César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Circus Circus Reno
for human rights on César Chávez Day
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-29-2016 Sparks Tribune and Reno Gazette-Journal
Fifty years ago right now, César Chávez and Maria Zamora labored among thousands on the legendary long march to Sacramento.
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That 340-mile trek eventually resulted
in the landmark California Farmer-Labor Act which gave field workers rights
long granted to other workplaces. Sen. Omer Rains, D-Santa Barbara/Ventura,
now a longtime Nevadan, was a principal legislative leader of that fight.
Thirty years ago, César Chávez came here to rally Reno-Sparks workers. Then-Mayor Pete Sferrazza declared July 15, 1986, as Reno's first César Chávez Day.
César Chávez and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., never met. They did converse by phone and still advise us today.
What do you get when you put them together?
Perhaps regionalized cooperation on human rights.
It started because of boxing. On the tenth of last month, I journeyed to Reno City Hall for the city council's tribute to former Reno Gazette-Journal writer Guy Clifton. (United Auto Workers boxing coach and Sparks resident George "Battling" Nelson is a big Clifton fan.)
I noticed another item on the council agenda, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve's request to instruct the city manager to look into forming a human rights commission.
Acting as vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, I endorsed her initiative. I noted that the Sparks City Council had unanimously authorized creation of a diversity commission on Jan. 22, 2007, but had not moved forward.
At Sparks City Hall on Feb. 22, former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lucille Adin and I accepted the city's Black History Month proclamation. I reminded the council that we were present in that chamber for the 2007 vote and that the current council has an opportunity to make its proclamation mean something by coordinating with Mayor Schieve.
Sparks Mayor Geno Martino commented that City Manager Steve Driscoll was taking notes.
On Feb. 24, I joined my NAACP colleagues to receive Reno's Black History Month proclamation and informed the Reno council about what had happened in Sparks two days before. Mayor Schieve said she would contact Rail City officials.
The circle was completed on March 15 the Ides of March, an iconic day to honor someone named César.
Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung had agendized that body's annual Chávez proclamation. I accompanied Reno resident Ramón Chávez, César's nephew, who accepted on behalf of his family.
I informed the commission about the recent Sparks and Reno activity. Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler later requested that the county move forward as well.
Governments at all levels pass proclamations on every subject. In this case, they started an important discussion for a fast-growing and quickly-changing community.
What should a human rights commission do? That's up to you as the project progresses.
We will advance that process at northern Nevada's fourteenth César Chávez Celebration this Wednesday evening at Circus Circus. Maria Zamora will speak, as will Sen. Rains.
Reservations for the event may be made through CesarChavezNevada.com or by calling (775) 786-1455.
Beginning on March 30 and thereafter, please consider becoming involved in the next round of the neverending fight for for fairness.
¡Si se puede!
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Celebration XIV March 30 at Circus Circus-Reno. For information,
contact me or go to CesarChavezNevada.com/
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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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.
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Andrew Barbano is a 47-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 email@example.com. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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