NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
Site map



In hoc signo vinces.

Updated April 10, 2015

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

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 14 May 2015

2015-16 officers and executive committee

Become a member / contribute

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp


YOU’RE INVITED TO MIX & MINGLE with the Reno-Sparks NAACP
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:30–7:00 p.m. | Bertha Miranda’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
336 Mill Street, Reno, Nevada 89501
Cash bar
For More Information, please e-mail or call us at (775) 322-2992

¡Viva Chávez!

César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015
/ Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Circus Circus Reno

The Branch was well-represented at the annual event. Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, delivered the keynote address. UNR student-activist and Occupy Carson City leader Janette Dean circulated petitions in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (SJR 16), introduced by Kihuen, Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-N. Las Vegas, and six other Democrats.

United Auto Workers member and César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall-of-Famer George "Battling" Nelson circulated petitions supporting a posthumous presidential pardon for the great heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. Nelson read a letter of endorsement from former Washoe County D.A. and District Judge Mills Lane and his family. Retired world-class referee Lane has been inducted in the national boxing hall of fame.

Representing the Branch were four-time past presidents Lucille Adin and Lonnie Feemster, First Vice-President Andrew Barbano, Executive Committee members Donald Gallimore, Sr., Frank Perez & Larry Wilson and member Shannon Gallimore. As always, the Branch set up a display and table with membership, issue and community involvement information. SaveMart SHARES cards benefiting Branch fundraising were distributed at every place setting. SaveMart managers and workers attended and spoke. For more information covering the event, go to CesarChavezNevada.com.

César Chávez fought for the dignity of work
by Tony Mayorga

Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2015

Harry Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano decries GOP strategy to cripple labor, then gerrymander Nevada control thru at least 2022
By Cole Stangler / International Business Times 3-25-2015

High noon for the high desert outback of the American Dream
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

St. Patrick, I need a green energy beer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

African-American Senator: Hansen has not changed
By Ray Hagar / Reno Gazette-Journal online 3-12, in print on Sunday the Ides of March 2015

Ira Hansen Archive

Reno-Sparks Branch opposes discriminatory and unnecessary voter i.d. proposals and
endorses legislation for multicultural education and individual police officer cameras


NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

CORRECTION (3-17-2015): The bills in question are currently before the Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections, all members of which are in receipt of the memorandum hereinbelow. I apologize for the error and any inconvenience. — AB

March 17, 2015

Re: Assembly Bills 253 and 266 / Polling Place Voter Identification

Hon. Ira Hansen, Chair
Nevada State Assembly
Committee on Judiciary

Carson City, NV 89701

Dear Chairman Hansen :


The membership of the Reno-Sparks NAACP voted to oppose voter identification measures during the 2013 legislative session and reiterates that opposition today. I apologize for this latecoming memo and hope the following web link will prove useful to the committee during today's hearing.

You may access the written text of four-time Reno-Sparks Branch Past-President Lonnie Feemster's testimony here: http://renosparksnaacp.org

Speaking as state director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, Mr. Feemster may expand his remarks.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Testimony of Lonnie L. Feemster

I testify in opposition to Nevada legislative measure AB 253 and AB 266

U.S. Congressman and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, and Vice-Chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Leon Russell, called these type of bills "poll taxes."

Fifty years after "Bloody Sunday", the "March to Selma" and passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it is greatly disturbing for me to be here as the Nevada State Legislature considers bills that, if passed, will have a negative, disparate impact on black voters in Nevada.

After my analysis of many research and academic papers, both conservative and liberal, it is clear that all research will not agree on the impact of voter i.d. laws written as AB 253 and 266. You can pick your position and there is a report to back it up.

One thing is clear: these laws will hurt Black and Latino voters for a number of reasons.

Many blacks in Nevada were not born in a hospital. My own mother was born in Reno in a house on Morrill Ave. My wife's college roommate and her nine siblings were all born in Las Vegas without birth certificates.

Other issues make it more difficult for Black voters in Nevada under these proposed bills:

· lack of current i.d. or documentation
· access to transportation
· lack of financial resources
· work responsibilities

My experience since 2004 serving as the Nevada State Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund has enabled me to be involved directly or indirectly involved in the voter registration of 14,000 Nevadans.  It is one activity I truly enjoy.  

One thing I have learned is the more obstacles you create, the lower the participation rate by our citizens.  They are sometimes blind to the most important responsibility we have as a citizen and that is, to vote.  

Blind they may be, my religious beliefs teach "Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind." (Leviticus 19:14)

The intent of these bills may not have been to hurt black voters but they will.

The NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch # 1112, voted to support my opposition to the voter ID bills currently being heard by this committee.

Lonnie L. Feemster
Nevada State Director
NAACP National Voter Fund


Thank you.

