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Updated 20 Oct. 2014

Poor Denny's Almanac for October 20, 2014

October 20/ 50 years ago: The Beatles in Las Vegas
Date: Mon, 20 Oct. 2014 00:08:21

On this date in 1819 (Muharram 1 1235 A.H.) the Báb was born in Shiraz, Persia; in 1890 Indian Agent Daniel Royer at the Pine Ridge Agency, feeling threatened by the ghost dance that had spread from Nevada across the nation, requested six to seven hundred troops, setting in motion the tragedy at Wounded Knee Creek; in 1914 Fayard Nicholas, eldest of the renowned tap dancing duo the Nicholas Brothers who had a long movie and Broadway career in films like Sun Valley Serenade (the two danced up the walls in 1942’s Orchestra Wives, nine years before Fred Astaire did it in Royal Wedding) and performed for nine presidents of the United States and troops in Vietnam, was born in Mobile, Alabama (Nicholas married Dorothy Dandridge); in 1934 Western states AFL organizer Leo Flynn, speaking in Ely, called for a six hour work day as a Depression measure to combat joblessness by distributing work hours more widely; in 1943 two hundred African American workers at the Basic Magnesium plant near Las Vegas struck the plant with a demand that separate white and black restrooms be abolished (management blamed it all on labor organizers); in 1951 in a game between Drake and Oklahoma A&M, Oklahoma players—particularly defensive tackle Wilbanks Smith—kept attacking Drake’s African American halfback John Bright (the nation’s leading ground gainer) after Bright had already passed or handed off, battering him and breaking his jaw, a pattern of brutality exposed the next day in a series of a dozen photographs taken from overhead by Don Ultang and John Robinson and published in the Des Moines Register and Tribune and later in Life magazine, winning the Pulitzer Prize, after which Drake withdrew from the conference and severed all ties with Oklahoma A&M, and the NCAA made illegal hits grounds for suspension and also mandated facemasks and mouth guards for all players (Bright played most of the game injured, recovered from his injuries, and later passed up a draft into the NFL in favor of the Canadian Football League, where he spent a great career); in 1956 National Guard contracts were let for the construction of new armories in Las Vegas and Reno at a cost of $425,000; in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania on the second stop of their first U.S. tour, the Beatles performed two shows in Las Vegas, playing the first show before a crowd of 8,408 in a convention center with a legal capacity of 7,000, while at their hotel—the Sahara—their safety on the casino floor was thought at risk, so two slot machines were sent up to their suite, and Liberace—who had spent time with Elvis during his first, 1956 Las Vegas appearance—now hung out with the Beatles, too (it was in Las Vegas that the four learned their upcoming September 11 Jacksonville appearance would be segregated and they decided that, if so, they would not play it—Paul: “You can’t treat people like animals”—and the Jacksonville promoters later backed down and threw the concert open to all); in 1971 Senator Edward Kennedy, the nation’s most prominent Irish American, demanded that the British leave Northern Ireland and called for an end to repression of the Catholic minority (he later joined with two other congressmembers in sponsoring a resolution calling for an end to “the knock on the door, the violent entry, the arrest in the dark of night…”); in 1977 three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash; in 2004 the New York Yankees became the owners of the biggest choke in sports history (on Google the next day, a search for the combined terms “Yankees” and “choke” produced 12,700 hits, and the sports blogosphere went nuts: “the biggest choke team money can buy”, “I hope the over-paid chokers burn in hell for having the greatest collapse in sports history. Against the Red Sox, no less.”, “This morning someone got to my blog via Google by searching for ‘Yankee choke pictures’ “).

(Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2014 Dennis Myers, all rights reserved.)

IN MEMORIAM: Nevada Assemblymember Joe Hogan, D-Las Vegas, a strong voice for racial justice, dies from aftereffects of stroke at age 77
By Laura Myers/ Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-17-2014

Reno-Sparks Convention Center
S. Virginia @ Peckham Lane

Thanks to everyone who made the event a resounding success. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Cheap thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
How to intimidate Nevadans from registering to vote — by a Democrat, no less
GAO Study: Voter ID laws cut turnout by blacks, young
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-14-2014 Sparks Tribune

Membership Meeting Agendas
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
Rita Cannan Elementary School / Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m. / General Membership 7:00 p.m.

Next meeting 13 November 2014: Election of officers

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

Community discussion series on race and the criminal justice system: The New Jim Crow
Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m., 524 Denslowe (corner of Valley Road and Denslowe, Reno)

From Poor Denny's Almanac, 7 September 2014 — On this date in 1972, on the first day of school Clark County, superintendent of schools (and future Nevada governor, 1999-2007) Kenny Guinn was forced to cancel elementary school “until further notice” after a group of parents won a court order halting implementation of an integration plan, Nevada Attorney General Robert List and school district lawyer Robert Petroni melodramatically flew to Washington to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the integration plan, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund entered the case against List and Petroni, and protest marches were held on the Las Vegas strip, at the county courthouse, and in the downtown casino district.

