2014 News and Events
Nevada African-Americans perform at Artown 2014
Memorial service for labor and senior citizen leader James Brown in Gardnerville on June 13
civil rights leader and LV TV personality Bob Bailey dies at 87
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 5-26-2014
ANOTHER: Writer of MLK's legendary antiwar speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time
to Break the Silence" dies
Pioneering historian, theologian and civil rights activist Dr. Vincent Harding, 82, passed on May 19 in Philadelphia
WASHOE COUNTY CLERGY AND ACTIVISTS LAUNCH SUNDAY MAY 25 SOULS TO THE POLLS PROGRAM
Optimism: Making the best of being worst
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune
for May 7, 2014
Kennedy/United Auto Workers convention/May 7 1962: " Last
week, after speaking to the Chamber of Commerce and the presidents of
the American Medical Association, I began to wonder how I got elected.
And now I remember."
April is the cruelest month
Ever get sick and tired of being sick and tired?
April 28, 1971, air pollution in Las Vegas reached the critical level for
the first time that year.
From journalist Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac, copyright © 2014, all rights reserved, used by permission.
ECONUNDRUMS: YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL DILEMMAS SOLVED
MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE ONLINE
April 28, 2014
THIS WEEK'S ECONUNDRUM
Your Air Is Racist
Earlier this month, a study by environmental scientists at the University of Minnesota showed that different racial groups are exposed to drastically different amounts of air pollution each year. We turned their results into four handy charts. To see how your city stacks up on air quality and how that air quality affects white and nonwhite residents click on the above link.
On April 20, 1971, the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
Raise the Graduation Rates: Sunday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals
Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology High School
380 Edison Way  Reno, NV 89502
From: Rev. Howard Dotson, Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church (775) 636-0902
Rights Amendment isnít nostalgia in Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-28-2014
Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day
11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, famously remarking "We have lost the south for a generation."
On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.
On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.
On this date
in 1836, the play A Day Well Spent by John Oxenford
debuted at the Theatre Royal in London, later giving birth to derivatives,
including Einen Jux Will Er Sich Machen (Out On a Lark) by Austrian
Johann Nepomuk Nestroy (1842), The Merchant of Yonkers (1939,
later revised as The Matchmaker, 1954), the Broadway musical Hello
Dolly (1964) and the London play On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard
(1981); in 1841, John Tyler became the first vice-president to
succeed a dead president, and he asserted the right to become president
instead of acting president (no one could lay their hands on the constitutional
debates at the time, but years later the debates surfaced and proved Tyler
wrong); in 1923, Wisconsin county judge John M. Becker, who was
convicted of espionage and removed from office in 1918 in one of the
Woodrow Wilson administrations bogus wartime prosecutions (later
overturned) and then reappointed to the bench by Governor John Blaine,
was defeated for reelection; in 1934, U.S. Senator Key Pittman
of Nevada angrily denied what he called a malicious rumor
that he would testify on behalf of Reno political/crime bosses William
Graham and James McKay in their federal mail fraud trial in
New York, and further said I am shocked beyond words at the disappearance
of my friend Roy J. Frisch (Frisch, former Reno city councilmember
who was the chief witness against Graham and McKay, vanished on March
23d and was never seen again); in 1939, Jack Benny pleaded guilty
to using an acquaintance to smuggle $2,131 in jewelry into the U.S. and
was fined $10,000 and sentenced to a year in prison, suspended (two months
earlier Bennys friend George Burns had pleaded guilty on
similar charges involving $4,995 in jewelry, resulting in the same prison
sentence, suspended, and an $8,000 fine); in 1959, what appeared to be
a looming prison riot was prevented when Governor Grant Sawyer
went to the prison and told the inmates he was replacing the warden he
fired, A.E. Bernard, with former county sheriff, justice of the
peace, and assemblymember Jack Fogliani; in
1967, Martin Luther King spoke
against the Vietnam war at Riverside Church in New York City; in
1968, Martin Luther King
was assassinated at age 39 while campaigning in support of striking trash
collectors; in 2002, George Bush demanded that Israel halt
invasions of Palestinian territory, in response to which Israel increased
From journalist Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac, copyright © 2014, all rights reserved, used by permission
Monday 31 March 2014 / Circus Circus-Reno
Join the Reno-Sparks NAACP or make a contribution at the Chávez event
Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, will speak.
The Reno-Sparks Branch previously honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service
UPDATED 31 MARCH 2014 00:19:15 PDT, 07:19:15 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT > Poor Denny's Almanac for César Chávez Day 2014
César Chávez: There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
César Chávez: The Raiders are my team. You know why? In the first boycott, they were the only team where all the players endorsed it.
Ronald Reagan/June 5 1968: They are immoral to boycott grapes.
Peter Matthiessen: The man who has threatened California has an Indian's bow nose and lank black hair, with sad eyes and an open smile that is shy and friendly; at moments he is beautiful, like a dark seraph. He is five feet six inches tall, and since his twenty-five day fast the previous winter, has weighed no more than one hundred and fifty pounds. Yet the word slight does not properly describe him. There is an effect of being centered in himself so that no energy is wasted, an effect of density; at the same time, he walks as lightly as a fox. One feels immediately that this man does not stumble, and that to get where he is going he will walk all day.
