César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015 / Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Updates from the event at Circus Circus Reno
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Tokenism abides here in the High Desert Outback of the American Dream.
Last Thursday evening,
a consortium of minority churches and police agencies convened a dog and pony
show at that fire hazard called the UNR Crowley Student Union. (Barbwire
12 Dec. 2013)
According to KNPB TV-5 news director Brent Boynton, "over 250" packed an auditorium designed at 224 max for a Symposium on Race and Policing. (Apparently, nobody caught the multi-level irony of the pre-event BBQ.)
"Reno Police Chief (Steve) Pitts and some churches started this (last year)," Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen stated on the televised portion.
"If anyone wanted to commit crime, last Thursday night was the time with all those cops at UNR," one attendee told me afterward.
I began to get DARE vibes while watching the televised portion, part of which was spoken in what Boynton chided as "HR talk," the bureaucratese beloved of human resources departments.
DARE was the highly publicized "Drug Abuse Resistance Education" program so beloved of police, prosecutors and the Clinton justice department. (The D.A.R.E. program originated in 1983 as a joint effort of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District .)
DOJ performed a followup
study which found DARE basically worthless.
DARE's failure more than once scored Sonoma State University's annual list of most censored (under-reported) news.
Cops were paid for lecturing
schoolkids, their departments were handsomely funded and everybody got great
Except it didn't work, much like last Thursday night's broadcast which all but ignored Baltimore and never uttered the shibboleth "Ferguson."
Boynton assembled a panel of 16 luminaries for the TV show, most of whom spoke in sleep-inducing HR.
They only perked up when questioned about green cards at the county jail (Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen said all arrestees are treated the same regardless of immigrant status) and (drum roll, please), citizen review boards.
Downtown Reno police tasing video goes viral
KOLO TV-8 / 5-25-2015 / Updated 5-26-2015
Local activist Claude
Conkrite asked "when are you going to stop targeting black youth?"
In the long and embarrassed silence that followed, I swear I heard the creaks of wagons circling.
Every time some outrageous local event has caused an outcry for citizen review boards, such seditious rebellion has been crushed by the establishment.
Interim Reno Police Chief Jason Soto noted that a separate law enforcement agency investigates whenever departmental conduct needs review. UNR Police Services Director Adam Garcia noted he has a citizen "advisory" board (the only such critter in these parts as far as I know).
The local FBI chief noted that her office provides an additional level of oversight.
But no one, not even
the holy men, advocated for accountability via independent citizen review with
I thus award the event a Barbwire DARE rating of 1.5 stars of a possible four.
At least the subject
was raised, but with the typical response and with probably the usual result.
SPARKS EXCLAMATION POINT. As I have printed many times, on 22 January 2007, the Sparks City Council vote to create a diversity commission. City Hall continues its failure to implement one.
Be well. Raise
hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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65 YEARS OF KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. Read Tribune alumnus Dennis Myers' tour de force about a tour de farce in the Feb. 5 Reno News & Review. His cover story "No Fair" provides a quick and vicious history lesson about Nevada government failing to take care of its people.
MYERS: Nevadans may well wonder why one of the states biggest and most familiar problems could be ignored so assiduously for decades, like an elephant in the room. In the end, the explanation comes down to a rule of thumb for politicians: Offending the affluent comes with consequences. Offending the working poor does not.
He also posits a tax solution which liberals may find quite surprising. (I resemble that remark.) With less than two weeks to go before the beginning of the first special session, Myers once again looks positively psychic. Actually, he just reads history.
TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail 11 October 2012)
FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry, be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment > If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911.
In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects > It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.
Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, who can you trust?
DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material. UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.
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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
Andrew Barbano is a 46-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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That was no lady, that was...none of your damned business!
But can she cook?
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We don't need no stinking wages!
It became necessary to destroy the community in order to save it
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Senate Republicans take a jackhammer to the bedrock of Nevada trade unionism
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Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
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Labor Day: State of the Unions
By Mark Robison / Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 9-1-2013
The above graph was used in journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud.
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...and more ammo...
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BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
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National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
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...and more ammo yet
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The behavior of the financial sector has not changed fundamentally since the crisis.
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The Post-dated Recession
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Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
2013-14: BARBWIRE SCORES SIXTH NEVADA PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD
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2012: WE WON > BIG NEWS FROM THE NEVADA PRESS ASSOCIATION GOMORRAH SOUTH CONFAB> BARBWIRE NOMINEE GUY RICHARDSON INDUCTED INTO NPA HALL OF FAME ON FIRST BALLOT
2010 GOLD HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.
The winning entries
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State of Nevada
Secretary of State
City of Las Vegas
Reno City Council
Sparks City Council
Washoe County Commission
Washoe Registrar of Voters
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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.
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Andrew Barbano is a 46-year Nevadan, editor of NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail email@example.com.
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