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Updated 7-16-2016: Be well. Raise hell. But stay cool.

Adios: George "Battling" Nelson, 1932-2016

Labor Day Parade
6 September 2010 Virginia City, Nev.

Latest updates from the Sparks Tribune

George's obituary
Reno Gazette-Journal 7-9-2016

SPARKS, NEV. (16 JUNE 2016) — Our brother and César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Famer George "Battling" Nelson, 83, passed away this morning at his home. He was diagnosed with leukemia a few weeks ago and faded a couple of months faster than doctors predicted. We were able to get his second-to-last wish fulfilled in his lifetime. (The last, a posthumous pardon for former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, may happen before President Obama leaves office. Please contact your senators, congressmembers and the White House.)

I got George on tape one week before his death and asked him to say "be well, raise hell" one last time.

He did it his way: "Be well. Raise hell. Have fun."

That's my man, George.

Rest in peace, great warrior, we are richer for your having passed this way.

See you in the next round, champ.

With love and laughter, in eternal solidarity and forever your friend,

Andrew "Bruiser" Barbano

—>Condolences to his family. Details here as they become available.

George's Adiós Union Meeting (he wanted it run like one) took place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 350 Training Center, 1150 Greg Street, Sparks NV 89431. STAY TUNED for photos and details. It was tremendous.

NEW—>
THE BATTLING NELSON HALL OF FAME GALLERY

SEND YOUR REMEMBRANCES OF GEORGE FOR PERMANENT POSTING

Latest updates from the Sparks Tribune

Reno News & Review remembers George Nelson's battles
By Dennis Myers 6-23-2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST — 1969: George "Battling" Nelson stood with UAW President Walter Reuther and César Chávez at the dedication of the United Farm Workers headquarters in Delano, California

In case you wondered: The original Battling Nelson was world lightweight champion


Grand Marshal George Nelson, 2010 Virginia City Labor Day Parade


LABORING FOR LABOR DAY (6 Sept. 2010)Union members prepare for the 2010 Virginia City Labor Day Parade, the only such soirée in Nevada. Left to right are Penny Bueno (holding the yellow UAW banner) and Bob Bueno, current president of UAW 2162/AFL-CIO (with the American flag). Holding the white banner behind the Chevy are Glenda Gravelyn, left, and Rudy Viola, right, in the Indiana Jones hat. Rudy is immediate past-president of the local. Doing his best impression of Uncle Sam on steroids is Robert "Tuna" Townsend, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World union (aka "The Wobblies").

Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal George "Battling" Nelson, President of the Reno United Auto Workers Retirees, is seated in the 1957 Chevrolet behind driver Mike Murray of UAW 2162.

UNO MAS, 2013 — Brother Nelson reported that the UAW entered three General Motors products in the Monday 2 September 2013 Labor Day event: a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, a 2013 GMC Acadia Denali and a 2013 Cadillac XTS. In July 2013, the Impala received surprising rave reviews from Consumer Reports, a legendarily tough crowd. (UAW 2162 photo)

Latest updates from the Sparks Tribune

Psychographic testing biases police application exams
By Patricia Gallimore and Andrew Barbano / RGJ.com 7-14-2016 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-17-2016

Top 10 cures for what ails us: Better late than never
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-12-2016 Sparks Tribune

When public interest is secondary to public relations
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-5-2016 Sparks Tribune

Who owns Nevada's PBS TV 5-and-10-cent store?
Who shot JR? Ralston show axed without notice.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-28-2016 Sparks Tribune

Donald Trump, Charles Manson and Mother Theresa
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-21-2016 Sparks Tribune

Rent control, damage control and butt control
Donald Trump's VP running mate exposed
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-14-2016 Sparks Tribune

FINAL OFFER VOTED DOWN, CEMENT STRIKE LOOMS

Requiescata in pace
Helen Chávez, widow of César Chávez, dies at 88
Elena Chávez muerta
Associated Press 6-7-2016

Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016

Sahara Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada (21 November 1972) — In what would be his only northern Nevada match, Muhammad Ali squares off against world Light-Heavyweight Champion Bob Foster for the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight title. The referee is future Washoe County DA and District Judge Mills Bee Lane in his first championship fight. Former Golden-Glover Lane (20-1) achieved his own world fame, officiating at dozens more championship bouts. He starred in his own nationally-syndicated television show, Judge Mills Lane, for three years. Ali knocked out Foster in the eighth round but not before Foster became the first opponent to open a cut on the prettiest one's face. For many years thereafter, Lane gave away copies of TV reporter and now-retired attorney David Kladney's above photo.

