The Gainesville iguana
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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: 11-2012
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Gainesville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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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 ...Publishers Note .... 3 Walmart Strikes .... 8 CMC Events . 9 Directory .......... 10-11 Event Calendar . 12-13 Oral History Prgm .. 16 Wild Iris Moves .... 24 Big Wins, Big Money Loses But now what?The 2012 election, both locally and nationally, proved to be a great victory for the Democrats. But now the hard work begins. See page 3 for more details. Cartoon courtesy of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.Im more than a mom, a wife, an employeeBy Candi Churchill Reprinted from National Womens Liberation News, Fall 2012 This is an edited version of a talk given at an event organized by Rad Dad author and activist Tomas Moniz in June 2012 at the Civic Media Center in Gainesville. All this talk about this way or that way to shoot the baby out of the canal. Epidural or no epidural? Are you going natural or are you going to allow interventions? Sleep training? Attachment parenting? Cry it out? Breast? Bottle? Both? There are a lot of ways to have a family and raise a child, and in the end, most kids are going to be loved and provided for (we hope). But what about what happens to us? Theres not a lot of talk about how hard it is to readjust to your new life. When I had my baby, my life changed forever. Sure it changed for the better in many ways. I wouldnt trade him for the world. My heart stretched in ways I never knew possible. I love his laugh. I love his kisses. Hes amazing. But it is extremely hard and I feel some days that Ive lost myself. I didnt expect that. I had three months paid (sick) leave when he came along. It was wonderful. I was lucky. I took walks. I ate well. I had lunch dates, play dates, nights out with friends. Then I had to go back to my job. At something other than baby things. I had to travel out of town the second week back at work. This was supposed See MOM p. 4 The GainesvilleIguanaNovember/December 2012 Vol. 26, Issue 11/12


PAGE 2, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 A new site for the One-Stop homeless serviceBy Arupa Freeman The Gainesville City Commission is going to pursue the purchase of the former Gainesville Correctional Institution (GCI) on the 2800 block of NE 39th Avenue as a possible site for the long-discussed One-Stop homeless service center and shelter. This property is available since the state has declared it surplus and given the city government the option to buy it. The GCI building has many rooms with bunk beds, so it would not require extensive, costly renovations. It is located near a jail and an airport, making it a tough sell that some NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) property values are going to be damaged by its presence. It is on a bus line, and has sidewalks and a bike trail. This site is vastly superior to the 53rd Avenue site, where the One-Stop would have to be created from scratch and may never happen anyhow, since it faces years of litigation from the local NIMBY, and has not received a sign-off from the St. Johns Water Management District, which must agree to any facility locat ed so close to wetlands. The 53rd Street site brings to mind a homeless shelter and camping ground located on the backsides of hell. Our homeless people, many of them old and medically fragile, would be living and camping on a site adjacent to a cement plant, a diesel yard and a swamp. This site has no sidewalks, no bike trail, no nearby stores, and is not on a bus line. I have privately ing the homeless community a favor. Still, I have never, until now, spoken out publicly against the 53rd Avenue site. I have too many memories that will haunt me forever. Terry running across Lynch Park screaming, I am so cold! I am so cold! Please help me! Jer maine hanging on to the side of the van, his face ashen and twisted, saying, Please give me some food. Im in too much pain to stand in line. An old man coming to my door on a winter morning to ask if I have a warm coat. He tells me, I walked all night. It was too cold to stand still. Even a homeless shelter on the backsides of hell is better than nothing at all. Now it may not come to that. The possibility of a OneStop Center at this 39th Avenue locahope we have seen in a long, long time. At this point, the homeless community is increasing literally on a weekly basis. A substantial portion of the homeless people are elderly, disabled and suffering from lifethreatening illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. As I told the City Commission, those who support and work for this siting of the One-Stop Center will be working to save lives and alleviate suffering.Gvilles Home Van in need of suppliesThe Home Van is an outreach mission, which delivers food, clothing, friendship and other necessities to the homeless people of Gainesville. For more information, visit homevan. blogspot.com. Items Needed:Tents Tarps Bottled water Gloves Ear muffs Hats Jackets Blankets Bug spray Vienna sausages Creamy peanut butter Jelly Candles White tube socks Batteries GamesCall 352-372-4825 to arrange for a drop-off. 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 SE 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or can be made online at homevan.blogspot.com. D Hey Reader!What you are reading could use your support. ... A paid up subscriber? You rock! ... An overdue subscriber? At least check in. ... A free pick-up person? Well, your help would be great, too, if you have the means to do it. Paid or not, we can also put you on an email one is in t he racks and stacks.Feed the Iguana.Send a check payable to: Gainesville Iguana PO Box 14712 Gainesville, FL 32608


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 3 From the publisher ...Big Wins, Big Money Loses...But now what?By Joe CourterThere was a very happy vibe at the Farmers Market on Nov. 7, one day after the election Florida map was a source of pride for ex-pat As with the nation, organizing trumped money it was people power knocking on doors, Nationally, it was tactics on the Electoral College were not even needed. Despite the weak media analysis on issues, the Republicans were very helpful in providing unforgettable moments of inarticulateness. And this practical sensibility and open mindedness within our increasingly diverse electorate. Progressives are winning the cultural war; it is not the 1980s anymore. Ironically, the national scene is quite unchanged between the House, Senate and was not a lot of turnover; some gains on the Left, and some even further-to-the-right Republicans coming in. (Take Florida. Obama won the popular vote, yet only 9 of 27 House seats went (D). That is how the Republicans have kept the House. Their percent agenda.) Will the Right dare to enforce four more years of non-cooperation? call on we the people to back him up and, as with FDR, make him do the stuff we really want and need, or if we just watch. We need to get our electoral system into independent hands. According to Norm Ornstein on Fresh Air on Nov. 7, the U.S. is alone in not having an independent body collateral damage they have unleashed. Science and reality-based thinking needs to unregulated free market. Newly elected area congressman (and Tea Party darling) Ted Yoho, in a forum I attended, in one answer called for less government spending, letting private industry take the lead, and extolled how great the1960s commitment to go to the moon was. THAT WAS GOVERNMENT SPENDING that led to all the We had great gains locally on the County Commission and School Board. Thank you to all who made that happen. We citizens need to support these bodies as they do their work, go to meetings, offer helpful comments and have their back. Voting is important, but it is but a small part of what civic responsibility is all about. 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 Brown Mark Piotrowski Editorial Board: Pierce Butler Joe Courter Beth Grobman Jessica Newman Production work & assistance: Justine Mara Anderson Joye Barnes Robbie Czopek Mort Sahl Emily Sparr Distribution: Joe Courter Marcus Dodd Bill Gilbert Jack Price Special Thanks to the Democratic Voters of Alachua County .Authors & photographers have sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work. Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Harrison. Printed on recycled paper


