Report on Race and Policing Symposium
On May 22, 2015 ACTIONN co-sponsored a Race and Policing Symposium which was well attended by over 280 people. ACTIONN leaders and many members of the public were present along with the Washoe County Sheriff, the Reno and Sparks Police Chiefs, and many other law enforcement officers.
There was much discussion about how to improve the treatment of immigrants, how to prevent deportations, how to increase the diversity within law enforcement, the response to citizen complaints and more.
ACTIONN's role in the symposium was limited but planning has already begun about the next steps.
ACTIONN's Immigration Reform and Racial Justice team is working on increasing citizen input into law enforcement, citizen input into the hiring of the next permanent Reno Police Chief and the implementation of body cameras for all law enforcement officers. We are also working to help set goals with the law enforcement agencies to increase diversity and encouraging more outreach to increase hiring of women and people of color.
News Channel 8 KOLO Reports on Race and Policing Symposium Interviews ACTIONN Director. Click on link below:http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Symposium-on-Race-and-Policing-304673211.html
News Channel 2 Report on Race and Policing Syposium ACTIONN Leaders Ask Questions. Click on link below:http://www.ktvn.com/story/29131474/conversation-about-race-with-police
Victory For Health Care Jobs of the Future
ACTIONN succeeded in securing commitments from decision makers to create training programs in three needed health care fields so local people can earn living wages. Watch this short exciting video of the public assembly.
When ACTIONN leaders filled the gallery in the Senate on Thursday, February 12, 2015, they wowed the Senators by their numbers.
Briefings on ACTIONN's issues were delivered by ACTIONN leaders and Senator Joyce Woodhouse, Assemblywoman Theresa Benitez-Thompson and State Department of Education Superintendent Dale Erquina.
Word spread around the building that ACTIONN was in the house, and other electeds, including Senator Mo Denis, Senator Pat Spearman and Assemblywoman Amber Joiner appeared to show their support for ACTIONN's message.
"We knew what we were talking about. You could tell that the electeds were impressed with us. They listened. They took notes. They asked lots of questions. And some scheduled followup visits," shared ACTIONN leader John Saludes from Little Flower Catholic Church.
ACTIONN RELEASES REPORT/ RECOMMENDATIONS ON WORKFORCE TRAINING
ACTIONN has released a report from its 14-month study of the skills gap between the local need for health care workers and the lack of Nevadans qualified to fill the jobs, despite the local economy where Nevada is experiencing one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.
The study, Creating Jobs: Health Care Jobs of the Future Initiative, Addressing the Severe Shortages in the Training Pipeline for Health Care Jobs in Nevada, was released Thursday, August 14 at a local press conference. See here for full report.
featuring Parent, Harmony McQuade and Teacher, Sandra Mueller, discuss the impact of:
Parent Teacher Home Visits
on children's educational outcomes,
with radio host Jessica Levity.
and here is a second show featuring ACTIONN. Leader Lois Bianchi and
teacher Sandra Mueller
Report in RGJ (Reno Gazette Journal):
District plans for more home visits by teachers
Jobs Strategy Team
ACTIONN leader Ruth Stacy's Op Ed piece in the Reno Gazette Journal describes a best practice ACTIONN's Jobs Strategy Team is considering for Nevada: www.rgj.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/03/25/indiana-offers-model-for-nevada/6832867/
Three Yeses for Support
“We know in education anything is possible when we build trust through relationships,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “This is about changing lives and changing communities for the better.”
At ACTIONN's Public Assembly on Wednesday, March 26th, 250 persons turned out at First Congregational Church to call on the Washoe County School Board and Superintendent to increase the number of schools doing Parent Teacher Home Visits from 12 to 16 with an expansion of funding from $200,000 to $300,000.
All three decision makers, Superintendent Pedro Martinez, School Board President Barbara Clark, and School Board Trustee, Lisa Ruggerio, enthusiastically said yes to this request.
Big Thanks to all the ACTIONN leaders who made this happen! Onward and Upward!
Lani Guinier, civil rights activist and law professor at Penn State, spoke at the University of Nevada, Reno
about getting involved and putting in the time to make a difference.
See Pat Fling's report in the Reno Gazette Journal,
ACTIONN is now a Gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.
ACTIONN's Leadership Council approves a federated
Path to Citizenship campaign!
Local Media Reports on ACTIONN
Northern Nevada Business Weekly, 8/28/14,
had an article about ACTIONN's Smart Solutions Report:
Nevada Nurses Association's February Newsletter "Nevada RNFORMATION" , had an article about ACTIONN's Health Care Jobs of the Future Task Force. Down load the newsletter here. Note that the link in the newsletter to this website is in error. It's www.actionn.org.
