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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2021

Bold Actions Needed for a Bold and Progressive Immigration Bill

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Today is a new day for many people, today, the Biden-Harris administration is in the white house and has an opportunity to make things right for our country. In response to the immigration bill being proposed by President Joe Biden which is a very ambitious and comprehensive immigration package that will potentially help 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, Make the Road Nevada issued the following:

Areli Sanchez, Member Leader for MRNV

“I am a mother of two who has gone through so much during this pandemic, having to juggle being sick with covid and working to make ends meet is not easy. Watching the inauguration gave me a sigh of relief. We have fought hard to be able to see this happen, after going four years through a harmful anti-immigrant agenda that created fear in our communities, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s time to transform our outdated immigration system into one that is fair, humane, and functioning.”

Leo Murrieta, Director for Make the Road Nevada

“Though not perfect, this legislation embraces the talents and contributions of our nation’s immigrants. Many will remember that immigrants have faced harsh political realities and consequences long before Donald Trump became President. Our families have been a political football for too long, forced to endure as this nation’s political scapegoats whenever convenient for politicians while their very lives hang in the balance. If passed, Dreamers whom we have supported in many different ways at Make the Road will finally get an opportunity to become U.S citizens. As we continue to hear more from our new government, we will continue to keep them accountable for proposals like these to go through Congress successfully, and for issues to be fixed in our current immigration system, which will make it more likely for this reform to be approved. ”

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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, transformative education, and survival services

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Thank you to everyone who donated to our #MRNVgivingtuesday fundraiser. Together we were able to raise $1,375!

As part of our #MRNVgivingtuesday we went LIVE on Facebook on December 1st, 2020. We were joined by our member leader Emma sharing her personal story on how the pandemic has not only affected her work but also her health. Emma, like most undocumented working mothers, has been hit the hardest this year, and being ineligible to receive any federal relief makes it difficult to pay utilities and rent bills as they continue to stack up. Emma was one of the 385 immigrant families MRNV was fortunate to help with direct cash assistance this year and we want to help more families like hers in Nevada.


Watch our live fundraiser to see our journey through 2020,  see our members in action, our small businesses that have helped us along the way, and important resources from the Governor’s Offices of New Americans.

Even though our#MRNVgivingtuesday fundraiser is over, we will continue to collect donations for our Nevada Immigrant Relief Fund. You can still make a donation online here.

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Superintendent Jara has a conversation with Latinx families.

Our members had the opportunity to meet with Superintendent Jara this week and the topics covered are important to know. Here’s the run-down on the topics covered and the answers our community deserves. 

Family Support during this time is crucial to a successful school year. To do this, however, our families need support and for that, we’ve got some resources provided by the Superintendent. If you are struggling with internet connectivity or are in need of devices for your scholars, please know there is help. This link is where you can go to get the electronic help you need;  https://connectingkidsnv.org/

If you’re experiencing difficulties with your school-issued Chromebook, please contact your child’s school to make an exchange.

Special Education recipient families, please contact your child’s school to schedule a meeting to discuss your child’s education plan for this remote learning period. 

If a member of your family or your child contracts COVID-19 please communicate with your child’s teacher and remain in contact with them to ensure your student has everything they need to complete their work. Also, accommodations in the form of make-up work will be available from your child’s teacher. Again, please be open and communicate with your child’s teacher. 

Our Spanish speaking community will not be left behind this year. Teachers will be working with our families to ensure that instructions are clear and translated for our families to promote the help of families during this school year. ELL students will also be accommodated this year through private sessions with their teachers. 

Some students will be in need of credit recovery. In order to ensure the completion of their credits will attend ‘Saturday School’. Please contact your child’s school for details and for any questions. 

The bottom line familia, it takes a village to educate and prepare students for life. For this reason, we want to bring you as many resources as possible. Our website has many resources for our community. Please check out our resources here.

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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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Phase 1 began on May 9th, this past Saturday, effectively opening tons of non-essential businesses.

Governor Steve Sisolak has officially announced the state’s plan to reopen, Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery. The plan consists of 4 phases that will gradually open the state with the utmost caution. Phase 1 began on May 9th, this past Saturday, effectively opening tons of non-essential businesses. However, since May 1st, some changes had begun since non-essential retail businesses can begin to offer curbside pick-up like restaurants had been offering, drive-in church services are allowed, and outdoor activities like golf. 

As part of phase 1, some non-essential businesses are allowed to open back up with strict social districting guidelines. The state government is going to allow county governments to set guidelines. Dine-in restaurants are allowed to be opened at 50% in this phase but are required to make reservations, keep social distancing, and all employees must wear face masks. Similarly, personal care services can open but are only allowed to do appointments, must also keep social distancing, and are limited to one customer per employee inside. Social distancing will still be in place, therefore public gatherings with 10 or more are not okay yet. People who are vulnerable with underlying health conditions should still stay at home, as well as seemingly healthy people to lower the risk of being exposed to the virus. Remember that people may be contagious without showing symptoms. What is not to be open yet are large venues, bars, nightclubs, and entertainment-focused businesses such as movie theatres. 

During Phase 2, more businesses should be allowed to open, still following strict social distancing guidelines. Vulnerable people should still stay-at-home. Phase 3 should see an easing of more restrictions on public gatherings. The final phase should see our return to normalcy. Throughout these phases, the counties need to meet certain state set goals on case trends, testing, and contact tracing. 

