Reno-Sparks NAACP Nevada Legislature 2015

Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks, Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education Part LVI—>
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune

Stench of sulfur suffuses Nevada's year of the gun
The ghost of Trayvon Martin today hangs heavy over Sparks.
Would killer Wayne Burgarello have been acquitted if he was black?

Barbwire by Barbano / Uncensored full-length edition expanded from the 6-2-2015 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

Update: These bills failed to pass.

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

Update June 11, 2015: The bill passed and was signed by the governor on June 5. The only "nay" votes came from Assemblymember Victoria Seaman, R-LV, and Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks.


 

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


UPDATE from Barbano's report to the Branch of June 11, 2015 — The bill was amended and passed unanimously by both houses. It was signed by the governor on May 25 and goes into effect on 1-1-2016. It does not make the cameras mandatory but gives law enforcement entities authority to implement them. In my letter of endorsement, I suggested that Apple and Switch be approached to contribute data storage and that Tesla be approached to make a more durable battery. Law enforcement lobbyists informed me that the cost of data storage and battery life were the problems with quick implementation. With all the corporate welfare the three companies have received, this would be a modest dividend. A separate bill mandated that the Nevada Highway Patrol implement officer cameras at a cost of more than $1 million per year. NHP is very small compared to Washoe and Clark agencies.


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.


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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


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


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