Vote Nevada Update: 9/12/2021

Vote Nevada Supporter,

PBS Frontline has some new documentaries about the 9/11 tragedy and what happened after that devastating day:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/films/

 We have two meetings this week you can still RSVP to attend:

We now have a follow-up meeting scheduled with Nevada Grow Counselor Michelle Chan and her partner who is a mental health professional.  RSVP for Nevada Grow: A Mindful Approach to Small Business and Nonprofit Development, September 15th, 6:30 to 8 pm, via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpce2upzIjHNQ-C19Or9kuqkz0TzRsaxHm

Our next meeting on nonpartisans running for office is on September 18th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom.  We will discuss the various roles associated with a campaign, such as a campaign manager, communications manager, and outreach volunteers.  Included is a discussion on running statutory ballot questions.  A statutory ballot question puts a bill into the next legislative session as a priority. 

If the legislature does not act on the bill it goes on the ballot in the next election for voters to decide its fate. This keeps legislative leadership from being able to kill a bill outright.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceivqjsjEtPVcmw1hQNzQJvhtL_ZoAwq

On redistricting, we are still waiting for a special session to be announced for Nevadans to offer input and feedback on our redistricting maps.  In the meantime, other states are well on their way to approving new maps.  Dave’s Redistricting App website includes information about Nevada’s current redistricting maps and legal process: https://davesredistricting.org/maps#state::NV

The Department of Justice has released guidance and warned state legislatures to not engage in gerrymandering practices.  The Department of Justice’s assertion of power to challenge a state’s redistricting process derives from the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Section Two, which requires fair representation for communities of interest. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-issues-guidance-federal-statutes-regarding-redistricting-and-methods

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will offer expert witnesses to uncover gerrymandering if maps are litigated in court.  https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/12/1031567/mathematicians-algorithms-stop-gerrymandering/ 

At the state level, the voter bill of rights we amended into our state constitution in 2020 includes that voters are expected:

9.  To have equal access to the elections system without discrimination, including, without limitation, discrimination on the basis of race, age, disability, military service, employment or overseas residence.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/const/nvconst.html#Art2

The without limitation clause may possibly allow for a legal challenge against partisan gerrymandered districts in state court based on the argument that they would deny equal access to the election system for voters of one party or for nonpartisans.

If you have not yet reviewed our fundraising projects for 2021-2022, you can read more here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/2021/09/05/vote-nevada-civic-projects-fundraising/

Altogether, we are fundraising for $10,000 for our 2021-2022 civic engagement projects.  If you are interested in supporting these worthwhile endeavors, please consider donating through our

Facebook fundraising page if you are on Facebook (we pay no fees through Facebook):

https://www.facebook.com/donate/187176190048775/

Or

Our Square Donation page (we pay a small transaction fee through Square):

 https://checkout.square.site/merchant/MLAC21JKV6XNH/checkout/CEXZLRNNSBLFPFI5H4FIF2KH

Thank you for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Civic Projects Fundraising

Vote Nevada Supporters,

As promised, here is the second message about our three projects from the Summer Civics Festival.

First, we have been meeting with a wide range of community organizations to discuss redistricting and drawing communities of interest maps through Princeton’s software Representable. 

Meeting with fellow Nevadans who represent our rich cultural tapestry has been truly inspiring and encouraged us to submit a grant application. Nevada Humanities offers $7,500 grants for projects that emphasize the humanities and uplifts under-resourced populations, so we are applying to blend our redistricting work with our oral history initiative.  Our grant proposal title is: Weaving Together Nevada’s Communities of Interest

We are proposing recording interviews with six prominent Nevadans to run on our YouTube channel during the legislative redistricting special session.  These interviews will help to remind us that every Nevadan deserves fair representation both in our historical record and in our redistricting maps. 

After the redistricting session, we will record interviews with prominent communities of interest from around the state to run on a podcast.  These interviews will be available for community and student researchers to use now and will be archived to use in ten years for the next redistricting cycle.

In March, we will also highlight prominent women from our communities of interest interviews during special events celebrating Women’s History Month.  These special interviews will be highlighted as “Women Weaving Our Communities Together.” 

To qualify for the Nevada Humanities grant, however, we must match the grant with 1:1 funding.

