We are immensely ashamed of the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) decision to overturn Roe v Wade—half a century of precedent that protected a woman’s right to abortion. This a direct attack on people with uteruses—and a direct attack on low-income Black and BIPOC comunidades like ours. 

“[It’s] unconscionable and will fall hardest on Black and Brown people and immigrants who already face racial disparities in our healthcare system,” shared Make the Road Pennsylvania’s Director, Maegan Llerena in a Make the Road States statement.

In Nevada, abortion is still legal. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued an executive order to bolster abortion protections for out-of-state patients.. This protects providers, prevents agencies from participating in out-of-state investigations, and prevents extradition requests. Nevada law allows abortion up to 24 weeks—or if the patient’s health is at risk. 

Moving forward, we want to be a haven of resources and support. We will be working with Make the Road States and our Nevadan community to ensure our members stay informed, starting with an Instagram Live conversation hosted by us and Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada: 

On Thursday, June 30th our Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo Calderon and our Economic Justice Organizer, Abe Lugo will speak with MRNV youth leaders on SCOTUS’ decision and its impact on their reproductive rights and futures. 

“We need young people across the country now more than ever to become civically engaged and push out a generation that no longer serves our communities and its diverse populations,” said Lugo. “The goal of [the Instagram live conversation]  is to highlight what that can look like, how we can support these efforts, and to truly understand what the decision means to the entirety of the nation.”

The 30-minute conversation will begin at 5:00pm (PST) and is open to the public. Please join us. 

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If you would like to donate to the Wild West Access Fund of Nevada,  please visit: https://www.wildwestfund.org/donate/ 

If you would like to volunteer with Planned Parenthood, please visit: 

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The results are in and the Make the Road Nevada familia couldn’t be happier with the voter turnout at this year’s Primary election. After weeks of strategic planning between staff, members, and volunteers, we have now wrapped up the election season with success. 

Over the course of several months, MRNV provided the community with many voting-related resources to ensure everyone was not only informed on how to vote and why it’s important—but what are their rights while doing it, too. This year, our focus was to engage voters who are traditionally marginalized and excluded, which includes the Latinx, immigrant and multi-racial communities. 

From May 31st to Election Day (June 14th), MRNV and volunteers took to the streets to canvas, going door-to-door to increase voter engagement. We spoke with many folks and provided them with informative literature, building relationships in these diverse communities. At the end of our efforts, we accomplished 3,888 successful door knocks and 4,515 attempts. 

Aside from canvassing, MRNV and volunteers also phone banked. We provided information such as voting laws/rights, same day voter registration, and polling locations. The phone banking team made 22,953 phone calls and 53,7444 text messages. Way to go, familia! 

With such success, we look forward to continuing our efforts and gaining positive wins for our community this coming November!

 

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