Vote Nevada Supporters,
Bloomberg put out a nice 8-minute video on the importance of redistricting reform with former Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-05-10/legally-rigging-elections-redistricting-a-brief-history-video
And the National Constitution Center has more podcasts, blog posts, and Zoom panel recordings available: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/media-library
I wanted to share that the Vote Nevada Mental and Behavioral Health Committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month, via Zoom, 6 to 7 pm. This month, May 18th, CSN program director for Applied Psychology, Michele Howser, is providing an update on the expansion of certificates in Applied Psychology.
While a full associate degree is 60 credits, so usually two years, a certificate is only 30 credits. This allows someone to get into a program-related job in just one year and from there a person can then continue to complete an associate degree and even a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
A program-related job pays more than a minimum wage occupation and the community college tuition is very affordable, so completing a degree by starting with a certificate, without substantial student debt, is doable.
This is one path for affordable, inclusive workforce development. You can read more about the Applied Psychology program here: https://www.csn.edu/programs/applied-psychology?mc_phishing_protection_id=149534-c2cs0iasdfdlgrk8afig
If you would like to attend next week’s Behavioral and Mental Health Committee meeting, please reply to this message and I will provide you with the Zoom link.
Our community meeting on May 22nd focuses on addressing mental and behavioral health policies as a necessary step in solving other high-priority issues, such as gun violence, education funding, homelessness, criminal justice reform, and inclusive workforce development. You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kf-6oqjgqG9xaz5xTzhkI9hdvGGQoqA4T
Lastly, our Summer Civics Festival is now Summer Civics Festival: Celebrating Direct Democracy. I have heard from many community members who are not only interested in participating in our events but who are also interested in adding more opportunities to engage. So, our list of engagement opportunities has expanded a bit and a couple are broader in their focus.
We are also in discussion with some other organizations that have expressed interest in partnering on the Festival. You can read about our expanded list of opportunities here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021/
With another legislative deadline approaching this Friday, second committee passage, another round of bills will die. We are committed to using this interim session to facilitate discussions of policy ideas that were muffled by our current pandemic conditions. If one of your favorite bills is already dead, feel free to add it to this Google spreadsheet so we can start preparing for our simulated legislative hearings in June. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RdzISQmbohoKD1whDUQYqmr65dTtzqsOGm0LnbcVbBA/edit?usp=sharing
Thank you for being Nevadans with me,
Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics
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