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INSIDE ...From the Publisher . . . . . 3 Florida Civil Rights . . . . . 6 CMC Events . . . . . . . 9 Directory . . . . . . . 10-11 Event Calendar . . . . 12-13 Oral History Program .... 14-15 Farmworker Events . . . . 21 GROW Radio schedule . . . 23 It is estimated that around 80,000 people from at least 30 different states attended the Moral Monday march on Feb. 8 in Raleigh, NC. Ari Berman, who wrote about the protest in The Nation, called it the largest civil rights rally in the South since tens of thousands of voting rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery in support of the Voting Rights Act. And for the most part, with a few exceptions (MSNBC), the mainstream media absolutely ignored it. But the people united can never be defeated. The Moral Monday actions in North Car olina, where more than 1,000 people have been arrested in acts of civil disobedience over the last year, has inspired similar movements in other states like Georgia (where more than 30 people have been ar rested this year), Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina (Truthful Tuesdays). Now the movement is coming to Florida on the eve of the 2014 legislative session. The Iguana went to press too late to cover the Awake the State (www.awakethestate. com) events around the state of Florida, but we know there were actions planned in Gainesville, Ocala and Palatka. There was also a rally planned in Tallahas see at the Capitol on Monday, March 3. We hope that these marches and actions continue; resiliency and unity are key to getting their attention in Tallahassee and changing the conversation. March in North Carolina for the soul of AmericaUpwards of 80,000 people gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Feb. 8 to kick off the Moral Monday movement in anticipation of the 2014 state legislative session. Photo courtesy of US Human Rights Network (www .ushrnetwork.org). See MARCH, p. 4Venezuelan protests from the view of Western Caracasby Rebecca Hanson This article was originally published by Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights on Feb. 25. Read more at venezuelablog.tumblr .com. Images of burning tires, masked youth, and clashes between citizens and state security forces have accompanied almost all news coverage of Venezuela for the past few weeks. And these well-documented protests and the government response to them have, as blogger Francisco Toro wrote, changed the political game in Venezuela for the foreseeable future. To fully appreciate these changes, however, we need to also appreciate the geographical limits of the opposition protests. Taking into account where protests are not occurring, and why, is important in understanding what they represent for residents who do not live in the zones where protests have erupted. See VENEZUELA, p. 2 The GainesvilleIguanaMarch 2014 Vol. 28, Issue 3
PAGE 2, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 These protests have not engulfed the entire country or even the entire capital, despite coverage and photographs that might suggest otherwise. Recent articles in Ultimas Noticias have declared the western side of the city, which normally grabs headlines for its high homicide rates, as tranquil and quiet in comparison to the east. I live and conduct research in Catia, a massive grouping of working and lower-class barrios in the western section of the city that have long been considered a Chavista stronghold. Though I had heard about the violence that erupted on Youth Day, when clashranda in Chacaito, looking bored and tired by 8 oclock at night. The next day I walked down to the National Security Universitys location here in Catia, where zooming motorizados (motorcycle taxis) on the main avenue were, as usual, the gravest danger that I encountered. This does not mean that the Catienses (residents of Catia) I know are unaware or completely unaffected by what is going on in the east. When visiting various friends homes, the television in the background is almost always set to pro-government channels like VTV or Telesur, with images of the protests occasionally soliciting commentary. But this commentary tends to be relegated to references to the crazy opposition echando vaina (politely put, causing a ruckus) in their own streets, destroying their own property as they vent frustrations over multiple electoral losses. While watching the news after Leopoldo Lpez turned himself in, one friend compared him to a child throwing a temper tantrum when he did not get what he wanted when he wanted it. Nor do I mean to suggest that tensions are not high and Chavistas are not disillusioned. The day before Youth Day, I stood with a friend in line for almost two hours to buy toilet paper, coffee, and with the woman in front of us due to the cap on a number of cer tain products that one family can buy. We bought two extra bottles out behind us when a man accused another man of breaking in line. My friends comment from earlier that daythat Venezuela was reaching a breaking point with tensions ready to erupt echoed in my head as we walked out of the store. Families are strained by food shortages; they are upset with the made the comment about Lpez was an active member in multiple Chavista organizations up until this year, when he stopped participating completely. He now says the worsening economic situation in the country and corruption in the PSUV has produced a desire to detoxify himself of all things political. But for people I know on this side of town, these protests have little to do with resolving their problems, and many believe that accepted perception by Chavistas that the opposition is willing to go to any extremehoarding food, destroying infrastructure, etc.to regain the power they lost under Chvez. With the 2002-attempted coup and the oil strike of 2003 in the background, Chavistas see the current guarimbas (which refers to urban violence organized by the opposition) as one more historical moment that el pueblo puede aguantar (the people can endure). Indeed, for Chavistas these guarimbas are about a power struggle, not political rights or economic hardship. None of this is to say that protesters do not have legitimate grievances that the government has ignored. But, as has been mentioned previously, these grievances are not ones that tend to generate support or ire in popular sectors here. And the way in which protesters have gone about expressing these grievances in the past few weeks have only worked to further entrench divisions between east and west. Thus, it is highly unlikely that current tactics will win over the disillusioned Chvez supporters that Henrique Capriles was able to sway last year. While walking home yesterday, I noticed the banner above that had been draped across a walkover bridge on Sucre Avenue. It dura a los guarimberas (If you want to get to the government As Capriles himself pointed out in a recent speech, few people outside of the middle and upper class sectors in the east are going to be won over by the protests in the east. For many these qualms about breaking the democratic rules of the game. Thus, not less, censorship of the opposition voice. Um Who Is Leopoldo Lopez? What Is Oslo Freedom VENEZUELA, from p. 1 D
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 3 From the publisher ...On disproportionate effectsJoe Courter by Joe Courter I dont know what makes me more uncomfortable; watching the events of the world, or watching the way the media reports on the events of the world. The latter refers to the unseen, the unreported, the things that dont I am haunted by the horrors the Bush administration unleashed in Iraq, as the instability and violence continues. Is that what this democracy we brought them looks like? undermining and overthrowing of authoritarian governments seems to be what the United States is pursuing around the world, but is this something else other than well meant almost utopian belief that freedom and democracy will blossom once the tyrants are overthrown? How much is the quest for control of global energy resources, or undercutting economic rival nations as THEY move in on resources? I think the beginning of the Arab Spring was a genuine freedom struggle. Only idealism ran into two huge forces; fundamentalist religion and a large entrenched military. When the former won at the polls, the latter stepped in and took power back. Libya? Religion and weaponry as well as rivalries from before and after the revolution have not brought stability. Like Iraq, they largely feel life was better before...at least things were functioning. The unseen and unreported role of the U.S. in stage managing the events of other nations bothers me a lot. Doing