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October 2008
Vol. 24, #1

The economic meltdown

and what to do about it

October 12- What a difference two
weeks makes!
In late September, Republicans in
Congress were laughing with scorn at
the Democrats for suggesting that the
U.S. government should buy stakes
in the banks to forestall an economic
meltdown. This strategy was derided as
"too European" and interventionist.

Now Federal Reserve Chair Ben
Bemanke, with pressure from foreign
powers, is dragging Treasury Secretary
Henry Paulson into doing just that.
Why? Right now banks won't lend
money to each other, or to anyone else.
They're too scared they won't get the
principal back-they fear any bank
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Member of SF 8
faces Florida charges
Harold Taylor, one of the San Francisco
8, is facing a bogus charge in Florida.
The SF 8 are former Black Panthers and
Black Panther supporters who have been
brought up on 4-decade old California
murder charges which at the time were
thrown out of court. The charges were
resurrected by prosecutors who still
want to get these men for their political
views and work. 'Taylor, finally released
on bond, is now facing another bogus
charge in Panama City, Florida.
Harold Taylor was arrested last,
December in Florida on a baseless
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Banks bonk...continued from page 1

might turn out to be a rotten shell. The
resulting "credit freeze" and has the
effect of bringing important economic
activity to screeching halt. Forecasting
looming disaster, the stock market has
become bipolar and skittish.

The panic has meant that even
conservatives are willing to cede some
control of private enterprises to the
government, at least for the moment.

Those of us disgusted with the system
should ask, why not nationalize the
banks permanently? They could be
operated in the public interest, like the
post office or the library, charging low
interestforloans, paying theirmanagers
decent but not crazy salaries, but most
importantly, not driven to make a profit
no matter the cost. It turns out that
would not be that expensive given that
we're having to shore them up when
they are periodically looted by their

This issue of the Iguana we print four
articles, including this one, related to
the economic crisis. We hope they
will be more clarifying than recent
news reports.

How did we get to this point?
We got to this point because, in the
words of United Mine Workers union
leader Cecil Roberts, "Too few people
have too much money." Inequality in
the U.S. is approaching that of 1900.
Indeed, economist Doug Henwood
compares our period to the Gilded
Age in his article which starts on page
8 of this issue. The richest 1% in the
U.S. have more wealth than the bottom
95%. This punishing disparity didn't
come about without struggle. It is
the result of sustained top-down class
warfare,notably advanced underCarter
when then-Federal Reserve chair Paul
Voicker moved to create unemployment
by pushing the federal funds rate up.
This created a recession we know now

as the "Reagan recession." Eleven
percent unemployment drove wages
down, and they've been smothered
ever since by a combination slashed
safety-nets and union-busting.

The right would like to blame the
economic crisis on people of modest
means who borrowed money to buy a
house but couldn't pay it back. But why
are our wages so low (and employment
so insecure) that we can't afford a
mortgage? Why are we going deeper
into debt to pay everyday bills? Why
do 20% of U.S. households have zeroor
negative net worth? All of these things
can be attributed to the decline in real

Progressive measures that
were unthinkable a year
ago sound reasonable now,
and we should push our
advantage while the wage-
slashers, union-busters
and credit-pushers are in

wages in the U.S. Our wages peaked
in the late 1960's and have been falling
since then, despite the fact that our
productivity has risen more than 50%
in the same period. Laws unfriendly
to unions mean that we haven't been
able to bargain higher wages. So even
though we've been very productive,
our pay has not reflected the wealth
we've created.

As an underpaid
we've turned to
borrowing to buy
the things we
need (housing,
health care, higher
education, lately
even food and
fuel). We've been
using credit cards,
taking out student

loans, and borrowing againstourhomes
becausee their value was supposed to
be going up, that seemed OK). But
workers' share of the money in the
U.S. is not big enough to sustain our
debt, never mind pay the interest rates
that mortgage companies charged
when low-interest mortgages reset to
higher-interest mortgages. ,When we
reached the breaking point, as millions
of families did in the last two years,
the banks that relied on our regular
payments broke down too. Financial
instruments which exaggerate both
gains and losses have amplified the
effect, but the basic problem remains
that we are not paid enough to buy the
products of our labor. Extending us
credit could only hide the problem for
solong. Foramuch more extensive and
thorough background to the crisis, see
Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch's article on
Znet: "The Current Crisis, A Socialist
Perspective," at: http://www.zmag.

Where did the money go?
The rich, who have been rolling in cash
due to our low pay, have been happy to
lend us money, since they can getareturn
on it. Much better than paying it to us
in wages! They've also been investing
it in financial markets, including
complicated insurance schemes which
they expected would protect their
investments. All the money sloshing
around tamed regulators and in many
cases meant lobbyists could extract
laxerlawsfrom apliantCongress. With
the repeal of regulation came more






and more fictional accounting which
allowedfirms to richly compensate their
high-flying CEOs and owners. Like
Enron, these firms looked profitable.
Why not reward that? So the money
went to make the very rich personally
very richer-resulting in a new gilded
age of $37 million apartments, $3
million birthday parties, $480,000
watches and $180,000 outfits, like
that worn by Cindy McCain at the
Republican convention. The rich
have not been taxed much (certainly
not nearly as much as they were in
past eras), so instead an underfunded
government has borrowed money from
them, going more deeply into debt.

When banks and insurance companies
started tofail, the "$700 billion bailout"
was an attempt to inject ready cash from
the U.S. Treasury into the remaining
banks so they wouldn't also go belly-
up and bring the economy down with
them. But people ask, where did the
money go? Much of the money was
already spent. Now it looks like the
promise of $700 billion isn't enough
to make private banks lend money to
each other. Both sides of the aisle now
agree that the government needs to buy
them, or significant portions of them,
to induce them to fulfill their lending
role. (More on the seriousness of the
crisis can be found on page 5, in an
interview with the Monthly Review's
John Bellamy Foster.)

How will all this affect everyday
The recession has hit us first. Indeed,
the last recession, the one that started
with Bush's first term, never really left
if you look at our wages. Now we're
feeling the effects as millions face
foreclosure and eviction or bankruptcy
from unemployment and health care
bills. The prices of food and fuel have
nearly doubled in the last 3 years,
whittling our savings down to nothing.
And retirement funds linked to the
stock market have lost 20% of their

value over the past year (not counting
recent stock market flailing), meaning
many people who hoped to retire
soon don't dare. When people put off
retirement that makes jobs scarcer, and
the general slowdown will amplify

It is not an exaggeration to say that
capitalism could bring us another
Great Depression. (Some felt the
Bush administration was crying wolf
to shove through the bailout, but it may
well turn out that the Administration
was too slow to take action on the crisis,
nottoohasty.) But more likely is along,
miserable recession. Neither scenario
automatically means our living
standards must be further destroyed,
however. Progressive measures that
were unthinkable a year ago sound
reasonable now, and we should push
ouradvantagewhilethe wage-slashers,
union-busters and credit-pushers are
in disarray.

Union folks, progressives and people
who care about justice can (indeed,
for our own survival, must) demand a
major rearrangement of the priorities
of our government. These should be
timed at blunting the blow of economic
the downturn and increasing workers'
share of the national wealth. After all,
it's the gap between the rich and the
rest of us that's largely responsible for
bringing our economy to a standstill.

Here are a few ideas:
--stop evictions; let people pay what
they can.
--guarantee unemployment benefits
that don't run out
--raise the minimum wage to 1968
levels ($9.50 in 2007 dollars)
--make it easier to form and join a
--tax the rich and-corporations as way
of recovering some of the recent loot
--institute national health insurance for
everyone-health care costs are the
leading cause of family bankruptcy

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--rewrite bankruptcy laws to work
for everyday people not credit card
--rebuild and repair our infrastructure,
putting people to work in good public
--dedicate public funds to sustainable
alternative energy with low carbon
--build and fund public housing
and cooperative housing instead
of promoting expensive mortgages
and "home-ownership" as a way to

What about the elections?
Barack Obama and the Democrats have
cautiously supported some of these
measures some of the time. Much
of this support has been half-assed or
absent when it mattered. And it's true
that the crisis has been a bipartisan
creation, long in the making. However,
if we want a legislature and executive
branch we can push, a big mandate for
an Obama administration and a large
Democratic majority in both houses
of Congress will give us a fighting
chance. A Democratic victory would
also allow us to see that Democrats are
not enough, we need an explosively
growing grassroots movement ,of
working peopleof all colors toforce our
leaders to confront this crisis. Under
Republicans, we'll continue to be fed
the line that we just need Democrats in
power, and the Democrats will continue

What can we expect with a McCain-
Palin administration, with its half-
baked, pro-rich economic platform and
profoundly militarist "us against the
world" ideas? We're getting a taste.of
where they're going when we witness
their appeals to white voters on the
basis of racism and fear-mongering.
At McCain and Palinm rallies, people
are rightly upset about the situation,
but they're led by the candidates to
blame Barack Obama, yelling 'kill
him' when Obama's name is mentioned
in association with former Weather

Underground figure Bill Ayers,
volunteering that Obama's an Arab,
that they fear for their lives if he's
elected president, and that the country
is going 'socialist.'

