16th Annual SpringBoard Fundraiser

Published kenziecooke - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:36pm



It's time again for the CMC's annual SpringBoard soiree, an dth is year it will be on the first day of Spring, Friday, March 20th.  We will again have our event at The Wooly, 20 N. Main St. in the heart of downtown.  This year we will change things up a bit, and instead of the various donated restaurant dishes, we will have a wide array of food offerings from The Top Restaurant itself (next door to the Wooly).  This is their general practice, and will eliminate the long food line that slowed the event last year.  Although the Wooly has given us a discount on food, we will not benefit from donated food so we will raise the price a bit because of this to $25 advance and $35 at the door. (Couples $40 and $60).  We will have advance tickets available March 1st at McIntyre Stain Glass in Thornbrook Village.  You may also get them through the CMC website.  In addition to the raffles and silent auction, the food and socializing, why would you come?  The speaker!  This year we have Terry Anderson, a recent addition to the UF faculty, teaching International Journalism.  His qualifications are extraordinary.  A marine and combat journalist in Vietnam during the war, he did two tours.  After college he was an Asian affairs reporter for the Associated Press, then chief Middle East correspondent in Lebanon from '83-'85.  He was captured and held by Hezzbollah in Lebanon for six years.  He's headed (with Walter Cronkite) the "Committee to Protect Journalists."  He also taught journalism at the University of Kentucky before coming to the University of Florida.  I heard him speak at the Florida Free Speech Forum; he was excellent, and I was very pleased when he accepted our invitation to speak at SpringBoard. 

     Here's a quote from an interview he gave at UK 2009, "In this world and time it is absolutely essential that young people have a global perspective, that there is an understanding of cultures and people, that there is an understanding of the value of multiculturalism and cooperation."

     The working title for his March 20th talk is "Journalists: You May Not Like Us, but You'd be Sorry if We Were Gone."

     The CMC will provide parking maps to anyone who wants one, there is plenty available at 6pm when the event starts and we will have people available to wlak you back to your car after the event should you wish as downtown has gotten a bit more crowded at 10pm.

-  Joe Courter



Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:00pm
The Wooly
$25 in advance, $35 at the door


Published kenziecooke - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:17pm

Live music by:

Ghost Mice///first wave FOLK-PUNK band from Bloomington Indiana and Paris France. We are Chris, Hannah, Pascal and Emily.

Super Famicon///anarcho gothic chamber punk


Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:00pm
$5 at the door

March Artwalk - Survivors Of Violence Art Exhibit

Published Kayla Coleman - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 4:47pm

Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of survivors of violence in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The exhibit will be hosted by the Civic Media Center and Wild Iris Books from March 25- 31, with an opening reception on Friday, March 25. It will then be moving to the Harn Museum of Art to run from April 5-14, with a closing reception on Thursday, April 14.

All survivors of interpersonal violence are invited to submit original artwork. We are currently accepting work of all types, including performance pieces to be presented at our reception.
Deadline to register is Friday, March 4th.

To register as a participant or ask any questions, contact Ashley Flattery at aflattery@alachuacounty.us or (352) 264-6763.

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Movie Monday: "Human the Movie" Part 3

Published kenziecooke - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 4:41pm

Come join us for third installment in the three part movie series "Human the Movie". It is an exploration of life through story telling and emotional journeys. It is a 3 part Documentary and we will be showing the 3 different movies over a 3-week span showing "Human the Documentary" Every 1st Monday of the month.


What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery? 

Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness. 

Watch the 3 volumes of the film and experience #WhatMakesUsHUMAN. 

Part 1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty.

Part 2 deals with the themes of war, forgiving, homosexuality, family and life after death.

Part 3 deals with the themes of happiness, education, disability, immigration, corruption and the meaning of life.

5 years after the success of ‘Home’, seen by more than 600 million people, and following the ‘7 billion Others’ project, Yann Arthus-Bertrand designed this film as a unique feature film : HUMAN

Like every story, this one has a beginning. One day, in Mali, Yann Arthus-Bertrand was the victim of a helicopter breakdown. While waiting for the pilot, he spent the entire day in with a farmer who spoke to him, with great dignity and without complaint, of his daily life, his hopes, his fears and of his sole ambition: to feed his children. Yann remains deeply marked by this encounter, this man to whom he felt so close.

HUMAN aims to be a sensitive and loving portrait of who we are, as a community, a family but most importantly as individuals.

HUMAN shows the dark side of mankind but sheds light on the best of it, for we all have inside of us this will to live together. This is the message that this film tries to convey. Together, united, we can meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

HUMAN is part of an overall logic whose intention is to gather together initiatives and resources from the community scene and from the humanitarian, ecological or social sectors.


