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  • From the blog

    The Case for Reparations for the Black Community

    The Case for Reparations to the Black Community

    Reparation
    Noun rep· a· ra· tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈrā-shən\
    Definition
    1a: A repairing or keeping in repair


    Cory Booker recently announced that he was going to author a bill, saying “this bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”


    I agree wholeheartedly with Senator Booker that we need to look at ways to repair the damage done to communities by racial bias and the unintended consequences of policies that have exacerbated the problems. I humbly propose a few ideas for his group to study. I hope all Libertarians will join me in this effort to make reparations. After all, we can point directly to our government for the major institutional racial bias and bigotry that is rampant in our society through many of our institutions and industries that are heavily regulated by our government.

    1)   Immediately stop this drug war that overwhelmingly targets and abuses and financially destroys the lives of peaceful people in our lower income and minority communities through cash bail, asset forfeiture, loss of voting and gun ownership rights, criminal records that make job hunting difficult, as well as the pressures put on those in the family that must survive while a family member is in jail. There is no justice in a system that allows celebrity and white privilege to avoid this war while the poor and minority communities get ground down. Another aspect to look at is how most cannabis companies are friends of politicians and overwhelmingly white people own them. To jail some people, and then allow others to actually make huge profits for the same act is not equality. This is the easiest “repair” to make. Do it now.

    2)   Commercial opportunities are few and far between in our black communities. There are older buildings with dirt lots surrounding them. Whole blocks without stores and typical businesses that would line the streets of a neighborhood. A perfect example in Las Vegas is near the Walker African American Museum (Some VERY interesting items of black history in Las Vegas. 705 W Van Buren Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106 see Gwen). There are dirt lots up and down the street. When we make it near impossible to get loans/credit in the community, when the local government makes zoning and permitting difficult, when we make hair braiding licenses in Nevada harder to get than a police badge (yes...more hours to get a hair braiding license), why are we surprised when these communities are lacking local businesses and opportunities? To add insult to injury, for those businesses that do get off the ground, they must compete with Amazon and other huge corporate entities who are subsidized by local, state and federal governments. How is a small business going to compete with a larger competitor that doesn’t have to pay property taxes, or has other government tax and subsidy benefits? Repair this by allowing communities to expand their commercial activity through deregulation and free and fair markets.  

    3)   Repair our schools. In Nevada, we have the worst schools in the country. Full stop. We are last. I am not speaking hyperbolically. I told the Clark County School board last year, “You are the Cleveland Browns of Public Education” (Cleveland was 0-16 that year)...but I followed it with “however, the Cleveland Browns failed with less than half the budget of Clark County Schools administrators.” Every politician says our schools are important. Liars. Every single politician that screams about how important the schools are, and promises to do every bit of digging and begging and fighting to get more money for teachers are outright, no question about it, liars. Pants on fire...liar liar liar. How do I know this? In Clark County, there is no politician who has yet to address the 5000 non-teaching administrators who make 6 figure salaries with benefits and lifetime pensions. 5000 WHO MAKE OVER 6 FIGURES. There are IT Managers, CCSD “Police,” assistant principals and many others making 100k, 200k, 250k...and more. In fact, one CCSD Security Guard made 40k in OVERTIME last year and cleared $150k total. Teachers start about 40k, and a policeman made that in overtime on the Administrative level. IF you are going to make reparations, please consider our schools a priority, and don’t punish the teachers, parents, and students anymore. 5000 administrators who administer the worst schools in the country DESERVE to pay their fair share. If they don’t like it, promote some teachers to $99k/year. They will appreciate the raise and do a better job. Then use the money you save to hire more teachers for higher salaries. Win/win.

    I hope these three areas are good places to start. We can discuss the racket of insurance and pharmaceutical company corruption and government protections of their market shares through tariffs, subsidies, and outright government mandates/bans. There are so many instances where politicians are saying one thing, and yet their actions defy their words. It is time to stop telling me how important equality, opportunity, and fairness is; and start to show me.

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    LP in the News (4/14/2019)

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    We have fresh news and lots of inter-party political fighting happening across America, from local politics to state and federal races, to the 2020 presidential race!

