2011 ARCHIVE — NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

In hoc signo vinces.

Happy High Holly Days!
Feliz año nuevo

Merry Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus

Breaking News on Little Christmas
Nixonian Newt and Deplorum Santorum need an epiphany on racism
NAACP President Ben Jealous fires back
The Hill / 1-6-2012

Leaders: Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) a cultural, not a religious celebration
Reno Gazette-Journal 12-26-2011
Kwanzaa dates back to 1966
Reno Gazette-Journal 12-26-2011


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Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

How to join / Annual membership

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Mission and Objectives

Mary Valencia Wilson, 1944-2011

Meetings (Feb-Mar-April 2012 location change)

MLK Highway Caravan

Rev. Onie Cooper, 1925-2011

From February through April, 2011, the Reno-Sparks NAACP will meet at the Wells Fargo Banking Education Center, 2145 Sutro Street, Suite 10 in Reno (at the northwest corner of Sutro and Oddie Blvd.). The executive committee convenes at 6:00 p.m., general membership at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are always held on the first Thursday of each month, excluding holidays.

Breaking News

Communities of interest don't count: Reno City Council rebuffs NAACP redistricting proposal
By Brian Duggan / Reno Gazette-Journal blog / 12-14-2011

NAACP vs. City of Reno: Redistricting proposals contrasted
By Brian Duggan / Reno Gazette-Journal blog / 12-13-2011

NAACP publishes national study of voter suppression campaigns and initiatives
Download report / Sign petition / 12-5-2011
Stand for Freedom Rally / New York NY 12-10-2011

Last chance to impact redistricting: Reno City Hall / 14 Dec. 2011
Click here for alternative maps and commentary

City of Reno solicits job applications, especially for police officers, thru 1-27-2012

Economist: This is a true depression
Elliott Parker Guest Editorial / Las Vegas Sun / 11-27-2011

The Christmas conundrum, harrumph-a-pump-pump
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-27-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Why African-Americans aren't embracing Occupy Wall Street
Stacy Patton / Opinion / Washington Post / 11-25-2011

AFL-CIO urges unions to treat Occupy DC as a picket line
WashingtonPost.com / 11-21-2011

The plight of the paper pushers
The great recession made bashing public workers a national sport
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011

Bury the Bad News with Rose-colored Reporting
How urgent can economic troubles be if leaders say things are getting better?

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011

Grading Nevada lawmakers and governor
A gloomy picture of a state still struggling to overcome its racist past
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 12-1-201
Progressive Leadership Alliance publishes 2011 Racial Equity Report Card
(To which the Reno-Sparks NAACP provided input)
Las Vegas Sun / 11-21-2011
Read/Download the report for yourself

Nevada's 11 most powerful in 2011
Send in your personal picks to click
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-20-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

NAACP leaders mourn Peggy Jean Livingston, Reno's first black barber
Reno Gazette-Journal / 11-13-2011

Persistent minority achievement gap in Washoe County schools
Reno Gazette-Journal / 11-9-2011

Heroes are made, not born
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-6-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

The-Business-as-Usual Gerrymandering Blues
Last chance to impact redistricting: Reno City Hall / 14 Dec. 2011
Click here for alternative maps and commentary

Currently, 2/5ths of the population control 5/5ths of the Reno City Council

Washoe County Commissioners reject redistricting map pushed by Reno-Sparks NAACP and Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Reno Gazette-Journal 10-2-2011

Washoe County Commission splits moderate income Sun Valley between 2 districts
Daily Sparks Tribune / 9-29-2011

Feemster criticizes City of Reno redistricting plan
"Inherent flaws in the current system of dividing up political boundaries"
Reno Gazette-Journal 9-26-2011

President Feemster requests volunteers for local election district reapportionment task force
Racial bias in school board plan alleged

Benjamin Jealous: The world will remember Troy Anthony Davis, 1968-2011
"The State of Georgia has killed an innocent man."

PBS: Too Important to Fail
Black Youth Erased
Tavis Smiley examines the alarmingly high dropout rates and low graduation rates of black male high school students.
Among the causes reviewed: Placement of such students in special education programs.
Turn on, tune in and tell a friend. This is important.

