Vote Nevada Update 7/23/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters:

I would like to share this important article about the connection between the body’s response to a viral infection and psychiatric symptoms.  There is growing evidence that inflammation in the brain and the interaction between immune system chemicals and the brain can lead to psychiatric symptoms, including suicide.  It is important for each of us to be aware of these connections as friends and family come through COVID-19 infections.  https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/how-does-covid-affect-mental-health

Here are upcoming events:

Tomorrow, July 24th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom, our topic is Authentic Coalition Building.  We are discussing how to ensure coalitions include authentic voices from impacted communities and allow strategic decisions to be driven by the participating coalition partners, not outsiders.

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuc-CgrDsiGdV_CFd-VS1yQFcZCCkYQEkS

On Monday, July 26th, 11:30 to 1:00 pm, via Zoom, you can join the Lunch and Learn Civic Engagement and Social Media workshop on using Canva, Instagram, and TikTok.  I will be available to answer questions about social media in general between 11:30 and noon and then we will cover the three social media programs between noon and 1:00 pm.  You can RSVP to attend here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckde6sqzosGtK6cM3XTm1iO6yDILoWwtGi

On Monday, August 2nd, 11:30 to 1:00 pm, via Zoom, you can join the Lunch and Learn Civic Engagement and Social Media workshop on using blogs, podcasts, and YouTube to generate content that can be repurposed as social media posts.  You can RSVP here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckde6sqzosGtK6cM3XTm1iO6yDILoWwtGi

Also on Monday, August 2nd, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, via Zoom, you can watch the Nevada Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy meeting. The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live through the Secretary of State’s Facebook page.  Deputy Secretary of State Mark Wlaschin will review the election-related bills that passed in the 2021 legislative session and their implementation.  This includes AB321. You can review the agenda here: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument?id=9617

On Wednesday, August 4th, 6-7:30 pm, via Zoom, our topic is Redistricting Software Training.  We will introduce the redistricting software our legislators will use to draw our district maps in October.  Anyone with a computer will be able to access this software. RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqdOCrrz8vE9wAiqNpCQfLiNzLtLB-uy1-

On Saturday, August 14th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom, our topic is Running for Office as a Nonpartisan.  We will discuss creating a nonpartisan program to teach Nevadans who do not affiliate with any political party how to run for office.  RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpf-GhrDsoG9IjM0JV9-jmvA0SMXkdXylK

Legislatively, we are waiting for the interim committees to be formed and to start meeting.  There is one committee that aligns with each legislative committee that runs during the interim, so there are opportunities to engage in policy development in-between legislative sessions.  The interim committees, along with their members, will appear on this page: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/CommitteeList

Once the committees are created and members are appointed, we can begin tracking each committee’s agenda topics and provide constituent input.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 7/19/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The Library of Congress offers high quality webinars and materials for using the organization’s primary resources:

https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/about-this-program/

The Summer Civics Festival continues! You can view the recordings of the meetings listed below, here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/

  • How to apply to start a business or nonprofit and how to apply for grants.
  • Alternative Governance (different ways of electing & managing legislatures)
  • Overview of open primary reforms
  • Overview of Score Methods of Voting

You can view the first and second social media and civic engagement sessions here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/social-media-training-sessions/

You can still RSVP for the two remaining social media and civic engagement training here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckde6sqzosGtK6cM3XTm1iO6yDILoWwtGi

Upcoming meetings:

July 24th, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am:

Coalition Building: What can we do better together?

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuc-CgrDsiGdV_CFd-VS1yQFcZCCkYQEkS

August 4th, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm:

Redistricting Software Training

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqdOCrrz8vE9wAiqNpCQfLiNzLtLB-uy1-

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 7/13/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Now that American Rescue Plan funding is arriving in Nevada, it is very important to participate in community feedback sessions. The Department of the Treasury requires the state, counties, municipalities, and other governing agencies receiving funding to engage with the community on inclusive funding priorities.

