This cartoon by longtime edito rial cartoonist Rob Rogers was June from his staff position at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Post Gazette Publisher and Editor-in-Chief John Block says Rogers was too angry for his health or his own good and cited his obsesThe GainesvilleIguana A progressive newsletter and events calendar July/August, 2018 Vol. 32, Issue 7/8 INSIDE ... Editors Picks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From the Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Civic Media Center . . . . . . . . . . 11 Event Calendar . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-23 by Joe Courter First understand that unless you are registered as a Democrat you will have no choice in the partisan State and County races. It is the way our system works. Voting is math, be strategic. You have until July 30 to change. But the primaries are where idealism can shine, voice. Hundreds of protesters in Gainesville participated in the localFamilies Belong Together march that took place nationwide on Saturday, June 30, protesting the spliting up of immigrant parents and children at the Mexico/US border Starting at City Hall and marching to Depot Park, participants held signs reading I care, do u?, Donald Trump: Child Abuser, Families Belong Together, Reunite the Children, and Abolish ICE. (See a statement from Mayor Poe on page 21.) Photo by Joe Courter .Primary Election August 28See ELECTIONS, p. 20 sion with President Donald Trump as evidence. His firing illustrates serious issues over freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Read a great op-ed on article213601094.html. D Splitting up families is WRONG
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 3 P AGE 2, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 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 GainesvilleIguana@cox.net www .gainesvilleiguana.org facebook.com/gainesvilleiguana 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 Kaithleen Hernandez 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 Writing this Publishers Note is a task I have had in the back of my mind for weeks. It been kinda stewing around amorphous amid all the content from NPR, Democracy Now!, the multitude of internet news links from friends, and sites like Commondreams. org, the Gainesville Sun, The New Yorker, and many conversations and life experiences. So two nights ago I wrote one, kinda dark and negative, what with Supreme Court decisions against unions and abortion rights, the Justice Kennedy resignation, children being isolated from their parents and used as bargaining chips as well as the other horrors oozing out of the Trump administration, Carl Hiassen's brother and other newspaper staffers killed by yet another misogynistic maladjusted alt-right guy with a gun, yet another young black man killed by a trigger happy cop, continuing wars in remote places and then the announcement of "The Space Force," a new arms race in the sky. Yikes, I think many of us were pretty down. That Publishers Note asked what it felt like to be a sensible person in the time of slavery, or the rise of the Nazis, or of the slaughter of Native Americans. My thought was that it felt like right then kinda helpless if thought about but mostly just carrying on with life. That Publishers Note went in the cyber trash can last night. Yesterday I went to the Families Belong Together March and Rally in Gainesville, one of many hundreds Depot Park Bandshell, it stretched the entire length of South Main, and I don't mean the tearing apart of families. Following some music as the crowd arrived, there were speakers talking about the active resistance that is happening, lawyers involved in helping immigrants and the increasing hurdles people face. Madres Sin Fronteras told about their direct work with immigrants in crisis. We heard from a local sanctuary church, Westminster Presbyterian. A pediatrician talked about the effects of trauma on children.Voter registration was being encouraged, various organizations were tabling. A statement by Mayor Lauren Poe was read by Commissioners Harvey Ward, Gail Johnson and Helen Warren (and printed on page 21). The event itself was organized by Indivisible Gainesville, which burst into being after the election of Trump and now boasts over 2,300 members. What I saw yesterday tells me that the Resistance is still out there, all over the country. That rally did not occur because of newspapers or radio publicity it was people using the new media opportunities to become informed, involved. Being better informed may mean altering our news intake, seeking out better sources and prioritizing them. Organizing and educating and building solidarity among our fellow citizens is happening. Joining organizations is happening, working together and supporting leadership and experience while mentoring new people to the movement and hearing and respecting their perspectives. Cheers to the youth from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. Cheers to the teachers nation wide organizing for decent pay and working conditions. Cheers to the pipeline protesters and and prison abolitionists. Cheers to the anti-racist organizers and Women's movement for higher wages and universal healthcare. Hell yes we vote, but we can also support and work for candidates to multiply our electoral impact. And damn it, don't let the bastards grind you down down like I was feeling a few people all need each other for the long haul. DFrom the publisher ...Take heart, the Resistance is aliveJoe Courter D Do Americans know how much trouble they're in? Why America is at a crossroads in history and there might not be any way back to normal, sane, or civilized. D U.S. foreign policy created the immigration crisis by Mark Tseng-Putterman A history of American intervention shows how asylum seekers inherited this problem. D This is how Republicans used to talk about immigrants We wont create a spoiler alert by telling you what former Republican presidents George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan said about immigrants. Just watch and weep. D The Biggest Lesson from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs Win? Run on Democratic Socialism by Miles Kampf-Lassin The 28-year-old Latina from New York a former organizer for Bernie Sanders scored the biggest upset of 2018 by rejecting Democratic Party orthodoxy and running for the US Senate on a laser-focused message of economic justice. Dby Keri Audette Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) no longer have to disclose to their patrons that they are not licensed medical facilities and will retain the ability to mislead women regarding the services they provide. The case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, State, federal government continues to support fake clinicsAmendment rights as grounds for over to post notices that free or low cost abor tion, birth control, and prenatal services are available through state programs. In February of this year, Florida legislators in Tallahassee voted to legitimize CPCs by Health contract with CPC parent organization, the Florida Pregnancy Care Network. They will now have a direct line of funding that they can use to continue spreading misinformation and to coerce women using medically inaccurate counseling. Additionally, CPCs will now be able to tout the Florida Department of Health logo on advertisements and signage, fur ther confusing women seeking medical resources, with the dangerous potential of delaying needed health care. While this news does not bode well for reproductive rights, the Gainesville chapter of National Womens Libera tion (NWL) continues to spread the truth about CPCs locally. three protests outside of local fake clinic, Sira, on NW 13th Street in Gainesville. NWL plans to continue warning the community and expose CPCs for what they are centers intent on misleading women. invited to NWLs next general meeting, to be held Tuesday, July 10 at 200 NE 1st St., suite 201 (enter through downstairs and gain more freedom for women! Learn more at www.womensliberation.org. D The Gainesville chapter of National Womens Liberation pickets in front of local fake clinic, Sira Crisis Pregnancy Center, to warn the community that it misleads and coerces women using medically inaccurate counseling. Event: NWLs General Meeting Where: 200 NE 1st St, suite 201 When: Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I dont believe male legislators should even vote on the issue.-Alan K. Simpson former Republican Senator from Wyoming