PAGE 4, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 wasnt. After a day of hard work on my feet, it still was much easier than caring for my son. Sometimes it is hard working out of town. My child was sick a lot for about a year, and I often didnt want to go, especially if I didnt feel my work was valued, and two parents are especially needed when theres vomit, excessive poop and fever involved. I used up all my sick leave for my parental leave, so I usually didnt have much choice. I had to go to work. Now my husband works 150 miles away, so when I have to travel for a work, its a I have been having serious mood swings for a long period. Periods of not sleeping well. Sometimes I feel blissful; manic happy times where I honestly feel like the luckiest person in the world to have a challenging job and a wonderful family, then dark, desperate, lonely moments where I want to run away from anyone who needs anything from me. Every other mom in the world seems more together than me. More relaxed. More organized. More loving. More patient. My moms group and feminist movement sisters remind me that we all felt this way from time to time and that there should be no comparing. No But somehow guilt creeps in anyway. There are times I know I am doing a great job as a mom, and I enjoy myself, no doubt. This is what I wanted: a sweet partner who is a father and not just a babysitter who helps me, though I wish he could be around more. A decent job, good health insurance. What is wrong with me? It could be so But some days I cant get out of bed. Ill skip showering (not a great idea). Skip breakfast (a worse idea). I enter the world like a zombie, but I pull it off. Im great at my job, no one knows Im often feeling sad. Paranoid. Alone. Incompetent. Maybe I just needed to work out more. Eat better. Go to bed earlier. Take more short cuts. Take time for myself. Take a mental health vacation. Plan date nights. I tried these things. But you know what? There are no are life savers, but the root of the problem is that I work too many hours and have too many demands on my time and energy; I am oppressed as a woman and a worker. This double day is killing me. And not just the long 60-hour intense weeks either; it is the grind of even a 35 or 40-hour work week. Workers in the U.S. work some of the longest hours in the industrialized world. I am angry about our conditions countries not only work fewer hours, they also have a lot more vacations and holidays than we do and retire earlier Now thats time. Thats family values. And U.S.-style reforms and austerity measures are eroding what other peoples movements have been able to win, especially in Europe. I could be a better parent, a happier person if I had time. Be whoever it is I am aside from a mom, a wife and an employee. I need national health care, not tied to a job or marriage. Then I wouldnt feel so tied to my job or a job. I need a sabbatical. Time to travel again. To just come back to myself. Myself underneath an intense job. A spirited child. A strained marriage. Maybe with more time off my husband and I could remember why we fell in love, and not just manage tasks and give our best to our child and ignore each other. Finding the right private childcare center is exhausting. Youve got to look at the hours they are open. The costs. need good, quality childcare thats public. And I worry about our public schools. Underfunded. Crowded. Being reformed (privatized) by Wal-mart executives. Teachers are demoralized and leaving the field or left long ago. Will my child get the public school education that I got? Have we resegregated? What the heck will I do in the summers? Or when schools close at noon on Wednesdays? Is this our individual problem to navigate? Raising a family doesnt have to be this hard. Most of us value people over If I can lose myself, how many others are lost? Trudging on through life. Depressed. Oppressed. Lonely. But in love with our kids or in love with something we dont have enough time to enjoy. How many of us are living like this? And when are we going to get together and build a movement to turn this all around? Im up for it.* For more on this see, Carol Hanischs The Personal is Political in Feminist Revolution, 204-205, which can be ordered from www .redstockings.org. DMOM from p. 1 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


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 5 Wage theft in Alachua County: too often, too commonBy Tommy Baker When someone breaks into your home and steals your property, there is a well known number to call to report the crime, and there is a legal system to come to your defense. When hard at work and owed money by your employer, what is the number to call when the check does not arrive? Lauren Walls had very few resources at hand after the restaurant she worked The cooks got tipped out, the bussers got tipped out, and then there was a mystery tip out that did not add up, Walls said. The more she asked about where the tips went to, she said, the more I was taken off the schedule. Walls did not receive her last pay check after she quit, though owed a few hundred dollars; between school and looking for her next job, she did not feel like it was worth hiring a lawyer over. Unpaid overtime, paid under miniindependent contractor, forced to work off the clock or during meal breaks, altered employee time cards, deducting money from paychecks, getting paid late, or not getting paid at all in the state of Florida, there are few options to recover wages legally owed to employees. Over the past decade, the Federal Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, has reported thousands of victims of wage theft and has recovered millions of dollars in Alachua County alone. Besides hiring a lawyer to recover owed wages, the only or ganization to report wage theft to in Alachua County is the federal government. As disclosed in a Florida International University report on wage theft, undercover reporters in Miami-Dade County found it will take up to 10 months for a case to be opened and years to recover the wages due to the backlog of violations. In 2010, Florida had just one federal wage theft investigator for every 1.2 million workers, over eight times the national average. What makes this a unique problem to Florida is that the federal government has limited jurisdiction for many wage theft claims, and there is no state agency to mediate the return of legally owed wages. In the early 2000s, Florida dismantled its Department of Labor and Employment Security (DOLES) and replaced Workforce Florida and the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Neither of these organizations deals with wage and hour complaints. Though the state can investigate wage theft violations pertaining to laws like Floridas minimum wage law, since 2004, when the law was enacted, there has not been a single The concern prompted Florida or ganizations and counties to act. In 2010, Miami-Dade County became a wage theft ordinance, which is a way for the county to process cases without having to go through the federal government. The successful trial run of MiamiDades ordinance prompted Broward County on Oct. 23 of this year to become the second county in Florida to pass the ordinance. Now Pinellas, Palm Beach and Orange counties are working on similar actions. Over the summer of 2012, the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force was founded to work on passing the ordinance here in Alachua County. On Oct. 24, the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force and the Alachua County Labor Party gave a presentation in the Downtown Library that illustrated the problem of wage theft locally. They described how the ordinance will operate, if passed, and how the ordinance will be good for businesses. County Commissioners Hutchinson and Chestnut, who support the or dinance, asked questions with the wage theft ordinance. Commissioner Byerly, who was not at the event, also said he supports an ordinance in Alachua County. Alex Cardelle, a member of the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force and a former intern with Miami-Dade Countys Wage Theft Program, said the ordinance works because it is designed to be unbiased, neutral, and mediate between the employee and See WAGE THEFT p. 6