Our second civics project is our permanent Justice Elections Voter Guide.  Last election cycle we scrambled to put together a Judicial Candidates Voter Resources Guide to help voters to learn about the judiciary, what the different courts do, and how to approach evaluating judicial candidates. 

Instead of reinventing this effort every election cycle, we plan to create a permanent Justice Elections Voter Guide, which will have civics information about the judiciary and other justice-related offices we elect as well as space for candidates each election cycle. 

We have community volunteers who agree with our concept and are willing to help create this permanent online resource.  We will need some funding to maintain a dedicated website and to offer stipends to students who will contribute to the Guide’s content.  We estimate needing approximately $1,500.

 And our third civics project is our Grassroots Economic Development Initiative. This is our Economic Development Is For the Birds project we discussed back in April.  Since then we have had conversations with the Wetlands Park Friends and believe we can create a partnership that includes Vote Nevada, Wetlands Park Friends, and the Red Rock Audubon Chapter. 

Between our three organizations we will work with teachers and students across Nevada to create an economic development plan based on promoting bird watching and citizen scientist events.  This project will also include some stipends for our project volunteers, so we are budgeting $1,000.

Altogether, we are fundraising for $10,000 for our 2021-2022 civic engagement projects.  If you are interested in supporting these worthwhile endeavors, please consider donating through our

Facebook fundraising page if you are on Facebook (we pay no fees through Facebook):

https://www.facebook.com/donate/187176190048775/

Or

Our Square Donation page (we pay a small transaction fee through Square):

 https://checkout.square.site/merchant/MLAC21JKV6XNH/checkout/CEXZLRNNSBLFPFI5H4FIF2KH

Thank you for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

 

Vote Nevada Update 9/3/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

There has been a lot of important news over the last few days, so I wanted to send some information that you may have missed. 

First, as we head into the Labor Day weekend, here is a brief history of the holiday: https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

On the Supreme Court’s refusal to enjoin the Texas abortion law, in Nevada, we put our abortion law up for a referendum ballot question vote in 1990.  According to Nevada law, if the people approve a law through a referendum vote, the law cannot be amended or repealed without a new vote of the people.  You can read more here: https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2021/09/03/eyes-on-congress-after-supremes-refuse-to-block-texas-abortion-ban/

This is a good example of why our constitutional right to run and vote on ballot questions must be respected and protected.

You can also listen to an interview with Neil Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General, about the legal options available moving forward here: https://www.npr.org/2021/09/03/1033910779/the-argument-for-congress-to-act-to-protect-abortion-rights

You can read a legal explanation of the Supreme Court’s actions here: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/09/conservative-justices-abortion-legal-mansplaining.html

If you are looking for a local nonprofit that helps women to travel, Silver State Hope Fund is one working in our community: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/silver-state-hope-fund-1

On redistricting:

The Census Bureau announced this week it would release the user-friendly formatted census 2020 data by September 16th instead of September 30th: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2021/easier-to-use-formats-redistricting-data.html

According to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, the Princeton Team has trained a mapping corps to assign one mapping expert per state. The team has also conferred with the Justice Department to assist in developing testing code: https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?u=1ed63aa66c770d4c2a680227d&id=00adce3403

MIT is still working on preparing expert witnesses for legal challenges against gerrymandered maps: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/12/1031567/mathematicians-algorithms-stop-gerrymandering/

The Justice Department issued a guidance statement to affirm its commitment to vigorously intervene in the redistricting process if a state’s maps violate the Voting Rights Act Section 2.  This memo includes links to a legal standards documents and, at the bottom, information for filing a complaint about illegal voter suppression or illegal redistricting practices.

Here is the memo: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-issues-guidance-federal-statutes-regarding-redistricting-and-methods

Here is the guidance on redistricting: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1429486/download

Here is the information on filing a complaint:

Members of the public are encouraged to send any complaints or comments regarding possible violations of the federal voting rights laws to the Voting Section. This can include complaints or comments about methods of election or districting plans that may violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Complaints and comments about discriminatory voting practices may be reported to the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.

Still no word on our redistricting special session in Nevada.

I am going to send a separate message on projects that have developed out of our Summer Civics Festival sessions!