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 5 P AGE 4, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Kimberly Hunter O home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play, echoed down the halls of the capitol building in Topeka, as the Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC) made its way to Kansas Governor Jeff Colyers door, knocked, and after receiving no answer sat down. O Kansas is the land where folks lend a we open our doors and empower the poor, cause Kansas was meant to be free, continued their state song recently rewritten by Ana Marcela Maldanado Morales, a Kansan proud of her Guatemalan heritage. Within minutes, though neither the governor was present nor the legislature in session, capitol police began shouting, No singing in the capitol! and forcibly escorted the choir outside and locked the doors behind them.A report on the radical roots of the Kansas Poor Peoples CampaignThat Monday afternoon, June 4, marked week four of 40 Days of Moral Action, a national relaunch of the PPC originally King, Jr. Before his assassination, King began organizing a coalition to win economic justice by opposing poverty, systemic racism, and the war economy. Fifty years later, the new PPC is not only still inter sectional, rooted in faith communities, led by people of color, and aiming for those same goals, but it is also actively opposing environmental degradation. Building from the recent Moral Mondays Movement, the new PPCs 40 day strategy called for coordinated, nonviolent, direct actions at state capitols across the nation every Monday for six weeks. cally called for health justice, linking peoples access to affordable health care with stewardship of the Earths natural resources. Thus a few hours after capitol police disrupted the Kansas rally, sixteen singers were sitting in jail because they had refused to move. Police held two of them overnight. One of these, Kansas City environmentalist Katie Green, reBeing in jail made me aware of freedoms I didnt even know I had For example, the freedom to sleep in the dark. Who knew they always keep a light on in jail cells? And using the toilet I shared a cell with three other women, and the toilet But we made the best of it by waiting to cell for the head count. Cuz even in jail you have to protest when you can, right? post bail nor access a special lawyer, Green was released the next morning. Her crime? Misdemeanor criminal trespassing. Her victim? The Kansas State Capitol. Kansas law gave victim status to a statehouse bought and built by taxpayers and then issued a restraining order against those taxpayers, prohibiting them from entering it. Meanwhile, no boss or landlord was charged with extortion when a Kansan ford a market-rate, 2-bedroom apartment shouted no taxation without representation when undocumented immigrants in Kansas were denied the right to vote after last year So the PPC choir returned the following Monday O give me a place that is loving and safe, a beautiful sanctuary. May I be there for fearlessly. they sowed seeds that have sprouted solidarity. In Kansas, the PPC now includes Veterans for Peace (though it cannot yet rival the Gainesville VFPs peace scholar from First Nation, Jewish, Muslim, Chriswww.artwalkgainesville.comGALLERY TOUR BEGINS AT 7 PMsocialist, and anarchist traditions. In Kansas, people are remembering their states radical roots and showing up for each other again. Sometimes support has been as simple as providing food, car detention center, raising funds for Black Mamas Bailout, or helping a Black Panther elder escape a predatory loan and pay her utility bill. In Kansas, whatever the need, neighbors the slaves to be free. To the stars we will rise with no compromise, to continue our rich legacy. the PPC is bringing back movement Protestors from the Poor Peoples Campaign picket the Kansas state capitol. The PPC strategy calls for coordinated, nonviolent, direct actions at state capitols across the nation every Monday for six weeks. Photo by Kimberly Hunter music, using personal testimony as consciousness raising, and teaching youth about peoples history heroines like immigrant labor organizer Dolores Huerta and historically effective campaigns like strikes, boycotts and nonviolent, coordinated, civil disobedience. leans west, it might glimpse strong, stubthe people are kind, pay hatred no mind, en la tierra de mi corazn. The Heartland is vast with a message that lasts, which is, Viva, la revolucin! Peoples Campaign and connect with a state chapter, visit www.poorpeoplescam paign.org. D
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 7 P AGE 6, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 By Jason Fults, Board Member of the Alachua County Labor Coalition been a member, the Alachua County Labor Coalition sponsored two people to attend this years Labor Notes conference. ACLC Coordinator Tim Tia and I made the trek to chilly Chicago to attend the ers, along with several ACLC veterans such as Lauren Byers, Candi Churchill, Mark Piotrowski and Joe Richard. Candi felt it was important enough that we attend that she made an extra contri bution to help cover our costs, and Mark put Tim and I up in his hotel room. I thor oughly enjoyed the rousing event and am optimistic that it will become a biennial tradition and that more ACLC members will attend in the future. While Ive attended many progressive political conferences, Labor Notes was undoubtedly one of the most moving. Each day of the conference ended with a plenary that featured dynamic, get-you-off Al Russo, a Communications Workers Vice President who led the CWA 1101 local in their successful contract ed how important it was that groups (like the Labor Coalition!) led solidarity pickets across the East Coast. Roz Pelles from the Poor Peoples Campaign, who introduced a video appearance by Reverend Williams speeches of the entire conference. Representatives from the West Vir ginia teachers strike. And Mercedes Martinez of the Puerto Rican Teachers Federation, who discussed the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria, ongoing efforts to undermine PRs education system, Teachers Federation. Each of these speakers detailed important communities, within their own unions, and within the broader economy in support of worker power and economic justice. They with informative, nuts and bolts workshops where we learned about everything from long-term trends in the economy to how to build membership in our locals and how to bargain a stronger contract. I attended a highly interactive and discussion-based CWA-sponsored workshop that I would very much like to bring to our community. No stranger to wealth workshop and it helped frame other discussions