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Oct. 12, 2019 This past weekend was the 22nd annual Pride Parade and Festival, and as part of the community, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) was there to support and share some of the work we do. Along with sharing information, we were doing face painting, LGBTQ trivia, and selling are limited edition Pride Shirts, with all the proceeds going towards DACA scholarships. 

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, celebrating Pride was important for our community. As we continue to support and fight for equal rights and dignity for the immigrant community, we remember the loss of Roxsana Hernandez two years ago, a trans woman from Honduras, while under ICE custody. Rosxana was fleeing the discrimination she was facing in her home because of what she identified as. While seeking asylum, she was taken into custody at the border, but was neglected and incorrectly housed, and eventually passed away. 

We got to share information on some of the most influential activists in the LGBTQ community, from Las Vegas and past leaders of the struggle for equal rights, through our trivia game with sweet candy prizes. It was a great way to celebrate the long fight for equal rights and the continued struggle by the LGBTQ community.  If you would like to get involved or get more information on services for survivors, contact us at info@maketheroadnv.org or join us at our weekly meetings Wednesdays at 6 pm. 

 

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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019, Two years after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival has changed our city forever, the impact of this horrific event continues to ripple through our community. The evening was filled with emotions as the Make the Road NV offices began to get filled with survivors, their families and community members gathered for a vigil in honor of the victims of the tragedy. Survivors spoke about their experience and their recovery, reverends came and shared thoughtful words, and mental health professionals from Silver State Health Services spoke on the work that has been done to aid in the recovery of the survivors. In addition to the vigil, survivors were treated to a day of healing with relaxing and restorative activities. 

During the day, a group of survivors filled our office which was converted into a healing space, with low lighting, calming music, and soothing scents. There were opportunities for the survivors to speak with counselors and professionals from Silver State Health Services. Along with counseling, messages, energy crystal healing treatment, guided breathing and restorative yoga were offered as more opportunities to heal. It was important for us to offer a safe space for the group of undocumented survivors that don’t get the chance or lack the resources to perform healing activities in their daily lives. Especially, because for some of the survivors the date resurfaces a lot of the trauma that was endured and has been repressed. Bryan, one of the younger survivors that was working the event the night of the massacre, mentioned that he continues to struggle with large crowds. 

Make the Road Nevada and Silver State Health Services, formerly Bilingual Behavioral Services (BBS) were some of the only organizations to provide support for the undocumented workers at the festival. The undocumented workers were not being provided health services or included as an affected group. After two years and several actions outside of the Sheriff’s office, many of the undocumented survivors are well in the process of receiving their U-Visas. Although there is a silver lining to shooting, we can’t forget the victims and the trauma that was caused. 

We would like to thank Planet Protein, Viva Las Arepas, Silver State Health Services, Kenevision, Shalom Rasa, Natalie Jasper, Laura Arteaga, Monika Misklewicz, Rasa Jordan, Kate Lynn Davenport, Perla Sanchez, Jennifer Carillo, Margarita Romano, Adam Berger, Ruth Carillo, and Penny James for helping make such a painful day for the survivors into a day to heal. If you would like to get involved or get more information on services for survivors, contact us at info@maketheroadnv.org or join us at our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6 pm at 4250 E. Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas NV 89110. 

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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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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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For Immediate Release: August 12, 2019

Las Vegas The new “public charge” rule increases the ability for the government to once again target the immigrant community and reject green cards for people currently receiving food stamps, housing assistance, and Medicaid.

Audrey, Mother, and DREAMer states:

“This is another racist attack on our hard-working immigrant families. The last thing our government should be doing is taking services away from the most vulnerable, services that are essential for everyone. With the existing law immigrants are already excluded from receiving any benefits and now parents of U.S citizens like I am, the elderly, low-income immigrants, and people with disabilities will be dramatically impacted. The new policies implemented by Trump’s administration does not seek to build healthy and safe communities, as should be the ultimate goal. We call on our representatives to take a stand and introduce legislation that will help our community instead of hurting us.”

Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) builds the power of Latino and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, and transformative education. For further comment or questions please contact info@maketheroadnv.org
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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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Three mass shootings rocked the nation in less than one week, resulting in over 40 innocent lives being violently ripped from their families and more than 70 injured. Las Vegas knows all too well what a mass shooting can do to a community, the effects of the October 1st Route 91 massacre are still fresh in the minds and lives of our members who survived the shooting. Make the Road Nevada mourns the lives lost in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California. Along with the shootings in Southaven, Mississippi and Chicago, Illinois that happened with in the same week.

This President’s rhetoric plays a dangerous role in how people in our country see one another and how we treat each other, the responsibility for eliminating this kind of hatred and racism is on all of us. We must all speak out against violence, we must all speak out against white supremacy, we must all speak out against racism, we must all speak out against xenophobia, and we must do this because the future of our union depends on it.

Congress must pass common-sense gun safety laws immediately, the NRA should not dictate whether our families feel safe attending a music festival, at a food festival, or shopping for back to school supplies. Thoughts and prayers stopped being enough when schools stopped being a safe place for our children and when white supremacy was ushered into the White House. This cycle of violence must come to an end, no more broken families, no more candle-lit vigils, enough is enough.

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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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