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by Seth Fiegerman This article was originally published on April 20 by Mashable. Read the original online, complete with links and additional re sources, at glenn-greenwald-pulitzer/. Glenn Greenwald was eating lunch on Monday, trying not to focus on the fact award in the U.S. was moments away from being announced. I didnt want to pay too much attention to it or follow it too closely, Greenwald Glenn Greenwald: Pulitzer may help change public perception of NSA leakstold Brian Stelter during an interview that aired Sunday on CNNs Reliable Sources. But I had my phone on the table. I knew that the hour was upon us. At 3 p.m. ET, the news broke: The Guard ian, Greenwalds previous employer, and The Washington Post had won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting on NSA surveillance based on leaked documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. I think there was an expectation that the Plum Creeks smoking gunby Stand By Our Plan What are Plum Creeks real intentions for their 60,000 acres in Alachua County? Should the Alachua County Commission grant their request to rezone their timber land to allow for urban development? The friendly local people theyve hired theyre in it for the long haul. Their boss says something different. Atlanta on April 28, Plum Creek CEO Rick Holley had the following to say about the companys investment strategy. One of the key incentives for the company over the past several years has been the entitlement of our most valuable development properties. Through the INSIDE ...From the Publisher . . . . 3 Medical Marijuana . . . . 6 CMC Events . . . . . . . 9 Reading Recs . . . . . . . ............. 9 Directory . . . . . . 10-11 Event Calendar . . . . 12-13 Oral History Program . . ... 14-15 GROW Radio schedule . . . 23 See GREENWALD, p. 2 See PLUM CREEK, p. 2 The GainesvilleIguanaMay/June 2014 Vol. 28, Issue 5/6


PAGE 2, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 committee had to recognize the reporting in one way or another, and the question was going to be how, Greenwald said in the interview. He added that it was gratiin the public service in particular. That is what the ideal was that we always tried the public service. Greenwald was repeatedly criticized by dia over the past year for his reporting on the NSA revelations. One congressman, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), even called for Greenwald to be arrested for his involve ment in disclosing government secrets. Despite the possibility of arrest, Greenwald opted to return to the U.S. earlier this month the Snowden revelations. One of the reasons why I was willing to come back to the United States when I did is because I knew that the Polk Awards, as well as the Pulitzers were this week, and it would make it very threats, he told Stelter. Greenwald added that his lawyers tried should he return to U.S. soil, but had no luck. They wanted to keep us in this state of uncertainty, he said. There clearly was some risk of coming back. Greenwald is currently working on a book that will include new revelations based on the Snowden documents. He said he pursuit of these entitlements, we change the very nature of these assets and create long term value for shareholders. We do not intend to pursue vertical development [construction], or invest these properties. Rather, our strategy is to spend time and effort to move these properties up the value chain through entitlement and capture that value.   The article goes on to describe the plum in their portfolio, their largest development opportunity, in Alachua County. Translation: they plan to boost the market value of their land through land use and zoning changes, then carve it up and sell it off. Plum Creek will not build anything, pieces of Plum Creeks lands are each sold off to new owners over the next twenty years, those new owners would likely have their own development strategies, and would return, one by one, to the county commission to ask for changes. Changes only take three votes from any future county commission.   We have no idea what the future of this land might be; we cant trust the plan that Plum Creek has put together to persuade the county commission to entitle their property. taken, its legally impossible to turn back. The full article can be read at http:// news/2014/04/30/plum-creek-timber-codeveloping-2-000-acre-mega.html. For a reality check on Plum Creeks public relations campaign, get the facts at You can also purchase yard signs, bumper stickers and more there. Ddoesnt believe the Pulitzer Prize alone will change how people view his work or Snowdens leaks, but argues the growing tential to change public perception. I dont think that would persuade anyone, Greenwald said. But given that pretty in the Western world has recognized the vital importance of these disclosures, I think the cumulative effect of all of that is to convey to the public that this infor mation needed to get out and it was in the public interest that it did so, and I do think that can sway a lot of people. further vindication that what [Snowden] did in coming forward was absolutely the right thing to do and merits grati tude, and not indictments and decades in prison, Greenwald said in regard to the Polk Award, according to a report from Democracy Now! None of us would be here without their life to make this information avail able, Poitras added. And so this award is really for Edward Snowden. Glenn Greenwald just published his book about the Snowden leaks called, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. For more information and a great inter view, view the two-part series on Democracy Now! with Greenwald from May 13 and May 14 here: http://www.democ glenn_greenwald_on. D PLUM CREEK, from p. 1 GREENWALD, from p. 1 Subscribe $30/year 377-5828 Open: 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.


