The Gainesville iguana
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00073860/00050
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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: 03-2013
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Gainesville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Alachua County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 25027662
lccn - sn 96027403
lccn - sn 96027403
System ID: UF00073860:00053


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INSIDE ...Letter to Editor. . . 2 From the Publisher . .3 CMCs SpringBoard .... .5 Energy Conservation .7 CMC Events. . . .9 Directory .........10-11 Event Calendar. .12-13 Oral History Program .16 Forward On Rally .....18 South Main Update .... .24 See PUBLIX, p. 2Iguanas Picks for Gainesville City Election: March 19By Joe CourterThe City of Gainesville has an election coming up on Tuesday, March 19. So for you voters in the City, or those who are not in the City but care about its leadership, here is our view. First, the easy one. For those in Dis trict 4, re-elect City Commissioner Randy Wells. He is an outstanding, open-minded person and is taking the lead in trying to obtain the old state facility on NE 39th Avenue that can become a great human resource center. Now the harder one; Mayor. See WALMART p. 2 See ELECTION, p. 4 The GainesvilleIguanaMarch 2013 Vol. 27, Issue 3 Coalition of Immokalee Workers and allies march in Lakeland near the Publix Immokalee Workers.200 Miles to Publix The CIWs march for rights, respect and fair foodBy Ben Felker-Quinn For two weeks this March, Florida farmworkers and their allies from all over the country will be bringing the call for food justice straight to Publix. Led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization of over 4,000 farmworkers in southwest Floridas tomato country, the March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food will set out from Fort Myers on March 3 and mark its arrival at Publix Headquarters in Lakeland with a celebratory rally on Sunday, March 17. On the road between lie a host of supportive churches, schools, community centers as well as many Publix stores to mobilize around. As the CIW puts it, the purpose of the march is two-fold: to celebrate the real accomplishments ofv the past 13 years and to recall the struggles that must lie


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 2, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 Letter to the editorSupport in-state tuition for undocumented childrenDear Joe and Iguana Staff: Casualties of this countrys dysfunctional immigration system are the dependent children (those born here and those brought here) of undocumented parents. Fortunately, due to Supreme Court law, all children, regardless of status, are entitled to public education from kindergarten through high school. However, what happens when these children want to attend a community college, state college or university is an injustice in Florida. Even if they have lived in the state for years, they are currently ineligible for in-state tuition and must pay out-ofstate rates, making post-secondary education prohibitively expensive. Many of these children have earned high grades, done community service and would make great tax-paying employees of our state if given the chance to afford and attend college. In the upcoming Florida state legislative session starting in March, the issue of in-state tuition for these children will most likely be brought up again. Twelve states currently allow in-state tuition for undocumented students. Three in nancial aid as a further boost. New York is considering the same. New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver said, They know no other country, they came as infants, they should have equal access. Its about fairness. I urge you to contact your house and state representatives ition for undocumented children. If you would like to discuss this issue with me, please contact me at phil@harvestofhope.net. Philip Kellerman, President Harvest of Hope Foundation, Gainesville PUBLIX, from p. 1 Second store at 5011 NW 34th St. ahead for a fair food nation. One of the continuing struggles involves Publix and other supermarket chains, which have refused to meet with members of the CIW in the face of great pressure from consumers and farmworkers. One year ago this March, 61 farmworkers and allies held a sixday fast at Publix Headquarters, and, in addition to almost regular protests at Publix stores through out the South, this years 200-mile march back to Lakeland begs the ever-pressing question: why has Publix not responded? To which, in fact, there is an answer. In a few sullen comments over the past several years, Publix contends that the issue at stake is primarily a labor dispute, which should properly remain between farmworkers and growers. As the last 13 years of the CIWs Campaign for Fair Food show, not simply spring out of a relationship as limited as that between day-laborers and their higher-ups, the growers (see, for example, the CIWs mobile Modern-Day Slavery Museum on its next trip to a place near you). In 2000, a 230-mile marchcertainly reminiscent of todays from Fort Myers to Orlando for Dignity, Dialogue and a Fair Wage raised public awareness and brought farmworkers together with students, people of faith, and other activiststhose assigned the role of consumers in the food retail industryas common partners in a dehumanizing corporate food retail industry. The immense pressure that has subsequently convinced 90 percent of Floridas tomato growers as well as 11 multi-billion-dollar corporationsfrom fast-food companies to supermarkets (so far, only Whole Foods and Trader Joes have signed on) to food service providers (such as Aramark and Sodexo)to adopt the CIWs Fair Food Program has grown from the great resonance of food justice with American consumers. For the CIW, the and farmworkers alike must address the system that separates them to produce any change within it. Why has Publix not responded? In a 2011 statement, Publix remarked: The CIWs campaign to boycott the purchase of Publix tomatoes ironically hurts Florida farmworkers and the citizens of Florida who will see a withering Florida produce industry. Indeed, it is an awful brand of irony that hurts everyone but Publix. Whats more, the CIW never called for a boycott of Publix. As long as Publix pretends farmworkers are mistaken and Florida consumers tragically inconvenienced, it seeks to divide, to disunite. Yet from beginning to end, from vine to mouth, two separate hands hold something in common. Food. A caravan from Gainesville will be driving to the rally on Sunday, March 17, to join the last 6 miles of this historic 200mile march. If you cant be there, please visit the website to print out a letter for a Publix manager or contact a local CIW partnership organization.


IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 3WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORGFrom the publisher ...... wrote it all down as the progress of man* by Joe CourterOver the next month or so, the State of Florida will be hyping the Viva 500 campaign to mark the arrival of Ponce De Len on the Florida coast in 1513. This celebration brings back memories of the 1992 Columbus Quincentenary. Both seen as things to celebrate by anyone with a notion of empathy toward native people. Both of these events marked the beginning of exploitation, degradation, the loss of land and culture, slavery, sickness and virtual extermination for the human beings who were living here in what the Europeans called the New World. No matter how much heroic myth is spun around these European invaders of this continent, that they were culturally arrogant and quite often very cruel to the native people is undeniable. And unfortunately their pattern of behavior persists through the 500-plus years since Europe was folksinger Buffy St. Marie and her 1964 song Now That The Buffalos Gone. (She is Last month I found a book by Peter Matthiessen called Indian Country, which moves around the country in the early 1980s and presents the historic and current struggle various tribes are facingthe reservation-induced poverty coupled with the loss of culture, the bureaucrat ic theft of lands for corporate or state gain, be it mineral, timber or water, the playing off of Northwest and the Southwests Four Corners regionthe patterns repeat themselves. Addressing the Ponce De Len anniversary has been in my mind for months. As I was home but a surprising number of native dancers in the parade. That was hard to watch. I could not help but also think about the conquest for energy in the Middle East and other regions of the world, how the native people there get their lands riches pulled right out from under them. But then this past week, the Civic Media Center hosted a speaker from the Beehive Collective communities and cultures that have been there countless years, dams whose construction is not going to provide electricity to Colombian people but power the mining operations of these foreign countries, which will also do major environmental damage to the rivers near the mined areas. Its disgusting, sad, and unfortunately more of the same pattern of exploitation. Celebrate? I think not. On the plus side, particularly in Canada, but also in the U.S., First Nations people, as Native Americans are called there, are organizing in a big way over energy exploitation issues. The recent Keystone XL pipeline protests in D.C. had a large representation from tribal organi zations from both sides of the border, and the Idle No More in Canada has galvanized a general awakening on many energy extraction issues. Technology has put people in touch and allowed broad organizing, even world wide through the UN. But the lure of jobs and devel opment is also on peoples minds in these regions of resource riches, and governments who need capital, too. The re-election of otherwise progressive Rafael Correa in Ecuador means their energy extraction deals with China will be moving ahead despite the transgressions on native peoples lands. The struggles are complex, accelerating, and as old as the hills. !* This is a reference to John Prines classic song, Paradise. Find it on YouTube. 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) 378-5655GainesvilleIguana@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 Andersen Joye Barnes Robbie Czopek Rick Piper Emily Sparr Donna Tucky Distribution: Joe Courter Marcus Dodd Bill Gilbert Jack PriceAuthors & photographers have sole credit, responsibility for, and rights to their work. Cover drawing of iguana by Daryl Harrison. Printed on recycled paper.


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 4, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 Among the candidates we like two of them. Those two are incumbent Mayor Craig Lowe, and challenger Scherwin Henry. Scherwin is a life-long Gainesvillian, and has seen and been part of the changing patterns regarding race and east Gainesville development since the 70s. He is a compassionate person and one who has been able to change his views and admit it when he may have been wrong, a rare thing among politicians. He was especially helpful in trying to resolve the 130-meal limit that was imposed on St. Francis House. This won him great praise and support from Arupa Freeman, a local advocate for homeless people. Regarding Craig, he did a great job representing Gainesville during the whole Dove World Outreach circus, and otherwise for that matter, and has good ideas on the environment that won him the Sierra Clubs endorsement. It has been his fate to be mayor at a time when a small but quite loud group of people have been continuously hammering the City Commission over the now almost completed and operational biomass plant. As the Chair of the Commission; the one with the gavel, he has had to endure hostile, repetitious citizen comment periods, which has not been easy or at times smoothly handled. Perceived insensitivity on Koppers and homelessness issues have occurred as a result of this rancorous environment. That and the streamlined hiring of a friend and campaign manager as a staffer have cast a shadow on the otherwise good job he has done, especially with the stimulation of the Innovation Hub. With six candidates, this may go to a run-off, which would occur April 16. Of special concern is the possibility that pool of ELECTION, from p. 1voters, bringing the spectre of excommissioner and right wing talk radio jock Ed Braddy and his well-funded campaign into play. He might not win outright, but getting to the run-off is distinctly possible. Were that to happen, it is essential the Henry and Lowe supporters come together. Braddy is a reactionary ideologue, in no way representative of the Gainesville we love. It was troubling to us that, should it come down to a run-off between Lowe and Braddy, Henry would not say if he would support Lowe, and when asked further about that reasoning, he cited the same citizen comments and assistant hiring complaints; non-issues that are more personality attacks than ones addressing the overall future of the City. Based on this, therefore, we advocate people vote for Craig Lowe to be reelected as Mayor. So campaign and vote, and after that, well see what happened and have more in the April Iguana. Find out more information about the elections and candidates on the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website at !"#$$%"&'"()!"#$%&'(%#)*%)*#+,-.%/'(0+%(1*%&'()%1(22')$3 333%4%2#,+%(2%1(51/),5*)6%7'(%)'/89 333%4-%':*)+(*%1(51/),5*)6%4$%0*#1$%/"*/8%,-3 333%4%;)**%2,/8<(2%2*)1'-6%!*00=%&'()%"*02%>'(0+%5*% .)*#$=%$''=%,;%&'(%"#:*%$"*%?*#-1%$'%+'%,$3 < /#$,'-%0,1$=%#-+%0*$%&'(%8-'>%>"*-%$"*%-*>%'-*%,1%,-% $"*%)#/81%#-+%1$#/813*""'$+,"$-./&0&1!"#$%&%'("')%*&+&,-"%./0 1&2#"342--"%567&#& 89%:/;%<=>

IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 5WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORGBy Sylvia Arnold and Joe Courter, CMC Board Members On Friday, March 22, the Civic Media Center will present the annual SpringBoard fundraising event with guest speaker Silvia Giagnoni, author of Fields of Resistance, addressing The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: Grassroots Politics in the Age of Corporate Media. Silvia is an assistant professor of Communications and Dramatic Arts at Auburn Uni versity in Montgomery. Her book, Fields of Resistance, chronicles a seven-month period between November 2007 and May 2008, during which she visited the com munity of Immokalee, Fla. The narrative revolves around seasons, harvest, holidays the various cultural and social realities that coexist today in this part of Florida: the farmworking community, the Seminole reservation and Ave Maria Town. Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low wage jobs throughout Florida, will also speak about their mission, goals and work to improve the conditions for farmworkers. The celebration will also include the presentation of the Jack Penrod Brigadas Award, which is given in recognition of local organizing work by the Penrod Com mittee made up of members from United Faculty of Florida, Alachua County Labor Party and Veterans for Peace. Jack was a wounded veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and a retired Professor of English at UF. This year, the event will be held at the Alachua Conservation Trusts Prairie Creek Lodge, a gorgeous wooden building located just seven miles southeast of downtown Gainesville. Our usual location for this annual event, the Matheson Museum, was booked up this Spring, thus the location change.There will be food and beverages lent auction items. Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Civic Media Center and Citizens Co-op. Tickets will be $15-$20 at the event. Please consider a donation to the CMC even if you cannot attend, and stop by the CMC to see all the changes going on. For more information, please call (352) 373-0010, visit www.civicmediacenter.org or email coordinators@civicmediacenter.org. !Author Silvia Giagnoni to speak at Civic Media Centers SpringBoard Editorial Boards Picks for Reading, Perusingwww.opensecrets.org/ has lots of inside info on cronyism and insider dealings in Washington from public records. www.opensecrets.org/obama/rev. php lists 423 Obama administration ties. Tavis Smiley Presents Poverty in America watch?v=fIpHmocynjQ Letter to My Countrymen by Brother Ali ft. Dr. Cornel watch?v=r_2cVUXcbFA National Peoples Action at npa-us. org concisely organized projects to produce political pressure on behalf of the 99 percent. Democracy Is For People Campaign at democracyisforpeople. org pushback against the Supreme Courts disastrous Citizens United ruling, organized by Public Citizen (publiccitizen.org).


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GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 8, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 A buffer zone for Bread and RosesBy Bread and Roses Womens Health Center Bread and Roses Womens Health Center has asked the Gaines ville City Commission Public Safety Committee to review and authorize a full Commission hearing on adopting a buffer zone (35 feet from the property) and a bubble zone (8 feet around a person entering a facility within 100 feet of said facility) for re productive health care facilities in Gainesville. The request came due to harassment of patients by the protestors in front of the clinic but particularly after the City of Gainesville issued a permit for 40 Days for Life (an anti-choice organization) to congregate on the leeway between the street and sidewalk in front of Bread and was told that violation of said restrictions would result in the per mit being revoked. There were numerous violationsincluding trespass on clinic property, graphic signage, and morebut the permit was never canceled. The two issues at play are privacy and safety. The protestors vio late the privacy of someone seeking medical care at a medical faA bubble zone will not put an end to these privacy violations, but will at least force the protestors to not violate the personal space of someone entering or exiting a health care facility. The protes congregate in front of the building and on the sidewalk around the or exit. In addition, the protestors approach and engage people in cars stopped in the middle of the street. A bubble zone will keep protestors a safe distance from the driveway so that entering and exiting can occur safely and without impediment. The buffer zone will not stop the protestors from engaging vehicles stopped in the street, but that is up to the Gainesville Police Dept. to enforce. The City Attorney has advised the Public Safety Committee to not move forward with the proposed zones as it will open the City up to lawsuits, etc., and that there is no demonstrated need (i.e., violence or charges pressed due to harassment, which would re quire a client to stop or cancel her appointment, call the police, the whole privacy thing) for such legislation. GPD has advised the Committee to not proceed as well, citing that in areas where buffer zones have been established, the next typical step under taken by the anti-choice movement members was taunting of law enforcement to make multiple arrests, creating a bottleneck in the criminal justice system. In addition, GPD states that if a buffer zone were established, businesses on the opposite side of the roadway become indirectly and unwillingly involved, which diminishes overall satisfaction with local government. Basically the City doesnt want to deal with possible lawsuits, and GPD is concerned about being taunted (see how it feels?) and causing disruption to another business (wait, isnt Bread and Roses a busi ness that IS being disrupted?). The Public Safety Committee has heard the matter and will hear it again at their next meeting (scheduled for Feb. 28, then apparently canceled see cityofgainesville.org for updates). The members See BREAD AND ROSES, p. 14


IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 9WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORGEvery Tue. Morning Yoga, 9am Every Wed. Morning Yoga, 7am Zine Work Day12pm-2pm Every Thur. Morning Yoga, 10am Weekly Volunteer Meeting, 5:30pm Poetry Jam, 9pm Swedish folk singer-songwriter, 8pm Sat., March 2 Queerotic Dance Party, DJ Shooga Cane and DJ Kentucky Ultraviolet, 10pm-2am in The Courtyard Wed., March 6 Trans Discussion Group, 7pm Mon., March 11 V otive Pit a locally-produced based on the play by Shamrock McShane, about the American public education system, 7pm Wed., March 13 Citizens Co-op public member meeting, 5pm Sat., March 16 Alachua County Rapscallions 24-Hour Play Performances, 8pm Mon., March 18 V ictor Jara: Right to Live in Peace a documentary about the famed Chilean singer -songwriter who was killed for their political activism, 7pm Tues., March 19 Music with Ryan Harvey, Sad Scouts and Wetlands, 8pm Wed., March 20 Talk by historian Gordon Wood at UF, co-sponsored by CMC Discussion, in Courtyard, 7pm Thur., March 21 Wild Iris Equinox and Spring Planting Event, in Tne Courtyard, 5:30pm-8pm Fri., March 22 SpringBoard with speaker Silvia Giagnoni, at Prairie Creek Lodge, 6pm Sat., March 23 Radical Press Coffee Collective Grand Opening Sun., March 24 South Florida Prisoner Book Project Fundraiser, 8pm Mon., March 25 Move To Amend presents: Big Sky, Big Money documentary about campaign spending in Montana after the Citizens United ruling, 7pm Tue., March 26 Wild Iris Feminist Open Mic Night in The Courtyard, 7pm Wed., March 27 Sea Chantey Workshop, 7:30pm10pm Fri., March 29 Art Walk, 7pm to 10pm Sat., March 30 Very Queer Variety Show, sponsored by Wild Iris, in The Courtyard, 7pm Mon., April 1 Wild Iris presents: The Invisible War award winning documentary about the epidemic of rape in the U.S. armed forces, 7pm Wed., April 3 Trans Discussion Group, 7pm Fri., April 5 Music with Lars Din, 8pm Sat., April 6 Queerotic Dance Nite, DJ Shooga Cane and DJ Kentucky Ultraviolet, in The Courtyard, 10pm-2am 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 Events March 2013