     “…if 53% was the dropout for white males, it would be unacceptable; if 41% of their children were being placed in special education, that would be a major crisis,” says noted author and educational consultant Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu.
     “If only 20% of their boys were proficient in reading in eighth grade, that would be a crisis. If only 2.5% of white males ever earned a college degree, that would be a major crisis in America.”

— From the program overview. Click here to read the full prospectus.

Reno-Sparks NAACP kicks off get-out-the-vote campaign for congressional election

Mary Valencia Wilson, 1944-2011
Nevada's Aztec Warrior

Daily Sparks Tribune 6-12-2011


Friends, family, community leaders honor Mary Valencia Wilson

Remembering Northern Nevada's Freedom Riders

RIDERS ON THE STORM (From Barbwire by Barbano, Daily Sparks Tribune, 5-15-2011) — Monday, May 16, at 9:00 p.m. PDT / 04:00 ZULU/GMT (rerunning Tuesday, 5-17-2011, at 1:00 a.m. PST / 08:00 ZULU/GMT), KNPB TV-5 airs a PBS documentary on the legendary freedom riders, average citizens who risked their lives as passengers on integrated buses driven into the deep south to break America's apartheid half a century ago.

A couple of them still live here: Sparks resident Erma Fritchen and former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Eddie Scott, who organized Erma's freedom rides as part of her journey to the fabled 1963 March on Washington.

Erma joined about 20 locals who slept on the floor of a black church in Selma, Ala., where a seamstress named Rosa Parks brought food to feed the travelers. (Barbwire, Jan. 14, 2007).

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend. It's important.

66th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Atlantis Resort-Spa-Casino, Reno

Honoring two giants

Rev. Onie Cooper
Dr. Milton Glick

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

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

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

SWORN TO SERVE — Elder William Moon, at right in white with back to camera, swears in 2011-2012 officers at the branch meeting of January 6, 2011. (Chip Evans photo)

Rev. Onie Cooper, 1925-2011

GOOD FRIENDS AND FELLOW WARRIORS —(Left to right) Mary Cooper, Rev. Onie Cooper, Elder William Moon, Jane Moon. (At installation of officers, December, 2008)

Friday, 8 April 2011, 03:54 p.m. PDT, 20:54 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT —

4-15-2011: Funeral services for Rev. Onie Cooper, 86, will take place on Friday, April 15, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. PDT — rather than the previously announced time — at the Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello St., Reno, NV 89512-3068, (775) 786-1017. (Click here for a map to the church.)

An informal procession will leave the church between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon PDT for the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 14 Veterans Way, Fernley NV 89408; (775) 575-4441. A graveside ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PDT. (Fernley is about 30 miles east of Reno/Sparks on Interstate 80 East. Click here for a map to the cemetery.)

4-14-2011: Public viewing will be conducted from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 14, at O'Brien Rogers Crosby, 600 W. Second Street, Reno NV 89503-5312. O'Brien Rogers contact: Paul Noell (775) 323-6191. (Click here for a map to O'Brien Rogers Crosby.)

Please send personal remembrances to this website where they will be permanently posted.

Thank you.

Friday, 8 April 2011, 12:47 p.m. PDT, 19:47 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT —

Reno civil rights activist Onie Cooper dies at 86
Reno Gazette-Journal 4-8-2011

Sen. Harry Reid praises Rev. Cooper as fighter for equality
Reno Gazette-Journal 4-8-2011

UPDATED Thursday, 7 April 2011, 11:30 a.m. PDT, 18:30 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT — Rev. Onie Cooper has passed away. Watch this site for more information. Our hearts and prayers are with Mary Cooper and Onie's family.

Onie's most famous fight was his successful effort to have a long stretch of US 395 through Reno designated as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Highway. Until this year, he led an annual caravan down that road on the King holiday.

Our path will be forever brightened by his example, but harder to travel without him.

Godspeed, old friend. Well done.

UPDATED Friday, 25 March, 2011, 06:13 p.m. PDT, 01:13 3-26 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT —

RENO, Nev. — Rev. Onie Cooper, former branch president, is out of intensive care but has not been well enough to move to a residential care facility. He remains in the Tahoe Pavilion at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno. Elder William Moon, also a former Reno-Sparks NAACP president, is heading up a support drive for the Cooper family. He encourages people to send contributions payable to Mrs. Mary Cooper, to P.O. Box 7757, Reno, NV 89510. The branch is also accepting contributions through its website. Online contributors are asked to please designate contributions for Rev. Cooper as prompted by the submission instructions.