You can view the resources we discussed last Friday and Saturday about Rescue Plan funding and accountability here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/federal-pandemic-relief-funding-disbursement-accountability/

I will update this page as more information about Rescue Plan funds becomes available.

If you are interested in the social media workshops I am offering through the Carson City Democratic Club, you can access the session recordings and resources here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/social-media-training-sessions/

You can RSVP for future social media Lunch and Learn sessions here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckde6sqzosGtK6cM3XTm1iO6yDILoWwtGi

During this legislative session, bills passed to invigorate our ability to apply for grants and to create a program in the Lt. Governor’s office to assist Nevadans who would like to start a business or nonprofit. We will review these new programs on Saturday, 7/17/2021, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom.

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvduCspjguH9ECXaW6CB9k77KVoln-JAJR

This week we also have three very important governance and elections presentations:

7/15/2021 Alternative Governance workshop with Ben Pennington, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm. Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to manage our legislative sessions beyond annual sessions? Ben has researched how other states manage their legislatures and will be sharing that information in his presentation.

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsf-GtqzkpHN2FzIFq5YmXWWMJjNOU7tvW

7/16/2021 Open Primaries: The Alaska Model with Doug Goodman, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm.  Alaska just approved a ballot initiative to adopt a new primary election process with all candidates on one ballot, with the top four candidates advancing, and then ranked choice voting in the general election. Doug will review how this process works and what it could mean for Nevada.

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqc-ugpzooG9E_hD5Vgh0g_hs5AHsVmTwI

7/17/2021 Methods of Score Voting with Ted Getschman, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm.  In addition to ranked-choice voting, other states and municipalities have adopted various versions of score voting to provide more equity in election processes.  Ted will introduce and review these other voting processes.

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcuqppzMjH9zaWSI2t-C6RteOrb86h-rP

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

 Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 7/9/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The National Constitution Center released a podcast yesterday on the recent Supreme Court case from Arizona, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee.  This case restricted the application of Article 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/brnovich-v-dnc-the-supreme-court-and-voting-rights

Tonight, 7/9/2021, 6-7 pm, via Zoom, we’ll be reviewing the behavioral and mental funding in the federal American Rescue Plan; this is the allocation of federal dollars coming to the states right now. https://namica.org/blog/news-the-american-rescue-plan-act-passes-and-includes-critical-mental-health-funding/

RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsfu-rrT4uEtBvtklNn4zSeZ31PcajNp1X

Tomorrow, 7/10/2021, 6-7 pm, via Zoom, we will review that transparency, assessment, and accountability requirements included in the American Rescue Plan. https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds/recipient-compliance-and-reporting-responsibilities

RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlfuqsqDMuGNPbqlnB7WY2OkSpXou8Pcv-

We met with Elena Garcia Brokaw on 7/7 to hear about her journey to uncover what happened to her father, who was assassinated in Guatemala for documenting resistance to the government.  Elena explained her process for documenting her father’s story, which she used to write her master’s thesis, and she shared some of the beautiful photos her father left behind.  You can watch the recording here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 7/5/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

I hope everyone had a safe and restful holiday.  I wanted to share with you a recorded workshop hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture on Oral History:

Soul Talk: An Oral History Workshop and Discussion: https://nmaahc.si.edu/connect/advancement/soul-talk

We are continuing to work with the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators leadership team to gather the history of the organization.  Current President of the Village Foundation and former CCSD Trustee and LVABSE President, Dr. Linda Young, is also working with the Las Vegas Ministers Alliance of Southern Nevada, which partners with LVABSE, to prepare to write their history.  She could use some help with organizing documents and typing information into narrative timelines.

If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with this project, please let me know by responding to this message.

