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The Gainesville Iguana A progressive newsletter and events calendar May/June, 2018 Vol. 32, Issue 5/6 INSIDE ... Editors Picks ................ 2 From the Publisher . . . . . 3 Civic Media Center . . . . . 11 Event Calendar .......... 12-13 Oral History . . . . . . 18-19 Directory ............... 21-23 On May 1, dozens of people from a variety of progressive groups marched from University Avenue and 13th Street to the Bo Diddley Plaza, where they joined others to celebrate International Workers Day, also known as May Day Over two dozen tables and speakers represented prisoners rights, workers rights, women's liberation, contracts. See related story on page 2. Photo by Jenny Brown. D May Day, 2018 ROAD TRIP See LYNCHING, p. 4 The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama (what some people call the lynching memorial) is dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence. It was completed recently and opened to the public on April 26. For more information see by Robert Karl Hutchinson Monumental is a superlative that we bandy about carelessly. I've looked at hun dreds of monuments and a few of them are truly great the Vietnam Memorial and Lincoln Memorial in D.C., the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, and the Malaya Zemlya Memorial in Novorossi ysk commemorating Russian martyrs of WWII. What makes these monuments "monumen tal" is not their size but rather their ability to convey their purpose at any scale. They a promise to show or explain something we've never seen or understood before. As we approach (and the approach has been incorporated into the design), the monument provides more and overwhelmed by the factual, poetic, and moral purpose of the monumental National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, is one of the world's great monuments. Referred to by some as the "lynching me morial," the concept seems simple dis play a list of all the known racial lynching victims in the US arranged by county. I'm not going to recount how they do this, or describe the accompanying sculpture, poetry, or displays of information, because my words and even my pictures (or anybody's pictures) cannot do the experience justice. Photos and reviews of the monument which opened in April 2018 are on-line, but I urge you to make the pilgrimage to Montgomery to visit this sacred site in person. As you tour Montgomery, you will observe a city that is deep in the throes of examin ing its past and re-making its future. Ev erywhere are signs of its history as a slave market, as a cradle of the Confederacy, and as a crucible in the civil rights movement. You'll also see fully integrated public spac es, lots of inter-racial parties and couples,


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 3 PAGE 2, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 Subscribe! The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive newsletter and events calendar Individuals: $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 www 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: Emily Arnold Joye Barnes Candi Churchill Distribution: Joe Courter Kate Ellison Bill Gilbert Sam Madeira Anita Sundaram Contact us if you can help with distribution in outlying areas. Authors and photographers have sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work. Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Harrison. Printed on recycled paper In writing this I am well aware of the variety of people who will be reading it. We print 4,500 copies, and they are mailed to about 350 subscribers (thank you for the support!), and the rest can be picked up in all kinds of places: restaurants, coffee-shops, bars, boxes on campus and in the community, the Downtown Farmer's Market (you can say hi there), hotels, libraries. When I was in college last century (1969-73 to be more library. It was newsprint, not like Time, Life, and other glossy magazines I was used to. And it had coverage I did not see elsewhere. But that coverage rang truer to me than what I saw elsewhere about the Viet Nam War, a primary concern at that time for me, and other social issues as well. Fast forward to now. What is this paper to you? In this era when fake news is a term bandied about freely, do folks think the articles in here are fake, made up? I sure hope not. I write from the perspective of a person who was a student the same time and age as the students killed at Kent State and Jackson State in 1970. I have been a passionate watcher and follower of world events ever since. Writing this makes me want to try to share a perspective equally understandable to fellow travelers from the s, to the current generation of students who have only known a nation at war, and been whipsawed from one of the most decent, well spoken presidents to the rather horrid human who lurks in the White House now. Folks, things are not going well. When we had high hopes for change under Obama, he told us change could not happen fast, that the nation was like a big ship that could not turn sharply. The trouble is, carrying the ship analogy, the ocean of reality is not level, and the changes under Trump can be much more rapid. Tearing down is easier than building up. Diplomacy and cooperating take time and effort. Tossing out agreements We humans have created a myriad of problems which have no obvious solution. Our inventiveness, with motivations from both good intentions and greed, have built systems and grown capacities so large, they have momentum of their own. We have created ideologies and belief systems clung to and defended beyond rationality. We are beings who universally love music and laughter, social beings who need each other, yet we can fall prey to groupthink which creates fear and hatred, a huge problem now with mass media and deceptive propaganda. But awareness is growing that this is not the way it has to be. Women are speaking out against male supremacy. Bernie Sander's campaign opened peoples eyes to rearranging economic priorities. Youth are awakening to their collective power. Teachers, who shape the future by educating our children, are standing up and demanding their due. The internet is a tool that can work in our favor just as much as hold us back. Like any tool, it is all in how we use it. We need to deal with the new reality we all face. say, at the very least, disconcerting, as is the possibility of war and harder times ahead. But if and when those transpire, we still will have the community we are in, and the opportunity to organize together, connect with one another, and try to do some good with the time we are sharing on the planet. Don't let the bastards grind you down. P.S. The radio series This American Life featured a program dealing with wellfunded right-wing campus organizing, which is quite relevant to our community in order to understand it and not allow it to fester. We did well dealing with alt right idiot Richard Spencer, but he represents just one aspect of their campaign D From the publisher ... The art of dealing with Trump Joe Courter D How Clintonites Are Manufacturing Faux Progressive Congressional Campaigns by Eric Draitser This long piece details how candidates for real progressive change are being pre-empted by faux progressives with loyalties to and backing from the mainstream. D Trump is no longer the worst person in government by George Will an opinion by arch-conservative George Will. But not only does Will make valid points about our groveling and immoral VP, he uses a fun vocabulary to make his points: toadyism, lickspittle, hosannas, unctuousness, mobocratic. D I Didnt Want to Watch Dear White People Because I Lived It by Jamilah King seemed to hit a little too close to home. D by Panagioti Tsolkas Activists in Gainesville have been celebrating May Day as an international workers holiday for much of the last 20 years with marches and rallies downtown highlighting various labor struggles and formalized the date on their calendar in Immigrants Rights Day. This year, grassroots organizers from local prisoners rights and prison abolition organizations highlighted the issue of prison slavery in our community. Gainesvilles Parks, Rec and Cultural Affairs, for example, gives the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) over $172,000 for the slave labor. The County and University of Florida also use prison slave labor as a way to cut costs and undermine living wage ordinances. Other state agencies active in the area also use prison slaves, including the Department of Transportation, which allocated over $19 million dollars to prison slave labor statewide last year. The Citys decision to declare support for immigrant workers in our community last May Day was bold and a powerful state ment of solidarity. This same solidarity was also extend to other vulnerable work May Day celebration includes prison labor demands ers among us. With this in mind, organizers with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC, which is part of the IWW union) and the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) decide to kick off the May Day march with a spontaneous slight detour to Tigert Hall on campus, which Armed with drums, banners, bullhorns members marched through the doors and up all three stories of the building calling on the administration to sever its ties to racists slave contracts it has with FDOC. Last year, The Fine Print reported that UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) used prison slaves in at least six farm sites it maintains for research purposes, including locations in Alachuas neighboring counties, near Live Oak and Citra. FDOC claims that their prison labor con tracts provide rehabilitative opportuni ties. Comments from IFASs overseers is less convincing. In response to inquiries about the prison labor, Greg Kimmons stated I was just looking for a way to get free labor. and 150 years after emancipation, the U.S. still retains millions of slaves, sanctioned by the 13th Amendment of the U.S. criminal convictions. While mass incarceration has turned slavery in to a multi-racial affair, the racist implications are impossible to ignore. Black people make up about 16 percent of Floridas population, but 32 percent of the state prisoners. D Members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee joined with members from the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons to march on Tigert Hall on the UF campus on May 1. They called on the UF administration to sever its contracts with the Florida Department of Corrections. Photo by Panagioti Tsolkas.


