Monday, June 4, 2018

Starting the summer off right....
Picnic in the Pines

It's time to relax - and re-energize in this election season. Please join us for our 8th Annual Picnic in the Pines at Deborah and David Kladney's home. Instead of a formal program, we will have some quick announcements so we can spend more time socializing.

The Kladney's live in Galena Forest, which is a short drive up Mt. Rose Hwy just into the trees. The picnic will start at our regular meeting time of 5:30 pm.


905 Joy Lake Road
Their house is the 6th house on the left on Joy Lake Road. We encourage carpooling.

Please contribute:
An entree, salad, or dessert
and your favorite beverage.

Bring some cash to participate in our 50/50 Raffle. Raffle Tickets will sell for $1.00 each, $5.00 for 6 tickets or $20.00 for your height in tickets.

We also ask for donations of new white socks for individuals of the Reno Community Assistance Center and The Eddy House.

Continue this enjoyable tradition with your Democratic friends! We send a warm invitation to so many new friends we met during the last year. Come prepared to have a good time - and bring a friend or two!

Our monthly meeting date is the first MONDAY of the month.
SAVE the DATE: Monday, July 2nd for our next meeting at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway.
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Notes from the Chair
It's Time to Do It!

It's just the primary, right? It's not the actual election. Why bother?

Yet… isn't that you, yelling back at that orange-faced master of deceit, confusion and fake-conspiracies, as he boasts and blusters on the TV news each day? How's that working for you?

You can yell, complain to your friends, argue with your relatives, march, protest, and write letters. Truth is: nothing, let me say that again – NOTHING – has more impact and potential for real change than VOTING! And yes, that applies to ALL voting opportunities, including primaries and down-ballot races.

A primary gives you the opportunity to size up the Democratic candidates and select the ones that most reflect your values. It allows you to assess which you think show the leadership ability and skills to represent you most effectively. It also requires some serious consideration as to which candidate has the potential to do well in the general election, where voters can cross party lines.

And, did you realize that in the nonpartisan races, only the top two vote getters go on to the general election? Those races are often the ones that affect us very directly: sheriff, city council, state supreme court justice, school board to name a few. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation get to vote for those primary races. Without the support of thoughtful voters, some highly-qualified, excellent candidates might never reach the general election. Who will you vote for then, if there's no one on the ballot that reflects your concerns and values?

So… Research the candidates on your primary ballot. It's easy in the age of the internet. Lots of information is available with just a few clicks on your phone, pad or computer.

And then VOTE! Early voting has already begun. It's easy and convenient. You can pick the voting place, day and time that works for you, from a large list of options. You can also still request an Absent (Mail-in) Ballot and vote from the convenience of home! Check out the links below for specifics.

Now is the time. This is the moment. It's the beginning of the end of the insanity that keeps us awake at night. It's time to really make a difference. Just do it! VOTE!
– Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chair

2018 Primary Election Dates

The Primary is Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Important deadlines for voting early:
Absent Ballot (Mail-In)
Received no later than Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 5 pm.
We strongly urge you to submit your request as soon as possible. The instructions and forms to request an Absent Ballot can be found here.

Early voting:

Saturday, May 26, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018.
Locations for Early Voting are listed here.

Spring Neighborhood Gatherings
...Finishing up our Spring Neighborhood Gatherings

We are ready to wind up our planned neighborhood gatherings for this spring. Thanks to Karen Faehling and Joe and Sue Cacibauda for hosting in their neighborhoods in May and to Dennis and Cecilia Colling for opening their home to us on June 10th. Small or large, these meetings have been fun, informative, and have created great opportunities to get to know our candidates. Thanks to everyone who's helped. If you live in Assembly District 40 (east of Old 395 and in the county) you'll want to attend the upcoming meeting with Autumn Zemke candidate for AD 40.) You are invited no matter what your neighborhood. Check the website for any changes or additions. Hope to see you there.