Local PBS affliate, KNPB, featured an in-depth story on ACTIONN. See it here
KTVN Channel 2 News,
Interfaith group ACTIONN
urges the House of Representatives to call for a Vote on the Path to Citizenship, Sept 4, 2013
Interfaith group ACTIONN urges the House of Representatives to call for a Vote on the Path to Citizenship when they return to Congress. Local radio ads sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Reno and PICO feature Fr. Francisco Nahoe, Rector, St Thomas of Acquinas Catholic Cathedral in Reno and Hug High School Student, Sam Mendoza to urge listeners to call Congressman Amodei.
Local Radio Ad
A local radio ad is running on Northern Nevada FM stations sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Reno and PICO. Fr. Francisco Nahoe, Rector, St Thomas of Acquinas Catholic Cathedral in Reno and Hug High School Student, Sam Mendoza urge listeners to call Congressman Amodei.
Northern Nevada Business Weekly,
State grapples with shortage of healthcare workers
, May 27, 2013
The jobs crisis in healthcare is threatening to get worse as providers in Nevada, like in much of the country, struggle to fill positions ranging from cardiologists and registered nurses to lab technicians and medical coders. The problem is not new, but it is being exacerbated by a surge in demand from an aging population and an expansion of Medicaid. ... part of a new health care task force launched last week by Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada, a broad coalition of religious groups founded last year with a goal of expanding jobs in the area. The Healthcare Jobs for the Future Task Force includes Nevada Assemblyman David Bobzien, the mayors of Reno, Sparks and Carson City and representatives from Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Renown Health and local school districts.
Reno Gazette Journal,
Price of becoming citizen questioned in Reno, June 1, 2013
More than 1,200 supporters of immigration reform filled St. Therese Church of the Little Flower last week, some of them with their immigration status depending on the outcome of congressional consideration of the issue.
Crowd Exceeds 1,200 to Call for Immigration Reform
Reno, NV— U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid joined a standing room only crowd of over 1,200 where 16 speakers called on Congress to pass fair and affordable immigration reform on Wednesday, May 29th at Little Flower Catholic Church in Reno during a Public Assembly.
Senator Reid shared the immigration story of his father in law from Russia and how he has worked on immigration reform more than any other issue this year. He declared, “Immigration is a moral issue, not a political issue.” At that the crowd erupted into enthusiastic applause.
Health Care Jobs Task Force Launched
ACTIONN launched its Health Care Jobs of the Future Task Force May 24, 2013. Attended by leaders from the health care providers (employers) and educational institutions, Carson Mayor Bob Crowell described how growing our health care trained professionals is a sustainability issue so more young, college educated young people don’t flee the state in search of opportunities that don’t exist in Nevada.
ACTIONN Awarded Proclamation
by Nevada Senate
On Friday, April 19th ACTIONN was awarded a proclamation by the Nevada Senate, recognizing ACTIONN’s leadership in transforming the way we do business, educate our children, and create jobs in our community.
In Northern Nevada
ACTIONN’s public assembly to push for implementation of Parent Teacher Home Visits on Tuesday, April 2nd, at the Unitarian Universalist of Northern NV was a huge victory. Over 200 leaders from 32 faith communities joined together to support improving education in Northern NV.
Support from educational decision makers requested a yes or no answer to support for this year's request by Superintendent of Washoe County Schools, Pedro Martinez, for funding for $200,000 for Parent Teacher Home Visits. Both Washoe County School Board of Trustees President, Barbara Clark, and Board of Trustees Member, Estela Gutierrez, agreed to do so, as well as to support increases in funding for the next 5 years.
Founding Convention Report
See report by local media. Click on this link:
On Tuesday, October 9th ACTIONN held its founding convention at Little Flower Catholic Church in Reno.
This historic event set the stage for the diverse faith community in Northern Nevada to work together
to create change.
Nevada is at the bottom of all states in the US for high school graduation rates and at the top for unemployment. We have had a culture that devalues education and an economy built on industries that will never recover from the decline they are experiencing.
The 512 participants were there to express their support for ACTIONN's founding platform to improve education and create jobs in Northern Nevada. The participants included 3 Bishops from the Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.), Roman Catholic, and Episcopal faiths, as well as 28 different faith communities and many clergy and religious leaders.
We received strong commitments from the elected and appointed officials to work with us to create jobs and improve schools. We will now followup with them to implement the changes we need.
ACTIONN ~ Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada ~ develops the leadership of people of faith at the grassroots level to achieve power for positive change. Bringing people together across racial, economic, and religious lines, ACTIONN listens to the stories of the people in Northern Nevada and is deeply rooted in those stories. ACTIONN leaders connect with civic and political leaders to build relationships, identify common concerns, find solutions and take action to improve the quality of life and expand opportunity for all Northern Nevada families, especially the most vulnerable. ACTIONN expands the everyday person's ability to grow into leadership, to develop analysis, to be strong partners with public officials and policy makers to impact long term measurable systemic change.
To date ACTIONN has provided training and engaged people from 29 different faith communities in our work together.