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 3 by Joe Courter For those who choose to go beyond the work, eat, sleep, family, play activities in life there is the realm of civic ac tivity; doing something to be an active participating citi zen trying to make the world, or at the micro scale your neighborhood or community, a better place. Some of these options offer a commitment to a social issue or organiza tion in which progress is measured over time. Other op toward it, then there is a decision whether you win or lose and it is over, and either done or at least needs to regroup and start again. Campaign (electoral or issue based) organizing is often a roller coasted of highs and lows its got deadlines and mounting intensities. Losing is a bummer, and winning the campaign may over time prove empty. You kinda peel the bumper sticker off and move on. never really stops, such as the organizing work of the Feminist, Civil and Human Rights or Farmworker Movements. This type of organizing leaves a legacy, and within that is the here and now. vestors and workers at the Citizens Co-op; and as well the upcoming political season locally, with primary elections fast approaching August 26. The Co-op situation does not have any resolution at this time, and what seems to be lying ahead are membership elections on Tuesday June 24 (details elsewhere) at which time there will be Board elections. Since the last Iguana there have been numerous meetings large and small, innumerable emails, inquiries and charges, but what really came out of it was a lot of earnest Co-op members, shoppers, ex-workers, growers and investors got to get to know one another better, share their visions of what a real Co-op should be, but generally be rebuffed by the small current Board. It was very disappoint ing, because with all these large meetings, it felt like what a Co-op should feel like, and sion. That said, that the Board is moving their election from September to June was the one concession. How that election turns out will not be resolved by the next Iguana July 3. With the controversy business is way down at the store, and there is speculation it may be months from closing unless business picks up. If there is new blood and re-established trust with the election maybe it can achieve the success so many have hoped for. Many concerned members feel the June election is too quick and may be reluctant to run as theres never been an audit and theres fear about getting on board a sinking ship. A lot felt the transition offer would have been a better solution, but that was not accepted. More details next issue. Those interested can try and keep up on these sites: or see the comments at: We salute all those who are long run Movement organizers, and as well those who will out what you can do, and a group to do it with. DFrom the publisher Organizing and disappointmentJoe Courter Subscribe! The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar & newsletter.Individuals: $15 (or more if you can) Low/No income: What you can Groups: $20 Iguana, c/o CISPLA P.O. Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604Comments, suggestions, contributions list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 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 Br own Mark Piotr owski Editorial Board: Pierce Butler Joe Courter Beth Gr obman Jessica Newman Production work & assistance: Justine Mara Andersen Sylvia Arnold Joye Barnes Scott Camil Nancy Dener Robbie Czopek Ted Lacombe Erica Merr ell Distribution: Joe Courter Marcus Dodd Bill Gilbert Jack Price Anita Sundaram Authors & 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, MAY/JUNE 2014 Santa Fe United workers organize at Santa Fe Collegeby Joseph Brenner, Deputy Chief Of Staff SEIU-Florida Public Services Union Citing concern over withheld overtime pay, a general lack of transparency and openness in decision-making, and the lack of meaningful worker input at the College, workers at Santa Fe College in Gainesville have begun an effort to orgathe name Santa Fe United. Workers have been meeting and discussyears, but felt that management largely ignored their concerns. Believing that the only way forward is to organize their own independent organization outside the Colleges shared governance structure, workers have been meeting with members of Gainesvilles larger labor community. After several months of discussion, theyve decided to work with SEIU-Flor ida Public Services Union, which represents college non-instructional staff at Hillsborough Community College in the Tampa area and 19,000 public workers across the state of Florida. Though the campaign is in its early stag es, workers have gathered support from instructional and non-instructional workers alike. Believing that the workers and management could come to an agreement over how best to address the workers con cerns and seeking a fair, impartial process, the union reached out to Santa Fe College president Jackson Sasser and Human Re sources Manager Lela Frye via email and fax to facilitate a meeting, but have been rebuffed in those efforts to date. The union believes that the College has instead hired outside anti-union counsel in an effort to repel the union effort. However, the workers remain determined to have their voices heard. The workers carry on their efforts daily, and understand that although organizing will be no easy process, its absolutely the only way theyll win dignity and re Santa Fe United Get involved. Stand together. Learn more at D Transcript provided by Larry Dansinger The internet is an amazing, even over whelming tool to access the media we want. For radio this is especially true; almost every station is available on the web. Many even have podcasts even a limitation. So what do we do? We establish patterns of listening. For me that has meant being a morning listener to a small community station out of Blue Hill, Maine, a station I brother up there. Eclectic music, sensible plain-speaking DJs, Democracy Now! headlines at 8am, and various features such as Larry Dansingers 7:30am Tuesday commentaries, like the one from April 22 printed below. It is as easy as The choice is ours... make the best of it. Legislators and people who are middle class or wealthy often accuse low-in come people of making so-called bad choices, that make them or keep them poor. Its your own fault, they say. Its a theme that regularly comes up, blaming poor folks for not going to or self-medicating themselves with drugs or alcohol when lifes a struggle. But, do people make bad decisions that cause them to live in poverty, or does poverty cause them to make bad choices? Heres an example: A few weeks ago, the alternator on my car went. I had two options. I could take it to the in-town mechanic, who is more expensive, or take it to one in the next town who is cheap er. But, I was worried about the car breaking down trying to get it to the cheaper place. If it didnt make it, Id have to get it towedeven more money. A bad choice. Since I had enough money, I decid ed not to risk the breakdown and go to the in-town place. But, if I didnt have that extra cash, I would have taken the risk to go to the cheaper me chanic. Having extra money means not having to take chances; not hav ing it means taking risks that can turn into bad decisions, even though there really wasnt a choice. Scarcity, a book by Sendhil Muhlain underpaid people have to focus more on basic needs and survival. They cant like middle class people. The middle class doesnt have to worry as much about not having child care for their kids, or an unreliable car, or a looming bankruptcy, or paying the next utility sions and get away with it. Lower income people dont have that luxury. They may have to take more time off, are more distracted at work, sult. But, its not that they arent as smart, or care less. Experiments have shown that people with money prob lems on average score 10 points lower on IQ tests compared to those who are People in poverty have less room to fail. They lose out in other ways over which they have no control. They have to buy cheaper products that wear out faster. They go into debt more often, which costs them time and money to escape, if they escape at all. They are more present oriented and arent as able to plan for the future; when someone is falling behind, its hard to think ahead, or get ahead. Underpaid people are more likely to be obese because cheap food has more calories than nutrition. They have more family crises to deal with. They cant take advantage of so-called it takes money to make money opportunities. A lot of government programs try to modify the behavior of low-income people, but people know how to be and distracting, because of poverty. So, I think its generally not the fault of the person when there are bad choices; its usually the fault of poverty. When have you made bad choices? Was it really your fault, or caused by factors beyond your control? Im Larry Dansinger, trying not to blame the victim when our society is at fault.DBad choices


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 5 by Gainesville Veterans for Peace Gainesville Veterans for Peace will once again set up the Memorial Mile along the Solar Walk on 8th Avenue, east of 34th Sreet. The display will be set up on May 24 and will stay up through sunset on Memorial Day, May 26. While thoughts of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars are unfortunately forgotten by the American mainstream media, there will still be at least 89 additional tombstones added, each one representing the death of an American service member. could not imagine that we would still be past time for us to bring our troops home, says Scott Camil, president of Gainesville Veterans for Peace. Veterans for Peace encourage the public   to stop by and walk the stunning mile at   any time, believing this is the best way   to take in the reality of these wars. Each tombstone representing individual Americans also represents the friends and family   of the deceased who were and still are affected by these wars. Memorial Day began as a simple, somber ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, then called Decoration Day. Since that time, Memorial Day   has continued to honor U.S. service members who have died in all wars; by the early 20th century, this day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory,   as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they served in the military or not a far cry from the   national holiday of barbecues, brewskies and beaches that many Americans celebrate today. Memorial Mile will be made up of more tombstone   remembers an American service member who died in Iraq or Afghanistan, and includes the service members name, date of death, age, branch of service, rank and hometown. They will be arranged by theater and date of death. Tombstones with members with local ties whose tombstones have been visited by friends and family. Veterans for Peace will have available, on site at an information table, a book that Every year, people come to the Memorial   of love at the tombstones of their loved ones   and friends. This is the ninth year of Memorial Mile and the sixth year the display has crossed over to the south side of the street. Memorial Mile, May 24Veterans for Peace believes that these losses and the corresponding   wars cannot be adequately understood with facts and tombstones conveys the reality   of these numbers. This years event will also feature the Peace Ribbon from Code   Pink. This is an ongoing   groups make panels honoring the victims of the wars in   Afghanistan and Iraq by creating a cloth memorial to fallen service   members and Afghan and Iraqi civilians. The Peace Ribbon   contains more about the Peace Ribbon,   go towww. Parking will be available at nearby West Side Park. For information, visit DPhotos by Mary Bahr THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14


PAGE 6, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 Posted by United for Care on May 7 By Mary Wozniak, MARIJUANA LOSING STIGMA Across political and generational boundaries, when it comes to pot, were becoming much more liberal. With six months to go before the November ballot, it ap pears the wave of support for legalization of medical mari A new poll shows nearly 9 of 10 Florida voters support Amendment 2. It would amend the state constitution to make legal use of pot for medical purposes. Also, the overwhelming passage Friday of the Charlottes Web alleviate severe seizures, has supporters riding high. They, along with some politicians and political experts, say it all points to an increasingly likely victory in November. The poll from Quinnipiac University, in Connecticut, says 88 percent of Florida voters now support allowing adults to legally tants 2013 poll for the United for Care campaign, which leads the push for legality. However, another new poll done by a mar keting company in Winter Springs says support is at 60 percent. Susan MacManus, professor of public administration and po litical science at the University of South Florida, cautioned against relying on polls. The bottom line is the law says the amendment has to pass by 60 percent of the vote. If the vote on Nov. 2 is any less than that, the measure fails. Most of the polls say if the election were held today, it would pass. But the election is not being held today, she said. now and Election Day, it looks like this amendment may pass, MacManus said. The consensus is passage of the Charlottes Web bill by the Leg islature will help the movement. Yes, I think its going to help us with momentum, said John Morgan, the Orlando-based attorney who is chairman of People also spent $4 million of his own money. A year ago, the governor said he would never support any never be given to children. This is only about children, pri marily. A year ago, we couldnt even have a discussion. Now weve got law. Its going to happen. The bill, passed in the waning hours of the legislative session, to help those who suffer from a severe form of epileptic seizures. The strain is low in THC, the substance that creates a high, and would be administered as an oil. Gov. Rick Scott was against the bill, and he even had the Florida surgeon general testify against it before the Legislature. But af ter the bill passed, Scott said he would sign it. NOT ENOUGH plained the bill does nothing to support others who need pots pathic pain and debilitating ailments. Charlottes Web represents a big admission by the Legislature, said Ben Pollara, manager of the United for Care campaign. It really validates the arguments weve been making in the course But it doesnt go far enough, he said. Critics also complain the strict regulations outlined in a lastminute amendment to the bill are overly restrictive and hurt small business. The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers, limits the number of growers/ central, southeastern and southwestern portions of the state. Only nurseries in the state that have been in business for at least 30 uninterrupted years can qualify. The established nurs eries, which must also grow more than 400,000 plants, would Caldwell said he was trying to make it easier for the Depart ment of Health. With no criteria the department would be inun dated with hundreds of applications, he said. The plants have to be grown in a highly contained environment by people who understand plant biology, he said.


