2012 ARCHIVE

Happy New Year / Feliz Año Nuevo
May you and yours enjoy a peaceful and prosperous time

John F. Kennedy's 2013 inaugural address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

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Reno-Sparks NAACP swears in new officers Jan. 3, 2013
Jeffrey Blanck first non-African-American leader in Reno-Sparks Branch 66-year history

RENO, Nev. —The Reno-Sparks NAACP will swear in new leadership at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Jeffrey Blanck

Longtime Reno attorney Jeffrey Blanck, who previously served as second vice-president and legal redress chair, will succeed Lonnie Feemster who is concluding the last of four non-consecutive two-year terms.

Blanck becomes the first non-African-American president in the branch's 66-year history.

"I am proud that our leadership and membership reflect the rich diversity of our community and our country," Blanck said.

Feemster expressed optimism for the incoming officers and executive committee members of the local civil rights advocacy organization.

"I have worked with most of the incoming group and I know they are dedicated and committed to the work of the NAACP. I am proud to have served four terms as president of our local branch and will continue to work to reduce racial disparities and discrimination in our community," Feemster stated.

Lonnie Feemster will continue to serve on the branch executive committee and as the Nevada State Director for the NAACP National Voter Fund.

The new leadership will be sworn in at the branch's regular monthly meeting, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013, 1094 E. 8th St., Reno, NV 89512.


The 2013-2014 governing body of the Reno-Sparks NAACP

Jeffrey Blanck, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
Patricia Gallimore, Second Vice-President
George Hardaway, Third Vice-President  
Olene Boyer, Secretary
Dolores Feemster, Assistant Secretary
Heather Hauskins, Treasurer
Lucille Adin, Assistant Treasurer

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Sharrone Blanck, Jimi Bufkin, Ceola Davis, Darryl Feemster, Lonnie Feemster, Donald Gallimore Sr., Brian A. Jackson, Jane Moon, Elder William Moon, Bertha Mullins, Gale Sanders, Dr. R. Grant Seals, James H. Stinson, Tommie J. Vance, Maria A. Velez, Rev. William Webb, Larry Wilson

All were elected to two-year terms last November.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's leading civil rights organization, was founded in 1909.

Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 was chartered in 1947.

Membership applications, dues payments, civil rights complaint forms and other information may be accessed via RenoSparksNAACP.org

E-mail <info@renosparksnaacp.org>

U.S. Postal Service Address: P.O. Box 7757, Reno, NV 89510

Phone (775) 322-2992


A version of the above appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal on Saturday, 5 Jan 2013. We are informed that another version will appear in Northern Nevada Business Weekly on 14 Jan. 2013.

Additional media
Jeff Blanck on KOLO TV-8 (ABC) News at 6:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PST 9 Jan 2013.
Jeff Blanck on KUNR-fm 88-7 (NPR) at 2:00 p.m. PST 9 Jan. 2013
Jeff Blanck on Get Real, America! with Chip Evans and Verita Black-Prothro, KJFK 1230-am, 9:00 a.m. PST 19 Jan. 2013
—>iTunes

December 26, 2012

Dear Reno/Sparks NAACP members:

I have the honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Reno/Sparks Branch of the NAACP for the next two years.

Historically, the NAACP has focused on issues with black Americans. That focus will remain, but we also deal with all discrimination based on the color of a person’s skin.

Two major areas of concern for me are public education and the criminal court system. The dropout rates for black and brown children are well above the state and national average. Racial bullying occurs regularly. An inordinately high number of our children of color are being sent to juvenile hall, and an excessively high number of people of color are being incarcerated in state prison.

Obviously, I cannot solve all of our discrimination problems alone. I need your help and your input.

Attached is the schedule and location of our monthly meetings that I hope you will all attend. We need to increase our membership to include our college students, working adults, and professionals. Everyone is welcome to join the NAACP regardless of their race or color.

