César Chávez Day: Organizing Nevada on March 31
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The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

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You may also take the public option known as the U.S. Postal Service and send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

Your contribution will help fund the distribution of the Dec. 6 and Feb. 21 programs as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station.

You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.


Be well. Raise hell.


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Now that the health care carnival is all over but the shouting and the shooting, calmer heads will prevail this Wednesday evening as Nevada celebrates César Chávez Day VIII. It will be a true snapshot of this area and America as people of all colors, ethnicities, incomes and languages come together to celebrate our potential to create a better future for ourselves.

Fame is fleeting, as it should be. A few days ago, I had to explain to an angry reader the difference between current Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, multiple world boxing champion Julio César Chávez and the late great Latino labor leader who died in 1993.

So why should we celebrate the life of this little guy with the big voice?

Look around you at all the anger and despair fanned into mindless action by demagogues seeking political advantage. Corporate shills offer people easy scapegoats to blame for their shrinking piece of the American pie. Good old southern racism has risen from ugly undercurrent to media mainstream.

Which perhaps explains why the Texas school board in recent years has tried with some success to surgically remove from history books the likes of César Chávez, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and even President Thomas Jefferson.

After California, Texas is the second largest purchaser of textbooks and often rewrites history or science to fit the whims of Bushite neanderthals.

César and his fellow Texas degradados teach us important lessons from long ago. All of them used their considerable communication skills to organize citizens.

Chávez and King continue to show us how to fight for a fair shake for the little guy, which makes them dangerous men to this very day. They moved mountains non-violently, a lesson we apparently must re-learn every few weeks.

VIVA LA CAUSA. It would not be Chávez Day without some community organizing and Wednesday's event will be jam-packed.

The Reno-Sparks NAACP and Sierra Nevada Community Access Television (SNCAT) will be soliciting new members. The NAACP will also announce the date of its annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The U.S. Census will be around pestering people to send in that damned questionnaire. (I have some roasty remarks prepared for them. If you can't come up with a few jokes about the census, you need new writers.)

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada will be on hand to make the case to raise the tax on the state's mining industry.

And those are just the sideshows during cocktail hour.

The fun stuff begins after dinner with the inaugural César Chávez Silver State Public Service Awards, all of which are being engraved by the descendants of John Langhans at Greenbrae Trophy Center in Sparks.

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority will share union project of the year honors with Sparks-based Q&D Construction for the $63 million expansion of the facility's baggage check-in area.

The employer of the year honor goes to Save Mart, a very efficiently managed and totally unionized retailer. The company is sending representatives as is United Food and Commercial Workers Local 711/AFL-CIO.

The jury is still out on who will win union organizer of the year and I am keeping under wraps the identity of the first Nevada César Chávez Hall of Fame inductee.

Ten members of César Chávez's immediate family will attend, including his brother Librado ("Lee"). I suspect that a few politicians might also show up.

Doors to the Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom open at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday, César Chávez's 83rd birthday. Dinner starts at seven. We'll have music and a few surprises.

For tickets and additional information, go to

SHOW WITHIN A SHOW. SNCAT is the non-profit beneficiary of this year's celebration. The station airs programming in various languages on any subject, including many of interest to the burgeoning Latino community.

SNCAT board member and producer Elvira Diaz will be doing some shooting for a TV series on racial and ethnic mutual support. Stories will include Nevadan Shirley Diaz who is traveling to war-torn central Africa to motivate Congo students to attend college. Elvira will also showcase Claudia Castaneda-Melendez and her work with Nevada Native American tribes.

Elvira also wants to interview a certain obscure Italian union guy who celebrates the life of César Chávez every year.

Regular readers know that I have been raising money for SNCAT toward a matching foundation grant of $40,000. If you can help, give me a holler at (775) 882-TALK [882-8255] or drop me a line.

See you Wednesday.

¡Sí se puede!

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RELEVANT RERUNS. The two latest Barbwire TV specials are now rerunning regionally as well as down in Gomorrah South. On Carson City Charter Channel 210, the health care show runs the week of March 29 and Suing for Schools airs the week of April 5.

The hourlong programs repeat at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. Thursdays and 8:00 p.m. Saturdays.

SNCAT is also rerunning them on Sparks-Washoe-Reno Charter digital channels 16 and 216 and hi-def 80-295. Check for times.

You may also view them anytime on your computer desktop via the links in the expanded web edition of this column at

Be well. Raise hell.


Andrew Barbano is a 41-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, second 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 As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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Shad editor's note: Megiddo — an important archeological site of the Israelite kingdom, and location of many battle scenes, according to Jacqueline Schaalje, Jewish Magazine.

Barbano editor's note: Megiddo is where the final battle between good and evil known as Armageddon is prophesied to take place.

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Andrew Barbano is a 41-year Nevadan, editor of and; 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 second vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

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