November/December 2016 Gainesville Iguana

NOV-DEC 2016 Iguana coverThe November-December 2016 issue of the Iguana is now available! If you want to get your hands on a hard copy, check out our distro locations here.

History and the people who make it: Anthony Ray Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton [AH], who spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row, was interviewed by a 5-person SPOHP team in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2015.

This is the 37th in a series of transcript excerpts from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program collection at the University of Florida.

Transcript edited by Pierce Butler.

AH: We are told we have the best justice system in the world. That might be true. But racism still plays a part. We are taught that justice is blind. But I assure you – the lady sees what race you are, your education background, what neighborhood you live in. When you come through the door, that determines whether you are guilty or innocent.

I was twenty-nine years of age when I was arrested for attempted murder, attempted first-degree kidnap, and first-degree robbery.

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GCOR: Gainesville City of Resistance

by Joe Courter

Here in Gainesville the reality of Donald Trump as President Elect has brought out an amazing response. In a follow up meeting to the speakout held Thurs 11/10,  on Sunday afternoon 11/13 over 200 people overflowed the now vacant Citizens Co-op space for a very productive planning session. Surprisingly less than a fourth of them had been at the speakout three days earlier.  Social media is a very powerful tool in particular Facebook and the Gainesville City of Resistance site.

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Humans living, sleeping, dying on the streets is NOT normal

by Jon DeCarmine , Operations Director for GRACE

Imagine showing up at the emergency room. You’re having a heart attack. You need immediate attention. There’s two other people in there, one with a broken leg and one with a cut on their finger. You’re told that, since they arrived before you, the doctors and nurses will treat them first, and you’ll have to wait until you are called.

Once you’re seen, the doctors recognize you from the last time you had a heart attack. They had told you to change your lifestyle to include more exercise and a better diet. Since you didn’t follow their advice, they tell you that they’re not going to treat you until you lose 10 pounds and stop smoking.

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Mayor’s Book Club to read about history of racist ideas

Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe announced “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi as the next selection for the Mayor’s Book Club. The public is invited to read and participate in discussion about racial themes raised in the book. The only rule is that people enter the discussion with an open mind, and discuss the book with civility and positivity.

Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African-American history at the University of Florida who focuses on racist and antiracist movements and ideas.

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Feminist bookstore offers social justice books, indie bestsellers, gathering space

The Holiday season is fast approaching and Wild Iris is ready to help you get all the gifts you need!  As Florida’s only feminist bookstore our inventory is full of feminist, activist, social justice books, and more.

We carry a great selection of alternative kids books highlighting marginalized voices and stories and teaching our little ones about activism and solidarity. We also carry unique and fun gifts, journals, buttons,  greeting cards, candles and more.  Let us help you find gifts for all the  people on your list!

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Letter to the DNC: You are responsible

Dear DNC:

Please read. Please listen this time.

Cheaters never prosper. We, the entire nation, are suffering because of your corruption and lying deeds.  The nation spoke and told you that they were tired of the “establishment.”  You didn’t listen.

Starting with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and EVERY single one of the DNC staff who was involved and responsible for abusing their position in order to bias and influence the outcomes of the Democratic primaries and the choosing of the Democratic nominee. You influenced the media and prevented the equal flow of finances and blocked the other candidate from those things. You had decided long ago that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee and everyone else be damned. You humiliated the entire Democratic Party in front of the entire nation. 

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Gainesville Homegrown: Businesses + Entrepreneurship celebrates, inspires Gainesville Entrepreneurs Month

A grassroots effort, “Gainesville Homegrown: Businesses + Entrepreneurship” has formed to celebrate and inspire locally created and owned business and entrepreneurial efforts in Gainesville.

The collective will focus its attention on business development and meaningful job growth in greater East Gainesville, the area between the western shore of Newnan’s Lake and West 13th Street. The team members have decades of combined expertise in local community design and policy-making, the arts, design, and entrepreneurship, with a special commitment to tapping the potential of the local African-American community. They plan to support other locally-driven efforts, and host events and classes in and for Gainesville’s East Side.

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Gainesville Tells: Local vets perform their stories on stage

by Mandy McDade

Reprinted by permission from the UF College of the Arts e-newsletter “In the Loop.”

“It’s time to speak. It’s time to listen.”

That’s the motto of the Telling Project, a performing arts non-profit that gives veterans and their families a platform to speak about their experiences in the military. The Telling Project is a nationwide initiative that has put over 180 soldiers and their families on stage, giving audiences the opportunity to listen to their stories in a unique and engaging format.

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Open enrollment period begins Nov. 1 for 2017 federal health insurance marketplace coverage

by Ronnie Lovler, SRAHEC

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began Nov. 1. Individuals and families in North Central Florida enrolling in coverage for the first time or continuing their existing health coverage for 2017 may review their health insurance options with the assistance of a Navigator.

Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) navigators will continue to provide assistance at no cost to consumers in 15 North Central Florida counties. This is the fourth year that trained SRAHEC Navigators helped local consumers explore their health insurance options through the Marketplace. This year, SRAHEC has expanded its coverage area through a direct partnership with Florida Covering Kids & Families at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. Florida Covering Kids & Families and regional partners provide Navigator services to all 67 Florida counties.

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Central Labor Council hosts annual holiday spaghetti dinner

The North Central Florida Central Labor Council will have their annual holiday spaghetti dinner on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 pm at the Alachua County Senior Center at 5701 NW 34th St. in Gainesville.

All are invited to break bread with the CLC and listen to updates about working family issues in the North Central Florida area.