The McCain-Palin campaign and its
right-wing supporters on talk radio
and Fox News are trying to widen the
fault lines in American on the basis
of race, sex, religion and culture. If
we allow ourselves to become divided
along these lines in the middle of a
depression, we won't stand a chance
to get the things we need. We already
see the outlines of fascist ideology,
where people blame immigrants or
Black people or Arabs or feminists
or trade unions or socialists because
their future has suddenly become so
uncertain. A disaster, economic or any
other kind, can be endured only if we
stand together and defend each other.
We saw examples, both good and bad,
in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Cynthia McKinney (Green Party)
and Ralph Nader are each on the
ballot for president in Florida, and, as
expected, have much better platforms
than the Democrats. McKinney, in
particular, is an appealing choice-as
a Georgia Congresswoman she bravely

stood against the war and the Bush
Administration's attacks on human
rights and civil liberties. However, she
is polling at less than 2%. Florida is
likely to be very close in this election.
We live in a big state with a lot of
electoral votes at stake. Floridians
should think strategically when we vote.
If the election is close enough to steal,
the Republicans will steal it. Let's not
give them that chance. Their tactics
are clear from recent years: In areas
they control, they throw away votes,
challenge Black and Democratic voters,
engage in voting machine chicanery,
and use intimidation and lies.

Even if the election seems that it will
easily be won by Obama, it's sadly
possible that some white Floridians
will not vote for Obama because of his
race, even though they tell pollsters they
will. So the election may turn out to be
closer than we expect, which is another
reason not to sit this one out.

But this election, even if there is an
unprecedented Democratic sweep, is
not going to be the answer. After the
election, the hard work begins.
Jenny Brown

Anger at Wall Street bankers was manifested at a picket in September.



Can the financial crisis be reversed?

Whatfollows is an interview of Monthly
Review editor John Bellamy Foster for
Pagina/12 (Argentina)

Pagina/12: What is your opinion about
the decision of theTreasury Department
to consider taking ownership stakes in
many United States banks? Do you
strategy? I mean, will it lead to the
recovery of the system?

JBF: TheTreasury Department proposal
to purchase majority shares in major
U.S. banks (the extent of this is still
not clear) is, in a U.S. context, an act
of sheer desperation, following a whole
series of increasingly desperate actions.
It signals that the crisis is out of control.
The standard operating procedure
whenever there is a major credit crisis
is to activate the lender of last resort
function and for the central bank to
flood the economy with liquidity, while
bailing out large financial and economic
institutions that threaten to bring down
the whole ship. Since the publication
in 1963 of Milton Friedman and Anna
Schwarz's A Monetary History of the


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United States, most U.S. economists
have come to believe that the Great
Depression was a result of the failure
to open up the monetary floodgates
when necessary; that it had little to
do with the real economy. All of the
prevailing notions of how to deal with
a financial/economic crisis grew out
of this. This is the tradition that Ben
Bernanke, the current Federal Reserve
Board chairman, comes out of. Itmeant
'dealing with the problem primarily in
monetary/interest rate/price terms.

But in the face of this massive financial
crisis, now 14 months old, and rapidly
morphing into what looks like a full-
scale debt deflation on the order of
the Japanese meltdown/stagnation in
the early 1990s-even threatening
to turn into a new Great Depression
on the scale of the 1930s-the U.S.
government is bailing like mad with
bigger and bigger buckets, and trying
absolutely everything it can think
of. It has poured hundred of billions
of dollars, and is prepared to pour
trillions of dollars more, into bailing
*out the financial sector (witness the


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Treasury Department's $700 billion
bailout plan, and the Federal Reserve
Board's declaration that it will be the
buyer of last resort for the commercial
paper market, to the full amount of $1.3
trillion). The lender of last resort has
changed into the buyer of last resort
on a huge scale. An array of tools has
been unleashed to combat the crisis
of a kind and of a magnitude scarcely
even imagined before. Just the other
day central banks across the world
cut interest rates basically in tandem.
Nothing has worked. The meltdown
has continued. The financial contagion
is spreading globally, with all of
Europe and now Japan caught in the

It is only in thesedire circumstances that
theUnited States, whereprivateproperty
is more sacrosanct probably than
anywhere else in the world, is talking
about some kind of nationalization of
banks, if only limited. In financial
circles they are now calling this "regime
change," borrowing the term of course
from a different context. But it is clear
what it means: the end of neoliberalism,
and the rise of aggressive government
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this is not a liquidity crisis that can
be solved by pouring more money
into financial markets or by lowering
interest rates. What difference does a
reduction in rates make for a borrower
who could not obtain a loan at a higher
rate and now cannot obtain a loan at a
lower rate? There's a lot of dollars out
in the financial world, the problem is
that those who own the dollars are not
willingtolend them to those whocannot
be certaintopaythem back -- and that's
just about everyone who needs the
dollars. Thisisasolvency crisis, where
the balancesheetcapital of theU.S. and
U.K. financial institutions -- and many
othersintheirsphereof influence--has
been wiped out by the declining value
ofthe loans (and securitized loans) they
own, their assets. As an accounting
matter they are insolvent.

Will it work? Can they avoid a massive
devaluation of capital across the board?
Idoubtit. It islikely toolate to stabilize
things in this way. Things have gone
too far. The crux of the matter is that
the whole "Atlantic" economy is in
trouble, not just the financial sector.
Consumptioniscollapsinginthe United
States, where it represents more than
two thirds of total demand, and a good
part of world demand. Fifteen percent
of the population is under water with
their mortgages. Real wages in the
'United States have not risen since the
1970S and people are deeply in debt
and their circumstances are eroding.
Unemployment is way up and jobs are
vanisdhing. Wheretheproductivebaseof

the economy is weakening drastically, a
falling financial superstructure, finding
the ground shifting underit, is unlikely
to be able to right itself.

As for the politics of nationalization of
banks in the U.S. and U.K., one should
not confuse this, as is all too common,
with socialism or even radicalism,
unless one is talking about socialism for
the rich. This is just another desperate
stop-gap measure aimed at preventing a
full-scale debt deflation. But as a sign
of the total collapseof the"U.S. model"
of "free market" finance capitalism,
the moral and political consequences
are vast.

Pagina/12: Which sort of policies
should the government implement to
sort out this crisis, extending beyond
the financial market?

JBF: I don't think anyone knows how
to "sort out" or stop this crisis. What
we are seeing is a lot of improvising
while the house is falling down around
us. There is no possibility of avoiding a
very severe worldeconomiccrisisat this
point; theobject has shifted to avoiding
a deep debt deflation as in the 1930s.
We are facing one of the great crises in
the history of capitalism; nothing this
bad has been seen in advanced capitalist
world in eighty years, since the Great
Depression itself.

. My own view is that the sole object at
this point-- though it is hard to imagine
.this in the United States at present

due to the weakness of labor and of
working-class organizations in general
-- should be to reorganize social and
economic priorities to meet the needs
of those at the bottom. It is a fact that
the U.S. economy over decades has
drastically weakened the conditions
of the wider population, which is at
the root of the whole problem. So
addressing those conditions is the real
key. But even if that were not the case,
the goal of those who identify with the
great majority of the population, with
the working class, the .propertyless,
the poor, should be clear: to put the
employment, food, nutrition, housing,
health, education, environmental
conditions of those at base of society
first. This is simple humanity and
justice. Why flood the financial world
(which means first and foremost the
rich, the near-rich, and corporations)
with trillions of dollars ultimately at
taxpayerexpense, probably to no avail,
when something might be done for the
greater population? Marx said, in one
of his ironic moments, that the only part
of the national wealth that was held in
commfion amongst all the people was
the national debt. If the wealth is not
shared, why should the public take on
more debt, supporting the opulence at
the top while the great majority of the
people are seeing their basic conditions
deteriorate? Let the system take care of
itself; let us devote our public resources
to the people. More good would be
accomplished that way. Of course
what this means is a reactivation of
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we haven't really seen in the United
States in a long time. I ended a lecture
recently by saying that the working
class in the United States could learn
a lot from how class struggles have
been waged in the streets in Argentina.
You may think your working class [in
Argentina] has not accomplished all
that much, but from our perspective
things look different.

Pagina/12: Do you think it is necessary
to change the regulation of the financial
system or sector to solve the crisis?

JBF: If you mean by regulations, placing
more limits on the financial system, it
certainly will happen in the future after
the economy settles down to whatever
level it will end up at. But no real
regulations will beimposed now during
the height of a financial meltdown.
The Federal Reserve and Treasury
Department in the United States and the
other branches of the government, and
of course othergovernments as well, are
doing everything they can to combat a
more catastrophic financial meltdown,
including getting the printing presses
going (this is ametaphorof course these
days since now it is done electronically)
in order to pour liquidity and capital
into the system. Beyond that they
want to "restore confidence," which
is code for increased risk-taking. The
goal is to get the "animal spirits," as
Keynes called them, going again. To
inflate the financial system they are
reducing, not increasing, regulations
at the present moment; and that is how

the state authorities always respond to
a financial crisis. They have no choice
as long as they represent the interests
of capital. Imposing tough regulations
would make things worse for financial
interests that find everything closing in
on them at present. The goal is to get
money flowing again. So the answer
is that for the moment at least any real
reregulation is not in the cards.

