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The GainesvilleIguana A progressive newsletter and events calendar April, 2018 Vol. 32, Issue 4See ELECTIONS, p. 21 Cartoon by Steve Sack Minneapolis Star Tribune By Dahr Jamail This article originally appeared at on March 27. The original is at item/43966-for-bolton-the-slaughter-ofThe illegal 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq has, thus far, left approximately 1 million Iraqis dead. That is roughly 5 per cent of the total population of that country. If a foreign military superpower invaded and occupied the US and annihilated 5 percent of the total population here, that would be 16,300,000 dead US citizens. President Donald Trumps incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, still thinks the mass destruction of Iraq was a good idea. has hidden weapons of mass destruction [WMDs] and production facilities in Iraq, Bolton said in 2002 while he served as President George W. Bushs under secretary of state for arms control and he could to prompt the launch of the US invasion -under the pretext of WMDs that never existed. Then, 12 years later, with 5 percent of the Bolton is bad newstotal population of Iraq dead, thousands of US troops dead and trillions of dollars of taxpayer funds bled away, he told the Washington Examiner that he still even commented that the worst decision made after that was the 2011 decision to withdraw US and coalition forces. saw the destruction of an entire country. I watched women, children and the elderly slaughtered in Fallujah by the US military. I walked through freezers full of decayed bodies that were the detritus of Boltons US empire project. The fact that this individual is about to become national security adviser feels like a true nightmare about to revisit us. Two Peas in a Pod In their refusal to acknowledge reality, Bolton and the president are just alike. They share a disdain for anything that contradicts their fabricated versions of reality -and they both actively work to undermine whatever happens to challenge their positions. Bolton was rightly accused of manipulating US intelligence about WMDs dur ing the buildup to the invasion of Iraq. But that didnt slow him down. Bolton claimed, We estimate that once Iraq acby Joe Courter Nope, City election is not over. It would have been if a few dozen people in District 1 had voted or voted differently, but instead there is a runoff on May 1 between Gigi Simmons and incumbent Charles Goston. Simmons came really close to an outright victory March 20, and we fully hope that she will prevail in the runoff. Gail Johnson, who won resoundingly in March Simmons, and after sitting through all Elections update: May 1 runoffthose joint forums, she has a great seat to understand the differences between Gigi and Charles. The third candidate in that race, Ty Loudd, has also endorsed Gigi. Gostons poor attendance at Commission meetings and major questions about his claimed circulation of his newspaper Black College Monthly underscore the need for change. Do what you can to help get out the District 1 vote. See BOLTON, p. 21 Vote Gigi Simmons for Gainesville City Commission District 1 INSIDE ... Editors Picks ............... 2 From the Publisher . . . . . 3 Civic Media Center . . . . 11 Event Calendar .......... 12-13 Oral History . . . . . . 18-19 Directory ............... 21-23


PAGE 2, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 D The Cambridge Analytica Con by Yasha Levine information of 50 million folks, eventually turning people into pliable zombie supporters of Donald Trump. D What we know about media giant Sinclair, whose anchors read from a pro-Trump script by Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post The company ordered its anchors around the country to read an identical disagrees with). D by Saul Cornell This article originally appeared at on Feb. 20, 2018. Read more at https://theconversation. founding-fathers-loved-85364. The Second Amendment is one of the most frequently cited provisions in the American Constitution, but also one of the most poorly understood. The 27 words that constitute the SecAmericans on both the left and right. Ironically, those on both ends of our contemporary political spectrum cast the Second Amendment as a barrier to robust gun regulation. Gun rights supporters mostly, but not exclusively, on the right seem to believe that the Second Amendment prohibits many forms of gun regulation. On the left, frustration with the lack of progress on modern gun control leads to periodic calls for the amendments repeal. Both of these beliefs ignore an irrefut able historical truth. The framers and adopters of the Second Amendment were generally ardent supporters of the idea of well-regulated liberty. Without strong governments and effective laws, they believed, liberty inevitably degenerated into licentiousness and eventually anar chy. Diligent students of history, particu larly Roman history, the Federalists who wrote the Constitution realized that tyr anny more often resulted from anarchy, not strong government. I have been researching and writing about the history of gun regulation and Five types of gun laws the Founding Fathers lovedthe Second Amendment for the past two decades. When I began this research, most people assumed that regulation was a relatively recent phenomenon, something associated with the rise of big government in the modern era. Actually, while the founding generation certainly esteemed the idea of an armed population, they were also ardent supporters of gun regulations. laws that the Founders endorsed. #1: Registration Today American gun rights advocates typically oppose any form of registration even though such schemes are common in every other industrial democracy and typically argue that registration violates the Second Amendment. This claim is also hard to square with the history of the nations founding. All of the colonies apart from Quaker-dominated Pennsylvania, the one colony in which a militia enrolled local citizens, white men between the ages of 16-60 in stateregulated militias. The colonies and then the newly independent states kept track of these privately owned weapons required they reported to a muster without a wellmaintained weapon in working condition. #2: Public carry The modern gun rights movement has aggressively pursued the goal of expanding The American colonies inherited a variety of restrictions that evolved under English Common Law. In 18th-century England, armed travel was limited to a few welljustices of the peace and constables. Members of the upper classes also had a limited exception to travel with arms. Concealable weapons such as handguns were subject to even more stringent restrictions. The city of London banned public carry of these weapons entirely. The American Revolution did not sweep away English common law. In fact, most colonies adopted common law as it had been interpreted in the colonies prior to independence, including the ban on traveling armed in populated areas. Thus, there was no general right of armed travel when the Second Amendment was adopted, and certainly no right to travel with emerged in the United States in the slave South decades after the Second Amendment was adopted. The market revolution of the early 19th century made cheap and reliable hand guns readily available. Southern murder rates soared as a result. In other parts of the nation, the traditional English restrictions on traveling armed persisted with one important change. American law recognized an exception to this prohibition for individuals who had a good cause to fear an imminent threat. Nonetheless, by the end of the century, prohibiting public carry was the legal norm, not the exception. #3: Stand-your-ground laws Under traditional English common law, one had a duty to retreat, not stand your if no other alternative was possible. One had to retreat, until retreat was no longer possible, before killing an aggressor. only in the home, where retreat was not required under the so-called castle doctrine, or the idea that a mans home is his castle. The emergence of a more aggressive view of the right of self-defense in public, standing your ground, emerged slowly in the decades after the Civil War. #4: Safe storage laws Although some gun rights advocates attempt to demonize government power, it is important to recognize that one of the most important rights citizens enjoy is the freedom to elect representatives who can See GUN LAWS, p. 20


