from fourscore years ago
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
4, 1967, Riverside Church, New York City
year to the day before his assassination
can no longer afford to worship the God of Hate or bow before
the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made
turbulent by the ever rising tides of hate. History is cluttered
with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued
this self-defeating path of hate."
been to the mountaintop"
support of Memphis, Tenn., garbage workers
night before his assassination / April 3, 1968
Nevada NAACP branches rely on Senator
Reids voting record
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2010
In a statement, both the Las Vegas and Reno branches
of the NAACP have each received calls of apology from
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., regarding his comments assessing
President Obamas candidacy. We believe his apology
should be accepted for the words he used. One need
only look at Sen. Reids proven record of leadership
on civil rights and social justice to know where his
heart truly lies. Throughout his career in public
service, his voting record has earned the NAACP Washington
DC Bureaus highest ratings on the issues of
critical importance to the African American community.
The NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does
not endorse candidates. We look forward to continue
working with Sen. Reid on the important issues such
as equality, economic opportunity, education and ensuring
quality, affordable health care for all Americans
NAACP Reno Sparks Branch #1112 is led by Lonnie L.
Feemster and NAACP Las Vegas Branch #1111
is led by Frank Hawkins, Jr.
President Feemster may be reached at (775) 322-2992.
President Hawkins may be reached at (702) 638-1300.
on the street: Pretty Elle's trip to hell
Sparks Tribune / 12-27-2009
NAACP joins Progressive Leadership Alliance and other organizations
in publishing Racial Equity Report Card on 2009
story on bank abuses wins 2009 Nevada Press Association first-place
USeless Bank: Reno-Sparks NAACP member victimized by service
34-cent overdraft triggers more than
$700 in bank fees
Fees paid disproportionately by low- and moderate-income
EDUCATION CENTER PRESENTED
Oliver/Montello Task Force meets on Wednesday, Sept.
16, 2009. Cloyd Phillips, Executive Director of the
Community Services Agency and Development Corporation,
will be presenting a conceptual design of the proposed
Dolores Feemster Education Center.
attend the meeting to provide input on the proposal
and spread the word.
If you would like to see Mr. Phillips' written presentation,
let us know and we will forward it in .pdf format.
NEIGHBORHOOD TASK FORCE MEETING
Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center
1301 Valley Road
Welcome and Introductions
Review of the development process of acquired properties
of proposed Dolores Feemster Education Center at 1801
Montello by Cloyd Phillips, Executive Director, Community
Services Agency and Development Corporation
Discussion of initiating a Neighborhood Watch program
in the Oliver Montello neighborhood
meeting place changed
be advised that as of August 6, 2009, our location has changed.
We will henceforth meet at the Community Services Agency,
1094 E. 8th Street in Reno. The executive committee will
meet at 6:00 p.m., general membership at 7:00 p.m. Meetings
are always held on the first Thursday of each month, excluding
July 31, 2009
For more information contact
Lonnie Feemster (775) 722-0042
NAACP calls for mutual respect during Hot August Nights
RENO The Reno-Sparks Branch of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) has called upon local law enforcement and
private security personnel to be on guard and vigilant
against overzealous enforcement of laws and private
policies during Hot August Nights events and on a
are being sent to law enforcement agencies in Reno,
Sparks and Washoe County, and private security departments
including major hotel casinos, urging their awareness
of public sensitivity regarding racial profiling.
Hot August Nights events have generated a large number
of racial profiling claims in the past, although complaints
to organizations like the NAACP during the event have
The recent arrest of African American Harvard Professor
Henry Louis Gates has generated a renewed national
debate over the issue of racial profiling and law
enforcement training in the area of conflict resolution.
It is time to examine the local policy
and practice of all law enforcement agencies
in our community. There is a heightened awareness
of police interaction with citizens, particularly
by people of color. There is also a need for an atmosphere
of mutual respect, stated local NAACP Branch
President Lonnie Feemster.
The local NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and
others for years have called for an independent police
accountability review board to review complaints of
letter to public and private entities asks for a copy
of current racial profiling policies, including the
date of last review and information on training policies.
America should be reminded that what happened
to Professor Gates happens to lesser known black men
every day and that America will not be post-racial
until we achieve post-racism. After 100 years since
its founding, the NAACP still has much work to do,
NAACP may be contacted at (775) 322-2992. More
information may be obtained at RenoSparksNAACP.org.
7-30-2009 NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch President Lonnie
Feemster will discuss racial profiling with veteran news
anchor Tad Dunbar live on the fly on The Dunbar
Report at 6:30 p.m. PDT (01:30 GMT 7/31) on northern Nevada/eastern
California KRNV TV-4 (NBC); KENV-Elko; online at mynews4.com.
Stay tuned for more on this issue and keep an eye on RenoSparksNAACP.org.
NAACP delegates attend 100th annual convention
President Obama addresses
New York gathering on Thursday, July 16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact
Lonnie Feemster, President, NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch
Barbano, Second Vice-President, 775-786-1455)
NEW YORK, NY NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 has
sent six delegates to the 100th Annual Convention of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
include Branch President Lonnie Feemster, Treasurer
Lucille Adin, First Vice-President Rose Gordon, Larry
and Patricia Wilson. Attorney Jeffrey Blanck,
chair of the branch legal redress committee, is attending
continuing legal education training on civil rights issues.
convention began Saturday, July 11, and will conclude on
Thursday, July 16, with an address by President Barack
strategy and future of the NAACP nationwide was laid
out for hundreds of branch presidents at the annual convention
Council of Presidents Luncheon on Sunday, July 12, 2009.
President Lonnie Feemster stated that the "national
organization's focus hits right at the heart of many of
the problems in the Reno-Sparks community."
social progress in this area will be determined by the local
branch success in connecting with the black churches, black
community organizations and other civil rights advocates
in northern Nevada," Feemster stated.
and local NAACP agendas will focus on education, criminal
justice, health, fairness and opportunity, voting and representation.
health and criminal justice will be high priorities and
targeted for immediate short-term gain and long-term strategies
must create an awareness in our local community of the urgency
and need to stop the failure by so many
of our young people in education. We must also promote
healthy lifestyles so young people can enjoy the benefits
of success. Health problems abound, particularly in the
African American population," Feemster said.
need membership involvement by people at the local level
to compliment the research and technical support from the
national NAACP office," Feemster said.
information and applications may be obtained at RenoSparksNAACP.org.
convention schedule may be accessed at NAACP.org