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INSIDE ...From the Publisher . . . . . 3 Saving the Co-op ............ 5 CMC Events . . . . . . . 9 Directory . . . . . . . 10-11 Event Calendar . . . . 12-13 Oral History Program .... 14-15 Election Report . . . . . . 18 GROW Radio schedule . . . 23 By Jim Miller This article was originally published by the OB Rag in Ocean Beach, Calif., on April 7. Read more at Last week was a very bad week for American democracy. With the McCutcheon v. FEC decision, the Supreme Court of the United States dealt a sweepey in American politics. In the wake of the Citizens United case that opened the door for big spending by Super PACS and dark money, this ruling takes another step towards plutocracy by striking down overall limits on campaign contributions. By doing so McCutcheon rudely thrusts us further into a new Gilded Age where our economy and our politics are thoroughly dominated by a small minority of the opulent. Senator Bernie Sanders put it best when he observed that, The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billion aires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process. And thats why its increasingly hard to get anything good for everyday people done in Washington D.C., even when a healthy majority of Americans approve of a given policy.Supreme insanity: how the High Court is killing our democracySee DEMOCRACY, p. 2 by Arupa Freeman, Home Van Below is a letter by Arupa Freeman of Gainesvilles Home Van in the Home Van newsletter on April 8. I have postponed writing this until we could get some clarity on what is going to happen after the May 1 opening of Grace Market Place (also called the Empowerment Center) and what this is going to mean for the homeless people and the grassroots providers. Recently, the downtown meal providers met with Theresa Lowe and Jon DeCar mine, who will be running the Center, and were given the big picture. and some unknowns at this point. Im going to describe the upcoming plans as best I can. Ultimately, the center will provide two meals a day for 200 or more people, restrooms, showers, washers and dryers, and emergency shelter (in barracks). Other plans include (but are not limited to) educational and job opportunities, case man-New homeless services centerSee EMPOWERMENT CENTER, p. 4 The GainesvilleIguana(late) April/(early) May 2014 Vol. 28, Issue 4


PAGE 2, IGUANA, APRIL 2014 highest court just gave more political power to the same group of oligarchs who are working hard to restrict voting, kill unions, and limit American democracy in nearly every way possible. As the Sunlight Foundations analysis of what the post-McCutcheon landscape would look like concluded, this ruling will nance and turn it into an incredibly incredibly incredibly incred their ability to buy access and dictate policy. Most of this well-heeled gang hails from Wall Street, and while the majority are GOP donors, what matters most is not so much party but policy. Indeed, while some may disagree on social issues, not many will be big advocates of redistributive tax policies or restrictions on the untrammeled power of our new robber barons. Thus we should be prepared to get more lectures on providing ladders of opportunity from the likes of Bill Gates and the folks at the UT-San Diego, but not much enthusiasm for policies that actually challenge the existing power structure that helps keep them rich and most of the rest of us struggling, whether we are in the ever more fragile middle class or just hoping to get there. So you should be very mad about this, particularly if you are smart enough not to fall for the new Social Darwinist tendency in our politics that offers up feeble self-help answers for big structural problems in our economy. Simply put, there are no market-based, individual solutions to the problems the neolib eral social order presents for the average person. As Doug Henwood notes in his review of Thomas Pickettys seminal new study, Capital in the 21st Century: The core message of this enormous and enormously impor tant book can be delivered in a few lines: Left to its own devices, wealth inevitably tends to concentrate in capitalist economies. There is no natural mechanism inherent in the structure of such economies for inhibiting, much less reversing, that tendency. Only crises like war and depression, or political interventions like taxation (which, to the upper classes, would be a crisis), can do the trick. And Thomas Piketty has two centuries of data to prove his point. Thus, the only means we have to combat what Robert Reich calls Inequality for All lie in collective political action. What the Supreme Courts insistence that spending equals speech assures us is that the rich get a well-funded mass communication system while we are left to holler on the street corner. Start yelling. DAs Robert Hine at Demos notes, the Congressional inertia around increasing the federal minimum wage is a case in point: The inability of Washington to raise the minimum wage is a prime example of how that elite donor dominance impacts realworld policymaking. Last week, House Republicans unanimously voted down the presidents proposal to increase the minimum of popular will. A March Bloomberg poll showed nearly threequarters of respondents backing the presidents proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Yet only 40 percent of wealthy Americans agree. Those Americans, who our lawmak ers hear from the most, largely dont support a minimum wage increase and their preferences hold undue sway in Washington In other words, the fox is guarding the hen house and our nations DEMOCRACY, from p. 1