Irony Alert: Muhammad Ali's funeral on 6-10-2016 was held 70 years to the day of Jack Johnson's death in a 1946 North Carolina car crash

Nevada was a co-conspirator in blacklisting Muhammad Ali
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 6-9-2016
Muhammad Ali: Winning against earthquakes
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-7-2016 Sparks Tribune
The day Muhammad Ali & Sir David Frost faced off here
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-5-2013 Sparks Tribune


LAST CHANCE TO SEE IT AND WEEP
From Amy Roby 6-3-2016:
For its final showing,
Always Lost will be displayed in the Main Gallery of Western Nevada College-Carson City from June 3-July 29, 2016. Gallery hours are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery will be closed in honor of Independence Day on July 4, 2016.
2014 Nevada Press Association Award Winner
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
I publicly wept when they looked at me.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-18-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Nevada utilities continually consume consumers
POOR COMMUNICATION: Construction worker dies for his cel-phone
ALSO: THE BIG 8-0 — Bedridden Hall of Fame former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas/IBEW 357, turns 80
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-31-2016 Sparks Tribune

Dirty words for dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-24-2016 Sparks Tribune

Karmic fowl, fox paws and other freakin' f-words
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-17-2016 Sparks Tribune

Be careful what you wish for: Justice is a game
State Senate Republican Majority Leader: Funding at 1992 levels
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-10-2016 Sparks Tribune

Quick fixes & old hexes in the month of yes, you May
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 5-3-2016 Sparks Tribune

It's OK, that's the way we've always done it, right?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-26-2016 Sparks Tribune

When taking the cure is worse than the disease
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-19-2016 Sparks Tribune

ON THE AIR — Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore and First Vice-President Andrew Barbano will guest on The Crisis Magazine Radio Program, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 at 10:10 a.m. PDT. The hostess will be Crisis Publisher Laura Blackburne. The call-in number is (516) 877-9843. Established in 1910, The Crisis is the official publication of the NAACP. The program will air live on WTHE 1520-am in the New York City/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan area. A recording of the show will be available in a day or two at the station's website. Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

Barbwire Confidential: Hush-Hush!
[4-8-2016/U-News Exclusive ] —> On Thursday, April 14 at 1:45 p.m. PDT in Washoe District Court Dept. 7, 75 Court St. in Reno, Judge Patrick Flanagan will consider disqualification of Republican Jason Guinasso's candidacy in Assembly Dist. 26 (southwest Reno/Incline Village). Stay Tuned.

Deconstruction, carpetbaggers and hall-of-famers
District attorney's court filings in the Guinasso case available with the above column
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-12-2016 Sparks Tribune

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April Foolishness: How to stop a world at war
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 4-5-2016 Sparks Tribune

On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 39, was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. (NY Times); last words of Dr. King, to Ben Branch/April 4, 1968: "Ben, make sure you play Precious Lord, Take My Hand in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty." (From veteran Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac/PDA)

¡Viva Chávez!

César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016
/ Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Circus Circus Reno /HIGHLIGHTS WITH MORE TO COME

50th Anniversary of The César Chávez Long March remembered

Fighting for human rights on César Chávez Day
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-29-2016 Sparks Tribune and Reno Gazette-Journal

3-17-2016Happy St. Patrick's Day!

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's rarely remembered but always worth mentioning that St. Patrick was a slave who later returned to minister to Ireland.

Poor Denny's Almanac — On March 17, 1876, in a search for Crazy Horse, the U.S. Army claimed to have accidentally attacked the wrong Lakota village in South Dakota and on the same day in Montana, General George Crook and his force attacked a Native American village on the Powder River, wiping out many inhabitants and destroying the village; in 1942, General John DeWitt, architect of the concentration camps for U.S. citizens in the west, issued an order making Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah a second military zone from which “enemy aliens” were barred (the coastal states plus Arizona had already been designated the first prohibited zone); in 1960, President Eisenhower approved a covert paramilitary plan, illegal under international law, to overthrow the government of Cuba; in 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento. (From Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac/PDA)

The César Chávez Long March
by Reno artist Erik Holland


The original watercolor was displayed for several years in the Nevada Legislature offices of Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, prime sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.

