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Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510

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.

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

l'affaire IRA—>

Blanck on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show
Monday 12-29-2014 KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 11:30 a.m. PST
Host: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette Journal
Guests: Jeffrey S. Blanck, President, Reno-Sparks NAACP
Pundits: Tray Abney, Director of Government Relations, The Chamber
(Reno-Sparks-Washoe Chamber of Commerce)
Marsha Berkbigler, Washoe County Commissioner-R; John Gwaltney, President Emeritus, Truckee Meadows Community College
TV and radio re-run times and dates + view online

Barbano on statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV show
Tuesday 12-16-2014 KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 11:30 a.m. PST
Andrew Barbano and Sam Shad for an entire program
(About damn time after 22 freakin' years)

Psychically cynical but nonetheless newsworthy political proctology, peerless professional prognostication and epic poetic proselytizing promiscuously promised. For example, the latest Ira irascibilities and how to rig high school graduation rates.
TV and radio re-run times and dates + view online

KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 11:30 a.m. PST Wednesday, 12-10-2014
Check hell
for snowfall: Barbano and Gammick actually agree on something.

Re-run times and dates + view online
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: State Senator James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, Capital Senate District 
Pundits: Jesse Gutierrez, Former Executive Director, Nevada Hispanic Services
Dick Gammick, Washoe County District Attorney
Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Breaking Bad 5: Machine Gun Michele and the good ole boys
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

Breaking Bad 4: Ira & ammosexuals flip us the finger
Hansen places his puppets in top slots but still controls the lower house.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

Breaking Bad 3: Ira, the guv and the dragonslayers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-2-2014 Sparks Tribune

Breaking Bad Part Deux: Ira blames the Tribune
Barbwire by Barbano / Submitted for publication 11-21-2014 / Expanded from the 11-25-2014 Sparks Tribune

Nevada Lawmaker Ira Hansen Is Forced From Leadership Post Over Remarks on Minorities
By KIMBERLEY McGEE and ADAM NAGOURNEY / The New York Times / 11-24-2014

TV-4 Nov. 24: I'm not a racist, I just play one on TV

BREAKING NEWS—>Hansen resigns as Nevada State Assembly Speaker

Statement from NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch President Jeffrey Blanck

"We don't endorse candidates. This is about the operation of our state legislature.

"Now, we hopefully can move forward rather than take a step backward.

"If he had stayed in place, there are issues coming up like voter i.d. and health care that have racial overtones and impacts.

"We want to make sure all Nevadans are treated fairly.

"The sum total of his articles is that blacks are genetically inferior. That's the point to it."

SMOKING GUNS: The Ira Hansen Files

Jeffrey Blanck (775) 324-6640
Andrew Barbano (775) 786-1455
Lonnie Feemster (775) 722-0042

Reno-Sparks NAACP asks Nevada State Assembly Republican Caucus to replace Ira Hansen as speaker
Long litany of racist and bigoted statements published

RENO, NEV. (11-20-2014) — The Reno-Sparks NAACP this week asked the Nevada State Assembly Republican Caucus to reconsider its recent unanimous election of Assemblymember Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, as speaker of the lower house for the 2015 legislative session.

"We were very disappointed by the decision," stated Reno-Sparks Branch President Jeffrey Blanck.

"We understand that the caucus has many newly elected members who may not be as familiar with Mr. Hansen's past as we are. They need to know he has beaten the drum of intolerance for decades," Blanck said.

"We do not ask anyone to take our word for it. Take his words. A detailed compendium of his racist, bigoted and homophobic views has been posted online and may be accessed via the Reno-Sparks NAACP’s website at," Blanck added.

     I hope you will do all you can to get the Republican Party to repudiate this bigoted legislator. He is a disgrace to Nevada and a disgrace to democracy. The onus here needs to be placed on the Republican Party. Are they going to continue to harbor this man and treat him as a responsible human being or expose him as the scoundrel he really is? Can he continue in this position of responsibility or should he be made to step down? Make them choose! — Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Emeritus, 11-20-2014

“As a public official, Hansen’s comments are of importance,” Blanck stated.

Two-time Branch past-president Lonnie Feemster knows Hansen well and has debated him in public.

"What can you add about the retrogressive mindset of someone who refuses to believe in evolution and advocates for private schools?" Feemster said.

The web postings come from Hansen's longrunning commentaries in the Sparks Tribune over 17 years, as well as reader criticisms.

