My older brother, he has so many run-ins with the cops. Im just like, dude, youre not going to win, not acting like that, My mom, she loves it. My dad, he brags about me all the time. And my husband, he got hired by GPD as well, so me protect you now. I love kids, I cant wait to have kids. But Im just waiting with the whole job thing right now because I dont want to be off for nine months. I mean, jeez, nine months. I think the worst things I probably deal with is people who attempt to commit suicide and stuff. Its just good, man. I love driving fast. I do. [laughter] Its so cool. You running, lights and sirens. You get a rush, man. My goal is to never be rude to anybody. My communication skills with people are excellent. Im usually able to talk somebody right into handcuffs, you know, put them at ease. Just talking to people, it saves a lot of situations from becoming something it doesnt have to be. Search for Marquitta Brown at http:// transcript of this interview. The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program believes that listening carefully to way we understand history, from scholarly questions to public policy. SPOHP needs the publics help to sustain and build upon its research, teaching, and service missions: even small donations can make a big difference in SPOHPs ability to gather, preserve, and promote history for future generations. oral/support.html or make checks to SPOHP, and mail to PO Box 115215, Gainesville, FL 32611. D
PAGE 16, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 by J. Maggio of a punk show at the old Common Grounds for drinking under age. Even as I kicked him out he still was smiling and laughing. His laugh was almost a kind of hiccup, a punctuation mark on his various quips and profanities. I was working the door that night, and after a few minutes he came back with a sly smile. He pulled up his sagging shorts, and wiped sweat off his torn Asssuck t-shirt. As he sat on the window ledge, he just laughed again and said: hey, can we agree we were both assholes and that you should let me back in the show? The only thing I could do was smile. We chatted for a few minutes about bands, hip hop shows, Taco Bell and various other things. He told me he heard a little Chuck D in both Levon Helm and Elvis Costello. I remember thinking that this was such a brilliant and audacious claim. Eventually he charmed me into letting him back in. That was Jamie: When you didnt want to kick his ass, you wanted to help him out. Jamie was uncompromising in almost every way. He categorically would not compromisesocially, emotionally, stylistically, musically. Every tear in his t-shirt represented another scar in his battle to stay true. Jamie created a faade through. Yet his passion was tied to a belief that we all can be loyal and energetically determined. Jamie was simultaneously self-righteous and humble. He had the passion of a zealot and the insecurity of a Zelig. He was always getting kicked out and charming his way back in. If Jamie Garvey hadnt existed someone would have had to create him, or write him. Completely disturbing, challenging, hysterical, provocative and purposeful. He just had to be. Jamies laugh alone was a statement of purpose. It is also important to remember that Jamie did stuff. He did lots of stuff. Jamie was The Scapegoat. Rachel Shorr noted with concision: Jamie was a real ass mofo, always stood up for what he believed in. Jamie rode his skateboard and played in bands. He helped out at local collectives and organizations. He booked shows, he put out records by other peoples bands. He went to shows, lots of shows. He worked slapdash crappy jobs to cover the covers. Jamie strove to make Gainesville a better place to be, a better place to create a community that looked itself hard in the eye and pulled no punches. Over the last decade he fronted the hip-hop act Scum of the Earth with his good friend Bobby aka DJ Wax Atom. With Scum of the Earth, Jamie developed into an extremely to be both entertaining and subtly mature. his mind worked and how big his attitude was. He had so much to say. And he did. Though Jamie loved hip-hop and his hiphop records, he was always skeptical to put it mildly of the hip-hop scene and of up-and-coming acts. He consciously tried to inject a punk rock ethos, as he understood it, into his shows. He sometimes failed and pissed people off. He would have it no other way. This is not the place to comment or to speculate about what caused this tragedy. We all know and Jamie knew that we can do better. The cracks in the system now seem cavernous. Lets not focus on that right now. That is for later. Lets remember Jamie the friend, Jamie the punk, and Jamie the madman. He was complex. He was deep, probably a little too deep for this world. I am certain Jamie would laugh at all these words and say it was mostly nonsense. But, even as he was dismissing it, his laugh would acknowledge that, really, he understood. Again, it was that laugh: His laugh implied it all. Just thinking that we will never hear that laugh again makes many of us hurt inside. Yet the memory of that laugh has to sustain us, to help us say goodbye. And even though it hurts, we can honestly say: Jamie Garvey was here. He changed things. He lived. Jamie Garvey mattered. D Jamie Garvey, 1982
