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After five days full of economic justice-related information and resources, Make the Road Nevada wrapped up its Fair Work Week on July 8th. Hosted by our former Economic Justice Organizer, Abe Lugo, we dove into four crucial points: family sustainable work, unemployment in Nevada, Nevada’s minimum wage, and rising cost of living.

This week also consisted of having informative one-on-one conversations with state leaders on ways people can become a part of the economic change in Nevada. We spoke with Commissioner Tick Segerblom on July 7th and Senator Fabian Doñate on July 8th on topics such as minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and worker advocacy.

“If this is something that we want to do to increase the minimum wage, we have to advocate and get people to vote yes this upcoming November,” said Senator Doñate during the Facebook Live with Lugo.

We ended the Fair Work Week with information on how to take action, which included getting involved with our economic justice committee on Tuesdays, staying up-to-date with our economic justice campaign by contacting our Lead Organizer, Audrey Peral, and contacting your local representatives to demand change. You can also take action this upcoming election by voting yes on Nevada’s Minimum Wage Amendment, which supports adding higher wages by July 2024. 

For more information on our economic justice fair work week, please check out our socials today! You can also watch our interviews with Commissioner Tick Segerblom and Senator Fabian Doñate on our Facebook.

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Make the Road Nevada and Touro University are teaming up for a free vaccine clinic event this Thursday, February 24th, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm inside our office. All three COVID-19 vaccinations will be available fo adults and children 12+. The flu shot will also be available.

The Vaccine Clinic event will be take place at our Make the Road Nevada office: 

4250 East Bonanza Road Suite 20

Las Vegas NV 89110

All guests are required to wear masks at all times. We ask members to form a line outside suite 20 until a staff member is ready to let them in to get vaccinated. No more than 20 people will be allowed in the office, which includes staff. We are trying to provide a comfortable and safe environment for all those in attendance. A form will need to be filled out for Touro University to administer the vaccine. No identification is required.

Although it is not required to sign up for the event, we encourage members to fill out the form below to keep track of the number of people attending.

Vaccine Clinic Event:https://bit.ly/MRNVvaccineClinicEvent

We hope to see you there. Let’s get Nevada vaccinated!

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Visit our resources page and COVID-19 page for more information.

Not able to make it to the event? 

Sign up for our newsletter to be up to date with any upcoming like this: https://bit.ly/MRNVnewsletter

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As the number of COVID-19 rises in our state, according to the latest reports, it’s important to remember to get tested as soon as possible if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • nasal congestion
  • sore or scratchy throat
  • dry cough
  • lower back pain 

The CDC has recently changed its quarantine days from 10 days to 5 days. The shortened quarantine is because the virus occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior and to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Those who have tested positive but aren’t sick can return to work. However, those ill must stay home and no longer receive COVID-19 relief pay.  

“As a working-class, it is hard not to receive relief pay because I live paycheck to paycheck,” said Itzel Hernandez, our Health Equity Organizer. 

Not everyone is asymptomatic, and those who test positive should refrain from going out and remain home to keep others safe and stop the spread of Covid and other variants. 

Many places currently have a three-hour wait period for testing. Be sure to set an appointment with a clinic or pharmacy near you. 

https://bit.ly/vaccinekids

https://bit.ly/BoosterDoses

https://bit.ly/CovidTestingSitesReopening

The new Omicron Variant has been said to spread much faster than other variants and tends to be less severe.

Make the Road Nevada strives to inform our community and provide resources during these times. It is important to keep in mind that although the vaccine does not prevent people from getting COVID-19, It does help reduce symptoms, so the illness does not attack the body as aggressively as those who are not vaccinated. 

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for upcoming vaccination clinics, and check out https://www.immunizenevada.org/ for more information.

To learn more and access resources about Covid, check out our website’s resources: https://maketheroadnv.org/resources/

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Our offices are closed, but our team will remain available through email at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or phone at (702) 907-1560. Leave a voicemail with your full name, contact information, and one of our organizers will call you back.