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 3 From the publisher Technology and usJoe Courter There are some stickers in place downtown which have caught my attention more than once. They read: Technology is Making Us Stupid. Technology sure has impacted our lives in a big way, but is stupid really the right term? Better put, perhaps its that it has exceeded our ability to not have it be destructive in unforeseen ways. And that coupled with an addictive quality to it newly opened options. As with email, I was very slow to move on to Facebook, just getting on last December. I have tried to be analyti cal as to how it has affected my life. A time eater, yes; but in both the constructive and in the frivolous at the same time. But what have I given up to make room for it? I read less serious reading, though I am still learning things, some of it is in the form of amusing bits of disassociated opinion and analysis. How about commu nication and technology? There are less conversations and more short messages which are received as words on screens, which can be functionally good but also subject to misinterpretation and lacking in further information which a conversation might have brought forth. It is ironic that technology has given us vastly more communication power, which if devoted to positive social change functions could really help build a better world, yet instead people seem less inclined to use it that way. I always am amazed to think back to the early civil rights movement days and all that was achieved without cell phones or photocopy capability, without computers or email. It was phone trees, snail mail, and most importantly, commitment. Commitment to the cause, to your sisters and brothers in the cause, and to do what you said youd do. to technology, there are so many other things going on, even on the organizin our homes. Games, movies, sports and YouTube are right there just clicks away. In Huxleys Brave New World, it was Soma, a drug, which kept people electronic toys, and the marketing geniuses employed by big corporations are more than willing to dish it to us. In the movie Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, Chomsky touches on sports and the attention paid to them. He points out that these devoted sports fans are not stupid, that they actually keep track of a lot of information and details. It is the priorities and interests they have which make them value that form of knowledge over, say, climate change or wealth inequality. It is not technology making us stupid; it is our seduction to its siren call. Despite the fact that our bowling scores are now kept automatically, and that little GPS devices are replacing maps, I still want to have hope that we humans can do better, if only building on a sense of community and culture in the towns and cities we live in. I feel we are doing that here, in spite of the recent squabbles regarding elections, the proposed Plum Creek development and the Citizens Co-op, which have put factions of our progressive community at odds with one another. Using technology appropriately, to enhance and improve your life and that of others, is not rocket science. But it is a challenge and takes commitment. 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) www 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 Mike Byerly Scott Camil Robbie Czopek Gay Haldeman Davis Hart Ted Lacombe Erica Merrell Naomi Nelson 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, APRIL 2014 At this point, Id like to thank the Gainesville Police Department, and especially Lieutenant Brian Helmerson and the men and women under his command, for all their help and kindness to the tent city residents and the folks who sleep downtown. They are required to enforce the laws, some of which are not fair to homeless people, and that can create a hostile duality between homeless people and law enforcement. ness, through taking responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of homeless people in every way they possibly can, over come this barrier. They are out in the woods and downtown talking to people, educating them, giving them encouragement, seven days a week. Without their assistance this whole process would I am looking forward to the shelter aspect of this new center. Every week we come across people who are trapped in grim, unbearable circumstances Molly, an elderly woman with severe arthritis who spent the winter living in an abandoned house; Jake, a man in late middle age who is biking back-and-forth from his tent to Shands to receive radiation and chemotherapy for his second bout of cancer; Amy, a pregnant woman who has been sexually assaulted on the streets; Milton, a young man in a wheelchair who is hooked up to various medical appliances. Ye Gods and Little Fishes how long is this nightmare going to go them up to the Grace Market Place for a hot meal, a shower, clean clothes, and a warm, dry bed to sleep in. The whole Gainesville community needs to get behind this new center, participating in all possible ways volunteering, donating, organizing fund raisers, planting gardens, painting murals, cooking, working one-on-one with homeless folks, holding church services, bringing in recreational opportunities horseshoes, bingo, cards, books for the library the possibilities are endless. The Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry have a website people can access to get updates and contact information []. TENTS n TARPS BOOKS n BUG SPRAY SOAP n SHAMPOO Thats what we need. Summer is on the way, and bug spray is more important to quality of life than almost anything else. Many people spend the long, light summer evenings reading. In the heat of summer, the call for personal hygiene products gets pretty intense, and we are running low. D agement, church services, health care, camping spaces, and longterm supportive housing. Right now, a good deal of work needs tional funding sources (grant writing, fund raising), and bringing in both volunteers and employees, as the center is seriously underfunded and understaffed for all that it needs to do. The city will be providing the center with 2,000 one-year bus passes to give to the homeless people. Grassroots providers, such as the Home Van, are invited to move our services out to the new center. Most of us will not be moving out there immediately, because a lot of our folks are going to still be homeless in the downtown area. We will be serving our food where the people are, as we must, and will also be educating them and informing them on the possibilities of the new center. We can do this with a whole heart because I dont think you this project. They know and understand the people they will be serving, have vast experience in navigating the bureaucracy, and are hard, hard workers. There is a certain urgency in this effort to talk to homeless people about the center and encourage them to give it a try, since a mass eviction of Tent City is going to happen in May. One and possibly both of the people who own the Tent City land are planning to put their tracts up for sale. Gainesville police wooded areas near the new center. EMPOWERMENT CENTER, from p. 1 Gainesville Veterans for Peace invited all students, K-12, in Alachua County to submit one poem on the subject of peace. Out of almost 400 entries, winners are selected by a panel of graduate students from the English Department at the University of Florida. Winners are invited to read their poems aloud at the public reading on May 10 and are also published in the 2014 Peace Poetry book. Winners will receive a gift certicate to Book Galery West in Gainesville.For more information, email


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 5 No bug splat!In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as bug splats, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed. To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victims face. DPhoto courtesy of What will save Citizens Co-Op (or at least its idea)?COOPERATIONby Joe Courter with help from Ted Lacombe and Davis Hart The Citizens Co-ops history goes back to 2008 with a membership drive with a core solicitation of membership shares from the community. This fundraising from the community accelerated during 2009 with a couple concerts, a yard sale and by the end had gathered 450 memberships. One concert fundraiser in April alone raised a reported $10,000. By the end of 2010, a Board of Directors was named and work began preparing the 435 S. Main St. location. In January 2011, $100,000 in investment shares had been raised. In Spring, there was an exodus of original Board members, and a new, smaller Board announced. Initially there were member discounts ofwere eliminated in 2012. Also vacancies demotions took place. In February of 2014, a new manager was brought in, and two longtime staffa Board member that the worker/owner position on the Board is an experiment, and that by-laws can be rewritten by the Board at any time. Workers decided to form a union, and on March 11 sent a notice of their intention to the membership via the Co-op email list, two day prior to the Boards General Membership meeting. At that meeting, an accusation of theft of the mailing list was raised, but later, of the over 100 or so people present, great approval was shown for being informed by the workers of their intentions and situations. Ten days later, on March 24, an early two more workers went on strike in soliFacebook page was taken down. Picket age of the situation to the broader public. Members organized their own Facebook page, and held an Emergency member meeting where 120 members attended on March 30. The decision was made to ask the current Board to step aside and let a new Board come in which is dedicated to transparency and cooperative principles. Attempts at this are being stonewalled by the current Board. And here we are ... As of press time, things are at a stand still. There are a lot of lessons that can be drawn from this situation, and for me, the chief one is that the store was, however well intended, more of a communityfunded food store than a co-op, and there is blame and credit to go all around. Raising the money and getting it open was a big achievement, but done by too few people whose overly controlling attitude was, well, not really cooperative. Part of this was understandable; they were under a lot of pressure, they were entrusted with a lot of other peoples money, and their business model, which looked good on paper, did not pan out. Getting all those advance memberships, it was thought, would build a guaranteed customer base. That did not happen; it became evident that many people who put money in to create a co-op did not actually change their shopping habits to shop there. As I recall, about 50 percent had not shopped there six months after opening. Striving to be organic and locally supplied proved hard, and for low income people, expensive. If it didnt meet all of a shoppers needs, it meant shopping at two places, or even (as I have) three places. Trader Joes opening in town could not have helped either. But fantastic work was done, making an attractive store and heading up a project that created a beautiful community See CO-OP, p. 6