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 7 The short list has 21 nurseries. None are in Lee or Collier counties, but Caldwell said listed nurseries in Zolfo Springs and Venus count as Southwest Florida. Also, there will be new nurseries aging in each year and Im sure we will re visit the structure once we get a grip on real demand, he said. Caldwell is co-sponsor of the original version of the bill in the House, but he also is amenable to the legalization of I have been consistent in following the will of the voters on this issue, but as a personal matter I believe that legaliza serious risk to public health than tobac co or alcohol, he said. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, a sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said a lot of people dont understand what the Charlottes Web strain is. People are shatters stereotypes. Yet Bean is against Amendment 2. The amendment is too broad, he said. Its bad for Florida. Bean said he has three teenage children and doesnt want them to have access to medical pot. Under the proposal of this amendment a col lege student can say hes stressed, go to a doctor and qualify for a prescription. Thats not properly written. The petition to put the amendment on the Florida ballot required 683,000 signavalidated signatures, Pollara said. Twenty states and the District of Colum Maryland will be the 21st state when its law goes into effect June 1. Colorado and Washington also have legalized pot for recreational use. ISSUE HITS HOME Politicians and groups in the state against arguing against the amendment with the Florida Supreme Court; the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Medical Association. Morgan is backing Amendment 2 because when he was suffering from esophageal cancer and emphysema. He was a big anti-drug guy, Morgan said. But his fathers suffering was so severe Morgan suggested the remedy. Finally I said, Daddy, I dont know what difference it makes at the end of your life here. You can die or you can die with dignity. Morgans brother, Tim, a quadriplegic, said. If Tim took the drugs they wanted him to take for the pain, it would put a takes away his pain instantaneously, Mor gan said. He doesnt want to be hooked on OxyContin, Xanax or Percocet. Clinical trials arent needed, Morgan said. Ive had clinical trials in my own family twice. I know it works. Florida? the Charlottes Web bill that allows lowpotency pot in narrow cases. stitutional amendment that would allow use under a doctors supervision. Learn more at D


PAGE 8, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 by Theresa Lowe Executive Director of Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry GRACE Marketplace, the current itera tion of the long awaited one-stop assis tance center, opened its doors on May 5. Limited services, such as issuing bus passes, access to restrooms, a place to receive your mail and an air condi tioned friendly spot to have a cup of coffee and relax for a bit, are currently being provided Monday through Friday, 9 am until 4 pm. On Sunday, June 1, additional services will kick off with a barbeque. Call to Ac tion will be bringing out their grills, and ners on campus. We will also open a secure area where homeless persons can store their be longings, a lending library, church services in our chapel and host an NA meeting. Services will be provided dai The following day, Monday, June 2, well be opening the doors to the on-site service providers. Included among them: Alachua County Social Services; Three Rivers Le gal; Meridian Behavioral Healthcare and the VA. More providers are being added daily with the ultimate goal being that if you homeless, at risk of homelessness or lower income and looking to change that, then GRACE Marketplace is the place to go to access services. emergency shelter. The shelter will house individual men and women. Well also open shower and laundry facilities. Future plans for the campus include: onsite tent camping; a Dress for Success clothing closet; a culinary program; en trepreneurship training; GED classes; gardens; and on-site grooming. We have several areas on campus that are suitable for different types of training sessions and community meetings. If youre interested in providing a class on campus or holding a meeting, please contact us at To keep all of this going, and add more services to help our community, we will need a wide range of volunteers. Our most pressing current need is for ad ditional groups to sign up to provide meals on site. There is a nice dining room con nected to an empty kitchen. Until we are able to purchase and install equipment, we need ready to serve meals brought in daily. We estimate that we will provide We will also provide take and go breakfasts daily and need help with items that can be added to that menu. If youd like to provide meals but cant with others so we end up with a com Other current volunteer opportunities in clude manning the desk in the Welcome Center and lots of manual labor. Once June 1 arrives, the opportunities will ex pand. If you are interested in helping out in any way, please check out our page on VolunteerSpot at: If youd like to donate items, our wish list is posted on our Facebook page: GRACEMarketplace. We encourage you to stop by and check us out. We will be holding a meeting of the North Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry on Wednesday, May 21 at 9 am. Following the meeting, we will conduct tours of the campus. Were located at 2845 NE 39th Avenue and hope to see you then. DGainesvilles one-stop homeless services center GRACE Marketplace


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 9 104 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL MTh: 11a.m.p.m. F: 11a.m.p.m. 104 SE 1st Avenue Gainesville FLIguana Editorial Board reading recommendationsD Fight for Fifteen Spreads Out and Zooms In uRS4u2fp.dpuf An overview of the actions that fast food workers are taking throughout the county in a struggle for fair working conditions. D Lessons from corporatized college: Even PhDs are being squeezed out of the middle class Experienced, degreed, accomplished adjunct college professors are often part of the working poor, with no job security, and relying on food stamps to eat. D Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC Amy Goodman explains the concept of net neutrality, and how the Internet will fundamentally change, for the worse, if net neutrality is eliminated. D The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face are not Just External change-within-obstacles-we-face-are-notA discussion of cultural-historical ob stacles and challenges in dealing with climate change. D 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 May/June 2014 Every Thu: W eekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 pm Every Thu: Poetry Jam, 9 pm Wed, May 21: Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food, book reading with Mon, May 26: Gainesville Area NOW presents Rain Without Thunder as part of their Summer Feminist Film Series, a faux documentary about a mother and a daughter arrested for seeking an abortion and caller Tony Dickins for a beginner level Contra Dance in Fri, May 30: Burn It All for Art Walk, everyone is welcome to bring their unwanted art to display or outdated poetry or spoken word to read, at 10 pm attendees will have the option to bid to save a piece of art or poetry for their collection or send them to the Mon, June 2: Let The Fire Burn, 2013 documentary about the events lead ing up to and during the 1985 standoff between the Philadel phia Police Department and MOVE, the black liberation orga Mon, June 9: The Gainesvill e branch of the International Socialist Organiza Mon, June 16: Gideon s Army, 2013 documentary that follows three prom ising young public defenders in the Deep South who put up with long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to defend Mon, June 23: Thunder and Lighten-ing, 2008 documentary about longtime Canadian folksinger Ferron, an iconic early artist in the womens acoustic music scene. Film co-sponsored by Wild Iris and caller Tony Dickins for a beginner level Contra Dance in a Mon, June 30: Gainesville Area NOW presents: Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developed World, 2003 documentary about the is sues experience by gay, lesbian and transgender people in de