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Our BIPOC communities are facing a challenge like no other. The pandemic and the vaccination efforts have left our communities vulnerable to a deadly virus that sees no difference in people or shows any mercy on account of healthcare availability. Make the Road Nevada has partnered with Immunize Nevada to take the vaccine to where our gente are. Our team and that of Immunize Nevada are dedicated to keeping our community safe. These past few months we have had 2 vaccine clinics where people were able to come and be attended in their native language and were given access to the vaccine and other resources by caring individuals who are willing to go above and beyond to make sure we all come out of this pandemic together. 

At our offices on Lamb and Bonanza, the heart of the Eastside, we saw our gente come with their families from all over to get vaccinated. One of the most common comments our team received was that they felt safer coming to our offices and being with our team than going elsewhere. This brings us so much joy to hear that our gente trust us to care for them on all fronts. We will continue to work for our community and hopefully soon, we can all be together again. Adelante Juntos! Si Se Puede!

 

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We will dedicate every Thursday to reminding you that it’s essential to take a mental break and unwind. We will be sharing mental health resources and mental health exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home to help you decompress. It’s not a secret that we are currently living in scary times, but it’s essential to check up on yourself. We are all here because this movement needs to be led by our community, but first, we need to take a moment to exhale the anxiety away and breathe in strength to continue. 

One way to find out about your local public mental health clinic in Nevada is to contact Crisis Support Services of Nevada at (800) 273-8255 or calling 2-1-1 Nevada. For general information about the Nevada public mental health system, you can contact the Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s central office at (775) 684-4200.

 

For more mental health resources visit our website here.

 

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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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Las Vegas, NV – On Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 am, activists united for a press conference and caravan from Make the Road Nevada’s office around our community during a nationwide day of uprisings to protest the Senate’s failures to provide relief during the biggest eviction crisis the U.S. has ever faced. 

Unless there is immediate government action there will be unprecedented mass evictions. Our members will be displaced, courts will be overwhelmed & the pandemic will worsen because our communities are unable to shelter in place. It is time for our representation to ACT, Mark Amodei, What are you doing to ensure Nevadan’s aren’t evicted once the Moratorium is lifted? What are you doing to ensure the safety of those risking their life for the sake of the economy? What are you doing for those who gave you their vote in hopes you would stand with them? -Anthony Giron, MRNV Member Leader

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the national economy, with 631,858 Nevadans filing for unemployment over the past five months. Although Governor Sisolak has extended the eviction moratorium for 45 days, this only postpones the inevitable. As many as 40 million people could be kicked out of their homes in the coming months. Real relief is long overdue.

Make the Road Nevada members joined thousands across the nation to demand this relief. They call on the Senate to cancel – not postpone – rent, to reinstate the $600 unemployment insurance many in now-closed industries were depending on to survive, including all workers in any relief or stimulus, provide free testing, help small businesses with grants – not loans, and make sure our students can learn safely. The anger and frustration are reaching a breaking point as people continue without relief and the Senate has stalled. The Las Vegas protest was organized by Make the Road Nevada as part of a national uprising organized by The Center for Popular Democracy, CPD Action, and Unemployed Action, a movement of 15,000 workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. You can find pictures and videos here.  

“Stop evictions. Help our residents without a home. We owe it to the 183,000 Americans that have fallen to COVID-19, to start making steps in the right direction. As it is our responsibility to voice our concerns, it is theirs to uphold. Rent is not due, relief is. Thank you.”Abraham Lugo, YPP Member Leader

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On August 6th, we will be joining thousands of people nationwide in car caravans (and on foot, masked and socially distanced) to remind senators that workers, families, small businesses, and communities ARE the economy! And we demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, provide the COVID relief we need to survive and to thrive!

We call on the Senate to:

  • Extend the $600 unemployment insurance! #SaveThe600 #ExtendUI
  • Provide cash assistance for all! #FundExcludedWorkers
  • Provide free testing & healthcare for all!
  • Provide grants to small businesses to keep workers on payroll and small businesses alive!
    …because #WeAreTheEconomy!
We are also calling on Governor Sisolak and the State to release the funds of the thousands of Nevadans that have been waiting through the entire pandemic. These are people’s lives that are at stake, their rent and bills aren’t waiting until the fund’s release.
This event will be fully distanced, please remain in your car and bring your mask and sanitizer!
Feel free to decorate your own car at home before you come to the event.
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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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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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