Updated 20 December 2013
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Mandela’s magnificent struggle
By Prof. Jake Highton
Expanded from the 12-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

Remember Mandela's Values
By Dr. R. Grant Seals / Reno Gazette-Journal Guest Commentary / 12-17-2013

The Mandela Barbie
Poor Mandela. When he's not a doll, he's a statue. He joins Martin Luther King as another bronzed monument whose use is to serve a new version of racism, Apartheid 2.0, worsening both in South Africa — and in the USA.
By international investigative journalist Greg Palast / 12-13-2013

Membership Meeting Agendas
NAACP
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Email: info@renosparksnaacp.org

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
Rita Cannan Elementary School / Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m. / General Membership 7:00 p.m.

Next meeting: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

2013: Unlucky number for an ugly year
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

RENO, Nev. (12-5-2013) — Former Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman died this morning at her home in Reno. The longtime branch member was 86 years old.

John F. Kennedy's 2014 Inaugural Address
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-21-2013 Sparks Tribune

Breaking News and Bulletins—>
Nov. 21, 2013: State Senate Majority leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, headlines Reno informational meeting regarding Driver’s Authorization Cards / Nov. 23: FOUR Immigration Reform marches in Reno [UPDATE: Participating branch members included Kathy Miner, Alise Moss Vetica, Cedric McLaurin, Don Gallimore, George Hardaway and Andrew Barbano.]

Immigration Shifts Political Power
AP-Las Vegas Sun / 11-20-2013

 

POOR DENNY'S ALMANAC 11-21-2013 — On this date in 2004, Ray Hagar and Sandi Wright reported in the Reno Gazette-Journal that local schools attended by low income students tended to be the most poorly maintained schools.
        THE BARBWIRE RESPONDS: So what else is new? Over the decades, the RGJ has done a sterling job investigating separate but unequal health care and education. Alas and alack, nothing much ever changes on the High Desert Plantation. For a quick sad summary, see the Barbwire of April 2, 2006 (updated periodically). See also We Don't Need No Education, the continuing series.

On Nov. 12, 1833, the Leonid meteor shower was discovered, marking what some consider the birth of meteor astronomy; on this date in 1911, the Reno YMCA building was dedicated; in 1919, African-American newspaper publisher William Trotter, an opponent of Booker Washington’s accomodationist approach who led some blacks out of the Republican Party to support Woodrow Wilson only to see Wilson adopt white supremacist policies, met with the president at the White House, an angry meeting in which Wilson told Trotter “Your manner offends me” and Trotter afterward disclosed to the public Wilson’s support for segregation; in 1931, for the first time anyone could remember, duck hunting season was cancelled at Winnemucca Lake, the body of water that was slowly disappearing as a result of water being diverted from the Pyramid Lake tribal reservation to desert reclamation; in 1936, the beautiful San Francisco Bay Bridge opened; in 1947, Miles Pike, lawyer for the Haywood Sign Company, argued in a meeting of the chamber of commerce, Reno advertising club, and county planning board, that the new county ordinance requiring that all billboards not in commercial zones be removed within two years was unconstitutional; in 1962, Meredith Steel in Sparks was selling a do-it-yourself backyard fallout shelter kit; in 1966 “Poor Side of Town” by Johnny Rivers hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1978, the Jubilee Club, a popular dinner house halfway between Reno and Carson City, closed down; in 2011, with Myrlie Evers Williams wielding the champagne, the Navy ship USNS Medgar Evers was christened in San Diego.

— From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily online Poor Denny's Almanac
Copyright © 2013 Dennis Myers. Used by permission.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. / Oct. 22-Nov. 26 / 8-9:00 pm. Eastern / Check local listings for times and re-runs
A new six-part series now on PBS TV stations

Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, 1954-2013
Reno memorial service announced for Nov. 16

We Don't Need No Education: The neverending series
Nevada and North Carolina newspapers

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune

Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

   Unfortunately, the opening episode fails to mention that the Texas rebellion, sanitized by the Alamo myth, was a pro-slavery war. Late-coming Anglo settlers from slave states were angered that Mexico had banned slavery. Makes you want to toss your Davy Crockett pseudo-coonskin cap and plastic Bowie knife.
   Later installments show how the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and union leader César Chávez sparked a long-smoldering fire. Check listings for frequent re-runs of the six-hour PBS series.
   Let your local station know about the omissions and tell us what they say.