I also want to plan events that will bring our community together. I want the Reno/Sparks Branch to be at the center of all civil rights issues facing our community. Through our combined efforts we can accomplish our goal of decreasing the negative impacts of racial discrimination.

Since I do not know many of you personally, I have attached my biography for your review. This will give you some insight into who I am.

I look forward to meeting all of you and working with you to implement Dr. King’s dream of a society where people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Sincerely,


Jeffrey S. Blanck
President Elect, Reno/Sparks NAACP


Jeffrey S. Blanck: Biography

I was born in 1954 in Mt. Vernon, New York, just outside the Bronx. I have two older sisters and our family of five lived in a one bedroom apartment. We moved to Los Angeles in 1961 when my father got a job in the aerospace industry working for NASA on the Gemini and Apollo missions.

I went through high school in Los Angeles and attended USC on a gymnastics scholarship in 1971. For my sophomore year, I transferred to UC Davis on an academic scholarship and studied Agriculture and Ecology. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Ecology in 1975 and worked in various areas of agriculture such as cattle ranching, crop production, feedlots and grain inspection.

In 1979, I returned to college to obtain a second Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Literature at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. I also attended Middlebury College’s intensive language programs for two summers in Vermont and obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Russian in 1980.

I was hired by NBC to be a guide at the Moscow Olympics but the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan but we boycotted the Olympics. I then applied and was accepted to law school at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. I obtained my law degree in 1984 and joined my father (who went to law school at age 40) in his law practice. We represented school districts, businesses, and criminals on appeal. When my father retired in 1988, I was hired as Deputy County Counsel of El Dorado County in Placerville, California. After a year, I was hired as the Agency Counsel for Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (“TRPA”) in Lake Tahoe.

Four years later in 1993, I left TRPA and went to study Hebrew, Religion and Culture at an institute in the Judean Desert in Israel for six months. I then returned to the Bay Area in 1994 and worked for an international Human Resources training firm as well as a nonprofit agency that trained Russian lawyers in environmental advocacy.

I met my African-American wife Sharrone in 1995 and we were married in 1997. My wife and I have two biracial sons, Noah, who is 14, and Max, who is 12. Noah attends Wooster High School’s IB program and Max attends High Desert Montessori School. My wife works for the State in Early Childhood Development. Now, being a member of a family of color, I have witnessed firsthand the disparity in treatment, institutional racism, and, at times, overt racism that still exists in our society.

My family is Jewish and in 1998 while we were members of Temple Emanuel in Reno, my wife taught at the religious school that both my sons attended. Over two years the Temple was firebombed twice by white supremacists. I served as the President of Temple Emanuel and later as the president of Temple Sinai, where my family is currently members and my wife, Noah and I teach at the religious school.

In February 1998, my family and I came to Reno because I was hired as the first General Counsel for the Washoe County School District. In 2003, I reported financial and other misconduct committed by the Superintendent to the Board of Trustees of the District. The Board capitulated to the superintendent’s demands to have me terminated or he would quit. I was terminated in March of 2004 and the superintendent resigned three months later.

As a private attorney I joined the Reno/Sparks branch of the NAACP in 2004 and have been the Legal Redress Committee Chair since that time. In 2010, I became the second vice-president. I have attended seven of the two-day legal seminars held at the NAACP National Conventions over the past eight years and I am currently a Silver Life member of the NAACP.

From 2004 to the present, I have been an attorney in private practice focusing on Civil Rights, Employment, and Education matters. I represent people of color in federal and state courts on discrimination claims, wrongful termination of employees in administrative hearings, teachers facing discipline, students with disabilities, charter schools and people who are denied their First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and due process rights.

My recreational activities include whitewater rafting (which I have been doing for over 30 years) hiking, camping, mountain biking, reading and writing.

I look forward to working with all of you over the next two years as president of NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112.

Editor's Note: Information about our new meeting place (Rita Cannan Elementary School) and meeting schedule will be posted shortly. Thanks for your patience.

 

 



In hoc signo vinces.