things that would never be tolerated were the shoe on the other foot, this country will help foment dissent, aid protesters when its deemed in our interest, stage coups on leaders we dont like (all three in Venezuela under Chavez, but Eastern Europe as well) as well as run elections of candidates we do (Goni in Bolivia, Yeltsen in Russia for two). Currently there are two messy struggles in the news; Ukraine and Venezuela that have U.S. hands all over them. In Ukraine that Fuck the EU tape leak kinda showed the machinations behind the curtain. Venezuela is a bit more hidden, but is well documented by Eva Golingers* reporting on the 2002 coup attempt on Chavez. The National Endowment for Democracy, as well as Republican and Democratic party based international operations were helping create dissent and develop and put forward leaders, of which Leopold Lopez is but the next showroom model. follows the history of overthrows of other governments by the U.S., and mostly for Rico, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Honduras, Viet Nam, Guatemala, Chile, Grenada, internet propaganda power, has anything really changed? Id say one major thing. Civilian deaths and displacements on a scale never seen before. the-us-supported-opposition-in-venezuela-how-they-threaten-countrys-democracy/D Subscribe! The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar & newsletter .Individuals: $15 (or more if you can) Low/No income: What you can Groups: $20 Iguana, c/o CISPLA P .O. Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604Comments, suggestions, contributions list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655GainesvilleIguana@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 Carol Giardina Sally Guthrie Erica Merrell Paul Ortiz Sheila Payne 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, MARCH 2014 The article below was originally published on Feb. 10 by Campaign for Americas Future Blog. See the original with great north-carolina-for-the-soul-of-america.Moral March calls for -M planby Isaiah J. Poole The scene was Raleigh, N.C., but for many of the people who were there the message and its impact was intended to be native extremist agenda, and the tens of thousands of people from  states who converged on the North Carolina state capital on [Feb. 8] is just the beginning. The people who came to North Carolina to join Moral March on Raleigh saw it as the next phase of the push-back against teaparty Republicans and their assault in North Carolina and elsewhere against economic justice and democratic rights. Campaign for Americas Future co-director Roger Hickey was among them, and he has posted on OurFuture.org his account of a profoundly transformative movement that could affect politicians of all stripes this year and for years and decades to come. The Rev. William J. Barber II, the president of the North Carolina NAACP, organized the march, building upon a series of Moral Monday protests against the Republican state legislature and governor. But in his address at the march he stressed that this is no mere hyperventilation or partisan The thousands who listened to the speech believed that in ing for the soul of the nation. With the current dysfunction of government at the national level, these state movements will begin to get more attention as they become more of a visible new dynamic contrasting to the stalemate we see in Washington, D.C., said OurFuture.org writer and Education Opportunity Network editor Jeff Bryant, who attended the march. And the messaging around morality rather than values of of neoliberalism over the past two to three decades will strike many Americans as a better direction forward. agenda of extremist laws by the ultraconservative right wing that is choosing the low road, Barber said in his address, policies that are constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible and economically insane. Those policies include passage of one of the nations harshest voter suppression laws; the infamous motorcycle vagina law that clandestinely inserted severe restrictions on abortion rights into what was purportedly a motorcycle safety bill; cutting off eral funding to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act; taking actions that raised the tax burdens on lowerincome residents while lowering taxes on the states wealthiest; and cutting spending on public education and diverting public funding to charter and private schools. It is mighty low for us to sing America, America, God shed his grace on you in one breath, and with the other breath deny workers the grace of labor rights and collective bargaining, to cut the grace of safety nets for the needy, and to raise taxes on the poor and working poor, to deny immigrants the grace of fair immigration policies and to undermine the grace due to the rights of to women and the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community, Barber said. Its mighty low to wave banners and put bumper stickers on our cars saying God bless America but fail to realize our obligation to bless God by how we treat our brothers and sisters. Meet every challenge to suppress the right to vote. Mobilize all North Carolinians to the polls regardless of pression and for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act. Move every obstacle that could keep people from voting. I think one of the most important contributions Moral Mondays has had is to galvanize what have long been separate, left-leaning, single-issue groups pursuing separate agendas into a more cohesive movement, said Tom Sullivan, a North Carolina blogger and activist. The Forward Together Movements fusion politics recognizes that for any group to succeed, they all have to succeed and work together. Adversaries seeking to divide-and-conquer the left have instead galvanized it into a more cohesive, more powerful opposing movement. movement nationwide, the spirit of North Carolinas Moral Mondays is spreading through the South and throughout the country as people realize we have an option in this country. We can take the road to destruction, which is the road of extremism, or we can take the pathway to higher ground. I expect the movement to build, Sullivan said. Fifty years ago, it was segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segcollective moral judgement broke it. Same with apartheid. Same with this tea-party nonsense. MARCH, from p. 1 D
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 5 by Jenni Williams, Communication Director for Florida Organic GrowersJanuary marked a landmark decision in the federal lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v Monsanto. The large plaintiff group of 83 American and Canadian family farmers, indepen-dent seed companies and agricultural organizations whose combined member-ships total over one million citizens, in-ganic farmers, were denied the right to ar-gue their case in court and gain protection from potential abuse by the agrichemical and genetic engineering giant, Monsanto. Additionally, the high court decision dashes the hopes of family farmers who sought the opportunity to prove in court Monsantos genetically engineered seed patents are invalid. Farmers had sought Court protection under the Declaratory Judgment Act that should they become the innocent victims of con-tamination by Monsantos patented genesplice technology they could not perverse-ly be sued for patent infringement. In a complicated ruling issued in June 2013 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fed-eral Circuit in Washington, D.C., American farmers were initially handed a partial vic-tory when the three justices agreed with the farmers assertion that contamination by Monsanto was inevitable. The justices or-dered Monsanto not to sue American farmtrace amounts of patented material, which I am disappointed and saddened that the U.S. Supreme Court denied the right to self-defense in this case, said Marty Mesh, executive director of Florida Or-ganic Growers, a co-plaintiff in the law-suit. We were hopeful that the Supreme Court would hear this important case, one where organic and conventional growers and farm organizations seek justice. Famers who want no part of this tech-nology or the company only asked for assurance that Monsanto would never sue them for patent infringement, said Mesh. No damages, just assurance. Monsanto would rather spend many hundred thousand or millions of dollars on some of the most expensive attorneys these innocent farmers. They also dis-missed the motion to make sure farmers dont have their day in court and to make sure the questioning of the legitimacy of the patents are not heard before a judge or jury. Again, the merits of the case were never heard, all of this was only