On Sept. 4, 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

(Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2014 Dennis Myers, all rights reserved.)

Celebrating Nevada's 150th Anniversary of Statehood
Reno Gazette-Journal 8-28-2014

Page 1A

Alice Smith was one of the founders of the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP.

Her advocacy was born after losing her husband in 1946. Alfred Smith, a WWI veteran, was turned away from the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Reno because he was black.

Editor's Note: Alfred O. Smith served as the Branch's first president, 1944-45.
Alice L. Smith served as president, 1955-57. A Washoe County School District elementary school was named in her honor.
(Branch Presidents Honor Roll)

— Patricia Gallimore/Heather Hauskins photo

Fatal Encounters: A longrunning Reno News & Review series by Editor D. Brian Burghart that looks at the stories, statistics and impacts of police use of deadly force. It began on Feb. 27, 2014. This week's three stories: Police Psychology, Head Wounds and House of Pain.
Watch for Burghart on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with John Stewart after Sept. 16. Check local listings for time and channels.

Reno News & Review 8-28-2014

Nevada's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:
Police militarization barrier to community relations

Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-21-2014
Includes almost 300 online responses. Longtime Reno-Sparks Branch member Debra Feemster co-chairs the committee. Four-time past-president Lonnie Feemster testified.

Military force: Should local police be outfitted for war?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-21-2014

War Comes Home: ACLU report on the militarization of police departments (.pdf)

NAACP national president starts petition for special prosecutor. Sign up here.

Bulletin from NAACP President Cornell William Brooks 8-21-2014: "So far, local investigators and law enforcement have been slow to speak to witnesses, eager to arrest journalists and attack peaceful protesters, and surprisingly quick to release unrelated video 'evidence' only meant to distract from the investigation. Does this seem unbiased to you? We want justice and transparency, no more, no less. We can still restore trust in this case, but only if Governor Jay Nixon or state Attorney General Chris Koster acts today. Urge Governor Nixon and state Attorney General Koster to appoint a special prosecutor, in the name of an unbiased and transparent investigation into this shooting."

VIDEO: Reno demonstrators remember Michael Brown
Marcella Corona / Reno Gazette-Journal / 8-15-2014

Gathering in Reno to remember Missouri teen
Marcella Corona / / 8-14-2014

In debate, Washoe County sheriff hopefuls weigh in on Ferguson, MO, rioting
Reno Gazette-Journal / 8-15-2014

Lonnie Feemster: Reno And Race — Progress, But "Trayvon Martin Stereotype" Persists
Ed Pearce/ KOLO TV-8 / Posted: Thursday 9:16 p.m. PDT / Aug 14, 2014

BRINGING HEAT IN THE DAY. Protests of the police killing of unarmed Missouri black teenager Michael Brown will be held Thursday afternoon, August 14, part of a National Moment of Silence scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PDT (23:00 GMT).

In Carson City, the Progressive Leadership Alliance will assemble in front of the state capitol. (Contact Stacy Shinn or Laura Martin.) The Reno-Sparks NAACP will gather peaceful demonstrators on the Liberty Street side of the Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse at S. Virginia and Liberty in downtown Reno. (Contact Andrew Barbano.)

Brown was gunned down Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb.

On the Monday PBS News Hour, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund stated "If you look at the statistics involving arrests, stops and so forth in that town prepared by their police department, African-Americans are the subject of 90 percent of the stops, whether in vehicles, whether on the street, whether on local roads, whether on the highway. And, interestingly, however, the greatest amount of contraband that’s found happens with stops of white residents."

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. The NAACP's monthly meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Rita Cannan School. Members will vote on whether or not to endorse the Nevada State Education Association's business gross profits tax initiative.

They will also get an update on Washoe County School District issues, a regular agenda item. The school is located on the cusp of Reno and Sparks on Silverada Blvd. at Cannan Street.

— From Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune 8-14-2014

National Moment of Silence locations nationwide / Facebook

THE NEW JIM CROW — Once again, the ACLU, in partnership with the Reno-Sparks NAACP, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and Be the Change host a series of community discussions on the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Click here for information on dates, times and RSVP. We encourage everyone to participate. Thank you. — Heather Hauskins, Secretary, NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Education Dysfunction Part XLVIII—>
St. Elon, Lord Pedro and Gov. Veto El Obtúsè
Newspaper editor grills Washoe superintendent & principals about grad rate critics (aka Reno-Sparks NAACP)
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride
Crumbs thrown to education to grease automaker corporate welfare

Education Dysfunction Part XLVII—>
Door-to-door salesmen and stoner stores
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 9-4-2014

Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments
In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?
WCSD Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September.
Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

College President: Race an issue in l'affaire Martinez

RENO (4 Aug. 2014) — On today's Nevada Newsmakers program on KRNV TV-4/Reno and KENV TV-10/Elko, Truckee Meadows Community College President Maria Sheehan stated "I cannot tell you that race is not a factor" with respect to the suspension of Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Her statement came in response to a question from host Sam Shad.