PAGE 10, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 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 Alachua County Green 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. 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@ 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 org, Civic Media Center Alternative reading room and library of the non-corporate press, and a resource and space for organizing. 352The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating Spanish Speakers through Advocacy and Service (CHISPAS) Student-run group at UF. Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-led 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 foodproducing plants. 561-236-2262 www. Families Against Mandatory Minimums Work to reform Florida's sentencing laws and 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 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 food at no cost to people living with HIV/ AIDS., info@gaaponline. Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to Death Penalty works to abolish the death penalty. Join vig day every month at St. Augustine Church & Catholic 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. 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, 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 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 Grow Radio for community members to create and manage engaging, educational, locally-generated arts and humanities for enrichment of the community. PO Box Iguana Directory


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 11 13891, Gainesville, 32604, 352-219-0145 (v), 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 Humanist Society of Gainesville 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 pro vides a community for freethinking, secular humanists. Goals include promoting values of humanism, discussing issues humanists face internationally. We strive to participate in com munity 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 6 pm at La Casita, 1504 W. University Ave. (across from Library) GainesvilleIAIJ@ 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 pm. Kindred Sisters Lesbian/feminist magazine., Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program protect elders rights in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, family care homes. MindFreedom North Florida Human rights group for psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers. 352-328-2511. *Move to Amend, Gainesville* is an organization dedicated to amending the US Constitution to establish that money is not speech, and that only human beings have gainesville National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, education and advocacy for families and loved ones of persons with 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 Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law support progressive social movements. or Occupy Gainesville is about engaging local people in grassroots, participatory democracy, 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 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. Pride Community Center of North Central Florida Resources for the gay/lesbian Located at 3131 NW 13th St., Suite 62. 352Protect 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 2603 NW 13th St. #333, 352-234-6595 Sierra Club Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville 4225 Sister City Program of Gainesville links Gainesville with sister cities in Russia, Israel 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 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 WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the


