Vote Nevada Supporters,
This has certainly been a difficult week. We started with a well-run, highly-engaged demonstration of democracy in Georgia, but then we experienced another tragedy in the form of a devastating attack against one of our civic institutions. Our nation and communities are strong, but the weight on our mental health, which is already overtaxed by the pandemic, felt particularly heavy this week.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing a mental health need, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness for support and help: https://naminevada.org/
Mental illness is no different than any other ailment, you have a right to treatment, so please reach out for help if you need it.
Some other resources for this week, include:
A webinar on economic opportunity in 2021 hosted by the Vegas Chamber of Commerce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlekT1DUU8c&feature=youtu.be
New education information on redistricting and using the Representable program to draw communities of interest maps: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMtKvNHC_zo3Q4o6kH04VlI4eaNPAfnB-
If you are interested in contributing a community of interest map, you can watch a Zoom training session and find the Vote Nevada account link for Representable here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/redistricting-resources/
I was on a KNPR panel on 1/8 to discuss what Nevada can expect from the new administration and Congress in 2021, you can listen to the recording here: https://knpr.org/knpr/2021-01/dc-riot-new-president-and-senate-what-can-nevada-expect
There are ways to address needs outside of workforce development, such as mental health reforms, so do not worry too much about what panel members say about the legislative session. We have many opportunities to work on our issues.
Related to this, Vote Nevada will soon offer opportunities to join our Advisory Board as committee chairs. Joining the Advisory Board will include leadership training and issue advocacy guidance and support. As soon as we have this opportunity finalized, I will send out process guidelines and forms.
We have monthly Zoom meetings planned for the 4th Saturday of each month, except for this month. You can RSVP for our January 16th Advocacy During a Budget Crisis, via Zoom, 9-11 am, here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/legislative-advocacy-during-a-budget-crisis/
Save the dates for our upcoming Zoom meetings:
February 27th, 9-11 am: Veteran Services: What’s Missing?
March 27th, 9-11 am: Providing Access to High Paying Jobs
April 24th, 9-11 am: Why are the birds starving? Gathering Evidence of Climate Change in the Desert
May 22nd, 9-11 am: Redistricting Software Training
June 26th, 9-11 am: The Status of Mental Health Care Reform
July 24, 9-11 am: Election Reforms: Ranked Choice Voting and Open Primary Systems
Stay in touch through our social media accounts:
Let’s take care of each other,
Executive Director Vote Nevada