I took part in, such as Roots of the Public Sector Budget Crisis, Community Labor Alliances, and a panel on student-labor activism. I also appreciated the strong presence and emphasis on education workers and attended numerous education-focused workshops where I learned a variety of strategies and insights that will be useful in my own workplace. While most of the confer -Labor Notes Conference renews, inspires attendees union density, some of my favorite speakers and panelists were southerners who had managed to build vibrant locals even in the face of right-to-work laws and a culture unfriendly to unions. screenings, such as the new MLK documentary At the River I Stand, which had to be rescreened in a larger venue because of I left Labor Notes feeling renewed and inspired to get back to work. I met unsung heroes who have fought for decades to build their unions and a militant, resilient labor movement as well as folks like myself who are relative newbies to organized labor. But what impressed me most was the diversity of attendees and the sense of solidarity that ran throughout the conference. I heard very little posturing so common at large, progressive gatherings. Instead, people cheered support and congrats for each other at the slightest provocation, and when disagreements were expressed or ship and genuine interest in building a stronger labor movement. The closing moments of the conference found me in an auditoriId never met and singing Solidarity Forever. When the song That moment encapsulated the familial sensation that ran throughout the conference, and I left hoping that I will be fortunate enough to make it back in 2020, and that the visions and struggles that were so beautifully articulated throughout Labor Notes will be closer to fruition. D 1. Go to thirdhousebooks.com Click on Special Orders. Fill out the form and select delivery. 2. Pay the invoice (which includes an automatic 10 percent discount) that will arrive in your email within 24 hours. 3. friendly Hushpuppy Courier will arrive on their bike at your front door with your book(s) in hand. What have you accomplished in those three easy steps? You have successfully kept your hard earned money in our blossoming community. You have helped support and fund local art, music, and author events. You have helped create and maintain local jobs. Your tax dollars have stayed in our community and have helped maintain and improve our infrastructure. You have helped keep the doors of your local independent bookstore open and we love you for that. D Get the book(s) you want, never leave home, support local business ... in three easy steps
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 9 P AGE 8, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 Hey, Readers!The Gainesville Iguana has opened a PayPal account, and were now accepting donations through our website at www gainesvilleiguana.org. 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! 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 gainesvilletabletop.com and Facebook DRIVE THRU & CALL-INS407 NW 13th St. 9am-10pm Breakfast til 11, 11:30 weekends 5011 NW 34th St. 11am-10pm by Carol Mosley HPSII, a small group of families with Counties, intend to mine thousands of acres straddling the New River that runs into the Santa Fe River, for phosphate rock. The rock will be shipped by rail to some other unfortunate town for processing. from mining, updates their Land Development Regulations (LDRs) and Comprehensive Plan, Bradford County is unwisely collaborating with the mining company and an independent consultBradfords minimal LDRs. Bradford did NOT enact a moratorium, and has been bound and gagged for the last two years. So this collaboration is a desperate attempt at breaking inaction. faced with legal challenges from HPS Meanwhile, local interest groups and Alathe countys resources and trying to help Bradford Commissioners see the deceptive manipulation theyve been subjected to. Between the various environmental advocacy groups theyve submitted thousands of petition signatures, gotten Resolutions from most nearby cities and towns, prepared a professional geologists report on the process, met with the DEP in Tally, and even transcribed commission meet ings and summarized communications still, the Bradford Commission seems to ignore evidence presented by the public and sees collaboration with Alachua County as prejudicial. So the latest tack to help Bradford come to their senses has been to prepare notebooks for each commissioner and the County Clerk (making them public) that point out the deceptions of HPS representatives, the inappropriate coziness between the countys consultants and the miners, and using their own Comp plan to point out their noncompliance with their own rules. There have even been calls for Bradford to seek outside legal counsel instead of taking the advice of their in house attorney. Bridges Across Borders is focusing on helping Bradford to operate in the world of reality by presenting them with evidence. Our commissioners have been hoodwinked and blindfolded and we need to open their eyes to how they can actually follow their own guidelines and not climb in bed with HPS. They should tell they get through that agency. Let HPS hire whomever they want to get the DEP answers and give Bradford an Environmental Impact Statement, but Bradford does not need to be involved with that. Most importantly, Objective V.3 of the Bradford Comp Plan says that the County will Establish a process by which adjacent local governments, other governmental agencies, and research So your mission, if you are a member of one of the groups above, is to help gather evidence and research so that bad decisions cant be made using the excuse of lack of information. Lets peel off their layers of cover until they are standing naked with only the sheer brocade spun of their own deceptions. Got an idea how you can help? Email Carol at earthweaver@ gmail.com Bridges Across Borders, PO Box 103, Graham, FL 32042 DPhosphate mining plans, citizen input in the sunshine
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 11 P AGE 10, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 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 www.civicmediacenter.org firstname.lastname@example.org 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). @9pm Presenting Tangerine @6pm @6pm @6pm We will resume the usual Monday movies and other email announcement and website will have them. To get weekly announcement email, contact added to the list. Thank you for supporting the CMC! 