"They run the expected gamut of discrimination," stated Branch Vice-President Andrew Barbano.

"My favorite is Ira's defense of the Confederate flag as emblematic of the courage of his Civil War heroes, including Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a founder of the Ku Klux Klan." Barbano added.

Barbano, a Tribune columnist for the past 26 years, compiled the research.

Hansen appointed Assemblymember Jim Wheeler, R-Minden, to a major committee chairmanship. Wheeler brought national ridicule on Nevada when he said he would vote to bring back slavery "if that's what the constituency wants."

"All this would be laughable were it not so abhorrent and dangerous," Blanck said.

"Mr. Hansen has long been an unyielding opponent of everything the NAACP supports. We are willing to sit down and talk with him and we hope he can rise above his prejudices to become a true public servant. But, given his long and extremely disappointing record, the best interests of Nevada will be best served if the Republican caucus elects a less divisive leader," Blanck stated.

The NAACP is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 was formally chartered in 1947.


Speaker-elect Hansen bigot, racist, homophobe

KRNV TV-4 Reno / KENV TV-10 Elko / 11:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, 11-18-2014

Re-run times and dates + view online
Host: Sam Shad
Guest: Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette-Journal
Pundits: Michael Hackett, Alrus Consulting
Jesse Gutierrez, charter school operator and former Executive Director, Nevada Hispanic Services
Andrew Barbano, Editor,

Related item: Follytix '15: From Topless Campaign to Breaking Bad
On the documented racism and bigotry of incoming Nevada State Assembly Speaker Ira Hansen
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune
/ 11-18-2014

SMOKING GUNS: The Ira Hansen Files
Featuring nationwide reaction

March 1961: Nevada civil rights vets and a pioneer take it to the streets

Above: [Photo caption from Sunday, 9 November 2014 Reno Gazette-Journal print edition] Bertha Woodard (1916-1999) and Eddie Scott take part in a March 1961 protest march in support of civil rights. The identity of the young girl is not known. (Photo: RGJ file / Life info added)

EDITOR'S NOTE: The sign the little girl holds reads "We want to be first class citizens". Anyone who knows her identity, the branch would appreciate knowing it along with any other information. Please e -mail First Vice-President Andrew Barbano. Thank you.

UPDATE 11-17-2014: Eddie Scott informs us that the little girl was named Mary Ann, a daughter of one of Bertha's next-door neighbors. Now, we just need her last name.

Emerson: Sawyer, Woodard put principles into practice
By Rev. John Emerson / Reno Gazette-Journal guest commentary 11-9-2014


Poor Denny's Almanac for Armistice Day, 11-11-2014

John Kennedy/Arlington National Cemetery/November 11 1961: No man who witnessed the tragedies of the last war, no man who can imagine the unimaginable possibilities of the next war, can advocate war out of irritability or frustration or impatience.

On this date in 1620, the Mayflower compact was signed, pledging its signatories to “combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid”; in 1865, civilian Mary Walker, surgeon and prisoner of war, received the Medal of Honor for her services to the Union, the only woman to receive the medal; in 1907 future state legislator, county assessor and sheriff, state Republican chair and governor Fred Balzar was married to Idelle Edna Sinnamon; in 1918, the armistice in World War One took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and hundreds gathered in the streets of Reno to celebrate and burn Kaiser Wilhelm in effigy; in 1918, at the moment of the armistice the 369th Infantry Regiment, an African-American U.S. unit fighting in French uniforms and under French colors (President Woodrow Wilson's administration frowned on black U.S. units) was in the Vosges Mountains enduring its 191st consecutive day under fire—the longest in U.S. history—and poised to cross the Rhine into Germany, which it subsequently did, the first unit to do so (500 of its members received the Croix de Guerre but other U.S. soldiers were instructed not to salute them at home); in 1918, Acting Governor Maurice Sullivan declared a public holiday on the day the armistice in the world war took effect; in 1919 on the first anniversary of the world war armistice, a mob from the new American Legion invaded a Centralia, Washington, Industrial Workers of the World union hall to attack members and four Legion members were killed after which several union members and their lawyer were arrested and jailed, whereupon one of the prisoners was turned over to the Legion mob which tortured and castrated him before lynching him; in 1941, the Sky Ranch, a private airport on the Pyramid Lake highway about ten miles north of Sparks, began operation; in 1961 after already covertly violating the Geneva agreement on Indochina by sending more soldiers to Vietnam than permitted by the agreement (685), President Kennedy ordered that the agreement be officially violated by sending thousands of soldiers, along with massive materiel—armored personnel carriers, helicopters, bombers, mines and weapons (the weapons turned out to be a godsend to the NLF, southern Vietnamese rebels against the Saigon regime, because Saigon soldiers had a habit of dropping the weapons as they ran from combat), a commitment that made it more difficult for Kennedy’s successor to easily exit Vietnam; in 1971, a Nevada Industrial Commission ruled in a Las Vegas case that long hair on firemen is not a safety issue; in 2006 at the United Nations, the United States used its Security Council veto to block a majority-supported resolution condemning Israel’s Gaza strip military offensive, the second time in 2006 the U.S. vetoed on Israel’s behalf; in 2008, sculptor and actor Tony Dow (Leave it to Beaver) was chosen to have one of his pieces—a bronze of a woman titled Unarmed Warrior—displayed in the Louvre as part of an exhibition of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

(Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2014 Dennis Myers, all rights reserved.)

Voting, gloating, loathing and scapegoating
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-11-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

Get Outta Dodge, Part Deux
ToljaSo Dept.—> Evil twin school bosses Pedro Martinez and Heath Morrison get axed in the same week. Read the latest dispatches about The Music Man scoring tar and feathers in the Tar Heel country of North Carolina, then remember how Morrison created a climate of fear in these parts.
Bully boys run out on a rail
Take special note of the Barbwires of 5-13 and 5-20-2012 when the Traner Middle School Library was in jeopardy

Happy 150th Birthday, Ms. Nevada
Nevada Day Required Reading
The Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words
Sparks Tribune 10-31-2013 and previously

The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln on display in Reno thru Nov. 2

Poor Denny's Almanac for October 31, 2014

New York Tribune
Tuesday, November 1, 1864

Special Dispatch to the N.Y. Tribune.
Washington, Monday, October 31, 1864

Copies of the Constitution and Ordinances of Nevada were sent to the President by telegraph, at a cost of over four thousand dollars.
The ambitious young State deemed the investment warranted, thereby securing three electoral votes.

On this date in 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg; in 1805, Lewis and Clark saw Beacon Rock on the Columbia River and Captain Clark called it Beaten Rock in his journal; in 1864 in the high point of his presidency, President Lincoln ratified Nevada’s admission to the union (previously approved by Congress), which is now observed around the world by costumed children going door to door for candy; in 1882, the Nevada State Journal wrote “Last evening was Hollow Eve, and yet the people were so absorbed in political and other matters that few were aware of the fact.”; in 1918, the Nevada Highway Department received word that the federal government had approved $54,230 for construction of a concrete or asphalt road from Reno to Huffakers, to link up with the already approved highway from Huffakers to Washoe Valley (the money, however, would not be available until the world war was over); in 1922 in admission day remarks to Sparks high school students, former governor Emmet Boyle said that turning the Spanish Springs Valley into an irrigation reservoir and building the Boulder dam project would build up the state; in 1933 as repeal of prohibition neared, U.S. District Court Judge Frank Norcross issued a report claiming that Nevada had the nation’s best record of enforcing alcohol prohibition; in 1949, a collection of musical and jewelry memorabilia that once belonged to Carson City jeweler (and amateur weatherman) Charles Friend was put on display for Admission Day in the state capital (the collection had been purchased at auction by Republican Party figure and “Home Means Nevada” composer Bertha Raffetto); in 1953, the Nevada Day Committee sponsored as part of the admission day entertainment in Carson City, “Dat So La Lee/An Indian Legend” with a cast of 200 Native Americans, plus “the mysterious and beautiful Puberty Dance”, and “Battle of the River of the Washoe-Paiute War”; in 1953, some Reno folks found a way to make children hate admission day—the usual Saturday morning programs at movie theatres and the county library were cancelled; in 1964, “Baby Love” by The Supremes, their biggest hit and the second of five straight hits, went to number one on the Billboard magazine chart (the song was used as a protest against police brutality in Purple Haze aka More American Graffiti) and this was the first week’s top 100 chart not to feature a Beatles song since January; in 1965, the only Sunday Nevada Day parade was held, never repeated because of objections from Christians; in 1992, after thirteen years of study, and 359 years after the event itself, a Vatican panel recommended that the heresy conviction of scientist Galileo Galilei (for arguing that the earth revolves around the sun instead of the other way around) be lifted, a recommendation John Paul II accepted, saying, “One day we may find ourselves in a similar situation...”—but the church failed to apologize; in 1997, “Star Wars/The Magic of Myth”, an exhibit that included 200 props, costumes and art from the film, opened at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

(Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2014 Dennis Myers, all rights reserved.)