Sincerely,

Andrew Barbano
First Vice-President

cc: Nevada Assembly and Senate
Reno-Sparks NAACP officers, executive committee and members
NAACP national; targeted media


Send your comments to the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

March 16, 2015


Re: Assembly Bill 234 / Multicultural education

Hon. Harvey Munford
Nevada State Assembly
Carson City, NV 89701

Dear Assemblymember Munford:


This letter concerns your Assembly Bill 234.

The Reno-Sparks NAACP unanimously endorsed the bill on March 12. I apologize for this latecoming memo, but we now have to submit all such items for review by NAACP regional and national offices. We just received approval within the last few minutes.

President Patricia Gallimore and I concur that you have proposed important legislation worthy of support.

Please feel free to call or write with any questions.

Please let us know how the Branch may be of further service.

Keep up the good work and the good fight.

Sincerely,

Andrew Barbano
First Vice-President

cc: Nevada Assembly and Senate
Reno-Sparks NAACP officers, executive committee, members
NAACP national list; targeted media


Send your comments to the Assembly Committee on Education

 

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

March 9, 2015


Re: Assembly Bill 162 / Police video

Hon. Harvey Munford
Nevada State Assembly
Carson City, NV 89701

Dear Assemblymember Munford:


This letter concerns your Assembly Bill 162, support for which the Branch will formalize in a resolution at our March 12 meeting. President Patricia Gallimore and I concur that you have proposed important legislation. The national NAACP has also endorsed video cameras for individual law enforcement officers.

Last week, I spoke to several law enforcement legislative representatives regarding this. They favor it but point out issues with purchase expense and replacement, battery life and data storage.

These are all important considerations given Nevada's notoriously pennywise/pound-foolish budgetary proclivities. I thus propose a creative solution.

Nevada government has devoted multiple millions of tax-dollar largesse toward two major data storage enterprises now operating in the Silver State, those of Apple and Switch. Perhaps they could be persuaded to pay some civic rent by agreeing to store the large volumes of data which these cameras would gather.

I also understand that these personal systems can range from $400 to $900 each and because of the unchargeable nature of the batteries, when the power source runs down, the entire unit must be scrapped for a new one.

I am further aware of rumors about a major new state-of-the-art battery manufacturing operation coming to nearby Storey County. I have been reliably informed that this enterprise is receiving more taxpayer assistance than Apple and Switch combined.

Perhaps this Nevada newcomer may be persuaded to likewise pay some civic rent and develop a lower cost, rechargeable and interchangeable battery for the cameras which everyone seems to agree are desirable additions to the tools of modern law enforcement. And perhaps they might be convinced to donate several thousand.

By taking this initial step with AB 162 and following through with the above resources, this committee can lead the nation on this very important issue.

Please feel free to call or write with any questions.

Please let us know how the Branch may be of further service.

Keep up the good work and the good fight.

Sincerely,

Andrew Barbano
First Vice-President

cc: Committee on Government Affairs and AB 162 co-sponsors
Reno-Sparks NAACP officers, executive committee, members
NAACP national list; targeted media
Law enforcement representatives


Send your comments to the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs

School superintendent's address to branch makes news

SPECIAL BULLETIN Feb. 16: Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore was a guest on 50,000-watt KKKOH Radio (780 on the a.m. dial) at 4:00 p.m.

Insight from the super and the super-senator

Washoe County School District Interim Superintendent Traci Davis spoke at the general membership meeting of Feb. 12. Trustee Veronica Frenkel also attended, as did a surprise guest, Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-N. Las Vegas, who many will remember as the rousing keynote speaker at the branch's 2013 Freedom Fund Dinner.


MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Patricia Gallimore, President (775) 746-9453
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President (775) 786-1455
RenoSparksNAACP.org
E-mail <info@renosparksnaacp.org>

Washoe school superintendent addresses NAACP
First since 2009

RENO, NEV. (2-11-2015) — Interim Washoe County school superintendent Traci Davis will address the Reno-Sparks NAACP at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Rita Cannan Elementary School multi-purpose room, 2450 Cannan Street in Reno.

Washoe County School District Trustees Veronica Frenkel and Dr. Barbara McLaury will also attend. The district has endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposals to expand educational opportunities and funding. (Reno Gazette-Journal 1-28-2015)

The event marks the first time a superintendent has come before the branch since 2009.

Davis came to Reno after serving as one of several regional directors within the Clark County School District, the nation's fifth-largest. She has expressed interest in becoming permanent Washoe superintendent. (Reno Gazette-Journal 1-23-2015)

Now in its 50th year, Rita Cannan Elementary is one of the district's oldest schools.

The NAACP is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 was formally chartered in 1947.