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 3 Subscribe!The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive newsletter and events calendarIndividuals: $15 (or more if you can) Low/No income: What you can Groups: $20 Gainesville Iguana P.O. Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604 Comments, suggestions, contributions list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655 The Iguana has been published monthly or bimonthly by volunteers for over 30 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 and assistance: Joye Barnes Doug Bernal Fred Sowder Distribution: Joe Courter Bill Gilbert Sam Madeira Contact us if you can help with distribution in outlying areas. sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work. Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Harrison. Printed on recycled paper. From the publisher ...The heat is on, and its not just SpringJoe Courter we all enjoy in Fall, Winter and Spring is so welcome on our skin (Summer not so goes way back in our ancestral memory, keeping the cold at bay. Even the warmth of a nice sweater, a scarf, or the warm embrace of another human is a great comfort. and on many levels things are heating up. Writing this Stoneman Douglas turned up the heat on the NRA and the insane availability of assault weapons to the wrong people like nothing had ever before. Watching the big rally in DC, and our local version of the March For Our Lives was powerful and heartwarming to see what could be a generation of young folks waking up and raising their voices. Their inclusiveness of other manifestations of gun violence, in Chicago, in LA, was quite important, too, as are the demonstrations in Sacramento over the killing of Stephon Clark headed up by Black Lives Matter, which has seen the Sacramento Kings basketball team lend their support. The heat is also rising among another group, and a group not unrelated to students; the teachers. Walkouts and pressure in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona see underpaid educators joining together with unprecedented power, They are bravely coming forward and demanding their due, and exposing the realities of their lives, the need to put their own money into classroom supplies, the need for second and third jobs, and the scam of privatization draining money from public schools to private schools. (Locally our Graduate Assistants United and United Faculty of Florida have been quite active, as is the Alachua County Labor Coalition.) movement has rattled the halls of power in corporations, the entertainment industry, each other, grew in strength. That strength may very well make a difference in the upcoming election cycle, with formidable women candidates stepping up and running organizations. The challenge to Male Supremacy has been picked up worldwide. These are good beginnings of a resistance to the policies and practices of our current government. Small pressure points on a rather monstrous amalgam of horrors. The remains unchecked. There seems to be small movement on combating environmental problems with the exception of the valiant efforts around pipeline projects and more generalized efforts at raising awareness about climate change, meanwhile the Dept. of Environmental Protection has been turned over to industry hacks. International relations are deteriorating, diplomatic posts are vacant, and with the adults sent home (Tillerson and McMaster) and war hawks like Bolton and Pompeo replacing them, the The 2018 elections are a major tool we have to try and turn this horror show around, but and the readiness to organize for what we really want. As much as the above mentioned sources of heat give me optimism, I am also worried that the general population remain detached, playing it cool through denial, misinformed by Fox, Sinclair and talk radio, ignoring whats happening due to harried lives, distracted by irrelevancies, or just a childish faith that things will work out without them being involved. No, sorry, this is a real slide to a stage-managed authoritarian government, deftly using the technological tools to play us, shape us, and suppress our dissent. This is real; be ready to do what you can. D


PAGE 4, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 by Madison Rubert Well over a thousand demonstrators armed with bold banners, hand-made signs, and Downtown Gainesville on March 24 to protest current gun laws in solidarity with protesters in Washington, D.C. On that Saturday at 11 a.m., protesters met at the Bo Diddley Plaza at 111 E. University Ave. to partake in March for Our Lives Gainesville, a sister march of March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., that was organized by UF freshman Eighteen-year-old microbiology and math student Yu organized the march after discovering nearby marches online in her room at 2 a.m. They were marching, Yu said, to demand gun law reform. We are marching on behalf of all American citizens, Yu said. Because this is a movement that started with a school shooting, but, in reality, affects everyone. Gainesville Major Lauren Poe, District 3 City Commissioner David Arreola, alumni and students of Marjory Stoneman who led a walk-out for his elementary school spoke before the march. Speakers encouraged the community to become politically active to combat injustice. I think people are recognizing that to create meaningful change that they need to unite, show up and be active, Mayor Poe said. Thats what youre seeing here Gville protesters in solidarity with March for Our Livestoday in Gainesville, as well as in places all around the world. Poe said that individuals must band together to ensure democracy. Individual action is meaningless unless youre able to build a movement behind it, he said. Showing unity by acting as one will become a tidal wave of change that all of these students are looking for. After the speeches, protesters, lead by police cars, marched down West University Avenue to the intersection of West University Avenue and Waldo Road, where they stood holding signs before returning to the plaza. Carol Foil, 68, of Putnam County, was among those who marched. She held a sign exclaiming, Grandma calls B.S.! in large bold blue and red letters. Foil was inspired to participate in the march, she said, after discovering a UF freshman had organized it. I decided to come out because I really support sensible gun laws, Foil said. Im protesting the fact that so many politicians get so much money from the NRA that they cant vote with their constituents. Another problem, she said, is that the members with a ridiculous interpretation of the Second Amendment. Enough is enough, Foil said. UF freshman Jessica Rosen, attended the Incidents like the Marjory Stoneman ful reminder of the current threat of gun violence students face, Rosen, 19, said. I wasnt really active about gun control until it happened half-an-hour from my home, she said. I started to realize that I know people to a secondor thirddegree that go there, and I can see the same thing happening at my school really easily. came to march to advocate for gun safety, she mainly came to support youth, she said. I wanted to support these young adults 82, said. Its obvious that the politicians wont do anything about [gun safety] so the public needs to rise up; we have the power in our hands. Yu said she was pleasantly surprised by the large turnout. It was really moving to see that many people stand united together, Yu said. To see how that many people care is really cool. She hopes that the march will send a strong message to politicians. Obviously the march itself wont make reform, but I hope it will show politicians that there is so much opposition that they cant ignore it anymore, Yu said. St. Augustine to attend. now in the history books. DOver a thousand demonstrators gathered in Bo Diddley Plaza on March 24 to hear Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School demand reforms to gun laws. Photos by Joe Courter.


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 5 By Isabelle Robinson, senior Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School This article was originally published by the New York Times on March 27. See the original at https://mobile.nytimes. seventh grade. I was eating lunch with my friends, most likely discussing One Direction or Ed Sheeran, when I felt a sudden pain in my lower back. The force of the blow knocked the wind out of my 90-pound body; tears stung my eyes. I turned around and saw him, smirking. I had never seen this boy before, but I twisted joy as he watched me cry. The apple that he had thrown at my back rolled slowly along the dont remember if Mr. Cruz was confronted over his actions, but in my 12-year-old navet, I trusted that the adults around me would take care of the situation. Five years later, hiding in a dark closet inside Marjory Stoneman I am not writing this piece to malign Nikolas Cruz any more than he already has been. I have faith that history will condemn him for his crimes. I am writing this because of the disturbing number of comments Ive read that go something like this: Maybe if Mr. Cruzs classmates and peers had been a little nicer to him, the shooting at Stoneman Douglas would never have occurred. NotOut hashtag, implies that acts of school violence can be prevented if students befriend disturbed and potentially dangerous classmates. The idea that we are to blame, even implicitly, for the murders of our friends and teachers is a slap in the face to all Stoneman Douglas victims and survivors. A year after I was assaulted by Mr. Cruz, I was assigned to tutor him through my schools peer counseling program. Being a peer glimpse of adulthood, and I took it very seriously. Despite my discomfort, I sat down with him, alone. I was forced to endure his cursing me out and ogling my chest until the hourlong I tried to befriend Nikolas Cruz. He still killed my friendssession ended. When I was done, I felt a surge of pride for having organized his binder and helped him with his homework. left, unassisted with a student who had a known history of rage and brutality. Like many pre-teenage and teenage girls, I possessed and still, to an extent, possess a strong desire to please. I strive to win the praise of the adults in my life and long to be seen as mature beyond my years. I would have done almost anything to win the approval of my teachers. This is not to say that children should reject their more socially awkward or isolated peers not at all. As a former peer counselor and current teachers assistant, I strongly believe in and have seen But students should not be expected to cure the ills of our genuinely troubled classmates, or even our friends, because we Cruzs mental health problems could have been solved if only he had been loved more by his fellow students is both a gross misunderstanding of how these diseases work and a dangerous suggestion that puts children on the front line. It is not the obligation of children to befriend classmates who have demonstrated aggressive, unpredictable or violent tendencies. It is the responsibility of the school administration and guidance department to seek out those students and get them the help that they need, even if it is extremely specialized attention that cannot be provided at the same institution. No amount of kindness or compassion alone would have changed the person that Nikolas Cruz is and was, or the hor rendous actions he perpetrated. That is a weak excuse for the failures of our school system, our government and our gun laws. My little sister is now the age that I was when I was left alone with Mr. Cruz, anxious and defenseless. The thought of her I hope that she will never know the fear that I have become so accustomed to in the past month: The slightest unexpected sound makes my throat constrict and my neck hairs curl. I beg her to trust her gut whenever she feels unsafe. And I demand that the adults in her life protect her. D Students and community members participated in the Gainesville March for Our Lives protest on March 24 that began at Bo school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was organized by UF freshman Heather Yu.