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 STATIONCELEBRATING 10 YEARS ON THE AIR! INDIE AND OLDER ROCK, ELECTRONIC, PUNK, AMERICANA, JAZZ, etc. MORNINGS 9-11, AFTERNOONS 2-4, EVENINGS AFTER 6THOM HARTMANN 7 AM DEMOCRACY NOW! AMY GOODMAN 8 AM, 1 PM MSICA EN ESPAOL VICTOR PEREZ 11AM-1PM JAZZVILLE ROBBIE STEVENS FRI 6-8 PM SAT 8-10 AM SUN 8-NOONFULL SCHEDULE AT WGOT.ORG VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Tiny ForestPeaceful Heart, Happy TummyFresh Raw Goat Milk Goat Milk Yogurt Limited Ingredient Cookie Bakery Eggs from Free-ranging hens Natural Goat Milk Shampoo Bars Delivery Seven Days a Week to Kennels, Veterinarians and BreedersMarcia Pimentel ~ 561-412-7260 by Chad Hood Each July, the Alachua County Labor Coalition celebrates Medicare, one of the greatest public health triumphs of the 20th century, with a birthday party. shared testimony about improving and expanding Medicare to all residents. This years celebration will be at Working Food in Gainesville at 219 NW 10th Ave. The celebration is particularly jubilant this year in light of ACLCs partnership with a new Medicare For All national campaign dedicated to making single-payer health care a political reality. The campaign is funding activists in key states around the country to strengthen a grassroots moveThe group is sponsored by long-time supportive organizations like National Nurslike Healthcare-NOW. Experienced and passionate activists will be working in battleground states with support for a national health care system that covers everyone while simultaneously saving billions of dollars. Future events will be coordinated around national Medicare For All days of action. These activities will eventually build toward asking residents and politicians alike to take a public stance on Medicare for All. This will inform and empower the citizenry to demand single-payer as an As a long-time single-payer supporter myself, I am energized and excited by this news. Senator Bernie Sanders bolstered single-payer as a realistic possibility in the popular press. Fueled by paid organizers working around are building a realistic road map to singlepayer. Its time to spread the word about nancial solution. When we get rid of private insurance companies and put all residents in a single plan, we save enough money to cover everyone. Everybody in, nobody out! Please join us at our annual Medicare Birthday Party to learn more. We are seeking healthcare stories to tell at this years event about people who have been helped by Medicare, as well as those who like to share your story at this years event, contact us at email@example.com. Medicare is one of our countrys most cherished and successful government programs. Instead of cutting it, we should be improving it and expanding it to cover all Americans. only about half of seniors had medical erty. Since then, Medicare has saved and improved the lives of millions of seniors with guaranteed health coverage. Medicare only spends about 3 percent on overhead, compared to 20 percent on average in the private insurance industry. spent on actual healthcare not on corpo By moving all Americans into a Medicare for All type program, we could save over $400 billion per year. This money could then be used to improve Medicare payments and cover all necessary care including dental, vision, mental health and long-term care. DCelebrate Medicare with Alachua County Labor CoalitionEvent: Medicare Birthday Party Where: Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave. When: Saturday, July 28, 5-7 p.m.
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 15 P AGE 14, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 Alachua Countys No Pressure Realtor No buyer fees and listing commission is only 1.5% home!Sandy Malone, Realtor C. 352-575-4080malone@goldenrulerealestate. comwww.goldenrulerealestate.com By Jon DeCarmine, Director, GRACE When I think of what weve been able to accomplish at GRACE in the past four years, I think of a poster I have up on the wall suddenly you are doing the impossible. For years, people without houses had to spend all day, every day, navigating a frustrating maze of appointments and expectations at dozens of different agencies spread out all over town. All the while, they had to be thinking about where would sleep that night, where they would use the bathroom, and where they could store their belongings. It was a lot to ask, and it left a shockingly high percentage of our homeless population out in the heat and in the cold, unsure what to do or how to get it done. Fast forward to where we are with GRACE today -we have a one-stop assistance center and emergency shelter designed to eliminate all of the barriers that kept people from getting the help they need. Our services are in one location, and we have a team of trained professionals ready to help from the moment someone shows up. We serve the people who cant or wont go to other shelters in town, and we do it on a scale no one thought was even possible. shelter. People have a place to go where they can get the services they need to get off the street. Our guests are safe -weve had no major violent incidents since the day we opened. People have access to food, to shelter, to clothing, bathrooms, showers, laundry, and a wide variety of partner agencies with a common People have shelter from the cold, and a safe place to go during hurricanes and tropical storms. Our Housing Programs regularly move our most vulnerable citizens off the streets and into Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing apartments. In four short years, weve grown from a glimmer in the eye of a small, committed group of people to a 113-bed shelter using best practices and data to reduce homelessness in Alachua County. There are hundreds and hundreds of people in homes right now, thanks to support they received at GRACE who were down 30 percent. Weve done whats necessary, and weve done whats possible. Suddenly, were doing the impossible. And were just getting started. Looking for a way to help? We need summertime volunteers in the Cafe to help prepare and serve meals. Cooking at Cafe 131 is a great way to get together with friends from school or work, and youll be making an immediate impact. Our volunteers have helped serve almost half a million meals since 2014, and wed love to see you out here this summer! To volunteer as an individual or as part of a meal group, please firstname.lastname@example.org. DGRACE celebrates four years of ending homelessnessVolunteers at GRACEs Cafe 131 helped serve 130,000 meals last year; the organization is looking for volunteers this summer to help out. The cafe name harkens back to the 130 meal limit St. Francis House faced years ago. by Gainesville Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee This article originally appeared at ItsGoingDown.org on June 25. See more about this story at www .jacksonville.com/ news/20180622/fathers-day-protests-drawNews from Juneteenth is beginning to come in from Florida prisoners. We have gotten word from prisoners at Martin C.I. that participate in noncooperation for Juneteenth when a lockdown, declared by the facilitys administration in response to a solidarity the facility to cease usual operations. Organized prisoners there who correspond with IWOC say they expected activity at Solidarity protests outside also occurred at the RMC prison in Lake Butler (next to a proposed phosphate mine and an existJail, also exposed this week for holding juvenile pre-trial detainees in solitary conjuvenile inmates to receive an education comparable to children who are not jailed. Some details of repression and retalia tion that occurred at both Martin C.I. and RMC Lake Butler can be found in the following article published in www.JacksonPrison staff called the police on activists, barred two women from returning to see their incarcerated loved ones, and placed Juneteenth strike actions on the inside and out Chad Harris was taken out of his cell and 17, but not because of anything he did wrong. Institution put him there because his mother, Geraldine Harriel, showed up at the prison to protest its living conditions. Prison staff also had trespass warnings issued to the protesters, including Harriel. Shes now barred from returning to see her son. The Department of Corrections is considering terminating her visitation. Although Juneteenth activities were foColeman 1 has been locked down for over 3 weeks. Leonard Peltier, who is caged there, asks friends to write a polite letter to Warden well. DA solidarity protest outside Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown caused the facility to cease usual operations. Photo courtesy of Itsgoingdown.org.