César Chávez
and MLK are featured on the final first-run installment.
Check local listings and pbs.org for re-runs.

Almanac: On Oct. 2, 1835, the Battle of Gonzales, the first skirmish of the Texas Revolution took place. Texian settlers half-heartedly exchanged fire with Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River. The Mexican Army finally withdrew. It wasn't much of a fight, but it was the first.

Latino Americanos, una serie documental que marca un hito con sus seis horas presentadas en tres partes.
PBS sacará al aire la serie a nivel nacional en el otoño de 2013.

 


On Sept. 29, 1864, at Chaffin's Farm in Fort Harrison, Virginia, African-American soldiers James Gardiner and Thomas Hawkins each took actions in harm’s way for which they both received the Medal of Honor for gallantry.

— From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily online Poor Denny's Almanac
Copyright © 2013 Dennis Myers. Used by permission.

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We Don't Need No Education XXV—>
How to play pro ball and be cruel to your school
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-19-2013 Sparks Tribune

Which hood do you find most suspicious?

Reno rally marked the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
10 a.m.–12 noon Saturday, August 24, Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse, S. Virginia & Liberty streets

FIERY WORDS ON A SMOKY DAY (24 Aug. 2013) — Longtime community organizer Theresa Navarro addresses the crowd at the northern Nevada portion of the nationwide commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The young man holding the banner needs identification, so anyone who knows him, mail it in. To his left is Rabbi Myra Soifer, partially obscured by the elbow of Reno Gazette-Journal photographer Ross Brinkerhoff who is preparing to shoot the photo of Theresa which appeared in the newspaper's Sunday Aug. 25 edition. To Mr. Brinkerhoff's left is Mary Cooper, who gave an inspiring speech reminiscent of her late husband, the Rev. Onie Cooper, former Reno-Sparks Branch president. A KOLO TV-8 videographer stands to Mary's left. At his elbow is Pat Coia. Additional photos will soon be posted to a new gallery here. Spread the word—>and join the branch! (Photo courtesy of Alise Moss Vetica)

Lawnmower Man, bladerunners and smoke eaters
Demonstrators at Reno Federal Courthouse deserve combat pay
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 8-29-2013 Sparks Tribune

UPDATE 1:10 p.m. PDT / 20:10 GMT 24 AUGUST —> About 50 people attended, less than half the number of the Trayvon Martin 105-degree sunscreen-mandatory event. The forest fire-caused/worse-than-Beijing air probably kept some of the diehards home. They live to fight another day. Three network-affiliated TV stations showed up, along with the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Sparks Tribune and talk radio host Chip Evans. More details and photos will be posted here shortly, including how the court building's lawnmower man endangered some of the participants who had written permission to stand on the federal sidewalk. Get the August 29 Sparks Tribune.

UPDATE 3:01 p.m. PDT WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST —> In case you missed it, the Robert Redford-produced/Denzel Washington-narrated documentary The March repeats at 6:00 a.m. PDT and 6:00 p.m. PDT August 29 on Reno/Northern Nevada KNPB TV-5 or your local PBS station. PBS shows usually re-run the following weekend and sometimes into the next week, so keep your eyes on the prize —> and on local listings. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend. The show will fill you with renewed purpose and make you cry. Guaranteed.