Follytix '14: Year of the Topless Campaign
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-28-2014 Sparks Tribune, Updated 10-31-2014

GAO Study: Voter ID laws cut turnout by blacks, young
By Alan Fram / Associated Press 10-8-2014

Cheap thrills: Sex banned in Gomorrah South
How to intimidate Nevadans from registering to vote — by a Democrat, no less
GAO Study: Voter ID laws cut turnout by blacks, young
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-14-2014 Sparks Tribune

Community discussion series on race and the criminal justice system: The New Jim Crow
Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m., 524 Denslowe (corner of Valley Road and Denslowe, Reno

Poor Denny's Almanac for October 20, 2014
October 20/ 50 years ago: The Beatles in Las Vegas
Date: Mon, 20 Oct. 2014 00:08:21

On this date in 1819 (Muharram 1 1235 A.H.), the Báb was born in Shiraz, Persia; in 1890, Indian Agent Daniel Royer at the Pine Ridge Agency, feeling threatened by the ghost dance that had spread from Nevada across the nation, requested six to seven hundred troops, setting in motion the tragedy at Wounded Knee Creek; in 1914 Fayard Nicholas, eldest of the renowned tap dancing duo the Nicholas Brothers who had a long movie and Broadway career in films like Sun Valley Serenade (the two danced up the walls in 1942’s Orchestra Wives, nine years before Fred Astaire did it in Royal Wedding) and performed for nine presidents of the United States and troops in Vietnam, was born in Mobile, Alabama (Nicholas married Dorothy Dandridge); in 1934 Western states American Federation of Labor (AFL) organizer Leo Flynn, speaking in Ely, called for a six hour work day as a Depression measure to combat joblessness by distributing work hours more widely; in 1943 two hundred African-American workers at the Basic Magnesium plant near Las Vegas struck the plant with a demand that separate white and black restrooms be abolished (management blamed it all on labor organizers); in 1951 in a game between Drake and Oklahoma A&M, Oklahoma players—particularly defensive tackle Wilbanks Smith—kept attacking Drake’s African-American halfback John Bright (the nation’s leading ground gainer) after Bright had already passed or handed off, battering him and breaking his jaw, a pattern of brutality exposed the next day in a series of a dozen photographs taken from overhead by Don Ultang and John Robinson and published in the Des Moines Register and Tribune and later in Life magazine, winning the Pulitzer Prize, after which Drake withdrew from the conference and severed all ties with Oklahoma A&M, and the NCAA made illegal hits grounds for suspension and also mandated facemasks and mouth guards for all players (Bright played most of the game injured, recovered from his injuries, and later passed up a draft into the NFL in favor of the Canadian Football League, where he spent a great career); in 1956 National Guard contracts were let for the construction of new armories in Las Vegas and Reno at a cost of $425,000; in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania on the second stop of their first U.S. tour, The Beatles performed two shows in Las Vegas, playing the first show before a crowd of 8,408 in a convention center with a legal capacity of 7,000, while at their hotel—the Sahara—their safety on the casino floor was thought at risk, so two slot machines were sent up to their suite, and Liberace—who had spent time with Elvis during his first, 1956 Las Vegas appearance—now hung out with The Beatles, too. (It was in Las Vegas that the four learned their upcoming September 11 Jacksonville appearance would be segregated and they decided that, if so, they would not play it—Paul McCartney: “You can’t treat people like animals”—and the Jacksonville promoters later backed down and threw the concert open to all); in 1971 Senator Edward Kennedy, the nation’s most prominent Irish-American, demanded that the British leave Northern Ireland and called for an end to repression of the Catholic minority (he later joined with two other congressmembers in sponsoring a resolution calling for an end to “the knock on the door, the violent entry, the arrest in the dark of night…”); in 1977 three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash; in 2004, the New York Yankees became the owners of the biggest choke in sports history (on Google the next day, a search for the combined terms “Yankees” and “choke” produced 12,700 hits, and the sports blogosphere went nuts: “the biggest choke team money can buy”, “I hope the over-paid chokers burn in hell for having the greatest collapse in sports history. Against the Red Sox, no less.”, “This morning someone got to my blog via Google by searching for ‘Yankee choke pictures’ “).

(Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2014 Dennis Myers, all rights reserved.)

IN MEMORIAM: Nevada Assemblymember Joe Hogan, D-Las Vegas, a strong voice for racial justice, dies from aftereffects of stroke at age 77
By Laura Myers/ Las Vegas Review-Journal 10-17-2014

Reno-Sparks Convention Center
S. Virginia @ Peckham Lane

Thanks to everyone who made the event a resounding success. We look forward to seeing you next year.

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

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 11 December 2014: Swearing in of 2015-16 officers

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

From Poor Denny's Almanac, 7 September 2014 — On this date in 1972, on the first day of school Clark County, superintendent of schools (and future Nevada governor, 1999-2007) Kenny Guinn was forced to cancel elementary school “until further notice” after a group of parents won a court order halting implementation of an integration plan, Nevada Attorney General Robert List and school district lawyer Robert Petroni melodramatically flew to Washington to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the integration plan, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund entered the case against List and Petroni, and protest marches were held on the Las Vegas strip, at the county courthouse, and in the downtown casino district.

On Sept. 4, 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

(Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2014 Dennis Myers, all rights reserved.)

— Patricia Gallimore/Heather Hauskins photo

Fatal Encounters: A longrunning Reno News & Review series by Editor D. Brian Burghart that looks at the stories, statistics and impacts of police use of deadly force. It began on Feb. 27, 2014. This week's three stories: Police Psychology, Head Wounds and House of Pain.
Watch for Burghart on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with John Stewart after Sept. 16. Check local listings for time and channels.

Reno News & Review 8-28-2014

Nevada's advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:
Police militarization barrier to community relations

Las Vegas Review-Journal / 8-21-2014
Includes almost 300 online responses. Longtime Reno-Sparks Branch member Debra Feemster co-chairs the committee. Four-time past-president Lonnie Feemster testified.

Military force: Should local police be outfitted for war?
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-21-2014

War Comes Home: ACLU report on the militarization of police departments (.pdf)

NAACP national president starts petition for special prosecutor. Sign up here.

Bulletin from NAACP President Cornell William Brooks 8-21-2014: "So far, local investigators and law enforcement have been slow to speak to witnesses, eager to arrest journalists and attack peaceful protesters, and surprisingly quick to release unrelated video 'evidence' only meant to distract from the investigation. Does this seem unbiased to you? We want justice and transparency, no more, no less. We can still restore trust in this case, but only if Governor Jay Nixon or state Attorney General Chris Koster acts today. Urge Governor Nixon and state Attorney General Koster to appoint a special prosecutor, in the name of an unbiased and transparent investigation into this shooting."

VIDEO: Reno demonstrators remember Michael Brown
Marcella Corona / Reno Gazette-Journal / 8-15-2014

Gathering in Reno to remember Missouri teen
Marcella Corona / / 8-14-2014

In debate, Washoe County sheriff hopefuls weigh in on Ferguson, MO, rioting
Reno Gazette-Journal / 8-15-2014

Lonnie Feemster: Reno And Race — Progress, But "Trayvon Martin Stereotype" Persists
Ed Pearce/ KOLO TV-8 / Posted: Thursday 9:16 p.m. PDT / Aug 14, 2014

BRINGING HEAT IN THE DAY. Protests of the police killing of unarmed Missouri black teenager Michael Brown will be held Thursday afternoon, August 14, part of a National Moment of Silence scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PDT (23:00 GMT).

In Carson City, the Progressive Leadership Alliance will assemble in front of the state capitol. (Contact Stacy Shinn or Laura Martin.) The Reno-Sparks NAACP will gather peaceful demonstrators on the Liberty Street side of the Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse at S. Virginia and Liberty in downtown Reno. (Contact Andrew Barbano.)

Brown was gunned down Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb.

On the Monday PBS News Hour, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund stated "If you look at the statistics involving arrests, stops and so forth in that town prepared by their police department, African-Americans are the subject of 90 percent of the stops, whether in vehicles, whether on the street, whether on local roads, whether on the highway. And, interestingly, however, the greatest amount of contraband that’s found happens with stops of white residents."

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. The NAACP's monthly meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Rita Cannan School. Members will vote on whether or not to endorse the Nevada State Education Association's business gross profits tax initiative.

They will also get an update on Washoe County School District issues, a regular agenda item. The school is located on the cusp of Reno and Sparks on Silverada Blvd. at Cannan Street.