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 17 P AGE 16, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 Ireland votes to legalize abortion. What comes next?by Sarah Jaffe This article was originally published by Rewire News on May 26. See more at https:// rewire.news/article/2018/05/26/irelandvotes-legalize-abortion-comes-next/. To Isolde Carmody, Irelands overwhelming vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was a vote to continue down the road that her great-grand-uncle, Joseph Plunkett, and his contemporaries ward an independent Irish Republic. justice, and that was why he was involved in the revolution in 1916, Carmody told Rewire.News. Her great-grandmother and grandmother fought for womens health care and access to information on abortion rights. She continued that tradition campaigning for yes in Leitrim. Irish voters turned out on Friday to repeal percent voting to decriminalize abortion care, according to exit polling. Final results were not available at the time of publication. Carmody was infuriated to see Plunketts image and the reference to the 1916 proclamation on an anti-choice sign urging a No vote in the referendum on Irelands total abortion ban. It is just a complete misrepresentation of what they were all about and the values on which this state was founded, she said. We released a statement saying that if Joe voting to repeal the Eighth Amendment. He would have voted against it being There was plenty of noise for a yes vote, even in the conservative part of Ireland where she lived. And the results proved that it was Carmodys view of Irelands past and future that held. A busload of canvassers from Dublin went to Roscommon and Leitrim the day before the vote to do some last-minute visibility for the yes campaign. In Carrickon-Shannon, they stretched out along the Cumann na mBan bridge, named for the revolutionary womens organization that fought in 1916 in all garrisons but onethe one led by Eamon de Valera, a former president of Ireland, who oversaw the writing of Irelands Constitution. The symbolism was important to the organizers, who like Carmody believed in in a different kind of Ireland that saw womens role in the struggle for justice of canvassing outside of Dublin, meeting new people. Sometimes you are in a bit of a bubble and you forget that there is a whole country of people involved in this, local campaigns big and small, said Sen. Lynn Ruane, an independent member of the upper house of the Irish parliament. Ruane was a member of the parliaments committee on the Eighth Amendment, which recommended repeal as well as legalizing abortion up to 12 weeks into pregnancy. I was always optimistic, but I am feeling so much more positive. To be able to go from sitting inside a committee room to making the recommendations to coming out and meeting people all over Ireland that want to support the recommendations, it really is a privilege and an honor. Even before the results were announced, she said, I think Ireland has changed. Irelands Future After the Eighth Amendment What happens now? Nothing will change immediately, according to Wendy Lyon, a lawyer and pro-choice organizer based because the anti-choice law is still on the books. We are guaranteed that there will be some attempt to challenge it, she said. They have done this with pretty much any referendum that has advanced a liberal agenda. They have failed every time, but they will try it again. to change legislation by the end of the year. We obviously have a huge body of work to do in relation to the legislation. You will have people taking lots of amendments and trying to hold up the legislation, Ruane said. I think we will get it through need to just stay strong and get through together. Whoever is in agreement needs to work together and put politics aside just to get that legislation through. To Dublin City Councillor ilis Ryan, provided once legalized. It is not enough for it to be legal. It also has to be accessible, and really the only way you can do that is through a public health service. That is going to be the next battle for socialist campaigners, pro-choice campaigners, is How can we ensure that this isnt yet another service that is outsourced to a private company that doesnt have womens best interests at heart? about the broader health-care system. The Catholic Church remains deeply involved in the hospitals, and, Lyon said, even apart from the Eighth Amendment, the model of birth care is controlling. You hear people say, Doctors are the new priests. It is not that you wont still have doctors trying to pressure women, but the difference is that they wont have the Constitution to back up their arguments anymore. People would threaten to go into the High Court and they would cite the Eighth Eighth Amendment is gone, obviously, it makes it that much harder. country Ireland will be. On that front, too, the campaigners look to the history of Irish struggles for independence. We have to have states that serve everybody no matter what their religion is, Meehan said. It was buried in history and forgotten, but when the young Irelanders started off in the of their main opponents was the Catholic Church. They came up with a very good slogan, actually. Two of them. One of them was Priests Out of Politics. The other was, You can take your religion from Rome, but take your politics from home. That has been forgotten, lost in the dustbin of history and all that, but it has a very contemporary 21stcentury relevance. Lynn Boylan, a Member of the European Parliament from Sinn Fin, agreed. Todays result is seismic, Boylan said. It is an historic breaking of the old Ireland with its attachment to the church and conservative politics in favor of a new future was a sign of a new era, it was a vote about tolerance and respect. The Repeal campaign was so much more than that, it was not just a vote for women and their rights over their own bodies. It was, I believe also a cathartic experience for the people of Ireland. It brought out into the open the decades of mistreatment of women, the hidden family secrets, the reality of pregnancy and showed people When the euphoria of the vote has died down, Boylan continued. I really believe that this campaign will serve as a healing process for the Irish people, particularly the older generations who church over their private lives. The Repeal Campaign The vote to legalize abortion care was the hard work of organizers like Izzy Kamikaze (the name shes gone by for years), a veteran of abortion rights referendum. It was important to her for Roscommon and Leitrimthe only though the district boundaries have since changedto improve its showing, to prove that even in supposedly conservative parts of Ireland, women had talked to each other about their experiences, people had Down here we are a little grassroots campaign. Very underfunded, under resourced, she said. Never enough people to do what we are trying to do, but we have been very well received by people. Kamikaze noted the importance of putting a human face on the yes campaign. A big thing for me is the fetishization of the images of fetuses. There are no women in these posters. There is nobody whose body this is growing inside. She is completely cut out of the picture, she said. So she gathered yes campaigners to stand near a massive billboard erected by the Iona Institute, a Catholic organization that has opposed changes to Irelands abortion laws. It is this huge, huge billboard with removed from the womb, the mother, the world. The caption on it is One of us. A bunch of us got together with our own posters and placards and we did a little photo shoot in front of that billboard and the caption for it was, What is missing from this poster? One of us, meaning the women who were standing underneath holding the posters who have been very invisible, certainly in the no campaign. Activists in rural Ireland counted social media visibility as important, staging photoshoots in town to spread on Twitter and Facebook. They wanted to show that even in the heart of conservative towns there referendum results showed that to be true. It was the involvements of all parts of since the vote often split parties, but in a social movement that dared do what few pro-choice organizers even in the abortion care, about pregnancy, about what it means to have a medical crisis or to not have had any choice about the life you were to have. Family members anotherone canvasser had met a mother and daughter who had both had abortions and only told their stories to one another because of the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment. It was striking to walk around Dublin and pass hundreds of people in yes buttons, stickers, or the hotly-coveted Repeal jumpers. A country dominated for so long by the Catholic Church and its view of morality was having a public conversation about what has been the most private of issues. See ABORTION, p. 18