PAGE 6, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 Ds Tees and TingsRemember Your AncestorsSpecializing in Afrikan & Caribbean ItemsDen & Deb's Flea Market in Gainesville Booth #37 Next to Sonnys 2708 NE Waldo Road employer. He said this is done by looking at the evidence of an employees claim before the employer is contacted. Cardelle said that citizenship status is not a criterion to receive the countys service, though the work must have been done in the county and within the last year. Before the Miami-Dade ordinance, Cardelle said, small businesses were wage theft claims in court, which is both expensive and time consuming. The mediation process of the ordinance is a fast-track and inexpensive way to settle the claim since most cases are the result of misunder standings or errors, said Cardelle. The program will often refer businesses to other agencies that offer small business support. We help identify problems in the small business, such as with payroll, Cardelle said. In todays work climate, some businesses may feel they must work around the system to keep a competitive edge. For businesses that play by the rules and are paying their employees fairly in accordance of the law, this can often result with an economic disadvantage to their unlawful competitor. Ultimately, a wage theft ordinance in Alachua County will keep everyone playing by the same set of rules. As word of the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force has gotten out into the community, the Labor from folks looking to report a vioplace to report wage theft. The number to call to report a wage theft violation still needs to be formed by the citizens of Alachua and the County Commission. Co-founder of the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force, Jeremiah Tattersall, sums it up: The wage theft ordinance helps honest businesses compete fairly, helps exploited workers recover their much needed wages, and helps make Gainesville a decent place to work and have a business. theft in Florida and how to par ticipate, go to www.ACWTTF.org. D THINKINGABOUTTHEMILITARY? MAKEAN INFORMEDCHOICE. ADVICEFROMVETERANSONMILITARYSERVICE ANDRECRUITINGPRACTICESAResourceGuideForYoungPeople ConsideringEnlistment Gainesville Chapter14 http://www.afn.org/~vetpeace/ WAGE THEFT from p. 5


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 7 D DFolk singer Tom Neilson in concert, Dec. 14 By Joe Courter One of Americas best political folk singers will be visiting Florida in December, and the Civic Media Center will be hosting him in a solo concert Friday evening, Dec. 14. Tom Neilson grew up singing, and when the politics and U.S. foreign policy of the s and s came to his awareness, it merged into his songcraft. Creative and See for yourself on his website, www.tomneilsonmusic. com, where the excerpt below was taken from. farm routes, and a fervent commitment to social justice, as he writes about historical and current events that have disappeared or are distorted in the media. He has been at the forefront in helping communities organize against war, water privatization, mountain top removal, nuclear energy, incinerators, GMOs, fracking and toxic waste. He has received 20 awards and nominations, and at Kerrville, was referred to as the Jon Stewart of folk music. Known locally [in Massachusetts] as the Bard Insurgent, Tom is a veteran of stage and street theater with his writing, with heroin addicts, the poor, human rights, safe energy and liberation movements from Nicaragua to Eritrea. His original works, parodies of popular tunes, well known freedom songs, and poetry draw the listener into his musical response to globalization. S. Main St. in downtown Gainesville on Dec. 14 at 8 By Gary Bone, Gallery Curator Cofrin Arts Center, Oak Hall SchoolAn exhibition on the life work of Stetson Kennedy will be presented by Oak Hall School at the Cofrin Arts Center in collaboration with the Civic Media Center. Stetson Kenwedy: A Life of Purpose will follow the arc of Stetsons life of accomplishment and the people he collaborated with as he spoke truth to power. He authored eight books, including Klan Unmasked, I Rode with the Klan, and The Jim Crow Guide. He collaborated with a diverse universe of people such as Zora Neale Hurston, Woody Gutherie, Simone de Bouvier, and Jean Paul Sarte. An author, folklorist, environmentalist, labor activist and human rights activist, he won numerous awards for his human rights and civil rights work, both nationally and internationally. He was active up until his death at age of 92 in 2011. Stetson Kennedy: A Life of Purpose will open Friday, Jan. 11 at the Cofrin Arts Center from feature Sandra Parks, Stetsons widow, speaking about his life and work, along with music by his friend bluesman Willie Green and others. The exhibition runs through Feb. 9 at Oak Hall School in Gainesville.Stetson KennedyStetson Kennedy: A life of purpose


PAGE 8, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 Why direct action is working for Walmarts workersBy Jake Olzen Below is an abbreviated version of Olzens article originally published on Oct. 22 on WagingNonviolence.org. The nations largest retailer Walmart is in the throes of a bold movement for worker justice. The company has faced a number of separate strikes in less than a month and, rather than its workers, Walmart is backing down and conceding to some demands. Workers raised the stakes last week when more than 200 striking workers showed up at Walmarts global headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., as analyst meeting on Oct. 10 the company is viewing the strikes, revealing how powerful organized labor can be when it taps into strong community support, utilizes social networks, and engages in direct action. Also joining Walmarts striking retail workers in this historic struggle were Walmarts warehouse workers from Illinois and California whose successful strike for better conditions and wages started a nationwide wave, putting visible pressure for change on how Walmart treats its workers. Warehouse workers from Illinois and for a company whose open door policy has meant refusing to meet with groups, instead favoring individual meetings. Retail workers are still demanding for a group meeting with Walmart to discuss their own treatment and will not relent until they get one. Community and clergy support Illinois workers Last month, workers in Elwood, Ill., walked off their jobs in the Joliet-area distribution center to protest unsafe working conditions and wage theft. The workers, who are organized Workers for Justice (WWJ), picketed their employer, Walmart contractor Roadlink, with a list of complaints and demands. The Elwood strike began on Sept. 15 when workers including some who are part of a WWJ organizing committee delivered a petition to Roadlink management that had been circulating among the workers. The WWJ organizing committee trains workers to be leaders in their workplace through know-your-rights workshops and skills trainings to organize and defend those rights. Some of the concerns listed in the petition included complaints about workers not knowing when their shifts would end, discrimination and unsafe working conditions. Four the petition was delivered. Right there and then, an impromptu decision was made to walk off the job, and the strike began. Two weeks later, Walmart shut down its largest distribution center in North American in anticipation of protest. On Oct. 1, the striking workers there were about 40 walking a daily picket were joined by hundreds of supporters, including clergy members, community organizers and other activists in solidarity with WWJ. Over 650 people showed up with 11 buses coming from Joliet and Chicago at the nations largest inland port. Cadres of county sheriffs, state troopers and riot police met the activists in full force, and 17 people an act of civil disobedience. Then, on Oct. 5, strikers delivered a petition to Walmart management in Chicago with more than 100,000 signatures in support of the workers demands that conditions improve and retaliations end against outspoken workers in the companys distribution centers. The following day, after being on strike for three weeks, the Elwood warehouse workers returned to work Walmart workers and support protest on June 30 in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of OUR Walmart.See WALMART p. 19