Michael Moore and Crackers the Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken assert that they have been thrown out of better places.

Mobilization message from the Mahatma: Michael Moore to President Obama

    Sporting his best National Voter Fund attire, Reno-Sparks Branch President Lonnie Feemster addresses the Reno Cinco de MayDay Rally in front of Reno City Hall on May 5, 2012. (Andrew Barbano photo)

Why rednecks didn't vote for Obama
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

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NevadaLabor.com / 11-6-2012
Déjà vu all over again
GREG PALAST REPORTS FOR AMY GOODMAN'S DEMOCRACY NOW:
Ohio —> Wrong Ballots for Black Voters —>
Investigation Uncovers Thousands at Risk of Ballot Loss
Palast offers free downloads of new book "Billionaires and Bailout Bandits"

  • Nevada Democratic Party does not speak CB Radio
    Where are Johnny Cash and CW McCall when we need them?
  • Nevada Division of Welfare will now follow the law allowing employees to vote.
    And they had to be pushed!
  • Union Says V.A. Retaliated Against and Fired Whistleblowers

Dreams of Redemption on All Saints Day
A presidential candidate Nevadans can and cannot vote for + Reid regrets

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arbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-1-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

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MEETINGS: As of June 7, 2012, the Reno-Sparks NAACP returned to its regular monthly meeting location 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.


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Saving the Duncan/Traner Community Library
"A library is a poor man's university." —
Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas
STILL ADVOCATING FOR EDUCATION (5-16-2012) — George Hardaway, a retired educator and NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch 1112 education committee member, addresses the Washoe County Library Board in a packed hearing room at the Reno Town Mall facility. NAACP leaders and members mounted a successful campaign to keep libraries open. At the table, left to right, are Library Board Administrative Secretary/Supervisor Rocky Badolato, Library Director Arnold Maurins and Board Chair Dr. Al Stoess.

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We don't need no education
The neverending series: for continuing updates, click here

ED Part XXV—>
How to play pro ball and be cruel to your school
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

We don't need no education, Part 24
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-22-2013 Sparks Tribune
Web extra — Bill O'Reilly's sex education

Workers & taxpayers protest Apple's lack of transparency
Schools pay the price of corporate welfare

Dirt cheap
Congress gave the new state of Nevada 4 million acres to pay for schools. What happened to them?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-18-2013

ED XXIII—>Rosy the poll dancer's destructive seduction
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-20-2013 Sparks Tribune

ED Part XXII—>The 2013 looney tunes legislative lexicon
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-30-2013 Sparks Tribune

ED Part XXI—>Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
Ghostrider Nicolas Cage sticks it to Nevada school kids
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 5-16-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED20: Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-9-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Toljaso Dept.: Morrison malady spreads
Gomorrah South grad stats a shuck
Las Vegas Review-Journal 4-10-2013

ED Part XIX—>
Fixing education: The bulldozer solution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.
"The problem facing education in America isn't the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad."
The Atlantic / 12-29-2011

ED Part XVIII—>Petition pondering & pandering:
Just Say No, a Nevada tradition
CLINGING TO THE LEDGE—>Do the Nancy Reagan thing
Just say no to the teachers' tax petition and invalidate term limits and right-to-work-for-less in the process.
What's not to like?

Barbwire by Barbano / Special Online Abstinence Edition / 3-5-2013

An edited and updated version appeared in the 3-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XVII —>
The brutal law of unintended consequences
Between the devil and the deep Joe Neal
Long-lost research may invalidate more than 100 longstanding Nevada laws
IRONY ALERT—>
New higher electoral standard for teachers' tax petition may generate more support
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education Part XVI —> School shootings:
Reno GOP Senator introduces bill to shoot schools in fiscal foot

Where is gun control when we need it?
Can you stimulate the economy by cutting wages?