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 5 PAGE 4, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 by Alachua County Labor Coalition The Alachua County Labor Coalition (ACLC) has worked with the UF Faculty Senate, United Faculty of Florida Chap ter at UF, Graduate Assistants United, UF Student Government, and members of the community to demand support, dignity of work and equitable working conditions for UFs OPS workers. OPS are UFs so-called temporary staff, even though many of them have labored at UF for years. These workers lack any job secu not even contributions to their Social Se curity accounts. The campaign started in September 2017, after OPS workers were left with nearly a week without pay, due to Hurricane Irma. All UF workers except the over 15,000 OPS employees were paid for these and other school closures. Since September, the ACLC has had im portant discussions on OPS workers, including the over 1,000 people who signed their petition, current OPS worker statements in the white paper Part-Time Poverty, Hourly OPS Workers at UF, Fight continues for UF OPS workers the editorial Boards of the Gainesville Sun and The Alligator, and an online video highlighting OPS worker distress and fea turing concerned City and County Com missioners as well as other members of the community. The UF Faculty Senate and Student Gov ernment have spoken out, together with voices in the region, to ringingly endorse the end of OPS abuses. UF has long acknowledged its responsibil ity to be accountable to the entire Gaines ville community, as demonstrated most re cently by UFs stated concerns regarding racial and economic inequality in the com munity. Now it is time for UF to recog nize the role that its employment practices play in fostering this inequality. Now is the time for UF to act in support of OPS workers, in unity with the support from the rest of the UF community. The ACLC will continue working locally and with UFs Board, the state legislature, even the new Governor, until this issue is addressed and UFs OPS workers are treated with the dignity and equity that they deserve. D From LYNCHING, p. 1 and you'll gain a sense that the Equal Jus tice Initiative and its partners have taken on the toughest of customers, yet they are succeeding in re-framing the culture of this most southern of cities. There are many things that make the Peace and Justice Monument remarkable as an artistic experience and (along with its nearby museum) truly exceptional as a work of ongoing scholarship. But its most brilliant concept is that each county where a lynching has been documented may lay claim to an exact replica of its metal slab engraved with the names of local lynching victims. Alachua County's slab is laid out along with 800 others for us to request when we are ready. Someday, the pieces of this single monument, like the ripples from a stone in a pond, will have spread themselves across a large portion of the country. The Equal Justice Initiative has yet to publish its cri teria for transferring ownership, but it will be some sort of "truth and reconciliation" process that must satisfy them, but more importantly, satisfy us. Already in Alachua County, local historians is more than twice what the Equal Justice Initiative discovered in their own search currently there are 18 listed on their panel who were murdered from 1893 to 1926. But besides the work of documenting our history of fatal terror that was aided and abetted by civic, political, law enforce ment, and judicial leaders, we must also address the impacts of the disenfranchise ment for which this terror was the point of the spear. Our educational institutions were (and are) unequal. Employment was restricted, cred it was withheld, housing was segregated, medical help was substandard, veteran's other injustices were commonplace. These are some of the truths that we must remem ber in ways that cannot be forgotten. Reconciliation has three parts. they can be determined. This is the work of historians, amateur and professional, to help us know our past. We have sup pressed much of our history I can say this as somebody privileged to get an excep in my recent visit to the National Museum of African American History and Cul wasn't confronted with evidence that much of what I knew had been purposefully and systematically bleached. The second step in reconciliation is Who's Who. This is painful but necessary. We know there were members of the KKK during the racial terror who were elected leasing system and other institutions of the Jim Crowe era. We know there were churches that preached hatred, and elections that were rigged, property that was stolen, and crimes that went unpunished. We are in a time when the worst of the atrocities of the Jim Crowe era are still fresh enough to be remembered by someone, yet far enough away that we can have perspective. But these are not just ripples in a pond that will gradually dissipate on their own they are overwhelming tidal waves of injustice that must end now so that they cannot continue reverberating through additional generations. what we can, and then to consciously de cide to forgive the rest. This will take sac are capable of it, and we will be so much better for undertaking this effort. In Alach ua County, the work has begun. We have the capacity to repair and reconcile what ever our community decides that will be. If we focus on peace and justice locally, ourselves and to be proud of what we have overcome together. Robert Hutchinson is an Alachua County Commissioner Tiny Forest Peaceful Heart, Happy Tummy Delivery to your Area: Raw Goat Milk Goat Milk Yogurt Limited Ingredient Treats Eggs from Free-ranging Hens and Pekin Ducks. Tiny Forest Hermitage Marcia Pimentel ~ 561-412-7260 Photo courtesy of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Call to Action! Call your two U.S. senators at (202) 224-3121. Tell them to oppose the Balanced Budget Amendment that would mean cuts to vital programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that Democracy means that My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. Isaac Asimov A Cult of Ignorance, Newsweek January 1980


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 7 PAGE 6, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 by Joe Courter Yay Gainesville! Gigi Simmons was able to prevail in the run-off against Charles Goston on May 1. Her and Gail Johnsons swearing in on May 17, at the Thelma Bolton Center, will be a powerful and 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. Du shyant Gosai, Yvonne Hinson Hayes, and Tom Wells are in the primary as challengers. All three would be vast improve ments in what will be a tough race thanks to gerrymandering; hopefully, unity 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 strong candidates, with the former a doctor and the latter a Kayser meanwhile has a ton more money, but again, high hopes for unity in November to defeat Perry. State Rep. District 21: Unseating Chuck Clemons is the goal here. As of now, there are two democrats in the primary, Jason Haeseler and Amol Jethwani. Amol is very active with College gressive vision. Once 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 sideRandy Wells and Marihelen Wheelerin a race to succeed Lee Pinkoson; either will be a vast improvement, though Marihelen is more the activ ist and strong advocate. Interesting, the Republican brand is so toxic, a very well-funded conservative