PAGE 6, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 When Americans think of Vietnam, they think of the Vietnam War. Vietnam was divided into two countries in 1954 under the Geneva Accords, a treaty that ended the colony of French Indochina. Although the division was temporary, the United States supported a permanent state in the south under President Ngo Dinh Diem, an ar dent anti-communist. Beginning in 1954, the United States spent billions in foreign aid for the new country. Vietnam represented a massive investment by the United States of more than $28.5 billion in economic and security assistance designed to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese, an essential part of countering The U.S. Operations Mission (USOM) oversaw substantial development aid for a number of projects. To improve commercial trade, Tan Son Nhut Airport was expanded, roads and bridges were constructed, and canals were widened and dredged. On the eve of the Vietnam War in 1963, there were approximately 4,000 American civilians living in Saigon. Most were working for the U.S. State Department in the diplomatic corps, foreign aid workers and secret agencies. Distribution of billions of U.S. dollars was coordinated with President Ngo Dinh Diems government and USOM (U.S. Overseas Mission) a program that slowly evolved into USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development). There were 1,800 military dependents and 500 military personnel. I was one of those dependents, and my father, Major Bobby D. Connor, was one of the military advisers assigned to the 3rd RRU for two years. Although most Americans lived in Saigon neighborhoods in apartments or walled duplexes and houses, some lived in the JDP Compound near Ton San Nhut Airport. The facility was initially built for Johnson, Drake, and Piper employees and the families in 1954. When their contract ended in 1962, the JDP Compound became home to American missionaries and State Department employees. In 1963, Saigon was a very dangerous place for Americans. There were always rumors of bombings and kidnappings. The Capital Kinh-Do, an American theater newly opened in June, 1963 200 American women and children in attendance. A second bombing destroyed the facility, killed three soldiers and injured many civilians in February 1964. Although the lives of American civilians were threatened by Viet Cong terrorist Lodge believed their presence showed that Americans didnt cut and run, and that we could protect our own. By February 1965, American dependents Vietnam (1954-64), we primarily invested in peace, with money spent creating a strong trading partner. In the second decade, we invested in war (1965-75), destroying all that we had built in the previous years. On March 8, 1965, the Vietnam War The Vietnam War was fought in an era of restrictions set up by the nuclear threat of the Cold War. During WWII the United States focused on total war pitting total virtue against total evil. In the Cold War, our actions were restricted because this type of total war was impossible. In the decades following the end of the Vietnam War, weve continued to invest insure strong trading partners. There were more than 4,000 American civilians, men, women, and children in Saigon in 1963. They were there to hide the fact that the U.S. government was building a war where their peace efforts would be negated. Was this period the beginning of the modern era of foreign aid where our and infrastructure peace building? of Under the Wings of a Good Luck Saigon 1963. There will be a reading and book signing with the author at Third House Books on DAmerican civilians in Saigon 1963:U.S. still making war to negate peace effortsWalk with a DocTake steps to better health from 9 to 10am every second Saturday at Depot Park with "Walk with a Doc." You walk and you have access to health experts and a supportive community. Meet friends, make friends. Walk with a Docs mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Free music, food and prizes. More info at or at DReading/Booksigning: Sat., Apr. 21, 4pm, Third House Books, 113 N. Main St., Gainesville


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 7 by Clara Ortega Food Not Bombs is an international volunteer organization dedicated to challenging excessive waste and ensuring food for all people. We reclaim food that would otherwise be discarded to provide free meals in public spaces. We choose to share vegan or vegetarian food because it contributes less to pollution, water usage, and the creation of greenhouse gases. Food Not Bombs works to change systems that perpetuate hunger by sharing Gainesvilles Food Not Bombs chapter is backliterature and engaging with the most marginalized members of our community. The Gainesville Food not Bombs chapter has recently resurfaced to once again work with our community. Everyone in Gainesville could be fed by the amount of food thrown out each day by local establishments, so we try to make sure as much of that food as possible is put to use. We are a non-hierarchical organization that decide everything by consensus. Our meals are currently potluck style with people picking up food from different locations. We coordinate to bring diverse food options and literature. Once we have the chance to grow our organization, we hope to cook meals together. There are many ways you can help. You can educate yourself on the inequality caused by global capitalism, the effects of animal agriculture on the environment, military spending, and homelessness (especially in Gainesville). Food Not Bombs chapters across the world have written about these topics, an online search of Food Not Bombs will bring up information about these issues. The Civic Media Center is also a great local education resource. You can contact us at foodnotbombs. thrown out unnecessarily or if you think of something new we can do to help make Gainesville a better place to live. Anyone is welcome at our meals on Sundays at 4 could bring food or just come to eat and talk with us. Our food is for all, and we would love to meet you! D Subscribe $30/year You have to stand up for some things in this world.Marjory Stoneman Douglas


PAGE 8, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 MAY 4 Sing Me Back Home: In Memoriam to the Music of Tom Petty, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard & Gregg Allman By Mike Boulware & All My Friends 11 The Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie (Classic Rock) 18 A Tribute to the Music of Jackson Brown By Mick Marino & Friends 25 The Gainesville Big Band (Big Band & Jazz Standards) Each Friday a new band brings original and cover tunes to the Plaza concert stage 8-10pm, May through October 111 E. University Ave. All shows may be subject to change Tiny ForestPeaceful Heart, Happy TummyFreshly made Goats Milk Yogurt for your companion Every Wednesday from 4-7pm at the Union Street Farmers Market Tiny Forest Hermitage Marcia Pimentel ~ 561-412-7260 By Nkwanda Jah My connection to the environment and life on the planet started far before I knew what it was. As a child I loved being outside exploring the more than 40 acres my family owned and lived on. fruit from the trees and vines. I loved working in the garden with my grandmother. It was many years later as I enjoyed my work as a community activist that I (my organization, Cultural Arts Coalition) was asked by the City Commission to design an educational video about recycling. Our city had not been very successful in getting communities of color to participate in its recycling program. We combined rap, dance, double dutch jump rope and handjive, and partnered with a local television station to produce an award winning video. We used local youth between the ages of 8 and 21. Not only did participation in recycling increase, but the video was used in more than 20 states as educational material. I perceived this success as a sign from the Creator that I should be doing this kind of work. Over the years I have become increasingly aware of my unusual connectedness to the Earth/ Planet/Environment. I take it personally when any part of life on the planet is threatened. That goes from the smallest of animals and plants to the largest, whether they are below the earth in the is so strong that I feel a deep responsibility for protecting all of this life. Since that time I have dedicated my life to doing better by the environment and teaching others to do the same. In addition to recycling education, we cover food, water and air quality. the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice committee, I engage the African American community to participate in the discussion and the work. I am not saying you have to be a woman to truly be one with the Earth, but I truly believe it helps. Its helps to understand the life born from the Creator because of the life a woman/female produces. Its knowing that as a mother you do not love one child more than the other. This helps in the understanding that the Creator loves everything it produces as a mother loves all she produces. I feel me, my womanism, my feminism, my love for all of life, ful. I am fearful that not enough humanity has the capacity to greed will collectively destroy life as we have known it. I believe it will require the womanist, the strength of mothers, to make our environment/planet well again. Let the healing begin. DWomen and the environment: let the healing begin