UPDATE 2-12-2015 2:16 p.m. PST:

Trustee McLaury sends her regrets as she is unable to make it tonight due to an unforeseen conflict in her schedule. She sends her regrets. As of now, Trustee Frenkel will be attending.

Thank you!

Jennifer Caravantes
Board of Trustee Community Engagement Specialist
Washoe County School District

Details of Supt. Davis' and Sen. Patricia Spearman's addresses from the 2-17 Sparks Tribune

Dropout tracking restored: School superintendent ends practice of culling list.
“Traci Davis never wipes students out of the system.”
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-26-2015

Washoe's new school superintendent talks about her work.
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-26-2015

Site map

BREAKING NEWS AND THEN SOME —>

High noon for the high desert outback of the American Dream
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

St. Patrick, I need a green energy beer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-17-2015 Sparks Tribune

African-American Senator: Hansen has not changed
By Ray Hagar / Reno Gazette-Journal online 3-12, in print on Sunday the Ides of March 2015

Newlands race views debated
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-26-2015

The South Rises Again. Does Ira Hansen know about this?
3 states make MLK holiday a co-celebration honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Shaun King / Daily KOS 1-22-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LIII—>
Gov. Veto El Obtusè talks some trash
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-20-2015 Sparks Tribune


March 1961: Nevada civil rights vets and a pioneer take it to the streets


Above: [Photo caption from Sunday, 9 November 2014 Reno Gazette-Journal print edition] Bertha Woodard (1916-1999) and Eddie Scott take part in a March 1961 protest march in support of civil rights. The identity of the young girl is not known. (Photo: RGJ file / Life info added)

EDITOR'S NOTE: The sign the little girl holds reads "We want to be first class citizens". Anyone who knows her identity, the branch would appreciate knowing it along with any other information. Please e -mail First Vice-President Andrew Barbano. Thank you.

UPDATE 11-17-2014: Eddie Scott informs us that the little girl was named Mary Ann, a daughter of one of Bertha's next-door neighbors. Now, we just need her last name.

Emerson: Sawyer, Woodard put principles into practice
By Rev. John Emerson / Reno Gazette-Journal guest commentary 11-9-2014

 


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


Site map

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

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.

2015-16 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

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp


Join Us in Fighting the Good Fight

Purchase Freedom Fund Banquet tickets, donate to the branch or pay your membership dues via the secure EBay/PayPal system

Membership
Annual Dues: $30 for individuals
Please make checks payable to
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch
No. 1112
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510

Membership Forms, choose format: .jpg or .pdf

Please click here or call 775-322-2992 for additional membership and sponsorship information.
Youth membership and corporate sponsorships are also available.

Dear Members and Friends: At left is a Save-Mart SHARES card. If you don't have one, please contact us to get one that's been coded especially for the Branch. You must obtain them from us, not at Save-Mart. It is a very important fundraising tool. Please use it at checkout whenever you patronize Save-Mart. Up to 3 percent of your purchase will be sent to the Branch. There is no cost to you. If you need additional cards for family and friends, just let us know.

Please spread the word. Thank you.

Site map






NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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

Contact: info@renosparksnaacp.org

2015-16 Officers

Patricia Gallimore, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President/Webmaster
Jeffrey S. Blanck, Second Vice-President
Heather Hauskins, Secretary
Gale Sanders, Treasurer

Executive Committee
Lucille Adin, Lonnie Feemster, Donald Gallimore, Sr.; Kelli Gallimore, Jane Moon, Elder William Moon, Bertha Mullins, Frank Perez, Rev. William C. Webb, Larry Wilson


Membership
Annual Dues: $30 for individuals
Please make checks payable to:
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch.
Please send to the above address.

Please click here or call for additional membership and sponsorship information.
Youth membership and corporate sponsorships
are also available.
You may remit your dues of donate online through E-Bay's secure PayPal service
.

E-mail the Branch


Monthly meetings
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.

Meeting agendas
Site map


Useful Links
NAACP.org

Other Nevada Branches

OurStoryInc.com: "Contributions, heritage and culture of people who have not been well-represented in northern Nevada’s public image." Student-produced series supervised by former Reno-Sparks Branch President Kenneth Dalton, which led to the following article—>

African-Americans who have shaped Nevada
Several Reno-Sparks Branch members past & present profiled
Matthew B. Brown / Nevada Magazine Jan-Feb 2014


Nevada Humanities Civil Rights Gallery

History of Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
University of Nevada Special Collections

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

Site map

 

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2014 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2013 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2012 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2011 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2010 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2009 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2008 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2007 Archive

Site map

Copyright © 2007-2015
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Site designed and maintained by Deciding Factors
Andrew Barbano, Webmaster