The truth is the advanced capitalist
system has been dependent on a process
of financialization (the increase in
the financial superstructure relative
to the "real economy") as the main
means of combating the stagnation
of production and investment for
decades now -- beginning in the 1960s,
but accelerating in the 1980s, and
accelerating still more in the 1990s. It
is the underlying tendency to stagnation
rooted in exploitation and inequality
that is the root problem. (This was
brilliantly and relentlessly explained
in a long series of articles by Monthly
Review editors Harry Magdoff and Paul
Sweezy from the 1960s to the 1990s.)
Financialization, the blowing of one
bubble after another (ideologically
justified by neoliberalismm, was offered
as the solution to stagnation in the real
economy. It was this thatmainly spurred
economic growth in the United States
and elsewhere at the center of the system
given the stagnation of investment in
new productive capacity (held down
by existing overcapacity). Ultimately,
however, there was no "solution" other
than the wiping out of capital: "the real

barrier to capitalist production," Marx
wrote, "is capital itself."

We are once again up against that real
barrier. Hence the issue of regulation/
deregulation/reregulation is, at this
point, immaterial -- at least if one is
talking about new restraints on capital
as a solution to the immediate problem.
Restabilization of capitalism requires
what has always been the saving
function of crises: a vast amount of
existing capital must be extinguished
to enable a smaller surviving amount
to begin again the process of blind,
crazed accumulation. But the real-
world suffering that would accompany
such a massive"devaluation of capital"
-- the lost jobs, housing, self-respect,
and the misery, even starvation, which
would follow on a global scale today
-- would mean the end of the U.S.
model of capitalism, since the rest of
the world would never accept such a
result. What we need and must fightfor
is real regime change: that is a socialism
for the 21st century.

John Bellamy Foster is editor of
Monthly Review. This is the full text
of the interview with Foster conducted
by Pagina/12 (Argentina).. A shorter
version of this interview will appear
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ACORN's response to
McCain's smear ad

ACORN President Maude Hurd
released the following statement
today in response to the McCain
campaign's new ad claiming that,
among other things, ACORN is
responsible for the mortgage crisis:

"For almost a.decade, ACORN, a
community organization of 400,000
families in neighborhoods across the
country, has been fighting against the
predatory lending practices that have
robbed our members of their homes,
destabilized neighborhoods, and
roiled the global economy."

"In his newest ad, John McCain's
campaign bizarrely claims, "ACORN
forced banks to issue risky home
loans, the same types of loans that
caused the financial crisis we're in
today." Nothing could be further
from the truth. In fact, ACORN has
worked successfully to help working
class families get good home loans
on fair terms from legitimate banks
and has fought vigorously against
predatory lenders who have ripped
off families in our communities.
These predatory loans caused the

"For more than a decade, ACORN
members have held protests,
released reports, and advocated for
regulations to protect homeowners
from predatory lenders. ACORN
organizers and volunteers have
been working day and night to
help victims of the GOP economic
meltdown to save their homes from
foreclosure. In fact, ACORN has

brought class action lawsuits against
several predatory lenders, and has
lobbied the Federal Reserve and
Congress in support of regulations
against predatory lending. ACORN
has even been successful in
convincing many lenders to treat
homeowners more fairly and help
families be able to make their
mortgage payments and save their

"Unfortunately, the Bush
administration and Congressional
Republicans like John McCain have
blocked the sensible regulations that
ACORN and others proposed that


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would have averted the mortgage
meltdown. If John McCain thinks
that community organizers caused
the foreclosure crisis, he knows
even less about the economy than
previously thought."

"John McCain and the Republicans
are desperately trying to shift the
blame for the economic crisis
they caused with a philosophy of
deregulation and indifference to
homeowners. All the grainy footage
and creepy music in the world can't
cancel out some simple, basic facts,
and the facts about the economy are
not on John McCain's side."




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Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Grassroots,
cross-cultural theater at 619 S. Main St. (Baird
Ctr). Info: 375-1321;

Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless
and Hungry Meets 3rd Wednesdays, St Francis
House, 9 am;, 378-0460.

Alachua County Labor Party Just Health Care
committee works on universal health care; P.O.
Box 12051, Gainesville 32602; 375-2832.

Alachua County NAACP Meets 4th Thursdays,
1105 NW 5th Ave. Info: Michael Bowie, 392-
9196, ext. 21.

All-African People's Revolutionary Party Pan-
. African socialist party working for African libera-
tion worldwide. 352-514-7364 email poorvida@

American Civil Liberties Union ACLU defends
Bill of Rights; board meetings open to public, 3rd
Wednesday, 7 pm, SFCC Downtown boardroom.
Info: 338-7727; PO Box 1534, Gainesville 32602.

Amnesty International Gainesville chapter of
worldwide human rights movement; UFAmnes-

Animal Activists of Alachua Raising awareness
of animal exploitation semi-monthly meetings;

Asian Student Union Umbrella organization
including Chinese, Filipino, Korean & Vietnamese
student groups; contact 392-1665 x 325

Black Student Union Organization of African-
American students at UF: 392-1665, ext 321.

Books for Prisoners Meets Mondays, 7 pm, at
Books, Inc; PO Box 12164, Gainesville 32602;

Bridges Across Borders Fla-based international
collaboration of activists, artists, students &
educators supporting cultural diversity & global

Campus Am. Civil Liberties Union Defends
personal freedoms & civil rights. Info: caclu@

Campus Counterpoise Collective-based club
dedicated to alternative media & perspectives;

Central Labor Council of N. Central Florida
Representing the working people of affiliated
unions in 13 Fla counties. Info: 352-372-6888.

Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syn-
drome Support Network 352-281-8244.

Civic Media Center Reading room & library
of the non-corporate press, 1021 W. Univ. Ave;, Mon-Th., 2-6 Fri & Sat. Info: 373-0010;

Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-led
grassroots peace & social justice movement uti-
lizing creative protest, non-violent direct action,
and community involvement; contact jacque@

Communist Party USA, Marxist-Leninist party
of the working class founded 1919. Florida
District P.O. Box 7664, St. Petersburg, FL 33734

Community Coalition Against War & Terror-
ism Gainesville's umbrella peace group. Meets
at Wilhelmina Johnson Center, 321 NW 10th St,
6 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month. 377-

Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. A non-
profit land trust working to protect Florida's
rural landscapes, wildlife corridors, and natural
areas. P.O. Box 134, Micanopy, FL 32667, 352-

CopyNight Gainesville Monthly social meetup
for people interested in copyright reform. All
ages. Artists, lawyers, technologists especially
welcome,, gainesville@

Critical Resistance Working on issues of pris-
ons & prisoner rights; www.criticalresistance.
org or call 338-1140.
P.O. Box 13761, Gainesville, 32604

Cultural Arts Coalition Promoting educational
qnd cultural activities in Gainesville's African-
American community for over 15 years. Contact
Nkwanda Jah, 372-0216.

Democratic Party Center of Alachua County
Open 12-3, M-Th. and 12-6 Friday at 901 NW
8th Ave., Suite A-3 (blue door) 373-1730.

Democracy for America Howard Dean-in-
spired PAC for progressive politics, networking.

The Dignity Project Inc. Non-profit that
provides the economically disadvantaged with
vehicles and computers. Low cost vehicles
available for purchase also. 371-6792

Drinking Liberally social networking group
for moderate and left-leaning individuals.
Promoting Democracy One Pint at a Time 4th
Wednesday at Brophy's Irish Pub 7-9pm. www.

Edible Plant Project Local collective to create
a revolution through edible and food-producing
plants. 665-2094.

Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice State-
wide organization; PO Box 336, Graham, FL
32042;; 352-468-3295.

Florida Defenders of the Environment
Restore the Ocklawaha and preserve Florida's
other natural resources; 378-8465, www.flade-

Iguana Directory

Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.



Florida Free Culture UF student group promot-
ing cultural participation, public interest intellec-
tual property policy.

Florida Military Families Speak Out Speaking
out against the war in Iraq. 352-379-2710. P.O.
Box 142271, Gainesville, 32614

Fla School of Traditional Midwifery Clearing-
house for information, activities & educational
programs. Info: 338-0766.

Food Not Bombs Direct action group to redis-
tribute food to hungry. Food prep. Saturday
12-2pm, serves food at 2:30, downtown plaza

Frontrunners Active group for gays, lesbians
& friends; meet for run/walk Sundays &
Wednesday (call for time), Thomas Center. Info:

Gainesville Area AIDS Project Dedicated to
funding social events for people infected and
affected by HIV/AIDS; events, drop-in center

Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the
Death Penalty Meets 1st Tuesday of month at
St. Augustine's Hurley House, 6 pm; info: 378-
1690, PO Box .13024, Gainesville 32604.