On this date in 1492 in Granadas Alhambra Palace, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain signed an edict of expulsion ordering all Spanish Jews to leave the nation and giving them three months to dispose of their homes, property and assets, usually at a fraction of their value (Isabella said it was not their decision, it was Gods); in 1874, Renos Nevada State Journal went daily after three years as a weekly; in 1900, the Nevada State Journal wrote: The world is full of material that will be used to make bombs for the destruction of protection to labor. Organized capital, for the illegitimate purpose of enslaving labor in manifold form, is forcing the conflict that will in due time culminate in a severe conflict. Capital at the present time holds the fort and its guns are directed against the rights of labor.; in 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona; in 1945 at the Ravensbruck womens death camp, a Russian Orthodox nun and poet (see below) named Elizabeta Skobtsova but known as Mother Maria who had aided and rescued Jews in France, was gassed; in 1955 in what Groucho Marx (in a wire to Judy Garland) called the biggest robbery since Brinks, Grace Kelly won the best actress Academy award for The Country Girl over Garland in A Star is Born; in 1961, what was reported to be Renos first sit-in was staged by African Americans at the Overland Hotels café while elsewhere in the downtown a picket line was thrown up at the Nevada Bank of Commerce; in 1965, a massive airborne offensive began in Vietnam, with a hundred U.S. planes pouring tons of napalm, phosphorus bombs, and fuel oil on a 19,000-acre section of Vietnam; in 1971, a court martial board sentenced Lt. William Calley to life at hard labor for murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai (after President Nixon intervened on Calleys behalf, the sentence was later reduced to 20 years, then ten, and he ended up serving just three and a half years in his Fort Benning quarters); in 1982, a massive avalanche hit Alpine Meadows ski resort, killing seven and entombing chairlift operator Anna Conrad, who was trapped under a bank of lockers buried in ten feet of snow (she was found alive in a hollowed-out ice cave five days later); in 1995, Latina star Selena was shot and killed in Corpus Christi; in 2014, César Chávez Day will be celebrated with a large gathering at the Circus Circus Hotel in Reno.
by Elizabeta Skobtsova
Two triangles, a star,
The shield of King David, our forefather.
This is election, not offense.
The great path and not an evil.
Once more in a term fulfilled,
Once more roars the trumpet of the end;
And the fate of a great people
Once more is by the prophet proclaimed.
Thou art persecuted again, O Israel,
But what can human ill will mean to thee,
who have heard the thunder from Sinai?
Poor Denny's Almanac for Feb. 12, 2014
On this date in 1837, Thomas Moran, expedition artist on the 1870s U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories, whose paintings and sketches of the west helped introduce U.S. citizens to the beauty of the little known west (including Nevadas Ruby Mountains), was born in Bolton, England; in 1900, Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson, now considered the black national anthem, was performed for the first time by a choir composed of schoolchildren at segregated Stanton School in Jacksonville, where Johnson was principal; in 1924, with Sousa and Rachmaninoff in the audience, the now-beloved American Rhapsody (known to us as Rhapsody in Blue for Jazz Band and Piano) was performed for the first time in Aeolian Hall in New York City, conducted by Paul Whiteman, with piano by its composer George Gershwin, a performance that was broadcast on radio. (Disbelief that the 26-year-old Gershwin could have written the stunning symphony led to rumors that the great composer Ferde Grofé, who did the orchestrations for the Rhapsodys first performance, had actually written it.); in 1963, President Kennedy held an unprecedented White House reception for more than 1,500 leading African Americans but spoiled its impact by becoming upset when he saw Sammy Davis, Jr., and his Swedish wife May Britt and trying to have them removed (Whats he doing here? Get them out of there.), angering Jacqueline Kennedy, who nearly absented herself from the event; in 2008, a 15 year-old gay boy named Lawrence King, who was kicking around in the foster care system as an abused child, was murdered by a fellow student in a school lab in Oxnard, California. [Excerpt courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily online Poor Denny's Almanac, copyright © 2014, all rights reserved.]
From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO: The date was February 12, 1909. A diverse group of Americans gathered in New York City for a frank discussion on racial justice, motivated by the horrors of the Springfield Race Riot that occurred one year earlier in Illinois. In doing so, they left an indelible mark on the civil rights movement that is still felt today. On that day, 105 years ago, they founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Celebrate Founders Day by watching our video honoring the founders of the NAACP, and the path of activism they began all those years ago.
For information, call or e Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., (775) 786-1800
Both the committee and memorial caravan were founded by The Rev. Onie Cooper (1925-2011) former Branch 1112 president. As always, this year's motorcade will travel the stretch of Interstate 580 which Rev. Cooper successfully fought to have named in honor or Dr. King.
/ Feliz Año Nuevo
May you and yours enjoy a peaceful and prosperous time
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