U-News e-Bulletin by Andrew Barbano / 2-26-2013

Las Vegas area black students three times more likely to get expelled than non-blacks
Odds of getting suspended are more than double
Some schools issue almost as many suspensions as they have students

Las Vegas Sun / 2-15-2013

ED XV: Greasing the suckers and goosing the gullible
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-7-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education Part XIV: Never trust gun runners, politicians or PR men
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-31-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED Part XIII: Progress—>WCSD Trustee-elect Rosenberg is a non-believer
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We don't need no education, Part XII
And we don't need no evolution, 'nuther
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-18-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED XI —> Award-winning delusion
School district administration continues to tout awards while learning languishes
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-11-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education, Part X
The school district master chefs continue cooking the books
[UPDATE 9-17-2012] TOLJASO DEPT. The Awful Truth: "Successes and Challenges" indeed — As only the Barbwire predicted last spring, Dr. Heath Morrison's disappointing third-year graduation rate explains why he got outta Dodge after year two.
Teachers' business tax petitions hit Nevada streets while Chicago teachers do likewise
Damning inspection report brings union call to oust Reno VA hospital leadership
State ignores NAACP voter registration lawsuit until the day after this column printed
NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER: New community TV channel

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Morrison import Jane Woodburn ousted from Washoe County School District
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-26-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

ED IX: You can't handle the truth
Third year of Morrison's graduation rate miracle proves mythological
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-19-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Morrison & Maurins: M&M's hard to swallow
Seventh in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-20-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

All that's missing is an enemies list
Sixth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Reno-Sparks branch officers criticize outgoing superintendent's graduation statistics
Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer / 5-12-2012

Playing Dixieland - The shell game continues
Fifth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Abandon hope, all ye who enter college
Fourth in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Mythological Morrison Miracle
Third in a series on the collapsing future of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-22-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Update 4-24-2012 Dr. Morrison is in Charlotte, NC, today signing his contract to accept the superintendent position.

The marshal is getting outta Dodge
So much for Nevada education's strategic plan / Minority students once again left wanting
+ 4/25 Workers Memorial Day commemoration

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-15-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Breaking our own backs: If you have kids, move from Nevada
Have Nevada teachers made a deal with the devil? / St. Mary's firings begin
Barbwire by Barbano /
Expanded from the 4-8-2012 Daily SparksTribune

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Martin, 1968
Trayvon Martin, 2012

On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., while in town to support striking union trash collection workers.

UPDATE 4-11-2012: The Florida special prosecutor today indicted Trayvon Martin's killer on charges of second degree murder. He has been arrested.

Liberty and justice for some
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-25-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune


Click in the above image for the Reno demonstration's Facebook page.
Contact: Marianne Denton, 775- 843-9550.

Occupy Carson City will also demonstrate from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday in front of the Nevada Legislature on S. Carson Street in the capital city. Contact: Janette Dean, 775-461-3282

UPDATES: Existing while black should not be a crime
Daily Sparks Tribune front page / 3-25-2012

Reno and Carson City rally for slain Florida teen
Reno-Sparks Branch president calls for full investigation
Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-25-2012

NAACP: Co-sign an open letter to Florida prosecutor Angela Corley

Leaping back to the future

Update: FRIDAY, 23 MARCH 2012, 3:14 a.m. PST, 10:14 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT —

What Happened to Trayvon Martin —> Explained
Plus a backgrounder and history of the case / Who pushed Florida's fire-at-will law
With an exclusive statement from NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous
MotherJones.com / 3-23-2012

Update: THURSDAY, 22 MARCH 2012, 3:47 p.m. PST, 22:47 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT — Sign the petition to win justice for 17 year-old Florida murder victim Trayvon Martin. Prosecute the killer of our son.

Update: WEDNESDAY, 29 FEB. 2012, 3:41 a.m. PST, 11:41 ZULU/GMT/CUT/SUT — On this date in 1968, President Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also known as the Kerner Commission) warned that racism was causing America to move "toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal." (New York Times)

For more information, contact Prof. deJong at 775-784-6455.
SLH 3 means Schulich Lecture Hall, Room 3.