A member of the branch's youth council was seriously injured in an auto accident earlier this week. Longtime member Alberta Rederford continues on her path to a full recovery from a stroke.

Send good energy and stay tuned.


NAACP takes the lead in Nevada education crisis
Lonnie Feemster and Jeffrey Blanck take the fight to the people
REGIONAL TV+webcast 6:00 Live and 9:00 p.m. PST rerun SUNDAY FEB. 21, 2010

SUING FOR SCHOOLS: The case for making Nevada finally obey her constitutional mandate to provide for public education
Can we do any worse with a judge running the system?
Sen. Harry Reid blasts Gov. Jim Gibbons
UPDATE 3-18-2011: Education funding lawsuit gains support

Top labor leader and governor-elect's aide both raise the specter of an education lawsuit against the State of Nevada
Daily Sparks Tribune / 12-5-2010

Dropout numbers troubling
According to a data profile compiled by the Washoe County School District, in 2006 the African-American graduation rate nearly reached 50 percent. By last year it had dropped to a third.
Reno News & Review/ 6-11-2009

66th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Atlantis Resort-Spa-Casino, Reno

We hope you lived a meaningful MLK Holiday

FREEDOM RIDERS — Sidekick Kora Bridgeford, left, holds a white balloon like those all participating vehicles displayed to mark the MLK Day Caravan. IWW (aka The Wobblies) Union man Paul Lenart did the driving. (Photo courtesy of [Facebook handle] Angry-Danielle Bridgeford, her mom.)

Keeping the faith: MLK Caravan participation improves, two branch stalwarts now hospitalized

MONDAY 1-17-2011 — More than 40 vehicles participated in today's 13th Martin Luther King, Jr., Highway Caravan, including a three-wheeler motorcycle with Industrial Workers of the World Union man Paul Lenart and young Kora Bridgeford aboard (above). Veteran journalist Ed Pearce of KOLO TV-8 News (ABC) aired an excellent 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. historical tribute to Rev. Onie Cooper, who remains hospitalized but is apparently just a bit better, as his wife, Mary, felt confident enough to leave his side to participate in today's event. At a brief gathering at the Second Baptist Church before the caravan departed, she thanked everyone for their participation and introduced a half-dozen Cooper family members.

Click here for Ed Pearce's story, both text and video but hurry — most TV stations only archive for a few days.

Union member Rita Weisshaar brought banners donated by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245/AFL-CIO (see below), ensuring that the caravan carried increased visual impact. The number of participants showed gains over recent years and traffic on the US 395/Interstate 580 MLK route was uncharacteristically heavy for a holiday. Perhaps it was a reflection of Reno's gorgeous "false spring" weather, where the first forsythia has aleady bloomed.

Other unions represented included American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 4041/AFL-CIO (Branch President Lonnie Feemster, ret.), Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO (Branch First VP Andrew Barbano), International Assn. of Firefighters Local 731/AFL-CIO (former Branch President Kenny Dalton), Railroad Workers United and (Wobbly Ron Kaminkow), Nevada State Education Assn. (Peggy Lear Bowen,ret.), and Las Vegas IBEW Local 357 in the person of 28-year former Assemblyman Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas. He was accompanied by his wife, Nancy, a former regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education who ran statewide for Congress last year. They now reside in Sparks.

Clergy included Rev. William C. Webb, retired pastor of Second Baptist and newly sworn branch executive committtee member. He led a brief prayer before the caravan departed. Also in attendance were "refired" (his term) Methodist Rev. John Emerson, International Community of Christ Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., who succeeded Rev. Cooper as chair of the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee, and Rev. Vince Shelton, pastor of Sparks Freedom Baptist Church and former longtime pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist, also in the Rail City.

Other media included Erin Breen (KTVN TV-2/CBS), Dennis Myers (Reno News & Review), Dan McGee (Daily Sparks Tribune), photographer Tim Dunn (Reno Gazette-Journal) and Demetrice Dalton (OurStoryInc.org).