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 17 Joe Haldeman book signingby Joe Courter deman has just published a new novel entitled Work Done For Hire, and he will be speaking and holding a book signing at the Civic Media Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2pm. His new book picks up on themes present in many of his books and is stimulated by his experiences as a soldier in Viet Nam, that of a jaundiced view of war and those that send people to war. This book is a near future thriller and involves a writer who is a veteran of a desert war. Copies of Work Done For Hire will be available at the event through Wild Iris Books, which is co-hosting with the CMC. Joe is best known for his 1974 novel, The Forever War. That novel, and other works of his, including The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major scifantasy, he is a SFWA Grand Master and since 2012 a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Joe splits his time between Gainesville and teaching at MIT. The Civic Media Center is at 433 S. Main St next to Citizens Co-op. D A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world or der and say of war, This way of settling differences is not just. This business of burning human beings with napalm, injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and ically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. --Martin Luther King, from his Beyond Vietnam address in New York City on April 4, 1967 2014 Alachua County Peace Poetry ContestSubmission Deadline: March 14Gainesville Veterans for Peace invites all students in Alachua County, grades K, to submit one poem on the subject of peace. For more information or to submit a poem, email email@example.com.
PAGE 18, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 by Manuel Perez-Rocha This article was originally published on Dec. 27 by OtherWords. org. See the full version, complete with informative links, at http://otherwords.org/nafta-mexico-poverty-engine/. Twenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans. Of course, hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished since automotive and tech companies moved their production across the border in search of much lower wages. This was supposed to boost employment in Mexico. Instead, NAFTA has become an engine of poverty in the country, forcing millions of Mexicans to migrate to the United States in search of jobs. Why? Under NAFTA, cheap subsidized corn from the United States farmers to compete. Government support previously given to small farmers was withdrawn and directed to big agricultural exporting corporations instead. Before NAFTA, Mexico was a developing country, says Victor Suarez, who leads an association of Mexican small farmers. But now its an underdeveloping country, with 70 percent of people in rural areas and 85 percent of the indigenous population living in poverty. Still, even with hard times in the countryside, the trade deals architects promised that Mexico would industrialize. That transformation would, according to the promises that propelled NAFTA two decades ago, generate job growth. Unfortunately, most factories that opened in Mexico are merely assembly plants, not production sites. Parts arrive from the United States, China, and other countries. Once assembled, the products are exported. Without much local or national content, these industries require fewer workers than locally based manufacturing plants, which closed down when they could not compete. Adn Rivera, who leads an association of small and mediumsized companies in Mexico, points out that because NAFTA caused the destruction of thousands of small productive units, it has resulted in the elimination of millions of jobs. NAFTA not only decimated many Mexican small businesses, it also helped to destroy entire national industries. Before NAFTA, Mexico produced trains, tractors, and other industrial goods. They generally werent exported, but that production made the Many of these industries have wasted away. During the 2008 Americas steepest decline because of its chronic dependence on the U.S. market. Meanwhile, Mexican consumption of U.S. goods has skyrocketed, with Mexicans shopping in big box stores like Walmart and Costco. At these stores, even food items emblematic of Mexico like tortilla chips and salsa are brought in from the United