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 8/31/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

As we send prayers to our friends in Tahoe, Carson City, and Douglas County, many public lands managers are looking for new models for addressing fire in the west.  Native American tribes have very different relationships with fire, which is leading to a greater appreciation of indigenous science.  https://www.npr.org/2020/08/24/899422710/to-manage-wildfire-california-looks-to-what-tribes-have-known-all-along

Our Inclusive Economic Development Through Entrepreneurship meeting on 8/28 was well attended and quite lively.  You can watch the recording here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/vote-nevada-community-meeting-recordings/

We now have a follow-up meeting scheduled with Nevada Grow Counselor Michelle Chan and her partner who is a mental health professional.  RSVP for Nevada Grow: A Mindful Approach to Small Business and Nonprofit Development, September 15th, 6:30 to 8 pm, via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpce2upzIjHNQ-C19Or9kuqkz0TzRsaxHm

Our next meeting on nonpartisans running for office is on September 18th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom.  We will discuss the various roles associated with a campaign, such as a campaign manager, communications manager, and outreach volunteers.  Included is a discussion on running statutory ballot questions.  A statutory ballot question puts a bill into the next legislative session as a priority.  If the legislature does not act on the bill it goes on the ballot in the next election for voters to decide its fate. This keeps legislative leadership from being able to kill a bill outright.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceivqjsjEtPVcmw1hQNzQJvhtL_ZoAwq

No word yet on the redistricting special session. 

Thanks for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 8/24/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

If you were unable to attend the PlanScore.org training on using the Plan Score tool to check redistricting maps for partisan gerrymandering, you can watch a recording here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pr79f24i8gso7p0/Video%20PlanScore%208.17.21.mp4?dl=0

On Friday, August 27 at 10:30 AM, join the Princeton Gerrymandering Project for a talk with Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation for MALDEF, titled “Latino Voting Rights and Redistricting.” This event is open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here: bit.ly/3qeHPZ9

NinaPerales

The Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty is offering a Zoom meeting Friday, 8/27 evening, via Zoom, 6:30-8:00 pm, to review the justice-related political offices that will be up for election in 2022. You can RSVP here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMof-2rrzMuGdcLBr24PQsSEXm4uogZCWGc

Our Vote Nevada meeting on inclusive economic development is this Saturday, August 28th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom.  The meeting panel includes Michelle Chan, Grow Nevada CSN counselor, Senator Pat Spearman, NSHE Regent Laura Perkins, and Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel.  Our discussion will include actions we can take to create economic self-determination post-pandemic.  RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdumqqDMrGd0QU1Y7KQ19YEwmyJo83U78

 Based on questions at our last meeting, we will focus on managing candidate campaigns and ballot question campaigns at our September 18th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom meeting.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceivqjsjEtPVcmw1hQNzQJvhtL_ZoAwq

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra


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Vote Nevada Update 8/14/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

We had a really good meeting today on running for office as a nonpartisan.  The questions and comments were very informative.  In fact, we decided to run an additional workshop on how to run a campaign for a candidate and a campaign for a ballot question.  September 17th is Constitution Day, so Rodney Smith has agreed to partner again for this additional workshop on September 18th, 9-11:00 am, via Zoom. RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceivqjsjEtPVcmw1hQNzQJvhtL_ZoAwq

Before I provide the meeting information from today, I would like to provide some brief updates:

Vote Nevada is meeting with various community groups to introduce the Representable software from the Princeton Gerrymandering team.  Representable allows Nevadans to draw communities of interest maps for the redistricting process. You can view Representable here: https://www.representable.org/  Please let me know if your organization would like a training session.

We would also like to record short interviews with members of our diverse and unique groups to describe our communities of interest orally.  A Voices from Communities of Interest set of short recordings will contribute to our growing base of redistricting resources we can share with legislators.  If you are interested in participating in these recorded interviews, please respond to this email.

And on August 28, 2021, we are hosting a panel to discuss inclusive economic development.  Our panel will be Nevada Grow Counselor Michelle Chan, Nevada System of Higher Education Regent Laura Perkins, Senator Pat Spearman, and Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel.  We will discuss ways to support small businesses and nonprofits.  You can read more about the Nevada Grow program here: https://www.csn.edu/nvgrow  And you can RSVP for the meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdumqqDMrGd0QU1Y7KQ19YEwmyJo83U78

Here is today’s meeting recording on nonpartisans running for office and the links associated with the presentation:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j3f2Fa7iuf7c8aIgy8ACNN3qYRBB0MmB/view?usp=sharing

PowerPoint Presentation: You can run!

