Thursday, January 4, 2018

History and Mission of the ACLU, Voter Suppression and Redistricting...and more


Richard Siegel,
UNR Political Science Professor Emeritus


We are honored to present our speaker, Richard L. Siegel, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UNR, champion of civil liberties and humans rights here in Nevada and throughout the world. Dr.Siegel will give an overview of the history and mission of the ACLU, nationally and in Nevada. He will also discuss election issues including voter suppression and redistricting, post-9-11 issues with the Patriot Act and the use of torture, and the Trump administration's Muslim ban and its LGBT military ban. He is prepared to take your questions on these topics as well as national and Nevada politics. Please join us for what will be an informative and inspiring evening with Dr. Siegel.
Our meeting location is at the:

South Valleys Library.
15650 Wedge Pkwy
Reno, NV 89511
[see map at Our Next Events page of the South Washoe Dems website] 

There is no admission charge.  Our meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with a social time where we serve light appetizers. A brief business meeting commences at 6 p.m., then our featured program runs for about an hour. Donations are welcome to cover the cost of appetizers. Please invite your friends as we welcome both new and long time members to our meetings. We look forward to seeing you!

Our monthly meeting date will change to the first MONDAY of the month starting in February.
SAVE the DATE: Monday, February 5th, will be February meeting. Our location remains at the South Meadows Library.
To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Winter Neighborhood Gatherings -
Keeping Nevada Blue

Planning for 2018 neighborhood gatherings will begin in January 2018.

Watch our newsletter and website for announcements of more get-togethers in 2018. We'll have updates on the 2018 Caucus, County and State Conventions, primary election and of course, the mid-term election. We will Keep Nevada Blue, one neighborhood at a time.

If you'd like to host a meeting, probably in February or March in your neighborhood, volunteer to make phone calls, or volunteer for upcoming events and elections, please contact Suzy Williams. 

The Eddy House - Our First Friday Family Meal 

In October 2017, our guest speakers were Michelle Gehr, Executive Director, and Lynette Eddy, Founder, of Eddy House, Northern Nevada's central intake and assessment facility for homeless and at-risk youths aged 12 to 24. We were excited to learn more about Eddy House's mission, programs and services. On Fridays, volunteers contribute a 'family meal' for the youths. On December 1st, South WashoeDems members Anne Beroza, Sandy Scott, Mary Katz and Kit Prendergast hosted the Friday Family Meal for about 40 youths. Chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, biscuits, and fruit salad were enjoyed by all. We met professional staff, UNR student interns, a board member, and had lovely conversation with young people who looked like your children and my children. They just did not have you and me. Please check out their website, arrange a tour, and sign up to host a Friday Family Meal in 2018. This was one of my very favorite SouthWashoeDems experiences.
-- Sandy Scott

December's Holiday Party Recap

The South WashoeDems sincerely thanks Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning for hosting another wonderful annual Holiday Party. The attendees enjoyed lively conversation and delicious holiday fare and drinks. They opened their hearts for the Eddy House: 
  • We collected socks, underwear for about 30 females and 20 males, a lovely jacket from Joe Noury and deodorants and lotion. 
  • We will donate $270 to The Eddy House for Bus Passes. This money came from the 50/50 Raffle proceeds of $150, including 50% given back from the raffle winner, plus an additional $120 donated directly to the South Washoe DEMS.
Lost and Found at the Holiday Party: a beautiful scarf. If this scarf belongs to you, or you know who owns it, please send an email to our SouthWashoeDems mailbox


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
January 11, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm hosted by Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning. Their home is located in the Saddlehorn community at 14210 Powder River Court (from Thomas Creek Road, turn west onto Saddlehorn Drive and then south onto Powder River Court.) See map inside our Book Club webpage.

Our next book is Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild. 

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country―a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets―among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident―people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream―and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?
The book is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats from your local or online bookstores.
Please email Joyce for updates or details. For more information about our current book, a list of articles, and past books we have reviewed, visit our Book Club webpage.

Save The Dates...

  • January 4th – Monthly Meeting at the South Valleys Library, 5:30 pm
  • January 11th  – Book Club at Joyce Destefanis's home
  • January 28th – Lunch at Record Street
  • February 5th - Monthly Meeting *** New Meeting Day: first MONDAY of the month