The Gainesville iguana
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00073860/00047
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Title: The Gainesville iguana
Alternate Title: Iguana
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 28-29 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla
Creation Date: January 2012
Publication Date: 05-2012
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Gainesville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Alachua County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Alachua -- Gainesville
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1986.
General Note: Editors: Jenny Brown and Joe Courter, <1991-1996>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 10 (July 1991).
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INSIDE ...Directory . ................ 10-1 1 Calendar . ................ 12-13 Mr .. Econ . .................. 14 Oral History Pr ogram . ........ 19 Radio Pr ogramming . ......... 20 Civic Media Center Events . .... 21 By Joe Courter Dr. Martin L. King Jr. said in his Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, One of the great liabilities of life is that all too many great period of social change and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution. Suppressing voter turnout is but the same effect. Unfairly drawn districts, negative advertising powered by huge corporate donations, an election campaign process that keeps many great potential public servants from running, a news media focused on the shallow and sensational, and a rightwing talk radio industry all work to increase cynicism. These are forces that put us to sleep. People died to get the right to vote, and now we have a majority of voters sitting on their Memorial Mile: More than just a numberBy Jessica Newman, Associate Member, Gainesville Veterans for Peace ,402 Americans dead in Iraq and Afghanistan, reads a headline. But few of us reading the news have any concept of what that number actually means. It 6,402 seems pretty low compared to the number of American deaths in past wars like Vietnam, Korea and World War II. Itd be easy to discount those This is why Gainesville Veterans for Peace will be displaying more than 6,400 tombstones from dawn on May 26 through dusk on Memorial Day on Eighth Avenue just east of 34th Street as part of their Memorial Day Weekend event to remember those who have died in the wars in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003. Memorial Mile will line the street along Eighth Avenue just east of 34th Street, where the Solar System Walk is located. This is the sixth year VFP has set up the display, and it is the fourth time that the tombstones will have to line both the north and south sides of Eighth Avenue due to the increased number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. The visual impact of the tombstones conveys the reality of these numbers. Last year Memorial Mile was made up of more than 6,000 tombstones. This year more than 400 will be added, each one representing an American service Elections Matter!More than 6,000 tombstones lined the north and south sides of 8th Avenue near West Side Park during Memorial Mile 2011 . This year's display honoring veterans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan will be set up from May 26 through Memorial Day .. Photo courtesy of Gainesville V eterans for Peace . See ELECTION p. 2 See MEMORIAL MILE p. 2 May/June 2012Vol. 26, Issue 5/6 The GainesvilleIguana


PAGE 2, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 Good Greetings!!! Iguana, Im writing to you from the lovely, if cramped, quarters of a 7-by-9 feet cell at Florida State Prison. The reason Im writing to you is I think and for what its worth, it (to think) is NOT something Ive ever been paid to do I might have a sympathetic ear and powerful voice in you! As you likely know, rehabilitation is no longer a core objective in the criminal justice system. With the elimination of resources for this erstwhile core objective, many imprisoned citizens leave prisons in fundamentally the same state they came in. resort to their old tricks resulting in their re-incarceration or worst. While the thoughtless among us may be indifferent, crime does NOT occur in a vacuum, which means greater society has a stake Having said that, I recognize the resources that have been cut from this previous core objective will NOT be restored. Nevertheless, the "rehabilitative" environment of the Florida Dept. of Corrections prison system could be more conducive to personal development if there were greater incentivization for educational attainment. Right now, there are NO awards (i.e., reductions in prison sentences) for an imprisoned citizen who earns a college degree through SELF-FINANCED correspondence courses; therefore, many do not invest the time and money to this endeavor. This fact is unfortunate for both such an imprisoned citizen and society in general. What would change this dynamic, I think, is conferring awards for those who earn college degrees: 1/4 reduction in a prison sentence for an associate degree, 1/3 for a bachelor's degree, 1/2 for a master's degree, and 2/3 for a doctorate degree. With a change of this magnitude, far more imprisoned citizens would leave prisons not only with the title "excon," but also "college graduate." Sincerely, Jerry N. Alfred D Letter to the Editorhands come election day. It is not a healthy situation. Has Obama been a disappointment? Heck yeah. But do we give the steering wheel back to the ones who drove us into the ditch last time? Hell no! Three words: The Supreme Court. This is not a time to stay home to send a message, we did that in 2010; it wasnt that the Rs came out big, it was the Ds who stayed home. Ill take a disappointment over a disaster. But there are other reasons to vote, and that is the power of the vote locally needs to be ready to counter the attempted Republican takeover of the Alachua County Commission. The voting in the primaries takes place August 14. The Iguana strongly endorses Byerly, Hutchinson and Chestnut for the County Commission, and Wheeler for the District 20 State House seat, who faces a tough through the Supervisor of Elections website. If youve got the time or resources, plug in in any way you can; there are a lot of really good folks in this town who participate in the electoral campaign process regularly. And if you are a student, or a temporary resident, theres been talk of suppressing your vote by some in the Republican legislature. You are representing the future waves of students, get registered and vote! Dmember whose life was lost. Each tombstone will include the soldiers name, date of death, age, branch of service, rank and hometown. They will be arranged by date of death. on their tombstones so that they may be located more easily. Veterans for Peace will have a list available on tombstones. Last year, people came to the Memorial tombstones. Parking will be available at nearby West Side Park. D ELECTION from p. 1 MEMORIAL MILE from p. 1


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 3 From the publisher ...If you dont know, you cant careIm an admitted media junkie and probably wouldnt be in the position of writing this if I wasnt. But for me it goes beyond just trying to keep myself informed; I strongly believe in giving other people the tools to be more informed, too. Back in 1977, UF Anthropology professor Dr. MJ Hardman drafted me into writing the monthly meeting announcement for the Humanist Society of Gainesville. That grew into a newsletter of sorts and was then rolled into the founding of this publication in 1986. The early s saw the initial meetings that led to the founding of the Civic still today am heavily involved as an active volunteer and Board member. I jotted a quote from a speaker I heard on NPR last month on a piece of scrap paper I keep handy in my   vehicle, which I found a couple days ago.   I did not note who said it, as I was driving at the time, but I thought it captured something very basic to me and my efforts with both the Iguana and the CMC (two separate entities that share me, I remind you all). It was just seven words but it captured the heart of my motivation: If you dont know, you cant care. We live in an information revolution of astounding proportions, and the responsibility is on each of us to pick from that vast menu the stuff we choose to put in our heads, the stuff that will shape our worldview and our interactions with the world.   W e still only have a limited amount of time to take in what we do, and the temptation to choose, shall we say, empty calories is great. Our mainstream culture spews a frightening array of crap at us that we internalize, as a number of surveys amply demonstrate. This severely affects our role as informed citizens in the process of our participatory democracy. Especially now, with our political process so corrupted by corporate power, more and more people are looking to escape the bad news, and get sucked into all kinds of readily proffered distractions. Folksinger Roy Zimmerman has a new song out which really resonated with clever Roy way, it addresses how in 2008 we left out that middle word which is at the heart of how the process of making the world a better place happens. We need to know our history, recognize our rights and responsibilities as citizens, and do our bit. The powers-that-be   are happy to have us distracted, to not pay attention or know whats going on, because there are a lot of us, and if we all started to care, they might not be able to just roll us over. Joe Courter P.S. Subscriptions or donations are necessary for the Iguana to continue; please show your support if you possibly can. We all really appreciate your   support. Mail checks payable   to the Iguana to P.O. Box 14712, ( Gainesville, Fla., 32604, or visit the About page on our website at gainesvilleiguana.org for more information. D Subscribe! The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar & newsletter .. Individuals: $15 (or more if you can) Low/No income: What you can Groups: $20 Iguana, c/o CISPLA P .. O . Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604Comments, suggestions, contributions list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655 GainesvilleIguana@cox . net www .. gainesvilleiguana . org facebook . com/gainesvilleiguana The Iguana has been published monthly or bimonthly by volunteers for 25 years . Circulation for this issue is 4,500 . Publisher: Joe Courter Editors Emeritus: Jenny Br own Mark Piotr owski Editorial Board: Pier ce Butler Joe Courter Beth Gr obman Jessica Newman Pr oduction work & assistance: Amanda Adams Karrie L yons-Munkittrick Joye Barnes Jason Fults James Schmidt Robbie Czopek Distribution: Bill Gilb ert, Joe Courter, Mar cus DoddAuthors & photographers have sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work . Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Har rison . Printed on recycled paper ..