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 9 433 S. Main Street www.civicmediacenter.org (352) 373-0010Parking 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 pressCivic Media Center EventsNovember/December 2012Every Thu.: Weekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30pm Every Thu.: Poetry Jam, 9pm Fri., 11/16: Eat Healthy on a Budget, a presentation about how to eat the best food for health and vitality without Fri., 11/16: Waxing Moon Music Series with Nook & Cranny, Peter Levitov and John David Eriksen, Fiona Bas Irish Session Band, 9pm Sat., 11/17: Transgender 101 Workshop and Brunch, 10am brunch, 11am workshop Mon., 11/19: Gainesville Area Food Network, Tues., 11/20: Wed., 11/21: Tara Lee talk on The Changing Demographics of the GLBTQ Community, 7pm Anarchademics radical theory reading and discussion group, 7pm Sat., 11/24: Zine Workday, join us to organize our zine library and create zines, 3pm to 6pm Mon., 11/26: Stonewall Democrats present Transamerica, 7pm Mon., 11/26: Super Smash Brothers Melee Fundraising Tournament at 1982, 7:30pm Tue., 11/27: Icarus Project, a peer-led community support group, 9pm Thurs., 11/29: Afrikan History Workshop #12, 7pm Fri., 11/30: Gainesville High School Roots n Shoots Open Mic Night, 8pm Sat., 12/1: card game, 3pm to 6pm Sun., 12/2: Wings, Worms and Wonder, family nature activities and dialogue about inspiring childrens senses of wonder through artful garden activites, 2pm to 4pm Mon., 12/3: Music with North Bound, Carbomb for the Civic Media Center, 9pm Tues., 12/4: Board of Directors meeting, 6pm Wed., 12/5: First-Hand History with Jack Price, long-time civil and human rights activist, 7pm Fri., 12/7: Buy Local Gifts, a holiday market featuring artist Karrie A. LyonsMunkittrick of WeeDot Art, 7pm to 10pm Sun., 12/9: Bike-In Movie in The Courtyard: Christmas Evil, 7pm Mon., 12/10: screening, 7pm Tues., 12/11: Icarus Project, a peer-led community support group, 9pm Fri., 12/14: Music with special guest Tom Neilson, 8pm (see pg. 7 for more details. Mon., 12/17: winter reception at 6pm


PAGE 10, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 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. contact us to join or for the most updated info: FloridaLaborParty.org, ACLP@ FloridaLaborParty.org, 352.375.2832, 14 East University Ave, Suite 204, Gainesville, FL PO Box 12051, Gainesville, FL 32604 A merican Civil Liberties Union Currently no local chapter. For info on forming new Amnesty 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 bridgesacrossborders.org, 352-485-2594, Citizens Climate Lobby (Gainesville Chapter) provides education and activist opportunities to bring about a stable climate. Meetings are the usually at the downtown library's Foundation Room. 352-672-4327, 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 corridors 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 reporting Florida 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 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 the 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, home-cooked 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@ 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 Loves Mountains works in partnership with Appalachian communities to end mountaintop removal coal mining and create a prosperous economy and sustainable future for the region and its people. We believe that the single, best path our community can take toward a stronger economy, better jobs, and a healthier environment for all is energy for a local ordinance requiring all rental standards. gainesvillelovesmountains@ gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/ GainesvilleLovesMountains 352-505-2928 Gainesville Womens Liberation The South, formed in 1968, the organization is now part of National Womens Liberation. WomensLiberation.org Graduate Assistants United Union that represents all UF grad assistants by community involvement and academic org, www.ufgau.org Green Party Part of worldwide movement built out of four different interrelated social pillars, which support its politics: the peace, civil rights, environmental and labor movements. Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655. or email gainesvilleiguana@cox.net with updates and additions


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 11 www.GainesvilleGreens.webs.com Grow Radio provide the opportunity for community members to create and manage unique, engaging, educational, locally-generated and visual arts and humanities for the enrichment of, but not limited to, the Gainesville community. www.growradio. org. PO Box 13891, Gainesville, 32604, 352-219-0145 (v), 352-872-5085 (studio hotline) Harvest of Hope Foundation organization that provides emergency farm 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 at the Civic Media Center 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; 352-215-4255 or 352-3776577 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 is provided. Interested individuals should call toll-free (888) 831-0404 or visit the programs Web site at http:// MindFreedom North Florida Human rights group for psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers. 352-3282511. 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. Planned Parenthood Clinic Fullservice 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. 352-3542432, www.protectgainesville.org. River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding 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 motivated activist group at UF equality for the LGBTQ community. queeractivistcoalition@gmail.com. Sierra Club every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville 4225 NW 34th St. 352-528-3751, www. ssjsierra.org Sister City Program of Gainesville. Links Gainesville with sister cities in Russia, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, and 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 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 & nonstudents, faculty and staff. www.grove. United Faculty of Florida Union represents faculty at Univeristy of Florida. 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 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 effective. Meetings at 7 p.m.. 352-375-2563, www.afn. WGOT 94.7 LP-FM Community lowpower station operating as part of the Civic Media Center. wgot947@gmail.com, www.wgot.org. D