Apologies to all whose names are not included above, please write and enlighten us for the enlargement of the perpetual cyber-record. Thanks to everyone who made this year's event successful and paved the way for an ambitious future agenda. Rev. Cooper will be quite pleased.

More from the hospital beat — Branch President Lonnie Feemster informed attendees today that longtime NAACP stalwart Alberta Rederford has suffered a stroke and lies hospitalized in Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks. Your best wishes and prayers are encouraged.

MLKs dream rides on
Daily Sparks Tribune / 1-18-2011

Cooper continues to lead from hospital bed
Daily Sparks Tribune / 1-17-2011

Lonnie Feemster (775) 425-1850
Andrew Barbano (775) 786-1455

100 CARS ON MLK DAY: Martin Luther King Highway advocate in Renown ICU

RENO, NEVADA (1-13-2011) —From his hospital bed, Rev. Onie Cooper continues to advocate for civil rights in the name of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cooper, a former president of NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch 1112, has been in poor health and recently stepped down as chair of the local MLK committee, a position now filled by Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr.

Cooper is seriously ill and currently in the intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

"My husband's dream is to have 100 cars participate in the annual Martin Luther King Highway caravan," stated his wife, Mary.

As a result of Rev. Cooper's years-long campaign, a segment of US 395/Intersate-580 was designated the Martin Luther King Highway. The annual caravan will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, at the Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello Street in Reno. As always, participants will drive a portion of the MLK Highway through Reno.

The caravan will be easier to see this year due to the donation of banners from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245/AFL-CIO.

Elder William Moon, also a former Reno-Sparks NAACP president, is heading up a support drive for the Cooper family. He encourages people to send contributions payable to Mrs. Mary Cooper, to P.O. Box 7757, Reno, NV 89510.

The branch is also accepting contributions through its website.Online contributors are asked to please designate contributions for Rev. Cooper as prompted by the submission instructions.

MLK weekend activities begin with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Interfaith Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, at the First United Methodist Church, 209 W. First at West streets, across from the riverfront plaza in downtown Reno.

The service is a joint function of the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee and the Nevada Clergy Association. For more information, call (775) 786-1800. Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., who chairs the committee, will officiate. First United Methodist Pastor Emeritus Rev. John Emerson will deliver the keynote address. There will be choral music and proclamations from government leaders. [Update: Coverage of the service from OneIndiaNews]

The weekend concludes with the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dinner Celebration on Monday, Jan. 17, hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). This year's theme is "Dare to Inspire." The featured speaker will be Dr. Andrew Harewood, a U.S. Army major assigned to the Pentagon as deputy Pentagon Chaplin. He is the recipient of citations from the White House and numerous military awards.

The dinner will take place in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Hotel Casino, 2707 S. Virginia St. in Reno. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. More information may be obtained by calling NNBCAS at (775) 329-8990.


RENO, NV (4-13-2011) — I knew Onie for  20+ years. I will miss lunches at the Chinese buffet or Red Lobster and our discussions on everything.  We were usually on totally different sides . I am a white, female, conservative and 4th generation Nevadan …he obviously had a totally different life experience. We both served in the military so we did have that in common.

He was one of the few people with whom I could discuss race, religion and politics …  It was always a REAL discussion without a fight or argument despite  mostly opposing  views.

I will miss him!

Cindy Sullivan

RENO, NV (4-13-2011) — "I'll never forget the sound of Rev. Onie Cooper's voice, with that deep southern accent rooted in his Louisiana upbringing. He used that voice tirelessly in demanding greater justice for people of color and the poor. I was blessed to hear Rev. Cooper speak out on many occasions over the past couple decades. Rev. Cooper was a hard working leader in fighting against racial injustice in our town. From efforts to establish a police review board, to solidarity actions with the Jena Six (where I snapped this picture of him), Onie's passion was contagious. May his 86 years of life give all of us more courage and inspiration to carry on the fight. "

Bob Fulkerson
State Director
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

NAPLES, Florida (1-15-2011) — "Onie is one of those few clear, lonely, loud, unwavering trumpets without whom there often would be no sound of active resistance at all, only the silence of passive acceptance. As one who has come and gone from Reno recently, I can testify: When you ask where the action for justice is, people point you to Onie. It was true when we got there, true when we left. Onie’s is an imperishable light, shining on in our lives and works long after the source has gone out. Just one of those miracles we are given once in a long while to accompany. Please give our love to all and our special thanks to Mary." — Rev. John and Julie Auer Rev. Auer is the retired former pastor at Reno's First United Methodist Church.