to attempt to have the case heard. A small victory came with the defeat. The victory was achieved in the appel-late court after repeated questioning amounts, which they said in another case was a vague term which had no meaning. However, that will prove to be inadequate as contamination and ge-netic pollution continue as human and environmental risks grow, and those concerns are better researched. This battle is by no means over. There are issues that deserve a public discussion and legal items that will be asked to have a day regulatory, legal, academic, media and in-ternational food sovereignty discussions. There are health, environmental, moral, ethical, and legal concerns and those conThere are public school teachers that are not allowed to say anything nega-tive about GMOs and researchers who are scared to publish or speak out against the tidal wave for fear of retri-bution from their institution or destroy-ing their careers. education, discussion and democracy? For the fourth year running, the John A. Penrod Brigadas Award for Peace and Justice will be presented at the Civic Media Centers SpringBoard fundraising event on March 21 (see details on p. 24). This year, the award will go to two recipients Robbie Czopek and Jeremiah Tattersall. In 2008, three progressive groups created the Brigadas Award to honor the legacy of John A. Jack Penrod, who dedicated his freedom and a peaceful society. Gainesville Veterans for Peace, the Alachua County Labor Party and the United Faculty of Florida wanted to honor and encour age activists in the community for their consistent track record of movement work. In his day, Jack Penrod, a veteran of the MacKenzie Papineau battalion in the Spanish Civil war, worked with the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the University of Florida, United Faculty of Florida. He was a member of Veterans for Peace and a vocal opponent of the Iraq War; he helped found the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, worked closely with the National Organization for Women and Gainesville Womens Liberation, and also dedicated time to the Alachua County Labor Party. Jack devoted his life to peace and justice, and he didnt stop until his You can support the Penrod Award and the hard-working activists in the community by mailing donations to Gainesville Veter Read more about 2014s Penrod Brigadas Award Recipients, Robbie Czopek and Jeremiah Tattersall, below. Robbie Czopek by Joe Courter While some peoples activism gets cover age in the news, on television, and in the social media world, there are others whose quiet dedication and steady hand make a whole lot of other stuff possible. Robbie Czopek came to Gainesville four and a half years ago and very quickly became a regular Civic Media Center volunteer. Not new to activism, Robbie grew up in St. Augustine, where he co-founded the Food Not Bombs chapter. He was already aware of the Civic Media Center when he came to Gainesville to attend graduate school at UF. He was never just a show up and do your shift volunteer; he showed real interest in helping out both with events and assisting the coordinators with some of the bie realized graduate school was not where he wanted to be. When the co-coordinator position opened up, Robbie expressed a lot of interest in the job. As he had been so motivated to learn and help with the inner workings of the CMC, he was a logical See PENROD, p. 22Czopek, Tattersall win Penrod Award for Peace and JusticeD
PAGE 6, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 by Samuel Proctor Oral History ProgramOn March 12, the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will host a public panel entitled The Florida Civil Rights Pugh Hall. The panel will be a vibrant commemoration of memories and legacies related to civil rights organizing in the state of Florida, bringing recogni tion to activists, highlighting key loca tions of civil rights organizing throughout the state in towns such as Ocala, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Miami, and Gainesville. Audience members will receive a CD anthology of African American oral histories of segregation and civil rights with an accompanying educators guide. The panel will feature key Florida movement activists including Dan Harmeling and John Due. Harmeling, a former UF student who was arrested for peacefully protesting segregation in St. Augustine, and civil rights attorney John Due, a participant in the CORE Freedom Rides that challenged segregated interstate transportation, will present on their local civil rights work. To highlight the organizing traditions of African Americans in Florida, several students will read excerpts drawn from oral history interviews with black elders for the audience. A special announcement will be made at the event about the unveiling of the Alachua County African American Project, which is funded by the Reverend Milford Griner will give the invocation. A reception will follow the event. Parking is free, next to Pugh Hall. This public program is made possible by a grant from the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere Rothman Endowment and co-sponsored by the UF Center for Womens Studies and Gender Research, the UF African American bian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs, and the UF Institute for HispanicLatino Cultures. For more information about this event, including directions and parking infor mation, visit the Oral History Programs Dby Joe Courter March 11 will be the City of Gainesville elections. There are two single-member district races, and one at-large race. In District 2 and District 3, primarily northwest and southwest areas of the city respectively, the two incumbents are strong candidates. Republican Todd Chase has two opponents in District 2, Cheri Brodeur and Sheryl Eddie. Each are, while minimally funded, good people that could offer a lot to the position. They each face an uphill climb against Chase, and Brodeur is a straight-talking woman of broad experience, and might be the better of the Thoughts on the March 11 Gainesville city electionstwo on the job. But I cant grasp her reason to stay a registered Republican (she after Bill Clinton lied under oath), so I have to say vote for the positive attitude Democrat in the race, Sheryl Eddie. District 3 has Susan Bottcher, running for re-election against Craig Carter, a Republican owner of a golf cart company. We strongly endorse Susan Bottcher to be retained on the Commission. She is smart and clear thinking, and if you live in her district, or if you want to plug into her campaign, please do. The At-Large race is a doozy and one that has created a real, though hopefully tem porary, split within the liberal-progressive-environmental community. Both Annie Orlando and Helen Warren are known to many and are well liked Democrats. Both have been very active in Gainesville and Alachua County. Both are sincerely running to make and keep good things happening in Gainesville. That said, while Helen has a fairly mainstream keep going the way we are going but do it better approach, Annie is more an insurgent who sees the way the Biomass plant decision and the Solar Feed-in Tariff program were handled as the process directly as a Commissioner. Helen has endorsements from the North Central Florida Central Labor Council, the Human Rights Campaign of North Central Florida, the Stonewall Democrats, Equality Florida, and the Gainesville Citizens for Alternative Transportation. Annie is endorsed by Fraternal Order Realtors Association, the Home Builders Association, and the Sierra Club. That we have two women of this caliber running for the City Commission is a testament to our City, and either one will do a solid job in keeping us moving in a progressive direction. Visit either of and engaged citizen involved in their community. That said, the fact that Annie, seen as someone outside the mainstream Democratic power-base in Gainesville, has attracted a wide base of support across the political spectrum has a lot of folks uneasy about her campaign. While this is uncomfortable for some, it is also See ELECTIONS, p. 17