opponent named Scott Costello awaits the winner in November, running as a NPA (no teams wont unify, but Republican and Chamber of Commerce big money may muddy this up for November. Alachua County District 4: Re-elect Ken Cornell. No opponent at this time. School Board District 1: Wed like Tina Certain to defeat School Board District 3 and 5: Keep Gunnar Paulson and Rob Hyatt. They may have challengers arise, but there is no reason to unseat them. Other candidates can still jump in or opt out through mid June, but this looks like what the Aug. 28 ballot will look like. D Elections 2018 Florida Organic Growers new local busi ness incubator, 435 South Main, located be tween the Civic Media Center and Tamal, is now open for independent entrepreneur ship, classes and private events. The loca tion serves as a community platform for independent entrepreneurs and educators to operate in a low-cost environment by offer and pop-up cafe space, as well as a retail and classroom area. 435 South Main is operated by volunteers 435 South Main opens next to CMC Thanks from the CMC! The Civic Media Center thanks the following for their generous the CMCs SpringBoard Fundraiser, held at Forage Hall in Working Foods April 13. Please support them, as they have supported us: Crane Ramen Downtown Wine and Cheese Boca Fiesta Emilianos Civilization An Daz Daily Green Siembra Farm Swallowtail Farm East End Eatery Five Star Pizza Big Lous Pizza Bagel Bakery One Love Cafe John Moran Photography First Magnitude Brewery Vine Bakery and our guest speakers Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Rum 138 and Lars Andersen of Adventure Outpost D DRIVE THRU & CALL-INS 407 NW 13th St. 9am-10pm Breakfast til 11, 11:30 weekends 5011 NW 34th St. 11am-10pm and is currently open to the public during the Artwalk on the last Friday of each month, and summer operating hours are every Thursday and Friday Hours of operation will expand as new entrepreneurs and volunteers come on board. To participate, contact Casey (904-716-0526) for kitchen and cafrelated inquires or Sarah (352-562-5138) for retail, event and class inquires. Visit the Facebook page 435 South Main for events and opportunities. D Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding -Albert Einstein


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 9 PAGE 8, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 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! Gary Gordon, known by many in Gainesville as an original member of the Archer Road Band, an organizer with Commissioner and Mayor-Commission (1983-86), a playwright and comedy radio show producer who left our city in 1991, has moved back and will be doing a concert of his original songs at the Thomas Center on Saturday, June 16. While in L.A., Gordon worked as a writer and musician and continued his activism. On periodic visits to Gainesville, he Iguana or Civic Media Center. Back in the day Jane Yii and I were the ones on call to play the rallies, and I was last thing I did before leaving, at Scott Camils request, was to organize as big a so we got the Great Southern Music Hall. Gulf War, Gordon said. Titled Start Making Sense, The Ballad of Gary Gordon, the show will feature original songs and some storytelling about Gordons political, activist and musician life here and in L.A. But its really about the songs, and thats really about the lyrics, he said. Ochs, Bromberg, and everyone I grew up hearing. Tickets are $10 at the door. Showtime is 7:30pm. D Gary Gordon in Concert June 16 Where: Thomas Center When: Saturday, June 16, 7:30pm Cost: $10 at the door Laurence W. Britt wrote about the common signs of fascism in April 2003, after researching seven fascist regimes. Those were Adolf Hitlers Nazi Germany, Benito Mussolinis Italy, Francisco Francos Spain, Anontio de Oliveira Salazars Portugal, George Papadopouloss Greece, Augusto Pinochets Chile, and Mohamed Suhartos Indonesia. These signs resonate(d) with the political and economic direction involved in reversing this anti-democratic direction while you still can! D by Kate Ellison On March 28, Citizens Against Phosphate eral Law with FDP, the Army Corp of Engi neers, USEPA and seven other agencies or researched documentation of wells drilled in the wrong place and wetlands drained for the wrong reasons. Agencies have not stopped this unpermitted ac mits are required for well-drilling, and this step was simply skipped. Landowners can build roads and ditches through logging areas, but their idea seems to be eliminating wetlands prior to establishing a baseline for the planned mine. That way, the regulations, especially for reclamation, will be less stringent than if it were a wetland area. water management districts, the Florida DEP and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, as well as the US EPA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps, and other federal agencies. They are accused of failing to enforce federal law in oversight of the large landowners who formed HPS II, LLC to do stripmining for phosphate in Bradford and Union counties. In land adjacent to the FDP-protected Fern Pond property, HPS were the wetlands intact. In another tract, unpermitted monitoring wells were installed, in cluding one on neighboring property, destroying their septic tank. These wells were left unlocked. State permitting was approved af ing. Army Corps approval was not pursued, in violation of the law. Piecemealing, the incremental permitting of small parts of a much larger project, is not legal. It avoids the appropriate federal oversight and public scrutiny of a mining project spanning two counties, with wide-ranging impacts to the aquifer and rivers. Habitat for federally listed species is being destroyed, or will be destroyed. The oval pigtoe mussel, once plentiful throughout the region, resides now in the New River and few other places. The red cockaded woodpecker and the bald eagle once populated the Fern Pond area, and they have been gone since the draining and New River and adjoining watershed. The proposed HPS II mine will require federal permits and a supplement to the Area Wide Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) for phosphate mining. Impacts to our area are not in cluded in previous studies of phosphate mining on the regional Floridan Aquifer System underlying most of our state. The CAPM notice of violations letter and attachments can be downloaded from: s5beea14ba4e4585a It was prepared by David P. Reiner II of provided within 60 days, it will become a lawsuit in federal court, either Atlanta or Washington DC. Follow us on Facebook, @nomining4phosphateBU D June 14 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 11 PAGE 10, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 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 32601 Park 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 Every Sat: Meditation 9am Wed. May 16: Communication Skills Workshop: Empathy over Habit: Rising Above Ineffective Communication Style 6pm Fri. May 18: Open Jam & Art Show 8pm-2am Sat. May 19: May Free Store 2-5pm Mon. May 21: Movie Monday: I AM 7pm Tues. May 22: IWOC meeting 6pm Wed.May 23: Reproductive Justice Workshop 6:30-8:30pm featuring bands Co-Pilots, Sports Reference, Articles. Doors 9pm, Music10pm Mon. May 28: Memorial day Movie: Why We Fight 7pm Tues. May 29: Queer Movie Night Presenting Rent + Vegan Potluck 6pm Fri. June 1: Open Jam & Art Show (OJAS) 