Independent Candidate Guide to Running for Office https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument?id=9605

The Good Party Platform https://goodparty.org/

Social Media Training Sessions https://vote-nevada-blog.org/social-media-training-sessions/

You can see the redistricting resources here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 8/10/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Most of this update focuses on the Census and redistricting, but, there are upcoming meeting reminders at the end.

The Census Bureau will release the first round of 2020 data to draw redistricting maps this Thursday, August 12th.  There is a press conference on 8/12 at 10 am via live stream, more details here: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2021/news-conference-2020-census-redistricting-data.html

To date, we have no information about Nevada’s redistricting process, which must include public input.  The legislature passed SCR13 in the recent legislative session to create a second interim study on reapportionment and redistricting, but we have no information about the committee.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Districts/Reapp/2021/getting-involved

States such as Oregon have already constituted working groups, such as a Peoples Redistricting Commission, and scheduled public forums for input: https://www.registerguard.com/story/news/2021/08/09/oregon-secretary-state-unveils-peoples-redistricting-commission/5522580001/

Consequently, if you are interested in the very important redistricting process, there are things we can do now to get ready through a growing list of redistricting resources available for civic-minded individuals and groups.

Vote Nevada has a Redistricting Resources blog page, which includes a recording that covers the history of redistricting and an overview of the software our legislature will use to draw our maps.  Anyone, you and me, can use this software to draw and check maps as well.  You will also find information about the Representable software tool that allows individuals and communities to draw “communities of interest” maps on this blog page. https://vote-nevada-blog.org/redistricting-resources/

You can review how the redistricting software works through this YouTube video as well: https://youtu.be/jGnfVQz4JdM

Colorado Law Professor Doug Spencer is managing the All About Redistricting website where anyone can learn about redistricting in all 50 states, including litigation: https://redistricting.lls.edu/

Two nonpartisan civil rights organizations announced today their plans to stop gerrymandering by empowering individuals and groups to be directly involved in integrity-checking redistricting maps.  

The Campaign Legal Center announced PlanScore.org as a tool anyone can use to evaluate maps for partisan gerrymandering. https://campaignlegal.org/update/campaign-legal-center-presents-planscoreorg-premiere-tool-measure-gerrymandering

There is a webinar on using PlanScore.org on August 17th at 11 am; you can RSVP here:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Np6ubThlTkG3mtsIrCA8Ng

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which Vote Nevada has been working with since last spring, announced a partnership with RepresentUs that produced software to create Redistricting Report Card.  https://act.represent.us/sign/redistricting-report-card-launched-representus-princeton-gerrymandering-project/

“This scoring tool was designed to be the most comprehensive method available for detecting gerrymander attempts in the 2021-2022 redistricting cycle,” said Professor Sam Wang, Director of the Electoral Innovation Lab and Princeton Gerrymandering Project. “It is critical that we deliver to citizens ways to evaluate and correct attempts to skew representation. Our democracy depends on a transparent representation model that is responsive to citizens. We want citizens and map experts nationwide to use tools like this to reclaim their power in the democratic process.”

And the Five Thirty-Eight blog will be analyzing congressional redistricting maps for partisanship: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/redistricting-2022-maps/?fbclid=IwAR1MDNjqzLok-CTWq8Ptz9bvOWOs4TOArfsY5lV-5cKeS1ORfQkOEMM2TPg

Hopefully, these combined efforts to empower the people in redistricting will finally put an end to politicians picking their voters through manipulated maps.  And once unfair advantages gained through consultants drawing “favorable” maps goes away, we can hopefully begin redistricting in Nevada through a process subject to the Open Meeting law.

The Fair Maps Nevada team continues to support anti-gerrymandering efforts, including the For the People Act and bills submitted in 2021 to create a redistricting commission.  We have not abandoned our effort to create an independent redistricting commission that will function under the Open Meeting law and will include representation from the growing pool of nonpartisan voters. 

