My personal thanks
to everyone who showed up at last night's very successful Reno-Sparks
We were enlightened and entertained by the culinary advice imparted
by multi-talented attorneys Christine Jones Brady and Kelli Gallimore.
I now know much more about baking and serving brownies than ever I thought
I would. Or wanted.
Here's a written summary of my truncated oral presentation.
DUNCAN-TRANER COMMUNITY LIBRARY
COMMITTEE. I convened and chaired a short-notice meeting upon belatedly
learning of the facility's 20th anniversary celebration which took place
last Sunday, Aug. 6.
The event featured contests, drawings for prizes and free ice cream
sundaes. The first 80 kids got free backpacks. To go with them, longtime
librarian Marilyn Jones had new books (yes, they still print those things),
free from Barnes & Noble.
I moved an item in the Sparks Tribune as did Dennis Myers in
the Reno News & Review. (See the front
page of RenoSparksNAACP.org/) I distributed an announcement to all
media and lobbied the Reno Gazette-Journal to no avail. They
have a 20 year-old photo of the library's modular buildings being delivered
with Ms. Jones and library committee chair Darryl Feemster standing
atop. Even that could not interest them. Had we been given more notice,
we could have made a bigger splash. Alas, love's labour's lost.
Irony alert: The name of the library is mis-spelled in the AT&T
phone book. (Yes, they still print one for every entity and business
save residential users who apparently don't matter anymore.)
POLITICAL ACTION: The Texas bandidos who
run the Washoe County mass transit system narrowly avoided a Teamsters
Union bus strike. I ran out of time to put together free movie passes
for kids at the library. Had I scored, I was prepared to approach my
dear friends at the Regional Transportation Commission for bus passes
so the children could easily get to theaters. (Perhaps it was best that
the lead time was too short.)
OUR BIG EVENT. The Reno-Sparks NAACP's
72nd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet has been scheduled for Saturday,
14 Oct. 2017, at Circus Circus, a union shop. Of course. At this early
juncture, we have generated more major sponsors than we've had in recent
years or perhaps longer. Well done, Mdme. President. (Doors to the Mandalay
Ballroom will open at 5:
THE RELUCTANT SEPTUAGENARIAN OBITUARIAN.
This year has brought seven deaths of individuals who were either members
or close to the Branch, including some longtime officers and presidents.
Their formal obituaries, two of which I wrote, are all linked to the
front page of RenoSparksNAACP.org/ An eighth
demise came Tuesday with the passing of perhaps the area's greatest
liberal, UNR Journalism Professor Emeritus and my Sparks Tribune
colleague in columny Jake
May they all
rest in peace from work well done and lives well lived.
The former presidents we lost
were Eddie B. Scott (1961-64,
1967-68) and Elder William Moon
(1991-92). Mrs. Jane Moon was hospitalized shortly after her husband's
memorial service but has recovered.
TOP COP: Reno Police Commander Oliver Miller,
a Branch member, is officially the best cop in northern Nevada according
to the area's best newspaper. (See page 19 of the Aug. 10 edition of
the Reno News & Review.)
That's a good sign for next month's community seminar, eh wot?
HUMAN RIGHTS. After well over a year of
creative procrastination, the Reno City Council recently established
a human rights commission. I participated in several formative meetings
as did other Branch officers. It appears to have been weakened. The
Washoe County Commission has been working along the same line and at
one point we generated interest for a regional cooperative body but
that has since fallen by the wayside. I have inquired of the County
Commission for an update. As always, Sparks remains stuck in the 19th
WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION. The Reno
Gazette-Journal printed the Washoe County School District's glowing
press releases about its continually improving graduation rates without
a word about the ongoing dismal performance of African-American students.
Keep an eye on NevadaLabor.com's
Pink Floyd pages.
The above report would have been considerably shorter had I talked it
instead of typed it, but it's such socko sparkling prose, I hope you
Thanks for your time. Stay cool in the heat but never hesitate to bring
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President, Political Action Chair and Retiring
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 882-TALK (8255)