PAGE 14, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 DFloridas Hidden Hand in Wrongful ConvictionsBy Jerry N. Alfred A wrongful conviction is a conviction obtained through a violation of a persons rights under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. For example, a due process violation occurs where a States Attorney Ofthe defense. When one is uncovered a person who was wrongfully convicted will have her or his conviction overturned assuming, of course, it ter an evidentiary hearing where the enough, will argue it was harmless and sentence vacated. The States Atbe afforded the option of either allowing the person who it had wrongfully convicted to go free or retrying her or him on the original offense. At a glance, most people could see at this Picasso. First, as much as redressing an egregious injustice, as outlined above, could as easily be seen as perpetrating one considering the States Atbial slap on the wrist. Second, owing to the lightness of its punishment, it could be seen as creating a moral hazard: when in possession of a foldwould deliberately withhold favorable evidence from the defense so as to obtain an otherwise unlikely conviction in order to get time out of a person who would have likely gone free. who nonetheless are thoroughly incapable of seeing them. For the culturally myopic, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture. For them, any punishment meted out to the States Attorney Ofinstance, reducing the original offense by one degree of a case for a due progiving a criminal, never mind the presumption of innocence, an undue the potential adverse consequences, they would argue, to a prosecutors career aspirations would stop her or him from engaging in such unethical conduct. So, from their perspectives, the illustory. Were either of these points valid, then the contention that the conspicuous true, but neither of them is. The logic it merits summary rejection; whereas, that underpinning the second, though reasonable enough, begs the question: is the possibility of getting caught high enough to persuade a prosecutor to forgo the risk? The answer to this sixty-four-thousand-dollar question is a resounding no and this is where Flor idas hidden hands come in. In order to uncover a due process violation, an imprisoned person, generally, must gain access to criminal investigaher or his case. Gaining access to them must make a public record request under the Florida Public Records Act to either entity; second, upon receiving the public records request, the custodian of records for the particular entity will prepare and thereafter foward a cost estimate for the criminal investily, once the imprisoned person forks be promptly forwarded to her or him. are automatic, the third step is much less so. The reason is the vast major ity of people who are in prison is indigent. Arguably, no one knows this better than prosecutors in courtrooms throughout the state who witness accused offenders being adjudged indigent and appointed defense attorneys countless times in the course of their work days. Armed with this knowledge and the knowledge that the Florida Public Records Act lacks a mechanism whereby indigent imprisoned persons could gain access to their criminal inby imposing liens on their prison trust accounts, far too many overzealous prosecutors are willing to take the risk one that they would have otherwise foregone had the Florida Public Records Act made accommodations for In a country that lauds the fairness of its legal system, the fact that the legislature and judiciary of a state would aid and abet in the wrongful deprivation of peoples liberty is an indictment and suggests only lip service is being paid to justice. Jerry N. Alfred is an Iguana reader currently residing in Santa Rosa State Prison.CMC MEMBERSHIP DRIVEGoal: 100 new members before the end of the yearWhat the Civic Media Center does: Repository of information Creator of community events Incubator for future activists and organizers What you can do: Become a member Be a monthly sustainer Keep up with events on email Attend and bring friends to events For more information: www.civicmediacenter.org coordinators@civicmediacenter.org 352-373-0010 433 S. Main Street, Gainesville


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 15 DBy Sylvia Arnold Back in December 1999, the city of Seattle was host to the World Trade Organization meeting, and a mass protest surprised the city and captured the worlds attention. Memories of that event were sparked earlier this year and have led to an inquest involving community members rounded up for Grand Jury questioning. On May 1, the annual May Day event in Seattle turned violent when a group of black-clad protesters joined the demonstration, wielding rocks, tire irons and other weapons. After the demonstration, there was evidence of damage to private property and a federal courthouse. That afternoon, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn declared an emergency, and by the end of the day, multiple arrests were made for charges of assault, pedestrian interfer ence and vandalism. of the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided three houses in Portland, Oreg. According to one search warrant, ofing, diaries/journals, and antigovernment or anarchist literature. As a result, Portland citizens, includ ing Leah-Lynn Plante, Dennison Williams, Katherine Kteeo Olejnik and Matt Duran, were subpoenaed to testify in front of a federal grand jury about their knowledge of the May Day action. A grand jury is a panel of citizens who decide whether the evidence presented in a case determines if someone should be charged with a crime. These individuals are not pre-screened for bias, and a judge does not oversee the proceedings. Grand jury sessions are not open to the public, and defense attorneys cannot be present during the closed deliberations (although he or she can wait outside), but the infor mation gathered can be used against (public) court. These proceedings can protect witnesses but may also coerce individuals to testify against their will. None of the individuals arrested were charged with committing crimes associated with the May Day demonstration. Rather, they were granted immu nity from the charges. Once applied, it prevents an individual from invoking their 5th Amendment right to remain silent in order to avoid self-incrimina tion. The citizens continued to refuse to testify and were held in contempt of court and thereby sentenced to federal prison. Matt has been in prison since Sept. 26; Kteeo has been in prison since Sept. 28; and Leah-Lynn, who was jailed on Oct. 10, was released two weeks later. An article in the Seattle Times on Oct. 20 reported that an accidentally unsealed document revealed the individ uals were under surveillance before the May Day riots. That fact, coupled with the warrants mention of anarchist literature, indicates that the government is targeting and detaining citizens for their political beliefs in the name of counterterrorism. Like any other ideology, anarchists are heterogeneous in their beliefs and practices. Some do advocate for the violent overthrow of government, others bring about change through peaceful means such as community organizing and resistance. A principle of anarchist theory is that authoritarian systems corrupt freedom absolutely, so liberties granted by the government were never real to begin with. While it seems contradictory to criticize the state for violating civil rights, it has established, while simultaneously desiring the dissolution of that same State altogether, for many anarchists this criticism is vital to an authoritative system. More information on these resisters can be found at: http://nopoliticalre pression.wordpress.com/ and http:// www.freeleah.org/.