The Ides of March 2016: Washoe County Commission proclaims ¡Hail César!

Turnabout is Airplay Dept.

DON: Hey, Ted. Got any pictures of your wife naked?
TED: No!
DON: Wanna buy some?

Copyright © 2016 Andrew Barbano BallotBoxing.US/ Use with attribution granted.


Those with crystal balls shouldn't throw stones
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-15-2016 Sparks Tribune

Listening in: Teamsters Union and Regional Transportation Commission fight over audio recorders
Poor Denny's Almanac: Racists defeated at the Alamo; worst U.S. Supreme Court decision in history marked

One Thousand Expected to Picket Las Vegas Strip Palms Resort March 18
Culinary Union Local 226 / 3-14-2016

In Union Case, Feds Charge Trump Las Vegas with More Illegal Unfair Labor Practices
Culinary Union Local 226 / 3-9-2016

Remembering the first female U.S. presidents
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-8-2016 Sparks Tribune

2-29-2016: A mighty leap on Leap Day
Tesla Commits Teslacide

Nevada workers strike megabucks battery plant
2-29-2016 / Updated 3-1, 3-2 and 3-3-2016

TV or not TV — Oscar blackouts and PBS blacklists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-1-2016 Sparks Tribune

Screw the courts and screw the dealers: Wynn continues to rip off tips
Las Vegas Review-Journal 2-24-2016

Thanks to all Nevada Caucusians

ATTRACTIVELY ACTIVE CAMPAIGN — Laws of Attraction and Titanic star Frances Fisher campaigning for Bernie in Nevada with her chauffeur and chaperone, Annalise Gardella of Reno. (Frances Fisher photo)

Nevada caucuses: Star-studded or star-crossed?
Interview with Titanic star Frances Fisher campaigning for Bernie in Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-23-2016 Sparks Tribune

History foreshadows a GOP November win
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-16-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 2-19-2016

Psycho-spying the presidential pretenders
Psychological profiles of candidates and presidents
Previous analyses of Justice Clarence Thomas and President Obama proven correct
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-9-2016 Sparks Tribune

Donald Trump: from ivory tower to Hightower
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 2-2-2016 Sparks Tribune

If only Shakespeare had written the Constitution
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-26-2016 Sparks Tribune

Leading questions and lead-headed leaders
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-19-2016 Sparks Tribune

Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend traditional event schedule

In Sparks, politics isn't personal, just business
Conflict of interest means never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-12-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 1-14-2016

Hunka Hunka Bernie Love

SOLIDARITY — Communications Workers of America members and their families from throughout northern Nevada pose with Sen. Sanders after his speech. NevadaLabor.com editor Andrew Barbano, far right, holds up his copy of the Dec. 3 edition of Rolling Stone with Sen. Sanders on the cover. The senator signed it immediately after the photo-op. Primo.

Sanders promises penalties for state corporate welfare

Sparks, Nev. (U-News) [Copyright © 2015 NevadaLabor.com] 4:55 p.m. PST 12-27-2015, 00:55 GMT 12-28-2015 — Campaigning in northwestern Nevada, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, told a standing-room-only crowd at the Northern Nevada Labor Temple that he would work to inhibit state vs. state corporate welfare.

Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 26/AFL-CIO Business Development Director Rob Benner asked "Senator, I assume you've noticed the 'Fix Tesla First' sign on the wall. Another electric car company, China-owned Faraday, has just received $334 million in tax breaks to come to Nevada. This came almost exactly a year after state government granted Tesla $1.4 billion. What can you do to fix this?"

Sanders understood the problem, stating that "it's not as simple as I will say it, but I would work to see that states lose some portion of federal benefits when they grant huge tax incentives such as you are describing which hurt needed services."

Sanders also said that he would support automatic union recognition if 50 percent plus one worker sign cards saying they want a union.

President Obama promised to support such legislation when he ran in 2008, but the White House never got behind the now long-dead Employee Free Choice Act.