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PAGE 10, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 Alachua Countys No Pressure Realtor No buyer fees and listing commission is only 1.5% home!Sandy Malone, Realtor C. www.goldenrulerealestate.comby Jeremiah Tattersall, Lead Organizer University of Florida OPS (temporary staff and adjunct faculty) the help of the Alachua County Labor Coalition. The campaign started in September 2017, after OPS workers All UF workers except the over 15,000 OPS employees were paid for these and other school closures. OPS workers continue to face extreme hardship due to this policy of UF, with many facing mounting debts, days of hunger, losing health insurance, and at least one OPS worker becoming homeless. Once OPS workers started organizing around paid leave during forced closures, they discovered they shared experiences of exploitation due to their status as long term temporary employees. These OPS workers receive no paid vacation or paid sick leave and all are required to pay into the alternative FICA system in which the University of Florida contributes no by the IRS as employment lasting less than a year. Yet 68 percent of UFs non-student hourly OPS workers have been employed for more than 1 year, 47 percent more than 2 years, and 22 percent more than 5 years. demonstrated on Jan. 1, 2016 when the University of Florida increased the minimum wage for all non-temporary workers to $12 an hour, leaving behind over 15,000 OPS workers. It is no surprise that OPS workers are disproportionately people of color and women. Non-student hourly OPS workers are 60 percent people of color and 57 percent female. The median OPS hourly wage for a black male is $12 an hour and $12.60 In February 2018, the UF Student Senate passed two resolutions in support of OPS workers -one to reclassify long-term OPS workers in order to stop the Universitys abuse of the A similar resolution has been working its way through the UF Faculty Senate and will be voted on at the April 19 meeting at 3pm in the Reitz Union. These resolutions are important, as both the Chair of the Faculty Senate and the Student Body President have seats on the 13 member Board of Trustees, the governing body of the University of Florida. OPS workers and the Alachua County Labor Coalition will continue to ratchet up the pressure on UF administration at the Faculty Senate meeting and upcoming Board of Trustees meetings. Please visit the Alachua County Labor Coalition at dignity for OPS workers, including a collection of over 500 survey responses about OPS working conditions at UF, a white paper analysis, and ways to get involved. D


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 11 Please support the CMC however you can: volunteering, memberships, donations, ideas, attendance at our events. Grassroots support keeps us going. Civic Media Center Events 352-373-0010 433 S. Main St., Gainesville 32601Park just to the south on SE 5th Ave, or after 7 pm at the courthouse (just north of 4th Ave), or GRU (2 blocks east of CMC). Every Thu: Volunteer Meeting, 5:30-6:30pm, Zine Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Poetry Jam, 8pm Fri, April 13: CMC Spring Board! 6:30 in Forage Hall at Working Food and Connect the Dots: Live Music Show at CMC; Doors at 7pm Sat, April 14: Divest GNV meeting 2-4pm and WGOT Jam Sesh 5-8pm Mon, April 16: Monday Movie Series: We are Neutral presents Merchants of Doubt 7pm Tue, April 17: Queer Movie Night: Paris is Burning 6:30pm Wed, April 18: Communication Skills Workshop 6-8pm Fri, April 20: Open Jam & Art Show 8pm-2am Sat, April 21: Water is Life Fest V 6pm Sun, April 22: Family Friendly Puppet Show 4pm Mon, April 23: Monday Movie Series: Karuna Productions presents The Stolen River 7pm Tue, April 24: IWOC Prisoner Letter Writing Event 6-8pm Fri, April 27: Sara Amatniek art show and sale plus Live Music for ArtWalk 7-11pm Sat, April 28: Free Store 12-5 Mon, April 30: Monday Movie Series: HyperNormalisation 7pm Tue, May 2: Communication Skills Workshop 6-8pm Fri, May 4: Open Jam & Art Show 8pm-2am Sat, May 5: Technical Skills Workshop: Computer Survivor Guide 3-5pm Sun, May 6: Ep Release: Some Heavy Things 7-11pm Tue, May 8: IWOC Meeting 6pm Fri, May 11: CONNECT THE DOTS: Live Music Doors 8


PAGE 14, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 Meets: Thursday, May 31, 6:30-7:30pm Civic Media Center, Gainesville Florida Organic Growers (FOG) contin ues with its Food Justice Study Group for local residents in Gainesville and its sur rounding communities. Every other month, we discuss a book or documentary that has been selected to generate a conversation about how our contemporary food system can help us better understand the complex issues of race, class, gender, both our collective and individual histories, and how we might envision and achieve a more sustainable, socially-just society. The Food Justice Study Group will next meet Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Civic Media Center in Gainesville (address: 433 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601). All are welcome. For the May meeting, we will discuss food sovereignty and compare decentral ized, localized food systems with those designed from a more top-down, central ized structure. The key text we will look at is Peter Kropotkins Field, Factories and Workshops: or Industry Combined with Agriculture and Brain Work with Manual Work. A classic anarchist text, the book advocates food production on a cooperative, local level. Supplementing Kropotkins work will be discussions on the Green Revolution, the post-World War II kibbutzim movement in Israel, the Zapatista struggle in Chiapas (Mexico), the international Via Campesina movement, and here in the U.S., the history and ideas behind collective Black land ownership in the 1960s and 1970s. Online versions of other readings will be uploaded to Florida Organic Growers web site ( and FOGs Facebook event page for the May 31 meeting. As always, FOG welcomes all points of view in our discussions and also encourages attendees to share their own experiences as producers, consumers, citizens, students, and educators. Questions? Suggestions? Please contact David Vaina, FOGs Education and org or at 352.377.6345 (ext. 130). D DRIVE THRU & CALL-INS 407 NW 13th St. 9am-10pm Breakfast til 11, 11:30 weekends 5011 NW 34th St. 11am-10pm Food Justice Study Group Hey, Readers!The Gainesville Iguana has opened a PayPal account, and were now accepting donations through our website at www. Go to our home page and just click on the Donate with PayPal to support us via PayPal account or credit card. We thank you very much!