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 19 P AGE 18, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 Chapel. We returned there and met her daughter, Brittany, and granddaughter, Pamela, age nine. Brittany was a secretary who lost her job when she tried to register to vote. Beulah, a seamstress whom white ladies wouldnt give up, was the sole support of the family. We were glad we had brought some groceries. That evening we listened as the women talked about life in Selma for supporters of the black vote protest. Many accounts exist about the start of that protest, but our hostess said the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) brought the idea to Selma. Their leader was Stokely Carmichael, a top black organizer who worked with King. They sought city cooperation but met only hostility. As SNCC gained supporters, that hostility increased. Jobs were lost to people who tried to register to vote. Clark and his deputies harassed black residents daily. Evenings they came into the black community and broke up meetings. In residential areas they ordered people off their front porches and into their homes. Electric lights were banned. People lived in fear, but the support grew. Finally the march to Montgomery was planned and ended on Bloody Sunday. in every word spoken. How do you raise a child in such a tense atmosphere? I asked. What do you tell her about these just like they are. Some of them wont like it, but most of them JULY6 All American Song Fest: Showtune Shenanigans (All American Show Tunes) By John Lowe & Will Winter13 Wax Wings (Jazz, Folk)20 Pine (Folk)27 A Tribute to the Music of Santana & Janis Joplin By Crooked Counsel AUGUST 3 Bridget Kelly (Blues)10 The Duppies (Ska, Reggae)17 Heavy Petty / Hedges (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tribute & Originals)24 By Mark Miale, Tony McMahon & Friends31 The Progressive Rock Experience (A Tribute to 70s Progressive Rock with Covers of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Genesis, Kansas, Styx & Elton John) Each Friday a new band brings original and cover tunes to the Plaza concert stage 8-10 pm, May through October 111 E. University Ave. All shows may be subject to change http://gnvculturalseries.org/free-fridays-concert-series/Harriet Ludwig, a beloved community activist who had a long career as a writer and news reporter died Thursday evening June 28. She was 93. Harriet was born in South Dakota, and began her writing career advocate for young people, education and civil rights, she often contributed to the Gainesville Sun and other publications, but as well, regularly attended meetings for various organizations including the NAACP, the Labor Party (now Labor Coalition) and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She was among the core group of co-founders of the Civic Media Center in 1993. She wrote the following piece on the opening of the movie Selma that ran in the Gainesville Sun on Jan. 11, 2015, and we offer it in her memory .News of the historic movie Selma awakened strong memories of the time my husband and I spent with a black family there after the televised report of Bloody Sunday challenged American law We had the greatest respect for the Rev. Martin Luther Kings leadership, but we felt the ordinary black people who lived the harsh Political experts regard the Selma event as the critical turning point in a battle to preserve not only the American justice system, but also democracy itself. Jim Clarks forces, armed and on horseback, riding into the ranks of workers in the black vote protest group to prevent their crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge. The workers wanted to carry their cause to the Alabama capitol, Montgomery, to obtain greater public attention. We had come from our Chicago suburban home of Hinsdale to attend the funeral of the Rev. James Reeb, who died after Boston to help the black vote workers. national church call for both clergy and laity who were able to make the trip to come to the Reeb funeral. It was held in Brown Chapel, center of the black vote drive, with Dr. Martin Luther King giving the eulogy. King was preceded by numerous white American leaders of numbers of white people of all ages. Looking around the mixed race crowd, he said, Last week a black man was killed for trying to register a neighbor to vote. We held his service here, and black people from the community attended. But when it happens to one of their own, the whole white country turns out. We need to talk about this. At the end of the service, King announced that the city had given permission for the funeral attendees to march to City Hall to hang a memorial wreath for Reeb on the door. With King as leader we walked silently to our goal, past lines of men in dark suits, taking our pictures and busily writing in notebooks. We never knew who they were or who they represented. After King placed the wreath and spoke a few Be careful and stay out of the white community. For most of the white visitors, bed that night would mean a black offered us a bedroom in her home across the street from Brown In memory of Harriet Ludwig, activist, reporter Photo by Lara Neel/ Courtesty of The Gainesville Sun en abroad in part by economic austerity came #HomeToVote for a future Ireland that might once again be theirs. the referendum was called. Organizer Wendy Lyon said of that time, I distinctly remember saying that it would be about 20 years to get to the point that we are at now, which is just over ten years. But the campaign built slowly and steadily over that time, she said. There is no real point at which I think we can really say, OK, the campaign actually started. Certainly when the Citizens yes, we were going to have a referendum, but we were all a little bit afraid that then it was going to go to the Oireachtas Committee and the Oireachtas Committee was going to scale it back to an exceptional cases kind of thing. I suppose it was such a gradual referendum we all knew there was going to be a referendum. There was the trade union campaign to repeal the countrys anti-choice amendment, which began years ago with activists in Irelands labor movement pushing the trade unions to take a position on the Eighth. John Meehan, a longtime prochoice and trade union activist, points to unions like Mandate, which represents mainly women who work in shops, for their leadership on the issue, and to the combined union support for a survey called Abortion Is a Workplace Issue. The survey dug into the ways Irelands laws, which relegate most people who need abortion care to traveling to England or elsewhere, have affected women in the workplacefrom taking time off and needing doctors notes that are impossible to get services