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 10, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 Notice to readers: If there is inaccurate information in this list, please let us know. If you are connected to an organization listed here, please check and update so others can be accurately informed about your contact information. Thank you. 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@ 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 chapter, or ACLU info, Amnesty International UF campus chapter of worldwide human rights or UFAmnesty@gmail.com. Bridges Across Borders Florida-based international collaboration of activists, artists, students and educators supporting cultural diversity and global peace. 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. 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, 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@ 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@ 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 Iguana Directory Call 352-378-5655. or email gainesvilleiguana@cox.net with updates and additions


IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 11WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORGinterrelated social pillars, which support its politics: the peace, civil rights, environmental and labor movements. 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 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 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 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 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 2432, 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 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 gnvsistercities.org. Student/Farmworker Alliance A network of youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery 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.


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 14, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 !"#$%&'()*+(,-'-.(/#01.$.02.3'$24(56(7(58 9':;-#0(<00=(7(,>%-.=(?(@#A0-#A0(B'%0.=C%"".DE'=-F(E$.=.0-F(!>->$.(?(*>$(G%:.(%=()*+HI.J%=-.$('-(AAAK!L)*+K#$J prepared to provide some additional documented evidence but evidence will be enough for the Committee to forward the item to the City Commission. If you would like to contact the Com mittee, the members are Chair Yvonne Hinson-Rawls (rawlsyh@ cityofgainesville.org), Lauren Poe (poelb@cityofgainesville.org), and Todd Chase (chasetn@cityofgainesville.org). (Please note: all such email becomes public record, posted on the Web.) Public Safety Committee meetings are open to the public, so if you want your voice heard on this matter by all means show up whenever the next opportunity occurs. If the Committee agrees, the full Commission may consider this issue soon so please keep an eye on local news (and the Bread and Roses Facebook page) and turn out to support patients rights if pos sible. To assist the escorts helping patients cope with this bullying, contact voxpresident@gmail.com. If you are a lawyer looking for some pro bono work, please contact Bread and Roses. !BREAD AND ROSES, from p. 8


IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 15WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORG Quality Dental CareJEFF R. MATILSKY, D.M.D.1110 NW 8th Ave., Suite A Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-4637 Fax: (352) 373-2268 www.jeffmatilsky.com Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de Len to the land he named La Florida in 1513. While Floridas Native American heritage dates back more than 12,000 years, Spains claim in 1513 began a new era. 2013 marks 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage in Floridaa claim no other state in America can makeand Viva Flor ida 500 promotes the place where the worlds cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America. So says the State of Floridas Website. Nice turn of phrase there promotes the place where the worlds cultures began to unite and transform. What happened in April of 1513 was a conquistador from Spain arrived on land where native people had been living and developing their own mix of cultures for 12,000 years and said, in effect, we now own your land, we demand you do what we say, adopt our beliefs, or we will kill you. Is that too harsh a paraphrase? Well, the mindset of Ponce De Len and his other explorers was put in writing by the powers that be in Spain. They had em and bounty across the ocean, and they were aware of the people he found there and how their passivity made them good slaves. So they discussed this and came up with a few policies. these brutal tactics, that were already being used in the Americas, was discussed and By Joe Courter Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Depart ment of State, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day See VIVA, p. 20The Fight for Floridas Real History


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 16, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 different countries I worked with. Guatemalans, Haitians, a lot of Mexicans, people from El Salvador, people from Cuba, people from the other Caribbean islands, St Lucia and all. I saw the situation, and its horrifying. I call it brutal poverty. After a year running all over the Everglades and seeing this and learning and trying to get something done and you dont even put a dent in anything, I got a job working with juvenile delinquents. the migrants had gone up north. By September I was back in Vista again. The migrants came back, and I spent another tour in Vista and quit for a lower paying job. I went to work with the United Farm Workers as a contract administrator. They had a union contract with Coca-Cola, which owned Minute Maid. There was a night and day difference; they made me work on slave and peonage cases where they had this curator system where the curator is hired by the grower, and he exploits the hell out of these people. There were people in slavery, and there was actually a crew that got paid only in wine. After Vista I joined the union, and there were certain things in the contract that they just had to follow. They were making about three times as much money. So I saw the difference in organized workers and unorganized workers. I saw counseling as a way to organize people. I got a degree in rehabilitative Transcript edited by Pierce Butler This is the thirteenth in a continuing series of transcript excerpts from the collection of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Pat Fitzpatrick [F], long-time Gainesville community organizer and subject of the documentary Civil Indigent, was interviewed by Isht Vatsa [V] in 2011. F: I was born in DeLand, Florida in 1949. We moved to Orlando in 1950 when I was one year old, and I stayed in Orlando till I was 19 and joined the Air Force, came back for a couple years to go to college but have been gone for 40 years now. I went to high school in Orlando, I graduated in 1968. At that time, I ran track and got some scholarship offers. I went to a small school in North Carolina called Brevard. Two things got me. I started smoking when you run long distances thats not very good. There were mountains, I had never seen anything higher than a mole hill in Florida, so I didnt end up being very successful. I quit after one semester and joined the Air Force. Came back and went to college, when I got out in 1974. Got a bachelors degree in history from the University of Central Florida, a masters degree in 1982 from the University of Florida, and a masters in social work in 1986 from Florida State. When I got out of college, I didnt know exactly what I wanted to do. I joined Vista, like the domestic Peace Corps. This is 1976, I had just gotten a divorce, had just graduated, had nothing to do, was actuwe can eat, it was terrible. Living in my car. I joined Vista because you got a hundred and twenty dollars every two weeks. I also wanted to help people. I spent a year down in the Everglades, working in Immokalee, Clewiston, Morehaven, all around Lake Okeechobee with the migrant farm workers. It was a life-changing experience. We can go without seeing poverty all our lives because of the segregation of the rich and the poor in this country. I got down and saw this deal with the migrant farm workers. I saw how little they paid them, how hard they worked, and then they had company stores that they went to. You had a lot of people from a lot of counseling, University of Florida masters degree, but I went back to the Everglades, and I worked with the Florida Coalition against Hunger based out of Kissimmee. We did political asylum plus fed people, which was incredible. I got work in Immokalee for a couple years, then I went to FSU and got a degree in social work to see how the system worked. I moved to Gainesville in the late seventies. Lived downtown in a house, it was actually two houses put together, I paid ten dollars a week in rent and I was making sixty dollars a week as a Vista volunteer. I worked out on Archer and did a lot of repairs on houses out there. I came back a couple years later to get a masters degree in and went back to the Everglades in and came back up here because I had a couple kids. Wanted them to go to school up here, I got a job working in the prisons as a drug counselor for about 11 years. They privatized, so I was part of that whole group that got laid off. Ive been fortunateI got enough years to get a little bit of pension, substitute teaching, I work part-time with a disabled person. Ive never had money, I make enough to live. V: What brought you to the St Francis cause or this situation in the Civil Indigent video? F: Bob Tanzig is probably the most honorable, hardworking people I ever met; he ran St Francis for over 20 years. It was started at St. Augustine Student Center by Father Bob Baker. They just started a soup kitchen. It then expanded to a couple of more places, until it got on the corner of Main and Fourth. Since then, its taken up the whole block here almost. Its got about 35 people there, and it takes mainly women and children now. V: Would you say that veterans constitute F: In some cities, its as much as 33 percent. I dont know how much it is here, its probably a large percentage because we have the VA. What we also have here in Gainesville, which is wonderful, we just opened up a dormitory where homeless veterans could go. In the military, you sign a blank check, they can do anything they want. They put six of my best friends six days after high school on a bus History and the people who make it: Pat Fitzpatrick


IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 17WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORG to Fort Benning, Georgia. Within a year most of them were in Vietnam. My best friend that I grew up with, John Rommel, was blown up over there and gets a 100 percent disability today. He for 40 years has been in the most pain you can imagine; he lost both limbs, he was blown up and a lot of his insides went outside and he got blown out of his combat boots by a bomb in a tunnel raid. This happened in 1969, and he still has shrapnel that comes up in him. He signed a blank check when he went in there, and they sent him to Vietnam. A little afterwards, I signed a blank check, and I was a recreation specialist. I went straight to San Francisco and passed out ping pong balls and pool balls and ran pool tournaments and set up dances as a recreation specialist. Then they sent me to Alaska, and I worked with the ski lines in the winter and drove charter miles north of the Arctic Circle, so I did my time. Im a secular Franciscan; Im the peace and justice coordinator for this state. Were not monks but were laypeople who live poor and work with the poor. We need to organize ourselves as Catholics and do more than what weve been doing. Were really good at charity but weve got to get better at justice. You dont see older homeless people. All our buddies die out there. They even have a law here that you cannot feed people at City Hall. I break it all the time. With the HOME Van, we have no bureaucracy. If you want an extra pair of socks, we dont need to go on the computer and look up your name; we throw you an extra pair of socks. V: Has the University been helpful in advocating for the homeless in the past? F: Theres a law down there. Youre not allowed to feed people within 1,500 feet. In general, they stay pretty neutral. The president of the university, Dr. Machen, his wife, some of the homeless have pets, they have a veterinary program over at St Francis house. Shes a wonderful woman and works with them. The university, as an institution, has not really made a big statement about homelessness. V: How does the city government treat the poor in Immokalee compared to Gainesville? F: First place, Immokalee aint incorporated. A lot of those people are political refugees from other countries who dont have citizenship. Probably three-quarters of the people cant vote. We had a friend who was a teacher in Huehuetenango, one of the northernmost provinces in Guatemala. About 80 percent of the people are Mayans, they speak Canamwalese. The Spanish people run it. They were teaching Spanish; she decided to also teach Canamwalese and got put on a hit list to be killed. She and her family walked from Huehuetenango to Los Angeles and ended up in Immokalee. I grew up in Orlando. Lake Eola is the crown jewel of Orlando; its a beautiful place downtown, but, as in most cities, thats where the homeless hang out. They made this law to get rid of the homeless. I went down a couple weeks ago and met with a couple guys from Food Not Bombs, Keith MacHenry who started it. We went to Lake Eola, which I have very fond memories of 60 years ago. My grandmother, who passed away in 1980, I was just eight, swinging me down there. Twenty years ago or so, I took my daughter there when she was a baby, viewed swan boats. My mothers 80th birthday, we took her to Cherry Plaza, have some real history in this place. See ORAL HISTORY, p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ean ChalmersCRS, GRI, REALTORBROKER-ASSOCIATE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTMobile: (352) 538-4256 www.ElwoodRealtyServices.com