PAGE 4, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 Ds Tees and TingsRemember Your AncestorsSpecializing in Afrikan & Caribbean ItemsBOB MARLEY TEES AFRIKAN TEES SARONGS MUDCLOTH ARTWORK POSTERS ETHINIC BELTS BLACK SOAP PURE SHEA BUTTER OILS FLAGS PRODUCTS FOR LOCKS, TWISTS & NATURAL HAIR STYLESat the Flea Market on Waldo Road in GainesvilleBooth #37 Next to Sonnys 2708 NE Waldo Road Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.Phone: 646-209-8866 E-mail: BusinessOfDePass@AOL.comIts Own or be Owned A Good Reason to be Self Employed! Re-Opened! Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.comWhy are we still in "Vietghanistan?" By Scott Camil, Special to CNN In late April, Gainesville Veterans for Peace president Scott Camil was contact by CNN for a response to the repeated cases of U . S . soldiers disrespecting the bodies of enemy dead, and following a taped segment with his comment, they asked him to write something for their Opinions blog . In the article, he refers to the process of dehumanizing the enemy and the way anyone who resembles the enemy becomes the enemy in the presence of such a wide cultural gap, if only as a reaction for self-preservation . The rules of engagement become secondary to staying alive and keeping your fellow soldiers alive . Scott wr ote: If we are going to talk about rules of war, it doesnt make sense to start with the soldiers and Marines who have been put into that situation... Instead, if were going to talk about rules of war, we have to start with the powerful people who chose to put those soldiers there. The No.1 war crime is starting a war, I have not been to Afghanistan, but there are some evident similarities between the war there and the war in Vietnam. Call it Vietghanistan. Both are wars of occupation. The people of both countries looked different from us, resulting in racial of guilt. (And)...neither war has had an actual plan for winning. The article was picked up by a number of other websites including CommonDreams, and is well worth reading. You can read the entire article at http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/05/opinion/camil-vietnam-afghanistan/index.html. D


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 5 By Emilio Bruna and Jack Price It seemed odd that, at the time of the holiday season announcement, no one around here knew much about the LLC, that purchased the Gainesville Sun and 15 other papers (including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Lakeland Ledger) from the New York Times. The face, power and money behind the Halifax Media Group is arch conservative Arkansas billionaire, Warren Stephens, who, along with his brother and other family members, is believed to be worth up to $5 billion. And, as is the case with many humble beginnings to extreme riches stories in two generations, the familys path to great wealth is littered with questionable actions, close calls and hardball politics. A recent example: when Halifax bought these newspapers for $143 million, employees were given a noncompete agreement to sign, stating they could not work within the following two years for other media companies that were in a city with a another Halifax owned business. Yet, didnt sign were told they would lose their jobs. (Halifax dropped this requirement after the Poynter Institute and Another example: In Tampa, about 30 of former New York Times Regional Media Group employees were laid off by Halifax, and given a severance only if they wouldnt talk to the media about package details and would not make disparaging remarks about the company. Family History Warren Stevens uncle, W.R. Witt Stevens, founded The Stephens Group in 1933. His father, Jackson T. Jack until 1986, the year his son Warren took over the family investment banking and brokerage business, which still constitutes the bulk of their wealth. In 2006, one year after Jacks death, the family business was split (as reported by arkansasbusiness.com). Warren bought 100 percent of Stephens Inc. from the holding company, the Stephens Group. His cousins, Witt Stephens, Jr. and Elizabeth Stephens Campbell, bought the Stephens Group Inc. name and formed a new entity to pursue private equity investments. The families remain 50-50 partners in the holding company, now renamed SH Corp. The family tradition of owning a multitude of corporate entities and employing managed the IPO for Sam Waltons WalMart retail empire in 1970. They were early investors and advisors for Tyson Foods, Dillards Hunt Transportation and Alltel. But their reach extends beyond the Razorback state to the rest of the U.S. Witt Stephens Witt Stephens was born on Sept. 14, 1907, in Prattsville, Arkansas, the second of six children. His father, A.J. Jack Stephens, was a farmer and politician who served two terms in the state House of Representatives from Grant County, as would Witt 30 years later. Around age 20, Witt begin selling belt buckles and other jewelry for the National Crafts Company along with peddling Bibles on the side. An extraordinary salesman, he soon became regional manager for the company. a partnership with W. H. Thurmond in   Little Rock trading municipal bonds. Arkansas highway and road bonds, as well as school, levee and other improvement district bonds were in default during the Great Depression and were selling for Franklin Roosevelts Reconstruction Finance Corporation would ensure that government bonds were redeemed, so he invested in them. His intuition paid off when he sold the the righteous decisions of the most liberal President of the wing and conservative Stephens family. Witt expanded the investment business and acquired major holdings in the gas and coal industries, railroads and gold   mining   while personally, along with family members, acquiring an interest in many small banks around the state, In 1956, Witt became president and chairman of the board of Arkla, leaving the investment company in the hands of his brother,   Jackson T. Stephens. After Witts retirement from Arkla, he returned to Stephens Inc. where he dabbled in bond trading and hosted locally famous cornbread lunches, at which former political and business adversaries, journalists and judges shed their old grudges and swapped stories of election hijinks and crafty business deals. Jack Stephens Jackson T. Jack Stephens, Witts younger brother, was born on August 9, 1923, in Prattsville. Jack attended Prattsvilles public schools and graduated from high school at Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee. He began college at the   University of Arkansas and later received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1947. One of Jacks classmates at the Naval Academy was future president Jimmy Carter, who would receive strong support from Jack in later campaigns. Poor eyesight kept Selling media to the highest bidderA look at the face, power and money behind the sale of the Gainesville SunSee HALIFAX p. 8


PAGE 6, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 Home Van needs waterWith the heat of summer setting in, the Home Van is seeking donations of bottled water. The Home Van is a mobile soup kitchen and free store that goes out to homeless areas around downtown Gainesville twice a week and also helps out with individual crises going on in the homeless community between the two visits every week. In addition to the seasonal water shortage, the Home Van needs tents, tarps, bug spray, Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries and games. Call 352-372-4825 to arrange to drop off items to donate. Financial donations to the Home Van should be in the form of checks made out to Citizens for Social Justice, Inc., earmarked for the Home Van, and mailed to 307 S.E. 6th St., Gainesville, Fla., 32601. Donations can also be made by credit card online at http://homevan. blogspot.com. D Gainesvilles online community radio station. For a complete schedule, visit growradio.org. Dr. Cindy RosenfeldCommunity Veterinary Services, LLC 352-485-2520 cindrs@aol.com WWW.DRCINDYVET.COMAlso available: Distemper/parvovirus $20 Heartworm tests $20 Feline (cat) FVRCP (4:1) $20 Deworming $5 $10 Lyme $25 Skin exams and sick pet visits too!Friday appointment day call or email us! See website for full schedule & holiday updates . No debit or cr edit cards please . RABIES VACCINATION $15 (includes free exam) No appointment needed rain or shineWaldo Farmers & Flea Market (9 a.m.2 p.m.) Outside Booth #18 (North of C Building)LOW COST PET VACCINATION AND VETERINARY CLINIC An alternative to high-priced animal hospitalsCOMMUNITY VETERINAR YY S ER ER VIC E E Severy Sunday at theWALDO FARMERS & FLEA MARKET


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 7 CISE study-inIn late April, the University of Florida administration proposed drastic budget cuts $36 . 5 million total to the Computer and Information Science and Engineering department (CISE), causing a wave of resistance (like the study-in in the photograph above) that brought the issue into the national spotlight . Students, faculty and others opposed to the budget cuts, which come from the Florida Legislature and are nonnegotiable, called on UF to spend part of its $67 million available in reserves to solve the budget cut problem; as of press time, UF President Bernie Machen said the administration would consider using the reserves . Photo by Amanda Adams ..