8pm-2am Mon. June 4: Movie Monday: The Central Park Five 7pm Tues. June 5: Solutionary Species Vegan Teach-in 6:30-8:30pm Weds. June 6: Communication Skills Workshop 6pm Fri. June 9: Connect The Dots Live Show featuring the touring bands Darkhearts (Miami) and Ikigai (Miami). Doors 9pm, music 10pm Mon. June 11: Movie Monday: Poverty Inc. 7pm Tues. June 12: IWOC meeting 6pm Fri. June 15: OJAS & Connect The Dots Live Show. Featuring bands Paco Lipps (St Aug) Shark Anatomy, and Jane Eyre (Daytona Beach). OJAS 8pm and bands 10pm Sat. June 16: Sustaining Wellness Workshop 2-4pm Mon. June 18: Movie Monday Targeting Iran 7pm Wed. June 20: Communication Skills Workshop 6pm Fri. June 22: Connect The Dots Live Show featuring Surrounder (Pensacola), Teen Divorce (Jax), and Just Neighbors. Doors 9pm, music 10pm Tues. June 26: IWOC meeting 6pm Fri. June 29: ARTWALK and Live Music. Prints for sale by Sara Amatniek 7pm Live Show featuring bands Spoon Dogs (Orl), Rocko English (Orl), All Just Drowning (Jax), Honeypocket (Tampa), Bubble Boys (Orl) 10pm Sat. June 30: Poor Peoples Campaign Workshop GREAT SHOWS BY: FRED SOWDER BILL PERRY H.R. GERTNER D.J. CRAMELA D.J. LUTRA DOUG CLIFFORD KEN STERN GARGS ALLARD JOE AND CRAIG STAN (and others!) WE ARE GAINESVILLES COMMUNITY RADIO STATION CELEBRATING 10 YEARS ON THE AIR! INDIE AND OLDER ROCK, ELECTRONIC, PUNK, AMERICANA, JAZZ, etc. MORNINGS 9-11, AFTERNOONS 2-4, EVENINGS AFTER 6 THOM 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-NOON FULL SCHEDULE AT WGOT.ORG VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Every other month, the Florida Organic Growers 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 May 31, from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the Civic Media Center located at 433 S. Main St. All are welcome. The discussion will be on food sovereignty and participannts will compare decentralized, localized food systems with those designed from a more top-down, centralized structure. The key text to be looked at is Peter Kropotkins Field, Factories and Workshops: Or Industry Combined with Agriculture and Brain Work with Manual Work. A free, online version of the book A key 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 to FOGs Facebook page. 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 & Outreach Director at 352.377.6345 (ext. 130). D FOG continues Food Justice Study Group Topic: Food Sovereignty Where: Civic Media Center When: Thursday, May 31, 6:30-7:30pm By Fred Sowder WGOT Station Manager Its certainly been an exciting 2018 for your community radio station. After starting the year by celebrating ten years of broadcasting, weve continued making strides on our studio in the back of the Civic Media Center. After broadcast from the space in early May, and look forward to more as we adjust our program schedule to handle more live and local programs. We continue to strive toward serving our three goals of providing progressive WGOT prepares to go live from CMC studio news-talk programming to the Gaines ville airwaves; playing a wide variety of independent, local, and other eclectic music while serving in the role of our de facto college radio station (hey, stu dents!); and sharing a variety of Span ish language news and Latin music from across the Americas. We can only continue this mission with your help. As things wrap up with our studio crowdfunding campaign (search WGOT on, the radio station is just a broadcast console away from having a truly professional studio right in the heart of Downtown Gainesvilles SOMA district. We have many sustaining fundraising opportunities to be announced soon, so keep it tuned to 100.1FM or watch this space for future updates. For example, your local business could be a sponsor of programming on WGOT for as little as $50 per month. Finally, with our broadcast antenna just across I-75 from Santa Fe College, we know that reception of our signal, particularly Downtown and in the southeastern part of Gainesville, is often problematic. To that stage of WGOTs major transition, which is to resume our online streaming activity. We cover this endeavor by the end of the year. Streaming royalty rates are expensive and there are many technical hurdles we need to overcome to make this a reality. This is certainly something with which sustaining donors and volunteers can be a huge help. A couple of station events are coming up that could use your support. First, on the morning of Saturday, May 19, were having a WGOT yard sale in the backyard area of Daily Green, 436 SE 2nd St., right around the corner from the CMC, from 8am until noon. Then, on Sunday, June 3, its our monthly volunteer and board meeting at Third House Books & Coffee, 113 N. Main St., at 3pm. This radio station belongs to the community and can only continue with your participation and support. Thank you. D Event: Yard Sale Where: Daily Green backyard, 436 SE 2nd When: Saturday, May 19, 8am-noon Event: Volunteer/Board Meeting Where: Third House Books & Coffee, 113 N. Main When: Sunday, June 3, 3 pm


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 15 PAGE 14, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 MAY 18 A Tribute to the Music of Jackson Brown By Mick Marino & Friends 25 The Gainesville Big Band (Big Band & Jazz Standards) JUNE African-American Music Month 1 Little Jake & The Soul Searchers (R&B, Soul) 8 21 Blue with Longineu Parsons & Ted Shumate (Blues) 15 The Shakedown (Blues, Rock) 22 Fast Lane (Funk, Soul, R&B) 29 Savants of Soul (Soul, Rock, Indie) 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 Alachua Countys No Pressure Realtor No buyer fees and listing commission is only 1.5% home! Sandy Malone, Realtor C. 352-575-4080 A destination game store and parlor 4401 NW 25th Pl., Suite G, Gainesville, FL 32605 (access from NW 43rd St) 352-378-PLAY (7529) Find us online at and Facebook May 18-19: Captive Eddies live CD recording May 25: Jody Beggs Quality country June 9: Story Teller Summit June 29: Gatorbone Great Americana Advance tickets at or at the door Check website for showtimes 619 S. Main Street 352-448-4849 Sanders Response to Trump's Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal WASHINGTON, May 8 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) delivered a video response to President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that he will pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement. Go to https://www watch?v=mlzKuBpybMU to see a video of the speech. The transcript is below President Trumps speech today was the latest in a series of reimposing nuclear sanctions on Iran and withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement, President Trump has put our nation on a dangerous path. We should understand that the JCPOA is not just an agreement between the United States and Iran, but one negotiated alongside other members of the international community including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, along with China and Russia. The United Nations Security Council also endorsed it. Trumps decision isolates the United States from our most important European allies who all continue to support the agreement and have consistently said that it is in their own national security interests to see it upheld. With todays announcement, President Trump has also ignored Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford and Defense Secretary Mattis, both of whom have repeatedly said that staying in the