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 7 by Phil Kellerman, Migrant/Immigrant Advocate, Founder, Harvest of Hope Foundation In February, approximately 30 Univer sity of Florida students of Gators for Tuition Equity lobbied legislators at the State Capitol for in-state tuition for for eign-born (undocumented) Florida high school graduates. The students explained that foreignborn high school graduates meet Florida residency requirements and a large number have graduated with honors. Many of them have obtained DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) cards allowing them to work and pay taxes to the federal government and state. They should not be charged out of state tuition rates of up to 300 percent more simply because they were born in another country. now allow in-state tuition for their foreign-born student population. The students were informed that an instate tuition bill was passed by the House last year but got stuck in the State Senate. For the upcoming legislative session starting March 4, they were advised to focus communication on state senators, in particular the Senate Education Committee starting with committee Two key Senate legislators to be Senator Don Gaetz, Senate President 404 South Monroe Street, Senator John Legg, Chairman, Senate Education Committee 404 South Monroe Street If you have questions or you want additional information please feel free to Tuition equity for allD 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAGE 8, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 by Katie Walters When I got an email from Gainesville Womens Liberation adver tising a planning meeting around the issues of abortion and birth control, I knew I had to attend. Why is the issue of abortion and birth control access so timely? After all, there has been no report of anti-choice legislation introduced so far in the Florida legislature. (prochoiceamerica.org). We have many laws that place (medically unnecessary) restrictions on both women and abortion providers. tried in other states. We need a united movement that demands no our strength in a moments notice. I encourage readers to join NWLs listserv to stay on top of this issue in Florida. (To get involved, call I decided to publicly speak out about my abortion because I am tired of attempts to shame and silence women. Like our sisters in Redstockings of the Womens Liberation Movement proclaimed in When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately knew I wanted an abortion. I didnt want a baby at that point in my life. Not to menvery lucky; my best friend and roommate worked at an abortion clinic. I knew exactly who to contact. When I came to Gainesville, I had a pregnancy scare and I searched ing out what was real and what was a crisis pregnancy center (these are anti-abortion organizations who lure in women with free sonograms and then proceed to explain why abortion is wrong). I was lucky that part was easy, because the rest wasnt. The guy who I got pregnant with, simply put, did not have his shit together to handle the situation. I did not have the luxury of not having my shit a ride, take time off work, and go through the actual procedure and aftercare. This is why it sickens me to hear about partner consent laws men are able to walk away from your uterus, you are not. Gainesville Womens Liberation speaks out on abortionKatie Walters speaks about her own experience with abortion at the Abortion Speak-Out sponsored by the Gainesville Chapter of National Women's Liberation on UF's campus on Feb. 17. Photo by Diana Moreno. See ABORTION, p. 20
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 9 The Courtyard Poetry readings, 2 pm, Film screening of Remembering the Godartists, a married couple, who move to NYC and make a splash in the ing scale donation speaking on Media, U.S. Empire, and the Snowden Effect, at The scale at door and white activists who traveled South to challenge segregation laws. the widening income gap in the United States, told in clear and acces 104 SE 1st A ve., Gainesville, FL MTh: 11a.m.8p.m. F: 11a.m.10p.m. 104 SE 1st Avenue Gainesville FL433 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 March 2014
PAGE 10, IGUANA, MARCH 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, meetings, critical thinking discussions. GainesvilleArtLab.org Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc. Protecting North Central Floridas natural, scenic, years. ACT is the 2013 national Land Trust AlachuaConservationTrust.org Alachua County Labor Party meets monthly and organizes to support local labor and advance the national campaign for universal, University Ave, Suite 204, Gainesville, FL PO 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. 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) bring about a stable climate. Meetings are on the Civic Media Center Alternative reading room and library of the non-corporate press, 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. 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 Edible Plant Project Local collective to create a revolution through edible and foodEdiblePlantProject.org. Families Against Mandatory Minimums 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 midwiferyschool.org Florida Defenders of the Environment are dedicated to restoring the Ocklawaha and preserving Floridas other natural resources. Gainesville Area AIDS Project provides toiletries, household cleaners, hot meals, frozen Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to Death Penalty works to abolish the death penalty. Join vigwww.fadp.org. Gainesville Food Not Bombs Local chapter of loose-knit group of collectives worldwide who prepare and share free, 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. Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) meets biweekly at Ave. to discuss relevant immigration issues and ways to bring political education to the community through workshops, presentations, or www.gainesvilleiaij.blogspot.com Gainesville Loves Mountains partners with Appalachian allies to end mountaintop removal coal mining and build a prosperous economy and sustainable future for the region and its people. We also pursue policies that will strengthen our local economy Gainesville Womens Liberation womens liberation group in the South, part of National Womens Liberation. WomensLiberation.org Gainesville Zen Center & Hostel Buddhist community offering rooms to rent on Graduate Assistants United Union improved working conditions, community Green Party Part of a worldwide movement built out of four interrelated social pillars that 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 Harvest of Hope Foundation aid to migrant farm workers around the Iguana Directory
IGUANA, MARCH 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 Humanist Society of Gainesville Meets months at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Humanists on Campus: UF organization provides a community for freethinking, secular humanists. Goals include promoting values of humanism, discussing issues humanists face internationally. We strive to participate in community service and bring a fun, dynamic group Industrial Workers of the World Local union organizing all workers. Meetings are at net. www. gainesvilleiww.org Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice organizes faith communities to work together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd Mondays 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 Kindred Sisters 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 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, education and advocacy for families and loved ones of persons with 8322; www.namigainesville.org. National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social movements. National Organization for Women Gainesville Area www.gainesvillenow.org. National Womens Liberation and its Gainesville chapter is a feminist group for women who win more freedom for women. The inequalities between women and men are political problems 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 PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fellowship Hall of the United 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 Pride Community Center of North Central Florida Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and provides services like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. www. cemterforpeacebuilding.org. Sierra Club Sister City Program of Gainesville links Gainesville with sister cities in Russia, Israel 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 Farmworker Alliance. Students for a Democratic Society Multi-issue student and youth organization working to build power in schools and communities. Meetings held every on the UF campus. UF Pride Student Union Group of gay, lesbian, United Faculty of Florida Union represents faculty at Univeristy of 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 United Way Information and Referral. Human-staffed computer database for resources and organizations in Alachua 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 WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the www.wgot.org.D 377-5828Open: 7 am 10 pm Mon Fri 9 am 10 pm Sat Sun DRIVE THRU & CALL-INS Two locations: 407 NW 12th St. and 5011 NW 34th St.