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 18, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 Went to school kindergarten to third grade, St. James Catholic School. I liked Food Not Bombs, theyre not only into charity but also into justicegetting rid of the reason people have to stand in soup lines. We went out there, about 12, 13 got arrested last couple weeks. They had real good food, all vegan. As soon as you feed 25, youve broken the law. The Orlando Police, they waited till everyone had gone through before they arrested us. They let the food stay there so the people can get it themselves. I think thats very nice of the Orlando Police Department. They put my hands around my back. They put us in a very small paddy wagon, which is a racial slur for the Irish, so Im continuing the tradition of my Irish ancestors. An audio podcast of this interview will be made available, along html. The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program believes that listenunderstand 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. mail to PO Box 115215, Gainesville, FL 32611. ORAL HISTORY, from p. 17Forward on Climate ChangeBy Rain Aranada On Feb. 15, 56 people from northeast Florida, about 20 from Gainesville, packed into a chartered bus and began the overnight journey straight to D.C. to participate in what was predicted to be the largest climate change rally in history: the Forward on Climate Rally. Indeed, the Feb. 17 rally and march to the White House drew an estimated 50,000 people from all over the country. The general theme of the rally was climate change; the goal was getting legislative change. Climate change may be debated in the corporate media to save political face; however, from the perspective of citizens all over the country who are seeing the impacts of climate change now, the debate was over long ago. Some have been gradually feeling the effects of sea level rise and increased drought conditions, while others have had to rebuild after sudden storm surges with increased intensities. Many of these communities are acutely aware of the impact that large, nonrenewable-energy projects around the world are having on the rapid rate of increase in climate change impacts. As a result, a range of U.S. energy projects were protested against, especially the proposed Keystone XL pipeline by groups such as the Tar Sands Blockade. Other projects of concern were: the more than 500 mountains destroyed for coal extraction in the Appalachia region using processes such as mountain-top-removal; and the more than one million hydraulic fracturing wells dotting the countryside, from Colorado and Pennsylvania, who keep fracking effects out of their water supply and communities. The crowd was as diverse as their concerns. The energy was unibefore braved the 30-degree weather to say No! to our countrys current developmental and economic policies and Yes! to increased investment in renewable technologies, to smart planning and design, and to safe, healthy, secure and sustainable communities and environment. The rally was organized by nationally recognized environmental groups 350.org and the Sierra Club, as well as the Hip Hop Cau cus and supported by Florida partners such as ReThink Energy, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Citizens Climate Lobby, Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, various Florida Occupy chapters, and student groups, such as Stetson Universitys Hatters Harvest and the University of Floridas Gators for Green Design. The northeast Florida bus was organized by Tom Larson from the Sierra Clubs northeast Florida chapter and by Abhaya Thiele from the Gainesville chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. While many of the people who took the bus from Gainesville and Jacksonville were strangers before, we came back a tightly-knit community. While there will be and have been criticisms from all sides with regards to the effectiveness of such a rally, and while others may criticize the tactics used, the intention was to spread the message of climate change reality and to call attention to the thousands of people who are worried about their and their families very lives and futures. And that intentions goal was met. The other goal, and always the most important underlying tactic of any event, is to build community, and in that, the rally from Washington, D.C., the folks of northeast Florida, though exhausted, were reinvigorated by each others passion, hope,


IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 19WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORG ???:$"+#4*$+.5#%E",D$"'$4(#+)"$1#:1,' and determination to stop one of the greatest threats ever to our planet and our species, climate change. The battle has been a long one, and the reenergizing was needed. Several international climate conferences and not one agreement that is able to hold water later, large energy projects like hydraulic fracturing and the tar sands continue to be pushed forward by the administration as viable options towards a secure and sustainable domestic economy. But what happens when that dirty disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, and communities have to rebuild. Is that cost effective? Are these projects really a long-term safe and smart investment? clear plants will be built to come online in the near future, what people came to DC to say was that that isnt enough. The toxic air, water, and dust that surround communities still experiencing the effects of mining from these projects arent going anywhere, nor are their concerns being truly addressed. Despite health impacts, such as rare cancers and asthmatic problems, their environments, and their homes, their communities, have been devastated. So, on Feb. 17, Floridians who are watching their coastlines disappear, were joined by thousands of other citizens who came to DC to use their voices and demand real change and effecThat may not seem an effective tactic to critics, but to the 50,000 people who shared the experience in D.C., some who had their solidarity and community, the effect will resonate; and it will they know and understand they are not alone in this larger than For more information on the Feb. 17 demonstration in Washington, D.C., check out Iguana editor emeritus Jennys Browns article on LaborNotes.org Climate Change is Drowning Out Jobs vs. Environment Debate from Feb. 14. More than 50,000 from around the U.S. gathered in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 17 for the Forward on Climate rally. Photo courtesy of 350.org.


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IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 21WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORG1F9G@4ABC./H6 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, locally-generated programming to and humanities for the enrichment of the Gainesville community. Sunday 11:00 a.m. Buffalo Girls 1:00 p.m. Left of the Dial 3:00 p.m. The Atomic Age 5:00 p.m. Joe and Craig Show 7:00 p.m. The A.M.H. 2 Hour ... 9:00 p.m. The Sum of Your Life Monday 11:00 a.m. Dr. Bills Super Awe ... 1:00 p.m. The Kitchen Sink 3:00 p.m. Ectasy to Frenzy 5:00 p.m. The Four Passions 7:00 p.m. Maium 8:00 p.m. New Day Rising 10:00 p.m. The Residents Radio Hour 11:00 p.m. The Culture Wars Tuesday 10:00 a.m. The Root 12:00 p.m. Spaghetti Tape 4:00 p.m. Partly Clasic with a ... 6:00 p.m. America in the Evening 8:00 p.m. river rail rhythm 10:00 p.m. The Experiment Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Sax and Violins 11:00 a.m. The Barefoot Sessions 1:00 p.m. Groovalleglance 3:00 p.m. The Quiet City 5:00 p.m. A Brazilian Commando 7:00 p.m. Downtown Sound 9:00 p.m. The Otherness 11:00 p.m. Radiodeo Thursday 11 a.m. Get on the Right Thing ... 12 p.m. Things Be Blowin ... 4:00 p.m. Hope & Anchor 6:00 p.m. Erosion 10:00 p.m. Lost Sharks Friday 11:00 a.m. The Breakup Song 1:00 p.m. 4D Meltdown 3:00 p.m. Swamp Boogie & Blues 5:00 p.m. Da Funk 7:00 p.m. The Narain Train 9:00 p.m. The Bag of Tricks Saturday 11:00 a.m. Jazzville 1:00 p.m. Paradox Press 3:00 p.m. Boots and Cats 5:00 p.m. Alewife Outbound 7:00 p.m. Planet of Sound By Adam Reinhard WGOT Volunteer the community, for your support of Gainesvilles community radio station, WGOT 94.7FM. We recently just broadcasting over the local airwaves. Although we share our frequency with other stations, WGLJ & WVFP, we are now streaming WGOT content over the Internet 24 hours a day. Run completely by volunteers and with little media support, we have created a vibrant, diverse community radio station for Gainesville, and all of this with no studio space. Due to consistent support from various local venues and bars, a plethora of awesome local musicians, and various businesses and individuals, we have been able to support our DIY enterprise, even without major media attention. It has not been an easy task. I have been the acting station manager for the last several years, but am unable to continue in that capacity. My passion for the station has not wavered, there are some new positive developments in my life, but I am still committed to WGOT community radio. Although we are a grassroots project, we do require some centralization. We are declaring an all-call to the Gainesville community to get involved in any capacity you can. Visit our website at www.wgot.org, connect with us at info@ wgot.org, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter @wgotlp. Please consider becoming a member, underwriter, or volunteer for the station. We are always searching for new local programming to add to our schedule. Most importantly, however, is that we are in search of new board members and a station manager. No previous radio experience is required, and it is understood that these are volunteer positions. We have public board meetings every two weeks. We believe we have something else to offer besides traditional radio, media and culture. Check us out. !Support local radio: a note from WGOTWGOT 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 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 is a Low Power FM station with a transmitter at NW 39th Ave and I-75, so best re ception 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. 1 p.m. & Mon.-Thur. 8 p.m.