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 15 April 22, 2018 6-9:30pm 219 NW 10th Ave. RSVP on Facebook @Queer Soup Night Gainesville: Earth Day ALL ARE WELCOME After a resoundingly successful launch, Queer Soup Night (QSN) is back for a second installment of its feel good/do good community supper. The donationbased fundraiser offers party-goers live music, a selection of three soups made by local chefs using locally-sourced ingredients, and the opportunity to come together in solidarity with the Gainesville Queer community. In celebration of Earth Day, all proceeds programming at Working Food. This the event in its beautiful mural-studded courtyard, is committed to a sustainable and equitable food future for all in North Central Florida. Queer Soup Night: Soup from the LGBTQ SoulCurrently, Working Food hosts the Southmultiple garden-based after school programs, and organizes the annual I Love Local Food Week. Build-out of a certi neurial support program are ongoing. QSN Gainesville is a spin-off of the original Brooklyn-based Queer Soup Night-a monthly gathering created in the wake of the 2016 election by Liz Alpern, chef alongside a crew of active volunteers. At its heart, QSN is a party for queer folks and allies to gather in community and soak up the nourishment -physical and mental -we all need to keep doing the work were doing while facing our harsh political climate, said Alpern. Its a space to feel supported and useful, to make a new friend, and to eat soup made with love by talented queer chefs. Not surprisingly, the inspiration for the kitchen one evening by new friends Finn Plocek and Larissa Sheldon. Sheldon, a recent Brooklyn transplant, was an early co-conspirator of Alperns back in 2016. Soon, they had rallied a small band of big-hearted Gainesville queers around the York was born. this year, this initial fundraiser drew well over 100 attendees and raised more than $1,000 for Gainesville Girls Rock Camp. The happy crowd noshed on fancifullyBush, and Root Chakra) and cozied up to the tunes of local musical act Wax Wings. Queer Soup Nights organizers hope to keep the Gainesville chapter active on a regular basis. They welcome enthusiastic (especially Chefs of Color) as Soup Makers at future events. Contact them at D


PAGE 16, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 By Fred Sowder WGOT Station Manager Its been months in the making, but thanks to the patience and kindness of donors, listeners, and volunteers, WGOT is getting its studio together at the Civic Media Center for regular use beginning allow WGOT to present live programming featuring news, interviews, great new music, and more. Through the magic of Skype, we should also soon be able to take phone calls from listeners and guests. These accomplishments can only continue to happen with your support. Like most radio stations, WGOT has regular monthly expenses such as rent and utili ties as well as other rights fees that allow us to bring you the latest music across genres in addition to in-depth news and WGOT studio ready to roll with upcoming eventsanalysis such as Democracy Now! with Program. All of our local hosts and other members do so without payment or other compensation, so we are forever grateful for us to continue bringing you a compel ling mix of local and national music and talk programs 24 hours a day. Unbelievably, volunteering to help your community radio station can be something as simple as dragging programs into our schedule, which requires little to no broadcast experience and very little of your free time. This seemingly simple process would help us tremendously and help us achieve more long-term goals such as streaming our signal worldwide. We hope youll join us at our next few upOn Saturday, April 14, well be having our monthly rent party and jam session at the Civic Media Center from 5 to 8pm with refreshments, entertainment, and hopefully A week later, on Saturday, April 21, well featuring music and more from The Cure frontmans entire career throughout the day. It will be in celebration of the musical icons 59th birthday. Finally, well also have the next in our series 28 Loose Bearings, Piss Test, and other surprises to be announced. Sponsors and sustaining donors help us keep to our mission of providing grassroots, progressive programming to the local community. We also strive to be the college radio station that one of the largest college towns in America does not have. can get its message to our listeners for as little as $50 per month by emailing MiThanks for your continued support of grassroots community radio in Gainesville. D INDIE AND OLDER ROCK, ELECTRONIC, PUNK, AMERICANA, JAZZ, etc. MORNINGS 9-11, AFTERNOONS 2-4, EVENINGS AFTER 6THOM HARTMANN 6-8 AM DEMOCRACY NOW! AMY GOODMAN 8 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM MSICA EN ESPAOL VICTOR PEREZ 11AM-1PM JAZZVILLE ROBBIE STEVENS FRI 6-8 PM SAT 8-10 AM SUN 8-NOONGREAT SHOWS BY:FRED SOWDER BILL PERRY H.R. GERTNER D.J. CRAMELA D.J. LUTRA KEN STERN GARGS ALLARD DENNIS BYRNE JOE AND CRAIG MICHELEFULL SCHEDULE AT WGOT.ORG VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!WE ARE GAINESVILLES COMMUNITY RADIO STATIONCELEBRATING 10 YEARS ON THE AIR!Rent party/Jam session: Apr. 14, 5-8pm Civic Media Center Hardback Caf


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 17 the power to not be misled, the power to have a say ...It Is About You: How American Government Works and How to Help Fix It Nonpartisan, plain-language guide to the basics Copy of U.S. Constitution in the book Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions Prison visitation cuts held at bay for nowBy Panagioti Tsolkas, FightToxicPrisons.orgIn February, the Florida Department of Corrections announced intent to start a new visitation schedule, known as Rule Change, 33-601.722.,that could leave a mere fraction of options available to prisoners and their families. Currently, visitation is allowed every weekend, from 9am to 3 pm, plus holidays. This averages over 50 hours of possible visitation a month. Proposed cuts would allow FDOC to provide half of the days (alternating weekends) and as little as two hours per visit, leaving an average of around 10 hours per month. It was been studied and reported that frequent visitation is a driving force for prisoner rehabilitation (in the cases where that is needed). Visitation improves the rate of successful re-entry back into society and is proven to reduce recidivism rateswhere currently over a quarter end up back in prison within three years. Despite that, FDOC says that cuts are needed in an effort to reduce contraband. But by their own data, only 2.5 percent of all contraband recovered enters through visits. This leaves 97.5 percent unaccounted for, and that points primarily to FDOC staff themselves bringing in the drugs, weapons and cell phones. ary, on MLK Day, where cell phones were used to communicate with the outside world about the protests and repression without fear of retaliation from violent guards. A public hearing was held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3 in Tallahassee. Despite only one weeks notice, over 100 people drove for hours across the state to provide comments on the rule change. Florida is already one of the worst states for prison visitation (as it is with other bad prison policy and abysmal record of abuse.) New York state prisons, for example, still have visitation seven days a week. An effort by their governor to cut back to weekends, in favor of expensive video calls, was defeated last year by public opposition. These cuts in Florida are coming in tandem with a new private contract to provide video calling service for $2.95 for 15 minutes. FDOC says the cuts and the contracts are not related. But those who spoke at the hearing, some who had decades of dealing with FDOC, repeatedly indicated no reason to trust the agency. All signs point to lobbying by the now-merged multi-million dollar contractors, JPay and Securus, as another major factor this decision. The cuts were supposed to go into effect on a trial basis April 7. That has been delayed by public opposition, though they could still take effect in the coming months, if FDOC chooses to ignore public input. Written comments concerning the policy change can be submitted until April 13, addressed to: FL Department of Corrections, Counsel, 501 S. Calhoun St., Tallahassee, FL 32399, or emailed to: CO-GCAgencychange can be found on the FDOCs webtice_Files.asp?ID=20211228 D