PAGE 16, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 The University of Florida Oral History ProgramHistory and the people who make it: Marisol PinedaEdited by Pierce Butler This is the eleventh in a continuing series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Marisol Pineda was interviewed by Paul Ortiz [O] on May 18, 2010. I was born and raised in Santa Ana, southern California, but my whole and graduate and I graduated [from] the University of California Santa Cruz. I majored in Literature and a concentration in Spanish language. I transferred from a community go straight to the university, however the educational system, especially here in Santa Ana, wasnt good enough. I wasnt prepared, I didnt the University. But the transition from the community college to Santa Cruz wasnt so bad. Socially, the culture in Santa Cruz was different because Santa Ana College was mostly Latino and out there it was rarely that I saw Latinos. I read African American and Latino histories. I read Piri Thomas and Elizabeth Martinez, those are key books and writers that I still look back to. Piri Thomas, a Puerto Rican poet raised in Harlem, New York, is well known for sharing his experiences and activism. Elizabeth Martinez is a social activist, community organizer and author of 500 Years of Chicano History. Something I learned that I will never forget is that race and class go together, that you cant speak of one without the other. Growing up in Santa Ana, my family immigrating to the United States, I would see those problems that Piri Thomas faced, like language barriers, looking for jobs, the resources that sometimes we have to seek. He would have to go with his mom and take the day off school to translate whenever she wanted to ask Many times my family had to ask me, a little kid, to go with them and translate in different places. And this me to want to pursue education or a career in law. Many times I had to also translate in legal settings and that was a language that I couldnt understand neither. So just reading Piri Thomas brought so many issues that Latinos and African Americans face because were under represented and underprivileged. O: One of the other people we read now, Martin Espada -a Puerto Rican poet from Brooklyn -certainly his experience of being a literary person but also legal aid lawyer had a big impact on his writing. His poetry was really inspiring. Just how he would go to courts and represent Latinos and how the judges were predominantly white and would always rule against his clients. How he experienced that and him being a Latino and a lawyer it was still hard for him cause its a system that is so hard to go against or beat. O: Theres a poem he wrote that I always remember He was called in to translate and it wasnt even a client of his, it was a lady who was living in a very lousy tenement. Her landlord wanted to evict her and she wanted to point out how terrible the conditions were in her apartment and how this wasnt being kept up. And she was waiting to give her side of the testimony, and the landlord presents his case and the judge rules against the lady, and she doesnt know even that the judge has already ruled. Espada has to explain this to her, that shes not gonna have her opportunity to tell her side of the story That story always has a big impact on people. Both of my parents didnt have the privilege of going to school or even graduating from high school. My mom was a single mother, and she always worked hard to make sure that me and my two sisters were always enabled to go to school and do our best. Also, weve always been taught to work hard. My mother has been a great inspiration to me. She was a homeowner, and she lost her home in the foreclosures that have been faced here in a great concentration, especially here in Southern California. O: I would be remiss if I didnt ask you about whats happening now in Arizona, SB1070 as well as a try to limit ethnic studies curriculum. Have you had thoughts about this? [SB1070 was a controversial policy that mandated legal aliens to carry documents of registration and gave authorities the right to ask for these documents without warrant.]


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 17 See ORAL HISTORY p. 18 Here in California a lot of community colleges and universities have been doing coalitions to reach the Latino community in Arizona. Personally I believe that ethnic courses and literature, such as the African American course, were key education. Without it, I wouldnt have come out the same. O: We talked about the May Day demonstrations in 2006 and some of the later ones. Arizona SB1070, does that seem to be having this kind of catalyzing effect on Latino communities? It keeps alienating the Latino community, taking them out of the history, out of the classes. This is a way of not only isolating us but also making us look as outsiders, as enemies in a way since we are not part of this country. O: What do you think is behind this attack on immigrants, on ethnic studies? There always has been this backlash, but it seems to be escalating. Its majorly because more and more Latinos, we are growing in professions, were growing in positions in politics and government our presence is more noticeable now. When Latinos have more power it becomes a threat to the hegemonic society. O: What kind of work have you been doing since 2008? In my last quarter I interned with the UCDC program in Washington, D.C. and with the League of United Latin connected with LULAC, writing articles. Whenever issues [arise] like the Arizona laws, issues that affect the Latin American community, organizations like this stand up right away. [UCDC is a University of California advocacy group for Hispanic Americans in Washington D.C. -League of United Latin American Citizens] been active, they have been making coalitions. We as history, to what our community is and has done. I was our activism and by just being respondent to the attacks against our culture and community. to the Latino communities and all the different ethnic communities in the college and promoting activism. In my city were predominantly Latino, but there is a growing community of African Americans. May 1st we had our own march and we saw the African American communities joining in as well. O: During the election campaign of then Senator Obama, did you have a chance to participate? American Labor Alliance]. We went to Virginia where there is the concentration of Asian Americans. We were outreaching to the community to come out and vote. A lot of people, because of language barriers and just because theyre not aware, were not voting when their vote was out in that during the election. I was very lucky that I saw the President the night before Manassas [Virginia]. registration? Yes. We also went to the polls that same day, just letting them know that they have their right to vote, that they couldnt be intimidated. Because there was an incident where minutemen were there, trying to intimidate voters. So we were also letting them know their rights. O: These were Asian American voters primarily? Asian American and Latino. O: Whats your assessment so far of President Barack Obama? The Latino community, the African American community came out to vote for him because he was promising a lot Jean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 Elwood Realty Services, Inc.2727 NW 43rd Street Suite 1 Gainesville, FL 32606 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.com