Sanders also opposed a recent proposal to enact a national "right-to-work-for-less" law, adding that if workers get the benefits of a union contract, "they should contribute."

He noted his longtime opposition to treaties such as the Clinton administration's North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the current Trans Pacific Partnership, both of which allow shipping U.S. jobs to low-wage countries. He added that he knows some Republican senators who have problems with the TPP and it may not pass in this session of Congress.

Sanders advocated for a $15 per hour minimum wage, noting that a working male today makes $700 per year less than he did in 1973, adjusted for inflation. Sanders added that women have also lost ground, especially over the past decade.

NevadaLabor.com Editor Andrew Barbano asked Sen. Sanders if he would support a fix to Obamacare which has put union health plans in jeopardy and is forcing union workers to pay a tax for which they receive nothing.

"Absolutely," Sanders replied.

Sanders answered every question from the audience which ranged from moppets to retirees. One young man noted that since he will be 18 by the general election next year, he will be allowed to participate in Nevada's February caucus. Sen. Sanders noted that Iowa likewise allows youth participation. He added that he's running ahead in New Hampshire, is getting closer in Iowa and if he also does well in Nevada and S. Carolina, victory will be possible.

In the Dec. 3 edition of Rolling Stone, he stated that "Nobody denies, Hillary Clinton least of all, that she is an establishment candidate."

Sanders signed Barbano's Dec. 3 Rolling Stone cover.

 

 

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005

Faraday's fair name befouled in fallow fields of North Vegas
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-22-2015 Sparks Tribune

FIX TESLA FIRST Unions protest Faraday giveaway
Las Vegas Sun 12-16-2015

"Democrats are pushing for a workforce diversity requirement in the legislation, looking at the way that Faraday’s workforce can represent and benefit the diverse population in North Las Vegas," the Sun reports.

BREAKING NEWS 3:00 p.m. PST 12-17-2015: Republicans have introduced an amendment to Assembly Bill 1, not yet posted online, to prohibit unions from taking part in the workforce training program included in the measure. (The Sparks City Council must be advising them.) Stay tuned.

UPDATE: 2:49 a.m. PST 12-18: STILL NO AMENDMENT POSTED. Skullduggery be afoot. Beware.

Another corporate welfare special legislative session begins
Building trades unions demonstrate: "Fix Tesla First"
Union workers protest no accountability for promised local jobs at Tesla corporate welfare site. Same old story, different players.
Officials again chant the old used car salesman's mantra: Get 'em in, mislead 'em & get 'em outta here


Outside of the capitol, a handful of protestors from the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada urged lawmakers to “Fix Tesla First.”


“During the Tesla deal, we only got 50% local hire requirement. There was no protection for local business and contractors,” says Rob Benner.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (is) also urging lawmakers to be cautious in drafting provisions for Faraday Future. (A letter stated) in part: "For a non-Nevadan company whose product remains unseen and performance and skills (are) unproven, it is only just and responsible that they adhere to protections to put our people and planet first," PLAN Executive Director Bob Fulkerson wrote.

—Information from KRNV TV-4 12-16-2015

 


Text of handbill distributed by workers at the legislative building —

FIX TESLA FIRST
What did the citizens in Northern Nevada get for $1.4 billion?

  • 50% local hire requirement. 100% Nevada taxpayer money.
  • Lack of enforcement for required reports
  • A strain on our aging infrastructure
  • More overcrowding in our schools
  • No requirements for local businesses and local contractors
  • No reporting requirements for percentage of local businesses
  • Washoe County taxpayers are faced with raising $819 million to pay for school overcrowding and repair needs.

In September 2014 the State of Nevada entered into the biggest tax giveaway in its history, giving away 1.4 billion dollars to Tesla.

Even though we were promised there would be transparency and oversight, Tesla has been slow to file all of the reports that were required. Storey County has not filed all of the reports required by Senate Bill 1.

Before Nevada enters into another huge tax give away with another electric car manufacturer, tell Governor Sandoval to FIX TESLA FIRST!


This message brought to you by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada


FIX TESLA FIRST Unions protest Faraday giveaway
Las Vegas Sun 12-16-2015

Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?
"Shear me in cold winter, a corporate welfare fool."