STAY TUNED —> Watch RenoSparksNAACP.org for photos. Some of the people in the shots will need identification, so forward names as you view the gallery. The Reno Gazette-Journal ran two color photos on page 4A of the Sunday Aug. 25 edition but posted neither the story nor the promised photo spread online. At least they showed up, as did the smoke eaters and blade runners who participated on Saturday. (Aachoo!)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
(775) 786-1455
Patricia Gallimore, Second Vice-President
(775) 846-2952


Reno rally commemorates 50th anniversary of 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, DC
10:00 a.m to 12:00 noon Saturday, August 24, Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse, S. Virginia & E. Liberty streets

RENO, NEV. USA — The Reno-Sparks NAACP will add local voices to Saturday's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, DC

The Reno event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in front of the Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse at E. Liberty and S. Virginia streets.

Participants are urged to make their own signs and remember to apply sunscreen. Those especially sensitive to the ongoing forest fire smog should take appropriate precautions.

Several members of NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 attended the legendary 1963 gathering, including future Branch Presidents Bertha Woodard (1971-76, 1987-88) and Eddie Scott (1961-64). Members of Scott's car caravan, including now-retired teacher Erma Fritchen, participated in freedom rider demonstrations both on the way to DC and during their return.

On the road, the band of about 20 slept on the floor of a black church in Selma, Ala., where a seamstress named Rosa Parks brought food to feed the travelers. They met with Nevada's congressional delegation and galvanized action to establish a local food program.

The 1963 assemblage in front of the Lincoln Memorial set the standard for all future major demonstrations in Washington, DC.

Sleeping Car Porters Union President A. Philip Randolph and legendary organizer Bayard Rustin generated several hundred thousand attendees from all over the country, setting the stage for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to issue his ringing challenge to the nation.

"We recognize more than a little irony in the fact that jobs, individual freedom and justice remain the principal issues of 2013," stated Reno-Sparks NAACP First Vice-President Andrew Barbano. Reno-Sparks NAACP President Jeffrey Blanck is attending the gathering in the nation's capital.

A southern Nevada event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday in Las Vegas.

The Reno-Sparks Branch of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization was chartered in 1947.

For Google map purposes: The courthouse address is 400 S. Virginia, Reno NV 89501


Radical King’s ‘promised land’ of justice still distant — Local celebration marred
By Jake Highton / Sparks Tribune / 9-5-2013

Black Caucus forum to paint a grim picture of King's Dream in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-28-2013

Nevadans who were there remember the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington DC
Former Reno-Sparks Branch President Bertha Woodard made the journey
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 8-22-2013

Reno-Sparks Branch freedom riders visited with Rosa Parks on the way to DC in 1963

How Black Unionists Organized the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom
By William P. Jones / Labor Notes / 8-22-2013

Can't make it personally? Show up virtually —>
Become a cybernautic marcher via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr

2013 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

We Don't Need No Education: The neverending series
Nevada and North Carolina newspapers/ Updated 8-23-2013

Become an NAACP member

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

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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

In Memoriam: Bertha Lee Spivey Reynolds, 1937-2013

Longtime Reno-Sparks Branch member Bertha Reynolds passed away on August 19, 2013, in El Sobrante, California. She was a victim of congestive heart failure which also caused kidney failure. She retired from nursing after a 30-year career. She leaves two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service to follow immediately on Wednesday, August 28, at Bethel AME Church, 2655 N. Rock Blvd., Sparks, Nevada.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her name be made to the American Heart Association and/or the Kidney Foundation.

May she rest in peace.

Sen. Reid expresses hope that GOP opposition to Obama is not race-based
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-9-2013

The presence of all colors gives you black
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-25-2013 Sparks Tribune

And a little child shall lead them.

London Guardian newspaper international investigative reporter Greg Palast urges Trayvon's dad to sue his son's killer
Truth-Out.org 7-24-2013

Former Las Vegas Branch president, Methodist minister and
Assemblymember Marion Bennett, D-Las Vegas, dies of heart attack at 80

Las Vegas Review-Journal 7-23-2013

2011 Nevada Stand Your Ground law was proposed by a Democrat and pushed by Democrats
"Only three lawmakers voted no, all in the Assembly – Las Vegas Democrats Peggy Pierce, Maggie Carlton and Richard Carrillo."
Jon Ralston / 7-22-2013
On Mr. Ralston's July 24 program, attorney and Nevada Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, defended the 2011 measure, opposed by Laura Martin of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. Neither acquitted him/herself very well. You may view the program online and decide for yourself by clicking here.