PAGE 18, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 of good things for our communities, immigration reforms. There are limitations on what he can do but he could have done better. This is a sign for our community to see that just by coming out and voting our work is not done. We all need to put our needs in front, we all have to come together cause its basically similar things that we need. Our education system, how they generations that are coming are all affected. generation university graduate, and the outreach work that you do now, what are the things that an incoming student needs to know about the university? First of all not to accept the basic education cause the university will offer you the European culture, European region. [If] the student is African American or Latino, looking type of education, not letting the laws take away your education. Going to the history, cause history makes it clearer for us in the present. Empowering ourselves through education, through activism, that the university gives you a space to do so. One of my main role models is Dolores Huerta. She was cofounder of the labor movement. Shes a living legend and in our local radio whenever theres issues, she comes out, she speaks and shes still doing work in spite of all the history that shes already done. O: Shes really been a long distance runner in the movement. O: You had mentioned earlier that to go to school, do you have younger brothers and sisters or nephews or nieces who may go to college? Yes, I have a lot of younger cousins and my little sister, shes fourteen, and Im already asking them what university do you wanna go to, what do you want to focus, whats your careers, I gave my little sister the Down These Mean Streets book and literature that she should have. [Down These Mean Streets, written by Piri Thomas, is a 1967 autobiographical novel about El Barrio, the Spanish Harlem of New York]. This coming generation, theyre so smart and they need the tools like this book that empower you. O: Anything we havent talked about that you wanted to talk about? There is prominent environmental racism. How we see the oil spills going on in the Gulf of Mexico and the coal mining in Virginia and how its still prominent, its a major issue that communities of color are affected by environment disasters. An audio podcast of this interview will be made available, along with many others, at www Samuel Proctor Oral History Program believes 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. Donate or make checks to the University of Florida, 115215, Gainesville, FL 32611. D CORPORATIONS ARE NOT Gainesvilles Move To Amend Southern Regional ConferenceGainesville, FLDec. 14-16Workshops all three days. Sliding scale registration. For more information, see: https://movetoamend.org/events/ regional-convergence ORAL HISTORY from p. 17


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 19 with full back pay and promises from Walmart to establish protocols for its warehouses Californias Wal-march The Illinois victory came on the heels of similar actions taken by warehouse workers at a California Walmart distribution center. In Ontario, Calif., workers supported in mid-September to protest unsafe working conditions broken equipment, dangerously high temperatures, no ventilation and inadequate access to clean drinking water. As some workers started to levy complaints with management, the bosses retaliated by demoting and suspending outspoken workers Walmarts warehouse workers are temporary workers subcontracted with a logistics company that, ultimately, is contracted with Walmart. Walmart outsources its labor to cut costs a business practice that typically leads to a dangerous and illegal work environment and poverty-level wages for workers. During the strike, workers and organizers embarked on the Wal-march, a six-day, 50-mile march from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles to raise awareness about warehouse conditions. The Walmarch and its accompanying public awareness campaign recalls farmworker pilgrimages that Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers made during their struggle for better wages and work conditions for grape growers in the 1960s. We march[ed] so that the world sees us and so that we worker who made the trek on Oct. 5 with the promise that their work environment movement that is increasingly dependent on community support.See WALMART p. 20 WALMART from p. 8


PAGE 20, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 The widespread public support that the warehouse successful in achieving multiple goals. The strikes shone a light on some of the more vulnerable, invisible yet essential workers in Americas retail supply chain. In the short term, warehouse workers won their principal demands, while the public exposure and media coverage also strengthens long-term efforts for changing the standards in the warehouse industry. Now, would protect the states warehouse workers. Walmart spokesperson Dan Fogelman has been busy trying to maintain the companys image while conceding been facing. Fogelman initially dismissed warehouse Walmart is developing a protocol of random inspections by third-party organizations and conducting contract reviews with our service providers with an eye towards But these successful strikes do much more than force Walmart to change its supply chain policies. The strikes action tactics in a campaign. Walmarts retail workers, or associates, have long petitioned their employer for better working conditions, treatment and wages. Long, drawn-out legal challenges have embittered labor time, workers on the retail end of Walmarts corporate dominion went on strike themselves. Walmarts 50-year corporate history was intended to take advantage of the positive exposure Walmart workers had been receiving as well as to strengthen organizing efforts for associates demands for better retaliation against outspoken workers Inspired by the warehouse workers, more than 70 retail associates from at least nine Southern California Walmarts participated in the strike and rally at the Pico Rivera Supercenter store. Walmart has announced that none of the workers will lose their jobs, even though a publicity stunt. But that publicity stunt quickly evolved into the nationwide strike. Using traditional face-to-face organizing within Walmart stores and utilizing social media and Internet technologies, OUR Walmart members connected with each other and mobilized for the walkout on Oct. 9 All of the workers have returned back to work, but they still seek a meeting with Walmart as a group OUR Walmart, labor allies and community supporters the retaliation attempts to silence workers, say Walmart workers, or face direct action complete with actions inside and outside of the stores and a possible nationwide strike... To read the rest of this article, visit Waging Nonviolences website at http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/10/whydirect-action-is-working-for-walmarts-workers/WALMART from p. 19DONLINE UNIVERSITY OF THE LEFT Changing Our Thinking, Changing Opinion, Changing the WorldThe Online University of the Left is an online center for Marxist and progressive learning a left unity project. All who want to help it succeed are invited to make use of it, and also submit their own materials to share. The University offers live presenta tions via video conferencing, online lectures, documentaries, web links for no cost or for a nominal fee. http://ouleft.sp.mesolite.tilted.net/Academic departments include: African American Studies, Solidarity Economy, Philosophy, History, Womens Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Education, English and Literature, Latino Studies, Global Studies, Science and Discovery, Media Studies, Labor Studies, Cultural Studies ... and more!


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 21 GROWRADIO.org programming scheduleGrow Radio is a listener-supported, Gainesville-based Internet radio station that provides community members an opportunity to create and manage engaging, educational, informative, locallygenerated programming to promote humanities for the enrichment of the Gainesville community. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Ben and Lea 1:00 p.m. Left of the Dial 3:00 p.m. The Chicken Loop 5:00 p.m. Admittedly Yours 2:00 p.m. Talk of the Nation 9:00 p.m. The Sum of Your Life Monday 9:00 a.m. Florida Rules 11:00 a.m. Dr. Bills Super Awesome Musical happy Time 3:00 p.m. Ectasy to Frenzy 7:00 p.m. Maium 8:00 p.m. New Day Rising 10:00 p.m. The Residents Radio Hour Tuesday 8:00 p.m. The Coffee Alternative 2:00 p.m. Street Nuts 5:00 p.m. The Barefoot Sessions 7:00 p.m. The Styrofoam Cup 8:00 p.m. The Doomed Forever Show Wednesday 1:00 p.m. The Narain Train 3:00 p.m. Uniformity Tape 5:00 p.m. A Brazilan Commando 7:00 p.m. Bigga Mixx Show 9:00 p.m. The Otherness 11:00 p.m. Radiodeo Thursday 4:00 p.m. Hope & Anchor 6:00 p.m. No Filler 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the Silence 10:00 p.m. Lost Sharks 11:00 p.m. McCartney Show Friday 11:00 a.m. Y2K Gunsale 1:00 p.m. Dimensional Meltdown 3:00 p.m. Swamp Boogie & Blues 5:00 p.m. Sunset Megamix 7:00 p.m. Acme Radio 9:00 p.m. The Bag of Tricks Saturday 11:00 a.m. Jazzville 1:00 p.m. Lab Rat Tales 3:00 p.m. The New Deal 7:00 p.m. Listening Too Long 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. Psst, the secret is out: We fought the law and we won. Excerpt from an article published on Sept. 29 on WagingNonviolence.org by Scott Montreal. Read the whole story online at: http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/09/quebecstudent-strike-wins-big/