PAGE 6, IGUANA, APRIL 2014 courtyard space. Ironically, within the current crisis a real, grassroots community/cooperative spirit has emerged, pulling together many people who might never have met otherwise in large meetings conducted democratically But sadly, as of now, the solution seems far away. spoke up to alert the membership of the distressing behavior by the Board regarding non-democratic policies, are understandably frustrated. The existing Board seems locked down in a we did nothing wrong mindset and email list as a theft. A fear is rather than negotiating out of this, they will take the Meanwhile, there are a lot of people who want there to be a functioning Co-op, and many seem ready to roll up their sleeves and try and make a real Co-op work. The current incarnation of Citizens Co-op is functioning more like a small organic food store; top down management, lack of discounts for volunteer workers, and a lack of the social and cultural functions that a true Co-op would have. For a Co-op to be successful and compete against the Wards and Trader Joes, its supporters must be getting more than just food; it is a sense of community. And to be viable, it may need to cater better to the neighborhood it is in, with some less expensive and maybe not perfectly organic products: S. Main Street is not Tioga. A lot of expertise has come and gone from Citizens Co-op, and hopefully some are willing to try to come back on board, as both leadership and workers, and this time be more committed to cooperative principles. Negotiations are continuing, but there is also an effort afoot to call for a May 4 vote on establishing a new Board and a way out of this standoff. There is no call for a boycott of shopping is not seen as productive, though they are regularly having informational pickets. It is a painful situation for all. All that can be hoped is wisdom and, yes COOPERATION, can bring a solution. DCO-OP, from p. 5Gainesville Loves Mountains: updates on our workby Jason Fults Gainesville Loves Mountains was founded a little over three years ago on the simple proposition that our community does not have to choose between dirty energy and high utility bills. We have focused on (1) eliminating GRUs dirtiest fuel source, largest energy consumers, and (3) moving aggressive, local energy conservation policy forward. For many years, GRU has been using Appalachian coal that is mined using mountaintop removal (MTR), likely the most catastrophic energy extraction process known to man. MTR is a highly destructive form of coal mining that removes hundreds of vertical feet of a mountain using heavy explosives in order to access the thin seams of coal underneath. MTR has a devastating impact on the economy, ecology, and communities of Appalachia. To date, more than 500 mountains have been leveled and nearly 2,000 miles of precious Appalachian headwater streams have been buried and polluted by MTR. Since our inception, we have worked with our Appalachian counterparts to bring an end to MTR and to pressure GRU to end its consumption of coal mined in this fashion. As this issue goes to press, were headed before the full City Commission on the evening of April 17 in hopes that they We have also been working with a fantastic group of University of Florida students to hold UF to its sustainability commitments. As UFs contract with the nations largest utility, Duke Energy, expires at the end of 2014, we believe that we have a oncea major purchaser of energy in our community. Anyone who has been paying attention in recent months has undoubtedly heard of Dukes exploits: operating in brazen contempt of water regulations in North Carolina, allegedly with the collusion of state regulators, dumping tens of thousands of tons of coal ash into the Dan River; charging customers almost $2 billion for the Crystal River nuclear plant that will never run again; and funding organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council to undermine environmental protection and support reprehensible legislation such as Stand Your Ground. Not to mention the fact that sticking with Dukes dirty, fossil fuel energy mix virtually guarantees that UF will not meet its carbon neutrality goals. We believe that the University can do better than that, and have been building public support through a petition drive to send UF a powerful message that Duke Energy either has to change or they have to go. Finally, we have been pursuing a local who want to make investments in energy their home or business. Weve received widespread support for this initiative, ranging from local contractors to the Sierra Club, with even a nod of interest from the local Chamber of Commerce. called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, will come to pass in Alachua County in the coming months. What will likely be more of an uphill battle are our efforts to help renters in our community reduce their utility bills through mandating that standards for their rental properties. Higher costs of energy are hitting people in the pocketbook all across the country, and rates are going up, including here. These higher utility bills have bolstered our arguments for increased investment because that is the fastest, cheapest, most effective way to lower ones bills. We believe that the very foundations of human civilization are imperiled as the age of low-cost, easily accessible fossil fuels comes to an end. Communities everywhere must grapple with the implications of this monumental transition by aggressively pursuing conservation and through persistent, focused efforts to reduce their energy footprint. If youd like to accompany us in this journey, you can follow our website (http:// gainesvillelovesmountains.wordpress. com/), or Facebook (https://www.facebook. com/GainesvilleLovesMountains), or we invite you to contact us directly (; 352-610-1090). D


