CMC to celebrate 29th anniversary and you’re invited

WHEN: Sat., Oct. 15 , 7-9:30pm
WHERE: Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave.
SPEAKER: Dr. Robert Cassanello
COST: $15-20

by Joe Courter

The Civic Media Center will mark its 29th anniversary on Saturday evening, Oct. 15, at 7pm in the Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave. The guest speaker will be Dr Robert Cassanello, an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, and the head of the UCF faculty union. He has served on the board of the Florida Historical Society, and has a research background on voter suppression and the Jim Crow era.

Most recently, Cassanello and other plaintiffs, including public school teachers and a student, filed a lawsuit in April after DeSantis signed the law the “Stop WOKE Act” (HB 7) arguing that it violated First Amendment rights and was unconstitutionally vague. This case is moving forward after an appeal to end it by the governor’s office was rejected by a judge (see Editors’ Picks, item 2 on page 15).

The event at the Matheson will run from 7 to 9:30 pm and will offer light food and refreshments. It will be a nice chance to get together again. The Matheson has parking, with overflow across the street at the School Board offices. 

Admission will be $15-$20 with tickets at the door, or by mailing in a check in advance (CMC, 433 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601), or with a donation to that is designated “for anniversary tickets.” Low-income people and students can pay a reduced rate if they need to. For more info, call Joe at 352-378-5655.

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