PAGE 8, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 WGOT 94.7 LP FM Gainesville's Progressive Community Radio Station WGOT is on the air: Sunday: 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri: 1 p.m. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. 5 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 1 p.m. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. 9 p.m. Saturday: 1 p.m. 9 p.m.Check out wgot.org for upcoming events and a detailed schedule.WGOT-LP is now streaming using Shoutcast. We are currently only streaming during our on-air schedule but are considering coming up stream under the Shoutcast directory. To listen from your iOS, Android, or Blackberry mobile device, you can use any radio streaming apps such as Tune In. We are now listed in iTunes Radio under the Eclectic category. Direct feed at www. wgot.org/listen/. 94.7 is a Low Power FM station with a transmitter at NW 39th Ave and I-75, so best reception is within 5 miles, but many people are able to pick up the station in their car. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at info@wgot.org. Democracy NOW! airs Mon.-Fri. 1p.m. & Mon.-Thur. 8p.m. Jack from active duty in the Navy, but his brother offered him a job at what would later become Stephens Inc., bringing Jack back to Arkansas. Jack helped build the company into ate, partnering with his brother to buy what would become Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Co. and the oil and Stephens Production. A 1990 feature in   Fortune magazine   told of how the two brothers had built their family business from a bucket-shop bond bank with $650 million in capital at its disposal, enough to rank it   Jack also invested in a number of community banks in the state, culminating in the purchase of Little Rocks Worthen Bank, later sold to what is now Bank of America. His private investments were spectacu larly successful, three of which generated more than $1 billion each in ny, Systematics, and Donrey Media. Some of these banking and industrial investments were the subject of legal actions, political brouhaha, government scrutiny and public scorn. Warren Stevens Jacks son, Warren, 54, took over Stephens Inc., and Jack became chair man of Stephens Group Inc. Warren Stephens, who received a bachelors degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University, joined Stephens, Inc. in 1981. In 1986, when Stephens Group Inc. was formed and became the par ent company of Stephens Inc., War ren became its president after his father Jack stepped down as CEO. In 2006, Warren acquired 100 per cent of the outstanding shares. He also owns major stakes in Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Donrey Media Group (now Stephens Media Group), Alltel, Bank of America and others. As a Republican, he supported Bob Dole in 1996, Steve Forbes in 1999, and he has supported Mike Huckabee. He has been critical of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. As of September 2011, Warren was the 459th richest person in the world, and the 130th richest in the United States. By conservative estimates, he is worth $2.8 billion, perhaps more. And, unlike the philanthropic view of many of the ultra-rich, his father believed in leaving most of his fortune to his children saying, Id rather give my money to my kids than do anything else with it. Warrens good fortune prompted him to state, I feel Ive got to make my mark equal or better than my father, and he has. Jackson Stephens, Jr. Jackson T. Stephens, Jr., Warrens brother, worked for his fathers business, Stephens, Inc., from 1973 to 1983 in its investment and merchant banking areas. He is now the Director and Chair at Club for Growth, an ultra-conservative political organization that supports right wing and Tea Party candidates for and CEO of ExOxEmis, Inc., a private Tea Party extremists Jim DeMint, Mar co Rubio and Sharron Angle. Unlike his brother, he had a long and adversarial relationship with former presidential contender Mike Huckabee. The Stephens Business Empire These four family members are the principal architects of a business empire that has grown to the top ranks in terms of wealth and power, while staying under the public radar. Their high level of success and power are indisputable. With so many different company entities in the Stephens family, keeping up with them and their activities is no simple task. The owner ship is not shared equally among all family members in all the industries served, and a small number of minor ity owners exist, whose permanence as partners is predicated on their loyalty and submission to the wishes of the Stephens clan. Even before the purchase of the 16 newspapers from the New York Times Co., Warren Stephens, through his ownership of Stephens Media, claimed a substantial presence in media, owning newspapers, book publishing hous-HALIFAX from p. 4


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 9 es, news bureaus, trade magazines and digital ventures. Stephens Media publishes newspapers in Arkansas, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Some of the properties are Vegas Review-Journal, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and the Ames Tribune. Today, the total stands at 98 publications. Halifax Media Group Halifax Media Group was formed in 2010 from four entities: Stephens Capital Partners of Little Rock, JAARSSS Media, LLC of Miramar Beach, Fla. and Redding Investments of Daytona Beach News-Journal for $20 million. (The paper, at one time, had been estimated to be worth $300 million.) of the News-Journal, was named CEO of Halifax Media. Stephens Capital Partners is controlled by Warren Stephens. JAARSSS is owned by Rupert E. Phillips, via Phillips Financial Group, LLC. Phillips has had a presence in small newspaper publishing in Arkansas and Florida, but he became notorious through his involvement in a 1999 Honolulu newspaper legal dispute that pitted local institutions and civic leaders against Phillips and the Gannett newspaper chain. Phillips, through his company Liberty Newspapers, owned the afternoon daily, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, which was Honolulu Advertiser, which was already owned by Gannett. When Phillips tried to sell the Star-Bulletin to Gannett, he was met with a state civil suit and federal charges of anti-trust General of Hawaii. Charges were dropped after a settlement agreement was reached in 2000, allowing for the sale of the Star-Bulletin to Gannett. According to the Wall Street Jour nal, Halifax is shopping for more newspapers. Upcoming at the Sun? There have been no major layoffs at the Gainesville Sun. internally. There have been subtle conservative editorial decisions, such as excluding the Doonesbury comics referring to abortion, and some important stories have been buried in the inner pages, but so far no major signs of change in the editorial views of the newspaper have appeared. Only time will tell, perhaps with the upcoming electoral season. D Pushaw Construction, LLCResidential RemodelingRichard Pushaw 352.215.1883 rpushaw@gmail.com1015 NE 10th Place, Gainesville, FL 32601 Licensed and Insured | CRC0024190 | EPA Lead Safe Firm


PAGE 10, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 Art Lab is a group for artists who are continually expanding their skills and knowledge. Comprised of makers from various backgrounds encompassing a wide range of mediums from forged iron to spun wool to graphic design. We hold technique workshops, artist talks and critiques, professional practices meetings and critical thinking discussions. GainesvilleArtLab@ gmail.com. http://GainesvilleArtLab.org Alachua County Labor Party meets monthly and organizes to support local labor and advance the national campaign for universal, single-payer health care. Annual memberships are $20/year. Please contact us to join or for the most updated info: FloridaLaborParty.org, ACLP@Flor idaLaborParty.org, 352.375.2832, 14 East University Ave, Suite 204, Gainesville, FL PO Box 12051, Gainesville, FL 32604 A merican Civil Liberties Union Cur rently no local chapter. For info on forming new chapter, or ACLU info, contact Jax ofAmnesty International UF campus chapter of worldwide human rights movement; www.facebook.com/ufamnesty or UFAmnesty@gmail.com. Bridges Across Borders Florida-based international collaboration of activists, artists, students and educators supporting culbridgesacrossborders.org, 352-485-2594, Citizens Climate Lobby (Gainesville Chapter) provides educaiton and activist opportunities to bring abou a stable climate. montgh at 12:30, usually at the downtown library's Foundation Room. 352-6724327, www.citizensclimatelobby.org, cclgainesville@gmail.com Civic Media Center Alternative reading room and library of the non-corporate press, and a resource and space for organizing. 352-373-0010, www.civicmediacenter.org. The Coalition of Hispanics Integrating Spanish Speakers through Advocacy and Service (CHISPAS) Student-run group at UF. www.chispasuf.org Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW! Search for Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW on Facebook. www.endthemeallimitnow.org Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-led grassroots peace and social justice movement utilizing creative protest, non-violent direct action and community involvement. CodePink4Peace.org,jacquebetz@gmail. com Committee for a Civilian Police Review Board Group that demands the creation of a citizens police review board to arrogance, bias and violence displayed by some members of the Gainesville Police Department. gvillepolicereview@ gmail.com Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. Floridas rural landscapes, wildlife cor ridors and natural areas. 352-466-1178, Democratic Party of Alachua County Meetings are held the second Wednesday auditorium of the County Administration Building at SE 1st St. and University Ave. 1730, AlachuaCountyDemocraticParty.org Edible Plant Project Local collective to create a revolution through edible and food-producing plants. 561-236-2262 www.EdiblePlantProject.org. Families Against Mandatory Minimums Work to reform Florida's sentencing laws and restore fairness to Florida's criminal justice system. PO Box 142933, Gainesville, FL 32614, gnewburn@famm. org. 352-682-2542 The Fine Print An independent, critically thinking outlet for political, social and arts coverage through local, in-depth reportFlorida School of Traditional Midwifery A clearinghouse for information, activities and educational programs. 352-338-0766 www.midwiferyschool.org Florida Defenders of the Environment An organization dedicated to restoring the Ocklawaha and preserving Floridas other natural resources. 352-378-8465 FlaDefenders.org Gainesville Books for Prisoners is a D.I.Y. prisoner support group. We are an that maintains a small library, housed in the back of Wayward Council, to match books with requests from incarcerated persons in Florida. Get in touch if youd like to help. gainesvillebooksforprisoners@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/#!/ groups/219545091407216/ Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty concerned people in the Gainesville area who are working to abolish the death penalty in Florida. Participate in vigils when Florida has an execution. Meets gustine Church and Catholic Student Center (1738 W. University Ave.) 352-332-1350, www.fadp.org. Gainesville Food Not Bombs is the local chapter of a loose-knit group of collectives worldwide who prepare and share free, vegan/vegetarian, healthy, homecooked meals, made from local surplus, with all who are hungry. Meals are at 3 p.m. every Saturday at Bo Diddly Community Plaza. Prep starts at 11am. Get in touch if youd like to help. gainesvillefnb@riseup.net. www.facebook.com/#!/ groups/143660782367621/ Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) meets biweekly to discuss relevant immigration issues and ways to bring political education to the community through workshops, presentations, advocacy and action. gainesvilleiaij@gmail.com or www.gainesvilleiaij.blogspot.com Gainesville Womens Liberation The South, formed in 1968, the organization is now part of National Womens Liberation. WomensLiberation.org Graduate Assistants United Union that ing for improved working conditions, community involvement and academic org, www.ufgau.org Green Party Part of worldwide movement built out of four different interre Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655. or email gainesvilleiguana@cox.net with updates and additions