The full interview, which comes in the first segment of the program, will be available by about 6:00 p.m. PDT at It may also be viewed this evening at 9:30 on Charter Cable Channel 190 and 24/7 via Charter Cable On Demand. Click here for the full statewide re-run schedule.

The Barbwire of July 31 first decried the injection of race into an already tense situation.

Stay tuned.

Playing the race card: Suspicions linger
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-28-2014


Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

We don't need no education or Pedro, either
Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss fired and unfired

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-24-2014

Happy Birthday, Medicare

From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac: On July 30, 1965, after defeating the bitter opposition of the American Medical Association in one of the monumental legislative battles of the 20th century, Medicare was created by Congress.

No insurance? Under-insured? No Social Security number? UNR School of Medicine can help.

Original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln coming to Reno

NAACP Convention: Vice-President Biden laments national epidemic of restrictive voting laws
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-23-2014

Panel at NAACP national convention: Quit quashing minority vote
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-22-2014

Nevada African-Americans perform at annual Artown extravaganza
Admission FREE

Recent News & Events

Former Branch Treasurer Dorothy Mae Cager dies at 89
1:00 p.m. Aug. 27 memorial service at Reno's Second Baptist Church

Reno Aces and other minor league baseball teams accused of slavery in treatment of players
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-21-2014


about America's latest carnage

Hiding in Plain Sight —>
NAACP education expos
és go mainstream 2 years later
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII —>
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

Criticism of manipulated Washoe and Clark County graduation statistics validated
BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

Progressive Leadership Alliance publishes biennial racial equity report card on state lawmakers
Las Vegas Sun 2-27-2014

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Membership Meeting Agendas
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
Rita Cannan Elementary School / Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m. / General Membership 7:00 p.m.

2013-14 Officers and Executive Committee

Complaint Form
The NAACP cannot act without a written complaint

Membership Forms, choose format: .jpg or .pdf

Reno-Sparks-Washoe Education: Smoke & Mirrors

Saving Local Libraries

Voting Rights

Trayvon Martin Murder Archive

How to join / Annual membership / Donate

Links / History / Archives

Mission and Objectives

Meeting place and times

2014 News & Events

Annual César Chávez Day Celebration

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

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INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

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NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Phone (775) 322-2992


2013-14 Officers

Jeffrey S. Blanck, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President/Webmaster
Patricia Gallimore, Second Vice-President
George Hardaway, Third Vice-President
Olene Boyer, Secretary*
Dolores Feemster, Assistant Secretary
Heather Hauskins, Treasurer*
Lucille Adin, Assistant Treasurer

Executive Committee
Sharrone Blanck, Jimi Sheryl Bufkin, Ceola Davis, Darryl Feemster, Lonnie Feemster, Donald Gallimore Sr., Brian A. Jackson, Jane Moon, Elder William Moon, Bertha Mullins, Gale Sanders, Dr. R. Grant Seals, James H. Stinson, Tommie J. Vance, Maria A. Velez, Rev. William Webb, Larry Wilson

*UPDATE: Due to health reasons, Ms. Boyer was unable to accept the office. President Jeffrey Blanck appointed Heather Hauskins to replace her and named Lucille Adin as treasurer.

Standing Committees and Chairs
Armed Services/Veterans Affairs: James H. Stinson
Back-to-School/Stay-in-School: Lonnie Feemster
Education: Verita Black-Prothro
Freedom Fund Banquet: Sharrone Blanck & Lucille Adin
Health: Alise Moss-Vetica
Legal Redress: Gale Sanders
Membership: Dr. Rupert Grant Seals
Political Action: Andrew Barbano
Scholarships: Jane Moon
Youth Council: Heather Hauskins

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Monthly meetings
are held on the second Thursday of each month at
Rita Cannan Elementary School

Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.

Meeting agendas

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Other Nevada Branches

Nevada Humanities Civil Rights Gallery

History of Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
University of Nevada Special Collections
Broken link / working on it / sorry

Alice Lucretia Smith, 1902-1990

The Nevada Black History Project

Nevada NAACP in the Civil Rights Era

University of California Oral History Project
1961 Interview with Tarea Pittman
NAACP West Coast Regional Director

History of Civil Rights in Nevada
University of Nevada Oral History Program

Includes links to the story of the fabled Las Vegas Moulin Rouge and the legacies of civil rights giants Lubertha Johnson, Gov. Grant Sawyer, Ralph Denton and Clarence Ray

Lubertha Miller Johnson (1906-1989): NAACP branch president, Nevada civil rights and womens' rights pioneer

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

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