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The death of George Floyd sent shockwaves through the world as well as within the states. His death was a result of police brutality, an ongoing issue in America. Too many black and brown lives before him have died at the hands of the police. Many of the officers involved in excessive use of force that resulted in the murder of countless black individuals go free with no consequences. It is time they are held accountable and that justice be served.

Our young people are able to make decisions and are capable of bringing forth valuable information and in times like these, it’s imperative that we listen. The youth is the future of our nation and in their hands lie the changes that will come. There are many young people in our city who are working for justice and equality on a daily basis and here is one of them. 

Adam Allen is a Youth Power Project council member who fights alongside us for justice. He Brings us a message on how we can be better allies during the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not our place to speak for our brothers and sisters, but it is our place to elevate their voices so they are heard. Adam tells us that as nonblack folks we should be doing everything we can to elevate the voices of the black community not replacing them.

Watch his video below to learn how to be a better ally. 

 

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The Youth Power Project (YPP) is a youth led program that engages young people in local grassroots organizing, policy innovation, and financial literacy education. If you want to be a part of the YPP you can apply on our website here.

You can watch a brand new LIVE conversation with a YPP council every Tuesday at 5pm on our Instagram.

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A long history of segregation and racism has instilled systemic racism that in recent years has become even more prevalent due to the internet and sharing platforms. These issues are not sporadic or new, but they have always been. As a society, we now are banding together, regardless of differences, to reintroduce the conversation of racism and systemic racism to the country and to our friends and families. As allies, it is our duty to speak up when we hear or see something racist.

Black and Brown communities are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement, however, the Black community is 2.5x more likely to be killed at the hands of law enforcement for even the simplest of infractions. In many cases, traffic stops have resulted in the deaths of members of the Black community.

Prejudices and racism begin at home. Racism is taught. To eradicate racism we must first begin with dialogue. Focusing on the deepest issues at hand and having honest conversations about the racist beliefs held by those around us. Have the difficult conversations, don’t be afraid to call your family and friends, and have this conversation when you hear something or see something they do to be racist. We must also elevate the voices of the community instead of speaking on their behalf. We are not their ambassadors, we are their allies and we are to stand by them and raise their arms and voices higher. Be an ally everywhere. Speak up against racism. 

For additional resources on how to start the conversation take a look below;

https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article243375201.html 

https://nacla.org/news/2020/06/09/dismantling-anti-blackness-together 

Starting the conversation en Español

 

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Nevada began Phase 2 of reopening on May 29th, 2020. Meaning some restaurants, casinos, and other businesses will be allowed to pen and function at a smaller capacity than normal. Full details about what kinds of businesses and when each will open have yet to be released, but are said to be made available sooner rather than later. Governor Sisolak has given some guidelines that businesses must follow in order to be allowed to reopen. In no way are businesses being forced to reopen, they are simply being given an option to do so.

For consumers and locals, these regulations include the requirement to wear face coverings and the constant disinfecting of common areas by management and staff of the business. Businesses have full authority to refuse service to those who enter the establishment without a face covering or to those who refuse to comply with CDC regulations. These include social distancing, safe handling of objects in the facility, as well as capacity regulations made by the business owners and staff.

Nevada is on the way to recovery and the public plays the biggest factor in ensuring that our communities stay healthy and safe. For more information on regulations and on business reopenings stay posted on our website as we will keep you updated.

UPDATES:

  • Face coverings are encouraged but are not required per the governor. However, businesses reserve the right to refuse service if face coverings are not worn. 
  • Employers and employees are to continue to work remotely if at all possible. 
  • Common areas are to remain closed;
  • Dine-in areas, place of large gatherings
  • Businesses are to strictly adhere to social distancing protocols and are to frequently conduct environmental cleanings. 
  • Employers are to encourage their employees to conduct a self-assessment and to stay home if they feel sick
  • Grocery stores are not to allow self to serve groceries or bulk groceries. 
  • Sports, where players are isolated from others, are permitted (golf, tennis) other sports where teams are needed and impact sports are also not allowed in public parks or recreational facilities. 
  • Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons are to continue strict social distancing and environmental cleaning. 
  • Gov. Sisolak has signed a directive today allowing schools, of all kinds, to open & conduct summer activities as normal while complying with safety measures.
  • A list of newly reopened business can be found here
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A message from the executive director Leo Murrieta of Make the Road NV

 


 

“As a community built up of Brown and Black people who are continually being demonized, harassed, whose families are ripped apart, and murdered by the same establishment that has failed in its most basic duty to protect and serve. Today, we demand justice for Black lives. The violent murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Jamel Floyd, Sandra Bland, and Nina Pop were completely avoidable and excessive, and that’s just a few occurrences among generations of police brutality and anti-Black violence.

As an organization built by thousands of individual members, all fighting for justice, now is the time to demand justice for all but especially justice for Black lives. Our call for Respect and Dignity doesn’t stop on immigrant issues, but extends so that all people, regardless of skin color, gender identity, or expression have the Freedom to Thrive.

That means we must also work to check the anti-blackness within our own community, we must now all become actively anti-racist and ensure that our community stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The Latinx community has benefitted from this long and generational fight for racial justice by our Black familia and we must acknowledge it and be thankful for their strength and courage through the centuries. At the end of the day, the man in the white house and every other racist in this country see us all the same. We know injustice when we see it and we should not tolerate it any longer. When our babies were in cages, Black people stood with us. When this president eliminated DACA, Black people marched beside us on Las Vegas Blvd. So now, it’s time for us to stand together against hatred, against anti-Blackness, and fight for a better today so we can all enjoy a prosperous tomorrow.

We need to make sure that the conversation is not about property but about the irreplaceable lives that have been lost due to lack of accountability over law enforcement, weak and complicit politicians who care more about their re-election than our lives, heartless District Attorneys, Public Prosecutors, and judges who thrive on throwing our children in cages, and the corruption and systemic racism within police departments in every community across this nation.

In solidarity, our hearts go out to all of the Black lives lost. We will take a moment of silence as we show some of their names, we know there are many more but here are a few.”

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