Mon, 03/07/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-$5 Suggested Donation

Live Music: Mischief Brew and Every Men

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 6:38pm

We're so excited to have two touring acts play the Civic Media Center!

Mischief Brew is a band from Philadelphia which plays DIY anarcho-punk music, incorporating a variety of styles including American folk, and swing. 

"Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We've managed to exist for over 13 years in one form or another by kissing nobody's ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules!"

Joining Mischief Brew will be South Florida's Everymen, who perform energetic folk punk!

We will also have Gainesville's sweet hearts, Wax Wings, opening the show. 

$10 at the door! 9pm



Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:00pm
$10 suggested donation

Refugee Crisis in Europe: What Is Happening?

Published kenziecooke - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 3:55pm

A Syposium led by activist scholar, Tina Steiger and an activist who has been squatting with and for the rights of migrants in Calais, France. discussing the events surrounding the refugee crisis and how it has developed in Europe in the past 6 months. Taking a chronological approach, the situation of millions of people seeking asylum in Europe is depicted. As several nations within fortress Europe begin closing their boarders, right wing governments are elected and xenophobic citizen movements emerge, Europe finds itself in a state of crisis. These questions and more will be discussed and portrayed from the viewpoint of an activist scholar based in Copenhagen.


Tina Steiger has a degree in politcal science and Urban Studies and writes about squatter movements and autonomous social centers in Germany and Denmark. Based in Copenhagen, she is part of the Squatting in Europe Kollektiv and occasionally lectures within the field of urban studies.


Fri, 02/19/2016 - 6:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

An Evening with Death Row Prisoner Keith LaMar

Published kenziecooke - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 1:21pm

On Thursday February 4th, supporters across the country will host a conversation with Ohio death row prisoner Keith LaMar. On the 4th, Keith is looking forward to discussing Tamir Rice and the absence of police accountability in America. This will be an opportunity to ask him questions, and discuss how to take action on his own situation.

About Keith LaMar:

Keith is a man fighting for his life, falsely accused of the murder of fellow inmates during the 1993 Lucasville (Ohio) prison uprising. He has spent the last 22 years locked in a cage, most of it in solitary confinement. Keith has never given up his struggle for truth and justice, and most recently, bravely fought and won a hunger strike to keep access to his books and music.

The Ohio prison system has systematically made Keith’s life unbearable. They have locked him away from contact with other prisoners, deprived him of the privileges afforded to other death row inmates, and kept him in constantly stressful living conditions. Keith lacks the proper representation and funds to combat this endless abuse and to prove his innocence.

The Campaign for Justice for Keith LaMar intends to fight side by side with Keith and asks others to join us. Keith will be calling in from the super­max penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. All are welcome to join the call, listen in, ask questions, and show their solidarity.

More info at:
Website: www.keithlamar.org
Facebook: Justice for Keith LaMar
Twitter: @FREEKeithLaMar
Documentary on Keith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4uEvMJR4Rc&feature=iv&src_vid=cRvVIJC5E3o&annotation_id=annotation_1111416057

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:30pm
Free, donations appreciated

Mellow Soul QPOC Night

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:43pm

Mellow Soul open mic night will host a special night highlight local queer artists/poets of color!

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Monthly Mellow Soul Takeover of CMC!: Black History Edition

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:40pm

Join us for the first of our monthly Mellow Soul open mic takeovers at the CMC! 

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 8:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation


Fix it advocates a single-payer healthcare system such as the one proposed by Bernie Sanders.  However this documentary is not produced by a typical left-leaning progressive, but by a businessman. Richard Master, CEO of MCS industries, a Pennsylvania maker of picture frames and mirrors was shocked to discover how much of the $1,500,000 his company spends on healthcare access for its employees and dependents does not go to their healthcare. About a third of the total goes to administrative expenses like insurance companies’ costs for staff, sales, advertising and shareholders.  Doctors and hospitals also need to employ people to deal with the variety of insurance plans.


Richard Master produced this film, which took two years to make, to explain how a single payer system like Medicare would benefit businesses, employees and the rest of us.  Because it is simpler and less bureaucratic it would cost less.  Everyone would be fully covered with no co-pays or deductibles. It would be financed by an increase in taxation which would be more than compensated by the elimination of premiums.

The film contains easily understandable numbers and graphics and interviews with academics, doctors, nurses, business people, patients, Canadian conservatives, and Wendell Potter, the insurance executive turned whistleblower.

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation
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