inaccessible. When groups of people just sat down and just talked about the issue, it was much more of a trade union issue than they conceived of in their little box, Meehan said. referendum. These days the Irish church isnt so strong and there is no evangelicals and the general ragtag and bobtail alliance that trying to turn back the tide everywhere. Abortion rights is a big issue for them. Sarah Jones at the New Republic pointed out the global networks role in sending campaigners to Ireland. BuzzFeed reported on the apps created for two anti-choice campaigns, LoveBoth and Save the Eighth, and the Washington, D.C. company that created them. The data given to these apps, it turns out, could These things are done kind of in a clever way, said Ryan. A lot of the organizations might have been funded by American money until the start of the referendum campaign. After that point, it is no longer legal to accept it, but they have had the branding over a long period of time. Then, certainly there were against regulations. The New York Times reported on the Irish referendum as a test for social media corporations ability to block ads that dont meet local regulations. when the Eighth Amendment was made lawthrough bomb threats, excommunication threats, through horror stories like the X case and the death of Savita Halappanavargot Ireland to this point. The remarkable thing about this campaignand it has been See LUDWIG, p. 20 See ABORTION, p. 20 From ABORTION, p. 17
JULY/AUGUST 2018, IGUANA P AGE 21 P AGE 20, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 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, years. ACT is the 2013 national Land Trust AlachuaConservationTrust.org Alachua County Green Party Part of a worldwide movement built out of four interrelated civil rights, environmental and labor movements. alachuagreens.weebly.com, alachuagreens@ Alachua County Labor Coalition meets monthly and organizes to support local labor and advance the national campaigns for 16th Ave., 2B, Gainesville, 32601 Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN) Clinic 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. American Civil Liberties Union Currently no local chapter. For info on forming a new chapter, Amnesty International Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) working to stimulate conservation action to save threatened species of birds in the southeastern 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 Marchers crossing University Avenue in Gainesville at the Rally for Families (AKA Families Belong Together) after leaving the City Hall Plaza. (See page 1.) Photo by Joe Courter D When we get to November, it reverts back to math again, and even if your ideal did not become a candidate, if you are sensible you move forward with practicality. Heres the rundown in my eye. U.S. Senate: Incumbent Bill Nelson will have some challengers in the primary, but the main event is in November, against Rick Scott. Florida Governor: We like Andrew Gillum in the primary. Philip Levine is also pretty progressive. Gwen Graham main U.S. Rep. District 3: Defeating Yoho is much desired. Dushyant Gosai, Yvonne Hinson Hayes and Tom Wells are in the primary as challengers. All three would be vast improvements in what will reign after the primary. 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 (and donations to rather conservative organizations), but again, high hopes for unity in November to defeat Perry. State Rep. District 21: here. As of now, there are two democrats in the primary, Jason Haeseler and Amol Jethwani. Amol is very active with Colprogressive vision. Jason is solid and picking up good endorsements. 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 will be a vast improvement, though Marihelen is more the activist and strong advocate. Randy has a strong backround and solid ideals as well. Interesting, the Republican brand is so toxic, a very well-funded conservative opponent named Scott Costello awaits the winner reason to believe the Wheeler and Wells teams wont unify, but Republican and Chamber of Commerce big money may muddy this up for November. Circuit Court Judge District 8 : Gail Walker has strong support from good people. County Judge Group 2: again, well regarded Attorney and track record. Alachua County District 4: Ken Cornell drew no challenger. Re-elected School Board District 1: Wed like Tina Certain to defeat inties in our community. Itll be work but needs to get done. School Board District 3 and 5:Gunnar Paulson and Rob Hyatt looking to be re-elected. Soil and Water Group 3: Not the most prominent position, but when an avowed white supremacist was facing no opposition, up stepped a young progressive woman to challenge. Vote for Kaithleen Hernandez. Vote! Make sure your friends understand its importance and that they vote. People died for their right to vote. It is the least you can do. Vote. DFrom ELECTIONS, p. 1 Subscribe $30/year wont do anything. And those who will? Well, they can only kill you once. We took a break to digest that one. I thought of the well-educated women in our very prosperous suburb who told me they would like to join the Fair Housing Group we had started but feared the social stigma it would place on their children. Then Beulah continued. After Bloody Sunday, Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference came in to help. Many white people (like Reeb) also began to arrive, as did other churches and From LUDWIG, p. 19 just plain citizens who were angry at the injustice TV made visible. Beulah thought another march was being planned, but a problem existed with the sion approval. She still believed black people would win the voting reform. Department of Justice gave King per mission to lead the successful march to Montgomery.There will be a memorial tribute to Harriet Ludwigs life planned in the future at a date yet to be determined. D The Friends of Susan B. Anthony will celebrate Womens This event, which began as an informal birthday party for Susan B. Anthony over 40 years ago, is now held in conjunction with the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. spirit of Susan B. Anthony. This year, Dr. Gwendolyn Zoversity of Florida, will be honored for her work for civil The featured speaker will be Dr. Lynn Leverty, Assistant Director, Academic Programs, Bob Graham Center for its importance. The luncheon will be held at the Wyndham Garden Confer For further information and reservations, please contact June Littler at email@example.com to www.fosba.com tickets will be sold at the door. Last years luncheon was sold out, so please make your reservations early. DWomen on the run Changing the face of Friends of Susan B. Anthony to celebrate Womens Equality Day said. One of the things in this campaign is that women have talked about that, women that have kept that silent for years have talked to their friends and family about that and about why the law needs to change. This whole silent underground campaign that is going on with women who are talking about their personal experiences under the law. And not just of abortion, because the Eighth Amendment also affects the care of women in every pregnancy. Even the longtime campaigners were shocked, and broke down in tears. DFrom ABORTION, p. 18 Event: Womens Equality Day Luncheon Where: Wyndham Garden Conference Center When: Saturday, August 25, 11:30 a.m. is unconscionable that our own government, a government of the people, by the people and for the people, is complict in subjecting our fellow humans beings to such profound trauma and abuse. We should be a beacon of hope to victims of violence and oppression around the world. Instead, we imprison children, separate families and return broken families to broken nations to struggle for survival. We and our time to demand change. We must demand that our elected representatives honor a code of basic human decency and if they do not we must elect those who will. In the meantime, Gainesville welcomes you. We will protect you and honor your right to exist free from fear We respect you as a together DMayor Lauren Poes statement at the Rally for Families on June 30, Depot Park
