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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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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.
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June 5th 2019 The 80th Nevada legislative session has come to an end and with it comes an array of victories for Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) and our members! After a long 120 days of lobbying for bills that were aimed to help working families in Nevada, members had the opportunity to participate in the legislative process! Our members showed legislators in our state that they are present and involved in Nevada ! Although there were many victories there still a lot of work to be done especially towards the bills that died in this legislative session but that address important issues for our community.
As a part of the Time to Care NV coalition, members successfully lobbied for SB 312, a bill requiring employers with 50 or more employees to provide earned paid sick days. MRNV members made monthly bus trips to Carson City, Nevada, in order to meet with state legislators and share the stories and struggles of working Nevadans. The passage of AB 456, which raising the minimum wage to $12 over the next five years, resulted in another big win for economic justice after a decade with no increase!
We saw great victories for immigrant justice! We successfully organized as part of the Nevada Immigrant Coalition(NIC), and with the help of Senator Selena Torres, for AB 275 which removes any citizenship requirement need to acquire professional licenses. This is a victory that our members can be really proud of as this bill will open the doors for so many undocumented immigrants, allowing for them to start their own business and stimulate the economy. In addition, the Office of New Americans was established through SB 538 and immigrants being informed of their miranda rights through AB 376. However, the work for immigrant justice doesn’t end at the end of the legislative session, we still need to work to end the 287g program.
One of the issues that our members are most passionate about, housing justice, saw advances that would help those Nevadans on the verge of homelessness. So many Nevadans live one emergency away from failing to make rent and being evicted. With the passage of SB-151, the bill buys those Nevadans an extended period of time and protections when facing evictions. AB 174 helps the homeless population find housing as it establishes the Nevada Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Housing.
The work doesn’t end here, for the members of MRNV there are still needs that are not being met. We still need to end the terrorization of ICE in our neighbors through the 287g program. There is still more that can be done for the imminent housing crisis, and we can’t let the $12 minimum wage raise be ceiling but only just the beginning, because our communities are still facing life changing economic struggles.
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nevada’s Legislative Session Wraps up
Las Vegas, NV – Since the beginning of the 80th Nevada legislative session, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) members focused their organizing efforts to pass policies around economic, immigrant, and housing justice. In coalition with partners like Time to Care Nevada (TCNV) and the Nevada Immigrant Coalition (NIC), we achieved landmark policies to improve the quality of life for immigrants and hardworking families.
As a member of TCNV, MRNV supported SB312, which gives Nevadans working in a business with over 50 employees the ability to earn paid days off so they can take care of themselves and their loved ones. AB456 & AJR10 raised the minimum wage for the first time in over a decade, another priority of the TCNV Coalition.
In partnership with the NIC, we called for the creation of the Office of the New American (SB538) and supported AB376 which ensures immigrants are informed of their Miranda rights when being detained. We also championed the passing of occupational licensing for all Nevadans via AB275.
Nevada is facing a housing crisis and housing advocates in Northern and Southern Nevada dedicated their time to lay the groundwork for stronger housing justice policies in the following sessions. Over 200,000 working families are rent burdened, living one emergency away from becoming homeless. SB151 passed giving renters more time to pay the rent and providing more tenant protections.
MRNV is proud to be following the leadership of Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center and to be a part of the effort to end Clark County’s 287(g) agreement at the local level and promote legislation that stands up for immigrant families at the state level.
Nevada’s 80th legislative session was historic for many reasons. Outstate took the first steps to ensure that Nevada’s most vulnerable are being heard and protected. We look forward to continuing to work with Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center to eliminate 287(g) and Metro’s relationship with ICE, and with NIC and TCNV to ensure that the bills passed really work for Nevadans. We will continue our work with these and other partners to hold our elected officials accountable and ensure Nevada is a a place where all people can live with dignity and respect.
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MRNV builds the power of Latino and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation and transformative education.
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May 14th 2019, Make the Road NV (MRNV) had their fifth and final lobbying trip of the 2019 legislative session, as part of Time to Care Nevada (TCNV), members have been making monthly trips from Las Vegas to Carson City to meet with state legislators. MRNV members met with state senators and assembly members, among those, were Mo Denis, Ozzie Fumo, and Susie Martinez. The goal was to share the stories of working families and to not only pass the bill on earned paid sick days, SB 312, but to have a bill that includes employers with less than 50 employees. If those employers were to be excluded, roughly 192,000 Nevadan workers will not receive the benefits of earned paid sick days. Those 192,000 Nevadans include some of the workers that most needs earned paid sick days.