PAGE 22, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 Now the work of movements begins By Amy Goodman Research contributions by Denis Moynihan This article was original published by TruthDig.com on Nov 8. The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-thevote efforts. The media analysts networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidates success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been reelected.Casey Fox (CC-BY-ND) President Obama is a former community organizer himself. What happens when the community organizer in chief becomes the commander in chief? Who does the community organizing then? Interestingly, he offered a suggestion when speaking at a small New Jersey campaign event when he was asked him what he would do about the Middle East. He answered with a story about the legendary 20th-century organizer A. Philip Randolph meeting with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Randolph described to FDR the condition of black people in America, the condition of working people. Reportedly, FDR listened intently, then replied: I agree with everything you have said. Now, make me do it. That was the message Obama repeated. There you have it. Make him do it. Youve got an invitation from the president himself. For years during the Bush administration, people felt they were hitting their heads against a of President Obama, the wall had become a door, but it was only open a crack. The question was, Would it be kicked open or slammed shut? That is not up to that one person in the White House, no matter how powerful. That is the work of movements. Ben Jealous is a serious organizer with a long list of accomplishments, and a longer list of things to get done, as the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. anniversaries, among them the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, as well as the 50th anniversaries of the assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham, Ala., church


IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012, PAGE 23 bombing that killed four young African-American girls. President Obamas 2013 Inauguration will occur on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Jealous told me on election night, as Mitt Romney was about to give his concession speech, We have to stay in movement mode. other vibrant movements as well, like Occupy Wall four out of four statewide initiatives on Election Day. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and despite the enormous resources expended by the fossil-fuel industry to cloud the issue, climate change and what to do about it is now a topic that President Obama hints he will address, saying, in his victory address in election night, Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. ... We want our children to live in an America that isnt burdened by debt, that isnt weakened by inequality, that isnt threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. It was pressure from grass-roots activists protesting in front of the White House that pushed Obama to delay a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, proposed to run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. More than 1,200 people were arrested at a series of protests at the White House one year ago. Now a group is blocking the construction of the southern leg of that pipeline, risking arrest and even injury, with directaction blockades in tree-sits and tripods in Winnsboro, Texas, two hours east of Dallas. When those who are used to having the presidents ear cant point out the window and say, If I do as you ask, they will storm the Bastille, if there is no one out there, then he is in big trouble. Thats when he agrees with The president of the United States is the most powerful person on Earth. But there is a force more powerful: more just, sustainable world. Now the real work begins.D Iguana editoral board website picksAlternet.org a colorful mix of news stories and lifestyle reportage, read the sidebars for news updates Antiwar.com well focused news and analysis site, especially Justin Raimondos articles: libertarian perspective, but not preachy BetweenTheBars.org sometimes appalling, often moving CommonDreams.org access to many sources and timely articles; comments section tends to be whiney and at times off the wall, but sometimes has gems. (Jumps from there include: Informed Comment, FireDogLake, and Glenn Greenwald) DemocracyNow.org Watch live or on demand, listen to, or read transcripts InspirationGreen.com Comprehensive survey of organizations on the green-left NOAA.gov Tax payer funded non-commercial source of weather forecasts and radar RHRealityCheck.org a well-fact checked resource for political issues involving reproductive health TomDispatch.com excellent source of well-researched pieces about U.S. foreign policy and its consequences TalkToAction.org comprehensive reportage anywhere the religious right


PAGE 24, IGUANA, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 By Erica Merrell By now you may have heard the news that Wild Iris Books, Floridas only feminist bookstore, is moving after 20 years on University Avenue. Here are the details we have so far. Following a rental increase on the space, we know we have to downsize your lives. We will remain in our current location until Dec. 22. Were just starting to pull together the details, but expect us to celebrate every night during the week of Dec. 4. Plans will include a special Feminist Open Mic, a storytelling and sharing reception, music by Amy Andrews, a live GROW Radio show and more. Keep checking our online calendar at wildirisbooks. com for more information. verbal agreement for a location closer to downtown. Rumor on the street is that well be sharing space and energy with a cooperative grocery store and an infoshop and activist hub. Expect to see us resurface in February refreshed, shiny local vendor products online at any time while were closed so you can still support us through the transition. Feminist bookstores are rapidly disappearing around the country, and we are now down to less than 10. We are all watching as the war on women reaches new heights, people are denied the ability to love how they choose, and our young people are constantly bombarded with garbage media and destructive social constructs. Stand with Wild Iris Books as we continue to provide support, solidarity and resources for the feminist, activist and queer community. Heres how you can help: 1. wildirisbooks.com/20for20 for more information. 2. Stop by for our Moving Sale from now until we close the University Avenue location, everything (minus consignment and e-readers) is on piece of jewelry or journal. Dont forget to check out the garage sale table with a random assortment of treasures ranging in price from the 3. Tell your friends spread the word about Wild Iris and encourage people to visit us in person, online or on our Facebook page. 4. Come to one of our Week of Wanderlust events and share your memories and experiences of the space. Keep checking online as more festivities are added. 5. We know we couldnt have made it this for without the communities support, and we want you all to know how grateful we are to have you with us in the journey.Floridas only feminist bookstore D The Gainesville Iguana is Gainesville's progressive events calendar and newsletterSubscribe!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/gainesvilleiguana issues of the Gainesville Iguana online (complete issues are available as PDFs) at www .gainesvilleiguana.orgThe Gainesville Iguana (established 1986)