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Help us create a new t-shirt design for Make the Road NV (MRNV), winning artwork will be printed and sold at upcoming events! Proceeds from these shirts will go towards our DACA renewal funds to help our local DREAMers renew their applications.

Directions: Use 1-2 colors to create an original design no larger than 10×10 inches on any of the MRNV issues we fight for: Economic Justice, Social Justice, Immigrant Justice, Housing Justice, Justice for Puerto Ricans, Women’s Rights, Climate Justice, Justice for the LGBTQ+ community.

Deadline: September 30th, 2019 Email original designs or scans as a .pdf or .jpeg to amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or deliver artwork in person to Robert Cabrera at 4250 Bonanza Ave Suite 9, Las Vegas NV 89110 on or before the due date. No more than 2 submissions per member and group collaborations will be accepted.

Download the rules and template here

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Make the Road Members gathered in the parking lot outside of our offices, preparing for a big day of sales ahead of them. On Saturday, August 31 community members either set their own booth to sell their items or helped set up a booth of donations, where all the proceeds were going into MRNV’s DACA fund for renewals. Some of the donations varied from clothes and shoes to electronics and small furniture. Even after being a hot day in Las Vegas one of the members donated two jugs full of aguas frescas, a hot commodity for a hot day. For the past month staff and members sold raffle tickets, on the day of the garage sale winners were announced throughout the day.

Our DACA raffle consisted of many great prizes, that were all donated by supportive partners in the community. There were fifteen prizes in total, ranging from gift cards to gift baskets, with the main prize consisting of a one night stay at a cabin in Mt. Charleston. Congratulations to the main prize winner, Ashley, as well as all the other winners; Emma, Grecia, Astrid, Adam, Greciela, Krys, Kathia, Jenny, Maria, Mario, Crystal, Carolyn, and Josefina. Thanks to everyone’s participation, the raffle alone collected $1,195, that’s raised enough for two DACA scholarships.

Why raise funds for DACA? The goal of this was to raise funds for our scholarship fund for DACA renewals. We know that renewing DACA can be very costly for families, especially if there is more than one DACA recipient in the family. With the cost of renewals at $500, the cost quickly adds up in a family causing excessive financial strain. With the scholarship, we hope to ease that financial burden, so that more childhood arrivals have the opportunities they deserve, in the country they call home. We were able to raise enough money to fund four DACA renewals, totaling $2,262! 

We thank everyone that contributed by donating an item and we thank our members for volunteering on such an important event for our DREAMers. Stay tuned for more events coming up where you can make a contribution. 

If you couldn’t attend and would like to help support a DACA recipient for their renewal, you can donate to our DACA Scholarship Fund here(Link to Donations). To stay informed and get involved, join us at our weekly community meetings and come back to our website for the latest information.

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Miriam is the first DREAMer featured in our “I am a DREAMer” series! She is 22 years old and was brought to the United States at the age of 8. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, she has managed to make a life for herself and her family with no direct path to citizenship. As a mother and main provider for her family, her future in the only country she knows and grew up in is uncertain.

In November, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear cases on the DACA program. Now more than ever, we need to stand with #Dreamers.

Renew your DACA, Donate to help others, and get involved!

If you live in Las Vegas, NV and need assistance with renewing your application or you want to share your story and get involved in the fight to PROTECT OUR DREAMers email: info@maketheroadnv.org

Donate to help local DREAMers renew their DACA http://bit.ly/MRNVdonate

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As a part of Immigrant Heritage Month, we are highlighting the experience as an immigrant of our member leaders. Rosario Moreno is a founding member of Make the Road NV! She is a part of our “Familias Unidas” committee, that focuses on the economic justice for the working families in Nevada. She has taken an active role at weekly member meetings, as she cooks for all the members and even leads the discussions at times. Without Rosario’s contribution, we may not have been as successful in pushing bills through the Nevada legislator, or recruiting new people to the meetings. Her “Lucha es Fuerte!” and her determination was shown by going on four bus trips to Carson City, urging legislators to support Earned Paid Sick Days!

Rosario emigrated from Mexico City, Mexico, with her husband, with only one goal, providing a better life for her children. She was fleeing a life of poverty and knew that life in the United States was going to be something different, but definitively better. Her life in Mexico was hard, she was stuck in poverty like so many Mexicans that decided to search for opportunity across the border.

“Ahorra la vida es muy difícil con este señor que entró, ya hasta en la calle vamos atemorizados, vamos con miedo precisamente a causa de este señor…”

Since having moved here, Rosario has experienced a change in the treatment and the way immigrants are viewed in the US. She tells us that life for an immigrant has become more difficult and much more dangerous under the current administration compared to when she first arrived in the US. The rhetoric that President Trump spews has caused fear in so many contributing immigrants. She believes that immigrants, like her, contribute everyday just by going to work. She compares a day without immigrants in Las Vegas, would look like a ghost town. Her message to immigrants struggling under the current administration is “La unión hace la fuerza” meaning unity creates strength. There are power in numbers and we at Make the Road NV are here to make sure that our immigrant communities voices are united, strong, and heard!