JUNE 2018 Meeting

MEET AUTUMN ZEMKE, Democratic Candidate for AD40
  • SUNDAY, 6/10, 4:00-5:30 PM, Virginia Foothills, Northeast part of Precinct #8254, hosted by Cecelia and Dennis Colling.
Click here to RSVP for this meeting and to get the host addresses. If you'd like to volunteer to host, make outreach calls, help with sign-ups and greeting, or in any other way at these meetings, please contact Suzy Williams. Any updates to these meetings will be on our South Washoe DEMS website, Our Next Events section. Watch the site because there may be a newly scheduled meeting near you. Invite your friends, meet the candidates, and vote in the Primary. We look forward to seeing you at a Neighborhood Gathering!

Note that South Washoe DEMS does not endorse any candidate until after the Primary in June. In races with multiple candidates, we've extended invitations to all Democratic candidates for that office. All may not be available to attend each gathering.

New Proposal to Support the Eddy House

As you know the SWDs organizes a sack lunch served at the Reno Assistance Center on Record Street once a month. We would like to start a similar program at Eddy House, a place/organization supporting homeless youth. The second Thursday of each month has been requested and only 50 lunches would be required. I would like to start this new program in June. If you would be interested in participating with this program please contact me, Debbie Kladney via email or call 775-846-1724, 775-849-0545.

We thank you in advance for your generosity and participation.
-- Debbie Kladney

News from the WashoeDEMS

Join WashoeDEMS GOTV Every Week!

Democrats have seen a drop in primary participation starting since 2006. WashoeDEMS encourages us to help Get Out the Vote. Weekly options are:
  • Thursday and Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Canvass and register voters
  • Tuesday, 12 pm - 5:00 pm. - phone banking
To join the team or for more information, contact WashoeDEMS Executive Director, Denise López via email or call 775-323-8683.
Attend or Volunteer at the NV State Democratic Convention in Reno

The NV State Democratic Convention will be held on June 23rd from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno. The Welcome Reception will be on Friday evening, June 22nd, from 7-9 pm.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will deliver the convention's keynote on Saturday. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., will also speak on the first day of the convention.

Volunteers are needed to help during the convention. If you would like to volunteer, please contact WashoeDEMS Executive Director, Denise López via email or call 775-323-8683.

New! Precinct Captain Leadership Academy

We are pleased to announce the launching of the Precinct Captain Leadership Academy dedicated to recruiting, training and mentoring our next generation of precinct leaders here in Washoe County. This program is a shorter version of the highly successful Field Organizing Leadership Academy held in 2007, 2008 & 2009. This is a community-based initiative (not campaign-based) committed to long-term neighborhood engagement and activism.

Three cycles of the Academy will be offered this summer. Each class is limited to 20 participants and all participants must complete the 3 training modules to graduate.

The first class has already started to fill up and will be held:
Thursday, June 28th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rounds Bakery, 294 E. Moana, Reno.

Please email Sandy Scott or call at (775) 852-0640 for questions and to become a leader in your precinct.

It is going to take all of us steppin' up to win this!

NVDEMS' Coordinated Campaign is Hiring!

The following is a message from the Nevada Coordinated Campaign:

Hey Friends!

We're on the hunt for the country's most talented and diverse organizing staff to help elect Democrats in Nevada in 2018. We're gearing up to bring on more organizers and we want YOU!

With Politico's #1 rated US Senate race, #4 rated Governor's race, multiple top ten US House races, and SEVEN statewide offices primed to flip to blue, Nevada promises to be the epicenter of a democratic movement to deliver a majority in the House and Senate this cycle.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply! Please find the job description here.

You can also access application links directly here.


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
June 14th, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, June 14, 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 The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham.

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now.

While the American story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, "The good news is that we have come through such darkness before"—as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail.

*Advance praise for The Soul of America
"Meacham has written this exceptionally fluent and stirring 'portrait of hours in which the politics of fear were prevalent' in America out of profound knowledge, respect, and love for the nation. . . . This engrossing, edifying, many-voiced chronicle, subtly propelled by concern over the troubled Trump administration, calls on readers to defend democracy, decency, and the common good."—Booklist (starred review)

"This is a brilliant, fascinating, timely, and above all profoundly important book."—Walter Isaacson
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...

  • June 4th – Picnic in the Pines
  • June 12th – Primary Election
  • June 14th – Book Club
  • June 23rd – NV Democratic Convention
  • June 24th – Record Street
  • July 2nd - Monthly meeting