César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Highlights from the record-breaking event at Circus Circus Reno
Trump, Charles Manson and Mother Theresa
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-21-2016 Sparks Tribune
In today's media-sotted society, getting famous is everything. It doesn't matter how. Charles Mansons and Mother Theresas can both get book contracts and ghost writers. Saints and charlatans are encouraged to apply.
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"The message of television is 'you are irrelevant.' If your language or your color do not appear on television, you don't matter," said Access Sacramento Executive Director Ron Cooper at the 2002 inaugural board meeting of Sierra Nevada Community Access Television.
Nothing has changed
save that California's capital city now has a nationally leading community radio-TV
operation while Sparks-Reno's got starved to death.
Donald Trump is running for president using the public relations playbook of Jerry Brown 1.0. In his first stint as California governor in the 1970s, Brown spent most of his time writing press releases. Only on rare occasion did he actually have to do something.
When the med-fly threatened the Golden State's agricultural industry, Brown was forced to move. When César Chávez marched on Sacramento, Brown supported the landmark California Farmer-Labor Act which granted field workers rights long-enjoyed by many others.
As former Tribunite Dennis Myers notes in the Reno News & Review, we are currently confronted with two "wildly unpopular" presidential candidates.
What will decide the election? Alas, the word "president" begins with "PR." All that matters is how you seem on TV.
GEORGE "BATTLING" NELSON, 1932-2016. The great fighter for workers rights left us last Thursday for the big boxing ring in the sky. True to form, he requested that his memorial celebration be conducted like a union meeting. It will be held in Sparks at a date to be announced soon. Watch NevadaLabor.com and send me remembrances.
Nelson had a long history with César Chávez and the United Farm Workers union. More than 50 years ago, the Sparks resident stood with the greatest labor leader of the 20th Century, United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther, at the dedication of UFW headquarters in Delano, Calif.
Reuther provided stable
funding for the new UFW from his giant union. Without it, the UFW might not
For his distinguished record of labor activism, which included delegations to Russia and Japan, Nelson was inducted into the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame in 2013.
I was present on June
9 when the UAW presented the ailing Nelson with the Walter Reuther lifetime
achievement award, one week before his death.
WRONGS. Lifelong boxing aficionado Nelson labored long on the centennial
celebration of the legendary 1910 Fight of the Century.
The bout's Reno location at E. 4th and Toano has state historical signage. Homeowner Tim Elam built a monument commemorating Jack Johnson's training facility at Mayberry and Sherwood.
Nelson worked for years to complete the triangle of fight sites. On June 7, the Reno Parks Commission moved forward on a marker at the Moana soccer field, site of boxer Jim Jeffries' training camp.
Muhammad Ali said that he modeled his ring style after Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion.
Like Ali, Johnson was persecuted and prosecuted. President Obama has long had a posthumous pardon on his desk for approval. Battling Nelson gathered thousands of petition signatures in support.
Ali's March 10 memorial
service came on the 70th anniversary of Johnson's death.
SENIOR STATUS. Battling Nelson had friends and family to help him in his last days. He also received in-home hospice care. Not everyone is so fortunate.
The Sanford Center on Aging at UNR needs volunteers by July 1 to assist senior citizens. As few as two hours a week can make a big difference.
"Trained Senior Outreach Services volunteer care providers assist and support clients 60 years and older who are frail, homebound and of low income. These seniors need essential services, socialization, emotional support and transportation for medical appointments and essential errands," according to program director Sina Ward. Volunteers do not administer medicine, assist with housekeeping, laundry, personal care or money management.
"The program goal is to avoid premature institutionalization, a very costly alternative for both elder and taxpayer," Ward stated. For more info, call 775-784-7506 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
NAME GAME. Eyes moistened as late-great Carson City District Judge Mike Fondi was honored with a lifetime achievement award at last Tuesday's Nevada Justice Association 50th Anniversary Dinner.
NJA used to be the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association. UNR no longer has a library, it has a "knowledge center."
"What are you selling?" is the first question asked by any competent salesman...er, account executive.
I know what trial lawyers
and salespeople do. I know what a library is.
When I see the likes of a Nevada Justice Knowledge Center, I get confused.
Where is George Carlin when we need him?
BACK HOME. Another César Chávez Hall of Famer, former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas, is finally back home in Sparks after being bedridden for more than six months with illness contracted while hospitalized for surgery. Nancy Price encourages visits to cheer up the great warrior and longtime Rail City resident.
turned 80 on May 23. I was honored to attend a small family party. His longtime
colleague, former Sen. Joe Neal, D-N.
Las Vegas, called in with birthday best wishes.
Bob Price served almost three decades in the lower house. Bob and Nancy retired to Sparks years ago. He has been a member of Las Vegas IBEW Local 357/AFL-CIO for more than half a century. He helped build the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton which was opened by Elvis Presley in 1969. Bob has the King's autograph on his old lunchbox to prove it. He chaired the Assembly Taxation Committee for many sessions and became legendary for his advocacy on behalf of the little guys.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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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, 2014) 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, whom can you trust?
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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.)
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