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 22, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 Springs Eternal: Floridas Fragile Fountains of YouthFor the past 30 years, photographer John Moran has chronicled the beauty of our springs and the changes that many of us have seen. Springs Eternal: Floridas Fragile Fountains of Youth will debut as a picture exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History on March 23, where it will run through December before moving on to other venues statewide. Learn more about the exhibit, and see a photo preview, at JohnMoranPhoto. com. The exhibit is part of the larger Springs Eternal Project, which will also feature Lesley Gambles Urban System buses wrapped in full-scale images of the springs taken by artists including Moran, Margaret Tolbert, Tom Morris, Jill Heinerth and Mark Long. QR matrix barcodes on the buses link viewers to a Springs Eternal Project website offering information about featured springs, including news, history, local stories, science and relevant public policy. Based on an upcoming book by Rick Kilby, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Floridas Magical Waters is a new exhibit examining how the legend of Ponce de Lens quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine States image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation, and magical spring-fed waters. Rich in images, this exhibition shows how the myths surrounding the discovery tions of the state that still echo today. This exhibit will run concurrently with the Springs Eternal exhibit at the museum. The project directors (John Moran and Lesley Gamble) are slated to be present at the Florida Museum of Natural History for a public talk at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. They will be joined by Rick Kilby, creator of the Finding the Fountain of Youth project. Why the U.S. should extradite Pedro Barrientos Nez to ChileBy Csar Chelala This article was originally published on Jan. 15 on www.thewip.net. On Dec. 28, 2012, Chilean Judge Miguel with the murder of popular songwriter, guitarist and theater director Vctor Jara. Jara was killed days after the 1973 military coup against Chilean President Salvador Allende. One of those charged is Pedro Barrientos nal shot that killed Jara. Barrientos Nez is now living in Deltona, Fla. His extradition to Chile could help properly try all those involved in Jaras death. The most recognizable voice of Chiles dispossessed, Jara was one of the founders of a new genre of Latin American song, and one of its best known practitioners. Jara movement led by the late Chilean President Salvador Allende. Jara composed Venceremos (We Will Triumph), which became the theme song of Allendes Unidad Popular (Popular Unity) movement. Jara and his wife, Joan Turner, were among the main participants in the cultural renaissance movement that swept the country after Allendes victory. Sept. 11, 1973, is a day that will live in infamy for the people of Chile, when Gen. August Pinochets troops mounted a coup against the Allende government. Jara was taken prisoner on Sept. 12, 1973, from Chiles Technical University and later taken to the Estadio Chile, a large sports stadium, which was renamed Estadio Vctor Jara in 2003. Jara was held at the stadium for four days where he was repeatedly tortured. His torturers had no mercy with Jaras hands and ingly challenging him to continue playing his guitar with his broken hands. According to the testimony of his companions who were also in prison Jara remained undaunted and sang part of his song Venceremos as he was being tortured. only concerned about the welfare of his companions. Four days after being taken prisoner, he was taken to a deserted area in the country where he was shot 44 times. His body was dumped on a road on the outskirts of Santiago from where he was taken to the citys morgue. His wife was allowed to retrieve his body only after she promised that she wouldnt publicize the event. Shortly after Jaras death a Chilean television technician surreptitiously played an excerpt of Jaras song La Plegaria a un Labrador (Prayer to a Laborer) over a isolated tribute, however, for several years Jaras recordings went unheard in Chile. After Pinochets death in 2006, Jaras wife and other human rights activists stepped up parent delays by prosecutors and the army. On Dec. 28, 2012, Appellate Court Magistrate Miguel Vsquez ordered the arrest of Marmonti and Pedro Barrientos Nez, as the material authors of the crime, and named plices. All of them have been detained, with the exception of Pedro Barrientos Nez. According to School of Americas Watch remurdering Jara were trained at the School of the Americas, which at that time was located in Panama. These reports indicate that Barrientos Nez took courses at that school in the 1960s and 1970s. Barrientos Nez has strongly denied any participation in Jaras murder, despite strong testimonies condemning him. According to international law, the United States now has the legal duty to prosecute Barrientos Nez or, to complete Judge Vasquezs investigation of Jaras murder, to extradite him to Chile. This is mandated by the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and by the Geneva Conventions. Extraditing Barrientos Nuez back to Chile will be a miniscule compensation for the tragedies that the CIA-sponsored coup against Allende unleashed on the Chilean people. !On Monday, March 18, the Civic Me dia Center will show Victor Jara: Right to Live in Peace a documen tary about the famed Chilean singersongwriter who was killed for his po litical activism, at 7 p.m. Jack Price


