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Gainesville’s Food Not Bombs chapter is back

by Clara Ortega

Food Not Bombs is an international volunteer organization dedicated to challenging excessive waste and ensuring food for all people. We reclaim food that would otherwise be discarded to provide free meals in public spaces. We choose to share vegan or vegetarian food because it contributes less to pollution, water usage, and the creation of greenhouse gases.

Food Not Bombs works to change systems that perpetuate hunger by sharing literature and engaging with the most marginalized members of our community.

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American civilians in Saigon 1963: U.S. still making war to negate peace efforts

Reading/Booksigning: Sat., Apr. 21, 4pm, Third House Books, 113 N. Main St., Gainesville

by Kathy Connor Dobronyi

When Americans think of Vietnam, they think of the Vietnam War. Vietnam was divided into two countries in 1954 under the
Geneva Accords, a treaty that ended the colony of French Indochina. Although the division was temporary, the United States supported a permanent state in the south under President Ngo Dinh Diem, an ardent anti-communist.

Beginning in 1954, the United States spent billions in foreign aid for the new country. Vietnam represented a massive investment by the United States of more than $28.5 billion in economic and security assistance designed to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese, an essential part of countering communists influence.

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G’ville protesters in solidarity with March for Our Lives

by Madison Rubert

Well over a thousand demonstrators armed with bold banners, hand-made signs, and most importantly, their voices, flooded Downtown Gainesville on March 24 to protest current gun laws in solidarity with protesters in Washington, D.C.

On that Saturday at 11 a.m., protesters met at the Bo Diddley Plaza at 111 E. University Ave. to partake in March for Our Lives Gainesville, a sister march of March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., that was organized by UF freshman Heather Yu.

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April 2018 Gainesville Iguana

The April issue of the Iguana is now available and you can access it here! If you want to get your hands on a hard copy, check out our distro locations here.

GNV votes March 20

by Joe Courter

Please, if you live in the City of Gainesville, do not ignore the upcoming election on March 20. Voters on the Eastside (District 1) will have two races on their ballot, the rest of the City but one race, but who we elect and what they prioritize is important.

Everyone registered to vote can vote in the At-Large race. It features two candidates, the incumbent, Harvey Budd, against challenger Gail Johnson.

Harvey has a long and solid history in Gainesville. He is an accountant by trade and has been active in the community as a property owner and Plan Board member. He has been on the Commission for one term, during which he has tried to be a financial watchdog and seeker of compromise. He is a good guy and has served well, but it is his luck in this wave election to have Gail Johnson step in to run for his seat.

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Reflection on support for prisoners’ Operation PUSH And a call to action in Tallahassee on March 8 against visitation cuts

by Panagioti Tsolkas

In January, activists across Florida celebrated Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday with a renewed commitment to struggle alongside those among the most exploited members in our society: the prison slaves.

Over 150 organizations across the country issued statements of support for Florida prisoners. Some carried banners in their local MLK parades or dropped banners off overpasses for thousands to see. Others handed out flyer, pasted posters and pushed out social media.

It was said by many, including Angela Davis on her visit to Tallahassee, that had King not been assassinated as he joined underpaid workers in Memphis, Tennessee, fifty years ago, he would most certainly have been in Florida supporting the prisoners of Operation PUSH.

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From the publisher … Marjory Stoneman Douglas would be proud

Here’s a big note of appreciation to the brave and powerful students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They took the adversity that was thrown at them and exemplify the adage of speaking truth to power. Seeing Emma Gonzales speak at that rally, all that fierce power and raw emotion, I was in awe.

Likewise seeing Cameron Kasky go face-to-face at the CNN town meeting with Marco Rubio and not back down; wow. I hope this issue will resonate across the country, and not only to the youth. I hope that adults recognize that they need to have this young generation’s back as they fight for a saner future. It is the least we can do, as we are the generations on whose watch this madness has developed.

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CMC SpringBoard fundraiser at new location

Friday, April 13, 6:30-9pm
Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave.

Save the date: on Friday April 13, the Civic Media Center will be holding the 2018 version of its SpringBoard fundraiser. This event is timed to give the CMC a boost as the summer approaches, with its higher utility costs and diminished population in town.

This year the event will be held at a new and exciting location, Working Food at 219 NW 10th Ave. This large meeting hall (and large parking lot) is one of three new additions in the block of NW 10th Ave., joined by the restaurant Afternoon and Cypress & Grove Brewing. The event will run from 6:30 to 9pm.

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Explaining city candidates’ ‘criminal’ histories not job of corporate media

by James Thompson

So many in our community cringed at the reporting of criminal histories and arrests of Gainesville City Commission candidates by the Gainesville Sun. But we cannot expect corporate media to do the job of progressive advocacy journalism. That is what publications like this one, and voices like ours, are for.

Andrew Caplan is a capable and hardworking political beat reporter, and the Sun Editor-in-Chief Doug Ray is socially engaged and accessible. But I’m not surprised at the racial and gender tone deaf reporting, imaging, and editing that went into the piece (“City Candidates’ Records Spotty,” Gainesville Sun, Feb. 10, 2018).

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History and the people who make it: Clarence Sears

Clarence Sears [S], FBI KKK infiltrator, was interviewed by Ryan Morini [M] in August, 2015.

This is the 46th in a series of transcript excerpts from the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program collection.

Transcript edited by Pierce Butler

Content note: This interview includes offensive racial slurs, repeated intact here for historical accuracy.

S: I’m 87 years old. Lived in Jacksonville all my life. Was in the Air Force at the end of World War II. Went to Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. I had a career with the railroad. I was a train director, something like a dispatcher. Worked at night, talking to crews on the trains. I spent 45 years doing that.

M: Where did you grow up in Jacksonville?

S: On the north side, in a working class community. I was a Baptist. I’m a Unitarian now.

M: Your father was from Boston?

S: He was a Catholic from Boston. He died when I was nine. I was really raised by my Baptist mother.

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