LAS VEGAS (1-13-2011) — It is with great pride and respect, that I can truly say that part of my most cherished time living in Nevada, was the many years that I have known and worked with Rev. Onie Cooper. The first time when we were appointed by then-Gov. Richard Bryan to Nevada's first statewide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Commission in 1984.

In 1987 I was honored and proud to stand with him in the Governor's office as he signed into law, Nevada's state paid holiday honoring Dr. King.

Come on Reno, he deserves far more than 100 cars, so "crank um up for Onie!"

I pray and wish him a speedy recovery.

All MLK supporters, check out the Las Vegas events at KingWeekLasVegas.com.

Wendell P. Williams, Founder
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Committee of Las Vegas

Mr. Williams, D-Las Vegas, is a former longtime member of the Nevada State Assembly.


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Barbwire by Barbano special web edition 8-11-2011
Substantially updated and expanded from the 8-7-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Lack of minority hiring at Reno VA hospital under scrutiny
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-7-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

July 4 Railroad Jobs: We're Red, White and Screwed
PLEADING POVERTY: Washoe County Commission tries to up D.A.'s quickie conviction rate
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-3-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

MLK 43 National Unity Rally
Workers and students rally Monday, April 4, at Western Nevada College in Carson City and College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas
Updated 4-7-2011
43rd anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reno-Sparks Branch President Lonnie Feemster will speak

César Chávez and Dr. King still lead us
Barbwire by Barbano / Reno Gazette-Journal Guest Editorial / 3-31-2011

Education funding lawsuit gains support

NAACP Education Workshop

The Reno Sparks NAACP invites you to attend an informative and strategic planning session focused on increasing success rate of students in our community.

Please bring any friends or students to ask questions or find out how we can work together to support student achievement.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Washoe County School District Administration Building Board Room
425 East Ninth Street Reno

WCSD board trustees are interested in having a conversation with the NAACP Executive Committee, membership and interested community members on such issues as:

WCSD Strategic Plan and reform agenda
Upcoming legislative session in Carson City
Getting every child to graduation and/or highly-skilled career ready

Trustees will be joined by Irene Payne, Director of Communications for WCSD.  This is an informal opportunity to have a discussion with our community partners.

For more information contact:
Terry Bartek, Administrative Assistant
Communications Department
Washoe County School District
425 East Ninth Street
Reno, Nevada  89520
Office: 775-348-0371, Cell: 775-219-1545, Fax: 775-348-0397


Education funding lawsuit gains support

Feemster: Expand number of Washoe County Commissioners
Daily Sparks Tribune / 3-1-2011

Branch President Feemster supports breakup of Reno voting districts that dilute minority communities of interest
Reno Councilmember Aiazzi fires back. Feemster calls status quo a "stacked deck."
Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 2-27-2011

More punishment, less progress
NAACP Legal Redress Chair shouts the awful truth of Nevada's preference for prisons over schools
Daily Sparks Tribune / 2-14-2011

Stompin' With the Pack Stepshow at University of Nevada-Reno April 16

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Crowley Student Union / University of Nevada-Reno / Monday, 2-7-2011 / 12n-6:00 p.m.

University of Nevada-Reno Black History Month Calendar of Events
Courtesy of the Black Culture Cooperative / The Center for Student Cultural Diversity / University of Nevada, Reno

Black man's burden
African American men are still often judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.
By Judy Belk / Los Angeles Times / 1-16-2011

From national: Take action NOW against congressional attempts to restrict and further corporatize health care