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 7 By Stand By Our Plan The Alachua County Comprehensive Plan is as close as we can get to a political consensus of our community. The product of many years of citizen advisory committee deliberations, workshops, public hearings, and legal challenges, and formally adopted and continually revised by an elected county commission, it provides a carefully considered blueprint for future growth in the unincorporated areas of our county. It balances the public interest with the rights of property owners by directing growth to appropriate areas and protecting public health, neighborhoods, farms, Now the Plum Creek corporation, the largest landowner in Alachua County and one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trusts in the country, is asking for their own plan, with different rules that would apply only to their 60,000 acres in eastern Alachua County. The differences are critical. Plum Creeks proposal features basic planuse of resources, clustering of development, and land set-asides for conservation. Theyve earned kudos from around the state for embracing regional planning. Lost in Plum Creeks public relations campaign is the fact that our Comprehensive Plan already requires all these things, but from the broader, more appropriate per spective of the entire county. Plum Creek provides a good answer to the wrong question: rather than debating how to develop their land into a new city, the community should remain focused on how best to accommodate growth countywide. Even the best-planned development is bad for the community if its in the wrong place. Our Comprehensive Plan steers mixeduse growth to suitable areas adjacent to existing cities, and requires open-space set-asides. In contrast, Plum Creek wants to build a sprawling new city on their tim berlands in some of the wettest and most remote parts of Alachua County, straddor. Like all urban sprawl, their proposal would drain investment and growth away from cities, drive up the cost of public services, and fragment natural landscapes and wildlife habitat. Under our Comprehensive Plan, the rights from all of Plum Creeks scattered lands would theoretically allow them to build about 7,400 homes. Whether all together or piecemeal, any such development would have to be clustered on half the land, with the most environmentally sensitive half permanently protected. They have no commercial rights. In contrast, Plum Creek now wants 10,500 homes, and a staggering 15.5 mil lion square feet of commercial, industrial, and manufacturing space. To put that in perspective, the commercial space is equivalent to about 15 Oaks Malls. The total footprint of their development would be more than twenty square miles. Our Comprehensive Plan protects all wetlands, including the small, seasonal, and dispersed wetlands we now know are and quantity, and numerous wildlife species. It also requires that half the uplands in designated strategic ecosystem areas be permanently protected. In contrast, Plum Creeks proposal would destroy many wetlands, reduce the buffers around the wetlands that remain, and eliminate strategic ecosystem protections. Even more troubling is that Plum Creeks proposal at this stage is broad and gener al; the critical details would only emerge much later in the process, after the county commission has given the go-ahead. These details would be considered under a different approval process that would make the county commission to deny anything have opened, more permissive changes to the initial plan could be proposed at any time to a future county commission. From a planning perspective, the community is being asked to sign a blank check. Their proposal would also set a danger ous precedent. Plum Creeks lands are surrounded and interspersed by smaller parcels with other owners, all of whom would have every right to demand equal treatment. This piggy-back development would not be a part of Plum Creeks master plan. Stand By Our Plan does not oppose Plum Creek. We support our Comprehensive Plan. Plum Creek bought timberland, and has no right to any expectation of urban development. Growing trees will remain the most appropriate use of their land for the foreseeable future. Much of their land is appropriate for potential purchase under future public land conservation programs. Plum Creek sold a substantial parcel of their land to the countys Alachua County Forever land conservation program, and the development rights to about a third of their land have already been sold to the state. Stand By Our Plan is committed to informing the public about the critical differences between the Comprehensive Plan and Plum Creeks proposal. Ultimately, we encourage a decision by the Alachua County Commission thats in the best interest of all. Learn more at D.Whats the deal with Plum Creek? 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 8, IGUANA, APRIL 2014 by Phil Kellerman A bill to offer in-state tuition to foreign-born Florida high school graduates passed its third committee in the Florida Senate by a vote of 8. The next stop for Senate Bill (SB) 1400 is the Senate Appropriations Committee, and immigrant advocates hope that this will be last committee stop. If approved, the hope The bill essentially offers in-state tuition to Dreamers who have attended a Florida high school for three consecutive years and enroll in post-secondary education within two years of high school graduation. Out-of-state tuition rates are up to 300 percent higher than in-state rates, making college unaffordable for many immigrant students. Those wishing to express their support for SB 1400 are encouraged to contact the following members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Chairman Negron: (850) 487-5032 Vice Chair Benacquisto: (850) 487-5030 Senator Bean: (850) 487-5004 Senator Bradley: (850) 487-5007 Senator Galvano: (850) 487-5026 Senator Gardiner: (850) 487-5013 Senator Grimsley: (850) 487-5021 Senator Hays: (850) 487-5011 Senator Lee: (850) 487-5024 Senator Hukill: (850) 487-5008 Priority should go to contacting the following members who have voted against tuition equity in other committees: Senator Bradley (who represents Gainesville); Benacquisto (who wrongly claims that in-state tuition will promote illegal immigration); Bean; Galvano, and Hukill. For more information feel free to contact me at DIn-state tuition for all! Legislative updateKathleen Taylor & Cracker the BoxIn Concert Saturday, May 108 pmCivic Media Center (433 S. Main St.) $7-$10 sliding scale


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 9 104 SE 1st A ve., Gainesville, FL MTh: 11a.m.8p.m. F: 11a.m.10p.m. 104 SE 1st Avenue Gainesville FL Earth Day rally!Join Earth First and the Traditional Seminole Nation for an Earth Day rally against Florida Power & Lights plan for a massive gas power plant in the Everglades. Hendry County Courthouse Tuesday April 22. from 4-6 pm. Every Thu: Weekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 pm Every Thu: Poetry Jam, 9 pm Wed, April 16: Internet Privacy for Activists Class, Cryptology Lab, 6:30 pm Thu, Arpil 17: Citizens Co-op Membership Outreach Committee Meeting, 7 pm Fri, April 18: Zine Reading with Nicki of Self Publishers of Chicago and Potluck, 7:30 pm Mon, April 21: Into Eternity, documentary about the dangers of nuclear waste and the perplexing question of how to safely store it for 100,00 years, 7pm Tue, April 22: Music with Ghost Mice, Dirty Fist!, and Bernays Propagandha, $6, 9pm Fri, April 25: Survivors of Sexual Assault Art Exhibit reception, co-sponsored by Wild Iris Books and Alachua County Victim Services, art on display until Monday, April 28th at 5pm, 7pm to 10pm Sat, April 26: Signs of Life presents: lovebullsh*t, an interactive play with hip-hop elements exploring the themes of love and relationships, 8pm Sun, April 27: Signs of Life presents: lovebullsh*t, an interactive play with hip-hop elements exploring the themes of love and relationships, 8pm Mon, April 28: Targeting Iran, a documentary based on the book by David Barsami surrounding Irans nuclear aspirations, 7pm Tue, April 29: Signs of Life presents: lovebullsh*t, an interactive play with hip-hop elements exploring the themes of love and relationships, 8pm Sun, May 4: Citizens Co-op Emergency Member Meeting, 3pm Sat, May 10: Herb Fest, educational workshops and other family friendly events, 11am to 5pm Sat, May 10: Music with Kathleen Taylor and Cracker the Box, $7-10 sliding scale, 8 pm 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 April/May 2014


PAGE 10, IGUANA, APRIL 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. http:// 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. 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:, ACLP@, 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. or UFAmnesty@ Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) working to stimulate conservation action to save threatened species of birds in the southeastern U.S., 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, Civic Media Center Alternative reading room and library of the non-corporate press, and a resource and space for organizing. 352373-0010, The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating Spanish Speakers through Advocacy and Service (CHISPAS) Student-run group at UF. 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 Ave., 352-373-1730, Edible Plant Project Local collective to create a revolution through edible and foodproducing plants. 561-236-2262 www. 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, 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. Florida Defenders of the Environment are dedicated to restoring the Ocklawaha and preserving Floridas other natural resources. 352-378-8465 Gainesville Area AIDS Project provides toiletries, household cleaners, hot meals, frozen food at no cost to people living with HIV/ AIDS., info@gaaponline. org, 352-373-4227, Open Tuesdays 10-1 and last Friday of month 5-7. Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to Death Penalty works to abolish the death penalty. Join vigday every month at St. Augustine Church & Catholic Student Center (1738 W. Univ. Ave.) 352-284-1749, 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. 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. or 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, 352610-1090, http://gainesvillelovesmountains. Gainesville NOW NOW meeting info contact Lisa at 352-450-1912. Gainesville Womens Liberation womens liberation group in the South, formed in 1968; now part of National Womens Liberation; a feminist group for women who win more freedom for women. The inequalities between women and men are political problems requiring a collective solution. Founded 1968. Join us:, P.O. Box 14017, Gainesville, 32604, (347) 560-4695, Gainesville Zen Center & Hostel A Zen Buddhist community offering rooms to rent on a daily basis. 404 SE 2nd St., 352-336-3613, 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. Grow Radio for community members to create and manage engaging, educational, locally-generated Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655. or email with updates and additions