States. The result? Millions of small-scale producers, mom and pop shops, and other traditional Mexican employers were scrapped, and the national diet went downhill. The gusher of processed foods and beverages from the North has made Mexico the worlds most obese nation, with diabetes its top cause of death. Not everyone is a loser, of course. Mexico boasts the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim who amassed his fortune from privatization schemes related to NAFTA. Mexicos economic elite, with its wealth securely deposited in banks in the United But for the rest of the population, Mexicos experience with NAFTA shows why free trade and investment deals are bad not only for Americas working families, but for working families all over the world. Barack Obama is now championing faces growing global resistance. After 20 years of NAFTA, the predictions we made that the agreement would cause massive social problems have proven true. Its become clear that these pacts can hurt people in every possible way. D
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 19 Medical marijuana on the ballot in Florida?by Jessica Newman Supporters of medical marijuana in Florida need approximately 683,000 signatures by Feb. 1 to put the issue on the ballot in November, but organizers from People United for Medical Marijuana (running the petition campaign) already collected more than 900,000 at press time. Even if supporters collect enough signatures by the deadline (which looks likely), the Florida Supreme Court still must rule on the legality of the amendment before it appears on the ballot. before the state Supreme Court on Dec. 5. According to Reuters, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi and the states Republican political leadership contend that the ballot language improperly implies that the state can trump federal restrictions on marijuana. They also have argued that allowing marijuana use for medical conditions might allow doctors to prescribe it for anxiety, stress or other non-critical ailments. The proposed summary of the amendment is: Allows the medi cal use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute mari juana for medical purposes and shall caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana. You can see the full language of the proposed amendment and the ballot language by searching for Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions 13-02 at the Florida Division of Elec The language of the amendment per mits prescriptions, at the judgment of a licensed physician, for ailments such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, post-traumatic stress disor der, glaucoma, chronic pain, and epilepsy. If more than 60 percent of voters approve the amendment in galize medical marijuana. Nineteen other states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. To sign the petition, make a contribution to the cause, or learn more, visit the website of People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) at www.unitedforcare.org. The petition must be downloaded and mailed to PUFMM, and all signatures must be delivered by Feb. 1. You must be a registered voter in the state of Florida for your signature to count. So time is of the essence! Visit www.unitedforcare.org/petition to download and print the blank petition. D Second store at 5011 NW 34th St.
PAGE 20, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 This letter from Ralph Nader was origi-nally published by CommonDreams.org on Jan. 3. See the original at http://www. commondreams.org/view/2014/01/03. George W. Bush George W. Bush Presidential Center PO Box 560887 Dallas, Texas, 57356 Dear Mr. Bush: A few days ago I received a personalized letter from your Presidential Center which included a solicitation card for donations that actually provided words for my reply. They included Im honored to help tell the story of the Bush Presidency and Im thrilled that the Bush Institute is advanc-ing timeless principles and practical solu-tions to the challenges facing our world. (Below were categories of tax-deductible contributions starting with $25 and going upward.) Did you mean the timeless principles that drove you and Mr. Cheney to invade the country of Iraq which, contrary to your fabrications, deceptions and coverups, never threatened the United States? Nor could Iraq [under its dictator and his dilapidated military] threaten its far more powerful neighbors, even if the Iraqi re-gime wanted to do so. Today, Iraq remains a country (roughly the size and population of Texas) you The country you destroyed: a letter to George W. Bushdestroyed, a country where over a mil-lion Iraqis, including many children and infants (remember Fallujah?) lost their lives, millions more were sickened or in-jured, and millions more were forced to become refugees, including most of the Iraqi Christians. Iraq is a country rife with sectarian strife that your prolonged inva-sion provoked into what is now open war-fare. Iraq is a country where al-Qaeda is spreading with explosions taking 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 lives per day. Just this week, it air-to-ground missiles to Iraqs air force to be used against encampments of the countrys branch of al-Qaeda. There was no al-Qaeda in Iraq before your invasion. Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were mor-tal enemies. The Bush/Cheney sociocide of Iraq, to-gether with the loss of tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers lives, countless injuries and illnesses, registers, with the passage of time, no recognition by you that you did anything wrong nor have you accepted re-sponsibility for the illegality of your mili-tary actions without a Congressional dec-laration of war. You even turned your back on Iraqis who worked with U.S. military occupation forces as drivers, translators etc. at great risk to themselves and their families and were desperately requesting visas to the U.S., often with the backing of U.S. military personnel. Your administra-tion allowed fewer Iraqis into the U.S. than did Sweden in that same period and far, far fewer than Vietnamese refugees coming to the U.S. during the nineteen seventies. When you were a candidate, I called you a corporation running for the Presidency masquerading as a human being. In time you turned a metaphor into a reality. As a corporation, you express no remorse, no shame, no compassion and a resistance to admit anything other than that you have done nothing wrong. Day after day Iraqis, including children, continue to die or suffer terribly. When the paraplegic, U.S. army veteran, Tomas Young, wrote you last year seeking some kind of recognition that many things went horribly criminal for many American sol-diers and Iraqis, you did not deign to re-ply, as you did not deign to reply to Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son, Casey, in Iraq. As you said, the interesting thing about being the president is that you dont feel like [you] owe anybody an expla-nation. As a former President, nothing has changed as you make very lucrative speeches before business groups and, re-markably, ask Americans for money to support your continued work in public service. Pollsters have said that they believe a ma-jority of Iraqis would say that life today is worse for them than under the brutal dic-tatorship of Saddam Hussein. They would also say George W. Bush left Iraq worse off than when he entered it, despite the U.S. led sanctions prior to 2003 that took so many lives of Iraqi children and dam-aged the health of so many civilian fami-lies. Your national security advisor, Condoleez-za Rice, said publically in 2012 that while the arc of history may well turn out bet-ter for post-invasion Iraq than the present day violent chaos, she did take personal responsibility for the casualties and the wreckage. Do you? Can you, at the very least, publically urge the federal government to admit more ci-vilian Iraqis, who served in the U.S. mili-tary occupation, to this country to escape the retaliation that has been visited on their similarly-situated colleagues? Isnt that the minimum you can do to very slightly lessen the multiple, massive blowbacks that your reckless military policies have caused? It was your own anti-terrorism White House adviser, Richard Clarke, who wrote in his book, Against All Enemies: Inside Americas War on Terror, soon after leaving his post, that the U.S. played right into Osama bin Ladens hands by invading Iraq. Are you privately pondering what your in-vasion of Iraq did to the Iraqis and Ameri-can military families, the economy and to the spread of al-Qaeda attacks in numerous countries? Sincerely yours, Ralph Nader P.S. I am enclosing as a contribution in kind to your presidential center library the book Rogue Nation: American Unilateral-ism and the Failure of Good Intentions by Clyde Prestowitz (2003) whom Im sure you know. Note the positive remark on the back cover by General Wesley Clark. D