PAGE 14, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 History and the people who make it: Eddie Steele Transcript edited by Pierce Butler This is the twentieth in a continuing series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Eddie Steele was interviewed by Amanda Noll [N] and Paul Ortiz [O] in 2010. S: Im actually from Isola, Mississippi. I was born and raised here. My father, he was a farmer. My mother, college. I also started working there in was promoted to personnel counselor. All those years I desired to be a union rep, but I just been a rep now for going on two months, and Im getting the hang of it, kinda enjoy it. I deal with the employees anyway, over six hundred employees been to personnel counseling. So same six hundred employees that I reprimanded, terminated, and suspended, I represent them now, against the company. When it started out, there wasnt a union at all. They got to pay the minimum wage, but, vacation, insurance, and the discretion of the company. My mother started working there, she had insurance, she had a pension plan that she drew from every month after her health failed her, so the union improved things a whole lot. Its still a constant struggle, not just to get something new, but to keep what you got. Whats going on now corporate America, a lot of em using the economy as a way to hold back, but, day. [Laughter] I think we got about eight thousand mem plants, but we also represent the Kroger stores, and nursing homes. The South got a lot of history, continue to have a history, of we wouldnt say slavery cause, that been abolished years ago, but we just say cheap labor with no bento-work state, you really have nobody to speak up for you. Just say, if they decided, dollar an hour, he been here twenty year, well, we can let ol Eddie go. We can have somebody and pay them eight dollar an hour, and still get work done. Thats what exists in a right-to-work state. They actually dont have to give you a to work and exist [laughter] in an environment like that. You all be looking over your shoulders cause your job dont feel secure. So, the union help people to gain job security. They want to do away with the insurance, thats one of the things for employees, insurance, vacation time. of the federal government, and other big corporations, because they negotiated that. They get their birthday off, its a paid holiday; they get seven or eight holidays a year off. Its not a set time to get off see, there was a time when they would come in at eight oclock and itd be ten, eleven oclock before they get off. They took advantage of, hey, we can work yall from can to cant. The union and the members got together and decided, this is unfair. If you gonna work us after eight hours, you gonna pay week. They had to pay overtime after forty, because the federal government require that. Its probably about ninety-eight percent you imagine a woman that got kids have to come in at 8 oclock in the morning and day after day? The fact is, management gone home. These women staying up, they missing they kids, making sure they kid get they homework, miss cooking and stuff. Now, since they pay time and a half, they done restructured all that. strike here in Indianola. I was working at the plant in Isola. I had to be at work at to work. I promise you, it was real admirable of the folks. They came together as a peoples, and they got a lot of differ ent things done, and that strike paved the way for other places. O: Mr. Steele, was there a connection between the earlier civil rights struggles and labor? S: Sarah White, she was really instrumental, cause she worked out there and she knew a lot of folks. Your minister always gonna come out, and some of your local civil right folks, NAACP folks, they also gonna lend a hand. O: Mr. Steele, whats the pay scale now in the plant, and hows the union affected that? S: When minimum wages went up, pay increase went up. Its a big need to make adjustment on wages right now. I personally think that they would still be below standard, because the companys not gonna do no more than they have to. I dont understand where they feel like, they cant how do they think the employees gonna Thats an unlikelihood they gonna be fair at all. Each year go by, the gap between the rich and the poor widen, because of greed. O: Whats the political climate towards unions in Mississippi? S: Its the political climate here that they wish they would go away. [Laughter] A lot of companies made a record
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 15 surplus, they just holding back on they ing extremely well, they dont think we know it; but they are. comfortable with. Once that get to be infringed upon, they get nervous, and with the employees. They never cut back with management. [Laughter] low the same pay scale and stuff. They got government contracts for school, they got all kinds of stuff to keep them in business, they just wanna put everything in their pockets, sure do. [Laughter] See, they think that were ignorant to their design, but were not. We pretty much know what most companies run per day or per week. And when we go in to negotiate, sometimes you have to let em know that, hey, we know yall doing this, and we just aint gonna take it. Because if everything was done in good faith, you wouldnt need a union. [Laughter] Before they got some larger plants, they had little small plants. In Isola, Country Select Consolidated Catfish, they started out working can to cant. Working all night, they limit insurance, they limit benefits, and when the union came, all that changed. O: Were there conditions with, say, repetitive motion? S a lot of that OSHA had to do with. If you didnt have the union to make sure that they follow compliance, when a person began to have repetitive motion, theyd put them under heavy scrutiny, hoping that I wont incur a workers compensation bill. Your wrist hurting you, you gotta say that in an undertone. [Laughter] I worked for the company, so Im not ignorant of the design and the tactics. and foremost, an invalid write-up; not betalk to em any kinda way, and favoritism. In this contract we got, zero tolerance on stuff like that. O: Could you describe what workers S: First you got what you call a live retrucks. They come into the grading area, it goes to what you call the 184 machine. It just splits it down the middle, take the The chiller is thirty-two degrees or less, pack area, and the sizers distribute them according to size. They bag em up and send em to the cooler. Then you got the manual side. See, whole come downthe guy, he can do probably, cutting their heads off, and then they go down the chute to what you call a ripper. The ripper pick it up and take a knife and just rip it, at the top. Then, it goes to what you call the long-gone, or the eviscerater. Its some pipes that got suction to em. pipe, and that pipe take all the viscera out of it. Then it goes on a belt, what you call the skin off. Then it goes to the chiller, then, the sizer. box it up and ship it out the back door. O: How many people work at the plant? S: The one in Isola, its about six hundred employees. The one at Delta is about a couple hundred. Then they got a plant in Belzoni got about sixty folks, where they got a freeze tunnel down there, because they use CO2 to freeze it hard as a brick. Isola, they also take the offal, the remains, and make fertilizer out of it. They also make pet food product out of it. On those operations, the fertilizer operation and the pet food product, you have very little overhead and youre making tons of money. Talking about Multibloom, this spray costs eight dollars a bottle in the store, and I bet you it dont even cost a dollar and a quarter between the bottle and ingredients. You can take two cases of it and pay your labor for the whole day. This organic fertilizer, You that, if that much. And then you say that you not making money. Well, hey, were human beings, too. We wanna be able to afford the same oppor tunity to send our kids to college and do things for our family you can do for your doing the same thing? [Laughter] Thats a bitter pill to swallow, sure is. And then you stop and think, now, if it wasnt for organized labor, in particular, have come about. I went through the same thing, seeing both perspective of it, me being in management, it really gave me an opportunity to do more for the folks. I was loyal to the company, and I was loyal to the employees. A lot of times, I took initiative to do things out the norm to help them. And Im gonna do all I can to continue to serve the folks, and try to build a legacy, like Rose Turner and Sarah White did here; try to be one of, hey, these are folks I know I can most they gonna be here as many hours as it take to make things right. Search for Eddie Steele at http://oral. 