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-29-2011: On this date in 1802, John Beckley was appointed the first librarian of Congress; in 1834, setting an ominous precedent later used by other presidents, President Jackson used federal troops to break labor unrest by workers on the C&O Canal construction who were protesting low pay and dangerous conditions; in 1961 in a sermon in New York City, Methodist minister Ralph Sockman said people should not test God to meet conditions they create: "God's ways are above our own ways as the heavens are above the earth." [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-28-2011: On this date in 1898, Hugh O'Flaherty, an Irish Catholic priest who organized an operation that rescued and secreted at least 3,925 Allied prisoners and Jews in Nazi-occupied Rome, was born in Cahersiveen, Ireland (O'Flaherty received the Order of the British Empire and the U.S. Medal of Freedom, but in his native Ireland is remembered only with a grove of trees in Killarney National Park; in 1986, former Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme, a hero to U.S. troops and peace activists for opposing the Vietnam war and providing a refuge in Sweden for war objectors and for his criticism of Soviet suppression of the Czech uprising, was assassinated in Stockholm. [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com, including a poem to Fr. O'Flaherty.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-27-2011: On this date in 1781, after more than 200 colonials whose enlistments had ended prepared to leave for home and George Washington forced them back into military service, he then compelled several members of the group to serve as a firing squad and kill their leaders ("This was a most painful task, and when ordered to load, some of them shed tears," reported a unit physician); in 1945 at Auschwitz Birkenau, the Soviet Army liberated the remaining 7,000 survivors of the death camp; in 1953 at the Commodore Hotel in New York City, Ralph Ellison received the National Book Award for Invisible Man, which he called his "not quite fully achieved attempt at a major novel"; in 1967, astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chafee died in the Apollo 1 module in a launch pad fire; in 1998, President Clinton appointed assistant Clark County district attorney Johnnie Rawlinson to be a U.S. District Court judge. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Ms. Rawlinson is an African American.) [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-26-2011: On this date in in 1654, Portugal ordered Jewish and Dutch settlers in Brazil (some of whom had already been forced to leave Portugal) to leave the country within three months, and some of them ended up in New Amsterdam (New York); in 1784, Benjamin Franklin opposed the selection of the eagle as the U.S. national bird because it is a scavenger and instead championed the turkey; in 1962, Bishop Joseph A. Burke of the New York Catholic Diocese of Buffalo declared the Twist (a dance in which the boy and girl never touch) to be impure and banned it from Catholic schools in the diocese; in 1967, Governor Paul Laxalt said he had dropped prison inmates as staff members at the governor's mansion: "We decided we would feel more comfortable with our own trusted help."; in 1988, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (EDITOR'S NOTE: He is now better known as Pope Benedict XV) of Germany, prefect of the Inquisition, visited New York under the sponsorship of the conservative Rutherford Institute and was snubbed by rabbis because of his contention that "the faith of Abraham finds its fulfillment" in "the reality of Jesus Christ" and picketed by gays because of his anti-gay comments; in 2005, Christopher Lee Weaver of Las Vegas died in Iraq near the Syrian border. [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com, including Ben Franklin on turkeys vs. eagles.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-25-2011: On this date in 1787, former revolutionary war officer Daniel Shays led a group of debtors to stop the Massachusetts Supreme Court from meeting and confiscating land and property, attacking both the courthouse and federal arsenal, an uprising that the state militia succeeded in putting down, though the next state legislature granted some of the insurgents‚ demands and pardoned or arranged light sentences for the leaders. [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-24-2011: On this date in 1879, the Nevada State Journal reported: "Secretary Evarts [U.S. Secretary of State William Evarts] having declared the influx of Chinese to this coast is 'an invasion, not an immigration', it becomes the duty of every good citizen to expel the invaders."; in 1920, the Churchill County Commercial Club adopted a resolution asking Governor Emmet Boyle to call a special session of the Nevada Legislature to pass a law protecting Nevada from the "evils of continued Japanese immigration"; in 1965, Mrs. Spencer Tracy, director of a clinic in Los Angeles, wrote to the Las Vegas Review Journal to object to the newspaper's use of the term "deaf mute"; in 1984, Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh; in 1996, ground was broken for the Las Vegas Hilton's Star Trek/The Experience; in 2009, Benedict XVI, in another effort to reach out to the Catholic far right, reinstated four excommunicated bishops, including a Holocaust denier.

Franklin Roosevelt memorandum to Cordell Hull/January 24, 1944: I saw Halifax [British ambassador to the United States Edward Wood, Lord Halifax] last week and told him quite frankly that it was perfectly true that I had, for over a year, expressed the opinion that Indo-China should not go back to France but that it should be administered by an international trusteeship. France has had the country — thirty million inhabitants for nearly one hundred years, and the people are worse off than they were at the beginning.