If you are interested in supporting a second attempt to pass the Fair Maps Nevada ballot question, you can read about it and what happened last year here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/the-fair-maps-steeplechase-continues  and here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/redistricting-commission-amendment/

To qualify a ballot question next year, we will need 140,777 petition signatures from Nevadans who are registered to vote and we will need to raise funds for legal expenses and outreach.  You can indicate your willingness to sign a redistricting ballot question petition here: https://forms.gle/ZiJ19ef85d4E8eoV8

Vote Nevada also has two events coming up:

Our growing number of nonpartisan Nevadans have all the same rights and opportunities as voters registered with the political parties, including the right to run for office.  Join us on Saturday, August 14th, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am to review Nevada’s laws that govern nonpartisans running for office.  RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpf-GhrDsoG9IjM0JV9-jmvA0SMXkdXylK

As we all attend town halls and complete surveys to provide feedback on how our elected officials should spend the $6.7 billion of American Rescue Plan funding, we also need to think about how to address structural problems in our economy.   On August 28th, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am, join us for a panel discussion, featuring CSN Nevada Grow Counselor Michelle Chan, Senator Pat Spearman, Regent Laura Perkins, and Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel.  We will focus on ensuring no one is left out or left behind in this round of economic development.  RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdumqqDMrGd0QU1Y7KQ19YEwmyJo83U78

Lastly, we have a strong and growing partnership with the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators, please review the group’s website if you are interested in also attending their meetings: https://lvabse.org/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 8/5/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The National Alliance on Mental Illness compiled an explanation of a new crisis response program that will be rolled out by July of 2022. It is the 988 number to call when someone is having a mental health crisis to request a mental health team, not law enforcement.

https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/988-Reimagining-Crisis-Response

If you have not had the opportunity to submit feedback on how the state and public agencies should prioritize spending the American Rescue Plan funding, you can do so here: https://hal.nv.gov/form/2021_Stimulus/ARP_Ideas_List_Community_Stakeholder

We had a good first redistricting software training session Wednesday evening.  The Legislature purchased software to draw our next redistricting maps that allows anyone with a computer or tablet to draw maps with the census data and to evaluate drawn maps.  I put the meeting recording and links to the resources we reviewed here:

https://vote-nevada-blog.org/redistricting-resources/

We have two more meetings this month so you can still RSVP.

Our next meeting is August 14th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom. We will review the laws for running for office as a nonpartisan in Nevada.  Our nonpartisan voter registration is steadily climbing, so I want to ensure that nonpartisan Nevadans know they can run for office too.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpf-GhrDsoG9IjM0JV9-jmvA0SMXkdXylK

The second meeting is August 28th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom.  We are revisiting the inclusive economic development theme with a panel discussion.  Our panelists are Michelle Chan, CSN Nevada Grow Counselor, Laura Perkins, NSHE Regent, Senator Pat Spearman, and Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel.  We will focus on ensuring no one is left out or behind in this latest round of economic development.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdumqqDMrGd0QU1Y7KQ19YEwmyJo83U78

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 7/30/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Nonprofit Vote is a nonpartisan organization that offers high quality information on election laws and voting processes; you can access their YouTube videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/nonprofitvote

We have new recorded videos on our Vote Nevada blog:

Building Authentic Coalitions: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/

Social Media and Civic Engagement Workshop on using Canva, Instagram, and TikTok:

https://vote-nevada-blog.org/social-media-training-sessions/

Upcoming meetings:

Tonight, July 30th, the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators is hosting an input session on how CCSD should spend the $770 million Rescue Plan funding.  You can RSVP for that event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccsd-focus-on-the-future-for-kids-community-input-process-tickets-165379349085?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR084LJDIfjIyl5iVPY-0cOkfcHJvqEiSlG0K87u01FUYT-3yFQ1gfgKWuI

On Monday, August 2nd, 11:30 to 12:45 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 top 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

On Saturday, August 28th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom, we have a follow up panel discussion for our Starting a Small Business or Nonprofit and Applying for Grants workshop.  Our panelists are Michelle Chan from CSN’s Nevada Grow Program (https://www.csn.edu/nvgrow), Senator Pat Spearmen, NSHE Regent Laura Perkins, and former Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel.  The panel will discuss ways we can support and grow our small business and nonprofit ecosystem. You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdumqqDMrGd0QU1Y7KQ19YEwmyJo83U78

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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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

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

Please consider selecting Vote Nevada as your preferred nonprofit on Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas

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Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here