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For Immediate Release:

REPRESENTATIVES FROM SOUTHERN NEVADA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION COMMENT ON THE ONGOING CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Make the Road Nevada hosted a roundtable with members from the community and representatives from Southern Nevada’s congressional delegation to talk about the current needs in Puerto Rico and how Congress can step in to assist. At the same time, a federal court hearing was taking place to decide what will happen to the island’s $72 billion public debt.

Across the nation many groups, including Make the Road Nevada, are asking for Judge Laura Taylor Swain, the judge presiding over hearings on Puerto Rico’s debt, to eliminate $6 billion in debt that was declared “illegal” by Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board last month and to cancel other parts of the debt.

In today’s roundtable, many commented on what is currently going in Puerto Rico;

Judy Fleishman, a member of the Puerto Rican Association of Las Vegas, issued the following statement:

“The United States says they responded to the disaster and they did, but Puerto Rico continues the need to receive help so they can recover after a hurricane that ended with a big part of the island destroyed. Puerto Rico needs funding and if some of this debt is not eliminated, it will hurt Puerto Rico for a long time.”

Congresswoman Susie Lee issued the following statement:

While Puerto Rico continues to rebuild from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the island, there is another crisis hurting our fellow Americans on the island: the territory’s debt crisis. Congress urgently needs to provide disaster relief and seriously review Puerto Rico’s current debt situation—which is being worsened by predatory practices from hedge funds and private companies taking advantage of an island still trying to rebuild,” said Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03). “I believe it is time for Congress to hold the Financial Management and Oversight Board accountable and address Puerto Rico’s ballooning debt before it’s too late.

Congressman Steven Horsford issued the following statement:

“I firmly support increasing aid to Puerto Rico, and I’ve called on the Trump Administration to release already appropriated funds to help the island. House Democrats have also called for additional relief funds. The Natural Resources Committee, on which I sit, has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico and has committed to look into this issue. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure the people of Puerto Rico receive the resources they need.”

Until Puerto Rican families are unburdened from the illegal debt, they won’t have the chance for a Just Recovery from Maria and from years of austerity.

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Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) builds the power of Latino and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation and transformative education.

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Since the start of the 2019 legislative session in Nevada, Make The Road NV (MRNV) began their efforts in ensuring that working families in our state have the opportunity to care for their health and the health of their love ones by supporting earned paid sick days. As soon as this issue was brought up to members of the Las Vegas community they couldn’t agree more. It was time to make sure all workers have the time to get better when they become ill. MRNV spoke with small businesses in the community, many of which agreed that earned paid sick days are needed and all employers should provide them for their employees to promote a strong and healthy work environment.

Fast forward to the beginning of the legislative session, members from MRNV, together with the rest of the Time to Care NV coalition, were ready to go from Las Vegas to Carson and speak to legislators about why earned paid sick days is important issue for them. The first bus trip full of supporters was on February 18th, 2019.

Earned Paid Sick Days moves on to the next level

On April 11th 2019, working Nevadans, families, and small business owners came together in front of the Senate Commerce and Labor committee to testify and advocate for the earned paid sick days bill, SB312. With no opposition, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee voted paid sick days bill SB 312 out of committee unanimously at the end of the hearing! The bill now moves to the Senate floor to be heard again and we at MRNV as part of the Time to Care NV coalition, will continue to go Carson City to urge our elected officials to support SB312 when it gets introduced again later this year.

During the testimonials, we heard emotional testimonies from MRNV organizers Bianca Balderas and Jose Macias who shared their personal stories of their own family members being affected by the inability to earn paid time off to take care of themselves when they fell ill. Jose lost his mother because she couldn’t afford to put her health first, like most working families, she needed to support her family, ignoring all the warning signs she had a stroke while working and later passed away as a tragic consequence. Families are unknowingly risking their own lives going to work to provide for their families and it’s NOT RIGHT!

 

 

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Join in the fight for economic justice as we continue battle for earned paid sick days!  Visit Time to Care Nevada and sign up to be involved on their website! Or send us message! You can help by:

✔ Sharing a personal story of how you’ve been affected by not having earned paid sick days
✔ Join us on our next bus trip to the state capital
✔ Come out to support during the next hearing in Las Vegas

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March 12,2019 Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) members reacted to the introduction of The Dream and Promise Act (DPA), which will provide a path to citizenship to over 2 million immigrants under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) programs. Our MRNV youth leader, Genaro Lorza spoke on the positive impact DACA has had on his life, and why a bill like DPA would allow for him and his family to have better life.

 

 

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       “I am one of the very few individuals that are lucky to have DACA and whose life has changed because of that, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 is a milestone for all Dreamers because it means we can come out of the shadows to be able to work and go to school without the fear of one day being deported. Now we might have the opportunity to change not just our lives but of those around us… and now we have the opportunity not just change our lives but the lives of the people that depends on us.”

DACA has opened doors for many undocumented immigrants in education and employment, removing the program will set their lives into disarray. DPA would provide the protections needed for DREAMers by finally granting them a pathway to citizenship at the same time, allowing them to continue to contribute to the country they call home. According to the Center for American Progress (CAP), in Nevada alone there are 3,600 Dreamers that would benefit from the passage of this bill. These are our friends, families and neighbors that deserve to be protected and feel welcomed in their communities. MRNV applauds the introduction of the bill in the house, it is a step forward in right direction for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Since the 2016 elections, immigrants have been vilified by President Trump and his supporters, causing many immigrants to fear for the worst. With many Obama-era programs at risk, DACA was at the forefront due to the anti-immigrant agenda. DPA is a beacon of hope for the 2.1 million Dreamers whose future has been in the air since the beginning of the Trump presidency.

MRNV strives to empower immigrant and working-class communities in Nevada to fight for economic and social justice, if you would like more information on getting involved, please contact us info@maketheroadnv.org

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