magnet magnet Keep up with the CMC at for events created after this calendar was printed, and into the future (also see pp 9, 23). ! Christians/Muslims share: !! see 5/24, 10:30 am. !! School Board, 6 pm.! Citizens Co-op member meeting & elections: see pg 18. !! Last Wednesday Contra !! Dance (LGBTQ-friendly, gender-neutral; beginners welcome) at CMC, 7:30 pm. ! Transgender Movie Night, 2nd !! Fridays, Pride Center (3131 NW 13th St), 7 pm.Cool Corporate Cats play jazz & blues at Bo Diddley Plaza, free, 8 pm.Night Moves opens at Hipp, 8 pm. CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.!! Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm. !! Gideons Army doc on public !! defenders, CMC, 7pm.Talking Service for Veterans reading/ discussion group, Beltram Peace Ctr, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 3rd Mons, 7 pm.15 21 16 17 19 18 20 IGUANA Deadline for JulyAug issue is June 25th; write or call 378-5655 with events, updates, advertisements & info. Please support Citizens Co-op, a growing community resource. Shop Co-op rst & keep your $$$ local! (see pp 3, 5, 18) CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. !Sierra Club meets at UUFG, 7:30 pm: see Poetry at CMC, 9 pm. !! Last Wed. Contra Dance, !! CMC, 7 pm. Free Dog Adoptions, West! side Park (1001 NW 34th St), 12 pm (pets at all adoption events on this calendar spayed/ neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped by ACAS).Andrew Jackson Jihad (from Arizona acoustic punk at its best) at High Dive, 8:30 pm. !! Gvl Interfaith Alliance for !! Immigrant Justice meets 2nd Mondays, Mennonite Church, 6 pm.After Tiller documentary on impact of pro-life murder of Kansas doctor, co-sponsored by Internatl Socialist Org. CMC, 7 pm (tentative).Envision Alachua plan discussion sponsored by League of Women Voters, Millhopper Branch Library, 7 pm. Womens Liberation: Where Do I Fit In? 4week workshop by Gvl NWL ( $40, 6:30 pm (see pg 19).Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds presented by Forage Farm (; The Hipp, $10, 7:30 pm. Little Jake Mitchell brings R&B to Free Friday concert series: Bo Diddley Plaza, 8 pm.Palo Alto opens at Hipp, 8 pm.GUTS, Bear Claw, and Nook & Cranny at the Atlantic (door at 9 pm).8 13 12 10 9 14 11 ! Christians/Muslims share: !! see 5/24, 10:30 am.World Sea Turtle Day Celebration at Harn Museum, free, noon-4 pm. Girls Rock Camp Showcase Finale, High Dive, 5 pm; afterparty, 9 pm. Gvl Roller Rebels vs Ft Myers Derby Girls, County Fairgrounds, 6 pm. The Slaughter Daughters (dark bluegrass from Oregon) at Lightnin Salvage, 6 pm. Let the Fire Burn -2013 doc on Philadelphia police bombing of black activists in MOVE organization in 1985; CMC, 7 pm. !! Humanists meet (topic: !! human psychology), UUFG (4225 NW 34th St), 7 pm. !!! Maddies Pet !!! Adoption Days: 8 am pm see 5/31. IWW meets 1st Sundays, CMC, 6 pm. Womens Movie Night, 1st Sundays, Pride Ctr 7 pm. There will doubtless be events scheduled that arent on this calendar at press time: check various websites and listings, and support events in our wonderfully active community. !! Gay Movie Night last Fridays, !! Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St, $2, 7:30 pm.Bob Marley Tribute by Urban Renewal at BD Plaza, free, 8 pm.Art Walk Downtown Burn It All (or save it) at CMC (see pp 9, 17).Dear & Glorious Physician, III Bones (great blues) at High Dive. !! School Board, 6 pm.!! The Conch Gvls monthly storytelling event at Lightnin Salvage: 5 minutes, no notes, theme tba; sponsored & hosted by GROW Radio; 6 pm. The Gainesville IguanaIguana, c/o CISPLA, P.O. Box 14712, Gainesville, FL 32604 (352) 378-5655 www.gainesvilleiguana.org7!! Stonewall Democrats, !! 901 NW 8th Ave, 6 pm, 3rd Thursdays.Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm.3! MayJune! MayoJunio 5 June 1 2 6 Alachua County Comm meets, 2nd & 4th Tues, 9 am & 5 pm, County Admin Bldg; citizens comment, 9:30 & 5:30. Today: Property Assessed Clean Energy presentation by Gvl Loves Mtns, 9:30 am.Free HIV testing, CMC, 6:30 pm. Alachua County Labor Party meets, IBEW Hall, 6:30 pm. Wild Iris Feminist Open Mic Night, CMC Courtyard, 7 pm. Veterans for Peace meet,! 7 pm: call 352-375-2563 for directions. !! Moyers & Company on !! WUFT-TV, Sundays, 1 pm (or watch on your own schedule via the web).Fla Folk Festival runs FriMon in White Springs, w/ multiple stages and performers.Fla Coalition for Peace & Justice weekly potluck & ecovillage tour, 4 pm: !! Rain Without Thunder part of !! NOW Summer Feminist Film Fest, Civic Media Center, 7 pm. !! CMC Volunteers meet, !! 5:30 pm.The Double at The Wooly, 8:30 pm (see for June schedule).Open Poetry at Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St, 9 pm. !! Memorial Mile on NW 8th !! Ave, Sat-Mon see pg 5. Christians & Muslims share scriptures, Emmanuel Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 10:30 am, 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Fundraiser for Midwifery & Youth Support, w/ Prof. Zoharah Simmons, trumpeter Lanard Perry, activist Kali Blount, & poet Talabi Efunbumi: Sanctuary Yoga (503 N. Main St), $5, 7 pm. The Nacirema Society nal night at Actors Warehouse, 608 N. Main St, 8 pm.27!! De Lions of Jah get funky on !! the BD Plaza, free, 8 pm.Young & Beautiful at the Hipp, 8 pm.Midsummer Music Fest at High Dive, Friday & Saturday nights. 25 29 26 30 28 For more events, event details, and irregularly updated calendar entries, see Whether here or anywhere: please support live music! County Farmers Mkt on N 441 by Hwy Patrol Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 amnoon.School Board meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 620 E Univ Ave, 6 pm: see Gville Poets & Writers meet Tuesdays at Books A Million, 2601 NW 13th St, 6:30 pm.PFLAG meets, United Church (1624 NW 5th Ave), 7 pm. !! Free condential walk-in !! HIV testing at Alachua County Health Dept, 224 SE 24th St, 9 am pm, M-F; & at Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St, 4 pm on 1st & 3rd Thurs; info: 334-7961.Zine Workday, CMC, noon pm every Weds.Downtown Farmers Market every Wed, Dntn Plaza, 4-7 pm; !Edible Plant Project, 2nd Weds.Move to Amend meets, Pride Ctr, 6 pm, every Wednesday.Humanists: Founding Fathers UUFG (4225 NW 34th St), 7 pm.Gvl NOW meets, Wild Iris Books, 7 pm.The High Cost of Cheap Food author reading & discussion, CMC, 7 pm. ! CMC Volunteers meet !! every Thursday, 5:30 pm.Acoustic Blues weekly open mike Cymplify, 5402 NW 8th Ave, 6 pm.Stonewall Democrats, 901 NW 8th Ave, 6 pm, 3rd Thursdays. Bread Crumb Trail (doc of band SLINT) at The Wooly, 8:30 pm. Open Poetry every Thursday at CMC, 9 pm: Gvls longest-running poetry jam, open to all; informal & welcoming to readers & listeners. Terry Plumeri at The Bull most Thursdays, 10 pm. Radio Notes: Find schedules for WUFT, WGOT, and Grow Radio, our local non-corporate stations, at www.s,, & respectively. WGOT is a part-time over-the-air broadcast; and like Grow radio is streamed on the internet. More info on local independent radio on pg. 23. On the music side of things, those on the east side or with antennas might appreciate the music on Jackson villes public radio station at 89.9 FM, ranging from acoustic to electronic, jazz and blues, in an eclectic and pleasant mix in the evenings and night. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY RADIO! Maddies Pet Adoption Days !! Alachua Cty Animal Srvcs (3400 NE 53rd Ave), free dogs & cats (xed, vaccinated & microchipped), 8 am-8 pm Saturday & Sunday (pg 19).Compassionate Parenting Workshop at Phoenix Peace Ctr, $65-90 slide (aid available); 10 ampm; register by 5/26 at Up at Hipp Cinema times tba. !! Wester Josephs Stereo Vudu !! at Free Friday concert series: Bo Diddley Plaza (111 E University Ave), 8 pm (see pg 17).Le Week-end opens at Hipp, 8 pm.Renery: A Modern Faery Tale, Acrosstown Rep (609 S. Main St); nal weekend: Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm.24 21 23 20 22 Sunday Domingo Monday Lunes Friday Viernes Saturday Sabado Thursday Jueves Tuesday Martes Wednesday Miercolesmagnet !!If you appreciate this !! calendar, please consider supporting the Ig with a donation &/or subscription: PO Box 14712, Gainesville FL 32604. 24 25! Ferron: Thunder & Lighten!! ing (recent doc on longtime Canadian womens music performer Ferron, co-sponsored by Wild Iris Books) at CMC, 7 pm.28 26 27 23 22! CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm. !!Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm. !! Alachua County !! Comm meets: see 5/27.Marjorie Harris Carr: Floridas Defender of the Environment at Matheson Museum, free, 6 pm.PFLAG meets, 3rd Tuesdays, United Church, 7 pm. C itizens Climate Lobby meets, dntn library, 6:30 pm.Natural Wonders of Fla water: Harn Museum, 6 pm.Gvl NOW meets, Wild Iris Books, 7 pm. The Foreigner comedy !! opens at Acrosstown Rep (619 S. Main St), plays Sat & Sun through 7/5; 8 pm.Jeff Thompson (from N. Carolina) at Lightnin Salvage, 6 pm. Now & Then History Bus Tour follows education in Gvl past: $30 (adults only), Matheson Museum, 10 am.Free Pet Adoptions: PetSmart (3736 SW Archer Rd), 11 am pm.2nd Annual Schools Out Festival, Prairie Creek Lodge (7204 SE Cty Rd 234) nature, food, music, swimming, art, $10 (kids $8); 11 am pm (p 22).Veg For Life vegan potluck, UUFG, 1st Saturdays, $1+veg dish, 6:30 pm. !! Free Dog Adoptions, !! Kanapaha Memorial Park, noon pm.Environment & Human Impact art & discussion at Harn Museum, 3 pm.!! FULL MOON !! About Face portrait exhibit !! reception, Thomas Ctr, 6 pm.The Music of Bo Diddley told, played & sung by his family: BD Plaza, free, 8 pm.Ida opens at the Hipp, 8 pm.Art Walk: see!! !! 29 30 July 1 2 3 4 5 TOWEL DAY JUNETEENTH MEMORIAL DAY FATHERS DAY SUMMER SOLSTICE BLOOMSDAY INDEPENDENCE DAY!! Free Dog Adoptions, !! Jonesville Park, noon pm. ! Dangerous Living: Coming !! Out... at CMC, 7 pm. All American Song Fest (A Paynes Prairie Home Companion), BD Plaza, free, 8 pm.1969: US Troops capture Hamburger Hill in Vietnam after heavy casualties during 10-day battle. 1968: Robert F. Kennedy assassinated. 1969: US troops abandon Hamburger Hill. 1807: Vice-Pres. Aaron Burr s treason trial opens. 1903: 1000s of child textile workers strike in Philadelphia, PA. 1934: Bonnie & Clyde killed in Louisiana police ambush. 1926: Marion Michael John Wayne Morrison born. 1994: Vietnam & US resume diplomatic relations. 1892: John Muir & friends found Sierra Club. 1953: Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary climb Chomolungma. 1926: Norma Jean Marilyn Monroe Mortensen born. 1989: Chinese troops massacre protesters in Tienanmen Square. 1947: Sara Paretsky born. 1928: Maurice Sendak born. 1898: US Marines invade Guantanamo, Cuba. 2002: Israel begins Apartheid Wall. 1963: Medgar Evers shot (dies 5/13). 1964: Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison (leaves 2/11/90). 1865: William Butler Yeats born. 1893: Dorothy Sayers born. 1815: Wellington & friends defeat Bonaparte et amis at Waterloo. 1983: Dr. Sally Ride becomes first US woman in space. 1623: Blaise Pascal born. 1945: Aung San Suu Kyi born. 1947: Salman Rushdie born. 1811: Venezuelan Independence Day. 1962: Algerian Independence Day