More than 105 brave 105-degree heat in Reno to demand justice for slaughtered black teenager
BRAVING THE HEAT TO BRING SOME HEAT — Reno-Sparks NAACP Secretary Heather Hauskins makes her silent statement at the Reno Trayvon rally. Branch Second Vice-President Patricia Gallimore stands to Heather's right. (L. Martina Young photo)


RENO, NEVADA, USA (20 July 2013) — More than 100 people braved 105-degree heat on July 20 to attend the Reno "Justice for Trayvon" rally. Three major network affliate TV stations, three local newspapers and one radio station covered the event. A rainbow coalition of war veterans, lawyers, NAACP and union members, mothers, fathers, ministers, a rabbi, brothers, sisters and children gathered at the downtown Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse. One woman risked melting a big bag of Skittles in the heat.

Accompanying herself on a drum, Jan Gardipe opened the event with a Native-American song. She previously performed at the 2011 memorial service for former Reno-Sparks Branch President Rev. Onie Cooper.

Noted Reno lawyer Terri Keyser-Cooper said that she's been filing civil rights cases in Nevada for 30 years "and it's never gotten better." She urged anyone who has suffered discrimination to "file the report" because corporations are very frightened of any bad publicity.

One young Latina spoke on behalf of equal rights for all. Lamenting the dismal prognosis for reform, the immigration rights activist lamented that her only realistic path toward citizenship is marrying a citizen. A young Latino man, sporting a backward baseball cap and "I am Trayvon" sign, noted how he was profiled and pulled out of a demonstration of over 300 people by Reno police because of how he looked.

Life's not easy if you are born brown.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-18-2013


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
<barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
(775) 786-1455

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON RALLY SATURDAY IN RENO

RENO, NEV. USA —The Reno-Sparks NAACP will add local voices to nationwide Justice for Trayvon rallies starting at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday on the Liberty Street side of the Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse at E. Liberty and S. Virginia in Reno.

National NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said "we must end the plague of gun violence, fight to roll back 'stand your ground' laws, pass powerful anti-racial profiling ordinances and do whatever we must to finally end the wars that are killing so many children in our neighborhoods.

"And we never stop fighting for justice for Trayvon. If the voices of hundreds, of thousands, of millions join together and speak as one, that cannot be ignored," Jealous said in urging Americans to sign an online petition to the U.S. Dept. of Justice asking that civil rights violation charges be filed against Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman.

A southern Nevada march is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday in Las Vegas.

Continuing updates and background information may be viewed at RenoSparksNAACP.org/

The Reno-Sparks Branch of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization was chartered in 1947.

For Google map purposes: The courthouse address is 400 S. Virginia, Reno NV 89501


The presence of all colors gives you black
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-25-2013 Sparks Tribune

Photo: Rev. Luther Dupree, Jr., kicks off Trayvon rally in downtown Reno
Reno News & Review 7-25-2013

London Guardian newspaper international investigative reporter Greg Palast urges Trayvon's dad to sue his son's killer
Truth-Out.org 7-24-2013

Stand Your Ground law in Nevada was proposed by a Democrat and pushed by Democrats
Jon Ralston / 7-22-2013

"Justice for Trayvon" rally planned for Saturday in Reno
Reno Gazette-Journal / 7-19-2013

Bagging black bucks in the Gunshine State
Barbwire by Barbano / Commentary expanded from the 7-18-2013 Sparks Tribune

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

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We Don't Need No Education: The neverending series
Nevada and North Carolina newspapers


Helen Tyler Stewart White

1921-2013

Nevada Civil Rights Pioneer

Events

68th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet 10-19-2013

Prayer vigil for Sparks Middle School shooting victims

Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, 1954-2013
Reno memorial service announced for Nov. 16

Obamacare Saturday in Reno
The Sierra View Library is located inside Reno Town Mall on the southwest corner of S. Virginia St. and Neil Road.