Nevada legislators flock to special session for Faraday
Las Vegas Review-Journal 12-16-2015

Sometimes, even the moonhowlers get one right
Tesla numbers cast doubt on rosy Faraday projections
Audit shows Tesla project falling far short of 2015 forecasts

Victor Joecks / Nevada Policy Research Institute 12-17-2015
Is the moon full?

Blast from the past
Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride

Barbwire Nevada Corporate Welfare Archive

 

We didn't even get kissed afterward
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks City Council special online report 12-14-2015

12-14-2015: Sparks unanimously allows unlicensed plumbers & electricians
Contact Mayor Martini, City Manager Driscoll and five councilmembers

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Highlight, capture and import the above into your e-mail window. Thanks to all who showed up SRO.
Proceedings were broadcast via Charter Cable 191 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

Call your Sparks councilcritters at (775) 353-2311.
Find ward maps and e-mail addresses at http://cityofsparks.us/city-services/mayorcouncil-and-manager/

Don't diminish value of technical education
SAFETY WARNING: Sparks City Council votes Dec. 14 to allow unlicensed plumbers & electricians
Guest editorial from Stan Jones and Andrew Barbano
Reno Gazette-Journal online 12-10-2015 / Print edition 12-14-2015

Listen to radio campaign rallying Sparks workers & citizens
Featuring the voices of Jim McClain, Donna Lewis and Andrew Barbano


NAACP unanimously opposes removal of licensing standards

     WHEREAS the NAACP has always supported the need for an educated workforce,
     AND WHEREAS the City of Sparks is proposing to remove licensing qualification requirements for plumbers and electricians,
     BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Reno-Sparks NAACP opposes passage of Sparks City Council Agenda Item No. 10.2 on its 14 December 2015 agenda, which would remove all such licensing qualification standards.

— Passed unanimously at the 12-10-2015 Reno-Sparks NAACP general membership meeting

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap—again and again
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-8-2015 Sparks Tribune

Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Contractors oppose education with a twist of bigotry and racism before the Sparks City Council
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-2-2015

On artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
Toxic turf all over town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Want minimum-wage plumbers and electricians building your house?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune


Machine Gun Michele Fiore wants to shoot Syrian refugees
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable" / Updated 12-8-2015

 

Las Vegas luvs El Jefe Donaldo

Trump hotel workers in Las Vegas and elsewhere unionize
Culinary Local 226 / 12-7-2015

Trump can stay at his own unionized hotel when he debates in Las Vegas next week
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 12-7-2015

Donkeyites luv The Donald, too


What a guy.

 

On Dec. 1, 1955, on the night of Rosa Parks’ arrest, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson stayed up all night mimeographing 35,000 flyers announcing the boycott of the Montgomery bus system. (MORE)

Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-2-2015

Happy Thanksgibleting
Love and laughter to you and yours

Almanac for Thanksgiving weekend

On artificial turf, don't breathe unless necessary
Toxic turf all over town
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-24-2015 Sparks Tribune

Sorcerer's apprentices work cheap in Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-17-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-20-2015

Weekend at Bernie's with Eugene McCarthy's grandchildren
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-10-2015 Sparks Tribune / Updated 11-12-2015

Last of the dinosaurs: Grease for corporate gears
Reno Gazette-Journal "retires" most experienced journalists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 11-3-2015 Sparks Tribune

Bigoted Reno Gazette-Journal column debunked
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-29-2015
Reno-Sparks NAACP responds

Stumpin' for Trump
Democrats should join Donald Trump on the bridge to the future and push him off
Andrew Barbano guest editorial / Reno News & Review 7-23-3015

Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

15 July 2015
On 7-15-1986,
César Chávez spoke to Nevada workers at the Musicians Union hall in Reno

Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader

THE WAY WE WERE — The above is a recently discovered photo from July 15, 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local 86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer; Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone who knows her last name, please write), and César Chávez. This item was first published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly, on March 26, 2008. (On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive, below.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers' Union Local 169.)