Gainesville Community Alliante Socially
oriented group for gays, lesbians, bis & friends.
Info: 373-3557;

Gainesville-Cuba Friendship Network Local
group opposing embargo & promoting normal-
ized relations with Cuba; info: 386-418-3791.

Gainesville International Dance Party
Dance to a different beat! Every,Friday night,
from 8 11 PM, at 308 W. University. http:// or 359 2903. Learn dances from
around the world. Instruction at all levels; for all
ages. $5; $3 for students.

Gainesville Women's Liberation The first
women's liberation group in the South, formed in
1968. Teaches radical feminist ideas and theory
through consciousness-raisings, speakouts,
actions, community classes, the Redstockings
Women's Liberation Archives for Action, and
the Judith Brown Endowment Scholarship. (352)

Gator Freethought an atheist, agnostic &
freethinking student association, http://www.

Gator Gay-Straight Alliance Anti-discrimina-
tion organization at

Gator NAACP To inform youth on problems
affecting blacks & minorities, and develop
intelligent & militant youth leadership; naacp@

Gay Switchboard Referral line Mon-Fri, 3-7
pm, Saturday 12-4 pm. Info: 377-8915.

GI Rights Hotline Advising military
personnel & recruits on service-related issues:

Graduate Assistants United Represents all UF
grad assistants. Fighting for improved working
conditions, community involvement, and aca-
demic freedom. 238 Norman Hall, 392-0274.

Green Party Meeting times & places vary.386-

Greening UF Advocating campus sustainability
through waste reduction & recycling; 273-1174;

Habitat for Humanity Building low-income
homes in Alachua County; Sat. work days. Info:

Harvest of Hope Foundation Distributes emer-
gency and educational financial aid to migrant
farmworkers and their families across the country.
Philip Kellerman, 352-372-1312 or

Hemlock Society Local chapter of right-to-die
organization; info: 373-9732.

Human Rights Awareness on Campus wolf@

Human Rights Council of N.C. Fla Not-for-
profit educational organization dedicated to
fighting bigotry & anti-gay propaganda. Info:

Humanist Society of Gainesville Monthly
discussion group on variety of topics. Info: 373-

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Local
union currently organizing grocery and restaurant
workers. Contact
Joe at 352-246-2240.

Interweave Gay/les/bi & allies educational &
support group, based at Unitarian Fellowship.
Info: 377-1669.

Gator Linux Users Meets to support "open -
software," a free alternative to proprietary ap-
plications imposed by the Microsoft monopoly.
Visit, email
or call 373-0023.

Mahogany Revue Regional black newspaper:

"Mama Raga" Lesbian identified newsletter at
PO Box 141674, G'ville, FL 32614. mamaraga_ or

Matagalpa Sister City Project Info: Robin,

Nakba 48 Advocacy group for Palestinian

National Lawyers Guild Dedicated to basic and
progressive change in the structure of our political
and economic system. The Guild works locally,
nationally and internationally as a political and
social force in the service of the people. Meets
first Thursdays of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at
UF Law School. Info: 514-2955.

National Organization for Women
Campus NOW: email
Gainesville Area NOW: for meeting info, -

contact Lori at 380-9934.
Judy Levy NOW: for meeting info, contact
Laura Bresko 332-2528.


North Florida Friends of Progressive Radio
Tune in to: "America Left, powered by Air
America Radio," on XM Satellite channel 167.
Also: "Sirius Left" on Sirius Satellite channel
146 for more liberal talk.through the Nova M
Radio network. North Florida e-newsletter:

North Florida Homeschoolers Association

Pax Christi Local chapter of national Catholic
peace & justice movement; supports local
Catholic Worker House. 271-6941

Peace Alliance. Advocating the principles of
non-violence through education and conflict
resolution in the community and nationally.
Campaining for a U.S. Department of Peace.
Info: 337-5126.

Planned Parenthood Clinic
Full service medical clinic for reproductive
and sexual health care needs. Now offering
free HIV and free pregnancy testing daily from
9-1 am and 1-4pm. 914 NW 13th Street 352-

Pride Community Center of North Central
Florida at 3131 NW 13th St, ste 62. Resources
for the gay/lesbian community, open M-F, 3-7,
Sat. noon-4pm.

Rural Women's Health Project Local health
education organization developing materials
for migrant & rural women on health, AIDS &
empowerment. Info: 372-1095.

Sierra Club Meets first-Thursdays, 7:30 pm
at UF Entomology & Nematology Building,
Room 1035. Info: 371-1991.

Solar City meets Thursdays at noon at Books,
Inc. to discuss alternative energy.

Stonewall Democrats educating our fellow
Democrats about issues important to the GLBT
community. Meets 2nd Thursdays 5:45 pm at
the Alachua County Democratic Party Center
(901 NW 8 Ave., Suite A-3) http://stonewall-

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
meet Mondays at 6:00 pm at Civic Media Cen-

Students Making Trade Fair uffairtrade@

Students Organizing for Justice & Action
Student led coalition at UF supporting goals
& practice of affirmative action: listserv at

Students for a Human Society Dedicated to
fostering improvement of the human condition
as a central theme in student life. www.stu-

Sustainable Alachua County For more info,
call: 318-1218.

UF Pride Student Union A group of gay,
lesbian, bi and straight students & non-students,
faculty and staff. Info: 392-1665, ext. 310; 310
E JWRU, Gainesville FL 32611; http://sg.ufl.

United Nations Association Info: 378-1560.

United Way 2-1-1 is an information & referral
service that links people with questions to re-
sources with answers, using community database.
To give or get help call 2-1-1 or 332-4636. www.

Vegetarian Events A non-profit educational
organization in Alachua County. Info: 386-454-

Veg-4-Life Vegan Potluck. First Saturday of
each month, 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship.
Info: 375-7207.

Veterans for Peace Meet monthly. Info: 375-
2563 or PO Box 142562, Gvl, FL 32614; www.

Virgil Hawkins Pre-Law Society whiterozl4@

Volunteers for International Student Affairs
(VISA) Umbrella organization of international
students & ethnic minorities at UF. 392-1665

Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood Local
chapter dedicated to educating the community
about threats to reproductive & sexual rights and

WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community low-power sta-
tion operating as part of the Civic Media Center.
Email: or

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Radi Jacksonville's public radio station has
RaioU NPR talk during the day it's located
Notes:. at 89.9 on the FM dial:
Weekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane Rehm (interview
& call-in); noon-1 pm: Terry Gross, Fresh Air; 1-2
pm: Day to Day host Alex Chadwick; 2-4 pm: Talk
Sof the Nation. Terry Gross's Fresh Air repeats at 7 pm.
Check out This American Life,
Saturday 2 pm, Sundays 1 pm
(repeat); reception better towards
east side of town.
Hey, Vwest G'ville WUFT-FM (89.1) now broadcasts
WGOT low-power FM on the air Fresh Air, noon, Mon-Fri; also
- tune in at 94.7 (see grid, pg 18: Alternative Radio now airs at 6:30
email pm on Mondays.




26 XXY is Hipp film (Spain,
2008), runs 24th-30th.
Doug Clifford Sundays, 9-10
am; WSKY-97.3's one, hour of
loAr ft tlk- e~r wfSeek/

20 Early Voting Begins 9 am.
at Elections office, Tower
Rd & Millhopper branch libraries.
Alt. Radio: Michael Parenti,
"Contrary Notions", WUFT-FM,
6:30 pm.
Mesumura Yasuzo retrospective at
Hipp Cinema, 7 pm; continues, 27th.
World of Buckminster Fuller:
CMC film, 8 pm.



S'1 Anti-war sign-hold-
ing at 34th St &
Archer Rd, 4-6 pm.
Alachua County Demo-
crats with Disabilities meet
at Dem HQ, 901 NW 8th
Ave, 6:30 pm.
School Board meets 1st &
3rd "rues, 7 pm, 620 E. Univ.
Risk Cinema, Ham, 7:30 pm.


'4 County Farmers'
UL Mkt on N 441 by
Hwy Patrol Tues/ Thurs/
Sat, 8 am-noon.
Alachua County Commis-
sion meets 2nd & 4th
Tuesday, 9 am: citizens
comment, 9:30 am.
Anti-war sign-holding 2nd
& 4th Tuesdays at Univer-
sity Ave & 13th St; 4:-6 pm.


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meetup, 7-9 p
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27 Anti-war protests in
Melrose, Mons, 5-6 pm,
corner of State Rds 26 & 21.
Alt. Radio: Tom Hayden on "Move-
metts & Machiavellians", 6:30 pm,
Independent Intervention (docu- .
mentary on alternative media) is
CMC film, 8 pm.
Evolution vs Creationism debate,
Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom, 8 pm;
s nnnsnored hvby Accent: free.