MAY 29: Sen. Harry Reid Keynotes Path to Citizenship Public Assembly
Little Flower Church / Kietzke and E. Plumb Ln. / Reno, NV

Details in the May 23 Barbwire>
Longing for the wisdom of the grateful dead
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-23-2013 Sparks Tribune


NAACP Mixer 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday 17 April 2013
Wild River Grille, 17 S. Virginia at the Truckee River
Auld Riverside Hotel /
Downtown Reno
Public invited: Appetizers, cash bar

      Be prepared to commune with flamingly shameless liberals, community hellraisers, eruditionistic educators, parsimoniously parsing progressives, pruriently proselytizing politicians, puissant PR-types, lascivious lawyers, lugubrious lobbyists, superannuated activists, evil union bosses, regressively registered voters, political dinosaurs, godawful gadflies and othersuch obnoxious critters. Obviously, we need all the help we can get. Additional details: info@renosparksnaacp.org

      UPDATE: Thanks to all who attended and to our hardworking committee that made everything happen. New contacts were made, old friends reunited, students embraced former teachers, networks formed, issues were discussed, goals identified and new directions charted. Don't miss the next one!

For all NAACP members, tickets are $20 for individuals or you may purchase a table of 10 for $175 ($17.50 per person). This is a formal attire event. Please join us for food, music, and guest speakers. Hope to see you all there! — Jeffrey Blanck, Reno-Sparks Branch President

APRIL ALMANAC

On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot. He died the next day.

 

Northern Nevada MLK Day 2013

Northern Nevada MLK Day 2012

Dr. King’s ‘Two Americas’ Truer Now than Ever
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
April 10, 2013

You may think you know about Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is much about the man and his message we have conveniently forgotten. He was a prophet, like Amos, Isaiah and Jeremiah of old, calling kings and plutocrats to account — speaking truth to power.

King was only 39 when he was murdered in Memphis 45 years ago, on April 4th, 1968.

The 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery were behind him. So was the successful passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. In the last year of his life, as he moved toward Memphis and his death, he announced what he called the Poor People’s Campaign, a “multi-racial army” that would come to Washington, build an encampment and demand from Congress an “Economic Bill of Rights” for all Americans — black, white, or brown. He had long known that the fight for racial equality could not be separated from the need for economic equity — fairness for all, including working people and the poor.

Martin Luther King, Jr., had more than a dream — he envisioned what America could be, if only it lived up to its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for each and every citizen. That’s what we have conveniently forgotten as the years have passed and his reality has slowly been shrouded in the marble monuments of sainthood.

But read part of the speech Dr. King made at Stanford University in 1967, a year before his assassination and marvel at how relevant his words remain...(Read the entire commentary here...)

 


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Message from National President Benjamin Jealous:
Stand with the NAACP to say that voting is a right, not a "racial entitlement"

Here's what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had to say recently when discussing the wide margin with which the Voting Rights Act has been reenacted in both the Senate and the House of Representatives: "Now, I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes."

Voting isn't an entitlement but a right — one we fought to get and one we've fought to keep.

Please sign our petition in support of the Voting Rights Act now.

 

"Antonino Scalia is perhaps the highest profile example of a descendant of Italian immigrants who forgot where he came from. I grew up with some like him." — personal opinion of Andrew Barbano, Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112


NEW —> History of Civil Rights in Nevada
University of Nevada Oral History Program

Includes links to the story of the fabled Las Vegas Moulin Rouge and the legacies of
civil rights giants Lubertha Johnson, Grant Sawyer, Ralph Denton and Clarence Ray


MLK Weekend 2013

Former Branch President William Moon honored with Onie Cooper Award
Reno Gazette-Journal / Monday 21 January 2013

Blanck brings new direction to Reno-Sparks NAACP
Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 20 January 2013

Barbwire MLK Day Trilogy + Poor Denny's Almanac Jan. 15 (MLK's Birthday) and Jan. 20-21 Inauguration Day

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

 

MLK Day 2012

Reno, NV – The Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee and the Nevada Clergy Association announce the 27th Annual Interfaith Community Memorial Service on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello Street in Reno.
     This year's program theme is "Moving Forward with the Dream." Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Michael L. Randle, pastor of Second Baptist Church and president of the African-American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada.

