(In lieu of October Monthly Meeting)

Don't Miss This Special Event!  

Washoe DEMS' Affiliates Host Jacky Rosen in Reno


South Washoe DEMS is hosting this event in collaboration with Heart of Reno DEMS, and North Tahoe Democrats. We invite all DEMS, friends, and neighbors to meet Senate candidate Jacky Rosen on
Sunday, September 30.
Location: Cathexes Architecture
                 250 Bell Street, Suite 100 
                 Reno, NV 89503
Time:        5:30 to 7:00 pm
Parking:   Parking area in back of the building
This event is a great opportunity to meet Jacky, ask questions, and show her that Washoe County delivers votes. Light refreshments will be provided.
Come Out and Join the Blue Wave!  

This special event is being offered in place of our South Washoe DEMS October monthly meeting.

Our monthly meeting date is the first MONDAY of the month. 
However, since the first Monday in November is the day before the 2018 Election and the library is a polling location, we will not have our meeting. Instead SAVE the DATE for Tuesday, November 6th for a special Election Party. Details will be provided in the November Newsletter. 
To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Notes from the Chair

By the time this newsletter reaches your email inbox, there will be barely more than one month left to change the course of this nation. Forty-three days to be exact. That's not much time.

In just forty-three days, what might well be the most important election in our history will take place. The future of our country, the survival of democracy, even the peace and security of the world may be at stake. 

Our forefathers wisely instituted three branches of government in order to ensure a balance of power. Currently Republicans control the Executive branch (Presidency) and the Legislative branch (both the Senate and the House).  Now, with the currently pending appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice, they will most likely control the Judicial branch as well. That's an awful lot of power concentrated in one party that seems hell-bent to rubber stamp anything this president does. Where is the balance? 

It would take pages to enumerate the many actions the president has taken, in less than two years, that have severely weakened our democracy, embattled our institutions, harmed our world status, delegitimized the free press, damaged our allegiances, emboldened our adversaries and diminished the quality of the environment. 

This president is a runaway train and he's taking our country on this dangerous and destructive wild ride.  At this point, Congress is unwilling to put the brakes on this man. You can hope that our legislators wake up, or that Mueller has the answers. You can hope and wish for a lot of things. But the truth is, you have no control over any of those. 

The only thing you have control over is your own vote. You need to use it. You need to actively, passionately urge your Democrat acquaintances to use it. Take it a step further and volunteer to phone bank, or walk your neighborhood, or do voter registration for the WashoeDEMS during this next month. You'll be surprised how good it feels to know you're doing something to make a difference. (See News from the WashoeDEMS below for details.)

Forty-three days from now, we can change the future in a positive way. We can put balance back in our democracy. Let's do this! We may never get another chance. 

                                                                         ~ Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chair

Dinners for the Coordinated Campaign Organizers  

South Washoe DEMS agreed to keep providing dinner for our Nevada State Coordinated organizers on Thursday evenings through the election. This is another case of our group stepping in to fill a need, and an example of the many opportunities to volunteer.

Remember, there are a variety of ways to help out, so if you're asked to do something that isn't quite a fit, you can always say, "How else can I help?" We need everyone to win this election. So many, many thanks to our volunteer cooks. You guys are wonderful.
Oh, and we still need a main dish for 15 on October 4th. Call Suzy Williams at 775 849-9585. This number is a land line, so leave a message if necessary (no texts).

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful - November 10 Cleanup! 

As part of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful's (KTMB) 'Adopt-A-Spot' program, South Washoe DEMS cleans Wedge Parkway 3 times a year. The next KTMB cleanup is Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9:00 am. Meet at the Washoe County South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway. Wear layers if the weather is cool. Safety vests, gloves, garbage bags and the "picker upper" tools will be provided. 
For more information or to sign on to our fabulous work crew, please email Wally Prendergast.

News from the WashoeDEMS
Join WashoeDEMS and the NVDEMS Coordinated Campaign Organizers Every Week!