2 Alachua County
8 Comm., 9:30 am.
Anti-war sign-holding,
2nd & 4th Tues, Univ. &
Alachua County Labor
Party meets: 6:30 pm, 618
NW 13th Ave showing
HBO movie Recount; info,
Risk Cinema, Ham, 7:30
om. "

29 Early a
-' recoml
election-day 1
Open Mike M
Wednesday a!
Live Music at
behind Satchel
23rd Ave, We(
6-9 pm; info,

2 Hipp film TBA, runs Fla Free Speech Forum: 4 Last Chance 5 Veterans
3 1st-6th. Prof. Joe Little on amendments to VOTE! 7pm: call
Micanopy Fall Harvest Fest to Fla constitution; 6:30 pm, t location.
continues, 10 am-5 pm. WIJFT-FM. Iguana election picks on pg
10th annual Gram Parsons On the Line (documentary on US 19.
tribute concert, free at Down- Army School of Americas & its Anti-war sign-holding, .e
town Plaza.____ graduates' human rights abuses) is 34th St & Archer Rd, 4-6
Day of the Dead celebration at CMC film, 8 pm. pm.
Alternatives, 4203 NW 16th Blvd. School Board meets Ist &
9 Hipp film TBA,, runs 10 Al Radio: voices from 11 Anti-war sign-hold- Know
7th-I 3th. Winter Soldier 2008 (Iraq ing 2nd & 4th Tues, -I-- panel d
Downtown Arts Festival vets testify): 6:30 pm, WUFT-FM. Univ. & 13th, 4-6 pm. rights of the ho
continues, 10-5 pm. Humanists meet, SFCC Down- "Picking Up the Pieces" time tba; co-sp
town conf room, 7 pm. severely wounded Iraq vets Lawyers Guild
Deadline for Latin-American Studies Film discuss living in the less Commissic
IGUANA Deadline for Series: Will the Revolution Sur- aftermath of war: WUFT- Democratic Ei
Nov-Dec issue is Nov 8th, vive? Hipp Cinema, 7 & 9 pm. FM, 6:30 pm. meets, 7 pm, C
SN e s8 Vietnam- American Holocaust sion mtg room.
advertisements, group (documentary on planning &
updates & info. J human costs of war on Vietnam) is

9 n Search of a Midnight
Kiss (US, 2007) is Hipp
film, runs 17th-23rd.
Butterfly Fest, Fla Museum of
Natural History, Sat-Sun, 10 am-
5 pm: kid-friendly, live music:
Sweetwater Unitarian Univer-
salists mget at Civic Media Ctr,
10:30 am, Ist & 3rd Suns.
Gandhi Study Group 3rd-
Sunday meeting at Holy Trinity
Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St,
3-5 pm. _
Human Rights Film Festival
19th-23rd (times vary), films &
speakers: Reitz Union Cinema

5 Freei
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Planned Pare
NW 13th St,
Wed; also at
NW 6th St, 4
Thurs; info: 3
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"The Next Pi
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confidential walk-
I testing at
ithood clinic, 914
> am-noon, every
'ride Ctr, 1107
-7 pm on lst & 3rd
farmers' Market
town Plaza, 4-7 pm.
-esident: A World

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' Solar City meets at Books
1 I nc, noon on Thursdays.
CMC Volunteers meeting, 5:30
pm. v
Sam Pacetti in Concert at
Thomas Ctr for CMC's 15th, 8
pm; $12 adv/15 door; see pg 21.
Open Poetry every Thurs at
CMC, 9:30 pm: Gvl's longest-
running poetry jam, open to all;
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.

__________ J.

y ends Library
ale, noon-6 pm.
lerally" 4th
Dcial networking
mn at Brophy's
id St.
tance, Books Inc,
! pm.
will continue
st; times vary: for
pg 19.

S3 United Nations Day at
Gvl Woman's Club, 9
am-1 pm; lunch, $10.
CMC Volunteers meet, 5:30 pm.
CCAWT meets, 6 pm, WJ Ctr.
Hotel Cafe Tour at Common
Grounds: multiple solo artists.
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
Oktoberfest at Hipp Cinema:
beer tasting, 10:30 pm; new
scamr movie. 11:30 om: $10.

' Books for Prisoners book-
packing parties at Wayward
Council, 807 W. University Ave).
6-9 pm; for info, call 870-4006.
"Local Media Criticism & Solu-
tions" panel discussion at Civic
Media Ctr, 7:30 pm; see pg 21.
An Triur at Let's Go Downtown
Free Fridays plaza series, 8-10 pm.
Building Rockets & Lars Din at
Tim & Terry's.
Wild Words at Wild Iris, 8 pm.

24 UF Homecoming: Gator
SGallop & Homecoming
Parade, 11:30 am-2 pm; Gator
Growl & fireworks after dark.
Bo Diddley Tribute Concert at
Let's Go Downtown Free Fridays
plaza series, 8-10 pm.


18 Friends of Library Book
Sale opens 9 am, 430 N.
Main St: bring boxes.
Food Not Bombs food prep, noon-2
pm; serving Wednesdays, 7 pm;
Saturday, 3:30 pm; info:
Hogtown Progressive Picnic
Potluck, Westside Park, noon-4 pm;
hosted by MoveOn, open to all.
Pride Parade, I pm, followed by
Pride Festival at Dntn Plaza, 2-9 pm.
Latino Film Festival: Dance of My
Heart, 2 pm, Hipp Cinema.
Harriet Ludwfig''s-urviving the
Summer" potfuck party, Wil. John-
son Ctr, 321 NW 10th St, 3-6 pm.
Civic Media Center i5th Anniver-
sary party, 6-8 pm; Political Poetry,
8-10 pm; music, 10-midnight: see
article, pg 21.

25 UF Football vs Kentucky.
Women's Dance Extravaganza at
Pride Center, 7 pm-midnight, $20:
benefits Mania Raga newsletter.

voting highly CMC Volunteers meet, 31 Critical Mass Bike Ride, Micanopy Fal Har-
ended to avoid 0 5:30 pm. 3 pm from Plaza of Americas. N v 1 vest Festival, 9-5.
ies: see pg 19. Homecoming satirical anti- Art Walk Downtown every last Kaleidoscope Festival, downtown
usic Nights on war zombie movie shown at Friday; many galleries participate. plaza: multicultural music & food, 11
Tim & Terry's. Civic Media Ctr, 8 pm. Laughing Bones at Let's Go am-5 pm.
Lightnin' Salvage, Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. Downtown Free Fridays plaza series, G'ville Peace Forum open discus-
's Pizza on NE .. 8-10 pim. sion at Civic Media Ctr, 2 pm.
-Sat evenings, 0S r a The Fest: Fri-Sun: over a hundred Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30
bands, thousands of visitors, many pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellow-
lvage.combands, thousands of visitors, many ship, 4225 NW 34th St: 375-7207. venues; see Day of the Dead celebration at
HALLOWEEN Alternatives, 4203 NW 16th Blvd.
or Peace meets, CMC Vols meet, 5:30 pm. Blues Concert at Downtown Anti-racism conference at Gvl
375-2563 for u Plaza, 7 pm. 8 High School cafeteria, 9 am-3
Country Music Concert at Wild Words at Wild Iris Books, pm; register at www.anti-
Downtown Plaza, free, 7 pm. every 1st & 3rd Friday. open mike
Sierra TBA, a t UF Entomology poetry & some music, 8 pm. Downtown Arts Festival, 10 am-5
topic TBA, at UF Entomology pm, Sat & Sun: from Hippodrome
Bldg 1035,7:30 pm. north across University Ave; Smooth
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. Jazz concert, 7 pm.

our Rights: CMC Volunteers meet, 14 15 UF Football vs South
scussion on 135:30 pm. 14 Carolina.
neless, CMC, MoveOn GvlCouiiiicil meets at See Farm to Family Music: live music
nsored by Nat'l Buddha Belly, 7 pm. for info on live music in G'ville. in a country setting, 5 pm till late:
Gvl Home- Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm. Thanks, Glyph! camping available: 386-462-5479or
n. Satellite Magazine has great www.farmto
ecutive Comm. f. listings as well more than we "The Word is Spoken" at Tim &
unty Commis- s- can fit. Pick it up each month. Terry's, Saturdays, 8-10 pim: spoken
For more info on events at Civic word open mike.
Media Ctr, visit


Amendment 2 could strip

partner benefits from couples

Craig Lowe
On November 4, Floridians will
not only cast their votes for choice
of president, vice president and a
number of other elected offices, but
will also vote on whether to place
a restrictive limit on rights in the
Florida constitution.

Although Florida law already
prohibits recognizing marriage
between individuals of the same
sex, Amendment 2, the so-called
"Marriage Protection Amendment"

if enacted would place in the state
constitution language stating that
"Inasmuch as marriage is the legal
union of only one man and one
woman as husband and wife, no
other legal union that is treated as
marriage or the substantial equivalent
thereof shall be valid or recognized."

The amendment was originally
crafted and sponsored by the
Republican Party of Florida as a tool
to boost voter turnout and to provide
a wedge to divide their opponents

and to marginalize lesbian and gay
families. Although the nomination of
Barack Obama and the deterioration
of the economy have diminished the
usefulness of the ballot measure for
the Republican ticket, the danger to
Floridians posed by Amendment 2 is
still immense.

Senior citizens often lose Social
Security and other benefits when
they marry. So while seniors and
others may not or can not marry
their partner of the opposite or
same sex, they rely upon domestic
partner benefits and registries such
as those in Gainesville to provide for
basic human rights and needs such
as the right to visit their partner in
a hospital or access to health care
coverage through domestic partner
benefit programs.