As a matter of interest, I am wholeheartedly supported in this view by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek [of China] and by Marshal Stalin. I see no reason to play in with the British Foreign Office in this matter. The only reason they seem to oppose it is that they fear the effect it would have on their own possessions and those of the Dutch. They have never liked the idea of trusteeship because it is, in some instances, aimed at future independence. This is true in the case of IndoChina.

Each case must, of course, stand on its own feet, but the case of Indo-China is perfectly clear. France has milked it for one hundred years. The people of IndoChina are entitled to something better than that.
[Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-23-2011: On this date in 1885 in a story datelined from San Francisco, The New York Times reported "The Piute Indians are said to be starving on their barren reservation in Nevada. Not one cent of the Congressional appropriation of $7,000 secured by Senator [Henry] Dawes, of Massachusetts, has reached them. The Winter in Nevada has been a very severe one. The reservation is so barren that nothing could be grown on the land. The Indians number 7,0[?]0. Almost their sole means of subsistence has been pine nuts, fish from Pyramid Lake, and rabbits, latterly the only game on the reservation. Sarah Winnemucca, a member of the tribe, who lecture in the East on the condition fo the Piutes, and who is now spending a few days in this city, says: "My people are utterly destitute, and numbers of them are famishing in the snow."; in 1907, Charles Curtis, later vice-president, became the first Native American U.S. Senator; in 2008, the Center for Public Integrity issued a report documenting 935 lies told by George Bush, Colin Powell, Richard Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and other administration officials between September 11, 2001, and March 2003 in their effort to condition the public to want a war against Iraq (most of the lies were told after Congress had already authorized war in Iraq). [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-22-2011: On this date in 1892, Carson City's Appeal reported that lynchings exceeded legal hangings in the United States in 1891, 195 to 123; in 1912, the Carson City News published an account of the alleged November 1911 crimes and arrest of Indian Mike and his deaf mute son, contradicting previous published accounts by other newspapers that portrayed the two as bloodthirsty renegades; in 1982, in an effort to avoid arms reductions, President Reagan linked arms talks with the Soviet Union to changes in Soviet policy toward Poland. [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-18-2011: On this date in 1958, a group of Lumbee tribe members, irritated by cross burnings and other white race problems, put participants in a Maxton, North Carolina Ku Klux Klan rally to flight; in 2003, several hundred people filled Reno's Manzanita Bowl hillside to protest George Bush's impending invasion of Iraq; in 2009, the Meridian Star in Mississippi apologized for "not recording for our readers many of the most important civil rights activities that happened in our midst, including protests and sit-ins. That was wrong. We should have loudly protested segregation and the efforts to block voter registration of black East Mississippians. Current management understands while we can‚t go back and undo some past wrongs, we can offer our sincere apology and promise never again to neglect our responsibility to inform you, our readers, about the human rights and dignity every individual is entitled to in America no matter their religion, their ethnic background or the color of their skin." [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-15-2011, King Day: On this date in 1929, Michael King was born in Atlanta (when he was five years old, his father would change both their names to honor Martin Luther); in 2005, during a morning news program on KTNV in Las Vegas, weather reporter Rob Blair referred to "Martin Luther Coon King" and (in an apology for the first reference) "Martin Luther Kong Jr.", prompting a workforce threat of a walkout (Blair was fired the next day). [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com. It includes some of Dr. King's greatest statements.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 1-14-2011: On this date in 1917, James McMillan, who would become a leading African American figure in Nevada history, was born in Mississippi. [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

   Poor Denny's Almanac 12-16-2010: On this date in 1773, Bostonians dressed as Native Americans threw tea into Boston bay to protest tea taxes being too low and to demand that those taxes be raised; in 1924, masked men invaded a Nashville, Tenn., hospital, seized and lynched black teenager Samuel Smith; in 1966, Eddie Scott was elected president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP; in 2005, The New York Times admitted that it does not publish all the news that's fit to print. [Click here for the full edition at NevadaLabor.com.]