— From Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune 8-14-2014

National Moment of Silence locations nationwide / Facebook

THE NEW JIM CROW — Once again, the ACLU, in partnership with the Reno-Sparks NAACP, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and Be the Change host a series of community discussions on the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Click here for information on dates, times and RSVP. We encourage everyone to participate. Thank you. — Heather Hauskins, Secretary, NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Education Dysfunction Part XLVIII—>
St. Elon, Lord Pedro and Gov. Veto El Obtúsè
Newspaper editor grills Washoe superintendent & principals about grad rate critics (aka Reno-Sparks NAACP)
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-16-2014 Sparks Tribune

Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride
Crumbs thrown to education to grease automaker corporate welfare

Education Dysfunction Part XLVII—>
Door-to-door salesmen and stoner stores
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 9-4-2014

Sexy scandals, whitewashes & black towers
Media overlook federal sex/race/ethnicity investigation into Washoe County School District
Meanwhile, big money is spent strictly on abstinence
State panel to review militarization of police departments
In Nevada visit, new Veterans Administration boss proves all jobs require training

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-21-2014

Pots and Kettles: Can't we all get along?
WCSD Vice-President Dave Aiazzi has announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia and will be resigning by the end of September.
Remember him with healing thoughts and prayers.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-7-2014

College President: Race an issue in l'affaire Martinez

RENO (4 Aug. 2014) — On today's Nevada Newsmakers program on KRNV TV-4/Reno and KENV TV-10/Elko, Truckee Meadows Community College President Maria Sheehan stated "I cannot tell you that race is not a factor" with respect to the suspension of Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Her statement came in response to a question from host Sam Shad.

The full interview, which comes in the first segment of the program, will be available by about 6:00 p.m. PDT at It may also be viewed this evening at 9:30 on Charter Cable Channel 190 and 24/7 via Charter Cable On Demand. Click here for the full statewide re-run schedule.

The Barbwire of July 31 first decried the injection of race into an already tense situation.

Stay tuned.

Playing the race card: Suspicions linger
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-28-2014


Education Dysfunction Part XLIII—>
Playing the race card for profit and peril

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-31-2014

We don't need no education or Pedro, either
Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss fired and unfired

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 7-24-2014

Happy Birthday, Medicare

From longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac: On July 30, 1965, after defeating the bitter opposition of the American Medical Association in one of the monumental legislative battles of the 20th century, Medicare was created by Congress.

No insurance? Under-insured? No Social Security number? UNR School of Medicine can help.

Original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln coming to Reno

NAACP Convention: Vice-President Biden laments national epidemic of restrictive voting laws
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-23-2014

Panel at NAACP national convention: Quit quashing minority vote
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-22-2014

Nevada African-Americans perform at annual Artown extravaganza
Admission FREE

Recent News & Events

Former Branch Treasurer Dorothy Mae Cager dies at 89
1:00 p.m. Aug. 27 memorial service at Reno's Second Baptist Church

Reno Aces and other minor league baseball teams accused of slavery in treatment of players
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-21-2014


about America's latest carnage

Northern Nevada's PBS affiliate KNPB TV-5 refuses to carry the nation's most important program

Hiding in Plain Sight —>
NAACP education expos
és go mainstream 2 years later
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII —>
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

Criticism of manipulated Washoe and Clark County graduation statistics validated
BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

Progressive Leadership Alliance publishes biennial racial equity report card on state lawmakers
Las Vegas Sun 2-27-2014

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Reno, NV 89510

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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.

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NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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


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

Annual Dues: $30 for individuals
Please make checks payable to:
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch.
Please send to the above address.

Please click here or call for additional membership and sponsorship information.
Youth membership and corporate sponsorships
are also available.
You may remit your dues of donate online through E-Bay's secure PayPal service

E-mail the Branch

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

Other Nevada Branches "Contributions, heritage and culture of people who have not been well-represented in northern Nevada’s public image." Student-produced series supervised by former Reno-Sparks Branch President Kenneth Dalton, which led to the following article—>

African-Americans who have shaped Nevada
Several Reno-Sparks Branch members past & present profiled
Matthew B. Brown / Nevada Magazine Jan-Feb 2014

Nevada Humanities Civil Rights Gallery

History of Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
University of Nevada Special Collections

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

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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Reno-Sparks NAACP 2013 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2012 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2011 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2010 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2009 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2008 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2007 Archive

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