While proponents of the amendment
now say they do not consider
such situations covered by this
amendment, their track record right
here in Gainesville is the opposite.
In a court challenge to Gainesville's
domestic partner benefits policy
in year 2000, the Liberty Counsel
argued that domestic partner
benefits were indeed the substantial
equivalent of marriage and therefore
in violation of the Florida Defense of
Marriage Act.

Furthermore the proponents have
failed to demonstrate how a single
marriage in Florida is protected
by this amendment. Instead the
amendment serves only to underscore
a fundamental injustice. If one is
morally or otherwise opposed to
same sex marriage, they have a
powerful option: they can opt to not
marry someone of the same sex. But
Amendment 2 and proposals like
it seek to impose a discriminatory
restriction on those whose religious
and other personal beliefs differ.
There are religious organizations
that wish to conduct same sex


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... an amendment slated for the November 2008 ballot could
take away healthcare benefits and legal protections upon
which many of us and our families rely, including seniors,
university employees, government employees, police officers
and firefighters?

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Fairness for All Families
The American Civil Liberties Union

Sponsored by:
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Pride Community Center
Mama Raga
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IGUANA, Cic-OBER 2008, PAGE 14

marriages and have them recognized
by the state, yet these unions are not
recognized because of what some
refer to as the religious nature of
the institution. Yet clearly this is
government giving preference to one
religious point of view over another.

There are two groups working
together to defeat Amendment 2,
Fairness for all Families (www. and
Florida Red and Blue (www.sayno2.

While seniors and others may
not or can not marry their
partner of the opposite or same
sex, they rely upon domestic
partner benefits.

Regardless of the outcome of
the Amendment 2 initiative, the
struggle for equality will continue.
In Gainesville a group of individuals
have proposed an amendment to
the city charter to appear
on the March 24 ballot
that would repeal all anti-
discrimination protections
for sexual orientation and
gender identity, surrender
to the state home rule
authority to set anti-
discrimination policy, and
perhaps curtail current
protections for classes such
and race, sex and religion as
well. A political committee,
Equality is Gainesville's
Business (email:,
web: EqualityGainesville.
com), has been formed
to fight this attempt to
legalize discrimination in

Craig Lowe is a Gainesville M
City Commissioner.

Labor Party to show
"Recount" Oct. 28

The Alachua County Labor Party
will host a showing of "Recount"
the dramatization of the 2000 elec-
tions in Florida.
The movie is Tuesday, Oc-
tober 28, with pizza at 6 pm and the
movie starting at 6:30 at the Alachua

County Teachers union hall, 618 NW
13th Ave. (just off NW 6th St.)
Information will be provided
on how to get involved in "Elec-
tion Protection" for the November
4 election. "Election Protection" is
a program created by the NAACP
and People for the American Way to
make sure that votes are not blocked
or thrown away in Florida again.
Info: 375-2832.


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School tax referendum: Point Counterpoint

Vote yes
Eileen Roy
I must disagree with my good friend,
Scott Camil, in his decision to oppose the
one mill property tax referendum on this
November's ballot. As a member of the
Alachua County School Board, I readily
admit that I have disagreed strongly
with several Board decisions about how
the taxpayers' money has been spent.
However, this request of property owners
to vote themselves a one mill increase
in their property taxes is different for
several reasons.

First, it is a matter of survival. Due ,
to the severe and totally unwarranted
cuts to K-12 education by the Florida
Legislature, our schools are sinking
fast. Alachua County Schools have
lost $14 million this year already,
with another cut in funding expected
after the November election. Because
we already operate on a shoestring,
this has been devastating to student
programs. We have cut elementary art
and music classes, middle school band,

media specialists, and career technical
education, to name a few. School nurses
will not be funded after April, 2009.
The state legislature is literally starving
public education.

Second, the proceeds from this
referendum go to operating costs,
not capital construction. The funds
raised-about $13 million a year-can
only be spent on the programs clearly
spelled out in the ballot language. I
have refused to vote for a sales tax for
capital construction until the School
Board imposes school impact fees, a
move that the board majority has so far
been take. I see the sales
tax issues as a matter of fairness in
expecting those who would benefit most
from new schools to pay a little more.
Growth should pay for itself. However,
the property tax referendum on this
November's ballot would go exclusively
to fund desperately needed student

Third, an oversight committee has
been aooointed to make sure that the

money generated by the property tax
will be spent as the ballot language
has specified. Since I know several
committee members whose integrity is
beyond reproach, I am confident that
the committee's proceedings will be

Finally, the property tax referendum will
cost the average homeowner between
$10 and $15 a month, a small price to
give our children more than bare bones.
The tax is limited to 4 years.

Therefore, as one who watches the
budget carefully, I strongly recommend
that voters approve this modest measure.
Our children thank you.

Vote no

Scott Camil

I agree with my good friend Eileen Roy
that the schools desperately need money.

The problem is that I have no faith that
Dan Boyd, the Superintendent, or the
ruling majority on the board will do the

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right thing. This ruling majority has a
history of bad decisions and bad faith.

Over two years ago I met with school
board members Tina Pinkoson and
Ginger Childs. I told them that if they
wanted public support for a tax they had
to show the public that they were doing
all they could to raise funds legitimately
and to reduce waste. I suggested
impact fees to raise funds and an energy
efficiency audit to reduce waste.

In the last 2 years Marion County
schools have saved 2.3 million dollars
in water and electricity costs by
doing an energy efficiency audit and
implementing the results.

Last month, Jessica Newman, editor
of The Fine Print, and I met with
Superintendent Dan Boyd. He told us,
"We will not have impact fees or the
audit here in Alachua County." He said
that the "Marion County savings was all
smoke and mirrors". You can go to these
Marion County links to see for yourself
that Dan Boyd was not telling us the
newsdetails2.cfm?recordID= 17

While we were told that there was not
enough money in the School Board
budget for nurses, 1.2 million dollars,
and that there was no money for art and
music teachers, 850,000 dollars, the
Superintendent had no trouble coming up
with 2.5 million dollars for the Diamond
Sports Park, which is outside of the
urban services boundary.

The purchase of the Diamond Sports
Park was done outside of School Board
and County procedures. The park is
being managed by the City of Newberry,
which is getting the profit, not the

How do we know that this
Superintendent and his majority won't
use the 1 Mill for what the law will
require but transfer money that is already
allocated somewhere else, as was done

with the lottery money? There is an
oversight committee of which six of
its eight members are picked by the
Superintendent. Do they have the power
to override School Board decisions or
keep funds that don't come from the 1
Mill tax from being transferred to other
uses? I don't believe thpt they do.

So it boils down to trust.

These people that we are being asked to
trust have not been trustworthy. They
have not made decisions that are in the
best interest of the students. They have
even passed rules to try to keep Eileen
Roy from expressing a different point of

When the Superintendent and ruling
majority can show us that they can"be
trusted to make good decisions then I
will support a school tax increase.


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Support Mike Byerly

In early October Michael Ryals,
the "Senior Vice President of the
Commercial and Land Division of
Bosshardt Realty Services, Inc" sent
out a "Dear Friends" letter. It read as

"I have been asked by a group of local
businesses to assist in raising money for
a TV/Radio campaign to help with two

1) To reveal the (non-business) voting
record of several of our current (anti-
business) county commissioners, and

2) To help support new candidates
(especially Kevin Riordan) running
against these current commissioners.

We have committed to raise $125,000 by
mid week next week! These ads will run
between now and the November election
(and that's just a month away). We can't
do it alone and need your help. Any

amount you are willing to contribute
will be greatly appreciated. Your check
should be made payable to Alachua
County Citizens for Change..."

These "Citizens for Change',
shamelessly ripping off the Obama
"change" theme, want to try and change
things back to a time of reckless growth,
and less regulation. What people need
to remember is that Mike Byerly, the
Commissioner they really want to unseat
( Riordan's opponent) is the county's
#1 proponent of smart growth and
environmental protection. This is going
to be a well financed hit-job on Mike
if they raise their $125K hiding behind
this bullshit "Citizen for Change" name.

If you can throw some campaign support
behind Mike, we would love to see these
negative shadow campaigns get totally
rejected at the polls come Nov. 4th. We

Joe Courter

Cliff Stearns,

Beverly Thomas,
Women for Wise Growth
Women For Wise Growth, an Alachua
County PAC since 1998 has conducted
a number of successful educational
and political forums. WWG decided
to sponsor a forum between incumbent
Cliff Steams (R) and challenger Tim
Cunha (D).

After a great deal of discussion,
including the fact that no one in the
organization remembered Cliff Steams
participating, at least in the last ten
years in Alachua County in a political
forum, WWG decided to seek the co-
sponsorship of other local groups to
make the invitation more enticing.
WWG was able to secure the co-
sponsorship of the Gainesville Chamber
of Commerce and The league of Women
Voters. WWG contacted both candidates
with a list of possible forum dates.