It was approximately 50 people on this bus which included staff from Mi Familia Vota, Battle Born Progress, Planned Parenthood, Indivisible, and PLAN. After an 8-hour long bus ride, having finally arrived in Carson City, TCNV members had dinner and prepared for a long day of lobbying for the next day. The next day, members started their day with a brief explanation of what lobbying is and how it can be powerful. After getting into groups they headed to the capitol, they were in and out of meetings with state legislators, having meaningful discussions, and pushing for a better bill on earned paid sick days.
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MRNV member, Amparo Cruz, and her family had to endure the unthinkable, her son was diagnosed with leukemia. When the diagnoses came through Amparo and her family couldn’t afford to stop working to care for her son, they had new medical bills to pay on top of all their other expenses. Earned paid sick days would have allowed the family to be there for their son.
We have less than a month left in the legislative session, sharing the stories of those workers affected by the lack of access to earned paid sick days is the key to passing bill SB-312. For more info contact us at email@example.com or visit timetocarenv.org
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May 9th 2019, the Nevada legislative session has been winding down, with less than a month remaining, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) has been working towards bills that aims for Nevadans to have a better quality of life. MRNV’s members have been busy going to committee hearings, lobbying trips and reaching out to their state Legislators. Their effort resulted in all of our voting rights, housing, and immigrant rights bills making it through the first house passage. One of MRNV’s largest campaign is earned paid sick days, bill SB312, and it has been making its way through Senate committees. The coalition for earned paid sick days, Time to Care NV will be having one last lobbying trip to keep the push for a stronger bill that includes as many Nevadans as possible.
Make the Road Nevada is involved in the following Bills in the Legislative session 2019:
AB 275 Occupational licensing for Non-citizens
AB 376 Makes local law enforcement agencies report statistics of prisoners transferred to federal agencies, such are ICE
Puerto Rican & US Territories Justice
SB 396 Makes it simpler for people from US territories like Puerto Rico and Guam to transfer their licenses in Nevada
SB 312 Requires business provide earned paid sick days for workers to take care of their health or family without risking financial security.
AB 456 Raises the minimum wage to $12
SB 398 empowers local government to address affordable housing.
SB 256 Prohibits discriminatory practices on the basis that the income of a person is derived from governmental benefits.
SB 151 Eviction reform which increases the period of time before the removal of tenants.
SB 425 Requires the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to amend the State Plan for Medicaid to provide certain additional home and community-based services
AB 174 Creation of the NV Interagency Council on homelessness.
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Since the start of the 2019 legislative session in Nevada, Make The Road NV (MRNV) began their efforts in ensuring that working families in our state have the opportunity to care for their health and the health of their love ones by supporting earned paid sick days. As soon as this issue was brought up to members of the Las Vegas community they couldn’t agree more. It was time to make sure all workers have the time to get better when they become ill. MRNV spoke with small businesses in the community, many of which agreed that earned paid sick days are needed and all employers should provide them for their employees to promote a strong and healthy work environment.
Fast forward to the beginning of the legislative session, members from MRNV, together with the rest of the Time to Care NV coalition, were ready to go from Las Vegas to Carson and speak to legislators about why earned paid sick days is important issue for them. The first bus trip full of supporters was on February 18th, 2019.
Earned Paid Sick Days moves on to the next level
On April 11th 2019, working Nevadans, families, and small business owners came together in front of the Senate Commerce and Labor committee to testify and advocate for the earned paid sick days bill, SB312. With no opposition, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee voted paid sick days bill SB 312 out of committee unanimously at the end of the hearing! The bill now moves to the Senate floor to be heard again and we at MRNV as part of the Time to Care NV coalition, will continue to go Carson City to urge our elected officials to support SB312 when it gets introduced again later this year.
During the testimonials, we heard emotional testimonies from MRNV organizers Bianca Balderas and Jose Macias who shared their personal stories of their own family members being affected by the inability to earn paid time off to take care of themselves when they fell ill. Jose lost his mother because she couldn’t afford to put her health first, like most working families, she needed to support her family, ignoring all the warning signs she had a stroke while working and later passed away as a tragic consequence. Families are unknowingly risking their own lives going to work to provide for their families and it’s NOT RIGHT!
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Join in the fight for economic justice as we continue battle for earned paid sick days! Visit Time to Care Nevada and sign up to be involved on their website! Or send us message! You can help by:
✔ Sharing a personal story of how you’ve been affected by not having earned paid sick days
✔ Join us on our next bus trip to the state capital
✔ Come out to support during the next hearing in Las Vegas
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NowThisPolitics invited, Obama’s ex-housing secretary and first Latinx presidential candidate to announce their running for 2020, Julián Castro to have an intimate conversation with local community members of Make the Road NV (MRNV). The discussion was aired live on March 1, 2019 on social media. Members had the opportunity to discuss with Castro some of the issues MRNV is currently working on including affordable housing, earned paid sick days, the 287g program, and education, among other topics.
