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For Make the Road Nevada (MRNV), the new year has started off with a big fight for housing. Beginning Thursday, January 9th, the Las Vegas community showed up to Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s State of the City to oppose her continued criminalization of the homeless population in Las Vegas. The following Wednesday the 15th of January, we showed up to protest against an addition to the homeless ban ordinance at the City Council meeting. In February, we will be celebrating our two year anniversary and officially launch our housing campaign. 

Every year, the mayor of Las Vegas addresses the status of the city, similar to the presidential State of the Union address, in a State of the City address. In the address, Mayor Goodman touted new projects coming to the Las Vegas area while defending the homeless ban first introduced last year, showing us once again that profits are being valued over people. While defending the homeless ban, Mayor Goodman cited the expansion of the Courtyard, a so called shelter that is outdoors, consists of park benches, and the equivalent of yoga mats for beds. 

The following Wednesday, MRNV members were once again protesting outside of city hall, this time to oppose the addition to the homeless ban to streets during sweepings, mentioned by Mayor Goodman in the state of the city. The new addition again consists of a thousand dollar fine and six months in jail. Not only has this never been a problem, but this is a clear demonstration of the war on the poor. A car would receive a $25-$100 fine for being parked during street sweeping. We know that someone who can’t afford a car should not be fined up to 40x more than someone who can afford a car and receive a misdemeanor offense. Sadly, the city council decided to vote in favor of commercial interests and against the people, further marginalizing the homeless community. Thank you to Olivia Diaz and Brian Knudsen for standing with our community.

 



 

We need leaders who stand with the people, housing should be a human right. Help us by joining this fight for just housing laws by coming to our Affordable Housing Committee on Friday at 1:00 pm At our Affordable Housing Committee, you will stay up to date with the latest actions going on in.. Help us celebrate our 2 year anniversary and the launch of our housing campaign on Feb. 15th. 

For more information, email us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or come to our weekly meetings. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 26, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Builds on Movement for Housing Justice in Nevada

LAS VEGAS —  On Wednesday, September 25th  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced sweeping legislation to address economic inequality. The package, called “A Just Society,” includes six bills that: provide housing justice for renters, update the definition of the federal poverty line, expand the social safety net to people who have been involved in the criminal legal system and immigrants, give preference to federal contractors who use just labor standards, and promote fair and just labor rights.

The legislation proposed comes on the same day as Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman drafted a new ordinance that criminalizes homelessness in Las Vegas. If approved the new ordinance will make it a misdemeanor to sleep on the public right of way and people can get fined up to one thousand dollars or 6 months in jail.

Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) and its members will continue to engage with local officials to ensure that we create laws that protect tenants, the homeless and address the housing crisis.

The bill package Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez presented includes a housing proposal that would make a difference for thousands of families in Nevada who are housing insecure.

“ Many people on the street are disabled and don’t seem to be getting their money quick enough. If the government would increase the money for housing and other needs there wouldn’t be too many people on our streets. We need the government to build a facility for the homeless, one where they feel safe “. said Diana Diaz, Make the Road NV member.

“ Over the next 10 years, the government should invest $800 billion in the development and rehabilitation of deeply affordable and public housing. Communities that have a high concentration of residents who are severely rent-burdened should be served first “. said Lalo Montoya, Political director for MRNV

Watch the NOW THIS Video to hear what a ‘Just Society’ means to some of MRNV’s members

Link: https://twitter.com/maketheroadnv/status/1177363009087262720

Download the Press Release Here

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