      The Rev. Onie Cooper Humanitarian Award will be presented to Elder William "Bill" Moon who serves on the Executive Committee for the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP. The award will also be presented to Volunteers of America (VOA), the non-profit organization that runs family homeless shelters in downtown Reno. Rachelle Pellissier, regional vice-president of VOA in northern Nevada, will accept the award.
      Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee and president of the Nevada Clergy Association, said "we congratulate the recipients of the Onie Cooper Humanitarian Award for their service and dedication to helping others as we celebrate the life and legacy of a great American, especially in the context of the issues that face us today."
      On Monday, January 21, 2013, the 15th Annual Community Memorial Caravan will depart Second Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Participants will drive a portion of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Highway (I-580) to honor King. The caravan will leave the church and drive north to Stead Blvd. It will proceed south to Neil Road and then back to the church, where a reception will be held.
      Events are free and open to the public. For information, call the Nevada Clergy Association at (775) 786-1800 or e-mail Bishop Savoy.



 

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

AFTER SWEARING IN (3 Jan. 2013) — Standing, left to right: Sharrone Blanck, Gale Sanders, Lonnie Feemster, Donald Gallimore Sr., Patricia Gallimore, Larry Wilson, Jimi Sheryl Bufkin, Dr. R. Grant Seals (rear), Elder William Moon (in white, front), Tommie J. Vance, Andrew Barbano, Lucille Adin. Seated, left to right: Jeffrey Blanck, Heather Hauskins, Jane Moon. (Sherleta Gambrell photo)

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

*UPDATE: Ms. Boyer was unable to accept the office of secretary due to health reasons. President Jeffrey Blanck has appointed Heather Hauskins to replace her and has named Lucille Adin as treasurer.

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

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.


Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
Rita Cannan Elementary School / Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m. / General Membership 7:00 p.m.

Meeting agendas

 

 



In hoc signo vinces.

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NAACP
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Email: info@renosparksnaacp.org

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
Rita Cannan Elementary School / Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m. / General Membership 7:00 p.m.

2013-14 Officers and Executive Committee

Complaint Form

Membership Forms, choose format: .jpg or .pdf

Reno-Sparks-Washoe Education: Smoke & Mirrors

Saving Local Libraries

Voting Rights

Trayvon Martin Murder 2012 Archive

68th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet 10-19-2013

SaveMart SHARES fundraising program

How to join / Annual membership / Donate

In the news

Martin Luther King Weekend 2013

César Chávez Day 2013

Juneteenth

Links / History / Archives

Mission and Objectives

Meeting place and times

Mary Valencia Wilson, 1944-2011

Rev. Onie Cooper, 1925-2011

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

We don't need no education—>The continuing investigative series
Information for those — especially parents — who do not believe every press release they read.
Nevada and North Carolina newspapers


Happy César Chávez Day
César Chávez Celebration XI at Circus Circus-Reno
Thursday / March 28, 2013

¡Sí se puede!

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

Membership Forms, choose format: .jpg or .pdf

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

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

Please spread the word. Thank you.

In the News

Assemblymember Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, 1954-2013

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune

Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

Sex, sports and rock 'n' roll dept.
Moneyball: Invest in texting, tweeting & twerking

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 10-3-2013 Sparks Tribune

On July 6, 1868, the South Carolina House convened with the only African-American majority in a state legislature in U.S. history (this 75 to 49 majority sought reforms in education, jury trials, local government and land ownership), though tales of irresponsible post-civil war black legislatures abound in fiction, including some textbooks.