    Let's start with some news from our own backyard here in Nevada. From Las Vegas, the Epoch Times wrote an article about Wayne Allyn Root's new book, Trump Rules. They were nice enough to mention the Libertarian Party, since Root is a former LP candidate. However, we want to make it clear that Root left the LP years ago to rejoin the GOP, and that we in the LP are NOT fans of Donald Trump or his disregard for the Constitution; not the ban on bumpstocks, nor the lack of disclosure on foreign civilian casualties in our wars, and certainly not a phony state of emergency to pay for a useless Berlin-style border wall.

    KARK (NBC News Arkansas) reports that the Arkansas LP is suing the [Republican-controlled] state government over a new petition law that requires the LP to almost triple its petition signatures from 10,000 to over 26,000. 

    "We told our legislators that they were re-establishing a standard that had been overturned in federal court back in 2006, but they passed it anyway," says Michael Pakko, the chair of the state party. "We have clear precedent on our side." Pakko also said, "As if to add insult to injury, they made it even more difficult by moving the deadlines. Prospective challengers to the established incumbents shouldn’t have to form parties and select candidates over a year before the general election."

    On that same subject, many thanks to the Arkansas Times for re-publishing LP Arkansas' press release denouncing this move by the state government's two-party duopoly. We say two-party duopoly, but it's always been almost exclusively the GOP that goes out of its way to make our lives difficult.

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  • Upcoming Events

    • 2019 State Convention

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      You are invited to the 2019 Libertarian Party of Nevada State Convention! Credentialing begins at 9 am and the Call to Order will be at 10:30 am. Join the fastest growing party in the state to celebrate our dramatic growth in voter registration and hear about how you can get involved. Click here for the media advisory. At this Convention, you will be able to:

      1. Make changes to the Libertarian Party of Nevada Bylaws - see the latest text copy here, and download a PDF here.

      Please email State Secretary Lou Pombo at louis.pombo@lpnevada.org with your Bylaws Amendment Proposals at least 7 days in advance of the Convention (no submissions after Saturday, April 27th). No Bylaws Proposals will be accepted from the floor of the Convention - only germane changes to previously submitted amendment proposals. NOTE: You must be a dues-paying member to participate in this part of the Convention ($60 or more donated from May 4, 2018 - May 4, 2019). You can donate now by clicking here.

      2. Elect the State Executive Committee.

      All seven members of the state executive committee are up for election to the 2019-2021 term (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Southern Regional Rep, Northern Regional Rep, and At-large Rep). For more information on the Executive Committee positions and their functions, please see article V of the Bylaws. NOTE: You must be a dues-paying member to participate in this part of the Convention ($60 or more donated from May 4, 2018 - May 4, 2019). You can donate now by clicking here.

      3. Hear Reports from all 7 members on the outgoing Executive Committee about the work they have accomplished this past two years with your help.

      Of particular interest is the annual Treasurer's Report (Tim Hagan), detailing the explicit income and expenditures of the Party, as well as the State of the Party address by the Chairman, Jason Smith. You will also hear a report from Vice-Chairman David Colborne, Secretary Louis Pombo, Northern Regional Representative Sam Toll, Southern Regional Representative Debra Caren Payne, and At-large Representative Wendy Stolyarov. Please click here to learn more about your 2017-2019 Executive Committee members.

      4. Participate in a Report from the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Nevada to the Executive Committee and ask questions.

      This report focuses on the Party's specific progress in the past two years on 5 key areas: Donors, Donations, Volunteers, Social Media, and Voter Registration. It also details the goals for the coming two years of the Party. This report is compiled from the hard work of the Party's volunteers and leaders in 2017-2019 - if you'd like to join the leadership team, please see positions and an application here

      5. Listen to powerful testimony from Libertarian volunteers all over the state, as well as some exciting guest speakers!

      We'd like to thank our donors, volunteers, and registered voters for making 2018 an incredible year - and we look forward to kicking off the 2019-2020 election cycle right If you want to help the Party, be sure to sign up to volunteer, donate to the Party (or even become a dues-paying member!), and register to vote as Libertarian Party of Nevada!

      You can also volunteer at the Convention - sign up at a shift below. From 8a - 9a we need people to help us set up the Convention room, signs, banners, etc. From 9a - 10:30a we need people on the Credentialing team, assisting with the photographer, and greeting people as they arrive to become a credentialed delegate. Thank you in advance for your assistance, and we look forward to seeing you there!

      Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 45 rsvps
      The Beacon Center in Las Vegas, NV
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