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 11 lated social pillars, which support its politics: the peace, civil rights, environmental and labor movements. www.Gainesvil leGreens.webs.com Grow Radio provide the opportunity for community members to create and manage unique, engaging, educational, locally-generated visual arts and humanities for the enrichment of, but not limited to, the Gainesville community. growradio.org. Harvest of Hope Foundation organization that provides emergency and workers around the country. www.harvestofhope.net or email: kellerhope@cox.net. Home Van A mobile soup kitchen that goes out to homeless areas twice a week with food and other necessities of life, delivering about 400 meals per week; operated by Citizens for Social Justice. barupa@ atlantic.net or 352-372-4825. Industrial Workers of the World Local union organizing all workers. Meetings are of the month at 7 p.m.. Gainesvilleiww@ riseup.net. www. gainesvilleiww.org Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice Organizing faith communities to work together for immigrant justice. Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays at 6 p.m. at La Casita 1504 W. University Ave. (across from Library) GainesvilleIAIJ@gmail.com; 352215-4255 or 352-377-6577 International Socialist Organization Organization committed to building a left alternative to a world of war, racism and poverty. Meetings are every Thurs. at the UF classroom building at 105 NW 16th St. at 7 p.m.. gainesvilleiso@gmail.com Kindred Sisters Lesbian/feminist magazine. PO Box 141674, Gainesville, FL 32614. KindredSisters@gmail.com, www.kindredsisters.org. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. vided. Interested individuals should call toll-free (888) 831-0404 or visit the programs Web site at http://ombudsman. Sister City Program of Gainesville. Links Gainesville with sister cities in Russia, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, and Haiti. Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Avenue (across from Gainesville HS). For more information, see: http://www.gnvsistercities.org. Student/Farmworker Alliance A network of youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. More info on Facebook, search Gainesville Student/Farmworker Alliance. Students for a Democratic Society Multi-issue student and youth organization working to build power in our schools and communities. Meetings are every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall 32 on the UF campus. UF Pride Student Union Group of gay, lesbian, bi and straight students & nonedu/~pride. United Faculty of Florida Union represents faculty at Univeristy of Flor ida. 392-0274, president@uff-uf.org, www.UFF-UF.org. The United Nations Association, Gainesville Florida Chapter. Our purpose is to heighten citizen awareness and knowledge of global problems and the United Nations efforts to deal with those issues. www.afn. org/~una-usa/. Veterans for Peace Anti-war organization that works to raise awareness of the detriments of militarism and war as well as to seek alternatives that are peaceful and efof every month at 7 p.m.. 352-375-2563, www.afn.org/~vetpeace/. Wayward Councilunteerand collectively run record store, all-ages show space, infoshop, and community center. Volunteer meetings are every Sunday at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend. 807 W. University Ave. 352-3350800. waywardcouncil@gmail.com. www. facebook.com/#!/groups/55568725618/ WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the Civic Media Center. wgot947@gmail.com, www.wgot.org. MindFreedom North Florida Human rights group for psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers. 352-328-2511. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support, education and advocacy for families and loved ones of persons with mental illness/brain disorders. 374-5600. ext. 8322; www.namigainesville.org. National Lawyers Guild Lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social movements. nlggainesville@gmail.com or www.nlg.org National Organization for Women Gainesville Area www.gainesvillenow. org. info@gainesvilleNOW.org NOW meeting info contact Lisa at 352-4501912. NOW information, contact Laura Bresko 352-332-2528. Planned Parenthood Clinic Full-ser vice medical clinic for reproductive and sexual health care needs. Now offering free HIV and free pregnancy testing daily from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.. Located at 914 NW 13th Street. Pride Community Center of North Central Florida Resources for the gay/ lesbian community, open M-F, 3-7, Sat. noon-4 p.m.. Located at 3131 NW 13th St., Suite 62. 352-377-8915, www. GainesvillePride.org. Protect Gainesville Citizens Group whose mission is to provide Gainesville residents with accurate and comprehensible information about the Cabot/Koppers Superfund site. 352-354-2432, www. protectgainesville.org. River Phoenix Center for Peacebuild ing provides innovative ways to resolve serives like mediation, communication skill building and restorative justice. www. cemterforpeacebuilding.org. 2603 NW 13th St. #333, 352-234-6595 Queer Activist Coalition Politically for full civil and social equality for the LGBTQ community. queeractivistcoali tion@gmail.com. Sierra Club every month at 7:30 p.m. at the UF Entomology & Nematology Building, Room 1035. 352-528-3751, www.ssjsierra.org


! CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.. !Icarus Project, CMC, 7 pm.Sierra Club general meeting, UF Entomology Bldg rm 3118, 1st Thursdays, 7:30 pm.Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm.! !Free condential walk-in ! HIV testing at Alachua County Health Dept, 224 SE 24th St, 9 am pm, M-F; & at Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St, 4 pm on 1st & 3rd Thurs; info: 334-7961.Downtown Farmers Market every Wed, Dtown Plaza, 4-7 pm; !Edible Plant Project, 2nd Weds.Anarchademics, CMC, 7 pm. !! CMC Volunteers meet !! every Thursday, 5:30 pm.Internatl Socialist Org. meets Thursdays, 7 pm, 105 NW 16th St.Greens meet, CMC, 7 pm.Icarus Project meets, CMC, 7 pmOpen Poetry every Thursday at CMC, 9 pm: Gvls longest-running poetry jam, open to all; informal & welcoming to both readers & listeners. !! Mick Marino & the Nasty !! Habits (Rolling Stones tribute) at Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza, 8 pm, free. See ad, pg 9.Hamlet and the Prince Formerly Known as Hamlet (nal weekend) at Acrosstown Rep Theatre.Dolphin Boy at Hippodrome Cinema check thehipp.org for show times. !! IWW Organizer Training !! CMC, 11 am pm.Humanists potluck picnic, Boulware Springs Park, 11:30 am.Moyers & Company on WUFTTV, Sundays, 1 pm.Fla Coalition for Peace & Justice weekly potluck & ecovillage tour, 4 pm: fcpj.org.Wayward Council volunteer meeting 6 pm every Sunday, 807 W. University Ave.15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 June 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16Sunday Domingo Monday Lunes Tuesday Martes Wednesday Miercoles Thursday Jueves Friday Viernes Saturday Sabado Radio Notes: On page 20 within this Iguana you will nd program listings or links to WUFT, WGOT, and Grow Radio, our local non-corporate stations. Both WGOT and Grow radio are streamed on the internet, but with luck may emerge into over-the-air broad cast. WGOT is a shared over-the-air signal with two churches, so it is not always on. WUFT-FM is, of course, our NPR afliate. On the music side of things, those on the east side or with antennas might appreciate the music on Jackson villes public radio station at 89.9 FM, ranging from acoustic to electronic, jazz and blues, in an eclectic and pleasant mix in the evenings and night. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY RADIO! The Gainesville IguanaIguana, c/o CISPLA, P.O. Box 14712, Gainesville, FL 32604 (352) 378-5655 www.gainesvilleiguana.org! MayJune! MayoJunio!! Alachua County !! Comm spec. mtg, 10 am ! County Farmers Mkt on N 441 by Hwy Patrol Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 amnoon. Anti-war sign-holding on break until late August.The Invisible War doc on rape in US military at Hipp Cinema, 6:30 pm, $7.50; cosponsored by Vets for Peace, Gvl Area NOW, & Natl Womens Lib.Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark, CMC, 7 pm. !! IWW Organizer Training, !! CMC, 10 am pm.Blueberry Festival in Island Grove, 9 am pm: www.crosscreekfestival.com.Food Not Bombs makes free vegan/ vegetarian meals Saturdays: prep starts 11 am: gainesvillefnb@riseup.net.Hutch county comm. campaign meet & greet, with Brenda Bayne Trio, hosted by Wise Women for Growth: The Doris, 716 N. Main St, 7 pm; see ad, pg 17.Jimmy Schmidt & Andrea Costello Send-off (good luck in DC!), Civic Media Ctr, 433 S. Main St, 7:30 pm. !! Vets for Peace Memorial !! Mile (NW 8th Ave between 23rd & 34th Streets). !! Food Not Bombs dinner & !! movie (title TBA), CMC, 7 pm. Brownelds Redevelopment Workshop, 14565 Main St, Alachua, 8 am pm: more info, www.nalgep.org. !! Wild Words, Wild Iris !! Books, last Tuesdays, open mic, 7 pm.Kent State talk by Clyde Ellis, CMC, 7 pm. ! Silky Safaka Lemurs of !! Madagascar and Madagascar, Lemurs & Spies; CMC, 7 pm. !! CMC Volunteers meet, !! 5:30 pm.Essential Afrikan History workshop # 9 at CMC, 7 pm. Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm. Bully, Hipp Cinema, 4:30, 6:30, & 8:30 pm (runs through Thurs; times vary: thehipp.org).Hairball 15 variety show at Villa East, 301 N. Main St, doors open 7 pm, show 8 pm; $15 (12 adv, from Wild Iris or Pride Ctr). !! International Relations: !! Exit: Iraq & Afghanistan; CMC, 7 pm. !! Veterans for Peace meet, !! 7 pm: call 352-375-2563 for directions. Bully, Hipp Cinema, 6:30 & 8:30 pm (see pg 15).Transgender Movie Night, 2nd Fridays, 7 pm, Pride Ctr.Iration reggae, BD plaza, 8 pm, free.Natalie Riccio at CMC, 9 pm. !!! Farm to Family Full Moon Concert opens in High Springs; see pg 7 & farmtofamilymusic.com .Repurpose Project open house every Friday, 6 pm: Satchel says its his favorite new place in Gainesville: 519 S. Main St, www.repurposeproject.org.Little Jake & the Soul Searchers at Downtown Plaza, 8 pm, free. !! Alternative Radio on !! local airwaves on WGOT-FM 94.7, Saturday afternoons at 4 pm & Sundays at 1 pm; best listening in NW Gville or in your car. Doug Clifford Saturdays, 11 pmmidnight; WSKY-97.3; show repeats Sunday nights 11 pm, WKTK-98.5. !! Vets for Peace Memorial Mile !! setup begins ~1 am; see pg 1.Interfaith Readings, Mennonite Mtg House, 1236 NW 18th Ave, 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10 am.Florida Folk Festival, White Springs FriSun see oridafolkfestival.com.Green Party Concert & Dinner, 6 pm, $7; Loga Springs Academy, 931 NE 16th Ave: see ad, pg 23.Lucero at DoubleDown Live, 9 pm.19!! If you appreciate this !! calendar, please consider supporting the Ig with a donation &/or subscription: PO Box 14712, Gainesville FL 32604. FULL MOON Climate Change Lobby meets at CMC, 12:30 pm.Veg 4 Life 1st Saturday potluck, 6:30 pm at UU Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St: 375-7207; $1 + veggie/vegan dish. Gvl Roller Rebels vs Ft Myers Derby Girls, Skate Stn, 1311 NW 76th Blvd, 7:30 pm; adv tix $8 at Sweet Dreams; $12 door: gainesvillerollerrebels.com. !! General Assembly to !! Save UF! rally at Plaza of Americas, noon.Stonewall Democrats, 901 NW 8th Ave, 6 pm, 4th Weds.Gvl Rootstriker Community (new org working to get money out of politics) meeting at CMC, 7 pm. !! CMC Volunteers meet, !! 5:30 pm.Food Not Bombs Puppet Show from Ft Lauderdale, CMC, 8 pm.Open Poetry at CMC, 9 pm. !! Critical Mass Bike Ride, !! 5:30 pm, UF Plaza of Americas.Feminist Friday Happy Hour, NW Grill, 5115 NW 39th Ave, 6:30 pm.Art Walk Downtown; many galleries & venues participate; 7 pm, last Friday of each month.Gay Movie Night last Fridays, $2, 7:30 pm, Pride Ctr, 3131 NW 13th St.Patchwork at Dntn Plaza, 8 pm, free. See www.gainesvillebands.com for info on live music in Gville.!School Board meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6 pm; www.sbac.edu. !! School Board meets ! 1st & 3rd Tues, 6 pm.PFLAGs (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) meet, United Church of Gvl, 7 pm. Whether here or anywhere: please support live music! !! Wester Josephs Stereo Vudu !! (rock, ska, etc) at Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza, free, 8 pm. Keep up with the CMC at www.civicmediacenter.org for events created after this calendar was printed, and into the future (also see pg 15). !! Alachua County !! Comm meets; see 5/22. !! Occupy Gainesville Day 223 !! check out their web site for ongoing activities, support & reports at OccupyGainesville.org, and thanks to all the Occupiers!Ballad of Joe Hill, CMC, 7 pm. !! CMC Volunteers, 5:30 pm.!! Open Poetry, CMC, 9 pm. Mary Leanna Zamora celebration/memorial at Fla Peace & Justice Coalition, 4-8 pm.Chloe at Womens Movie Night, 5 pm, 1st Sundays, Pride Community Center, 3131 NW 13th St. For more event details and irregularly updated calendar entries, see www.gainesvilleiguana.org/calendar. 19 18 17!! Alachua County !! Comm meets, 2nd & 4th Tues, 9 am & 5 pm, County Admin Bldg; citizens comment, 9:30 am & 5:30 pm.Alachua County Labor Party meets: 6:30 pm, 618 NW 13th Ave; info, 375-2832.Back to the Basics bus tour by Revolution Books, CMC, 7 pm. ! Deep Green Resistance !! Workshop, CMC, 3 pmEnvironmental documentary TBA, CMC, 7 pm. 23 21 22 20!!CMC Volunteers, !! 5:30 pm. Green Party meets, CMC, 7 pm.!!! Humanists meet, 7 pm, !! Unitarian Fellowship..Anarchademics, CMC, 7 pm. !30 29 28 25 26 24 27!!CMC !! Volunteers, !! 5:30 pm. ! Stonewall Democrats, 901 !! NW 8th Ave, 6 pm.International Relations: State of the Oceans; CMC, 7 pm. !! Art Walk Downtown; many !! galleries & venues participate; 7 pm, last Friday of each month.De Lions of Jah reggae, Bo Diddley Plaza, 8 pm, free see ad, pg 9. !! Rad Dad: Dispatches from !! the Frontiers of Fatherhood zine launch, CMC, 7 pm. !! IWW labor lm, title TBA, !! CMC, 7 pm. NAKBA DAY TOWEL DAY MEMORIAL DAY JUNETEENTH SUMMER SOLSTICE FATHERS DAY ! Democratic Exec. Comm. !! meets, County Commission mtg room, 2nd Weds, 7 pm. !! Fast Lane (R& B/soul/funk), !! Bo Diddley plaza: free, 8 pm. !! Juneteenth Breakfast, Spring !! Hill Baptist Church.Bark-B-Que fundraiser for medical service dogs, with live music & food, 3251 NE 180 Ave, Williston, FL, noon pm.Vegan Dinner benetting CMC, at CMC, 6 pm.1717: Voltaire 1st imprisoned in Bastille. 1912: Studs Terkel born. 1979: A. Philip Randolph dies. 1875: 1st Kentucky Derby run. 1954: Supreme Court decides Brown vs. Board of Education. 1048: Omar Khayyam born. 1872: Bertrand Russell born. 1895: Augusto Sandino born. 1881: Clara Barton founds American Red Cross. 1916: 1st Daylight Savings Time begun as British war measure. 1956: Bikini Atoll hosts 1st H-bomb test. 2008: Bruce Utah Phillips dies. 1883: Brooklyn Bridge opens (cost: $16 million). 1921: Sacco & Vanzetti trial opens. 1941: Robert Bob Dylan Zimmerman born. 1741: 13 black men burned at stake (& 17 blacks, 4 whites hanged) for plotting slave revolt in New York City. 1778: Voltaire dies. 1814: Mikhail Bakunin born. 1789: US Constitution takes effect. 1783: Montgolfier Brothers fly first hot-air balloon. 1968: Robert Kennedy shot. 1935: Harry Crews born. 1944: 155,000 Allied troops invade France. 1991: 100,000 Madagascans protest government. 1963: Medgar Evers shot. 1964: Nelson Mandela given life sentence. 1966: US Supreme Court decides Miranda case. 1855: Robert LaFollette born. 1928: Ernesto Che Guevara born. 1972: 6 burglars arrested in Watergate complex. 1812: Napoleon invades Russia. 1941: Hitler invades Russia. 1880: Helen Keller born. IGUANA Deadline for July-Aug issue is 6/25; write gainesvilleiguana@cox.net or call 378-5655 with events, updates, advertisements & info.