Tim Cunha responded with his

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from Congressman Stearns. Finally
Steams responded saying that he did
not want to participate in a forum in
Gainesville no matter the time, the
sponsors, or how much media would
be involved. Ultimately he said that
he would send a representative of his
campaign, an aide from his Gainesville
office, Mary Johnson Miller.

Let me remind voters. This is an
election of the Sixth Congressional
District of the state of Florida. There
are 111,783 registered voters in this
district in the western part of Alachua
County. Party affiliations are Democrats
(53,619), Republicans (34,994) and
Others (23,170). Cliff Steams did not
have time for any of you.

Early Voting and

Vote by Mail info

October 29 at 5:00 PM is your last
day to request an absentee ballot be
mailed to you.

More info: (352) 374-5252 or click

Besides absentee, also known as
voting by mail, the ability to vote
early is both convenient and will


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speed the voting process for those
who DO choose to vote November
4th. Here is the local information,
taken from the Alachua County
Supervisor of Elections site:

Early Voting for the November
4th, 2008 General Election will
start October 20th, and run through
November 1st.

Any registered' voter may vote early.
Florida Law requires that you present
picture and signature identification
in order to vote, or vote a provisional

Early Voting Hours

Monday, October 20th through
Friday, October 24th (9 AM to 5
PM) .
Monday, October 27th through
Friday, October 31st (9 AM to 5

October 25th (9 AM to 1 PM)
November 1st (9 AM to 5 PM)

October 26th (1 PM to 5 PM)

Early Voting Sites

Supervisor of Elections
County Administration
12 SE 1st Street,

Millhopper Branch
3145 NW 43rd Street,

Tower Road Branch
3020 SW 75th Street,

U3 Univereit Ave.

(32) 378-431
Open Mon -Sat 11am to 10pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm

Iguana's Election Picks, in
order they'll appear on the

Based on where you'live, some
ballots will contain different
Representatives and Legislators:

Pres. and VP; Obama/Biden

Congress Dist. 6; Tim Cunha
Congress Dist. 3; Corrine Brown
(other Dems in other districts)

State Rep ; Chestnut or Boyd or other

County Commission;
Mike Byerly
Paula DeLaney
Rodney Long

Supreme Court Charles Wells....Yes

District Court
Robert Benton.......Yes
Marguerite Davis.....No
Joseph Lewis........Yes
Ricky Polston......Yes
Cloy Roberts......Yes
William Van Nortwick.......Yes

County Judge; Lorraine Sherman

Soil and Water Gp 2; David Gildart
Gp 4; Rob Brinkman

Proposed Constitutional

County Referenda;
One mil for schools......Yes
Wild spaces & parks.....For tax
Protection of lands........Yes

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charge of "attempted purchase of
cocaine." Several people weregswept
up in a neighborhood sweep and sting
operation at that time. Harold's case has
coincidentally received unusual attention
by the Florida court which is now fast-
tracking his prosecution after many
months of inactivity. He is scheduled
to go to trial on October 23rd at 8:30
am at the Bay County Courthouse 300
East 4th Street in Panama City, Florida.
Supporters are urged to attend.

His lawyer writes: "It is clear from
the arrest and all the surrounding
circumstances that the charge against
Harold in Florida is totally baseless.
A thorough search of his person and
his van resulted in NO seizure of any
substances, legal or illegal. Further, NO
allegation is even made that any money
was produced. Harold was swept up in
a sting operation in which numerous
individuals were arrested. All except
Harold were alleged to have actually
made a purchase. None of them were
with him when he was arrested. He has
NO drug history!! In short, Harold was
in the wrong place at the wrong time.
He had gone to this neighborhood to
thank some of the people that had written
letters of support for him when he was
seeking release on bail in San Francisco.
News of his arrest spread
quickly and he was bailed out shortly
after he appeared in a Florida court.
Just days earlier he had
appeared on "Democracy Now"
with hosts*--* Amy Goodman and
Juan Gonzalez, and attended a press
conference held by the World Council
of Churches at Riverside Church
announcing international support for the
SF8 launched by Archbishop Desmond
Tutu and other Nobel Laureates.
Harold has every intention of
fighting the charges in San Francisco and
Florida. In light of the torture he suffered
in New Orleans in 1973, his strength and
character in the face of this latest ordeal
are amazing. The stress this has caused
for him and his family is overwhelming.
-Randy Montesano, Harold Taylor's
attorney in the San Francisco 8 case.

October 18th, 2008

In our early days the Gainesville Iguana
once did an April Fools calender to go
along with the real one. In addition to
various ironic, satirical and joke entries,
we had one day where every group in
town had their ideal event; all the same
day, all the same time.

This October 18th brings that day to
mind as we prepared the calendar for
this edition of the Iguana. This is a
day for progressive and conscious folks
n Gainesville to get out of the house,
on your bicycle or in your vehicle,
and spend the day and evening doing
good stuff with other good people.
Here is what is an amazing line-up of
overlapping stuff:

9AM-5PM. The opening of the Friends
of the Library Booksale at 401 N. Main
Street, which runs thru Wednesday.

Noon-4PM 2nd Annual progressive
picnic, sponsored by the local Moveon.
org chapter at Westside Park. music,
food, fun

1PM Pride Parade begins from SW
7th St and goes to the Downtown Plaza
where then begins....

Pride Festival on
the Downtown
Plaza, with music
speakers, food
and craft vendors,
and information
tables. With that
nasty Amendment
2 on the ballot, and
worse coming in
the Spring, this is a
time for community

3PM-6PM Harriet
Ludwig's annual
"Surviving the
Summer" party
at the Wilhemina
Johnson Center.
Bring something

to share as one of the social consciences
of Gainesville marks her moving beyond
her 83rd birthday. The Wilhemina
Johnson Center is at NW 4th Ave and
10th St.

6PM- Midnight A three stage
Anniversary Party for the Civic Media
Center, marking 15 years of existence
for Gainesvilles' non-profit progressive
library, organizing space, and seedbed of
activism. The CMC would love to see
old and current volunteer, members, and
friends to come by to eat, drink ,and toast
and testify about the CMC during the
6-8period, then settle back and hear the
voices of Gainesville's many poets in a
special 2 hour set of political and socially
relevant spoken word performance.
Then at 10PM the musicians take the
stage with CMC friends Lars Din,,
Little Pterodactyl (Chelsea Carnes) and
Cassette (Samantha Jones) Donations,
memberships and renewals welcome
of course. The CMC is at 1021 W.
University Ave.

There might be other worthy things
going on, too, but for sure it's not a day'
to stay home
Joe Courter

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Civic Media Center's 15th

anniversary celebration events

James Schmidt
In October we celebrate 15 years of
the Civic Media Center's information
insurgency, grassroots political
education, activist networking and
community-building here in Gainesville.

Especially in this, an election year, let
us remember that no matter who is in
power and who they claim to represent,
no matter what they say they'll do "for"
the rest of us, power concedes nothing
without a demand, and it is essential
that we have our own autonomous
people's institutions like the CMC in
order to organize and fight--in fact, this
is the only way real, fundamental social
change happens: from the bottom up,
by the actions of we the people, armed
with knowledge, organizing and working
together for our mutual well-being.

Let us also remember that every little
victory counts. The mere fact of the
CMC's existence, much less its survival
for 15 years as a truly independent
grassroots organization, is cause for

Sam Pacetti in Concert at the Thomas
Center, Thursday October 16th, 8pm

The Civic Media Center will present
a concert with renowned guitarist
and singer/songwriter Sam Pacetti on
Thursday evening October 16 at the
Spanish Court of the historic Thomas
Center in downtown Gainesville. The
concert will be the kickoff of three

days of events marking the CMC's
fifteenth anniversary. Doors will open
at 7:30 with the concert starting at
8pm. Refreshments will be available at
intermission, beer and wine is BYOB
due to new rules at the Thomas Center.

WHEN: Thurs., October 16th @ 8pm
WHERE:Thomas Ctr, 302 NE 6th Ave
COST: Advance tickets $12 (at Wild Iris
Books); Door $15

Panel Discussion: "Local Media-
Criticisms and Solutions,'.' Friday
October 17th, 7:30pm

This panel will feature CMC Board
members Joe Courter (co-editor of
the Gainesville Iguana progressive
monthly) and Charles Willett (founding
editor of the alternative media review
journal Counterpoise), along with Deb
Cupples, hiedia activist and founder
of the website BuckNakedPolitics,
and Colin Whitworth, a veteran of
daily newspapers and editor of Moon
magazine 1990-2002 discussing the state
of media in the Gainesville area, and
how local people can overcome these
limitations. Also participating will be
representatives of the CMC's low power
FM radio station, WGOT 94.7, and
student journalists who recently founded
a new campus based newspaper, The
Fine Print.