The important part is to remember to remain practicing social distancing as of now, and through the phases despite the stay-at-home order being lifted. If you are in that vulnerable population, you should self-quarantine through the virus. Please, be sure to use a mask or face covering while in public to help prevent the spread of the virus.

This crisis has deeply impacted our community, we have compiled community resources on our website for you and your family’s needs. Visit maketheroadnv.org/resources 

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Every Monday and Thursday for the past few weeks, DACA recipients wake to the possibility that they will lose their protected status due to the pending Supreme Court decision. As another Monday passes, the uncertainty continues for DACA recipients. Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program now would leave many mixed-status families at risk during this COVID-19 pandemic. Not delaying a decision so life-altering as this is unjust. 

Aside from putting families at danger, a decision has the probability of cutting the job authorization of 700,000. Many DACA recipients are frontline, essential workers, putting their lives on the line for everyone else. DACA recipients make up 27,000 of the health care workers in the US that are helping combat COVID-19. During this time of crisis, adding status uncertainty on top of everything is the last thing we need right now. Deportation shouldn’t be on anyone’s mind while dealing with potential job loss or loss of a family member. Those fears intensified after reports of ICE continuing raids during shelter-in-place orders and other reports of ICE having a database of DACA recipients’ personal information. 

While we wait for the decision, DACA recipients should continue to renew their DACA as soon as possible. Despite the COVID-19 related closing of the USCIS offices, they will process applications using past biometrics.

If you need help filling out the application, we have people on staff who can help you. In addition, we also have our Las Vegas DREAM Fund, where you can donate and help us give out scholarships to cover the renewal fees. Please reach out to us at amgixs@maketheroadnv.org to see how we can support you.

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The first rounds of stimulus checks have reportedly gone out electronically. As a part of the CARES Act, the US government will be sending out stimulus checks of $1200 per adult and $500 per child proportional to one’s income. The checks will be based on your 2019 income tax or 2018 if you have yet to file your 2019 taxes. The payments are either by mail or by direct deposit if you gave your bank account info in your previous return. The first rounds of direct deposits have begun the week of April 13th for the lowest-earning folks. The first rounds of checks are set to be sent out the first week of May.

The Stimulus checks are eligible for citizens and non-citizens who file taxes with a social security number. Non-filers who usually receive Social Security benefits or make below $12,000 are eligible as well. However, if you are over 17 and claimed as a dependent, you will not be eligible and your claimant won’t get a check for you. For single filers, who make $75,000 gross income or less will qualify for the full amount, and for every $100 you make over that, the check decreases by $5. The same goes for heads of households with at least one dependent, but their point of decrease begins after $112,500. For Joint filers, that number is $150,000. 

Most people who filed their taxes in 2018 or 2019 will not have to do anything but wait for the checks to come in the mail or hit their accounts. But there are a select few that may need to take additional steps, non-filers are able to fill out a brief form on the IRS website to provide payment information. In addition, the IRS has said that people who receive Social Security benefits will receive their stimulus check like they receive their benefits. Tax filers who need to update payment information is now available on the IRS website here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

Make the Road Nevada’s mission of building the power of Latinx and working-class communities of color to achieve dignity and justice still continues during this pandemic. Our offices are closed but our team will remain available to our community digitally through email amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or by phone. Leave a voicemail at (702) 907-1560 with your full name and best return contact information so that one of our organizers may call you back. ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! The people united will never be divided!

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Student loans

All collections on defaulted loans have stopped, that includes wage, social security, and other garnishments

  • Talk to your employer
  • Automatic payment suspension until Sept
  • Borrowers should turn off their autopay – contact servicer or go online so they aren’t
    paying when they don’t owe anything
  • As long as borrowers are not in forbearance, they don’t lose their credit
  • DoE is hosting a call this afternoon
  • Do not choose the emergency forbearance and turn off your autopsy
  • Commercial loans are not included
  • No coverage for Perkins loans
  • Private student loans not included

Best tips

Turn off your autopay – no one is in the offices to help, so do it online!

Q: On emergency forbearance?

  • The forbearance was the immediate solution, we have a longer-term solution now
  • Reach out to your borrower on social media or email and have them stop the
    forbearance

Q: Any upside to continuing payment?

  • The upside is if you’re paying off your loan
  • If you’re working for loan forgiveness, you’re better off saving your money
  • If your wages are being garnished, you have to contact your employer to lift the
    garnishment
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March 16th 2019

OFFICE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The safety of our members and staff is our number one priority at Make the Road. Out of precautionary measures, and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we will be redirecting our staff to work remotely for the week of March 16th and will temporarily close our office doors for the time being. We will continue to assess and monitor the health situation on a weekly basis.

We have put together a list of resources for anyone affected by recent events do to the COVIN-19. You can find those resources on our Resource page in English here and in Spanish here.

Please do not be alarmed as our mission of building the power of Latinx and working-class communities of color to achieve dignity and justice still continues. Our team will remain available to our community digitally through email amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or by phone. Leave a voicemail at (702) 907-1560 with your full name and best return contact information so that one of our organizers may call you back.

We will be sharing important resources on our social media and website to keep the community up to date with important information. We want to remind the community you are not alone and we are all here together.

¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! The people united will never be divided!

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