PAGE 18, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 car, and have a parade. Mercer Johns had a big wooden cross. That was to be the their speeches. We had ten cars, and we had on our white robes. Mercer was getting ready to make his speech wed heard a thousand times, and somebody came up. See that car?There was another car pulling up. Its loaded with niggers. What they doing here? Well, theres nobody else. they dont do anything, just park there listening. Lets get the hell out of here. We didnt have any onlookers, except two carloads of Blacks. So much for that cross burning in Callahan. [Laughter]. It was a total failure that night. M: Did the Black people ever get out of the car? S: No, they didnt do a thing, but Mercer stopped his speech, and started folding up there, trying to put in goddamn fuses out. You cant put them out. [Laughter]. Jacksonvilles establishment didnt want this violence downtown. They didnt care about the Black people so much. Maybe they did, I dont know, but what they cared about is just dont make our city a place noted for violence. They wanted to just keep the lid on this thing. Jaime Walker, he left Jacksonville forever. I guess. That was typical of a Klans. M: What made it so that you were not caught up in the Klan? You grew up as a White Baptist in the south, right?History and the people who make it: Clarence Sears, pt. 2 was interviewed by Ryan Morini [M] in This is the 47h in a series of transcript excerpts from the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program collection. Transcript edited by Pierce Butler. Content note: This interview, like the previous excerpt in the March Iguana, includes offensive racial slurs, repeated intact here for historical accuracy. This portion of the interview is continued from the March, 2018 Iguana. Part 1 can be found at: http://www.gainesvilleiguana. org/2018/articles/history-and-the-peoplewho-make-it-clarence-sears/ S: The Klan died in that moment, in Duval County. Once the Klan know that theyre not secret, theyve lost it. Scared to death. They kept meeting in a little barn on what is now Bay Meadows Road. In those days it was a dirt street, and a guy had a little barn there. It had a room upstairs, and that became our clubhouse, but it never was the same. Nobody ever advocated violence. Theyd just come and talk about Americanism [Laughter]. They took down all of the White only signs, and right then it was over, because of that violence. Same way in Birmingham. The ones who won the Civil Rights battle were the four little girls that got is enough is enough. M: When you were downtown on Ax Handle Saturday did you see any of the violence? S: When I got there, here comes Mercer. me, he says. Were going to pass out these bats, and there were already White bat, or an ax handle. New ones he bought. I dont know where he got the money. cer Johns gave his life for the Great cause. old mimeograph machines. The FBI probably had a Xerox machine, but most people would grind out on these mimeograph machines. If you were into some kind of a cause, thats what you had to have. One cold night we had a cross burning out north of Jacksonville up in Nassau County, a county park up there. We were S: You know, as I mentioned about President Obama, my father died, and I team at a cigar factory. I was batboy at nine years old. I know now what I was doing. Im looking for my father. And I couldnt be the same. Just before my father died of pneumonia, we went to the beach on Fourth of July, like 30 cents an hour at the cigar factory. It cost twenty cents to ride the ferry across dollars to go to the beach. The Fourth of July in Jacksonville was fabulous. Big wooden roller coaster, all the goodies, the Ferris wheels; its like a circus. Were going to the beach! And were so excited. You only went once, maybe once in a lifetime. Of course we didnt get to ride all these things [Laughter]. We didnt have that kind of money. First we stopped at a place where macho men took their shirts off, he-men, pounding this big wooden mallet down on a lever. Sending this little cannon ball up, up, up to the big alarm there. When they couldnt get it, everybody says, Oh. Everybody want somebody to ring the bell. Well, my dad was little tiny Catholic from Boston, surely he didnt weigh a hundred pounds. My sister and I went across the street, they had two Black guys. You know Amos n Andy? They were radio black-faced White guys actually. Amos n Andy, sitting on this bench, and the guy was selling baseballs. Shooting a baseball at a target caused these niggers to fall in the water with a big them niggers now. This was 1937. Nobody talked about race relations much, but it was ugly, really ugly. My sister was like 13 and I was nine. I was standing there holding her hand, and somebody came up and paid the quarter and Amos n Andy fell into the water, and boy we were whooping it up, really laughing. My dad came and pulled us away. I said, Whats he mad about? Were having fun, Daddy. I said, Daddy, youre playing baseball on the team. You could hit that target. Just come on, lets go. We went over to where that guy was than hell, about us being over in that thing, and he off and hit it. And it didnt


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 19 make a little ting, it went up there with a loud gong. According to Melissa, it shook the boardwalk [Laughter]. My mother come running back just in time to get the ten dollars that my dad had won. Thats like a hundred today. And daddy got a little wooden hammer just like the mallet that they were using, and he put it on the dashboard of our little Chevrolet. It stayed there till long after he died. She [said,] Im not going to tell you, figure it out. people. But I wouldnt know, since I wasnt from Boston [Laughter]. What I remember now was his principles. the police departments? S: No, the Klan was a lot more decent than people thought [Laughter]. They didnt have a good reputation. Thats the kiss of death, if you want to run for politics. Twenty years before that they had some respect. Everybody was joining in back in the [19]20s, but it was looked on as kind of a Christian organization. By the time I was in it wasnt something youd brag about. J.B. Stoner was later a Klan type. These people, like J.B., would have clubs of various kinds. Its just to get money. We had an old saying, If you want to join the Klan theres three things you got to have. You hate niggers? Yeah. You hate Jews? Yeah. You have ten dollars? [Laughter] Thats just about the way it was. Donald Trump is an expression of angry White men who dont like all the modern stuff thats going on, the political correctness. You cant say anything. They think a lot of things are laws, and theres no law against you using the word nigger, but I wouldnt advise it. Not only are you going to hurt somebody, but people are going to look down on you, because it not against the law. M: The White Citizens Council, did you go to any of those meetings? S: working for this Jewish community, they would send me. We met at the Brentwood Baptist Church. They were moderate, establishment Baptist. They worried about property values, and that Blacks were moving in. So theyd say We could buy the property if its up for sale, and trying to sell it to Blacks. We could buy it as a group. that was the kind of thing you would run into. It wasnt hatred, its fear of what would happen to our neighborhood. I went to the [KKK] meeting one night, and somebody had got a copy of the Unitarian Church membership list, and lo and behold there was Clarence Sears on the list. Brother Sears, one of our members here has got kind of disturbed about it. The EC at that time, Cooksey was his name, he says What are you to make out of that? I said, Well, Brother Cooksey, these people are Communist, and Im trying to Oh really? I said, I didnt know they put my name on the list, but thats kind a good place for me to be; see whats going on. But if it compromises our group, I wouldnt want to hurt that. So I want kind of drift out of this. to... [Laughter]. I was a good dues-paying member. They never questioned. I was very careful not to get too rowdy. Id go to the meetings, do things, but If I made a speech, it was about patriotism. Oddly enough I never heard a word from any of them. Nobodys ever confronted me. Im not hiding. Even when I was in the front page in the Times Union telling the same story Im telling you, never got a call. Thats just most of the people dead and were twenty years older. S: youll ever meet in your life. Ive had all these things that have happened, but I feel very very good about it, and the good guys are always winning in the end. church and her granddaddy was a Baptist preacher, and her mother didnt know us in doing anything with the FBI, that was my mother-in-law. One day, she says, If these Black people, she called them colored, if they start going to the schools, youre going to wind up and have a Black grandchild. Well, guess what? My granddaughter [Laughter]. I hope somehow she gets Search for Clarence Sears at http:// this interview. The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program believes that listening carefully 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. D


PAGE 20, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 enact laws to promote health and public safety. This is the foundation for the idea of ordered liberty. The regulation of exercise of this basic liberty. In 1786, Boston acted on this legal principle, prohibiting the storage of a in the city. Guns had to be kept unloaded, a practice that made sense since the black was corrosive. Loaded guns also posed a they might discharge and injure innocent #5: Loyalty oaths One of the most common claims one hears in the modern Second Amendment debate is the assertion that the Founders included this provision in the Constitution to make possible a right of revolution. But this claim, too, rests on a serious misunderstanding of the role the right to bear arms played in American constitutional theory. In fact, the Founders engaged in largescale disarmament of the civilian population during the American Revolution. The right to bear arms was conditional on swearing a loyalty oath to the government. Individuals who refused to swear such an oath were disarmed. The notion that the Second Amendment was understood to protect a right to take up arms against the government is absurd. Indeed, the Constitution itself Gun regulation and gun ownership have always existed side by side in American history. The Second Amendment poses no obstacle to enacting sensible gun laws. The failure to do so is not the Constitutions fault; it is ours. DFrom GUN LAWS, p. 2 A destination game store and parlor4401 NW 25th Pl., Suite G, Gainesville, FL 32605 (access from NW 43rd St) 352-378-PLAY (7529) Find us online at and Facebook