— From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily online Poor Denny's Almanac
Copyright © 2013 Dennis Myers. Used by permission.

Clarence Thomas, Little Anthony & the Imperials
Barbwire predictions from 1991 sadly come true as the 1965 Voting Rights Act is gutted.
Barbwire by Barbano / Opinion / Expanded from
the 6-27-2013 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education: The neverending series
Nevada and North Carolina newspapers

César Chávez Celebration XI
Join us again on Thursday 28 March 2013 at Circus Circus-Reno
Jueves 28 de Marzo, 2013 en Circus Circus de Reno
The event helps support the Reno-Sparks NAACP, so please support the event

AFL-CIO and NAACP support Obama choice of Perez for new Secretary of Labor
Las Vegas Sun / 3-18-2013

Dishonest Abe: white hood on a stovepipe hat
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-21-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

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
See the ongoing Barbwire investigative series "We Don't Need No Education"

HAPPY 104th BIRTHDAY —> On Feb. 12, 1909, the NAACP was founded.
The fight goes on, the drive abides and the dream will never die.

Almanac: On Feb. 11, 1960, sixty members of the NAACP appeared at the doors of the whites-only Hawthorne casino, the El Capitan, and were refused entry. (Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily e-almanac. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

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

The Abolitionists now on PBS —Premiering January 8, 15 and 22, 2013. Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. Check local listings for times and reruns. PBS.org usually has local program information posted.
WHY WATCH? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Human rights activists estimate that human trafficking worldwide today ranges into the millions. The United States and Nevada are by no means immune. Las Vegas has long been infamous as a hub for the trade in underaged girls. National and international estimates vary for reasons obvious and arcane. The U.S. court system is and has been creating a permanent underclass of secondary citizens. For more, read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. And watch these programs.

Déjà Vu All Over Again—>The 2013 Progressive State of State Address
Former State Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno / 9 January 2013

Nevadalabor.com Wal-Mart Nevada Archive


2013 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

The 68th Annual Reno-Sparks Branch Freedom Fund Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Atlantis Hotel-Casino in Reno. State Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-North Las Vegas, will be keynote speaker. Click here for information on sponsorship, program advertising and ticket prices.

Freedom Fund Awards Banquet Archives

 


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NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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

Contact: info@renosparksnaacp.org

2013-14 Officers

Jeffrey S. Blanck, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President/Webmaster
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 Sheryl 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

*UPDATE: Due to health reasons, Ms. Boyer was unable to accept the office. President Jeffrey Blanck appointed Heather Hauskins to replace her and named Lucille Adin as treasurer.

Standing Committees and Chairs
Armed Services/Veterans Affairs: James H. Stinson
Back-to-School/Stay-in-School: Lonnie Feemster
Education: Verita Black-Prothro
Freedom Fund Banquet: Sharrone Blanck & Lucille Adin
Health: Alise Moss-Vetica
Legal Redress: Gale Sanders
Membership: Dr. Rupert Grant Seals
Political Action: Andrew Barbano
Scholarships: Jane Moon
Youth Council: Heather Hauskins


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Monthly meetings
are held on the second Thursday of each month at
Rita Cannan Elementary School

Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.

Meeting agendas


Useful Links
NAACP.org

Other Nevada Branches


Nevada Humanities Civil Rights Gallery

History of Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
University of Nevada Special Collections
Broken link / working on it / sorry

Alice Lucretia Smith, 1902-1990

The Nevada Black History Project


Nevada NAACP in the Civil Rights Era

University of California Oral History Project
1961 Interview with Tarea Pittman
NAACP West Coast Regional Director

NEW —> History of Civil Rights in Nevada
University of Nevada Oral History Program

Includes links to the story of the fabled Las Vegas Moulin Rouge and the legacies of civil rights giants Lubertha Johnson, Gov. Grant Sawyer, Ralph Denton and Clarence Ray

Lubertha Miller Johnson (1906-1989): NAACP branch president, Nevada civil rights and womens' rights pioneer

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

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