July is jam-packed with Vote Nevada Summer Civics Festival Events!  You can attend one or two or them all; if you can’t attend, you’ll be able to find the event recordings here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/

Here’s a bonus set of meetings: Rich Dunn manages the Carson City Democrats Monday Luncheons, via Zoom, and always has top-notch speakers.  Rich is visiting his family in St. Louis for the month, so he has graciously asked me to offer some social media Lunch and Learn sessions.  So, every Monday between noon and 1 pm, July 12th through August 2nd, if you’d like to learn about the different social media platforms and how to use social media to encourage civic engagement, RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckde6sqzosGtK6cM3XTm1iO6yDILoWwtGi  (You can RSVP for each Monday’s event through this one RSVP link)

This Wednesday, July 7th, via Zoom, 6:30-8:00 pm, Elena Garcia Brokaw, a UNLV graduate student (one of my former students), will be sharing her master’s thesis she wrote about her father who was assassinated as he documented Guatemala’s Guerrilla Army of the Poor.  UNLV’s Barrick Museum is also hosting an exhibit of her father’s photographs.  Elena will share her experiences research about her father and his brave attempt to document the struggles of the poor. RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsdO6oqzojHNbNg_1CIesQadseIQQn34mh

On Friday, July 9th, 6-7:00 pm, via Zoom, we will be reviewing the mental and behavioral health program funding opportunities in the American Rescue Plan, which is the current federal relief plan that includes over $2.7 billion for Nevada.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsfu-rrT4uEtBvtklNn4zSeZ31PcajNp1X

On Saturday, July 10th, 6-7:00 pm, via Zoom, we are reviewing good governance and accountability.  How do we ensure transparency and accountability at every level of government? RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlfuqsqDMuGNPbqlnB7WY2OkSpXou8Pcv-

On July 15th, 16th, and 17th we have presentations on states with legislatures that operate differently from ours and on the topic of alternative election methods.  For instance, did you know that Nebraska’s legislature only has one house?

And, with New York in the headlines with ranked-choice voting in the Democratic mayoral primary, we also wanted to ensure everyone can ask questions about the different processes in use for primaries. 

You can RSVP for

July 15th, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm, Alternative Legislative Governance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsf-GtqzkpHN2FzIFq5YmXWWMJjNOU7tvW

July 16th, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm, Open Primary, Top 4, with Ranked Choice Voting (this is what Alaska just adopted)

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqc-ugpzooG9E_hD5Vgh0g_hs5AHsVmTwI

July 17th, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm, Score Voting Methods:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcuqppzMjH9zaWSI2t-C6RteOrb86h-rP

On July 17th, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am, is a “How do I….?” workshop. We will review how to start a nonprofit or a business, and how to apply for grants.  RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvduCspjguH9ECXaW6CB9k77KVoln-JAJR

And on July 24th, via Zoom, 9-11:00 am, we will engage in a conversation about effective coalition-building. RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuc-CgrDsiGdV_CFd-VS1yQFcZCCkYQEkS

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 6/27/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The National Constitution Center is hosting a Laboratories of Democracy: The Importance of State Constitutions webinar tomorrow, 6/28.  You can register here: https://constitutioncenter.org/

Please see this flyer for an important Historic West Las Vegas Community Meeting.  Fulfilling the Promise: A Community Conversation about Education Justice in West Las Vegas.  The date is 6/30, in-person, 6-8:00 pm, 690 West Lake Mead, 89030.

FulfillingthePromise

Yesterday’s Community Spotlight event with the leadership team of the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators was an engaging opportunity to learn about LVABSE’s history and to discuss the breadth of community activism in Historic West Las Vegas.   We heard from community leaders and discussed how to document the story of education reform in Nevada.

The consensus decision was to inclusively interview as many community members as possible who would like to share their experiences and perspectives about education reform and Historic West Las Vegas.  These will not be full oral histories, but instead interviews to document who has been involved in education reform efforts, which could lead to full oral histories. We will also begin gathering documentary evidence related to education reform and the Historic West Las Vegas.