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, MARCH 2014 by Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Vietnam War veteran and political activist, Scott Camil, will speak about the release of the new Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Gainesville 8 collection p.m. at the Ustler Hall Atrium on the University of Florida campus. The event is co-sponsored by the UF Womens Studies Department. Last fall, the oral history program completed interviews with participants in the Gainesville 8 trial. As part of this collec tion, Camil and jury members donated personal documents to the oral history program that he will share at the event. Danielle Ragofsky, an undergraduate volunteer at the oral history program, spent numerous hours sifting through the documents with Camil to prepare for permanent housing at Library West. The documents and oral history collection will be available for the community and students to use. Camil will also share his thoughts on patriotism, activism and government spying. The Gainesville 8 was a group of seven Vietnam War veterans and one supporter acquitted nearly 41 years ago for Miami Republican National Convention. The trial gained national attention when organized through the Vietnam Veterans Peter Mahoney, Stanley Michelson, William Patterson and Don Perdue. The VVAW planned a non-violent demtional Convention. However, FBI investigator and informants inside the organiviolent motives and plans. prominence as an opponent of the Viet nam War as a witness in the Winter Soldier Investigation and a member of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. His story is a remarkable one. Scott Camil: resistance, liberationDby Paul Ortiz The spirit will not descend without song.Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1963)Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones) was one of the greatest poets in American history. A two-time recipient of the American Book Award, he founded the Black Arts Movement, a multimedia explosion of poetry, prose, paintings and forms of expression rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power, and the global anti-colonial struggle. His contemporaries in the Movement included literary giants such as Sonia Sanchez, Lorraine Hansberry and Ishmael Reed who used words as weapons to attack the rigid systems of oppression that degrade social relations in the United States. Amiri Barakas words were variously incisive, wide of the mark, angry, joyous, full of hate, full of love, strident, whispery, soft as down, hard as iron. Like all great artists Baraka refused to integrate into what he understood to be a fundamentally corrupt society. After winning the prestigious PEN Tales of the Out and Gone (2008) he said Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas, the class struggle. The bourgeoisie uses the arts to valorize capitalism, whether books, artists can never get the exposure that the artist prostitutes get. Mao said even arts, literary criticism et cetera is part of the class struggle. So that we must utilize works that are artistically powerful and ideologically revolutionary. Jones did not start out as a radical. To paraphrase C.L.R. James, the poet as a young man was made by the revolution. After a stint in the Air Force, he established a reputation as a promising poet and as A Good Girl is Hard to Find and his collection of poems, Preface to a Twenty He was associated with the poetic avantgardes Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gilbert Sorrentino and the Greenwich Village Beats. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement had a major impact on Barakas development, was a turning point in his creative life. He traveled as part of a delegation of Fair Play for Cuba Committee members. The Third World artistic struggle for freedom humbled him. While he initially defended the separation of art and politics, his counterparts from the Global South did remembered that Mexican poet Jaime want to cultivate your soul? In the ugliness you live in, you want to cultivate your soul? Well, weve got millions of starving people to feed, and that moves me enough to make poems out of. Subsequently, Baraka (as LeRoi Jones) ever published on African American Pan-African and the maturing writer placed the origins of blues and jazz music squarely in the maelstrom of Africa, the transatlantic slave trade, and the struggles of enslaved people to survive American capitalism. Blues People referred to Mexican civilization at the time of the Conquest as one of the longest-lived, most sophisticated and exalted traditions of human life on this planet. Beloved in his native Newark, Baraka became involved in politics, and he had a major role in helping to elect Kenneth A. is currently a candidate in the Newark by the wave of assassinations that took the lives of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bobby Kennedy, and others, he produced writings he later condemned as being frankly anti-Semitic. This selfcriticism set him apart from countless white authors who never felt the need to retract or to apologize for anti-black or anti-Latino utterances then or now. Words cannot express my own sadness in thinking about a world without Amiri Baraka. For those of us in the farm worker and Chicano movements, his barbs against the powerful have been a source of strength for decades. Barakas great comrade and intellectual sparring partner Ishmael Reed provided the most did for the English syntax what Monk did with the chord. He was an original. Never Can Say Goodbye: Amiri Baraka (1934)D
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 17 Empowering the rural Latino community to promote mental health Avenue, last building on the right.) UF College of Nursing. With a special interest in promoting mental health services University of Florida nursing students on community health related projects here and in Yucatan, Mexico. Educated in Brazil, Dr. Stacciarini was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Massachusetts. She has received several awards including the 2012-2013 College of Nursing Teacher of the Year. United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities Santa Fe College, Northwest Campus Dr. Bea Awoniyi will discuss the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities why such a document Afterwards, two teachers and six high school students from a school for the deaf in Palestine will share their experiences. These international guests are part of Gainesvilles sister cities program. Dr. Awoniyi, originally from Nigeria, is Assistant VP for Student Affairs at Santa Fe College. With a PhD in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, she formerly was Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Student Disability Resource Center at FSU. She is president-elect of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). United Nations Association of Gainesville upcoming eventsLabor takes historic stride forward as Walmart joins Fair Food Programby Barry Estabrook This article was originally published by Civil Eats (civileats. com) on Jan. 17. See the full story with links and photos at http:// civileats. com/2014/01/17/labor-takes-historic-stride-forwardas-walmart-joins-fair-food-program/#sthash.nmslgUDq.dpuf. and perhaps far beyondtook an historic stride forward [Jan. executives from the giant retailer Walmart, which sells more groceries than any other company