agreement is in the national security interests of the United States. This agreement is supported by an overwhelming consensus of national security experts around the world. And, I would note, that includes in Israel. Last month, 26 former top-ranking Israeli States to maintain the agreement, stating unequivocally that the deal is working and that a U.S. decision to pull out would undermine not just U.S. security, but Israels security as well. These Israeli security leaders wrote, The consensus among military and intelligence agencies around the world including Israels own defense community is that the pact is working Israels security interests would be served best if the United States chooses to remain in the agreement, and work with its allies and other parties to the agreement on further diplomatic actions to address other aspects of Iranian policy in the Middle East. Withdrawing from the agreement could not only free Iran from the limits placed on its nuclear program, it would seriously harm Americas ability to negotiate future nonproliferation agreements, such as one with North Korea. Why would any country in the world sign such an agreement with the United States, and make might simply discard that agreement a few years later? If we are genuinely concerned with Irans behavior in the region, as I am, this is the worst possible course. It will make addressing all of these other problems harder. Unfortunately, I heard no strategy from Trump today, just the usual bluster. But bluster and Iran-bashing will not get us to a better future. Ultimately, we must seek a better relationship with the Iranian people and a more constructive role for Iran in the region. Trumps bellicose rhetoric today makes achieving those the regimes hardliners, who are much more comfortable dealing with a hostile America than with a reasonable, peaceseeking one.After 17 years of war in Afghanistan and 15 years of war in Iraq, the American people do not want to be engaged in never-ending wars in the Middle East. I am deeply concerned that that is exactly where President Trump is taking us with regard to Iran. And for anyone who tries to dismiss those concerns, I would remind you that his newly installed National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote an article a few years ago entitled To Stop Irans Bomb, Bomb Iran. Now Donald Trump seems to be creating his own excuse for doing exactly that. Importantly, I would remind my fellow Americans that the road to the Iraq war did not simply begin in 2003. It was laid down brick by brick over a number of years, with policy decisions that might have seemed relatively small at the time, but that ultimately led us to the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of our country. The Iraq war had enormous unintended consequences that we are still dealing with today, and will be for many years to come. Indeed, one of those unintended consequences was the empowering of Iran in the Middle East. It is folly to imagine that, having unleashed these problems through the misuse of military force, we can solve them in the same way. Real American leadership, and real American power, is not shown by our ability to blow things up, but by our ability to bring parties together, to forge international consensus around shared problems, and then to mobilize that consensus to address those problems. That is what this agreement did. Unfortunately, today President Trump put us on a very different, more dangerous path. D


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 17 PAGE 16, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 GALLERY TOUR BEGINS AT 7 PM Festival goers had a fun time at theHeave Ho Yoho Must Go festival at Heritage Park in Melrose on Saturday, April 21. Candidates speeches provided information; food vendors, a dunk tank (with Trump impersonator), a kazooinfused parade, live music, and a pirate costume contest provided entertainment. The message was clear: Tea Party Congressman Ted Yoho and Republican State Senator Keith Perry must be voted out. Big thanks to Lee Malis and the other volunteers who made it happen. Photo by Joe Courter D Give Yoho the heave ho On Friday June 29, the Civic Media Center will reprise its successful art sale of the print works of Sara Amatniek, who died in 1996. She left behind hundreds of unique prints that and abstract and geometric designs, with multiple copies of each design in varying colors and intensities. but more remain priced to sell at at $3, $5 and $10 for small, medium and large prints. There are a couple dozen larger matted prints for $30. During her life, Ms. Amatniek's works were displayed around the NYC area and in Egypt, Israel and India. The prints have been in storage since her death in Gainesville at her daughter Kathy Sarachild's home, but are now available to art lovers. and local Women's liberation organizing via Redstockings and National Women's Liberation. The monthly ArtWalk takes place the last Friday of the month in downtown Gainesville from 7-10pm. D


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 19 PAGE 18, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 History and the people who make it: David Thurston Subscribe $30/year David Thurston [T], DC-area gay rights activist, was interviewed by Robert Baez [B] in June, 2017. This is the 48th in a series of transcript excerpts from the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program collection. Transcript edited by Pierce Butler T: I was one of the principal arts orga nizers for the No Justice No Pride initia tive, which is an ad-hoc collective of lo cal queer and trans organizers and folks of color, people from the Movement for Black Lives, who came together to chal lenge Capital Prides collusion with nefar ious corporations and institutions that are harmful to more marginalized sections of the LGBTQ community, and to other op pressed communities that should be our natural allies in challenging the agenda of the unmentionable president we have ... B: Equality March and Capital Pride, are those two separate things? T: Theyre very distinct. We went to two board meetings of Capital Pride, and we were like, why dont we do what they did in L.A. and cancel Pride and call it a protest, and just make the Equality March Pride? Instead the Equality March was relegated to nine in the morning on Sunday, which probably depressed turnout. I couldnt make it out because I had a bunch of things on my plate. The Equality March at least LGBTQ community, Capital Pride really did not. It attempted to impose upon more marginalized sections of our community, class, white, cisgender, gay elite. We went to Capital Pride board meetings almost all white: one or two women, one trans woman, two Black peoplethis city was once called Chocolate City. I grew up in D.C., it was mostly Black. My parents bought a house in Dupont Circle before the neighborhood The other couple that bought the house, for a hundred thousand dollars for the went to Columbia, thats how my brother went to Brown. This city has gotten so astronomically expensive, and uppermiddle-class, upwardly mobile white gay Black and Brown people are being dis placed and replaced with businesses that label themselves as queer friendly. Im all for space for everyone to be out and proud, but we have to build real solidar ity based on an understanding of the com monality of our different oppressions and the intersectionality of those things. I was one of two