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Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) along with the Time to Care Nevada (TCNV) coalition went up Carson City Lobbying for Earned Paid Sick Days.
Monday February 18 was an exciting day for MRNV members as they, and other partner organizations, joined the TCNV coalition in their fight for earned paid sick days. The morning in Carson City started with a press conference in front of the Nevada State Legislative building where families made a rallying call to legislators on the importance of having earned paid sick days for Nevada’s working families. Our members held “Get Well” balloons and handmade “Get Well” cards. After the press conference, our members went into the Legislative building to find their representatives and deliver the balloons and cards. As elected officials, these politicians have a duty to listen to the concerns of their constituents, listen to their personal experiences, and to make laws that address these issues.
Setting up meetings with Legislators during this very busy day was tasking, but after 4 hours and some determination, we were able to meet with 12 elected officials. Each meeting took place at their individual offices thoughout the 4 story Legislative building. They each sat down with constituents from their district and really listened to their stories. Our members urged their elected officials to support the upcoming Earned Paid Sick day bill introduced by Joyce Woodhouse. Members attending included single families who discussed how difficult it was when they got ill and were forced to miss work, and thus go without pay, leaving their families financially insecure and not knowing how they were going to pay for groceries for that month. They also shared stories of being unable to take proper care of their children when they became ill or help them recover from an injury because they were forced to go back to work as soon as possible in order to not miss a much needed paycheck.
These stories are all too common for working families in Nevada. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, an estimated 487,869 private sector workers in Nevada, or 49% of the workforce, cannot earn a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses or seek medical care. Even one day without pay can prevent a family from affording the rent, a medical co-pay, or an electricity bill. Earned paid sick days not only makes working people’s lives better, it makes our communities stronger and turns our state into a more attractive place to live and work. Employers that offer earned paid sick days help keep our families and communities healthy by reducing the spread of illness and disease that can occur when people go to work or school sick. Currently, only four states require employers to provide paid sick days to their employees (California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oregon). It’s time Nevada becomes the fifth state to pass this economic justice for working families across the state!
View some highlights from our first trip to Carson City this Legislative Session below:
MRNV has Earned Paid Sick Days as a top priority of their 2019 Economic Agenda. Next month MRNV along with TCNV, will be making another trip to Carson City next month to testify in front of legislatures. If you or a person you love have been personally affected by not having Earned Paid Sick Days in Nevada and want to join in on this movement for Justice for working families, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TRUMP’S FABRICATION OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY ATTACKS OUR DEMOCRACY
Las Vegas, NV – Today, President Trump has declared a state of national emergency shortly after signing a bill that includes billions of dollars in funding border militarization. Trump declaring a national emergency is a threat to our country’s democracy, and a desperate attempt to receive money for his racist border wall.
Leo Murrieta, Director of Make the Road Nevada, issued the following statement:
“Once again President Trump has forgotten about the real issues that our country faces, his decision to declare a national state of emergency in order to take tax payers’ money for a border wall is an abuse of power. Trump’s blatant disregard for the very foundational pillars of our constitution just so he can attack immigrants and asylum-seekers is inexcusable. Congress should use their power to put an end to this recklessness.
Democrats in Congress handed the President increased funding for immigrant detention, border militarization, and played right into his plans to terrorize immigrant communities. If it were their families in danger or facing the kinds of threats, they just agreed to, maybe Congressional Democrats would have thought twice and fought harder to protect the American public from this President’s tirades. They must act now, stand up to this tyrannical President and block his actions swiftly.”
Additionally, the bill that was signed increases detention beds, militarizes our border, and does not block the administration from moving money from other important programs. Our immigrant families will continue to get attacked. We are counting on Congress to reject Trump’s declaration and stand up for all the people of America.”
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On Thursday, February 7 community members from Las Vegas together with Make the Road Nevada and Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center stood outside of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) headquarters to demand that Sheriff Lombardo end the deportation agreement the department has with U.S immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom showed his support by saying that the county should not be destroying families and aiding Trump’s deportation machine.
It all came after civil rights groups filed an open records request with Sheriff Lombardo’s office. The purpose of filing an open record request was to receive answers about the controversial 287(g) agreement. 287(g) is an opt-in federal program that uses state and local police forces to detain people suspected of being undocumented immigrants, giving ICE an opportunity to take custody of the person and potentially initiate deportation proceedings. It is important to note that this agreement can be terminated at any time by the Sheriff of the county. Five days after the request was made, the only answer received was an email from LVMPD asking for 30 days to compile the information.
Community members are anxious for the results in this request as this will uncover the truth about the real collaboration between LVMPD and ICE.
287(g) Small Victory “A Step forward”
After standing outside of the department’s headquarters last week, LVMPD’s lobbyist, Chuck Callaway, said the department will be changing its policy in regard to how undocumented immigrants with low-level traffic offenses get processed. According to reports, Sheriff Joe Lombardo has directed the jail to implement new procedures related to 287(g).
Our fight to eliminate 287(g) does not end here, this is just a step forward that will make our immigrant community feel safe while out driving or just walking in the street with their families. Many questions remain unanswered to fully understand LVMPD’s collaboration with ICE. We must also rebuild the trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement, and we believe LVMPD’s 287(g) agreement must be eliminated in order to do so.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRUMP CONTINUES WITH HIS RHETORICAL ATTACKS AGAINST IMMIGRANTS
Las Vegas, NV – The community in Las Vegas, Nevada gathered at the Make the Road offices to watch President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech. During his almost 90-minute address, Trump once again continued his attack on immigrant families and claimed that undocumented people are responsible for “reduced…jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals that are so crowded you can’t get in, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.” It is difficult to take Trump’s call for unity seriously after elevating these rhetorical attacks against immigrants.
Leo Murrieta, Director of Make the Road Nevada
“Watching this speech, I was reminded of the importance of our work. Make the Road is rooted in the knowledge that everyone, no matter where they were born, should be treated with dignity and respect. In his address, President Trump said that he believes in the importance of immigration reform, but then he used terrible, isolated incidents to paint immigrants as crazed, violent criminals saying, “Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens.” According to the facts, undocumented immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes, violent or otherwise, but we know that facts don’t carry much weight with this administration. We urge Congress to hold this administration accountable and defund his hateful agenda.”
Adam Berger, member leader at Make the Road Nevada
“President Trump has had years to bring this country together, but instead he has chosen to divide the country across every single line. If Trump wants to convince the country that he actually cares about unity, then he can start by no longer using government workers as political pawns, reuniting the immigrant families that his administration has ripped apart at the border, and stopping his use of political wedge issues like telling women they can’t make their own health decisions.”
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