WHEN: Friday, October 17, 7:30pm
WHERE: Civic Media Center, 1021 W.
University Ave.
COST: Donations appreciated

CMC Birthday Bash: Party, Poetry
Reading, and Concert, Saturday
October 18th

We will celebrate the CMC's 15 years
of education, agitation and progressive
community building with an evening of
events at the Center, beginning at 6pm.
15th Anniversary Party, 6-8pm:
Join Media Center members, volunteers,
former volunteers and coordinators
to raise a toast to the CMC and hear
testimonials from current and former
CMC folks, swap stories, renew your
membership, and have some birthday
cake and other goodies.
The Word Is Spoken Presents
"Political Spit!" Poetry Reading, 8-
10pm: T.W.I.S. host and CMC Poetry
Jam co-host David Maas presents an
evening of local poets reading and
performing politically-charged works in
honor of the-CMC.
Acoustic Music Show, 10pm-
???: A night of refreshing, rabble-
rousing, and inspiring acoustic sets by
Lars Din, Little Pteradactyl (aka Chelsea
Carnes of Dirty Fist) and Cassette.

WHEN:Saturday October 18th, 2008:
Party 6pm, Poetry 8pm, Music 10pm
WHERE: Civic Media Center, 1021 W.
University Ave.
COST: Donations (and membership
renewals, and extra-special birthday
presents) appreciated for Birthday Party;
$5 @ door for Po6try Reading
and/or Concert (come early for poetry,
stick around for the tunes, all
for one amazing low contribution!)



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battles around this reproductive rights
issue. Pennie helped in the campaign
to get Katsonis fired from UF. It was
the beginning of a long record of
contributions to feminism in Gainesville.

We've lost a dear friend and women's
liberation movement sister.

It is with sad hearts that we tell you
of the passing of Pennie Foster. She
had long been a feminist activist, and
a strong advocate for women's and
workers rights, national health care, and
against racism. Her generous spirit and
unflagging dedication, not to mention her
fabulous cooking skills, will be missed
by all of us.

Pennie passed away Thursday evening,
October 2d, at Shands, surrounded by
her close family, friends, and co-workers
from her workplace, Alachua County
Court Services.

Pennie had checked herself into the
Veterans Administration Hospital three

weeks ago with severe back pain,
and was transferred to Shands, where
she battled a highly aggressive, but
untreatable cancer.

All her life, whether in an organization
or not, Pennie was outspoken about how
women were treated. In the early 1980s,
recently separated from her husband and
raising her young daughter Erika, she
became active in Minnesota in NOW and
women's liberation. She often recalled
to friends the power she felt marching
with thousands of women down
Hennepin Avenue, in the red light district
of Minneapolis, demanding dignity and
freedom for womankind.

In 1991, shortly after moving to
Gainesville, she went to a meeting
of the University of Florida/SFCC
Campus National
-- for Women,
attracted by
Campus NOW's
fight against
Michael Katsonis,
a UF Infirmary
pharmacist who
refused to dispense
the Morning After
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the early political




Together with Francie Hunt, Pennie
started Campus NOW's Abortion and
.Reproductive Rights Action Team.
She organized consciousness-raising
meetings, speakouts, and attended state
and national marches for abortion rights.
She put skills she gained in Santa Fe
Community College's Graphics Design.
program to use making sharp-looking
posters. Many more women joined
the fight as a result. She worked on
the chapter's annual beauty pageant
protest, the more than 5-year battle for
a UF Women's Student Center (now
established!), and on the chapter's Rape
Action Committee. In addition to her
leadership in Campus NOW, she was
also a strong supporter of Gainesville
Women's Liberation.

Pennie led in a victorious fight in 1996
with three north Florida NOW chapters
to protest UF's new policy preventing
UF medical residents from performing
abortions on their own time. In a time
when many doctors won't perform
abortions due to fear of retaliation, this
limitation jeopardized Florida women's
access to abortions. Just weeks later, UF
President Lombardi announced it was
dropping its restrictive policy, "but NOT
due to the protest." Certainly not!

Pennie worked to block national
legislation restricting women's access

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to "D & X abortions," the so-called "late
term abortion ban." Gainesville chapters
led nationally within NOW in pointing
out that this craftily-worded legislation
was an attempt to restrict all 2nd and 3rd
trimester abortions, not just an attempt
to restrict a supposedly "rare, late-term

Francie Hunt testified at Pennie's
memorial: "Her special skills were
truthtelling, consciousness-raising
personal testimony. She was a southern
anti-racist; her picture was featured on
the cover of the book, 'Whites Fighting
Racism.'" Francie said Pennie was like
part of her family.

Alex Leader testified about Pennie:
"Pennie loved to really give it to
whoever was the problem-whether it
was the police, University of Florida
President, or UF Housing Services-
which barred all women from a "Men's
Only Rape Forum". Pennie and I
physically pushed through a housing
official barring the door. Pennie loved to
fight injustice, I think that's what we had
in common and why we were so close.
Knowing that she believed in what we
were organizing together, it helped me
know we were doing the right thing. I
had to know that to keep going."

Pennie was born in 1954 in Eden,
Georgia. Upon graduating from high
school, she began a military tour with the
Air Force, serving for 4 years from 1973
to 1977. She was stationed in Iceland,
where she had high level clearance to
work on plane navigational systems. She
was one of the first women to do this
type of work. While in the military, she
married Thomas Olsen. Together they
moved to Minnesota when their military
service was over, and in 1980, they had
a daughter, Erika Olsen. Pennie and Tom
divorced in 1985.

At Pennie's memorial service, many
testified that raising Erika was Pennie's
greatest pride. Erika is 28 and lived
much of her life in Gainesville and
attended P.K. Yonge High School and
then University of Central Florida for
her Bachelor's degree. She recently
graduated from basic training for the

U.S. Coast Guard
Reserves, and she
is about to enter
a Masters Degree
program at Florida
University in
Building Construction

Since 1994,
Pennie worked
as a Community
Service Officer of
Alachua County
Court Services. The
Community Services
Program gives people
with court-ordered
community service
the opportunity to do
service hours with non
profits or governmental
organizations rather
than have to pay
fines. She recruited
women and men into the
freedom movement by

Pennie at a picket against the KKK in 1992 in
Lawtey, Florida.

encouraging them to do their community
service assignment with the National
Organization for Women and the Civic
Media Center.

Gainesville Women's Liberation
organizer Candi Churchill testified at
Pennie's memorial service that she was
lucky enough to be assigned to Pennie
at the Community Services Program
to pay off a fine for underage drinking.
Pennie said, "you're a woman, you
should work with NOW." Candi did, and
thanks Pennie for starting her in feminist

Pennie was a supporter of the union
representing Alachua County employees,
the Northeast Public Employees' Local
630 of the Laborers' International
Union. She was an active member of
the Alachua County branch of the Labor
Party, which she joined not long after it
was founded. Pennie actively organized
in 2000 for the Alachua County Labor
Party-sponsored ballot referendum for
single payer health care and bravely
testified at meetings about ler own
struggles with the for-profit health
insurance system.

Pennie is survived by her mother,
Nancy Beasley of Eden, Ga.; her sister
Susan Canney and brother-in-law Leslie
Canney; daughter Erika Olsen; and
her brother Prinest Hammond. The
family organized a service for Pennie
in Gainesville on October 4, 2008, at
Forest Meadows Funeral HomeChapel,
attended by dozens of her Court Services
co-workers, movement comrades, and
long-time friends, who one after another
got up and testified to Pennie's courage
to challenge people directly on injustice,
making them think. Her co-worker
testified, "if you called women 'you
guys,' that was fighting' words to Pennie."

Brother-in-law Leslie opened up the
service calling Pennie "a true populist; ,
wherever she went, she asked people
what they thought, because she really
wanted to know."

"The thing I remember most about
Pennie was-whenever she was in
a queue, whether at the movies, the
drugstore or McDonald's-she would
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turn to whatever complete stranger she was
standing next to and say, 'Hi, I'm Pennie,
how are you?,' and start a conversation.
This was embarrassing the first few times
you were with her when it happened but
we all got used to it. It sounded like she
was just being overfriendly, but I think
there was more to it than that. I believe
there was a-political/activist aspect to
her behavior. You see, Pennie was a true
populist/progressive, and she believed to be
effective, activism needed a personal touch.

"Another aspect to her impromptu
conversations was that she really did care
about the people she was talking to. She
used these talks to both learn about the
lives of others and as opportunities to raise
awareness and enlighten others as to the
true state of the world. For her, whether
oppression took the form of misogyny,
racism, classism, or just corporatism,
she believed her activism could make a
difference for the better..."

All spoke about Pennie's love for and pride
in her daughter Erika. Others said how
they will miss Pennie's culinary skills, and
her love of swimming in Florida springs
and snorkeling down Florida's Ichetucknee
River. "Now this is living!" Pennie would
always say, after jumping into the cool
spring water.

Donations/condolences: For those
wishing to make a donation in Pennie's
memory, her family has asked that
donations be made to the two causes she'
felt most deeply about. Donations may be
sent to:

Gainesville Women's Liberation, P.O.
Box 2625, Gainesville, Forida 32602-2625
Alachuna County Labor Party, P.O. Box
12051, Gainesville, Florida 32604.

Condolence cards for her family may
be sent to Susan and Leslie Canney, c/o
Gainesville Women's Liberation (address
above), and they will be forwarded.

P.O. Box 14712
Gainesville, FL 32604

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