PAGE 14, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 wages, and discrimination in wages. However, each issue has its own Since the 1970s, the amount of income earned by a middle class family, and what that income can purchase has decreased like no other time in U.S. history with the exception of the Great Depression. From 1970 to 2010, the median household income in the U.S. went from about $43,800 to $49,500 in constant dollars, an increase of just over 13 percent (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). What these numbers dont show, however, is that much of that increase went to people at the upper end of the scale. Hence, folks in the middle either found their real earnings staying constant or actually decreasing while incomes for the top 20 percent of households were rising very quickly. At the same time, the consumer price index, which measures whether prices of goods and services are rising or falling, rose approximately 450 per cent in this period. Incomes stagnated for a number of reasons. What labor market economists call Primary Sector jobs have been disappearing. Primary sector jobs are jobs that pay a wage comparable to the average wage of all Americans, provide cations and sick leave, and have some form of pension or retirement plan. Also, these types of jobs have a degree of mobility, so if you lose a primary secother company or in another city. The loss of these jobs can be attributed to many factors. Outsourcing jobs to countries were wages are much lower than the U.S., or contracting jobs out to independent contractors, is a major reason. Many older production technologies have become obsolete. New technologies and productivity improvements have caused there to be less demand for workers. Newer jobs in the economy are char acterized by being at lower wages than previous primary sector jobs and insurance, they may require an employee contribution or higher contribution, higher co-pays and deductibles, and decreased coverage. Many of the jobs are not categorized as jobs at all. They are contracted out to independent contractors that are not counted as employees, and therefore not entitled to In terms of pay rates not keeping pace with increasing prices or wage erosion, a major reason is the lack of unionized labor and regulatory policies that give employers far more power over employees than ever before. In the 1960s, the U.S. private sector workforce had a unionization rate approaching 60 percent. Today Another factor that has driven down wages is discrimination in terms of equal pay for equal work. The courts have been loath to enforce anti-discrimination laws. In the case of Lilly Ledbetter, Ledbetter found out after many years she was getting paid far less than her male counterparts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled she had no recourse. The court held that if the company could keep wages secret such that workers did not discover the pay discrepancies within 180 days of taking the job, the company could legally discriminate. Given that at least 50 percent of the workforce are women, their lower wages prevent them from becoming homeowners in their own right, or income to a family unit so that it can purchase a home. In short, the middle class has less economic power with which to purchase In the next issue of the Iguana, Ill that have developed recently, which cult to obtain. What happened to the American Dream of a college education and home ownership? Anonymous Iguana Reader Another great question from one of our readers. There is no one reason why the American Dream of a college education or home ownership is beyond the grasp of middle class U.S. citizens. Instead, a number of factors combined to push most Americans out of the marketplace for these two elements of the ideal middle class life style. In general these factors are the drastic decrease of primary sector jobs that jobs that not only require major pay erosion due to prices rising faster than Ask Mr .. Econ asks readers to submit their tough questions about the economy and cox . net . D


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 15 433 S. Main StreetParking just to the south at SE 5th Ave .. (see sign) or after 7 p . m . at the courthouse (just north of 4th Ave . ) or GRU (2 blocks east of CMC) Check our website for details or events scheduled after this went to presswww.civicmediacenter.org (352) 373-0010Civic Media Center Events May/June RIP Beastie BoyBy Joe Courter Artists in our corporate media culture usually keep in their place and dont step out of line at award shows. There have been notable exceptions such as Barbara Trent and Michael Moore at the Oscars. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was another, and thanks to Democracy Now! on May 7, on the occasion of his death at 47 from cancer,   his 1998 statement at the Video Music Awards was reprised.   Here s the transcript from the VMAs; rather prophetic stuff criticizing the climate of racism toward Muslims and Arabs, and the Clinton administrations then-recent bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan. Adam Yauch: Its kind of a rare opportunity that one gets to speak to this many people at once, so if you guys will forgive me, I just wanted to speak my mind on a couple things. And I think it was a real mistake that the U.S. East. I think that was a huge mistake, and I think that its very important that the United States start to look towards nonviolent means of resolving conon, hold on, give me one second here that took place in the Middle East were thought of as a retaliation by the ter rorists. And if we thought of what we did as retaliation, certainly were going the Middle East, from terrorists specifically, I should say, because most Middle Eastern people are not terrorists. And I think thats another thing that America really needs to think about, is our racism, racism that comes from the United States towards Muslim people and towards Arabic people. And thats something that has to stop, and the United States has to start respecting people from the Middle East in order been building up over many years. So, I thank everyone for your patience and letting me speak my mind on that. D Every Thursday: W eekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Poetry Jam, 9 p.m. Thursday 5/17: Icarus Project meeting, 7 p.m. Green Party meeting, 7 p.m. Saturday 5/19: IWW Organizer Training: Day 1, 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Andrea Costello and Jimmy Schmidt send of f party, 7:30 p.m. Sunday 5/20: IWW Organizer Trainiing: Day 2, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday 5/21: "Joe Hill," docu-drama on the life and work of IWW organizer Joe Hill, 7 p.m. T uesday, 5/22 "Back to the Basics bus tour ," Revolution Books, 7 p.m. W ednesday, 5/23: Gainesville Rootstriker Community meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday 5/24: Essential Afrikan History Workshop #9, 7 p.m. Friday 5/25: ArtW alk with Billl Perry, Tom Miller and the Bill Perry Orchestra, 7-1 1 p.m. Monday 5/28: Food Not Bombs: Dinner and a Movie, 7 p.m. T uesday, 5/29 Kent State: A talk by Clyde Ellis, 7 p.m. W ednesday, 5/30: International Relations Exit: Iraq and Afghanistan, 7 p.m. Thursday 5/31: Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs Puppet Show 8 p.m. Thursday 6/7: Icarus Project meeting, 7 p.m. Friday 6/8: Music with Natalie Riccio, 9 p.m. Monday 6/11: "Silky Safaka Lemurs of Madagascar" and "Madagascar Lemurs W ednesday, 6/13: Queer Reading Group, 7 p.m. Saturday 6/16: V egan Fundraiser Dinner, 6 p.m. Monday 6/18: Deep Green Resistance Workshop, 3-6 p.m., W ednesday, 6/20: Anarachademics radical theory reading and discussion group, 7 p.m. Thursday 6/21: Icarus Project meeting, 7 p.m. Green Party meeting, 7 p.m. Saturday 6/23: Citizens Co-Op Summer Survival Fest Sunday 6/24: "Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood" zine launch event, 7 p.m. Monday 6/25: AIWW Labor Film Series, 7 p.m. W ednesday, 6/27: International Relations: State of the Oceans, a great discussions event, 7 p.m. Friday 6/29: ArtW alk, 710 p.m. "BULLY"an award winning documentary Friday, June 8: 6, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9: 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10: 2:30, 4:30, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 13: 5:15, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14: 6:30, 8:30 p.m.info: http://www.thehipp.org/