in the world, sat down beside two Mexican farmworkers and signed an agreement to join the Fair Food Program. Originating as a solution to the atrocious working conditions in cases of abject slavery, the Fair Food Program was created by See WALMART, p 18 quite logical, and looked at objectively, as not necessarily a bad thing. That certain people or groups are supporting her does not make Annie one of them, or a person who is going to do their bidding. She is a tough, independent person. And frankly, so is Helen. I know them both pretty well, and have for years. I like that Annie is willing to challenge GRU to do better, and to question the huge proposed development east of Gainesville called Plum Creek. I am uncomfortable with the fact that whats motivated her to run stems in part from Solar program, which she is in process of suing the City and GRU over. I love ELECTIONS, from p. 6Dthat with Helen we would get a person of exceptional character and experience, and a strong representative from the LGBT community. Electoral campaigns can be pretty bad when it comes to gotcha points and hyperbole, and even character attacks. Fear-mongering I have always hated, and supporters of both sides have been engaging in it, unfortunately, but there are major issues facing the City and Alachua County that people care deeply about. I am way out of my comfort zone here, and what I say next will please some and displease others. I think that; despite the environmental absolutists who have been so publicly single-issue bashing of the City Commission for years over the biomass plant issue to a grating degree, and of whom most are supporting Annie Orlando, Annie is not them; she is her own person, this is about more than biomass, and I am willing to look past that crew and say she may be the better candidate for this time and situation. This Commission has wasted a lot of time on expensive studies and a we know best attitude. If Helen wins, I will be equally happy; but with apologies to her and my friends who are her supporters, for this race, I say vote Annie Orlando. the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW ciw-online.org), a human rights group based in Immokalee, Florida, the states largest migrant workers community. The program is unique in that it creates a legal framework linkmatoes. The purchasers, which include such giants as McDonalds, Whole Foods Market, and Sodexo, have agreed to pay an additional penny per pound for the tomatoes they buy. In turn, the producers pass that penny directly along to the workers. A But the agreement goes far beyond providing a livable, albeit modestincome. Signatories abide to a Code of Conduct that enforces zero-tolerance for slavery or sexual assault. Workers attend education sessions to learn their rights and responsibilities under the
PAGE 18, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 Program. They are also informed about health and safety issues. A grievance system ensures that worker complaints reach the proper authorities. And critically, an independent third party, the Fair Foods Standards Council, oversees implementation of the program and audits the extra penny-a-pound payments to make of extra income to the workers, dealt with nearly 400 complaints, and interviewed more than 4,000 workers for on-farm audits. Notably, there has not been a single reported case of slavery in Flor ida, an area once called ground-zero for modern-day slavery by a federal prosecutor. Its a huge accomplishment for an organization that began 20 years ago as a loose gathering of a couple of dozen tomato pickers in a church meeting room in a shabby Florida town. Before this week, nearly all of the fast food chains had agreed to participate (Wendys refuses to take part). So had all the major food service companies that supply colleges, museums, and businesses. For all the CIWs accomplishments, there remained a giant hole in the Fair Food Programs social safety net. With the exception of Whole Foods and Trader Joes, not a single supermarket company had signed on to the program [including Floridas beloved Publix]. With the stroke of a pen, that all changed this week when Walmart joined. The implications of the Walmart decision cannot be understated. Enormous pressure will be placed on competing grocery giants to follow Walmarts lead. The CIWs successes in bringing aboard competitors within food industry groups has always demonstrations, and hunger strikes for the group to convince McDonalds to agree. Then the other fast food chains all but fell over themselves in a rush to the table. The food service industry went through a similar cascade after tantly, Walmart signed on its own volition, without any pressure from CIW actions. History makes it hard to see how companies such as Publix, a big southeastern grocery chain based in Florida, can continue to snub the CIW and its supporters. Wisely, the CIW has concentrated on going slowly, making sure that the program was rolled out carefully in one small sector of the agriculture industry, a sector that has provided fertile ground for some of the most egregious human rights violations suffered by American workers. But the program provides a template that can be used across food production, which has been notoriously difhe or she is linked into a legally binding system that leads directly to the executive suites of the largest food companies in the world. The notion that the Fair Food Program has the potential to be a moveable template for labor justice was not lost on Alexandra Guqueta, chair of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, who attended the Walmart signing cer emony. Praising the Fair Food Programs smart mix of tools, she said, We are eager to see whether the Fair Food Program is able to leverage further change within participation businesses and serve as a model elsewhere in the world. WALMART, from p. 17D
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 19 Remembering Pete SeegerThere arent enough pages in this publication to include all our memories of our hero, the legendary folk singer and activist, better part of seven decades writing and recording songs, creat ing the modern American folk music movement. But we also remember him for his commitment to social justice through his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement, and the environmental movement, to name a few. Below is a short but telling remembrance of Seeger, which was picked up by the Daily Kos by newmexicobear and published on The power of song Spain. Francisco Francos fascist government, the last of the dictatorships that started World War II, was still in power but declining. A pro-democracy movement was gaining strength and to prove it, they invited Americas best-known freedom singer to Spain. More than a hundred thousand people were in the stadium, where rock bands had played all day. But the crowd had come for Seeger. As Pete prepared to go on, government Pete studied it mournfully, saying it looked an awful lot like his Pete took the governments list of banned songs and strolled on stage. He held up the paper and said, Ive been told that Im not allowed to sing these songs. He grinned at the crowd and said, So Ill just play the chords; maybe you know the words. They didnt say anything about you singing them. He strummed his banjo to one song after another, and they all sang. A hundred want them to hear, words they all knew and had sung together, in secret circles, for years. What could the government do? Arrest a hundred thousand singers? It had been beaten by a few banjo chords and the fame of a man whose songs were on the lips of the whole world. peteseeger.orgD THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/ PEACE SCHOLARSHIPGainesville Veterans for Peace Chapter 14 announces its inaugural peace scholarships for the spring of 2014. We are awarding two scholarships of $500 for high school seniors with demonstrated commitment and leadership in activities involving: peace & social Application Deadline is April 1st, 2014 For more information, contact : Paul Ortiz at email@example.com, or visit www.vfpgainesville.org.