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66th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Atlantis Resort-Spa-Casino, Reno

2010 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Honorees and scholarship winners

2009 Freedom Fund Banquet

Honorees and scholarship winners


A TALE OF FIVE PRESIDENTS — Back row, left to right: Current Branch President Lonnie Feemster and former presidents Rose Gordon and Elder William Moon. Front row: Rev. Onie Cooper and Lucille Adin. (At installation of officers, December, 2008)

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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

2011-2012 Officers

Lonnie Feemster, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President/Webmaster
Jeffrey Blanck, Second Vice-President
George Hardaway, Third Vice-President
Donald Gallimore, Sr., Secretary
Dolores Feemster, Assistant Secretary
Lucille Adin, Treasurer

Executive Committee
Jimi Sheryl Bufkin
Mary Cooper
Rev. Onie Cooper
Darryl Feemster
Patricia Gallimore
Dr. Barbara McClaury, Chair
Washoe County School District Board of Trustees

Margo Means
Jane Moon
Elder William Moon
Bertha Mullins
Bertha Reynolds
Madeline Stewart
Norma Washington
Rev. William Webb

Committee Chairs
Armed Services/Veterans Affairs: James H. Stinson
Back-to-School/Stay-in-School: Lonnie Feemster
Communications: Ken Dalton
Economic Development: Bertha Mullins
Education: Dr. Debra Feemster
Freedom Fund Banquet: Patricia Gallimore
Health: Janet Serial
Labor and Industry: Larry Wilson
Legal Redress: Jeffrey Blanck
Membership: Dolores Feemster
Political Action: Andrew Barbano
Religious Affairs: Lonnie Feemster
Scholarships: Jane Moon
Youth Council: Darryl Feemster

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The Reno-Sparks NAACP meets at the Community Services Agency of Washoe County, 1094 E. 8th Street in Reno. The executive committee convenes at 6:00 p.m., general membership at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are always held on the first Thursday of each month, excluding holidays.

From February through May, 2012, the Reno-Sparks NAACP will meet at the Wells Fargo Banking Education Center, 2145 Sutro Street, Suite 10 in Reno (at the northwest corner of Sutro and Oddie Blvd.). The executive committee convenes at 6:00 p.m., general membership at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are always held on the first Thursday of each month, excluding holidays.

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   The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society celebrates Juneteenth on Sunday, June 19, at 11:00 a.m. at Wingfield Park on the river in Reno. The event commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas were first informed of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation almost three years after it was issued. Info: Elaine McGraw Brannon (775) 354-2985, 329-8990. Admission is free.


On June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate. (NY Times/AP headlines)

Roy Wilkins/Arlington National Cemetery/June 19, 1963: "Medgar Evers believed in his country. It now remains to be seen whether his country believes in him."

On this date in 1862, slavery was outlawed in the Territory of Nevada and other U.S. territories (see below); in 1865, three years after Lincoln issued the legally invalid Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans in Texas were told, incorrectly, that the proclamation had freed the slaves, the day becoming known among blacks as Juneteenth; in 1865, the first of several meetings called to organize to support "equal rights before the Law to all the Colored Citizens of the State of Nevada" was held in Virginia City;  in 1963, assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers was buried in Arlington National Cemetery; in 1964, after they voted for the cloture motion that ended the filibuster against the 1964 civil rights bill and guaranteed its approval, senators Edward Kennedy and Birch Bayh with Marvella Bayh and Kennedy aide Edward Moss took a small private plane from D.C. to West Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention and the plane crashed enroute, killing pilot Ed Zinny and Moss and breaking Kennedy's back (the Bayhs got him out of the plane in case it caught fire and then went for help); in 1967, Jack Edward Cossins of Henderson, Nevada, died in Gia Dinh Province, Vietnam (panel 22e/row 0100 of the Vietnam wall); in 1970, Pvt. Mark Crouse of Yerington, Nevada, was wounded in action in Cambodia with a foot injury and shrapnel in the back and arm; in 2004, a marker was dedicated in Virginia City commemorating African Americans on the Comstock near the site of the Boston Saloon, an African American owned business of the 1860s that was the subject of a 1999 dig by archeologist Kelly Dixon.

CHAP. CXI. An Act to secure Freedom to all Persons within the Territories of the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage of this act there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the Territories of the United States now existing, or which may at any time hereafter be formed or acquired by the United States, otherwise than in punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. APPROVED, June 19, 1862.

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