IGUANA, MARCH 2013, PAGE 23WWW.GAINESVILLEIGUANA.ORGBy Arupa Freeman On Feb. 20, the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry hosted a dinner gathering at St. Francis House for the homeless community, to meet with them and listen to their concerns. This was the a few glitches, since more people attended than were expected. Nevertheless, it was a very successful and positive event. Every where we went last night on our driveout people were talking about this dinner and saying how much they enjoyed the expe rience. Historically, as a community, we havent done nearly enough to include the homeless community in the conversa tion. This effort in that direction was deep ly appreciated by our homeless friends. Theresa Lowe, Coalition Director, opened the meeting by thanking the homeless com munity for helping with the annual Pointin-Time Survey and reporting on the initial HUD and is a count of the homeless popula tion over a 48-hour period. It also includes questions on why people are homeless, and what their needs are. It is a snapshot taken of a moving target over a brief period of time, so there are always people who arent in their own mysterious (to me) way of ex trapolating a more exact count. Theresa re 1. 985 unsheltered homeless people 2. More than 1000 homeless people in shel ters. 3. 400 homeless children, as reported by the Alachua County School District (all of whom have families who may not have been counted) 4. 300 chronically homeless people, de for more than one year Theresa referred to these numbers, par ticularly the 985 unsheltered homeless people, as staggering, especially when compared on, a per capita basis, with other cities. Denver, Colorado, for example, counted 1000 unsheltered homeless people in their PIT Survey. Commisssioner Randy Wells reported on the citys efforts to acquire the old prison complex on 39th Avenue for a new homeless shelter and one-stop center. He was able to report that negotiations with the State are going well. He then asked for feedback from the community about what they would like to see this project include. We were not able to stay for the entire comment period, but while we were there the homeless people cited three major concerns they would like to see addressed: 1. Job Training and Opportunities (suggestions were met with enthusiastic applause) 2. More and better access to shower and laundry services 3. Treat homeless people with dignity and respect, and for homeless people to treat each other with dignity and respect. Amen, amen, amen! Commissioner Wells has a strong vision of this new center as a place where the entire community will come together to build something that is useful and beautiful, with not only shelter, health care, and job training, but also many other community projects such as organic gardens, murals painted by local artists, activities for chil dren and more. He wants as many citizens as possible, housed and homeless, to par ticipate in the process, now and after this facility opens. If you would like to be noti what you would like to see included at this center you can email Commissioner Wells at wellsrm@cityofgainesville.org My SOS for more groceries was met by a cornucopia of good food! Many thanks to all of you. I now have enough food and bet ter food. I have also received a good many tents and tarps from both groups and indi viduals, and the same with vitamins and batteries. We are a bit low on personal hy giene products, so keep us in mind for that. We never have enough razors, and shaving zors will be especially appreciated. The Home Van needs tents, tarps, bottled water, bug spray,Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries, and games. Call 352-3724825 to arrange for 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 on The HOME Van is a project of Citizens for Social Justice, Inc. !Update on the Alachua Co. Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry The Feminine Mystique at 50: womens activism in AmericaBy the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program On Wednesday, March 13, Professor Stephanie Coontz will visit the University of Florida for a symposium, The Feminine Mystique at 50, focusing on her ground breaking research into the history of family policy and womens activism in America. She will be discussing her book, the highly acclaimed A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s in an afternoon round table discussion in Ustler Hall and a public lecture in the evening at Pugh Hall, Mad See WOMEN, p. 24 men, Working Girls, and Desperate House wives: Women, Men and Marriage in 1963 and 2013, which will be followed by a re ception and book signing. The symposium will begin at UF on the afternoon of March 13 at 2:30 p.m., when Coontz will participate in a cam pus discussion focusing on A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawning of the 1960s in the Ustler Hall Atrium. Later in the evening, Coontz will give a public presentation in the MacKay Audi torium at Pugh Hall at 6 p.m.: Madmen, Working Girls, and Desperate House wives: Women, Men and Marriage in 1963 and 2013, discussing her research into American family policy, womens activism, and the history of marriage in the United States. This event will also include a reception and book signing. Parking is free. The week before the event, on March 8 at 1 p.m., Coontz will be featured on WUFT 89.1s weekly book program, Conner Calling, for a live, call-in discussion of her


GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA PAGE 24, IGUANA, MARCH 2013 WOMEN, from p. 23 work. Contact the radio show at 352-3928989 or e-mail fmcalling@wuft.org. This symposium is free and open to the pub lic and is sponsored by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and the Center for Womens Studies and Gender Research. It is co-sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, the Department of English, Philip Wegner, Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar Chair, the George A. Smathers Library, and the Journal of Fam ily Issues. For information about this event or the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, please call 352-392-7168, contact Tamar ra Jenkins at tamjenk04@gmail.com and South Main/Fire Station UpdateBy Joe Courter 5th and 6th Avenues) for the new Fire Station has not moved forward yet, due to bureau cratic paperwork for the most part. However, during the past month, the stakeholders in this future change have been meeting with City Commissioners and representatives from the City and Fire Department to negotiate an equitable way for this to take place. The stakeholders, which include Citizens Co-op, Repurpose Project, Civic Media Cen ter, Wild Iris Books, Church of Holy Colors, Sequential Artists Workshop and Display Gallery, are in agreement that our goals are: 1. An arrangement for about 30 parking spaces on 5th Avenue by the Co-op Courtyard gate to replace the current parking lot that will be lost. 2. Preservation of the Repurpose Project building for a future business, even if Repur pose Project has to move. to them. 4. Input on Fire Department landscaping design to keep connectivity on the South Main corridor. The stakeholders recognize the need for a new Fire Station and that this location is the Citys best option. We believe they will be good neighbors, better than a big commercial in the process, and have had favorable response in meeting with City Commissioners. We have been assured that our operations will not be affected during the interim period after purchase (soon) and before construction begins (October 2014). the way the construction of Fire Station 8 on NW 34th Street was done with neighbor hood input and sensitivity. Stay tuned...! Grassroots Support Keeps it Going G(&.%.("%I242'%J"$2&%I"#."H%$/"30% % % %G(&.%+/7%'&#%$/0 % % % % Save the date! CMC SpringBoard Event Friday, March 22, 2013, 6 p.m. at the Prairie Creek Lodge A/H%2#K/HL&.2/#0>>>3/,:,/?*+,#/*-$*)3').% /'')+,-#$')1D/,:,/?*+,#/*-$*)3'). % EFG