Report in RGJ (Reno Gazette Journal):
District plans for more home visits by teachers
We did it together!
April 7th was a victory for voting rights in Washoe County!
When we learned that the Washoe Registrar had a plan to eliminate Sunday voting during early voting, ACTIONN and allies came together to ensure that our Washoe County Commissioners knew that the community was watching.
We spoke out about the need for early voting to continue in Washoe County on Sundays. You emailed the commissioners. And ACTIONN leaders with allies went to the County Commissioners meeting.
And then, the Commissioners reversed the plan to eliminate Sunday voting!
ACTIONN plans to encourage congregants from our faith communities to form a habit of civic participation,by voting together on Sunday's.
We stood together. And because we took action, voting will continue on Sundays.
Please thank our Washoe County Commissioners for doing the right thing and restoring our voting rights! Click here to thank them!
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
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.
Reno Gazette Journal,
Path to Citizenship Public Assembly Draws Crowd in Reno, 5/29/13
A crowd of more than 1,000 in St. Therese-Little Flower Church erupted into applause when U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rose to speak. "I have spent more time on immigration than any other issue," Reid said. "Because to me, it's a very personal one."
KTVN Channel 2 (CBS),
Campaign for Citizenship – Senator Harry Reid, 5/29/2013
Today's "path to citizenship public assembly" was held at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Reno... and included speeches from Senator Harry Reid and Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis.
KRNV Channel 4 (NBC),
Hundreds Gather at Immigration Rally , 5/29/2013
Immigrants and multi-faith neighbors shared their stories of hardship and struggle during the event. Senator Harry Reid attended the event along with other community leaders and politicians.
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.
Listen to ACTIONN's Rev. Neal Anderson and Pat Fling on the radio.
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 Together in Organizing Northern Nevada ~ develops 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 through over 32 participating congregations and is deeply rooted in the stories of our people and our shared faith values. 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.
ACTIONN is supported by the PICO National Network, a national network of faith-based organizations.
with more than 1,000 member institutions representing one million families in 150 cities and 17 states.
PICO is one of the largest community-based efforts in the United States and together we are lifting
up a vision for our region and country that unites people across region, race, class and religion.