More stories and photos from César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit


26 May 2015: On this date in 2012, Travus T. Hipp was laid to rest in Silver City, Nevada

Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

BREAKING NEWS 10-24-2014: Travus and Lynne Hughes' longtime home, the old church in Silver City, has burned to the ground with the loss of one life. Say a prayer and treasure the memories. Sean Laughlin promises to rebuild. Victims were Travus' first wife, Sandra, and her dog.

The Bullfrog Times-Picayune
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

Love ain't free: Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine (CD available)

Corporate welfare unites me with the moonhowlers
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-19-2015 Sparks Tribune

Tesla rewrites history to chisel worker paychecks
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

Michele Fiore: the Italian girl mama wanted for me?
Barbwire by Barbano / Excised from the 3-10-2015 Sparks Tribune as "not suitable" / Continually updated
Who was that lady I saw you with last night?
(But can she cook?)

Blowing out for Beantown: Defrocked Washoe Super Pedro Martinez fingered as finalist for Boston school boss job. That should jinx the Patriots for a repeat.

We Don't Need No Education Archive

In memoriam

January 16, 1959, brought the births of Debra Joyce Donlevy/Carson High '77 (1959-1978) and Donna Leslie Cline (1959-1999). Their youth was cut in twain on the same night in 1978 within the loneliness of the High Desert Outback of the American Dream. Remember them fondly.

Good grief: Je suis Charlie Brown
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-13-2015 Sparks Tribune

Corporate media: Thou shalt censor thyself
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-6-2015 Sparks Tribune

¡Feliz año nuevo!

Dastardly dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-30-2014 Sparks Tribune

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005

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 & his 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 / Updated 12-11-2014

BREAKING BAD
Walter White and some other white guy
Who's,,,
...Who?

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

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

IRA ON TV-4: I'm not a racist, I just play one on TV

BREAKING BAD 11-23-2014 —> Hansen resigns as Nevada State Assembly Speaker

Speaker-elect Hansen bigot, racist, homophobe
BARBANO DECRIES HANSEN ON STATEWIDE NEVADA NEWSMAKERS TV

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, NevadaLabor.com

Related item: Follytix '15: From Topless Campaign to Breaking Bad
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune 11-18-2014

BREAKING BAD
Walter White and some other white guy
Who's,,,
...Who?

The documented racism and bigotry of incoming Nevada State Assembly Speaker Ira Hansen
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune
/ 11-18-2014

         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

Reno-Sparks NAACP calls on Assembly GOP Caucus to replace Hansen
11-20-2014

Reno News & Review 11-20-2014: Republican leader left a trail

SMOKING GUNS: The Ira Hansen Files


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

At Last: Journalist Dennis Myers deconstructs the day that Reno-Sparks-Washoe school boss Pedro Martinez melted down
Nevada attorney general succumbs to Reno paper's reprehensible rabble-rousing

MUST SEE: Myers interview on 11-11-2014 Nevada Newsmakers with Sam Shad. Click here for re-runs and webstreaming.


If you voted early, this will make you regret it
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-4-2014 Daily Sparks Tribune

Virginia City's next scary sexy Hollywood movie
Virginia City 911: Sexy Sheriffing in Old ConforteLand
Barbwire by Barbano / Special Nevada Day Edition 10-31-2014
Updated 11-1 and 11-3-2014 / 2-10, 3-3 , 6-23 and 7-2-2015

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

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
SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Sparks Tribune 10-31-2013 and previously

Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

BREAKING NEWS 10-24-2014: Travus and Lynne Hughes' longtime home, the old church in Silver City, has burned to the ground with the loss of one life. Say a prayer and treasure the memories. Sean Laughlin promises to rebuild. Victims were Travus' first wife, Sandra, and her dog.

The Bullfrog Times-Picayune
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

Love ain't free: Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine (CD available)

LA Times 9-28-14: Nevada overstating economic benefits of Tesla factory

–>9/23 Washoe School Superintendent Pedro Martinez out as The Barbwire exclusively predicted last week

FIRE METERS FUEL A LONG, HOT SUMMER
As with the bright, shining lies of the Washoe and Clark County School Districts' graduation rates, the
Reno Gazette-Journal is again two years behind the Barbwire (11 October 2012) regarding NVEnergy's combustible "smart meters." It ain't news unless the legit media find it first, right?