local organizers for the National Equality March, we brought two-to-three hundred thousand people into the streets of D.C., right after Obamas election. That was a turning point in moving the debate on marriage equality and saying, levelfull equality. But there are different ways of talking about marriage equality. There is a view point native to upwardly mobile white gay people, like, Were just like you, let us have equality so we can inherit all our rights and I can get the hundred thousand dollars my partner makes, and we can have Fortune 500 jobs. Marriage equality is valuable for undocu mented immigrants, its valuable for lowincome Black people, its valuable for all kinds of people. You can struggle for liberation, or you can say, We want formal equality under the law under capitalism, which is a very nar row viewpoint. Black people have long had formal equality under capitalism, but racism persists. The injustices of the crimi nal injustice system, the racism of polic ing, employment, indoctrinated things about self-hatred, about looking Black and Blackness, are deeply rooted in a white su premacist society, and the LGBTQ move ment cant be blind to other forms of op pression deeply linked to our own. We live in a system based on preserving the power of a tiny elite that reaps enormous It does that by dividing and conquering, and keeping people from seeing the poten society. There is more than enough wealth to make sure everyone is fed, housed, and clothed, but that doesnt happen. Trump promises to make America great again, bring jobs back. Its a sham. Theres a serious political crisis in our country, and this is a pivotal moment. Bernie Sanders gave a speech in Chicago and he was like, This shows that if the Democrats in this country had a spine, or if we broke with the Democrats and built something else, we could actually challenge Trump. You cant challenge right-wing popu lism with neo-liberal bullshit. Obama did some progressive stuff under pressure from activists, but it was a thin veneer of liberalism that existed where incredible war crimes were still going on, deporta tions escalated. Obama deported more people than Bush. The Trump machine that Obama did around immigration. Its really important at this moment to build relationships of trust, understanding between activists, to build power, to build communities of resistance, and thats what Ive been part of doing in this city since the election. We had tremendous protests on J20. The day of the inauguration, we had direct action at all these checkpoints on the parade route. People couldnt get through, because there were Black Lives Matter lockdown, Future is Feminist lockdown, we blockaded the parade route. We had thousand people. It was overshadowed by the Womens March the next day, that got all the liberals attention. But that day of action in some ways set the stage for what we did yesterday, be cause in that action we had folks for Black Lives Matter showing up for racial justice. Groups in the city that hadnt pre viously worked together or trusted each other, worked together on J20, and have continued to collaborate. Since then, we have a formation called Resist This! host ing spokes-councils once a month, where people from different activist groups come together, share our strategies, break down into clusters. We try to build power in the most horizontal way, minimize hi erarchy and maximize de-centralization of discussion and energy. B: You mentioned neoliberalism, can you speak on that and how that may be eroding these movements? T: The neoliberal assault on the social safety net and on the labor movement began in the late s, under the economic crisis under Carter. Then, it accelerated massively under Reagan, it was continued by Bush, Clinton. The economy grew so jobs were produced and people were more happy, but Clinton ripped apart the welfare state. Neoliberal politics have dominated both parties for almost twentyis a funny word because in this country liberalism means to the left of the right, but [neo-]liberalism refers to classical economics where its like bring back raw free trade, unfettered globalization, let corporations do whatever they want. Its a host of things. B: I see it in many social movements, where people think theyre making [a] difference, but its really just scratching the surface and theyre not truly understanding whats going on. I see it in the academic institution, where people are, again, capitalizing off of ideas that may be harmful. Do you see that happening? T: Neoliberalism, and its ascendency over the last three decades, put forward the notion that there is no alternative to the unfettered market. It leads to a poverty of ideas about how to challenge things. When the debate about healthcare comes up, its like, how do we best give people insurance? I dont need health insurance, I need healthcare. I live on the manic-depressive spectrum, and thats why I took the street art name Bypo, and my platform name is Bypophoenix, a play on the term bipolar. I depend on a number of medications to remain stable, and I luckily get Medicaid so I get some coverage. But, if I go out of state I have to worry about my coverage being there. Its so dysfunctional. We spend more on healthcare in this country than anyone in the world and we have less access to healthcare than most people in the world. Almost every other industrialized country has nationalized healthcare. Its just the poverty of ideas. I identify as both a Marxist and an anarchist, but I think theres a lot of different kinds of capitalism. Theres social democracy where you es tablish some controls over corporate pow er and you establish a basic social safety net, and you nationalize certain industries central to the economy. Theres a range of ways in which countries under capital ism can function, and we have lived for the last generation with the notion that the only way to produce jobs is to give tax cuts to businesses and rich people so theyll invest in jobs. It doesnt work. Rich people, if you give them tax cuts, will just hoard their money. If you give me a tax cut, Ill probably go buy something nice, or for a drink, or to eat. If you put money in the hands of working-class people, like raise the minimum wage to talked about, that produces real economic stimulus and growth. These very narrowminded economic viewpoints blind us to the alternatives to capitalism that can be created in the face of the vicissitudes of capital society. B: Did you participate in the marches ... happening yesterday with No Justice No Pride? What was going on? T: I was the arts organizer, so my main role was to get all the banners displayed and get all that out to everybody. Then, I was moving between blockades and supporting everyones blockades. B: What were you blockading? T: We took on three major targets: the the parade, which we thought was an affront to especially Black and Brown communities in D.C., but also Queer and Trans folk of Color in D.C. who dont view the police positively. I have been threatened with imminent death by police in a state of a mental health crisis. I was manic once and I had Drop that now or Ill shoot, and it was a can of spray paint. If I hadnt dropped that and gone into like, complacent Negro mode, I could have been shot. I was threatened with rape by a guard in a D.C. prison. They were like, If you dont shut up, we have a guy who knows what to do with girls like you. Thats what they said to me in