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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

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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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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Vote Nevada Update 6/4/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The Clark County Library District has a whole slew of interesting & educational videos for the whole family on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDnctCD6M77rC71mTIkbY-A?view_as=subscriber

If you are wondering whether one of your bills made it through to the Governor’s desk, you can go to this page https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bills/Reports and then click on Governor’s Action on Bills.  Be sure to read the bill the Governor signed to ensure the bill still does what you assume it does.  Quite a few bills were amended in the last few days of the legislative session, so your bill may have changed.

We have quite a few events already scheduled via Zoom for our Summer Civics Festival: A Celebration of Direct Democracy!  You can sign-up for as many as you’d like through this page on our blog: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/dates-rsvp-links-for-the-summer-civics-festival/

We now have three regular meetings scheduled for June.

On June 12th, 9-11 am, via Zoom, our speaker is Daniel H. Stewart, Nevada attorney and former Governor Sandoval’s General Counsel. We are in for a treat with this presentation.  Mr. Stewart will be speaking about federalism and all the really cool protections and rights we enjoy through our state’s constitution.  You can RSVP for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcu2sqz4pEtyqrgDcySXoyAtiHAKw2Fx8

NEW! Deputy Administrator of NV Medicaid, Mr. DuAna L. Young, is joining us on June 19th, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am, to update us on changes to NV Medicaid over the past year as well as changes to NV Medicaid on deck for the near future.  You can RSVP for this meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfuuqqD8uHN09sZ61Z72x3WGtBRtLrD4w

On June 26th, 9-11 am, via Zoom, we are learning about the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators.  This important organization helped end the desegregation bussing program that only allowed students of color to attend their neighborhood schools one year out of twelve.  We will meet the LVABSE leadership and chat about our project to document LVABSE’s history through both oral history and primary source techniques.  If you’ve ever wanted to be a historian, this is your chance!

You can sign up for an introduction to oral history with the Director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center, Claytee White, June 23rd, 6-7 pm, via Zoom, here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpd–gqT4rH9JaC55gQsSBfj68prSunqA0

You can sign up for the Spotlight meeting with the LVABSE leadership team on June 26th (referenced above) here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvduqsqzwuG92F8F82z3PmiLnVlVYKxT7w

You can sign up for instruction on Oral History Best Practices, June 30th, 6-7 pm, via Zoom, with the Director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center, Claytee White, here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvduioqjwuG9fW_HOWGZl7frefFgP8fg1U

After the June 30th meeting, we will have opportunities available to start engaging in oral history interviews with LVABSE’s leaders from the past thirty years as well as opportunities to help organize LVABSE’s historical documents.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

 Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 5/28/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

The National Archives is leveraging technology to provide more online programing.  A recent online event featured a scholar who is researching participatory democracy in early American history. Daniel Carpenter has discovered that many people who lacked voting rights used petitions to exercise a right to be civically engaged beyond what even I imagined.  You can watch his fascinating presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNs0UtDD0hU

Speaking of participatory democracy, now that we are nearing the end of our every-other-year dalliance with representative democracy, instead of immediately preparing to finish unfinished business from this session in the next legislature, let’s spend some time reviewing what failed this time to see if there is enough popular support for discarded policy ideas to achieve similar outcomes through different means.

In other words, let’s spend some time seeing if we can get things that are vitally important done now.

That is the underlying theme of the Vote Nevada Summer Civics Festival.  Our state constitution establishes direct democracy rights beyond the right to vote for someone else to address issues, yet we rarely look to Nevada’s founding document for answers.

So, we are kicking off our Civics Festival with a presentation from Nevada attorney Daniel H. Stewart, who practices constitutional law.  Mr. Stewart served as Governor Sandoval’s general counsel and he is now in private practice.  In a recent op-ed for The Nevada Independent, Mr. Stewart wrote about his admiration for our state’s constitution, so I reached out and extended an invitation to host the kickoff event for our Summer Civics Festival.  He graciously agreed, so his presentation is on June 12th, via Zoom, 9-10:30 am. RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcu2sqz4pEtyqrgDcySXoyAtiHAKw2Fx8

Mr. Stewart’s op-ed is here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/honor-thy-state-constitution

A full description of each Summer Civics Festival event is here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/dates-rsvp-links-for-the-summer-civics-festival/

I have most of our Civics Festival events scheduled on this page, if you are interested in RSVP’ing https://vote-nevada-blog.org/dates-rsvp-links-for-the-summer-civics-festival/