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 21 Iguana Directory Readers: If there is inaccurate information here, please let us know. If you are connected to an organization listed here, please check and update so others can be accurately informed. 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 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., 352-871-1995 Alachua County Labor Coalition meets monthly and organizes to support local labor and advance the national campaigns for Medicare for All and a living wage. Contact: org, 352-375-2832, PO Box 12051, 901 NW 8th Ave., Suite A1, Gainesville, 32604 Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN) Clinic organization that provides low-cost, high-quality medical and dental care, and social services for people with and without health insurance. The clinic primarily serves residents of Alachua, its mission with the help of a broad-based core of volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, hygienists, pharmacists and counselors. Located at 23320 N. State Rd 235 Brooker, Florida 32622 352-485-1133 American Civil Liberties Union Currently no local chapter. For info on forming a new chapter, Amnesty International UF campus chapter of worldwide human rights movement; www.facebook. Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) working to stimulate conservation action to save threatened species of birds in the southeastern U.S., Central Florida Democratic Socialists of America A local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America focusing on local social and political activism issues to better our community. General meetings are on the 4th Monday of every month at the Downtown Library in Gainesville in Meeting Room A. Continued on next page foreign source or by securing the matericapability -it could fabricate a nuclear weapon within one year. This deceitful strategy went beyond Iraq: In 2002, Bolton had his staff prepare a speech for the president that alleged that Cuba had an active biological weapons program, which was patently untrue. The lead bioweapons analyst for the State Department at the time refused to sign off on the preposterous claim. Now, he has already openly argued for attacking North Korea, and has spoken out publicly against diplomatic efforts, including the upcoming talks in May between Trump and Kim Jong Un. Similarly, Bolton has repeatedly called favoring unilateral solutions to delicate issues such as these -- solutions that would almost guarantee the loss of another million lives, for starters. Meanwhile, he has consistently dispar aged the UN and shown an open disdain for diplomacy, advocating military solutions at every turn. Theres no such thing as the United Nations, Bolton has said. In 1994, he also said that if the United Nations Secretariat building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldnt make a bit of difference. And let us not forget about the so-called Axis of Evil -North Korea, Iraq and Iran: Bolton claims this axis went beyond rhetoric, and that there was a hard connection between these regimes Beyond that, here is a thumbnail view of whats coming up in the Primaries on August 28 for our region: U.S. Senate: Incumbent Bill Nelson will have some challengers in the primary, but the main event is November, Florida Governor: We like Andrew Gillum in the primary. Gwen Graham and Philip Levine are also in the running. U.S. Rep. District 3: Defeating Yoho is much desired. and Tom Wells are in the primary as challengers. All three would be vast improvements in what will be a tough race thanks to gerrymandering; hopefully, weapons and dangerous technology. One would think that this kind of man would have made himself irrelevant by now, and beyond disqualified for any sort of public office. But in the world of Trump, where truth does not matter -and is often viewed as an inconvenience -Bolton has become the perfect man for his job. We dont have to guess what Boltons national security strategy would be. I saw it with my own eyes on the streets of Iraq. This time, when the US goes on the attack -against North Korea, Iran or someone else -there will be even less slowing it down. Copyright, Reprinted with permission. Dunity will reign after the primary. Wells has been a candidate against Yoho previously and has been showing great improvement on the stump. State Senate District 8: Kayser Enncking and Olysha Magruder are Democrats running to unseat Keith Perry. Both women are good choices with the former a doctor and the latter a teacher. We like Olysha a lot. State Rep. District 21: Unseating Chuck Clemons is the goal here. As of now, there are two democrats in the primary, Jason very active with College Democrats and and progressive vision. Again, a hope for unity after the primary. Alachua Co. District 2: Democratic Primary is a race between two really nice people on the Democratic side -Randy Wells and Marihelen Wheeler in a race to succeed Lee Pinkoson. We like Marihelen. Alachua Co. District 4: Re-elect Ken Cornell. No opponent at this time. School Board District 1: We like Tina School Board District 3 and 5: At press time, neither Gunnar Paulson nor Rob Other candidates can still jump in or opt out through July 30, but this looks like the menu. Bon appetit. DFrom BOLTON, p. 1 From ELECTIONS, p. 1


PAGE 22, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 Continued from preceding page Citizens Climate Lobby (Gainesville Chapter) provides education/activist opportunities to bring about a stable climate. Meetings are on the 12:30, at Vine Bread & Pasta place at 627 N. Main St. 352-672-4327,, Civic Media Center Alternative reading room and library of the non-corporate press, and a resource and space for organizing. 352-3730010,, 433 S Main St.,Gainesville, 32601 The Coalition for Racial Justice 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. CodePink4Peace. The Community Weatherization Coalition is a grassroots community coalition whose mission is to improve home weatherization and energy education, volunteer work projects and communitybuilding. The CWC welcomes new volunteers to get involved in a variety of ways, from performing audits, to PR/Graphics and more. Contact: 352Conservation Burial, Inc. promotes natural burial practices in cemeteries that conserve land and reunite people with the environment. 352372-1095, Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. Nonlandscapes, wildlife corridors and natural areas. Democratic Party of Alachua County Meetings held the second Wednesday each month at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the 373-1730, Dream Defenders The Gainesville chapter seeks to create positive change by organizing creative ly skilled young leaders who strategically confront institutions of oppression through building collective power, raising the consciousness of all people, and operating with the genuine desire for justice and equality for all. We are building the world we wish to see. UFDreamDefenders/ Edible Plant Project Local 100% volunteerrun collective to create a revolution through edible and food-producing plants. http:// Families Against Mandatory Minimums Work to reform Floridas sentencing laws and restore fairness to Floridas criminal justice system. PO 352-682-2542 Final Friends helps families learn how to accomplish legal home funeral care as an alternative to employing a commercial funeral home. We are an independent group of volunteers who provide free education, guidance and support to anyone who prefers to care for their own deceased loved ones The Fine Print Independent, critically thinking outlet for political, social and arts coverage through local, in-depth reporting for Gainesvilles Florida School of Traditional Midwifery A clearinghouse for information, activities and educational programs. 352-338-0766 www. Florida Defenders of the Environment works to protect freshwater resources, conserve public lands, and provide quality environmental educa tion since 1969, 352-475-1119, Gainesville Area AIDS Project provides toiletries, household cleaners, hot meals, frozen food at no cost Tuesdays 10-1 and last Friday of month 5-7. Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to Death Penalty works to abolish the death penalty. Join vigils when Florida has an execution. Meets 6pm Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) organizes faith communities to work together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd Mondays, 352-377-6577 Gainesville Loves Mountains partners with Appalachian allies to end mountaintop removal coal mining and build a prosperous economy/ sustainable future. We pursue policies to strengthen 352-610-1090, http://gainesvillelovesmountains. Gainesville NOW contact Lisa at 352-450-1912 Gainesville Peer Respite clinical mental health community providing sanctuary and support to those experiencing emotional distress. Peer Support Warmline is available 6pm-6am, and we offer wellness activities, support groups and brief overnight respite stays. Call the Warmline at 352-559-4559 for support or online at Gainesville Socialists is a bi-weekly reading and discussion group. Meetings are open to all who consider themselves socialists, are interested in socialism, or are otherwise curious. Meetings are held at the CMC every other Tuesday at 8pm, Gainesville Zen Center and Hostel A Zen Buddhist community offering rooms to rent on a daily basis. 404 SE 2nd St., 352-336-3613, Graduate Assistants United Union represents working conditions, community involvement, Grow Radio community members to create and manage engaging, educational, locally-generated programming to enrichment of the community. PO Box 13891, Gainesville, 32604, 352-219-0145 (v), 352-872-5085 (studio hotline) Home Van A mobile soup kitchen going to homeless areas twice a week with food and other necessities, delivering about 400 meals per week; or 352-372-4825 Humanist Society of Gainesville meets at 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; gainesvilleHumanists 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 Indivisible Gainesville* is one of 5800 local chapters of the national Indivisible movement, working to peacefully and systematically resist the Trump agenda. We are a group of local citizens equally. Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Gainesville General Membership Branch Union for all workers, regardless of industry, trade, job, or employment status. Meets 1st Sunday of the month at 6 pm at CMC. Contact: League of Women Voters of Alachua County Nonpartisan grassroots political group of women and men which has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies (fairness in districting, voting and elections, e.g.) through citizen education and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its advocates who protect elders rights in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, family care homes. Training and MindFreedom North Florida group for psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers. 352-328-2511 Move to Amend, Gainesville is an organization