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 11 arts and humanities for enrichment of the community. 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., email: 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. or 352-372-4825. Humanist Society of Gainesville meets 7 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; 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 to the university! Preferred contact info: email, alternative: Industrial Workers of the World Local union organizing all workers. Meetings are at the month at 6 pm. Gainesvilleiww@gmail. net. www. Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice organizes faith communities to work together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd Mondays at 6 pm at La Casita, 1504 W. University Ave. (across from Library) GainesvilleIAIJ@; 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 pm. Kindred Sisters Lesbian/feminist magazine. PO Box 141674, Gainesville, FL 32614. www., 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; National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Local advocates work to promote/preserve these threatened programs for senior citizens. We have literature, speakers, national Web site to join: National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social movements. or 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. and 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 pm with a programmed portion and informal meeting with opportunity to talk and peruse Planned Parenthood Clinic Full-service health center for reproductive and sexual health care needs. Offering pregnancy testing and options counseling for $10 from 10am-noon 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, Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information about the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. 352354-2432, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and provides services like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. 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, 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:// Stand By Our Plan is committed to informing the public about the critical differences between the Comprehensive Plan and Plum Creeks proposal. We do not support Plum Creeks Plan. Alachua Countys Comprehensive Plan is the best blueprint for future growth in the unincorporated areas of our county; it protects our valuable wetlands. standbyourplan@; 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 & non-students, faculty United Faculty of Florida Union represents faculty at Univeristy of Florida. 392-0274,, 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 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 pm. WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the Civic Media Center.,


PAGE 14, IGUANA, APRIL 2014 I missed the bus and, who do I call? My mom is at work. She cant get out of work. What do I do? I knew the language in Puerto Rico. We have to learn English and some of the textbooks are in English but because you are not speaking it all the time, you really dont have a good mastery of it. I was put in the ESL program and the kids were very welcoming. Everybody had similar experiences they came from Venezuela or Colombia and having to learn the language, leaving your whole support network, so we were very tight-knit. But the rest of the school was a constant struggle ... we would kind of huddle to the side and having kids be like, Speak English, this is America [in gringo accent]. We went through a lot of hard times. My of my sisters, they got pregnant and they werent married and it was just one thing after another and just feeling alone and not feeling like anybody at school could understand. I very much isolated myself. T: Was there ever a group of people that made you feel okay? R : I dont think I found that until college. T: What brought you to Gainesville? R: My mom got a job here. She was unemployed in Miami, and one of her best friends moved to Gainesville. university and it was like, oh my god, History and the people who make it: Ines Rios series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Ines Rios was interviewed by Angela Thorp [T] in 2011. T: What was it like growing up in Puer to Rico? R: Its very similar since were part of the United States. We are very Americanized. It was more of a small-town type feeling where you would go places and theyre like, Oh are you so-and-sos daughter? My dad is a lawyer and he teaches law school in Puerto Rico. My mom is a special ed. teacher. Shes here now in Gainesville. We were raised Catholic. Entering middle school my parents got divorced and that turned my world upside-down because the Catholic Church frowned upon divorce so I was kind of taken out of that community even though I still attended Catholic school. It was really isolating. Learning a new culture, language, all that good stuff, its like ah. I did elementary and middle school in a Catholic ... school in Puerto Rico and then came to the States and did my last year of middle school in a public school and a public high school but I dropped out of high school, took my GED, and then went to Santa Fe and then UF. T: What was it like initially arriving to the United States? R: My mom [laughing] in her wisdom, she was all like, so we are moving to Florida and, thats where Mickey is. Even though I was a teenager, I was like, okay, we are moving close to Mickey Mouse. But in reality we were moving to Miami over a month or two before to set up an apartment, look for a job, and all that stuff. She left us with our dad, me and my older sister in Puerto Rico and then they send us by ourselves over here. I remember being in the airport and thats It was really exciting and then really like culture shock. Not knowing anybody, not being close to any family. I remem ber getting lost my second day of school. Im in a movie the brick buildings and stuff. And it was cold so we had to wear jackets. You would go into the stores and they would be like, hey yall [southern drawl]. And feeling again that sense of small-town that I had lost in Puerto Rico. People actually acknowledge you; youre not invisible as much. T: What was it like being Latina in Gainesville and at UF? R: I was kind of Other and a minority but, it didnt feel as isolating as it did in Miami. The other interesting thing in Gainesville was that you kind of had to pick a race. Youre either white or black; because we dont know anything else. In Miami, you can be Latina, but what Latina youre Cuban or youre this or that. So you have all this different distinctions and you can be like, Im a black Puerto Rican female. And here its like, no, black or white, black or white, black or white. In Puerto Rico we have every single color we are all Puerto Rican. I remember being with my cousin who looks white, American, we were in this smaller town and theyre like, niggerlover! And I was looking around, and I was like, oh my god they mean you and me? Thats weird. At UF I got my degree in psychology and womens studies in 2003. the Latina Womens League? R: In 2005 I just happened upon it because they used to have it downtown and they had the Latino festival too. The Latina Womens League, I want to say they started 2003. We have two Victorias and other women and the major ity of them have a graduate degree from their particular countries and then come here and they wanted a forum where other Latinas will give you a blueprint of how this community is. T: What motivated you to get involved? R: was to get to know local government and discuss how that affects us and to get more people involved in the process. My parents were very political back in the island. They were part of the Socialist movement. I remember being little and dragged to rallies and all this stuff so always been interested in politics. Transcript edited by Pierce Butler