The latest shrift & shred on Tesla fever
Taxpayers taken for Teslacide demo ride
Elon Musk: Pseudo-green plantation overlord and union buster

Can megaresorts scam Tesla-style freebies?
EXTRA—>READ ALL ABOUT IT: Barbwire scoops Reno Gazette-Journal by 2 years on flammable NVEnergy fire meters
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-23-2014 Sparks Tribune

Education Dysfunction Part XLVIII—>
St. Elon, Lord Pedro and Gov. Veto El Obtúsè
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
9-23-2014 CRYSTAL BALL UPDATE: The above column accurately predicted Supt. Martinez's departure one week in advance

Tinkle-down economics: testing Tesla's testes
Tesla and the hospital thieves:
Theft of Washoe Med/Renown provides cautionary tale

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-9-2014 Sparks Tribune

Navigating the flagship—>Making quick work of NevadaLabor.com

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS DEPT.—> A year pr sp back, I got my first criticism in twp decades that this site is a bit confusing to navigate. I take that as a compliment. Confusing people is one of my few talents.
    I thought I had anticipated any such problems years ago by liberally sprinkling links to the front page site map. (These days, am I supposed to say that I sprinkled progressively rather than liberally?)
    The front page of NevadaLabor.com acts as a chronological listing of recent workplace news with the latest at the top. I archive annually to create a continuous permanent record fully accessible via the site map or any garden-variety websearch.
    "We Don't Need No Education" is now approaching its 50th installment and thus merits its own section inside. Say hi to Don Quixote.
    Current Barbwires plus more than 20 years of columaniacal archives, the Statewide News Roundup and Breaking News/Bull'tins/Almanac are all available via the site map—>as well as the usual general or specific ongoing madness and historical inflammation. (Once something's posted here or to any of my other sites, it's up forever.)
    While the front page is chronological, the Statewide News Roundup is categorical, e.g., construction, hospitality, legislation, health care and many others. Breaking News/Bull'tins/Almanac often publishes original U-News as well as links to items at other sites that are not hot enough for the front page chronology. The NevadaLabor.com search engine acts as a short-cut to everything, depending on what you seek. So simply seek and ye shall find.
    As my old friend Wise John the Lake Havasu Cropduster Pilot often says, "when all else fails, read the instructions." So when all else fails, re-read the above, then go to the nearest site map link and/or "search." The NevadaLabor.com search engine is really amazing. It's also union-signatory and thus quite efficient.
    Thanks for your inputs and support over lo, these many years. Keep up the good work and the good fight.
    Esté bien. Haga infierno. / Be well. Raise hell.

—> Andrew the Barbwire Man


Happy Labor Day
On Sept. 1, 1907, labor leader Walter Reuther, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. (More Labor Day Poor Denny's Almanac)
Labor Day 2014: Red, white and screwed
Silver State Lining: Nevada union membership 10th-highest in the nation
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune / 8-28-2014
Be well. Raise hell.

UPDATED 22 AUGUST 2014 01:07 a.m. PDT, 08:07 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT —> On this date in 1966, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, now the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), was formed from a merger of the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and became a powerful tool for the advancement of Latinos under the leadership of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. (Courtesy Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2014)

OCTOBER, 1969 — César Chávez, right, and Walter Reuther, center, at the dedication of the United Farm Workers' new headquarters in Delano, Calif. The buildings were dedicated to Reuther's late younger brother, Roy. The Reuther-led United Auto Workers were instrumental in acquiring the land and funding for "The 40 Acres," as the site was known. The man at left walked a picket line for five years and may or may not be a Chávez relative. Anyone who can identify him, please contact me. A character resembling him appeared in many scenes of the 2014 major motion picture César Chávez. (Photo courtesy of George Nelson, UAW Local 2162 Retirees.)
When César Chávez came to Reno

Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader

THE WAY WE WERE — The above is a recently discovered photo from July 15, 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local 86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer; Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone who knows her last name, please write), and César Chávez. This item was first published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly, on March 26, 2008. (On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive, below.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers' Union Local 169.)

More stories and photos from César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit

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"If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." — Travus T. Hipp, 1982

Nevada follytix still played under 1952 TV rules
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-12-2014 Sparks Tribune

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Paul Valery, French critic & poet (1871-1945)

Thank you for NOT voting—>
INTRODUCING BARBWIRE CONFIDENTIAL: Hush-Hush!

