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On August 26-28th 2019 Make the Road Nevada showed up to the People’s Convention with the Center for Popular Democracy affiliates from across the country in Detroit with over 60 members.

On Friday, the first day for MRNV started with a march to the Cobo Center, where everyone was welcome with a party of people dancing to drums. As the event officially started everyone had the chance to hear from speakers like Ana Maria Archila, Linda Sarsour, Jennifer EppsAddison, and many others. Members from different organizations asked questions to presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro. After a day full of inspiring speakers over 1500 leaders, 53 multi-issue, multiracial organizations from 131 cities, 34 states, DC and Puerto Rico marched down the streets in Detroit to battle injustice in Healthcare, climate, housing, immigration, and racial & gender justice. To view more photos visit People’s Convention Photo Gallery and Detroit March Gallery

 


 

 

 

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Make the Road Nevada members, as part of the Nevada Immigrant Coalition (NIC), created change for the immigrants of Las Vegas that aspire to own their own business one day.

Hearing after hearing during the 80th Nevada legislative session, MRNV & NIC members showed up in support for bill AB275 that would bring an equal opportunity to immigrant workers of Nevada. The result of a lot of hard work, was passing the most progressive immigrant bill in all of the United States, professional Licensure.

So what does this bill do? AB 275 allows state regulatory boards to license people with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number(ITIN) as opposed to requiring a Social Security number(ssn). The passage of AB 275 opens the doors for immigrants to become entrepreneurs and break into career fields that were previously unavailable. Beforehand, only people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA) recipients were eligible to receive a teaching licenses, and that was only introduced in Nevada after a bill was signed into law in 2015. No other state licensing board licensed regardless of immigration status even if other education requirements were met. The licenses now available can be seen below:

 

 

With countless new opportunities for the immigrants of NV, it may feel overwhelming to start. That’s why we did some research on how you can get certified by some of the licensure boards in Nevada. 

The first real step is deciding what business you want to open, for this example we chose a beauty salon. 

Step 1: Obtaining an ITIN

To obtain an ITIN, you need to apply for one from the Internal Revenue System (IRS)

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/how-do-i-apply-for-an-itin 

 

Step 2: Beauty School

We contacted a couple of beauty schools from all across the Las Vegas valley, Paul Mitchel, Euphoria institute and Expertise are accepting students with the use of ITIN. However, without legal status, you will not qualify for financial aid.

 

Step 3: Take the Nevada Board of Cosmetology Exam and certification

Once you complete beauty school and take the state exam, the board requires a form of identification and the use of an ITIN. 

 

Step 4: Work at an established salon or begin your own salon

To start your own business, you need to go through some additional steps. Here are some helpful resources to get you started:

https://nevadasbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Empezar__su_negocio.pdf

http://business.nv.gov/Resource_Center/Nevada_Business_Start_Up_Guide/


Los miembros de Make the Road Nevada crearon un cambio para los inmigrantes de Las Vegas que aspiran a ser dueños de sus propios negocios algún día.

Miembros de Make the Road Nevada acudieron audiencia tras audiencia durante la sesión legislativa de Nevada número 80, los miembros de MRNV y NIC se presentaron para apoyar el proyecto de ley AB275 que brindaría la oportunidad de que inmigrantes indocumentados tengan su propio negocio. El resultado de mucho trabajo duro fue que finalmente se aprobara la ley de inmigración más progresista de todos los Estados Unidos.

Entonces, ¿qué hace este proyecto de ley? AB 275 permite que el consejo de licencias estatales otorguen licencias a las personas con un Número de Identificación de Contribuyente Individual (ITIN) en lugar de requerir un número de Seguro Social (SSN). La aprobación de AB 275 abre las puertas para que los inmigrantes se conviertan en empresarios y entren en campos profesionales que antes no estaban disponibles. De antemano, solo las personas con destinatarios de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) eran elegibles para recibir una licencia de enseñanza, y eso solo se introdujo en Nevada después de que se promulgara un proyecto de ley en 2015. Ninguna otro consejo estatal tiene el poder de otorgar licencias independientemente de el estado migratorio, aunque hayan cumplido otros requisitos de educación. Las licencias ahora disponibles se pueden ver a continuación:

 

 

Con innumerables nuevas oportunidades para los inmigrantes de NV, puede ser abrumador comenzar. Es por eso que investigamos cómo puede obtener la certificación de algunas de las juntas de licencias en Nevada.

El primer paso real es decidir qué negocio desea abrir, para este ejemplo elegimos un salón de belleza.

Paso 1: obtener un ITIN

Para obtener un ITIN, debe solicitar uno del Sistema de Impuestos Internos (IRS)

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/how-do-i-apply-for-an-itin 

 

Paso 2:  Escuela de belleza (Ejemplo)

Contactamos a un par de escuelas de belleza de todo el valle de Las Vegas, Paul Mitchel, Euphoria institute y Expertise están aceptando estudiantes con el uso de ITIN. Sin embargo, sin estatus legal, no calificará para recibir ayuda financiera.

 

Paso 3: Realice el examen y la certificación de la Junta de Cosmetología de Nevada

Una vez que complete la escuela de belleza y tome el examen estatal, la junta requiere una forma de identificación y el uso de un ITIN.

 

Paso 4: Trabaje en un salón establecido o comience su propio salón

Para comenzar su propio negocio, debe seguir algunos pasos adicionales. Aquí hay algunos recursos útiles para comenzar:

https://nevadasbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Empezar__su_negocio.pdf

http://business.nv.gov/Resource_Center/Nevada_Business_Start_Up_Guide/

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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.

Download the PDF hereNV’s Congressional Delegation at MRNV

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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, NVSince 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 info@maketheroadnv.org 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:

Immigrant Justice

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

Economic Justice

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

Housing Justice   

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.

If you would like to get involved or would like more information, please contact us: info@maketheroadnv.org

 

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