Current education advocates can then use this historical record to determine if past and current efforts to define and address issues of education equity are in sync. 

You can view yesterday’s meeting recording and chat file here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/

If you would like to participate by being interviewed, by helping with the interview process, and/or by contributing documents, please fill out this short form: https://forms.gle/u2xCFN9mQQhMpS8g9

Reminder: The justice elections working group is meeting tonight at 6 pm to start working on a permanent Justice Offices Voter Guide. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocOmrrDIsG9CVjoCI7Z4sXIlMTj2DiSf5

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 6/22/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

There is an upcoming training on the open-source redistricting software DstirctR for anyone who is interested in the redistricting process:

We invite you to CHARGE’s DistrictR Community Mapping Deep Dive Training. This 1.5-hour training is designed for people who have a baseline understanding of redistricting and want to start the process of mapping their communities with DistrictR software. We will explore how the software works, engage in a mapping demonstration, and give you time to practice on your own and ask questions of experts.

With redistricting processes getting underway in states across the country, free online mapping software like DistrictR is a great way for communities, activists, and even legislators to tell their stories to the mapmakers in their state. Please only register if you will be able to show up and participate fully through the session – we promise it is worth it!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

5 pm – 6:30 pm ET / 4 pm – 5:30 pm CT / 3 pm – 4:30 pm MT / 2 pm – 3:30 pm PT / 11 am – 12:30 pm HI

To register, please RSVP here. RSVP deadline is Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

Our event with Deputy Administrator for Nevada Medicaid, DuAne L. Young, on 6/19/2021 to review changes to NV Medicaid was very enlightening; we chatted about some really good updates.  I have added the meeting recording to our Summer Civics Festival page to view here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/

Upcoming Vote Nevada events:

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which we are working with on redistricting, is hosting a Zoom event on June 25th, 10:30 am, on democracy and ballot questions.  You can RSVP for this event here: https://twitter.com/princetongerry/status/1405909199452835843

Tomorrow, 6/23/2021, via Zoom, 6-7:00 pm, we are very fortunate to have the Director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Project Claytee White providing an Introduction to Oral History.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpd–gqT4rH9JaC55gQsSBfj68prSunqA0

On Friday, 6/25/2021, we are reviewing democracy and election reform-related bills that died this session and will chat about possible strategies for achieving the same outcomes over the interim, before the 2023 legislative session. You can join us via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm, by RSVPing here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrd–orDstGdadX40xEs-nJwXJ23sAN2ui  

Join us on Saturday, 6/26/2021, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am, to meet the leadership of the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators to hear about the organization’s role in stopping Clark County’s desegregation busing system.  Do you remember sixth-grade centers?

We are happy to welcome LVABSE President Kamilah Bywaters and Vice President Tracey Lewis, as well as founding member former CCSD Trustee Linda Young.   RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvduqsqzwuG92F8F82z3PmiLnVlVYKxT7w

And on Sunday, 6/27/2021, via Zoom, 6-7:30 pm, we will continue our discussions on creating a permanent Justice Elections Voter Guide.  I have updates on legislation that died in 2021 and plans for moving forward to start building the guide.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocOmrrDIsG9CVjoCI7Z4sXIlMTj2DiSf5 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 6/18/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

A quick note on upcoming Vote Nevada Zoom events.

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which we are working with on redistricting, is hosting a Zoom event on June 25th, 10:30 am, on democracy and ballot questions.  You can RSVP for this event here: https://twitter.com/princetongerry/status/1405909199452835843

PrincetonBallotQuestions

We are meeting tonight at 6 pm to chat about education and inclusive workforce development bills that failed during the legislative session as well as ideas related to tomorrow’s meeting on the changes to Nevada Medicaid.  If you would like to join us, RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpf-mvrTgtG9aUf20aJAsn6BnpV_RtauTQ

Tomorrow’s meeting with DuAne L. Young, Deputy Administrator for NV Medicaid, will cover changes to Nevada Medicaid that happened during the pandemic and changes we can expect now that the legislative session has ended.  One thing I will be asking is related to telehealth. 