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 15 Victoria talked about getting to know the local government, putting ourselves out there, letting them know about the Latino community and how we can partner together. One of the things that I love, a lot of professional women and we always end up talking about our particular struggles at work or in the community and how to support ... and mentor to one another. I love that. T: Did those sort of support networks exist for you at UF? R: I think my situation was unique in the way that I dropped out of school. My par ents had tough love and when I decided to get my degree, theyre like, youre just going to have to do it yourself. So I had to work full-time while I was at UF. Working full-time for me meant the graveyard shift, so I was at work all night and then so then I had to drive to UF and sleep in the parking for a couple of hours and then go to class. I had class until three, and then go to work, sleep a couple of hours in that parking lot, and work. I didnt get opportunity to explore whether there were any social clubs. T: What would you say the Leagues goal is? R: not only within our group, to get to know this community and whats out there but also to educate the community. One of to put out there issues that really matter to us. Were multidimensional. We care about the environment, or race. T: What do you personally hope to accomplish with the League? R: Hopefully to form a really strong relation and support, especially for newcomers and being like, if you need anything, we are here and you dont need to feel isolated. I do the social services side of law enforcement. Im the only Spanish-speaking person. I come in contact with a lot of Latinos so Im always giving them brochures about the League and talking about the struggles not only the pressing crisis maybe they cannot get food, but all this other underlying things that exacerbate some of the problems. T: You are currently Program Director of the League. R: the secretary for the League and then I stepped down for a little bit. I took a second job at the homeless shelter. Then I left my second job and I wanted to challenge myself. present. My job is to get with the producers and distributors and directors to get per tion and sometimes Ill get to talk with the directors and invite them. This past year we had one of the directors and one of the one from Mexico and one from Panama. We offer free English classes for migrant workers or anybody that wants to learn conversational English. We give accul turation and we talk about the different rights that people might not know that they have. We talk about law enforce ment, visas, different things like that. I love that. The other really big program we have is with the migrant workers. We do a health fair where we go out to the lot of them are exposed to different pesticides and they dont have the best nutrition. We talk about that. For the moms, we talk about parenting, domestic violence, and where to get help. aid things, water, Chapstick, stuff that they might need. And then for Christmas, we adopt the children and we give them Christmas presents, which I love. We had this one gentleman who was a migrant worker who was here illegally. He got diagnosed with cancer and we were able to collect money to put him up in a hotel while he got the clearance to go back home and die with his family, and get enough money so he can take presents home so he wasnt empty-handed. The other thing that we did a group, I think they were from UF they were doing a project in Peru, and they wanted to get money to go back to that particular village to make water accessible so we were able to help them to get money. T: Whats it like being Latina in Gainesville? R: The Latino community has grown immensely since 1996 and now there are Cuban places to go eat. Theres a whole bunch of Mexican restaurants. There used to be one or two. You hear Spanish at the store. When I started being a victim advocate I was the only one in the county. Theyre like, Oh, Hispanics they dont need anything with domestic violence and Im like, really? T: What has to be done in the future? R: I think education, education, education. One of the cool things about the League is that we have professional women in different areas, so you have me in law enforcement, and some that are business-owners and accountants. We want to get better with our English classes. We used to partner with the school board and the school board all of a sudden started charging for the classes so its hard economically. We want to be seen as a viable part of this community; we can contribute, so its okay for the community to invest in Latino issues and know that some are kind of unique to us, like language but at the end of the day some of the bigger issues is universal. Search for Ines Rios at http:// the full transcript of this interview The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program person narratives can change the way we understand history, from scholarly questions to public policy SPOHP needs the publics help to sustain and build upon its research, teaching, and service missions: even small donations can make a big differ ence 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, APRIL 2014 by Jeannette Hinsdale Florida has the most amazing aquifer Florida springs than all the springs in the world combined a rare gift indeed, right beneath our feet! Its all connected. Springs are windows to the Floridan Aquifer; therefore, the Springs tell us whats happening in the Aquifer that we depend on for our water supply. Florida Springs are suffering. Florida has 38 Outstanding Florida Springs (OFS). Water expert Jake Varn tells us that 22 OFSs are currently impaired; seven are data to determine if they are impaired yet. That means for Springs we have data on, three out of four are not currently meeting water quality standards! lahassee have a soft spot as well as a strong backbone for protecting Floridas Springs. Republican Senator Charlie Dean has sponsored a Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, Senate Bill 1576, with three Republican and three Democrat cosponsors. SB 1576 has passed through its mous support. It is now headed to the Senate Appropriations committee and then to When last asked about funding for Springs protection on April 2, 2012, Senate President Don Gaetz replied, This year, I hope were going to pass a bill that will establish a framework for improving Floridas water quantity as well as our water quality. So, SB 1576 has strong bi-partisan support in the Senate. The House is a different story. The companion bill, HB 1313, sponsored by Representative Brodeur (R) and cosponsored by Representatives Linda Stewart (D) and Clovis Watson, Jr. (D), has yet late into the session. House Speaker Will Weatherford seems prepared to let Springs wait until next year. Rather inexcusable from someone whose district includes the City of pure water, Zephyrhills, as well as the Crystal Springs Preserve Learning Lab. Groundwater pumping and diversion of water from recharge areas has reduced the Springs. Groundwater Pollution, largely The Springs Bill has: a designated funding source to carry out what the bill asks to be done; designated timed goals with deadlines; designated Springs protection zones; and projects based on science not politics. And it addresses all sources of pollution. The Springs Bill offers important new protections for Springs: (1) Provides that currently compromised Springs shouldnt be harmed by further water withdrawals; (2) Restricts pollution sources in designated Springs protection zones; and 3) Sets up protection strategies for Springs that are trending towards violating water quality standards. Many of us who have lived in Florida long enough to see the decline of eel grass and the rise of algae in Floridas world-premiere Springs know that they are at a tipping point. The time is NOW, more than ever, for a strong comprehensive Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act rather than a piece-meal approach. As bill-writer Senator Simmons put it, If we dont do it now, I think we will be so far behind, it will be many generations before we catch up, and it will be a lot of economic pain on all of us. Last year, Florida legislators named April Springs Protection Awareness Month. So, Lets Get At It! In politics there are two kinds of numbers, $ and people, and people count. The political will needed for passage of this bill in both houses has to come from the people. Tell House Speaker Weatherford, that doing nothing is not a solution. Ask him to please schedule HB 1313 onto the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee (ANRS) agenda. Will.Weath Water is a source for joy and living a healthy life. Our relation with the environment is that we cannot live without it, as Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam acknowledged on Jan. 21 when he pointed out that, If you dont know you are going to have a safe and sustainable water source to support all your environmental and business needs, you wont survive. This bill, by paying to clean up the messes weve made, is a Jobs-Creator. Think about all the environmental scientists, septic tank contractors, construction workers, engineers, etc. Jobs! So, Lets Get to Work! Ask Governor Rick Scott to encourage House Speaker Weatherford to get the ball rolling and schedule HB 1313 for a hearing on the ANRS before its too late. Rick.Scott@ Ask the areas representatives Keith Perry and Elizabeth Porter to please get on board with Springs Protection Awareness and become co-sponsors of HB1313. Keith. And, lets work on raising awareness of the world beneath our feet and show our gratefulness for this rare gift by our very lives, by the way that we look at and use water. DWater: more precious than gold One of the best kept musical secrets in Gainesville is what takes place almost every Thursday night at The Bull, 18 SW 1st Ave. Between 10 pm and midnight, one of the worlds best bass players performs two sets of free form jazz, bowing and plucking his upright bass with skill and feel that need to be seen. Go. Just go and experience Terry Plumeri. Trust me. Can you judge someone by the company they keep? From his website: Terry has played with such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Les McCann, Yusef Lateef, John Abercrombie and Woody Herman. Notable performances include Carniegie Hall/New York City, Albert Hall/London, Herodicus Atticus Theater/Athens, Tchaikovsky Hall/Moscow, as well as the Newport, Monterey and Montreux jazz festivals. And oh yeah; no cover. Go. DThursdays with Terry Plumeri at the Bull