PAGE 20, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 Sunday March 23, 4-7pm: Girls Rock Camp Volunteer Party and Film Screening at the Civic Media Center 433. S. Main St. and join us for a screening of Girls Rock: The Movie, a documentary about Girls Rock Camp. Keg and snacks provided for donations! facebook.com/ rockandrollcampforgirlsgainesvilleIts pretty simple. The abortion itself was much less of a big deal than I imagined. It wasnt fun, there was quite a bit of cramping, but I was awake and ber being so angry at the protesters outside and as we left I yelled at them, which made me feel better. Being pregnant releases some hormones that were quite a bit to deal with, but all the emotions and yelling and crying were not because I regretted my abortion. In fact, the abortion was a breath of relief in the middle of a very stressful situation. I went to work for the clinic that treated me for about 4 years, so I have been lucky again in getting to show women respect and care dur ing their abortions. Every story is different, but the one thing they all have in common is that they really needed that option. I have often thought about the crosses the pro-lifers put out for all the children murdered by abortion. I think a truer representation of what abortion does for us would be little diplomas and goal it changed my life. The women and men who fought back in Texas DABORTION, from p. 8
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 21 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 In honor of Farmworker Awareness Week, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, the Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice, the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures and CHISPAS-UF, have organized a series of events to bring awareness to the issues surrounding the farmworker community locally and nationally. It is our hope to educate and empower the community to advocate and stand in solidarity for human rights for farmworker communities. Siempre Adelante: A Look at Faith and the Im, A Day in the Life of a Farmworker (poster display of farmworker conditions), 10-2 pm, Plaza of the Americas Wage Theft in Alachua County, in Agriculture and Immigration Solutions,follow CHISPAS Meeting on farmworker issues, Front and Center Wendys Protest Can You Feed America? (farmworker obstacle course) 10-2 pm, Plaza of the Americas There is also a march culminating the Coalition of ImFlorida Ave.) and ending in downtown Lakeland. Car about the Now Is the Time tour, visit www.ciw-online. Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.com DEditorial Boards Reading List
PAGE 22, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 PENROD, from p. 5 choice. In addition to his organizing work with the Gainesville Industrial Workers of the World chapter, he assumed the paid staff position as co-coordinator. We had not long ago moved into our new location on South Main Street, and it was a dynamic period for our South Main neighSchmidt and then with Emily Sparr. Last year, in whats a big asset for the CMC, the Radical Press Coffee Collective came into existence, and Emily made the decision to devote more time to that project. At that time, Robbie stepped up to the challenge and took the reins as the sole coordinator of the CMC. And thats what hes been doing, and will keep doing until August, when he will step down and follow the siren song of Portland, Oregon. The CMC faces a chalWe need to download all the knowledge in Robbies brain that made him such an effective coordinator with all the aspects volunteer coordination, publicity, and occasional crisis management. Its a multifaceted job, with a lot of not-so-glamorous aspects and he has shown major dedication The Civic Media Center opens minds, makes connections, and enriches countless people with knowledge, culture, and acceptance into a community of active and aware people. That doesnt happen by person who kept it going be recognized by the Penrod Brigadas award. Jeremiah Tattersall by Paul Ortiz Jeremiahs persistent pursuit of truth and community organizing and social action research in support of working class people who toil on university campuses, in Gainesville restaurants, and in the agriactive in a myriad of radical movements including the Coalition for Justice Against Police Brutality, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Coalition to End the Meal Limits Now. Jeremiah has distinguished himself as an activist by his ability to dig up the truth whether in the form of statistics, worker been employed by groups like the Wage Theft Task Force to pass the historic Wage Recovery Ordinance in Alachua County that went into effect in January 2014. From his base in Gainesville, he has become active in regional, statewide and national politics organizing on behalf of the North Central Florida Central Labor Council and the AFL-CIO. He organizes and educates UF graduate students and instructors in the United Faculty of Florida, the union that Dr. Jack Penrod helped start. A founding member of Fight Back Florida, he organized protests against devastating budget cuts that hurt working class families, and he rallied Gainesville residents against the government federal government shutdown in 2013. Jeremiahs patient and grounded approach to radicalism elicits admiration from political friends and foes alike. He is a leader of a new generation of community organizers seeking to transform the South and he is a living embodiment of the principles that Jack Penrod fought for in the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Spanish Civil War, and the Labor Party. Jeremiah began participating in radical activities including work with homeless people and anti-war activism in high school, but it was his entry into doing solidarity work with the Coalition of Immothat deepened his understanding of how to become a community organizer. He gained critical experience working on a successful campaign with Students for a Democratic Society and other student organizations to push the ARAMARK Corporation in 2010 to join the CIWs Campaign for Fair Food. Subsequently, he worked with the Coalition for Justice Against Police Brutality and as an editor with The Fine Print.D
IGUANA, MARCH 2014, PAGE 23 GROWRADIO.org programming scheduleGrow Radio is a listener-supported, Gainesville-based Internet radio station that provides community members an opportunity to create and manage engaging, educational, informative, locally-generated programming to and humanities for the enrichment of the Gainesville community. 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 Paper Beats Rock Mon 11 am Dr. Bills Super Awe .. 1 pm The Kitchen Sink 3 pm Lost Sharks 8 pm New Day Rising Tue 11 am Whats the Story 3 pm Very Amazing and Co. Wed 1 Thu 11am Things Be Blowin 2 pm The Breakup Song .. Fri 11 am The Breakup Song 1 pm 4D Meltdown Sat 11 am Jazzville 1 pm Cosmic Sataurdaze 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Democracy NOW! airs 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:
PAGE 24, IGUANA, MARCH 2014 David Barsamian to speak at CMC SpringBoard, March 21by Joe Courter The Civic Media Center is really pleased to have David Barsamian as the guest speaker for the annual SpringBoard fundraiser on March 21 at The Wooly (20 N. Main St.). Barsamian is the award-winning director of Alternative Radio (www.alternativeradio. One of Americas most tireless and wide-ranging journalists, he has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program and with his Ali, Arundhati Roy, and Edward Said. His articles and interviews appear in The public speaker, he lectures all over the world. He was the keynote speaker at the For his work on Kashmir he was deported from India in September 2011 and has not been allowed back since. For years, AR was broadcast locally on WUFT. Currently, it is on WGOT, www.alternativeradio.org site for a station near you, and to see all the great speakers available for ordering. Barsamian is a great fit for the CMC. He was a grassroots activist in Boulder, available to radio stations and by mail order. His work is an archive of leading his words and analysis held up over time. Barsamian has dialogued with the great thinkers of our time. Now we have the chance to hear him and dialogue with him right here in Gainesville. The title of his talk will be Media, U.S. Empire, and the Snowden Effect. The celebration will also include the presentation of the Jack Penrod Brigadas Award, which is given in recognition of local organizing work by the Penrod Committee made up of members from United Faculty of Florida, Alachua County Labor Party and Veterans for Peace. Jack was a wounded veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and a retired Professor of English at UF. This years honorees are Jeremiah Tattersall, local community and labor activist, and Robbie Czopek, the current CMC coordinator. For more information, visit www.civicmediacenter.org. D 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)