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The CWC welcomes new volunteers to get involved in a variety of ways, from performing Conservation Burial, Inc. promotes natural burial practices in cemeteries that conserve land firstname.lastname@example.org Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. Nonlandscapes, wildlife corridors and natural areas. Democratic Party of Alachua County Meetings held the second Wednesday each 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 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@ 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 midwiferyschool.org Florida Defenders of the Environment works to protect freshwater resources, conserve public Gainesville Area AIDS Project provides toiletries, household cleaners, hot meals, frozen food at no cost Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to Death Penalty works to abolish the death penalty. Join vigils when Florida has an execution. Meets 6pm fadp.org. 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 Gainesville Loves Mountains partners with Appalachian allies to end mountaintop removal sustainable future. We pursue policies to strengthen energy. email@example.com, Gainesville NOW www.gainesvillenow.org. info@gainesvilleNOW.org NOW meeting info 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 refor support or online at gainesvillerespite.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Gainesville Zen Center and Hostel A Zen Buddhist community offering rooms to rent on email@example.com Graduate Assistants United working conditions, community involvement ufgau.org, www.ufgau.org Grow Radio community members to create and manage engaging, educational, locally-generated programming to enrichment of the community. www.growradio.org. Home Van A mobile soup kitchen going to homeless areas twice a week with food and other operated by Citizens for Social Justice. barupa@ Humanist Society of Gainesville firstname.lastname@example.org. Humanists on Campus 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 Indivisible Gainesville* chapters of the national Indivisible movement, working to peacefully and systematically resist the Trump agenda. We are a group of local Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Gainesville General Membership Branch trade, job, or employment status. Meets 1st email@example.com 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 Move to Amend, Gainesville is an organization establish that money is not speech, and that only human beings have constitutional rights. Contact Alachua County Green Party for info. 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All meetings open to public. email@example.com or www.ncfawis.org Occupy Gainesville is about engaging local people in grassroots, participatory democracy, 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 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 Pride Community Center of North Central Florida GainesvillePride.org Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information about 2432, www.protectgainesville.org Putnam County Florida Democratic Party, S. Sixth St., Palatka For information on volunteer Quaker Meetinghouse year tradition of working peacefully for social justice. Silent, unprogrammed worship Sundays 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. TuesRiver Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding provides services like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. www. centerforpeacebuilding.org. 2603 NW 13th St. Rural Womens Health Project is a local health education oreganization developing materials promoting health justice for migrant and rural 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 Sister City Program of Gainesville links Gainesville with sister cities in Russia, Israel at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW www.gnvsistercities.org 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 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 (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 UF Pride Student Union UF Radical Student Alliance A progressive grassroots organization that strives to combat are transparency, democratic process, value of each members input, and ability of any member to assume a leadership role. Meetings at firstname.lastname@example.org. United Faculty of Florida, UF chapter Run represents over 1600 faculty and professionals protect academic freedom, defend civil liberties, United Nations Association, Gainesville Florida Chapter Purpose is to heighten citizen awareness and knowledge of global problems United Way Information and Referral Human-staffed computer database for resources 4636 or simply 211 Veterans for Peace Anti-war organization that raises awareness of the detriments of militarism and war as well as seeking peaceful WGOT-LP 100.1 FM Community low-power radio station operating as part of the CMC. email@example.com, www.wgot.org Womens March Gainesville meets on the secagenda information, please see are on the second Monday of each month, see www.hearourvoiceor email firstname.lastname@example.org. Together Lets build this peaceful movement together! 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P AGE 24, IGUANA, JULY/AUGUST 2018 Established 1986The 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 Articles from current and past issues since 1996, and PDFs since 2012 are available at www gainesvilleiguana.org (352) 378-5655 GainesvilleIguana@cox.net www .gainesvilleiguana.org facebook.com/gainesvilleiguana Comments, suggestions, contributions (written or contact us at: by Joe Courter The Civic Media Center and Stetson Kennedy Library Inc. is now the holder or so after going under the wing of the We are grateful to them for assisting the CMC during this period. Being volunteer-run, a few years ago the of the IRS paperwork on a couple of occasions, and there was no knowledge that this was severely frowned upon by the powers that be at Internal Revenue. Like, So now after some stewing and worry about what to do, some very helpful CMC has its own 501(c)3 again!consultation from Three Rivers Legal Services gave us a path to get back in the good graces of the IRS. And we are as of So lets celebrate with a brunch on Sunday, July 22, at 11am at the CMC! We will have food and drink, but you are welcome to bring an offering. This will be the last day the CMC is open for two weeks, allowing our coordinators time for a vacation and a new coat of Come get or renew your membership, get some summer reading or viewing off our shelves, socialize in the cool AC with our newly completed Fire Station next door. Tax-deductible contributions will of course be welcome. That is Sunday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 433 S. Main Street in Gainesville. D Where: 433 South Main St. When: Sunday, July 22, 11am-1pm Repurpose Project seeks volunteers community based effort to divert usethese items to the public for art and education, inspire creativity, and help us all rethink what we throw away. If you would like to be a part of this com Organizing, putting away donations Testing electronics Setting up a toy library Setting up a lending library Posting items on Craigslist Organizing Volunteers Cleaning and organizing the yard Finding community sponsors Promoting The Repurpose Project Organizing and leading workshops To volunteer, write info@ RepurposeProject.org or stop by 1920 NE 23rd Ave, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. D