PAGE 16, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 Osama's almost letter to meby Eric Margolis This article was originally published on May 6, 2012 on Eric Margolis blog, ericmargolis . com . Why was I named in alleged al-Qaida letters last week as a recipient for documents about 9/11? Al-Qaida was not founded by Osama bin Laden, as many wrongly believe, but in the mid-1980s in Peshawar, Pakistan, by a revolutionary scholar, Sheik Abdullah Azzam. I know this because I interviewed Azzam numerous times at al-Qaida HQ in Peshawar while covering the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan. Azzam set up al-Qaida, which means the base in Arabic, to help CIA Afghanistan. In those days, the west In letters allegedly captured by US.. special forces from bin Ladens compound, Al-Qaidas public relations people cited me and 19 other western journalists as potential recipients of new documents about the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. No surprise there. Ive followed alQaida for the past 26 years as a writer, broadcaster and military consultant. My columns are read widely across South Asia and the Gulf. I have independent-minded and determined to get at the truth, no matter how unpopular. The big U.S. news networks heavily censored al-Qaidas statements on government orders, or misreported them, complete with fake videos of bin Laden. The report cites redoubtable British writer Robert Fisk, the New Yorkers ace investigator Seymour Hersh, ABC News investigator Brian Ross, and me as journalists who reported fairly and accurately on the region. All of us veterans have tried to report facts honestly and cut through propaganda from all sides. We have all been strong critics of al-Qaida and terror attacks, but also critics of heavy-handed, often counterproductive US.. and western policies in the Muslim world. As these letters shows, Al-Qaida was never the vast, worldwide terror organization that President George W. Bush claimed. As I witnessed, it was always tiny, no more than 200 men. the mostly Tajik and Uzbek Afghan Communists and their Soviet masters. Al-Qaida became an ally of Taliban in this anti-Communist struggle. But Taliban had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. As the renowned journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave reported from Afghanistan, Talibans Laden from their nation. Today, whats left of al-Qaida numbers no more than 25 men in Afghanistan, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Yet President Barack Obama cites the alleged al-Qaida threat as the reason for keeping U.S. forces in Afghanistan and keeping Pakistan under semi-occupation. That was the real purpose for releasing these letters. Al-Qaida has become an integral part of U.S. politics. Al-Qaida is being used as a bogeyman by Americas Republicans to defend bloated U.S. military spending and bin Laden. My sources tell me a huge bribe led the U.S. to bin Laden, not torture. The Pentagon has been leaking socalled information claiming bin Laden was planning a wave of terror attacks just before he died. In fact, bin Laden had become an isolated, powerless jihadi living in retirement when he was killed. Why was he not brought back to the U.S. for trial? An open trial would have finally allowed Americans to discover the truth about the crime of 9/11, alQaida, and anti-Americanism in the


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 17 Muslim world. Tragically, this did not happen. Dead men tell no tales. We still dont know how much bin Laden was involved in 9/11, or if it was hatched in Pakistan. My own understanding is that 9/11 was planned in Hamburg and Madrid, and executed by mostly Saudi citizens. Al-Qaida lives on after bin Laden, but as a tiny bunch of western-hating militants with no power and little ability to stage major attacks. Violent anti-American groups from West Africa to Indonesia have adopted the title al-Qaida. For example, al-Qaida in Iraq never existed before the U.S. invasion. we are all Spartacus. These stepsons of al-Qaida are not centrally linked and have nothing in common except for opposing western domination of the Muslim world and espousing religious law. As U.S. intervention in Africa and Central Asia intensifies, so will they spread. Its a perpetual terrorist motion machine. Columnist and author Eric Margolis is a veteran of many in a special appearance on Britains Sky News TV as the man who got it right in his predictions about the danger ous risks and entanglements the U . S . would face in Iraq . His latest book is American Raj: Liberation or DominaMuslim World . D


PAGE 18, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 The Woody Guthrie CentennialA Celebration Concert for Woody, Born July 14, 1912Saturday, July 14 Warehouse R R estaurant and Lounge502 S. Main Street, Gainesville but you just might want to be there. Festival educates on local waste site hazards, solutions(Above) A volunteer at the EcoHealth Festival helps set up for the event on April 21 .  The project, held in Gainesville's Stephen Foster Neighborhood, shed light on issues related to the Koppers Superfund site, and was sponsored by Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc . and a grant by the U . S . Environmental Protection Agency .. (Left) Participants and vendors interact at the Festival, wher e speakers and exhibits offered solutions and actions regarding contamination issues . More information is available at http://www .. srahec . org/ Photos by Jennifer Watson .. TEMPEH PAD THAI COCONUT CHICKEN DINNER COMBOSLunch Specials $5.25 w/soda M-Th.: 11 am 10:30pm Fri, Sat.: 11am 11pm Sunday: 4 pm 10:30pm 421 NW 13TH ST. (352) 336-6566 Support the Iguana Donate! Subscribe!see page 24 for details


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 19 History and the people who make it: Norman Markel Transcript edited by Pierce Butler This is the eighth in a continuing series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida . Former United Faculty of Florida leader Dr .. Norman Markel was interviewed by UF emeritus history professor Robert Zieger [Z] on April 20, 2009. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1929. My father drove a laundry truck, for 35 years. He was involved in organizing the Teamsters Union in Detroit. The other thing that was important in my upbringing was being raised in what was more or less a Jewish ghetto in Detroit. I remember meetings in our house with the kitchen door closed and cigar smoke coming out from under the door. I went to public school. I had one I graduated and then I went off to be an organizer for the Zionist Youth Movement. I organized from 1948 to 1949. I was sent to welding school in Cleveland, Ohio. We bought a surplus army jeep with a welding machine, and we took that to Israel. All the time I was in Israel, two years, I was lucked out in that there were plenty of jobs. We are talking about 1952 now, and I started to work at Budd Wheel in Detroit, welding. I was a member of the United Steel workers. But the UAW had a fellowship for the children of union mem bers, and I applied for it and I got it. I think it gave me $500 or so, which the struggle over the River Rouge Bridge when they brought out machine guns and shot down the people, the Battle of the Overpass. When I graduated in 1947 a lot of ones called up to go to Korea and they started to come back in body bags. So I asked my draft board, they immediately gave me a school defer ment. I thought I would become a shop teacher. The counselor gave me a program where I would take education and chemical engineering. I was a very weak high school student and I dont think I ever had a chemistry course. I got a zero or maybe even minus ten. I still didnt want to go to Korea. I looked at what is the course that I can get the best liberal arts education and have the fewest courses? And that was psychology. And that is how I became a psychologist. 15 classic experiments in psychology. Wayne had a 15-week semester and every week we did an experiment. I loved it. So that is how I became an experimental psychologist. In The New York Times I read about a conference putting together psychology and language. They were going to call it psycholinguistics. It was a combination of pre-Chomsky linguistics and experimental psychology, which was perfect for me because I knew Hebrew and knew languages. And that is how I became a psycholinguist. places that actually had a psycholin guistics program. So I went to Chititle, when I taught at State University of New York at Buffalo, assistant professor of psycholinguistics. Chomskys psycholinguistics, he took over psycholinguistics. non-verbal behavior. I spent about a month there and it had two very wonderful effects: one was I learned a lot about non-verbal behavior. The other was while I was there, also taking the same course was Alan Lomax, the folk song collector, which later ended up with me working with him for about eight years on folk songs. I was studying the development of infant vocalization to see if we can identify kids who are going to have neurological problems, before they actually were sick. I was on with Lomax to handle the non-verbal aspects of the sound. A man came there to a site visit, Paul Moore, chair of the speech department at the University of Florida. I got a letter from him saying that they were developing the Communication Sciences Laboratory. There was a lot of money for social sciences because Sputnik had gone up. They were able to hire professors from engineering, speech, psychology, linguistics, and it sounded very exciting. Plus after four years in Buffalo, which has a lot of more snow than ida, I didnt know about rednecks and all that. I thought I was coming to a suburb of Miami. You might say I was totally politically nave. I had three small kids, and after four Buffalo winters, coming to Florida sounded really good. When I got close to Florida it dawned on me I might have made a mistake. Remember that Alachua County was the only county in Florida that voted for George Wallace. See ORAL HISTORY p. 22


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IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 21 May DayThe Radical Cheerleaders chant and dance in Gainesville on May Day May 1 as part of a celebration of workers everywhere . The march from University Avenue and 13th Street ended at the Bo Diddley Plaza with music and other entertainment . Jill Stein, Greeen Party candidate for pesident, spoke, along with labor union reps . Gainesville's Food Not Bombs provided free food . The IWW, along with other groups, sponsored the event . Photo by Mary Bahr .. TT el. 386.418.1234 ~ Fax 386.418.8203 14804 N N W 140th Street ~ AA lachua, FL 32615 Second store at 5011 NW 34th St.