APRIL 2018, IGUANA PAGE 23 dedicated to amending the US Constitution to establish that money is not speech, and that only human beings have constitutional rights. Contact Alachua County Green Party for info. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, education and advocacy for families and loved ones of persons with mental illness/ brain disorders. 374-5600. ext. 8322; www. National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Local advocates work to promote/ preserve these threatened programs for senior citizens. We have literature, speakers, T-shirts. national Web site to join: National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers using the law to advance social justice, support progressive social moveNational Womens Liberation is a feminist male supremacy and win more freedom for women. Inequalities between women and men are political problems requiring a collective solution. Founded 1968. Join us: www.womensliberation. org, P.O. Box 14017, Gainesville, 32604, 347NCF AWIS is an advocacy organization championing the interest of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across all disciplines and employment sectors. Meetings are days) from 5:30 -7:30 pm Millhopper Branch, Alachua County Public Library. All meetings open to 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 the world. and https://www. Our Santa Fe River and Ichetucknee Alliance are two of a number of grassroots environmentalist groups campaigning to protect and restore the rivers and springs. See: and PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month Gainesville (1624 NW 5th Ave.) at 7 pm with a programmed portion and informal meeting with opportunity to talk and peruse their resource 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 LGBT+ community, open M-F, 3-7, Sat. noon-4. Located at 3131 NW 13th St., Suite 62. 352-377-8915, www. Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information about the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. 352-3542432, Putnam County Florida Democratic Party, check website or call for upcoming meetings, 107 S. Sixth St., Palatka For information on volunteer activities call Fran Rossano at 352-475-3012 Quaker Meetinghouse Quakers have a 350year tradition of working peacefully for social justice. Silent, unprogrammed worship Sundays at 11, followed by potluck. Visitors welcome. 702 NW 38th St. Facebook/GainesvilleQuakers for events or request Meetinghouse space at www. Repurpose Project community center, diverts useful resources froj the and educaton, inspires creativity, and helps us all rethink what we throw away. Lets all help protect t he planet and buy used. Open to the public. TuesSat: 10am--6pm. River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding provides services like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. www. 2603 NW 13th St. Rural Womens Health Project is a local health education oreganization developing materials promoting health justice for migrant and rural women. Robin or Fran 352-372-1095 Samuel Proctor Oral History Program focuses on story-telling, social justice research, social movement studies, oral history workshops. Say Yes to Second Chances Florida is a coalition of nonpartisan civic and faith organizations who are working for Floridas Voting Restoration Amendment to allow people whove paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote. Sierra Club 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 Stand By Our Plan informs the public on critical differences between the Comprehensive Plan and Plum Creeks proposal, which we do not support. Alachua Countys Comprehensive Plan is the best blueprint for future growth in the countys unincorporated areas; it protects com; Student/Farmworker Alliance A network of youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery Student/Farmworker Alliance Sunday Assembly, a secular congregation which celebrates life, meets the third Sunday of each month at 11 am at 530 W. University Ave. (Santa Fe College campus building in downtown Gainesville). There is a talk, music, sing-alongs, discussion, refreshments and felllowship. See UF College Democrats (UFCD) meets 4543, UF Pride Student Union LGBT+ group open to queer folk of all sorts, including students, edu/~pride UF Radical Student Alliance A progressive grassroots organization that strives to combat social justice issues on campus; core values are transparency, democratic process, value of each members input, and ability of any member to assume a leadership role. Meetings at 6:30 pm Tuesdays on campus, ufradstudentalUnited Faculty of Florida, UF chapter Run by and for faculty, the University of Florica Chapter of United Faculty of Florida (UFF-UF) represents over 1600 faculty and professionals at UF. UFFs origins lie in efforts by faculty to protect academic freedom, defend civil liberties, and end racial discrimination at UF., 352-519-4130. United Nations Association, Gainesville Florida Chapter Purpose is to heighten citizen awareness and knowledge of global problems and the UN efforts to deal with those issues. United Way Information and Referral and organizations in Alachua County. 352-3324636 or simply 211 Veterans for Peace Anti-war organization that raises awareness of the detriments of militarism and war as well as seeking peaceful of every month at 7 pm. 352-375-2563, http:// WGOT-LP 100.1 FM Community low-power radio station operating as part of the CMC. Womens March Gainesville meets on the second Monday of each month: for location and agenda information, please see are on the second Monday of each month, see www.hearourvoicemensmarchgnv/; and/ we can do anything... Join Us! We Need You. Lets build this peaceful movement together! World Socialist Party of the United States (WSP-US) welcomes anyone wanting to know more about Marxian socialism and our efforts to transform the dog-eat-dogDevil take the hindmost worldcreated by capitalism into a democratically arranged world sorequest the Party will provide membership applications,htttp:// D


PAGE 24, IGUANA, APRIL 2018 The Gainesville IguanaGainesville's progressive newsletter and events calendar Subscribe!Individuals: $15 a year (or more if you can) Low/No income: what you can Groups: $20 a year Gainesville Iguana P.O. Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604 Established 1986 and PDFs since 2012 are available at www. (352) 378-5655 Comments, suggestions, contributions (written or contact us at: Sara Amatniek at CMCs ArtWalkThe Civic Media Centers ArtWalk for Friday, April 27 will feature an opportunity to purchase low-cost prints by New Yorkbased artist Sara Amatniek. Ms. Amatniek, the mother of Gainesville resident Kathy Sarachild, died in 1996, and this is a sale of her unframed printworks at a discounted price. Amatnieks works were displayed around the NYC area, as well as in Egypt, Israel and India. They are colorful, textured prints of great detail, and their production incorporates contemporary techniques and ancient forms of printmaking. Sara Amatniek was a feminist who strongly supported the work of her daughter Kathy, a founding member of Redstockings of the Womens Liberation Movement (founded in the late 1960s). Redstockings, now an activist think tank and archive project working to advance the Womens Liberation agenda, and the Civic Media Center and Stetson Kennedy Library, a progressive community resource center marking its 25th year in 2018. The CMC is at 433 S. Main St., with parking on SE Fifth Ave. or on South Main Street. The sale will run from 7-10 pm. There will be live music starting shortly after 9pm. D