PAGE 14, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 This is the 22nd in a series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Fred Pratt was interviewed by Jessica Clawson [C] in 2012. P: I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1956. C: When did you move to Florida? P: there was no education for children with disabilities in Pennsylvania at that time, at least our part of Pennsylvania. And there was in St. Pete, where my grandparents were, so we moved down there so I could have an education. Stayed for college, stayed for the whole thing. Im a gay man. Ive been gay, Ive always known it, felt since I was little, for as long as I could remember, that Ive been attracted to guys. C: You went to undergrad at USF, University of South Florida? P: and I was living with my grandmother and she wasnt doing very well, and I didnt want to move her anywhere. And they had a political science program, which I was interested in. I worked for 16 years as a public assistance specialist for the state of Florida, including food stamps, Medicaid, food, AFDC. I do a lot of phone banking for local candidates. Some state and national candidates, too. Now Im on disability retirement, and have been for the last 11-12 years. C: Did you identify openly [as gay at USF]? P: like I said, Im in a wheelchair and I was all that homophobia going on. People that were out were getting threatened, beaten up, and things left on their cars. It There was a gay student organization on campus. Between the last part of my year, I was ready to come out, and I went looking for the organization. I found their information. Heard nothing from anybody once I called the phone number. I then went to where they said their meeting was going to be, it wasnt there. They moved to another building. I went to go to another meeting, once I found their new listing. And nothing. They werent there. They had moved off-campus, to a restaurant/bar. And then, they moved to a couple of private houses, and after disappeared, I think because of this fear, that these two fraternities were making a lot of noise about having queers on campus by that time. C: I found when reading through student newspapers, that the USF gay group on campus started much later than at UF or at FSU. They both had things going in like 1970 but nothing I campus there until 1974. P: That doesnt surprise me one bit. When I came up here I felt the culture was different. It was more of an intellectual, still your pockets of homophobia at the University of Florida. But in South Florida, it was really oppressive. I mean, you could really feel it. C: Do you remember the whole Anita Bryant thing in 1977? Do you think that contributed to the environment? P: Yes. It encouraged the element that wanted to get rid of the LGBT students that were there. And there was nobody speaking up for the LGBT community. C: Do you get involved with LGBTrelated activism now? P: Ive been on the board of the Pride Community Center, Ive been on the board of the Human Rights Council of North Central Florida, Ive been on the board when I was going to Metropolitan Community Church, from to about It was something I needed at the time. It was a place mainly for me to connect with other LGBT people, because I didnt know anybody. And then I left because I found I wasnt Christian. I had problems with their Christian ideas, you know? C: Going back to USF do you remember anyone who was advocating for LGBT people? P: In the political science department there were a couple professors that were.   Harry Vanden and Janice Snook. I found out, years later, that Janice Snook was the legal advisor for Tampa NOW. She had a lot of clout in the department. Harry Vanden was a devout socialist. socialist, its a socialist idea that everybody is included. That was what I got from him. C: What about your own political orientation? P: I belong to the Democratic Party, but I belong to the far left of it, far far left. Ive gone from center to far left in the last 35 years. It started when I was 18, doing disabled housing for people with disabilities. Then when I came out I immediately I did that because I needed to come out. And because I couldnt see the difference between disabled rights and LGBT rights. There are differences, Im not saying there arent. But there were a lot of similarities. The right to have a person. In St. Pete, I went to apply for a got it. But let me call the person who will History and the people who make it: Fred Pratt Transcript edited by Pierce Butler Part 1 of 2


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 15 be your supervisor to see if this buildings acceptable. This is 1980. Buildings were guy on the speaker phone. And he says, One thing, Mr. Pratts in a wheelchair. The guy says, I dont want no cripples working for me. Theres this long pause, and the human resources guy says, Mr. Pratts in my dont want to work for the bigot. C: That must be so painful. P: It was, but I use it as a lesson, I laugh at it. C: Well, youre resilient. P: Its 35 years of the struggle. C: Are you involved in any other nonLGBT organizations, activism, now? P: I was on the board of the Center for Independent Living. We do basic services for people with disabilities. I do a lot of Democratic Party stuff, Im on their executive committee. Im on a number of their other committees besides that. My ideology is lets get along. I mean, were all one people, Im not talking about New Age, Im not talking about one government, but Im talking about were all one people. Were not a group of nations. One of the astronauts went up and said, You can look out at the Earth from the space craft and not see any borders. I like that. Id really like to get people together and its been tough. C: Gainesville: would you describe it as friendly to LGBT people? P: Yes. It is, its moving a little bit away politically, and Id like to pull it back.   Theres a strong right movement now to get certain people elected that want to take our rights away. C: Because we have a nondiscrimination ordinance in our city charter? P: Yes. They tried to repeal it. C: It was three or four years ago now? Were you involved in that struggle? P: I was involved in the 1990s when we got sexual orientation added to the countys anti-discrimination ordinance, which was overturned by the court. Then I was involved in when we got sexual orientation added to the citys anti-discrimination ordinance, then gender identity. C: Which protects trans people. P: Trans people, yes. And I saw the same faces in the city battle that I saw in the county battle, that were against us. They claimed to be religious. Some of them were, some of them I dont really believe C: People on street corners would tell me, This [is] about keeping men out of womens bathrooms. Which is, you know, crazy. P: Its stupid. Lets say it. My feeling is that they knew that there was a pretty large LGBT group here, and they didnt know that the trans group was as big as it is. And that the lesbian/gay community would come to their aid. They also underestimated our organization skills. Between when we got   protections in the county, and when we tried to get protections in the city, we had ten years to organize and strategize. C: The gay community came to support the trans community in town. It doesnt always go that way. P: Ive heard the stories, yeah. I saw the stories down in Tampa. The gay and lesbian community did not talk to the trans community, for the longest time. C: Why? P: I have my suspicions but I dont know. I think the leaders of the LGBT community said, look, theyre going to come after us next. We need to work with the trans people. C: The community in Gainesville is pretty tight-knit. P: Yeah. I think we became tight knit, for our own survival. During the countys and words said between the lesbian community and the gay men. When it went to court and got repealed, we suddenly realized, hey, weve got to stop More excerpts from Fred Pratts story will run in the July-August Iguana. Search for edu/collection/ for the full transcript of this interview. The Samuel Proctor Oral History Pro gram 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, MAY/JUNE 2014 B13 UCI #071615 7819 NW 228th Street Raiford, FL 32026 Paul William Scott Please Help by Jeannette Marie Hinsdale died in messages. That means after the bill passed its three Senate committee of was sent to the House of Representatives where even a gutted and watered down bill was DOA. House Speaker Will Weatherford never even scheduled the House companion bill, HB 1313, for a hearing saying that he hadnt had a chance to look at the bill.   Word from the House on Springs Protection is Wait! But can the Springs afford to wait another year? million for springs. That works out to $25 million for springs protection initiatives and $5 million for agriculture best management practices (BMPs).* This happened in a year when the state has more than a $1 billion surplus. There was much political grandstanding on cutting fees to save Florida automobile owners about $25 per vehicle. That wont buy a house or a car or even put much food on the table. How many of you Floridians would rather that $25 have gone to protect the Springs, protect the drinking water supply? Floridians need to elect leaders that have the political will and foresight to address this dire issue the availability of clean drinking water. Weve got important work to do. State Legislators are now back in their districts and a lot of them are having town meetings. Please attend these meetings, voice your support for the protection of the Floridan Aquifer and her Springs, and encourage your representatives to get involved with promoting good policy towards that end.   meetings, schedule an appointment to meet with them, or simply send them a message. Springs are only as healthy as their springsheds. There were two articles recently in the Gainesville Sun about new studies of the biggest sources of pollution in Rainbow and Silver Springs recharge areas: ARTICLES/140509614?Title=Study-identifies-sources-ofpollution-in-Rainbow-Springs and article/20140509/OPINION01/140509689 The Silver Springs study shows that the number one source of pollution in the springshed is Septic tanks (40%), followed by Horse farms (14%), Residential Fertilizer (11%)**, Agriculture The Rainbow Springs study cites Cattle farming as the highest source of pollution (25%), followed by Septic tanks (21%), Horse farms (19%), AG fertilizer (18%), and then Residential on where they are. Marion county is Horse Country whereas Suwannee County is Agriculture and Cattle farms and Poultry Manufacturing. Duval County (JAX) probably would have a higher source of urban fertilizer, and there are about 140,000 septic tanks in use in Duval County with more permits being springsheds of the Ichetucknee, Manatee, and Fanning Springs reside, is about 80 percent rural.Death of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 17 So, next year well have more ammo/data to back up the means to Protecting Floridas Springs. AND to give more teeth to that end, Prepare to Vote for Amendment One, Water and Land Conservation,   in November In the words of John Moran, Floridas springs are world-class treasures and they deserve world-class protection. Amendment Need to register to vote? Find your supervisor of elections. Meanwhile, we know that we can help the protect the Floridan Aquifer and her Springs by growing friendlier yards that do not require a diet high on water and fertilizer use.**** Plant   fertilizer in rainy seasons. ***Dr. Bob Knight estimates Silver Springs gets a higher percent from fertilizer than septic tanks. ****Phosphorus and nitrogen are essential nutrients for plants and animals and are the limiting nutrients in aquatic environments. Typically, nitrogen is the limiting nutrient in spring systems. Therefore, even modest increases in nitrogen above optimum levels can accelerate algae growth, plant growth, and deplete oxygen levels. DIn-state tuition for immigrant students passes Florida legislatureby Philip Kellerman After contentious debate House Bill 851 was passed by the Flori da legislature granting state universities and colleges the ability to waive out of state fees to eligible undocumented students. Gover nor Scott has pledged to sign it. In order for an undocumented student to establish residency for in-state tuition they must meet the following requirements: 1) Attended a secondary school in the state for 3 consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high school in Florida; 2) Apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education with in 24 months after high school graduation; and attendance and graduation. Those legislators in favor pointed out that foreign-born children should not be punished by actions of their parents in bringing them here by charging out of state tuition at up to 400 percent above instate fees. In addition, they said many of these undocumented high legal aliens and would promote illegal immigration to this country. It remains to be seen whether immigrant students who have been out of high school for more than two years will be eli gible for in-state tuition. D


