Delegates from 5 nations met with Nevada labor and civil rights leaders at the Northern Nevada Labor Temple in Sparks on July 29, 2013.

Visitors: Is America still tough enough?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-1-2013 Sparks Tribune

Office of International Visitors
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Non-Governmental Organizations and Civic Activism II
A Multi-Regional Project

July 15 — August 2, 2013

Primary Program Contacts:
Ms. Marilyn Saks-McMillion and Mr. Martin Rozenberg
World Learning
1015 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone (202) 464-8531 or (202) 464-8537; Toll-free (800) 858-0292
Email <> or <>

Department of State Program Contacts:
Ms. Janice Brummond and Ms. Jordan Fox

Office of International Visitors
Telephone (202) 632-6167 or (202) 632-9402
Email <> or <>


Madeline Burak
International Visitor Program Coordinator
Northern Nevada International Center
(775) 784-7515 ext. 228 or (cell) (775) 250-0087

Andrew Barbano /
(775) 882-TALK [882-8255]

The visitors were split into four teams visiting Washington, DC; St. Louis, Missouri; Seattle, Washington and Reno-Sparks, Nevada.


Mr. Rotanark SOY


Mr. George Mayamiko JOBE




Mr. Grzegorz KOT

Sri Lanka

Mr. Horakanda Arachchillage Nishantha KUMARA
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Kumara was unable to attend.]




Other International Incidents

In 2005, I had the honor of educating a university law school dean from Thailand about the besieged state of American unions. Dr. Khettai Langkarpint was shocked to find out that the United States is far from being a workers' rights paradise.

In 2008 at the once and future Reno-Sparks community TV station, I got to meet with a group of journalists from throughout Africa. I obtained their e-mail addresses and still stay in contact with my "Africa Corps."

In 2009, I met with a group of radio and TV news people from the dictatorship of Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic in south central Asia near Afghanistan.

They were afraid to say anything either thru a State Department interpreter or on-air. I was only able to convince them all to say "hello" and wave to the audience on my live TV talk show. I sent them all home with "Union Yes" lapel pins from Laborers' Union Local 169.

All of the July 29 guests speak English. (They all left with Northern Nevada Central Labor Council and Union-Yes pins.)

Andrew Barbano

Visitors: Is America still tough enough?

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-1-2013 Sparks Tribune

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