During the discussion, Jose Macias, MRNV Organizer, shared his family’s story and the reasons he personally fights for Earned Paid Sick Days and living wages.
“…if my mother had a living wage and earn paid sick days she would’ve still be alive today. My family had to live through the deepest pains we ever lived through when we lost her and by sharing my story I wanted to make sure that this conversations where happening because I don’t want others families to go through what we went through with my mom. Mothers should be able to have routine check ups or stay home if they feel sick and not worry about rent money” -Jose Macias
Julian Castro showed his support for Earned Paid Sick Days and living wages,
“I believe we need leadership that says, everybody counts in the United States… I am going to work so everyone has paid sick leave because I believe that it is important for our families, in the end our businesses are going to be stronger if your employees are able to take paid sick leave, so they can take care of themselves and be healthy when they are in the job” – Julian Castro
We would like to thank Presidential Candidate Julian Castro and NowThisPolitics for taking the time to give MRNV members a platform where they can be heard, and also to Now This for making this possible. You can watch the full conversation below or here.
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Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) along with the Time to Care Nevada (TCNV) coalition went up Carson City Lobbying for Earned Paid Sick Days.
Monday February 18 was an exciting day for MRNV members as they, and other partner organizations, joined the TCNV coalition in their fight for earned paid sick days. The morning in Carson City started with a press conference in front of the Nevada State Legislative building where families made a rallying call to legislators on the importance of having earned paid sick days for Nevada’s working families. Our members held “Get Well” balloons and handmade “Get Well” cards. After the press conference, our members went into the Legislative building to find their representatives and deliver the balloons and cards. As elected officials, these politicians have a duty to listen to the concerns of their constituents, listen to their personal experiences, and to make laws that address these issues.
Setting up meetings with Legislators during this very busy day was tasking, but after 4 hours and some determination, we were able to meet with 12 elected officials. Each meeting took place at their individual offices thoughout the 4 story Legislative building. They each sat down with constituents from their district and really listened to their stories. Our members urged their elected officials to support the upcoming Earned Paid Sick day bill introduced by Joyce Woodhouse. Members attending included single families who discussed how difficult it was when they got ill and were forced to miss work, and thus go without pay, leaving their families financially insecure and not knowing how they were going to pay for groceries for that month. They also shared stories of being unable to take proper care of their children when they became ill or help them recover from an injury because they were forced to go back to work as soon as possible in order to not miss a much needed paycheck.
These stories are all too common for working families in Nevada. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, an estimated 487,869 private sector workers in Nevada, or 49% of the workforce, cannot earn a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses or seek medical care. Even one day without pay can prevent a family from affording the rent, a medical co-pay, or an electricity bill. Earned paid sick days not only makes working people’s lives better, it makes our communities stronger and turns our state into a more attractive place to live and work. Employers that offer earned paid sick days help keep our families and communities healthy by reducing the spread of illness and disease that can occur when people go to work or school sick. Currently, only four states require employers to provide paid sick days to their employees (California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oregon). It’s time Nevada becomes the fifth state to pass this economic justice for working families across the state!
View some highlights from our first trip to Carson City this Legislative Session below:
MRNV has Earned Paid Sick Days as a top priority of their 2019 Economic Agenda. Next month MRNV along with TCNV, will be making another trip to Carson City next month to testify in front of legislatures. If you or a person you love have been personally affected by not having Earned Paid Sick Days in Nevada and want to join in on this movement for Justice for working families, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Make The Road Nevada Unveils their 2019 Economic Justice Agenda
Las Vegas, NV – Over the weekend, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) celebrated their one year anniversary. Since day one, they have focused on building power in the Latinx community. In their one year celebration, the organization not only highlighted their first year’s victories together with DREAMers, Route 91 survivors and Puerto Ricans in the community, they also mentioned their priorities in the upcoming legislative session.
“We will be fighting for earned paid sick days, because our families are important and when our kids or other spouse get sick we need to be able to take time off. Other important issues are, increasing the minimum wage, updating the state’s DMV systems to transfer drivers’ licenses from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, affordable housing and tenant rights, and providing professional occupational licensing regardless of legal status”, said Leo Murrieta, executive director with MRNV.
Members of Nevada’s Congressional delegation as well as state and local officials also made an appearance at MRNV’s celebration where there was more than 300 attendees, offering supportive statements on issues like paid sick days and others that concern families in Nevada. Congressman Steven Horsford mention that families should consider their health and their children’s health as a priority and that earned paid sick days will allow this for families. Congresswoman Dina Titus was also present and gave thanks to Make the Road for helping the community on issues that concern them specially under the current administration.
MRNV is part of a larger family of Make the Road organizations on the east coast. Today, these organizations are at the front lines of the resistance to anti-immigrant federal attacks, and local and state efforts to raise wages, defend immigrant rights, and advance racial justice policies.
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