Once the legislative session finishes on Monday, May 31st, I will be able to schedule the few remaining events, so stay tuned.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 5/22/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Thank you to everyone who attended our Mental and Behavioral Health Intersectional Policy meeting; we had a very lively discussion. We discussed current legislative bills that advance behavioral and mental health policy development as well as data documenting Nevada’s severe shortage of mental and behavioral health professionals. (Please see this Behavioral and Metal Health Policy Development PowerPoint Presentation)

We also discussed the College of Southern Nevada’s Applied Psychology certificate and degree program that articulates with UNLV and UNR’s mental and behavioral health bachelor and master’s degree programs. CSN is expanding its certificate opportunities in Applied Psychology, which allows students to complete 30 credits in one year and then to begin working as a mental health technician. So, in just one year a student can start working in their intended field for more than the minimum wage.

With one more year of college classes, students qualify for an associate’s degree and possibly a promotion and raise. The Applied Psychology pathway goes all the way through to a master’s degree, while still allowing the student to work in their desired field. https://www.csn.edu/programs/applied-psychology

We plan to focus over the interim session on putting more Nevadans on this new and exciting mental and behavioral health professional pathway and to do so in ways that minimize student debt.

You can watch the meeting recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1blsBYxq__kpGX5OYOSCIPqdrmP6tT1uy/view?usp=sharing

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 5/21/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

With cool weather this weekend, I hope you can spend some time outdoors relaxing.

Upcoming events:

Join us this Saturday, via Zoom, 9-11 am, for an update on mental and behavioral health bills, the importance of addressing mental, and behavioral health policies to solve other important issues, and exciting information on new behavioral and mental health certificate programs at CSN. RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kf-6oqjgqG9xaz5xTzhkI9hdvGGQoqA4T

Our June 26th meeting is a community showcase.  Current and former officers of the Las Vegas Association of Black School Educators are joining us for a conversation about LVABSE’s deep roots in Clark County and its continued role in promoting education equity in Nevada.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear history in the making, RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvduqsqzwuG92F8F82z3PmiLnVlVYKxT7w

Vote Nevada Summer Civics Festival: Celebrating Direct Democracy Update

We have tweaked some of our summer civics festival activities and added an oral history project.  Our community benefits agreement project will now also include the Meaningful Day program: Every person has the right to meaningful days.  And we are adding in an oral history project with LVABSE; we must know what came before to chart an effective path into the future.

If you are interested in these projects or advancing important policy discussions, visit our Summer Civics Festival page:

https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021/

Thanks for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update: 5/12/2021

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,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update: 4/30/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

I attended a Vegas Chamber of Commerce webinar about why Nevada ranks so low in federal grant procurement.  One glaring piece of information shared was that when an agency funded through the state receives a grant the amount of the grant is then subtracted from the agency’s state budget allocation. 

For instance, if the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is awarded a $2 million grant, the Governor’s office will not see that funding as supplementing the DHHS budget.  Instead, the Governor’s budget team would subtract $2 million of state funding from the DHHS budget in the next biennium.

While this allows the Governor’s office to move that $2 million into a different budget, this does nothing to enhance DHHS’s services.  In plain language, when a state agency is awarded a grant that grant’s funding supplants state dollars, it does not supplement state dollars.  It is no wonder Nevada ranks so low in procuring federal grants; who would put forth that much time and effort to write a grant if their agency’s budget will stay the same?  This is a disincentive for applying for grants and really needs to stop.

You can watch the Vegas Chamber of Commerce webinar on grant procurement here: https://youtu.be/p9Jy8z2sBIo

Also, I am now chairing the Integrated Workforce Development Subcommittee of the Statewide Independent Living Council.  This group is sponsoring another team category for the Summer Civics Festival: Improving Community Benefits Agreements.

If you are unfamiliar with Community Benefits Agreements, these are the agreements businesses sign with state and local governments when receiving incentives, such as a tax abatement, for locating in Nevada.  Part of a Community Benefits Agreement might state that the business agrees to hire 75 percent of their employees from Nevada.  We would like Community Benefits Agreements to include hiring language that creates inclusive workforce development, such as hiring Nevadans that are abled in different ways.

If you are interested in this team, I have added it to our Summer Civics form: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021/

Lastly, two Nevada high school teams, Reno and Incline Village, placed in the top 12 at the national finals for the We the People competition.  Reno HS placed 3rd and Incline Village HS placed 8th.  You can watch the awards ceremony here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCz22J0GCts

The We the People program, along with History Day and Ask an Expert, are funded through legislation.  If you are so inclined to lend your support to continued funding, please go to this page and indicate you are in favor of AB447: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/81st2021/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me and happy weekend,

Sondra

Solving problems with Civics

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