Weekly Canvassing and Phone Banking 
Saturday:  10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm  
Sunday:    10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm 
Phone Banking: 
Monday - Friday:  5:00 pm

Priority Dates/Times for Canvassing and Phone Banking
Weekend of Action (October 13-14):
Saturday, Oct 13:  9:00 am, Noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 14:  9:00 am, Noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Get Out the Early Vote (October 18-21):
Thursday, Oct 18: 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Friday, Oct 19: 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 20:  9 am, Noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 21:  9 am, Noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Get Out the Vote (November 3-6):
Saturday, Nov 3: 9:00 am, Noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Sunday, Nov 4: 9:00 am, Noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Monday, Nov 5:  9:00 am, Noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Nov 6 (Election Day):  7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

All of these events occur at the WashoeDEMS headquarters:
1465 Terminal Way 
Reno, NV 89502
To volunteer, contact Alex Kania, 732-882-9049 or
Candidates' Contact Information
WashoeDEMS maintains a listing our federal, state and county Democratic candidates and their contact info: The site also helps you locate your ward and district information.
Washoe County Election Information 
Voter Registration Deadlines for the 2018 General Election
  • By Mail:  Postmarked no later than October 9, 2018
  • In-Person:  Last day to register in person is October 16, 2018
  • Online:  Last day to register using NOVA is October 18, 2018 (11:59:59 p.m.)
Absent Ballot Request Deadline
  • Received no later than October 30, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
Early Voting
  • October 20, 2018 through November 2, 2018
  • All locations in Washoe County are available during the early vote.
  • You can find the list of all the early voting polling locations in this document.
GENERAL ELECTION:  November 6, 2018

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

League of Women Voters Forums in Carson City 
Three election forums will be held in Carson City that may be of interest to our South Reno residents. The free forums will be held on October 8th, 9th and 16th at the Brewery Arts Performance Hall. The League of Women Voters is hosting the Forums. Co-sponsors are Sierra Nevada Forums, AAUW, PFLAG, Partnership Carson City, and the Carson City Arts and Culture Coalition.  

For All Forums:

 Location  Brewery Arts Performance Hall
 511 West King Street
 Carson City, NV
 Information  885-0612, 882-4542, or

Forums' Information by Date:

 Date  Monday, October 8, 2018
 Time  Doors open at 5 pm, Forum from 5:30- 9:00 pm
 Program  Statewide Ballot Measures' Pros and Cons:
 Question 1: Marsy's Law
 Question 2: Pink Tax Repeal
 Question 3: Energy Choice Initiative
 Question 4: Medical Patient Tax Relief
 Question 5: Automatic Voter Registration Initiative
 Question 6: Renewable Energy Promotion
 Date  Tuesday, October 9, 2018
 Time  Doors open at 5 pm, Forum from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
 Program  Invited Statewide Constitutional Officer candidates: 
          Lt. Governor 
          Secretary of State 
          Attorney General
 Date  Tuesday, October 16, 2018
 Time  Doors open at 5 pm, Forum from 5:30- 9:00 pm
 Program  Invited candidates by office:
 Congressional District 2:
           Mark Amodei and Clint Koble
 State Senate District 16:
          Tina Davis-Hersey and Ben Kieckhefer
 State Senate District 17:
          Curtis Cannon and James Settelmeyer
 Assembly District 39:
          Patricia Ackerman, Paul Cwalina and Jim Wheeler
 Assembly District 40:
          Al Kramer and Autumn Zemke

WashoeDEMS: Virginia Demmler Honor Roll Dinner 
This dinner honors the late Virginia Demmler, a lifelong activist whose leadership helped the Democratic Party of Washoe County achieve its success.    
 Date  Monday, October 8, 2018
 Time  Reception at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm 
 Location  Reno Ballroom
 401 N Center St
 Reno, NV 89501
  or send a check to:
  1465 Terminal Way, Suite 1
  Reno, NV 89502
 Featured Guests  Former Secretary Julian Castro,
 Senator Cortez Masto and
 Steve Sisolak, candidate for Governor


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
October 4, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:00 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 In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu

The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate.
"There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state legislator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.

"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." ― Walter Isaacson,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs

"[Mitch Landrieu] has done something, in his speech and his book, that other politicians should emulate. He's tried to reckon with America's sins while offering an optimistic, big-hearted and deeply patriotic defense of cosmopolitanism as the source of American greatness." —The New York Times  

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...

  • September 30th – Jacky Rosen Event (replaces October Monthly Meeting)
  • October 3rd – Book Club
  • October 28th – Record Street
  • November 6th – Election Night Party (replaces November Monthly Meeting)
  • November 10th – KTMB Cleanup