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

Festivus Brunch 12/10 at 11am!

Published kaithleen - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 8:52pm
Join us for our Holiday Brunch Festivus on Sunday Funday of December 10th, 2017 from 11am-2!
Come meet our new coordinators and board members, mingle with other local activists and CMC members, and enjoy mimosas, coffee and bagels, holiday treats, and a variety of other brunch fare.
Celebrate Festivus, pick up your copy of the 2018 Slingshot activist planner, make an end of the year donation, raise a toast to help us say good riddance to this crazy political year, or just chill out and enjoy some good food and good company.
Bring a dish or drink if you wish; most of the tasty comestibles on hand will be provided by the Civic Media Center board.

Support the CMC for #GivingTuesday 2017

Published Jimmy - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 6:08pm

This year we are kicking off our end-of-year fundraising season by participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Giving Tuesday 2017, a positive, proactive counterpoint to the consumerist frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is Tuesday, November 28th. To become a CMC member, renew your membership, or make a special #GivingTuesday donation, simply click on the Donate Now button in the upper righthand corner of our homepage above, or click here: https://www.civicmediacenter.org/membership


In this new era of progressive resistance to the Trump regime and the global wave of reactionary politics of which Trumpism is but one manifestation, the Civic Media Center is more crucial to local and regional grassroots organizing than ever. From Gainesville City of Resistance, to the No Sabal Trail Pipeline campaign, to the No Nazis at UF protest and the Say Yes to 2nd Chances campaign, this year the CMC has provided space and resources to organizers working on an array of local and regional efforts to resist corporate oligarchy, creeping fascism, and environmental destruction, and to lift up and rebuild struggling communities.


Women's March Gainesville, UF Dream Defenders, Fight Toxic Prisons, Socialist Alternative, National Women's Liberation, the Gainesville Anti-Fascist Committee, and Gainesville Industrial Workers of the World are just a few of the many local organizations who have held meetings, teach-ins, benefits, video screenings, workshops, talks, and discussions at the Center as part of the ongoing people's fightback against Trumpism and all that comes with it.


The CMC continues to support and collaborate with local independent media such as the Gainesville Iguana and The Fine Print, as well as local cultural, political, and academic institutions such as our neighbors at Wild Iris Books and MAMA's Club, UF's Women's Studies and Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and the Matheson Museum, among others.


All of this activity has given the Center an important boost in visibility and support. We had our most successful anniversary fundraiser ever in October. Please help us close out this incredible year of people-powered action and launch the CMC into 2018 by making a donation today.


If you are not already a member, please join us and become one of our hundreds of dues-paying supporters whose annual, renewable membership donations provide the bedrock of our financial support. If you are already a member, please renew your membership or consider making a special #GivingTuesday donation to help boost the CMC's capacity to keep helping the movement make Gainesville, and our world, a better place for everyone.


If you wish to further boost our efforts to support grassroots organizing and political education, consider increasing your annual commitment and spreading your giving out over the course of the year by becoming a Friend of the Civic Media Center and giving a monthly or quarterly amount of your choice. Our Friends help us by providing a regular, reliable source of income that we can count on, even through the lean summer months here in Gainesville.


If you wish to give online, you can become a member, renew your membership, or make a one-time special donation here: https://www.civicmediacenter.org/membership.


If you prefer to make your contribution in person, come see us on #GivingTuesday or anytime we're open, Monday-Saturday, 2-6pm, or come to one of our upcoming events. We would especially love to see all of our members, supporters, and new friends at our Holiday Brunch, Sunday, December 10th from 11a.m.-2p.m., here at the CMC. Come out and meet our new coordinators and board members, and mingle with other activists, organizers, and like-minded folks of all progressive persuasions. For all of these events from now through the end of the year, we'll have our miniature chalkboard on hand so you can take a Giving Tuesday #UnSelfie with a personal message about why you support the CMC, which we will then share on social media to help add visibility to our campaign.