PAGE 18, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 by Joe Courter As a result of the situation at the Citizens Co-op, the Board of the Co-op has de cided to move their scheduled September elections up to June. respectively) who were the alarm clock in bringing to light the increasingly nondemocratic practices at the Co-op have had their case heard by the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) in Jacksonville. The concerned investors, members, shop pers and former workers have held a number of productive meetings to try and bring a solution to the controversy, but the existing Board was unwilling to bend except for moving the election forward. This is in large part due to the precipitous fall-off in business. The store had for most of its 3-year existence been a money loser, sustained only by much early community fundraising and further infusions from com munity members. Being a small store it was hard to get a foothold, which was further complicated by limited selection and high prices in the attempt to be local and organ ic. With the high turnover of experienced workers, and changes and consistencies in So here we are. The June 24 meeting at the United Church of Gainesville will kick off the voting with a meet the candi dates event. Voting will continue on line and at the store for two weeks until July 8 when the votes will be tallied. The new Board will meet July 15. The election will be for all seven Board seats, with it open to current Board members as well as new people. There are 4 at-large seats, open to the top four vote getters. There is one member-owner seat, one producer-owner seat, and one workerowner seat. and photos of all candidates. Those wish ing to serve or to nominate those to serve must meet a June 3 deadline. There is one vote per membership share, and any membership gotten before June cently announced, there are details to be worked out. Outgoing City Commis sioner and current Co-op Board member Thomas Hawkins is tasked with running the election, and he will be looking for and needing help. DCitizens Co-op Board election, June 24


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 19 by Jane Grantman ACAS Shelter Supervisor NATIONAL COMPETITION The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Chal lenge is a contest in which 50 shelters across the country compete to break their own records saving the lives of animals. Throughout the months of June, July and August 2014, each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2013. Alachua County Animal Services, (3400 NE 53rd Avenue in Gainesville) is one of the 50 shelters chosen to participate. Grand prize is a $100,000 grant. We need to save approximately 2,500 dogs and cats during this time. WOW! FREE ADOPTIONS During June, July, and August, all adop tions are free, and include spay/neuter, current vaccinations, Alachua County License, test for heartworms or feline SOCIAL MEDIA We can win an additional $25,000 grant. Starting NOW, add #100KChallenge and @alachuacountyanimalservices, making sure there is a space between challenge and @. Every time you post about Alach ua County Animal Services in this man ner on Facebook or Twitter, we get points. You can write about your animals that you adopted from us and your positive expe rience. Share your views on the impor tance of adopting. In late August, VOTE for Alachua County Animal Services by clicking on the voting button. The results will be monitored and the shelter who has the best community engagement will win. For more information about the Challenge, visit: http://www.challenge.aspOFFSITE ADOPTION EVENTS Every weekend in June, July and August Alachua County Animal Services: Be part of the challengewe will hold off-site adoption events around the area. Business owners have the opportunity to host one of these events. For more information about this, contact Dory Rosati in the Adoption Center at or 352calendar at the Alachua County Animal Services Facebook page: https://www. We always welcome more hands at the shelter and at offsite events. Volunteer orientation is held monthly. Contact Hilary Hynes at or 352-264-6881. We would love your support and for you to D Interested in editing, graphic design or web design? D The Iguana needs YOU! Help make Gainesvilles longest running progressive rag happen Contact Editor Jessica Newman for more details at: D


PAGE 20, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 2014 Alachua County Peace Poetry Contest record-breaking 360 poem submissions from students in 1st through 11th grades (the event collection of winning poems, visit Middle School.A ChangeFathers and brothers Sisters and mothers, Husband and wife, All of these people living a normal life. They laugh and smile like everyone else, But what they buy our country, no store sells. One day war has been declared, pride, Soldiers put their own life on the line. The call for war has begun, Songs of victory have been sung. Many have fallen, many suffer from wounds, Bloodied faces do not hide their gloom. War hangs in the air like an overcast sky, When war occurs, people ask why. Why wage war when you can befriend each other? others possess, But we all dont notice we cause each other distress. If we all could combine and unite, Great people have been lost to war, So why do we have the hunger for more? Countless rulers and presidents have passed, Yet But rather violence is the largest obstacle in our way. We dont realize what war does to us, How it corrupts us, How it changes us, How it makes us hate each other. ( We see innocent people killed because of beliefs, ( Everyone involved never receiving relief. ( Countless people have been symbols of peace, ( ( The day we see the person next to us and see how beautiful humans are, ( The day we see how war gives scars, ( The day we see that peace isnt far, ( Abdulrahman Abdullah 1st Place, Grades 7 ( Howard Bishop Middle School Local elections are coming in Augustby Joe Courter Regarding local elections, it will be an interesting year. Ted Yoho, the Tea Party favorite Congressman from District 3 will have a Republican challenger in Jake Rush, recently interviewed by Stephan Colbert and who promises to make thing a bit more fun than usual, and the winner of that will face a real grassroots and high quality Democrat in the person of Marihelen Wheeler. The state Representative for our district has Repub. Keith Perry facing a strong challenge from Springs and education advocate Democrat John Uman, who should prove a strong and worthy opponent. No primary there, but a hell of a race for November. and additions, but as of now there will be Democratic primaries for the County Commission races, and if you are not registered as a Democrat you will have no voice in the primaries, and there are substantial differences between   the can didates. Your choice to switch your Party we like Harvey Ward over Lee Pinko son and Ken Cornell over Kevin Thorpe. Plum (Plunder) Creek weighs heavily on our minds, they are a big slick Cor poration with massive PR and money to spend; big on promises and hopebuilding but bottom line, they are out to make some money and leave. The Iguana strongly endorses keeping with the Coun tys Comprehensive Plan, and candidates who support this. There are also School Board elections coming up, too., and we like Gunner Paulson and Rob Hyatt. Local elections are where the voters power resides, and working on a cam paign multiplies that power. Plato report edly said, The price of apathy in public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Cast off your apathy, get involved if you can. A lot of times it is people power and organizing vs. big money and media, and usually it gressive ideas. Visit the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections site for candidate contacts and voting information. D