PAGE 22, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/ ORAL HISTORY from p. 19 When we drove down here I had a Mercury station wagon which was rusted out from the Buffalo salt so that back of the car. In 1964 there was a riot in New York City, a race riot. When we were in Valdosta I had a New York license plate. The window was down and this guy looked in, and he said, hey guys, you sure know how to handle those niggers up there. I am thinking, wow, what I am going to say? I was treated very well by the University of Florida, until I got active in the union. Then things started to change. In the communication science laboratory, I had postdoctor al fellows working and I taught one or two classes. I had a until about 1970 when I really became active in the union. collective bargaining by bluff. Wed threaten going to the Gainesville Sun. At some point it was discovered that there was a letter activity and so on. By the time I became active in the union I was already a full professor with tenure, so it was not like the young didnt get tenure. At that point I didnt have anything to lose except salary. So I come to Florida. They told me I cant get paid until I signed the loyalty oath. Okay, so now not only I said I will be loyal to the United States and the state of Florida, but I have to say if I have been communist and do I know a communist. I said, oh Jesus. What happens if I dont sign this? They said, you dont get paid. So, I signed. Some professors in the law school are having a picket line to protest the signing of the loyalty oath. So I go over to the law school and outside was a group of ten or twelve bedraggled-looking professors. I mean, we all looked like that; this was 1968. Jay Zeman from the philosophy department, big and bald, comes up and says, how would you like to join the American Federation of Teachers? I was dumbstruck because I had never put together being a professor and being in a union. So I came to a meeting. There were people who were being oppressed on campus and it was totally by bluster that we were able to protect people. I am not really good in negotiations. I am very good with our own people but not with the other side. Public employees couldnt join the union at that time in the state of Florida. It was illegal. Nobody knew what collective bar gaining was. AFT was helping us organize. We get invited to Tallahassee by George Bedell, chancellor of the board of regents. He gives us a lecture: why it is so inappropriate for professors to be in a union. I was sitting across from him and he starts to say, do you want to be in a union with people such as truck drivers? My father used to be a truck driver. And he keeps on pushing that point. I reached across the table and grabbed him. They never brought me again to a bargaining session but they used me as a threat. They said, we will bring in Markel. AFT were very good. We had a chapter; we had one black member, and his job was to recruit black football players. This was , around the time the black students sat really like for black football players at the University of Florida. Steve Spurrier changed that. But at that time it


IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012, PAGE 23 See ORAL HISTORY p. 24 was really back of the bus. They kicked this guy out, and he is a member of the AFT. Whatre we going to do? We organized a picket line in front of Tigert Hall. The Sun wrote for a professor to be on a picket line. marriage because the woman I had married in Detroit knew me as a proThe black students sat in Tigert Hall and couldnt understand why every day the black students came they had a differ ent spokesperson. Being in anthropology and language I understood that for these people, anybody could speak for the group. You didnt elect a leader. Dauer Hall, and my oldest son went to P.K, the lab school. He used to ride his bike, and he comes to my ti-war demonstration. and the National Guard is there. They come with this tank and stuff like that, and as we were negotiating, they then water cannons. The campus had undercover agents all over the place. The students were in one of the large auditoria behind Tigert Hall. The next day most of them left but some would police in riot gear. It was me, Megill, and David Chalmers. They couldnt care less, and then they started to drag the students out. The key organizers of the union came from the philosophy department and the College of Education, the division of philosophy of education department. UFF, and I had a VW bus which burned out at least one, maybe two engines going from Pensacola, where the University of West Florida is, down to Miami, driving around professors who are not light weight. And we went around the state. I would teach union songs. And I would take Polish jokes, and instead of Polish people it would be the administrators who were the objects of the jokes. I was president only before we had collective bargaining. I had no release my publication record going down. To this day, I never think I paid a price; I am happy I did it. The academic minor compared to what I learned. I wouldve never met people in education or engineering or all over the campus had I not been in the union, or the people all over the state, and not raised my consciousness about my roots and the labor movement. That was well worth anything, way beyond anything I lost. I have been trying to put together my academic skills and my political skills. My skills research-wise are on some very detailed aspects of communication, like pitch, loudness, tempo, inter ruptions, and things that take a lot of training. So it was hard to put together things I am interested in: racism and sexism, how they come out. The book that is now in production is called "The Five Vital Signs of Conversation." Those are: How you address somebody/what you call them,


PAGE 24, IGUANA, MAY/JUNE 2012 ORAL HISTORY from p. 23 and what you self-disclose. These are the two verbal things. The non-verbal things are: where you sit, eye contact, and touch. conversation. Now my next task, if I live long enough, I want to link this to a hierarchy. Capitalist society incul cates people with the dominant/sub mission type of world view, hierarchi cal. There is always somebody on top, always somebody on the bottom. This Here in Gainesville I worked on a living wage campaign with Norman Bala banian, and I think we got pretty far. Z: Yeah . It is not as ambitious as some people wanted it to be, but there is a living wage ordinance . The head of the Greyhound bus drivers said, what are you doing at UF? I boxes and they called the campus police. I told him the various things we were having, and he said, our bus drivers wouldnt put up with that. We could get a hold of the salaries of everybody. I would take them to people, they would shudder. I discovered that the equivalent professors at Florida engineers here. That convinced people the union could be a good thing. One of the things that helped is that I was a full professor with tenure and a good publication record. So I came with street creds. I dont think we would have won collective bargaining if it hadnt been for the young professors at the other universities. Yes, because we didnt win on this campus. We were a chapter here. The Board of Regents thought they could do us in by saying that, no, you have to bargain for the whole state. That is how the van started going from Pensacola to Miami. If it hadnt been for the young professors, who were into the union and antiwar activism, we wouldnt have won the state-wide election. We won because 80% of FIU voted for the union. I was president but I decided to be a dent of the local at the University of Florida? I said, okay, we have to organize the women and the minori ties, and we have to have a labor history program. I said, unless we raise the consciousness of our members, once we win collective bargaining they are not going to be interested. I met a lot of resistance: they didnt support me in that, and I resigned as president of the local in protest. groups that really joined, surprisingly enough, was the English department. One of the reasons was the chair of the department was really bad, Ward something. So we said, come to the union. Everybodys going to have their own phone; theyre the union for their immediate needs, and we had to raise consciousness that there was here more than their immediate needs. An audio podcast of this interview will be made available, along with oral/feature-podcasts . htm . The Samuel Pr octor Oral History Program believes that listening can change the way we understand history, from scholarly questions to public policy .. SPOHP needs the publics help to sustain and build upon its research, teaching, and service missions: even small donations can make a big difference in SPOHPs ability to gather preserve and promote history for future generations . oral/support . html or make checks to the University of Florida, speci115215, Gainesville, FL 32611 . D The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar and newsletter .. Subscribe!Individuals: $15 (or more if you can) Low/No income: What you can Groups: $20 Iguana, c/o CISPLA P .. O . Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32604 Comments, suggestions, are welcome . To list your event or group, contact us at: (352) 378-5655 GainesvilleIguana@cox . net www .. gainesvilleiguana . org facebook . com/gainesvilleiguanaThe Gainesville Iguana (established 1986)