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 21 by Steve Schell On Friday, January 24, WGOT will celebrate 6 years on the air downtown Gainesville. On the bill are Loose Bearings, New Natives Guys (Valdosta), Human Parts, and Squeaky. Its almost hard to believe that this January marks 6 years on the air for WGOT! After a laborious application period, the work for which began before the turn of the century, WGOT began broadcasting on 94.7 FM in early 2008. Internet streaming followed about 3 years later. The current arrangement on 94.7 has WGOT sharing that frequency with two other low-power stations Faith Presbyterians WVFP and Calvary Baptists WGLJ. Such a shared frequency means that any time you tell someone about the station, you have to go into detail about when to listen. You can imagine the confusion for listeners of any of the three stations. The shared frequency came about as a result of FCC rules for low power stations they would grant only one frequency in any one community. So the CMC representatives met with the WGOT Celebrates 6 Years on the AirSee WGOT, p. 23 The Punk SingerThe Punk Singer, a documentary focusing on Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna, will be showing at the Hippodrome Theater from Jan. 24 through Jan. 30. Show times are: Friday, Jan 24: 6:30 Saturday, Jan. 25: 2:30 and 6:30 Sunday, Jan. 26: 4:30 Wednesday, Jan 29: 6:00 Thursday, Jan. 30: 7:00 Lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the Riot Grrrl movement of the s. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons for a new generation of women and a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archi val footage and interviews with Hanna, as well as musicians like Kim Gordon, Joan Jett and Carrie Brownstein, THE PUNK SINGER provides a fascinating overview of her inof her new band, The Julie Ruin. (c) IFC Films Directed by: Sini Anderson 1hr 20mins | USA | NR Featuring: Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz, Joan Jett
PAGE 22, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 by Sylvia Arnold On Saturday, Jan. 4, a group of concerned community members met to discuss the -ics, a drone manufacturing company, within the Porters community. Bryan da Frota, the companys CEO partic-ipated in the discussion. He explained the construction, models and uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). These include mili-tary, surveillance, emergency response, and geographical surveying. He described one of Priorias UAS modground level with mounted cameras. Its main use is for reconnaissance purposes. It is considered a full aircraft. It takes a team of 20-plus people to maintain support ser-vices. He assured the group that this device is not for eliminating people. After Da Frotas presentation, the commu-nity group discussed the issues surrounding the use of drones to kill civilians, in agricul-ture and sales to military, laws surrounding the operation of businesses like Prioria, pol-icies on allocations of funds and the market associated with drone production, the Uni-versity of Floridas public subsidizing of military drone development, whether or not infringe upon human rights, and how this is both a national and a local issue. As a result of the discussion, the group will host a press conference followed by a pick-et at Prioria on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. There is also an information meeting following the picket on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the CMC at 12 p.m. This coincides with the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. The purpose of the picket is to draw attention to the presence of drone manufacturing next to the Porters community and to draw awareness to the issues surrounding these businesses in our community. Gainesville -panies. For more information, search for MLK 2014 Drone Awareness on Facebook. DPeaceful uses, no excuses 104 SE 1st A ve., Gainesville, FL MTh: 11a.m.8p.m. F: 11a.m.10p.m. 104 SE 1st Avenue Gainesville FL Join the Movement!If you miss the picket on Jan. 15, there will be an informational meeting on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Civic Media Center (433 S. Main St., Gainesville) at 11a.m.
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014, PAGE 23 representatives of the other two applicants and came to an agreement to share 94.7 FM. Now, since the FCC opened a last year, WGOT has applied to the FCC for a new frequency all its own. If the FCC approves the application, the station will have 18 months in which to tions to move to 100.1 FM. If everything falls into place as it should, WGOT will be broadcasting 24/7/365. And we cant do it without YOU. This is your community radio station, so get in touch and let us know your suggestions, comments, or complaints. We want to be responsive to what the community wants and we want broad community representation in our organization. If you have always wanted to have your own radio show, now is your chance! We can show you how to do it and its very easy. Plus its free! If being on the air is not your thing, there are other ways that you can be involved just ask. WGOT has also recently launched our Singer Songwriter Night, held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at the Courtyard behind the CMC and Citizens Co-op on South Main Street. From 7 p.m. until 9p.m., we hang out and listen to whoever w ould like to come and play. There is a word of the night (sometimes its a phrase) and anyone who per forms is asked to play a song that uses