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE, PAGE 21 Jean Chalmers CRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 Illustration by Barefoot Justine. See more at by Joe Courter event in March was that David Barsamian had with him copies the same name by David and frequent collaborator Noam Chomvery well received; so much so that it was suggested the CMC get copies of it for the library. That has been done, and there are six copies available for check out with your membership. Granted the sabre-rattling toward Iran has not been as prominent, what with the uproar over Cold War style arm waving regarding Ukraine covered elsewhere in this issue, but with the increased Iranian in the Iranian problem is bound to resurface. Iran its people, its culture and its political system. Drawing on experts from Iran and the region as well as Stephan Kinzer, who has written extensively on U.S. Foreign Policy and espe cially on Iran and the U.S. engineered coup in 1953 of Moham med Mosedeh, it also features comments by MITs Jim Walsh, National Iranian American Council President and author of A Single Roll of the Dice, Trita Parsi, as well as Vandana Shiva, Nazila Fathi, Jeremiah Goulka and Nahid Mozaffari. audience, but without a big promotional budget, it is the grass And that is what the CMC depends on, too. Come get a member of the other holdings the CMC has. DSee Targeting Iran Gov. Nosfericktu. Throw Him Overboard.


PAGE 22, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 Times, which has been an unabashed sup porter of the Kiev regime, acknowledged that the referendums demonstrated that there was substantial popular support for the pro-Russian separatists in some areas. When the rebellion began, the Kiev regime called the separatists terrorists who were being manipulated by Moscow and would be soon crushed by Ukrainian troops. But hundreds of civilians in the east set up road blocks, causing many soldiers to refuse to abandoned their armored personnel carriers. That led to the dispatch of new special units drawn from the neo-Nazi militias that spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup against Ya nukovych and now have been incorporated into the National Guard. Though the introduction of these special units have led to dozens of deaths among violence has done little to cow the people of the rebellious region who turned out in large numbers on Sunday despite two at tacks marring the mostly celebratory air at the referenda. One of Kievs special units, known as the Dnepr Brigade, attacked a polling place at the City Hall in the town of Krasnoarmiysk on Sunday afternoon, causing the vote or ganizers to grab ballot boxes and run. When a civilian tried to block other soldiers from entering the building he was shot dead, according to an account in the New York Times. Two other civilians were wounded in the village of Baranikovka in the Luhansk region when, according to the Interfax news crowd blocking National Guard armored vehicles. Despite Sundays strong expression of pub lic support for secession, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the voting illegal under Ukrainian law, and an attempt to create further division and dis order. She vowed that the United States would not recognize the results. The next step for the State Department will be to promote a special Ukrainian presiden tial election called by the Kiev regime for May 25, with only regime supporters being didates representing the anti-coup east with drew from the race, citing threats of arrest and physical attacks. dismissed the legitimacy of Sundays referenda, in part, because of eastern Ukraines violence and disorder, that ar gument is sure to disappear in the run-up to the May 25 election. To guarantee that the Wests news media is reading from the right script, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel left for Kiev and other European capitals to stress the need for greater regional engagement to support Ukraines upcoming May 25 elections, the State Department announced, saying Stengel would push back against efforts to delegitimize [the elections] and ensure that all Ukrainians are given the chance to de cide their future for themselves. During a stop in Brussels, Belgium, Under Secretary Stengel will engage with a wide spectrum of European media and think tank leaders to discuss the current crisis in Ukraine; highlight U.S support for the ter ritorial integrity of Ukraine; emphasize the importance of ensuring Ukraines upcom ing elections are free, fair and transparent; the Transatlantic partnership, a State De partment release said. 29 issued a sloppily prepared Dipnote that made broad-brush criticisms of RTs content, accusing the Russian network of painting a dangerous and false picture of Ukraines legitimate government. But Stengels commentary failed to include citations to the offending articles and also revealed a stunning ignorance of the events surrounding the Ukraine crisis. [See Con sortiumnews.coms Whos the Propagan dist, US or RT?] During my days in the 1980s as a reporter when the Reagan administration began em phasizing public diplomacy by setting up them as sources of propaganda and disin formation. Three decades later, it doesnt seem that much has changed. DForage plans Schools Out Fest to celebrate the start of summer! UKRAINE, from p. 24 by Forage Farm pm. The event, a fundraiser for Forage, will be held at Prairie Creek Lodge and Forage Farm. The event will feature interactive opportunities to explore nature, music and art. There will be live bands including Nook and Cranny, Bears and Lions, Michael Claytor. Local organizations will host nature-based activities and crafts for the kids. Humble Pie Pizza, Sweet Dreams Ice Cream, and other local food vendors will be Forages mission is to be a center for educating and inspiring people to value healthy food, land, and community by growing, supporting and sustaining the local food movement. As a small farm nestled on conservation land, Forage seeks to preserve natural habitat in order to maintain the balance that is essential for our long-term sustainability and that of the earth we share. The staff approach the farm from an ecosystem perspective, working to restore topsoil and meadows to create a truly sustainable food web that feeds peoples hearts, minds and bodies as well as wild plants and animals. As an education center dedicated to fostering respect, critical thinking, and skills to tween people, their food, and the environment. They work to develop programs that help people build a special relationship between the natural world and the food they eat in ways that translate to action. success. One attendee said What a relaxing day. Such great local bands, fun and awesome foodits a celebration of what is great about out community! Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Children under 3 get in free. For more information on the event or Forage, visit or email D


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PAGE 24, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2014 Members of the European Union indicated in the original are Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece. Map courtesy of The Economist. For more geographical information on Ukraine, check out National Geographic's "300 Years of Embattled Crimea History in 6 Maps" at http://news. by Robert Parry This article was originally published at on May 12. Robert Parry is a great resource for those look ing for the truth regarding the situation in Ukraine and continues to cover the situ ation in an independent way, unlike the mainstream corporate media that acts as the puppet of the U.S. government. Exclusive: Voters in two eastern Ukrainian provinces showed strong support for secession from the coup regime in Kiev, but the U.S. State Department and other regime press ahead with a special presidential vote on May 25, Robert Parry reports. Despite many procedural shortcomings, the referenda for secession in eastern Ukraine confront the post-coup regime in Kiev and its Western backers with a growing prob sian population centers near the Russian leaders and favor independence. The U.S. State Department and the mainstream U.S. press will, of course, dismiss inces of Donetsk and Luhansk because of the chaotic circumstances in the region, but the seemingly high turnout and over whelming vote for secession indicate that there is widespread popular support for the armed resistance to the Kiev authorities who took power in February after the violent overthrow of elected President Viktor Yanukovych, whose political base was in the east. Popular support for the anti-regime rebels was not entirely clear despite the appar ent public tolerance of the separatist forces that seized control of about a dozen towns and cities in the industrial region known as the Donbass. But now, even the New York See UKRAINE, p. 22Ukraines dueling elections 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 issues of the Gainesville Iguana online (complete issues are available as PDFs) at www.gainesvilleiguana.orgThe Gainesville Iguana (established 1986)