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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


Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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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

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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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

 Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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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

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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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

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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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

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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

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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

 Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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