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 17 March 30, 2014 To the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, New Afrikan Peoples Organization, National Conference of Black Lawyers, Friends and Family of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: On behalf of National Womens Liberation, I write to send our love and solidarity as you mourn the great loss and celebrate the life of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. I attended the celebration of Chokwe Lumumba in Brooklyn last night and was struck by the powerful, radical community present in the church. There was a feeling of hope and strength that inspired me as a womens liberaleadership, community, political unity and honesty raised the bar for me as an organizer and the kind of community we all need to build to make radical change. A testament of that was when his daughter, Rukia Lumumba, movingly spoke of this community that she could count on now that her parents were gone and then spoke of her dedication to continuing to build that work as a member of it. I heard the news, my heart sank. Our best radical movements are strong, but when leaders like Chokwe Lumumba die, the loss is a big hit. While I didnt know Lumumba personally, I knew MXGM and have long respected the deep, thoughtful work you all do. When we were forming National Womens Liberation we looked to Malcolm X Grassroots Movement on important questions of structure and decision-making. We consulted with members of MXGM as liberation. We are grateful for the work Lumumba and others did to build this group and owe some of our foundation to lessons weve learned from you. in celebration of Chokwe Lumumbas life freeing the Scott sisters, defending Assata Shakur, founding MXGM and the New Afrikan Peoples Organization. Many groups have written extensive memorial statements that moved me immensely. So I echo all that they have commended him for. I would like to add that from last nights celebration the two things courage in challenging authority and how deeply he trusted the people. From stories of him challenging a judge and calling him a racist dog, to building a defense for Mutulu Shakur arguing his acts were not criminal offenses but acts of war and resistance in the face of genocidal oppression in the United States. These were just some of the bold and brave examples that inspire me to be a better activist. Probably most moving though was his belief in the people. I wrote down in my notebook a quote of his that someone cited, If you dont love the people, sooner or later youll betray the people. As I learned more and more about his politics throughout the ser of Jackson, Mississippi? There is just no way he could have done that without an intense belief in the people and an amazing ability to explain his learning process. As a feminist activist and union organizer, sometimes I shortcut when there is a high stakes election coming up or when a concept try to understand it better myself). Listening to Chokwe Lumumbas comrades speak about his politics, about how true he stayed to his beliefs and the movement, and how much he accomplished among the people it made me er. Thank you for sharing the life and lessons of your visionary leader, loving father, steadfast comrade. We pledge to put them to good use in carrying forward our corner of the freedom banner. In Solidarity, Erin Mahoney On behalf of National Womens Liberation DLearn more at remembers revolutionary Black Nationalist Leader Chokwe Lumumba


PAGE 18, IGUANA, APRIL 2014 THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 the tactics used to defeat her was quite disheartening. Party organization and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) strategy trumped all those (perhaps too many?) signs, I guess. Those who ran Helens campaign may feel it worked, but at what cost, and what precedent does it set for the future? There were a lot of good liberal democrats who know Annie well, or who just worked on her campaign out of genuine concern over issues like the biomass plant and solar feed-in tariff, who probably share my discomfort with the way things went down. In the case of this election, just because an opponent doesnt sign a Democratic Party loyalty oath doesnt give you the right to lie about them. One solution would be that each candidate be more active in setting the tone and reigning in their more zealous and perhaps offensive campaigners; truly it is in the candidates name that the campaign is being run, and they need to take on that responsibility, be it via social media or at forums, and not let false charges and/or personal attacks drag the campaign into the mud. There will be a good test coming this August with a contested Democratic primary for a County Commission seat featuring Ken Cornell and Kevin Thorpe. We shall see if we can move past this or if the divisions continue, and weaken the progressive sides chances in the Fall. DGainesville City election reportby Joe Courter First off, congratulations to Helen Warren, one of the genuinely nicest people I have ever met, on winning a very close runoff election for City Commission on April 8. With the unexpected loss by Susan Bottcher back in March, the Gainesville City Commission is in a very polarized situation ideologically, and is also made up of some very contentious people. Helens promised role as a facilitator and peacemaker will be sorely tested in the coming years; I wish her strength and wisdom in dealing with what lies ahead, but it is up to citizens to show up and have make their voices heard, too. Secondly, I was appalled by the negative campaign waged by the Democratic Party against Annie Orlando, and frankly am surprised that the mud slinging campaign worked; usually in Gainesville it is the Right that stoops down to that level, and it is usually a losing strategy. As I said last month, it was no surprise that the anti-biomass and Tea Party crowd supported Annie; but that did not make her one. I know her to be a decent, independent-minded person, a longtime Democrat, and to see


