January-February 2018 Gainesville Iguana

The January-February issue of the Iguana is now available! If you want to get your hands on a hard copy, check out our distro locations here.

‘I Love Local Food’ Week celebrates our bounty

Gainesville’s 4th annual “I Love Local Food” Week 2018 will be held Sunday, Feb. 11, through Saturday, Feb. 17, and will kick off with a movie night at Forage Hall at Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave. in Gainesville. Throughout the week there will be free workshops and other opportunities for individuals to learn about fresh, healthy, and local food our region has to offer, announced Working Food.  

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Dan Berger speaks on prison issues

Former CMC volunteer, UF grad, and author  Dan Berger is returning to Gainesville and the CMC Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 pm for a talk on prison issues. Dan is an assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell.

His work on race, prisons, media, and American social movements has appeared widely in popular and scholarly journals. He is the author of Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era. Berger is also the author or editor of three previous books:Letters From Young Activists,Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity, and The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism. 

History and the people who make it: Perla Meissner

Perla Meissner [M], Holocaust survivor, was interviewed by Jessica Alpert [A] in September, 2005.

This is the 45th in a series of transcript excerpts from the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program collection.

Transcript edited by Pierce Butler.

M: I was born in a place [in the Czech Republic] called Munkatch on 11 February, 1926. My mother’s name was Yitta Bernstein. My father was Avram Shlomovic.

We were three girls. I was oldest. My sister Rahel that I call Ruchi, three years younger, and I had one more sister a year younger than Ruchi who perished in Auschwitz – Elky.

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Heartwood Soundstage celebrates first anniversary with reprise of Heartwood Festival February 24

Heartwood Soundstage will celebrate its first anniversary on February 24 with the Heartwood Festival, featuring over 20 great bands, food vendors, and activities for kids including a bounce house.

Heartwood has been a welcome addition to the Gainesville music scene, offering a top notch, intimate listening room that is connected to a state-of-the- art recording studio, video production, and live streaming capabilities. In addition, there is an outdoor area that can host festival-size crowds, just a few block south of the heart of downtown.

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Changeville: Gainesville’s Social Change Festival

The Changeville Music & Arts Festival is a space for artists doing good in the world to come together with the Gainesville community and create a new vision for what our world can look like. Every musician and comedian that plays Changeville, every VR experience or film that we showcase, is chosen because of its connection to social change.

“When music, books, film and comedy accompany movements, change happens.”

See http://changeville.us/ and the Changeville Facebook page for more information.

Additionally all the music shows (see website, there are many great shows!), Changeville will host a number of experts, influencers and artists in their Panel and Workshop Series listed next, focusing on aspects of activism that relate directly to artistry. Any Changeville ticket or wristband is requested for entry and can be shown at the door.

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Public education under new threats

By Olysha Magruder

It’s hard to believe there was a time when not all children had access to a free, public education in our country. Yet, up until the mid-1800s, public education was not widespread in the United States. Schools were largely privatized for wealthy children and poor children were sent to “charity” schools meant to teach them ways not to be social menaces. During this time in the history of our country, not everyone believed education was a necessity for all children, but long years of organizing and advocating brought quality education to most children in the U.S.

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The people have spoken on water and wetlands: pass WQPO


We must pass a County-wide Water Quality/Protection Ordinance (WQPO) on January 23 or much of the wise growth and conservation elements of the County Comprehensive Plan will be effectively gutted. On that evening it will be the duty of County Commissioners to uphold the November 2000 Charter Amendment 1 in which over 70 percent of voters, 46 of 53 precincts, entrusted its five elected officers with governance over the incorporated and unincorporated watershed and wetlands. This system nourishes hundreds of thousands of citizens in and around Alachua County, and millions across the State of Florida.

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Take action to protect Alachua County’s water and air

by Mike Byerly, Alachua County Commissioner

If you have only enough time or motivation to attend one government meeting in 2018 in defense of our environment, make it Jan. 23, 5 pm, at the County Administration building. The stakes are high, and turnout could make the difference.

Alachua County is a “charter county.” That means we have a charter, sort of like a constitution, that is the ultimate law on certain matters, and it can only be changed by popular vote.

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Gainesville Food Justice Study Group announces February reading selection: Will meet February 22 at CMC

The Food Justice Study Group, coordinated by Florida Organic Growers (FOG), will meet February 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Civic Media Center in downtown Gainesville. The meeting is free and open to the public, though FOG encourages anyone willing and able to make a donation to the Civic Media Center.

The reading selections for the month include Garrett M. Broad’s More than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change, published by the University of California Press in 2016.

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Honor Indigenous Peoples of North Central Florida

by W. Gilbert

Please honor the Timucan People who once lived in this area by removing the Rodman Dam and re-naming Newnans Lake.

The dam should be removed for several reasons:

  • It would allow the Ocklawaha River to flow naturally to give us the natural beauty and benefits the Timucan people of long ago enjoyed.
  • It would allow once again the migration of fish and manatees. 
  • It would reveal and bring to life the 20-plus lost springs in the river that artist and environmentalist Margaret Ross Tolbert revealed to us with her community presentations about The Lost Springs of Florida.
  • The restored area would be a jewel for our Ocklawaha River Watershed and a shining example for the State of Florida in the restoration of damaged natural environment.  By removing the dam, nature will quickly repair the area.
  • The watershed, the ‘Real Florida’ will then be a natural attraction and bring many eco-tourists, benefiting everyone — particularly local residents.
  • Recognize and honor the Timucan People who once lived in this area by renaming Newnans Lake  –  Lake Pithlachocco as it was called by the Timucan People.

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