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January/February 2017 Gainesville Iguana

Jan-Feb 17 Iguana COVERThe 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.

Inauguration Actions in and around GNV, Jan. 20 and 21

Protest Trump, Pence and the Republican Congress

Actions in and around Gainesville for Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 

compiled by National Women’s Liberation, Gainesville chapter (send additions/corrections to

Wherever you are! •  Women Strike! Organized by National Women’s Liberation

see to sign the pledge to strike, go to facebook event page


Strike in D.C. / in your home town / at school / for all or part of the time / from all or some of your work


National Women’s Liberation calls all women, girls, trans*, and nonbinary folks to strike Jan. 20 – 21

Trump, Pence, and the Republican Congress have made their anti-woman agenda clear and have promised to cut, undermine, eliminate, or privatize every social compact from public schools to Medicare to Social Security. They expect the family (that is, WOMEN) to fill in the gaps and pick up the pieces. NO WE WON’T.


Paid jobs * Emotional Labor * Childcare * Diapers * Housework * Cooking  * Sweeping * Laundry  * Dishes  * Errands  * Groceries * Fake smiles * Flirting * Makeup * Laundry * Shaving * What are you striking from?


• An end to racist and sexual assaults, and all forms of bigotry

• Reproductive freedom, full access, and no coercion

• National Health Care for all

• R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Friday, Jan. 20, noon – 10 pm at City Hall Gainesville, Florida (keep up with FB or Slack, plans in process)

Counter-Inauguration Rally in GNV, organized by Gainesville City of Resistance, 200 E University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601 facebook event page

• Tallahassee Walk OUT, by Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society — facebook event page

• National Call in Day re Medicare For All —

Call and email Congress over the next few weeks and especially on Jan. 20. Tell your representatives that our dysfunctional system of financing through private insurers must be replaced by an efficient and equitable single-payer system.

Saturday January 21 Women’s March on Washington and solidarity marches/actions

Many members of GNV community are flying to DC and at least four buses are driving up to DC.

• Women’s March on Washington — WEBSITE:



• GNV Buses/prep for Women’s March on Washington: GNV group about the Women’s March on Washington

Sign up form for the bus to DC (if not full)

• “Let’s make signs and cover a few pre-march topics.” Hosted by Holly Sprinkle — Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2 – 4 pm — Millhopper Branch Library — 3145 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, Florida 32606 — Facebook event page

• Picket for #womenstrike & Solidarity with Women’s March on Washington — Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1-3 pm in Gainesville: NWL and Gainesville Area NOW – details still being worked out! — ( and in solidarity with Women’s March on Washington Facebook event page — — sign making and prep for march in DC and GNV #womenstrike picket Saturday, Jan. 14

Other Florida marches:  Go to to find sister events

Other upcoming NWL events:

• NWL General Organizing Meetings, GNV, The second Tuesday of every month- beginning Jan. 10, Location: 200 NE 1st Street, suite 201 (second floor). Entrance at the back door.

• National Women of Color Caucus Meeting, Mon, Jan. 9, 7:30-8:30 pm, RSVP to get more info —

• Tallahassee NWL Organizing Committee – Next Steps Meeting, Sunday Jan. 8, 4 pm – 6 pm, at the Plant, 517 W Gaines St, • Tallahassee, Florida 32301,

• NWL TALLY meetings, 2nd Sunday of every month, 2-4 pm at the Plant.

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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