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 19 By Fred Sowder On February 11, the Federal Communica tions Commission issued a construction permit for WGOT-LP to migrate up the dial to 100.1FM to its own frequency. The station currently is in a time-shared agreement with two other stations on 94.7FM: WGLJ-FM (belonging to Calvary Baptist Church) and WVFP-LP (owned by Faith Presbyterian Church). These are exciting times for the radio project of the Civic Media Center, which has already been streaming a 24/7 schedule in anticipation of this news for well over a year. Funding will be a vital key to getting WGOT to full-time status, which is almost certainly going to require a physical studio space and related audio equipment as well as a new transmitter and antenna. All of these things combined will be of considerable cost, and the exact amount needed for this transition is still being researched. Regardless, a crowd-sourcing and membership campaign is in the works to launch later this year. There are many ways the citizens of Gainesville and the surrounding areas can help make WGOTs bid to go full time a reality. Please visit the stations website at to become a supporter, under writer, staffer, or even board member. WGOT staff meets at least a couple times each month in the courtyard behind the CMC and Citizens Co-Op. Whether it is at staff meetings or on the website, you gether your own radio show on WGOT. The station has hosted a few teach-ins on the basics of producing your own radio show at the CMC, and more are planned for the future. Finally, if you own a local business, becoming an underwriting sponsor is a win-win: providing an inexpensive way to get word out about your business as well as supporting grassroots community radio. WGOT has been on the air in Gainesville well over six years and has featured nationally known programs such as Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman as well as programs formerly aired on WUFT-FM such as Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Afropop Worldwide, hosted by Georges Collinet. Weve also augmented our schedule with vitally needed local and national Spanish language programs such as Informativo and Noche Latina These programs and countless other locally produced shows are only possible thanks to the generous donations from local individuals and businesses and the countless musicians and venue-owners who have participated in dozens of eye out for WGOT to have more of these in the future. For years, WGOT has been inviting you to Go Low! Now youre being invit ed to help WGOT also Go Big! Your continued support is appreciated beyond words. Thank you. DWGOT gets FCC go-ahead for full-time broadcast status Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that the "constitution exemption zone" -a federal government to ignore Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure -extending 100 miles from any U.S. bor der, is lawful. As illustrated by the map, this zone covers roughly 2/3 of all U.S. citizens, and it essentially blankets the entire state of Florida. The American Civil Liberties Union originally challenged the law, which led to the judge's recent decision. Learn more at www.aclu. org. DNo Fourth Amendment protections in FloridaPhoto courtesy of the ACLU The Constitution-Free Zone of the United StatesNearly 2 out of 3 Americans (197.4 million) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders according to 2007 The Constitution-Free Zone of the United States


PAGE 20, IGUANA, APRIL 2014 For more information call the Cultural Arts Coalition at 352-372-0216 or email us at Iguana Editorial Board Reading RecommendationsNoam Chomsky Breaks Down the Zombie Apocalypse by ProgLegs, Daily Kos member This article explores the comment made by legendary linguist/philosopher Noam Chomsky, who recently suggested that Amerias obsessions with zombies might be a sign that a national with a history of brutal opression suffers subconscious fears of retribution. EDITORIAL: Do the Math (but not the science)! by EcologyFlorida not-the-science/ A discussion about the issues and embarrassment of Florida having at least 164 voucher-eligible schools that teach Creationism. The Real Racists Have Always Worn Suits by Mychal Denzel Smith This Mother Jones article elaborates on Hank Aarons recent quote in USA Today about how the framing of our national discussion of racism is inaccurate.D This event is part of Art Walk for April.


IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 21 Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 The Koch brothers, whose more than $50 billion of wealth made largely from their petrochemical businesses exceeds that of the bottom 45 percent of Americans put together, and who make enough money every second to feed a homeless American for an entire year, are pouring ever more of their money into politics. The Koch brothers shouldnt be demonized because they have a humongous amount of money, or because most of it has been made in petrochemicals, or because of their right-wing views. As long as theyve obeyed the law and played by the rules, theyre entitled to their money and their opinions. But in using their vast wealth to alter those laws and rules, they are corrupting our democracy. For this they deserve to be widely denounced. DImage shared by Robert Reich on Facebook on March 22. 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:




IGUANA, APRIL, PAGE 23 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 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 3 pm Lost Sharks 5 pm Street Nuts 7 pm Malum 8 pm New Day Rising 9 pm Culture WarsTue 3 pm Very Amazing and Co. 7 pm Whats the Story 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 OthernessThu 11am Things Be Blowin 2 pm The Breakup Song .. 3 pm Hope & Anchor 5 pm Erosion 9 pm Eagle DeathFri 11 am The Breakup Song 1 pm 4D Meltdown 7 pm The Bag of TricksSat 10 am Jazzville 12 pm Cosmic Sataurdaze 4 pm Alewife Outbound 6 pm Planet of Sound 8 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 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 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 Democracy NOW! airs Mon.-Fri. 1 p.m. & Mon.-Thur. 8 p.m. 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, APRIL 2014 by John Light This article was originally published on March 31 on Bill Moyers Moyers & Company key-takeaways-from-the-frightening-ipcc-climate-change-report/. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its latest report today. It focuses on how climate change will affect human society in coming years painting a picture of a world destabilized by a rapidly changing environment. While many of the events it details are familiar to those who follow the research on climate change, taken together in the 2,600-page report assembled by more than 300 scientists, theyre almost overwhelming to consider. Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down ecoprolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hot spots of hunger, the report declared. The longer we dither about taking action, it warns, the worse the impacts of climate change will be. 1. The food supply is in trouble > Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change, Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, said at a news conference presenting the report. Climate change has already affected the global food supply; crop yields for wheat, for example, are beginning to decline even as the human population continues to grow. 2. The poor will be hit hardest, but the rich will feel it too > As with most natural disasters and food shortages, the poor will be hit hardest. But the rich will also feel it. A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger hotspots of hunger among the worlds poorest renstein reports for the AP. Food prices are likely to go up somewhere in a wide range of 3 percent to 84 percent by 2050 just because of climate change, the report said. 3. The world will become less stable > A dwindling food supply coupled with an increase in natural disasters will exacerbate tensions in already-tense areas by amplifying well-docrecent years in drought-stricken Syria, with national security implications for the U.S. (For more on those risks, take a look at the Center for Climate and Securitys blog.) 4. Wealthy countries are minimizing their responsibility > The World Bank estimated that poor countries would need as much as $100 billion per year to offset the affects of climate change. Yet, as Justin Gillis reports for The New York Times, wealthy countries, mary that most readers and the press would peruse before turning to the full report. Gillis writes, The edit came after several rich countries, including the United States, raised questions about the language, according to several people who were in the room at the countries argue that $100 billion a year is an unrealistic demand; it would essentially require them to double their budgets for foreign aid, at a time of economic distress at home. That argument has fed a rising sense of outrage among the leaders of poor countries, who 5. The next big chance to do something is later this year > Its possible to stave off the worst affects of climate change now if countries move quickly to cut emissions, the report says. World leaders will have that chance when they meet this autumn in New York City for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be completed in 2015. As part of the UNs effort to push international leaders to do something about climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has challenged attendees to bring bold pledges and to [i]nnovate, scale-up, cooperate and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put us on track for an ambitious legal agreement. D5 key takeaways from the frightening IPCC Climate Change Report 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 www issues of the Gainesville Iguana online (complete issues are available as PDFs) at www .gainesvilleiguana.orgThe Gainesville Iguana (established 1986)