the word of the night. The word is deter mined by a random drawing of suggestions submitted by those who attended the previous event. To stay current on all things WGOT, get on our low-volume mailing list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the website at www.wgot.org for announcements, playlists for shows, and a short form to submit if you want to do a show of your own. Follow us on Facebook! We hope to see you at The Atlantic on January 24 come help us celebrate! DWGOT, from p. 21GROWRADIO.org programming scheduleGrow Radio is a listener-supported, Gainesville-based Internet radio station that provides community members an opportunity to create and manage engaging, educational, informative, locally-generated programming to and humanities for the enrichment of the Gainesville community. The following schedule is subject to change, and not all programs are broadcast each week. Check growradio.org for updates. Sun 1 pm Knife Hits 3 pm A Notch in My Pistol 5 pm Joe and Craig Show 7 pm Thru the Rhythm 9 pm The Sum of Your Life Mon 11 am Dr. Bills Super Awe .. 1 pm The Kitchen Sink 7 pm Maium 8 pm New Day Rising 10 pm Culture Wars 11 pm Eagle DeathTue 12 am Eagle Death 11 am Whats the Story 1 pm Street Nuts 3 pm Very Amazing and Co. 5 pm The Barefoot Sessions 7 pm river rail rhythm 9 pm The ExperimentWed 12 am Pyramid Society 64 9 am Sax and Violins 1 3 pm The Quiet City 5 pm A Brazilian Commando 7 pm Homebrew Talk 9 pm The Otherness 11 pm RadiodeoThu 12 am Radiodeo noon Things Be Blowin ... 4 pm Hope & Anchor 6 pm Erosion 10 pm Lost SharksFri 11 am The Breakup Song 1 pm 4D Meltdown 3 pm Ecstasy to Frenzy 6 pm The Narain Train 8 pm The Bag of TricksSat 11 am Jazzville 1 pm Cosmic Sataurdaze 5 pm Alewife Outbound 7 pm Planet of Sound 9 pm Reality Bites WGOT 94.7 LP FM Gainesville's Progressive Community Radio Station WGOT is on the airSunday: 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1 4 p.m.. 8 p.m.-midnight Tuesday, Thursday: midnight-5 a.m.,14 p.m., 8-9 p.m. Saturday: 19 p.m.Check out wgot.org for upcoming events and a detailed schedule. WGOT stream under the Shoutcast directory. To listen from your iOS, Android, or Blackberry mobile device, you can use any radio streaming apps such as Tune In. We are listed in iTunes Radio under the Eclectic category. Direct feed at www.wgot.org/listen/. 94.7 is a Low Power FM station with a transmitter at NW 39th Ave and I-75, so best reception is within 5 miles, but many people are able to pick up the station in their car. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at email@example.com. Democracy NOW! airs Mon.-Fri. 1 p.m. & Mon.-Thur. 8 p.m.
PAGE 24, IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 What you can do: For information: Radical Press Coffee Shop in the CMC: 433 S. Main St., Gainesville 32601 Grassroots support keeps it going What the Civic Media Center does: Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts FestivalFeb. 13-16 The Depot Station, 203 SE Depot Ave., Gainesville gy, animals, sustainable life, business and government. Film selections include: GMO OMG, The Atomic States of America, Cape Spin!, Scott Camil will not die, Terms and conditions may apply, A will for the Woods, The wisdom to survive, and The Paw Project. SPECIAL EVENTS Thursday, Feb. 13: Opening night VIP reception Friday, Feb. 14: Valentines Day Party and Vintage Verde Fashion Show Saturday, Feb. 15: Eco Fair and Green Car Expo daytime EcoTours Sunday, Feb. 16: Morning Eco Tours, Closing night awards ceremony, wrap party Cinema Verde is a grassroots community event made possible by organizations, businesses and individuals like you. There are many ways to be involved and we welcome your participation! Please contact us at 352Vagina Fest 2014February 10, Gainesville anti-violence/oppression and womens liberation movement. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/vfestgainesville. Schedule of events: Monday, Feb. 10: Ladies Open Mic/Variety Show @ TBA Tuesday, Feb. 11: Showcase @ Civic Media Center Wednesday, Feb. 12: Showcase @ TBA Thursday, Feb 13: Ladies Band Roulette Showcase @ Boca Backyard Friday, Feb. 14: Alternative Burlesque Show @ High Dive Saturday, Feb. 15: Showcase @ 1982 Sunday, Feb. 16: Matinee showcase @ Lunchbox The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar and newsletterSubscribe!Individuals: $15 (or more if you can) Low/No income: What you can Groups: $20 Iguana, c/o CISPLA P.O. Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604 Comments, suggestions, are welcome. To list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655 GainesvilleIguana@cox.net www.gainesvilleiguana.org facebook.com/gainesvilleiguana issues of the Gainesville Iguana online (complete issues are available as PDFs) at www.gainesvilleiguana.orgThe Gainesville Iguana (established 1986)