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Members and staff of Make the Road Nevada attended last week’s North Las Vegas City Council meeting in support of the new Dolores Huerta Resource Center— a community center aimed at opening doors for the Latinx community in the city. 

During the meeting, Serafin Calvo, Director of Community Services and Engagement for the City of North Las Vegas, along with Community Outreach Specialist Maggie Mora, gave a memorable presentation to the Mayor, City Council and large crowd in favor of the center. 

“The objective of this proposal is to educate and improve the quality of life, by identifying the barriers and replacing them with opportunities such as wellness programs that deal with mental, physical, and emotional health by helping them understand their rights  as well as creating a safe and educational environment,” said Mora. 

Those identifying as Latinx make up more than 41 percent of North Las Vegas’ population. This number continues to rise daily, and with that growth comes the need to provide a dedicated location for the Latinx community to receive assistance. Currently, there is no such resource in North Las Vegas.   

There are many barriers that this project aims to address, including but not limited to: lack of education; low graduation rates; low participation in civic engagement; lack of trust in the government and authorities; language barriers; lack of knowledge regarding one’s rights—  to name a few.  

The objectives of the Dolores Huerta Resource Center will be to focus on health and wellness, financial literacy, work development, recreation, arts and culture, educational workshops as well as after-school programs for Latinx youth. By making this investment, the city will be able to provide a long overdue place of trust for all Hispanic families.

Not only will this be a resource center, but rather a means to enrich the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community. 

“This is a hallmark moment for our city,” according to NLV Councilman Isaac E. Barron. 

At the conclusion of the presentation, Mayor John J. Lee and City Manager Ryann Juden said that the wheels were already in motion and the dream of the Dolores Huerta Resource Center would soon become a reality, and no other action was needed from the council or community. They hope that the center will be ready to open in early 2023.   

 

For more information, visit our website or contact Audrey Peral, Director of Organizing, by emailing audrey.peral@maktheroadnv.org

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Make the Road Nevada is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada who along with community members advocate for seven main pillars: immigration justice, economic justice, housing justice, environmental justice, health equity, youth justice and civic engagement.  

Our mission is centered around our working-class immigrant community’s needs to achieve

dignity and justice. We fight for our community through organizing, transformative education, policy innovation, empowering, mobilizing and providing resources. 

After the horrific mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert at the Mandalay Bay on October 17th, 2017, MRNV identified dozens of undocumented immigrants who had been working the event who were turned away from receiving the support other citizens in attendance received. 

As one of our very first acts as an organization, we worked closely with these survivors to ensure they received the help needed to heal physically, mentally and emotionally. This group became our first cohort of member leaders and went on to set our initial priorities. 

Make the Road Nevada has a reach of over 11,000 members in our state. Our membership spans generations and represents countries across the globe. We universally welcome the LGBTIQ+ community, immigrants from all nations regardless of status, and allies in non-marginalized communities. 

Supported by our organizing staff, our members lead our campaign committees and develop campaign plans to bring necessary change into their communities; we at Make the Road Nevada believe change is a collaborative effort between member leaders, members, and staff. 

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If you have any questions about Make the Road Nevada or would like to get involved, please email us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org, or contact one of our organizers through our website. 

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