The massacre at Kent State 5-4-1970

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Hiding in Plain Sight —>
The Barbwire Education Scandals go mainstream 2 years later

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

We Don't Need No Education Archives
2014 Nevada Press Association Award Winner
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

We Don't Need No Education XXXVII
Follytix '14: If you don't laugh, you'll cry

BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Largest Nevada newspaper confirms Barbwire investigative series about Clark and Washoe County school districts' phony graduation rates. CLICK HERE FOR THE AWFUL TRUTH UNO MAS.


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We Don't Need No Education XXXVI —>
Education: The cure spawns an even worse disease
ALSO: Assemblymember Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, will declare for lieutenant governor in early March
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 2-20-2014 Sparks Tribune


Travus T. Hipp
Feb. 20, 1937
— May 18, 2012

NEW: The Bullfrog Times-Picayune and
Sticky Stones: Last blast from the past

NEWLY UPLOADED: Love ain't free
Evelyn Kerr's remembrances of the life and times of Travus T. Hipp from the pages of TimeMazine

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The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words
SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

DAILY SPARKS TRIBUNE 1-3-2011



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The Dean's List

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.

RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

2014 makes a six-pack

BRONZE 2014
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake / 4-18-2013

The 2013 Loony Tunes Legislative Lexicon / 5-30-2013

The politics of media ga-ga boosterism / 3-20-2014

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Barbwire wins third straight Nevada Press Association first-place award

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008

Barbwire-nominated candidate Guy Richardson wins election to the Nevada Press Association. Hall of Fame on first try

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Editor's Note: Many of the news links on this site are from Nevada dailies. In late 2006, the Reno Gannett-Journal began nuking much of its archive. If you encounter any broken links, I encourage you to contact them and send me a copy. On the one hand, they want to build their web traffic in order to increase the price of ads. On the other hand, they are killing that very traffic. Far be it from me to reconcile the Dilbert-style motivations of an outfit for which a 38 percent net profit is not enough. If you can explain it, please enlighten me. (Before you e-mail me, please read this bulletinAB) UPDATE: In early 2008, the Las Vegas Sun "upgraded " its website, nuking more than a dozen years of links. If you find an orphaned Sun story, search their site for the title. Thanks.



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The tale of our gorgeous union-created graphics

In 2002, we were honored to produce the Centennial Book for the 100th anniversary of the founding of northern Nevada Painters and Allied Trades Local 567/AFL-CIO. Working on a short time frame, we cast a nationwide net for appropriate cover art and succeeded beyond our wildest dreams thanks to muralists Kathleen Scarboro and Kathleen Farrell. The above illustration ("Papering the World: Joliet's Wallpaper Industry") appeared on the cover and interior of Local 567's Centennial Book, copies of which have been submitted to Nevada libraries and historical organizations. The mural, painted on a wall in Joliet, Illinois, depicts Painters Union members manufacturing wallpaper the old fashioned way, long about the time of Local 567's founding. Ms. Farrell is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, an affiliate of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades/AFL-CIO. Ms. Scarboro is a member of the Maison des Artists in Paris, the association which represents artists in France.

Ms. Farrell executes murals, mosaics and figurative sculptures for the labor movement. Her work and that of others may be viewed at the Friends of Community Public Art web site. "We have added new table top size sculptures for sale as well as additions of our life size sculptures," she says. "A number of the sculptures feature union members including the Baseball Player (The Catch) and The Firefighter. I have also finished the rad workers sculpture I mentioned awhile back. I welcome work from unions that would like to buy the existing sculptures or hire me to create awards, tabletop size sculptures and life size sculptures."

Sister Farrell may be contacted at terri@fcpaonline.org; phone (815) 722-4140; fax (815) 722-9007. You may view more of her work and obtain additional contact information at http://fcpaonline.org/artist.asp?a=farrelka

Rotating at the top of this site as well as in pastel form in the background of this page is a mural produced for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union/AFL-CIO. The others were acrylics on canvas done for the United Food and Commercial Workers and to memorialize the plight of U.S. chicken processing workers (si podemos). Enjoy.

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Murals/montages copyright © Kathleen Farrell



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