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The Long Journey of DACA, from 2012 to the Dream and Promise Act of 2019…

On June 15  2012, undocumented immigrants all around the US were given hope of a better life, one no longer in the shadows, and with more opportunities in education and careers. Undocumented Immigrants that arrived as children under the age of 31, now dubbed DREAMers, were given legal status and work permits through an executive order from President Barack Obama. This meant they could now attended college, get jobs legally, and acquire driver licenses. The DREAMers were now protected from being deported from the only country they have known as home, since some of them left at a very young age and didn’t have the opportunity to visit their native country.

The name DREAMers originated from a series of failed federal legislations called the Dream Act, and in response to the lack of legislation being put out by congress, President Obama decided to issue the executive order, with the hopes that legislation will soon be passed. However, any form of legislation never came to fruition, and as the Obama Administration ended, the DREAMers were left unprotected with their futures up in the air. Many of those DREAMers took advantage of opportunities given to them, some of them earning degrees, others working their way up legitimate career fields. With the beginning of the Trump administration, the entirety of the DREAMers’ lives could be uprooted any second, and when the Trump administration ordered that DACA come to an end, all the DREAMers were once again no longer welcomed in the country they called home. As of right now, the decision to end DACA is under judicial review, having been ruled against, the DREAMers are safe for now but their futures remain cloudy.

 



 

“This is critical, and it’s worth celebrating even though, we have more work to do because this sends a strong message, not just from the democratic party, but across the nation and across the yard to the senate”

-Dina Titus, District 1 US Congresswoman  

Since the introduction of DACA, deporting the DREAMers would be the same as deporting Americans, there is no difference between a child that arrived at one year old or one that was born in the US. Some DREAMers didn’t find out they are undocumented until they are old enough to apply for driving permits or when the time for college applications comes around. For the Trump Administration to tell the DREAMers, that they’re not valued and they’re not allowed to be a part of this country. The hope of the DREAMers lies in the hands of congress passing the Dream and Promise Act and the 2020 Presidential Race.

On June 4, 2019, DREAMers got to celebrate the passage of HR6, the Dream and Promise Act, in the House of Representatives! The following Friday June 7th, MRNV hosted the Nevada congressional delegation to celebrate this victory! We had Congresswoman Susie Lee, Congressman Steven Horsford, and Congresswoman Dina Titus speak about the bill along with members of the Nevada Immigrant Coalition and the community. Our leaders talked about continuing the fight as HR6 moves onto the senate, where the fight becomes tougher.

To learn more about the Dream and Promise Act visit our page here: The Dream and Promise Act of 2019

 

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For Immediate Release: June 7, 2019

Las Vegas, NV –  Today, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) hosted Representatives Dina Titus (NV-01), Steven Horsford (NV-04), and Susie Lee (NV-03), community members and other progressive organizations in the celebration of the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act. These representatives are co-sponsors of H.R.6, this legislation provides protection for up to 2.5 million immigrants which include DACA, TPS and DED holders. The Dream and Promise Act represents the first time in several years that a legalization-only bill has moved forward for a floor vote.

“As a first generation college student I am deeply passionate about education and striving for the best to represent my family and my community… The Dream and Promise Act will give us a fighting chance to finally be on the path to citizenship for people that want to contribute to this country further. ”- Genaro Marcia-Lorza

“Passing the Dream and Promise Act was about every person in this room that made phone calls and made your voices heard, activism has consequences and produces results and this passage of the Dream and Promise  Act was one of the most emotional votes….I will tell you, Si se Puede ”- Congresswoman Susie Lee

“It is so nice to come home, to be with friends to be together and have something to celebrate…It is worth celebrating even if we got more work to do because this sends a strong message not just from the democratic party but across the nation and across the yard to the senate on the other side, just how strong this community is.” – Congresswoman Dina Titus

“We have to go back to what this is really about, and it is all of your families,  and we have communities across the board that are affected by a broken immigration system… I’m proud that H.R.6 passed out of the house, 100 percent of the house democrats voted for it. While we still have more work to do get this done, you deserve the credit”- Congressman Steven Horsford

Make the Road Nevada is counting on the leadership of Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez-Masto and Jacky Rosen to continue standing alongside Nevada’s immigrant families as they defend HR6 while they urge their Republican colleagues in the Senate to support the Dream and Promise Act.

Download the PDF hereNV’s Congressional Delegation at MRNV

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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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Argelia Rico is 25 years old and lives is Las Vegas, Nevada, special Needs Student Tutor & Pre-K assistant. She is one of the young bright leaders growing out of the community-based movement for immigrant justice.

As a 25 year old advocate for immigrants, full-time Special Needs tutor and Pre-K assistant, and supermom to a beautiful little girl, we are incredibly proud to say she is a part of our organization.

Community Leader
Mother to a Beautiful Little Girl

She shared her captivated story on how she got pregnant at the National Women’s March event, where she gained national recognition in this struggle for dignity and justice.

She is eligible to renew her DACA in this brief window of time, giving her time to make sense of what the political battles being fought in congress mean for her family.

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