jail. I remember it viscerally, even though I was manic at the time. Its crazy. These are the things that happen to you when youre Black. Personally, I wouldnt have a problem clothes and in a parade saying, Hey, were with you, but when they put on their uniforms and march as a contingent, it conveys an adherence to the dominant narrative of police are here to protect and serve this community. That resonates with upper-middle-class white gays, who would probably call the cops on me if I was putting up a tag in their neighborhood, or if they saw a Latino guy running. Theres a class chasm between the white gay elite, who often folk, like gay bars and clubs populated by attractive, young, hip-lookingand its so dysfunctional. If you dont look the right way you wont get the job. Theres this allure of, oh, were all one family, and you go out to drinks with your manager. But its exploitation, its capital ism. I would prefer local businesses who actually employ and serve local people. Search for David Thurston at http:// this interview The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program believes that listening carefully the way we understand history, from scholarly questions to public policy SPOHP needs the publics help to sustain and build upon its research, teaching, and service missions: even small donations can make a big difference in SPOHPs ability to gather, preserve, and promote history for future generations. D


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 21 PAGE 20, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655 or email with updates and additions 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., alachuagreens@, 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 A merican 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 Not One More They hate when we break the silence with our demands spouted between tears. Our simple request is to lessen gun violence and not witness bullets pierce our peers. They say were reacting off of feeling, thinking with the heart, not head. But just because its not their lives guns are stealing, doesnt mean the kids arent dead. It shouldnt be hard to connect the dots. We need to ban these weapons of war They only see the number, not each life. Each scholar, athlete, daughter, and son ... it wouldve been harder with a knife. And yet were told to respect the laws of a gun. I have family over in Norway They asked if I was scared to get shot. It was 3 years ago and I said No way ... ... Im safe in my country! So I thought. Have you heard about Lori, whose daughter is dead? She coats herself in Alyssas body spray and lies covered in blankets in Alyssas bed and so far has cried ten pounds away Ill show you logic and Ill put down my tissue. They think mental illness should be our biggest fear? Well, mental illness is a global issue. These mass shootings happen uniquely here. In the middle of class, an alarm sounding or the jiggling of the knob to the door leaves everyones heart pounding. Wanting change isnt something well apologize for To speak or to remain silent, thats your choice. But its not the time for self-doubt Your opinions are valid so use your voice And soon well all vote them out. by Kate Kverneland Grade 12, Buchholz High School First Place Winner Peace Poetry Contest D This is the ninth year that Gainesville Veterans for Peace has organized the Peace Poetry Contest in Alachua County, where all students, grades K, were encouraged to submit one original poem focusing on their interpretation of peace. Veterans for Peace members believe that peace-making and hope for a peaceful world begin in our community, our homes and our schools. That is why they invited students to participate in the contest this year; a peaceful possibility lies in the younger generations of today who will be leading, transforming and inspiring the world tomorrow. They want to honor the ideal of peace through the perspectives of young people. Peace is a uniquely human conception and that peace is not merely a goal but a human right. This year Gainesville VFP received 351 poems from all grades, and the poems were judged by a panel of community poets and writers. The winners were asked to read at the Peace Poetry Reading at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville on May 5, and their poems are published in the 2018 Peace Poetry Contest Book. the participants in the 2018 Peace Poetry Contest. Without the poetry submissions, there would be no Peace Poetry Contest and none of the dialogue that comes with it. Parents and teachers also play a large role in the Peace Poetry Con test every year by encouraging their children to participate, some times awarding extra credit and providing other incentives. VFP thanks them for helping make the Peace Poetry Contest a success. The community judges, all poets and writers, were integral to this longtime Gainesville resident; Ann Kennebrew, theatre maker and Executive Director of Ignite Applied Theatre; Barbara Brody, intuitive life coach and storyteller; and Syraj Syed, narrative spe cialist, educator, public health advocate, and community builder. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville has hosted the Peace Poetry Contest nine years in a row now, and Veterans for Peace is grateful for their support and continued cooperation. helped with the arrangements for the reading, and to Erin Parish who operated the sound equipment for the Reading. D Peace Poetry Contest winners, pictured here, read their poems at a public reading at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gaines ville on May 5. The winners poems were selected from 351 submitted. Photo by Mary Bahr, Courtesy of Veterans for Peace. D Earlier this year, Veterans for Peace an nounced the annual Peace Scholarship award, a college scholarship program for Alachua County students. The scholar ship competition was open to eligible high school seniors, college students, succeed in college and who have demon strated a commitment and leadership in activities involving peace and social jus Peace scholarship applicants were asked to provide a brief autobiographical statement and evidence of leadership in an organization (including volunteer Peace Scholarship awarded to four Alachua County students or paid work) relating to peace and or nonviolent social change. Applicants were also asked to provide two letters of recommendation. In the end, VFP awarded peace scholarships to four students in the amount of $750 each. The scholarships were awarded to: Ryan Robinson, a high school senior at St. Francis Catholic Academy and a member of the National Honors Society and Math Honors Society. Don Balcita, a Santa Fe College Engi neering major and military veteran who plans to pursue a career in renewable en Taisha Saintil, a University of Florida African American Studies, Criminology and Political Science major who plans to become a social justice attorney. Jamouri Bryan, a Santa Fe College Inter national Studies and Civic Engagement scholar who plans to become a multicul tural affairs counselor in higher education. To learn more about the VFP Peace Scholarship so you can apply next year, visit There you application for the scholarship. If you member Paul Ortiz at ortizprof@gmail. com or 831-334-0131. D Peace Poetry Contest winners share poems at public reading