Thank you for supporting the Civic Media Center, and for all that you do support, agitate, and work for peace, justice, and equality for all. To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit their website at www.givingtuesday.org.




Socialist Resistance to Trump hosted by S.A.L.T, DSA, and IWW 11/15

Published kaithleen - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 6:25pm

In the year since Trump’s election, his regime has rolled out a racist travel ban; unleashed ICE’s fury on immigrants; expelled trans people from the military; and left millions to languish in Puerto Rico. He has cheered murderous fascists and emboldened killer cops. And his allies in Congress and the courts have come after our healthcare; our reproductive and labor rights; our environmental protections; and the last shreds of our social safety net. 

In response of these crimes, we need a powerful resistance. Unfortunately, establishment Democrats have failed to show strength or creativity in the face of Trump’s assaults. Instead, they’ve lavished millions on uninspired special election candidates and pinned their hopes for restraining Trump on the most dangerous institutions in the arsenal of American imperialism: the FBI, the CIA, and the military brass. Worse yet, they’ve utterly failed to articulate a winning vision for life after Trump. 

In light of these failures of the Democratic Party, now represents the perfect time for a socialist resistance to take center stage. To support this vital effort, three of Gainesville’s leading socialist organizations -- Socialist Alternative, Democratic Socialists of America, and the Industrial Workers of the World -- will gather on November 15th to discuss their vision for a powerful, transformative resistance on the local, national, and international stage. More specifically, their conversation will focus on three subjects: what to do about the Democratic party; how to understand the relationship between capitalism and immigration; and how to define and combat the fascist forces Trump’s election helped embolden. 

Say Yes to Second Chances with ACLU & Discussion Panel on 11/11

Published kaithleen - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 6:20pm

On Saturday, November 11th, Say Yes to Second Chances and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) presented a screening of the documentary "13th" at the Civic Media Center in efforts to launch a community day event to inform people about non-violent felon restoration voter rights. Florida is one of four states that permanently bans felons from voting and only approves about 8% of appeals for voter restoration rights while other states have an approval rate of over 80%.

Say Yes to Second Chances has nearly half a million petitions signed, but they need half a million more in order to get this amendment on the ballot. Becky Johnson who is an advocate for Say Yes to Second Chances and also a member of National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls spoke along with Julius Irving, a community leader, and Robbie Bryant who are all formerly incarcerated activists. They had an insightful discussion panel and informed a room full of people of what life after prison is like and how difficult the Florida system makes it for felons to get back on their feet after serving their time.

It is events like these that the Civic Media Center lives for!

24th Anniversary Party

Published kaithleen - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:08pm

The Civic Media Center (CMC) celebrated its 24th Anniversary and fundraiser to continue its mission to serve progressive grassroots activism on Friday, October 20th at the Matheson Museum. 

The Civic Media Center honored one of our community’s great Movement elders, Carol Thomas, who as a result of arrests and intimidation for integration organizing was branded "the most dangerous woman in Gainesville" in the 1960s. Carol was at the forefront of early civil rights organizing efforts in Gainesville. She joined the NAACP, Gainesville Women for Equal Rights, was a member of the community Bi-racial Committee, and also worked with voter registration and education efforts.

Additionally, as part of the program for the evening, the Penrod Award for Peace and Justice was presented to Candi Churchill. Since first embracing activism and organizing in the mid-1990s as a UF student, Candi Churchill has been a committed organizer with National Organization for Women, National Women's Liberation, as well as Graduate Students United, and now United Faculty of Florida.

The Penrod Award was established to honor local social justice activists in memory of John A. (Jack) Penrod, and is coordinated jointly by the Alachua County Labor Coalition, Veterans for Peace, and the United Faculty of Florida. Prior to his career as a Professor at the University of Florida, Jack volunteered and fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade against fascism in the late 1930s Spanish Civil War. Jack was active in all three sponsoring organizations (as well as the CMC) and was a co-founder of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) union.

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
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