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Happy César Chávez Day
César Chávez Celebration X at Circus Circus-Reno
Saturday / March 31, 2012
Bro. Chávez was born 3-31-1927 and would have been 85 this year.
¡Sí se puede!

MLK Weekend 2012...

Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster delivered the annual Martin Luther King Day keynote address at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Reno's Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello Street, part of the 2012 Interfaith Memorial Service. The Second Baptist Church Choir performed with local musical group Power of Love. The program included a video tribute to Dr. King’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech and proclamations from Nevada's governor and congressional delegation. Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., Chairman of the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Commission, also spoke. (Like Feemster, Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman decried the past three decades of shrinking opportunity [How Fares the Dream?] in today's New York Times.)

The annual MLK Highway Caravan departed from the church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, to drive the Martin Luther King, Jr., section of U.S. 395. Pres. Feemster was honored at the annual MLK dinner that evening at Reno's Peppermill Hotel-Casino. His work was further recognized by the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees on Jan. 17.

Branch First Vice-President Andrew Barbano's MLK-themed commentaries appeared Jan. 14-15 in the Fresno Bee, the Daily Sparks Tribune and the Reno Gazette-Journal. They may be viewed at NevadaLabor.com.

Branch Second Vice-President Jeffrey Blanck is recovering from serious illness and the membership wishes him a speedy and complete recovery.

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...and we continue rolling the rock back up the hill

    Sporting his best National Voter Fund attire, Reno-Sparks Branch President Lonnie Feemster addresses the Reno Cinco de MayDay Rally in front of Reno City Hall on May 5, 2012. (Andrew Barbano photo)

Latest Nevada Division of Welfare will now follow the law and allow employees to vote

State ignores NAACP voter registration lawsuit until the day after this column printed
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-13-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

In Defense of Voting Rights
In a crucial ruling, a federal judge upheld the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.
New York Times Editorial / 5-20-2012

NAACP national executive board releases resolution supporting marriage equality
5-19-2012

Red line in a new bottle:
We are caged for slaughter in an electronic zoo
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-19-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

Voting Rights Act in play over potential ballot issue in Reno
Reno Gazette-Journal 1-19-2012

Undemocratic America: NAACP petitions UN about voter suppression
Jake Highton / Daily Sparks Tribune / 1-8-2012

Unlevel America: Where what matters most is who your parents are
Paul Krugman / New York Times / 1-8-2012

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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)

Dear Members and Friends: At left is a Save-Mart SHARES card. If you don't have one, please contact us to get one 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.

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Services in Las Vegas July 13 for civil rights giant Ralph Denton
Daily Sparks Tribune / Associated Press 7-8-2012

NAACP National Convention gathers in Houston, Texas


67th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet:
Your Power, Your Decision — VOTE!
Circus Circus-Reno / Saturday June 16, 2012

Sponsorships, tables, tickets and ads available online via the above link

Join us tonight to celebrate our fight for everyone's rights
Lonnie Feemster Guest Editorial / Reno Gazette-Journal 6-16-2012

Keynote speaker and award winners announced
Daily Sparks Tribune 6-10-2012

2010 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Honorees and scholarship winners

2009 Freedom Fund Banquet

Honorees and scholarship winners

 


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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
Dr. 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 (1925-2011)
Darryl Feemster
Patricia Gallimore
Dr. Barbara McLaury
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, Lucille Adin, Andrew Barbano
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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Monthly Meeting Location

MEETINGS: As of June 7, 2012, the Reno-Sparks NAACP returned to its regular monthly meeting location 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.

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Mary Valencia Wilson, 1944-2011
Political Action Chair Emerita

 

 

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   The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society celebrates Juneteenth on Sunday, June 10, 2012, 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.

   Tickets to the 67th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet (June 16, Circus Circus-Reno) will be available at the Juneteenth event. Look for the NAACP booth.

Juneteenth

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); on June 19, 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.

Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily almanac.
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