MAY/JUNE 2018, IGUANA PAGE 23 PAGE 22, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 Continued from preceding page Citizens Climate Lobby (Gainesville Chapter) 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 gnv4all@ 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. org, 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 450-4965 or Conservation 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 Gainesville Police Headquarters on NW 6th St. 373-1730, Dream Defenders The Gainesville chapter seeks to create positive change by organizing creative ly skilled young leaders who strategically con front 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 Edible Plant Project Local 100% volunteerrun collective to create a revolution through Families Against Mandatory Minimums Work to reform Floridas sentencing laws and restore fairness to Floridas criminal justice system. PO Box 142933, Gainesville, FL 32614, gnewburn@ 352-682-2542 Final Friends helps families learn how to accom plish 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 org,, 352-373-4227, Open Tuesdays 10-1 and last Friday of month 5-7. Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to Death Penalty works to abolish the death penalty. Join vigils when Florida has an execution. Meets 6pm House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 352-378-1690, www. Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) organizes faith communities to work together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd Mondays at 6 pm at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave., www., 352-377-6577 Gainesville Loves Mountains partners with Appalachian allies to end mountaintop removal sustainable future. We pursue policies to strengthen energy., Gainesville NOW NOW meeting info 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 ac tivities, support groups and brief overnight re spite 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 engag ing, 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; operated by Citizens for Social Justice. barupa@ or 352-372-4825 Humanist Society of Gainesville meets at 7 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of most months at Unitarian Uni versalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St to discuss and promote secular, humanist, atheist & agnostic social Humanists on Campus UF organization provides a community for freethinking, secular humanists. Goals include promoting values of humanism, discussing issues humanists face internationally. We strive to participate in community service and bring a fun, dynamic group to the university! Preferred contact info: email, alternative: 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 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 constitutional rights. Contact Alachua County Green Party for info. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, education and advocacy for families brain disorders. 374-5600. ext. 8322; www. National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare preserve these threatened programs for senior citizens. We have literature, speakers, T-shirts. Email: See National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law students, le gal workers and jailhouse lawyers using the law to ad vance social justice, support progressive social move ments. or National 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, 347560-4695, NCF AWIS is an advocacy organization champion ing 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, Ala chua County Public Library. All meetings open to public. 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 the world. Our Santa Fe River and Ichetucknee Alliance are two of a number of grassroots environmentalist groups campaigning to protect and restore the rivers PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Gainesville (1624 NW 5th Ave.) at 7 pm with a programmed portion and informal meeting with opportunity to talk and peruse 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 2432, 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 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. #333, 352-234-6595 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 and Palestine, Iraq, and Haiti. Meetings are at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW Stand By Our Plan informs the public on crit ical 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 valuable wetlands,. standbyourplan@gmail. Student/Farmworker Alliance A network of youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery 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 Tuesdays at 6:30 in Little Hall 121. 407-580UF Pride Student Union LGBT+ group open to queer folk of all sorts, including students, 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 mem ber to assume a leadership role. Meetings at 6:30 pm Tuesdays on campus, ufradstudental United 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 Human-staffed computer database for resources 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 WGOT-LP 100.1 FM Community low-power radio station operating as part of the CMC., Womens March Gainesville meets on the sec ond Monday of each month: for location and agenda information, please see are on the second Monday of each month, see www.hearourvoice or email Together 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 capital ism into a democratically arranged world so ciety of equality at Upon request the Party will provide membership D


PAGE 24, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2018 Veterans for Peace will be displaying more than 6,900 tombstones from dawn on May 26 through dusk on Memorial Day on 8th Avenue just east of 31st Street as part of their Memorial Day Weekend event to remember soldiers who have died in the wars in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003. The tombstones will line the street along 8th Avenue just east of 31st Street, where Memorial Mile: Veterans display tombstones of fallen service members in Iraq and Afghanistan wars Every year on Memorial Day weekend, Gainesville Veterans for Peace displays tomb stones to remember American soldiers who have died in the wars in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003. Photo by Mary Bahr, courtesy of Veterans for Peace. D the Solar System Walk is located. This is the eleventh year VFP has set up the display, and in 2008 they had to cross over to the north side of Eighth Avenue due to the continuing number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans for Peace feels that these losses cannot be adequately understood with of the tombstones conveys their reality. Each tombstone includes the soldiers name, date of death, age, branch of service, rank and hometown. They will be arranged by date of death and theater of operation. on tombstones of local service members and on those visited by the public. VFP maintains a Directory at each end of the display, which allows them to help visitors to visit. Each year, people come to the expressions of love at the tombstones. VFP cleans and cares for the tombstones year round and tries to preserve messages that loved ones have written on the tombstones. In addition, VFP will have posters depicting the costs of war. Learn more at the Gainesville Veterans D The Gainesville Iguana Gainesville'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 Comments, suggestions, are welcome. To list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655 www Current and past issues since 1996 and PDFs since 2012 are available at www Established 1986