Nevada belongs to a compact that allows health care professionals to work not only in their own state but also across state lines in other compact states. This could be a real workforce game changer if Nevadans become mental and behavioral health professionals and then provide some services through telehealth in other states. 

You can read more about this here: https://telehealth.hhs.gov/providers/policy-changes-during-the-covid-19-public-health-emergency/telehealth-licensing-requirements-and-interstate-compacts/

You can RSVP for tomorrow’s meeting, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am, here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfuuqqD8uHN09sZ61Z72x3WGtBRtLrD4w

Our justice offices permanent voter guide working group (that’s a mouthful!) is also meeting Sunday evening at 6 pm, if you would like to join us, RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpd–gqT4rH9JaC55gQsSBfj68prSunqA0

You can RSVP for our other Summer Civics Festival events here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/dates-rsvp-links-for-the-summer-civics-festival/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 6/13/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Nevada will be hot again this week, so we all need to be safe by staying hydrated.  If you are new to the desert, please be aware that by the time you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  Here’s a quick guide to staying hydrated and safe during hot weather: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/UserFiles/works/pdfs/2017-126.pdf

Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Civics Festival: Celebrating Direct Democracy kick-off event.  Our guest presenter, Super Cool Nevada (that was his official title during the meeting) Daniel H. Stewart, led us in a conversation about Nevada’s Constitution, which is also super cool.  If you were not able to join us, you can watch the recording here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/

We had a really good discussion last night about the justice reform bills that failed this legislative session, especially the death penalty bill.  There are short and long-term things we can do now to ensure the death penalty is not used to perpetuate disparate treatment of people of color, the poor, and people who suffer from mental illness.  We discussed next year’s election cycle and the need to have many diverse candidates on the primary ballot and the problem of electing people in closed primaries, which shuts most voters out of exercising their right to vote.

Tonight we will be discussing ways to make justice-related elections more accessible for voters.  We will look at ways to create a permanent voter guide with information about the courts, the sheriff, and the district attorney as all three offices will be up for election in 2022.  If you would like to join us, please RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocOmrrDIsG9CVjoCI7Z4sXIlMTj2DiSf5 

Next Saturday, June 19th, please join Vote Nevada as we host Deputy Administrator over Medicaid Programs, DuAne L. Young, to hear about the changes to Medicaid over the last year as well as the changes coming up in the near future.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfuuqqD8uHN09sZ61Z72x3WGtBRtLrD4w

Lastly, I have a cool announcement.  Vote Nevada, the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement, and the Helen Toland Foundation are partnering to record oral histories of community leaders from the Historic West Side of Las Vegas.  Stay tuned for additional information on participation opportunities!

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 6/10/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The Clark County Wetlands Park has a new Art in the Park exhibit you can view online and then see with a visit to the park: http://art.ccwetlandspark.com

We have two Summer Civics Festival events this Saturday:

Daniel H. Stewart’s presentation on the Nevada Constitution (seriously, people, we have the best constitution!)

6/12 Via Zoom

9-10:30 am

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcu2sqz4pEtyqrgDcySXoyAtiHAKw2Fx8

 Review of failed Justice Reform legislation; we will discuss what failed and what we can do to achieve similar outcomes over the interim.

6/12 Via Zoom

6-7:00 pm

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvceGqrTwiEtyJIQa70_Sbko3T14go_PLv

This Sunday we are meeting to start designing a more permanent judicial voter guide. If you are interested in how we elect judges and what the courts do, join us for this meeting.

6/13 Via Zoom

6-7:30 pm

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocOmrrDIsG9CVjoCI7Z4sXIlMTj2DiSf5

 You can sign up for future Summer Civics Festival events here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/dates-rsvp-links-for-the-summer-civics-festival/  

 Thank you for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

 Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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