Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a national initiative that started in California and now includes over 400 indie bookstores across the nation. Every year they work with publishers to create special limited edition titles and merchandise and they encourage authors to partner with stores in their area to create a gathering centered around a love of literacy and community.
On March 1, the Alachua County Commission voted to deny Plum Creek’s plan to destroy wetlands in our strategic Ecosystem east of Newnans Lake and the rural quality of life of our citizens that live there.
Transcript edited by Pierce Butler.
This is the 34th in a series of transcript excerpts from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program collection at the University of Florida.
Phil Fixico [F] was interviewed by Ryan Morini [M] in 2012.
M: Your date and place of birth?
F: July 23, 1947. Los Angeles, California. Racially, I’m African-Native-American. Culturally, I’m an aspiring Seminole Maroon descendant, but to the people of America who see me on the street, I’m just another flavor of black.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and activist David Swanson will speak in Gainesville, Sarasota and Jacksonville about the latest developments in the telling and the debunking of lies about wars. He’ll answer questions and sign copies of his new book, “War Is A Lie: Second Edition.”
By Veterans For Peace, Gainesville
There will be no Veterans for Peace Memorial Day weekend display of tombstones this year in Gainesville.
We plan to come back next year, although the new design will condense the display and move it further from the parking area.
The former Gainesville City Commission voted to remake NW 8th Avenue into an ugly cement and asphalt speedway.
A fund-raiser for the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 pm, donations at the door. Suggested donations are $15 for the general public and $10 for students. For more information call 352-378-9166.
by Harvey Ward
In times of deep political division finding common ground — even on local issues — is hard. We should be able to agree, however, that democracy works better when more citizens vote and that our government needs to be more efficient and less expensive.
by Jason Fults
Feb. 25 was a great day for Florida Representative Keith Perry (R). Promising to “keep government off your back and out of your pocketbook,” he announced his bid for the newly-drawn Florida Senate district that includes all of Alachua and Putnam counties as well as part of Marion county.
by Joe Courter
Yes we just had an election here in Gainesville, and it came out pretty well. With a higher voter turnout driven by contested presidential primaries, we saw Mayor Ed Braddy turned out of office by Lauren Poe, and Adrian Hayes-Santos score an overwhelming triumph in the City Commission race.
Fight for $15, Orlando — April 14
It’s time to take the Fight for $15 to the streets!
Nearly 64 million hardworking Americans make less than $15 an hour. That’s just not right – and on April 14, we’re standing together in Orlando to yell “enough.” Are you with us? We’re rallying to show that we support $15 and union rights for all working people. Fast-food workers will go on strike in 300 cities, including Orlando.
Bernie Sanders, the Foreign-Policy Realist of 2016 by Robert English – Of all the presidential candidates of either party, Bernie is actually the most sober and clear-eyed.
Chomsky, Snowden, Greenwald on Privacy in the Age of Surveillance by Lauren McCauley – Panel discussion challenges the rhetoric that national security requires that governments can access individual communications.
Slain Activist Berta Cáceres’ Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras by Democracy Now! – This is a stunning and powerful segment of Democracy Now devoted to Honduras, and the political assassinations which have followed the coup that Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State allowed to stand.
What’s the Matter with Liberalism? by Mike O’Connor – Historian’s review of Listen, Liberal–or–What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?, Thomas Frank’s new book on how the Democrats came to represent yuppies rather than workers.
Why is Honduras the world’s deadliest country for environmentalists? by Autumn Spanne
So the other night I got home about 9:45, and remembered the NCAA men’s basketball championship game was on. I flicked on the TV and started through the channels until I found it. As an underdog rooter, and not a big basketball fan, I was leaning toward Villanova, and my timing was great; score tied at 46 each in the second half.
The April 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.