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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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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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June 1st 2019, Make the Road NV will be celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month by showing that we stand with immigrants! We are launching a month long #IMMIGRANTSTRONG campaign! We will be adding a butterfly emoji 🦋 to all of our social media handles to signify our support for the immigrant community. We encourage all of you to take part and do the same, as we take this month to honor the contributions that immigrants have made in our everyday lives.
For immigrants the butterfly holds immense meaning! The monarch butterfly is known for its migratory patterns, moving between Mexico and US as the seasons dictate, making it the perfect symbol for immigrants. Since being adopted by 11 million undocumented immigrants, the symbol’s meaning has changed to symbolize the resilience and hope in the immigrant community, the same way the monarch butterflies endure a long journey to arrive to its destination. Similarly a butterfly migrates to escape harsh winter conditions, immigrants like in the Migrant caravan were escaping the harsh and violent life in Central America.
Throughout US history, the country has been a place for immigrants searching for a new life, the way the Trump Administration has been treating immigrants is contradictory to our long culture of immigration! There has always been immigrants in US history, from the time it was called the “new world” to immigration through Ellis Island and the influx in immigrants from Latin America. All of these immigrants have made contribution to the country that have improved our lives. This long history of immigrants is why we have to show that we stand with immigrants during their struggles for a better life.
Please join us in honoring the long history and sacrifices that immigrants have made for this country and in our lives, whether they be our parents or other family members, they all deserve a chance to spread their wings in the country they call home. We also encourage everyone to share their immigrant stories or reasons why they stand in solidarity with immigrants using on social media using hashtag #IMMIGRANTSTRONG
You can take part by adding the butterfly emoji 🦋 to your social media handles and by adding one of these social media covers below:
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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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March 12,2019 Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) members reacted to the introduction of The Dream and Promise Act (DPA), which will provide a path to citizenship to over 2 million immigrants under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) programs. Our MRNV youth leader, Genaro Lorza spoke on the positive impact DACA has had on his life, and why a bill like DPA would allow for him and his family to have better life.
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“I am one of the very few individuals that are lucky to have DACA and whose life has changed because of that, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 is a milestone for all Dreamers because it means we can come out of the shadows to be able to work and go to school without the fear of one day being deported. Now we might have the opportunity to change not just our lives but of those around us… and now we have the opportunity not just change our lives but the lives of the people that depends on us.”
DACA has opened doors for many undocumented immigrants in education and employment, removing the program will set their lives into disarray. DPA would provide the protections needed for DREAMers by finally granting them a pathway to citizenship at the same time, allowing them to continue to contribute to the country they call home. According to the Center for American Progress (CAP), in Nevada alone there are 3,600 Dreamers that would benefit from the passage of this bill. These are our friends, families and neighbors that deserve to be protected and feel welcomed in their communities. MRNV applauds the introduction of the bill in the house, it is a step forward in right direction for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Since the 2016 elections, immigrants have been vilified by President Trump and his supporters, causing many immigrants to fear for the worst. With many Obama-era programs at risk, DACA was at the forefront due to the anti-immigrant agenda. DPA is a beacon of hope for the 2.1 million Dreamers whose future has been in the air since the beginning of the Trump presidency.
MRNV strives to empower immigrant and working-class communities in Nevada to fight for economic and social justice, if you would like more information on getting involved, please contact us email@example.com
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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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On Thursday, February 7 community members from Las Vegas together with Make the Road Nevada and Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center stood outside of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) headquarters to demand that Sheriff Lombardo end the deportation agreement the department has with U.S immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom showed his support by saying that the county should not be destroying families and aiding Trump’s deportation machine.
It all came after civil rights groups filed an open records request with Sheriff Lombardo’s office. The purpose of filing an open record request was to receive answers about the controversial 287(g) agreement. 287(g) is an opt-in federal program that uses state and local police forces to detain people suspected of being undocumented immigrants, giving ICE an opportunity to take custody of the person and potentially initiate deportation proceedings. It is important to note that this agreement can be terminated at any time by the Sheriff of the county. Five days after the request was made, the only answer received was an email from LVMPD asking for 30 days to compile the information.
Community members are anxious for the results in this request as this will uncover the truth about the real collaboration between LVMPD and ICE.
287(g) Small Victory “A Step forward”
After standing outside of the department’s headquarters last week, LVMPD’s lobbyist, Chuck Callaway, said the department will be changing its policy in regard to how undocumented immigrants with low-level traffic offenses get processed. According to reports, Sheriff Joe Lombardo has directed the jail to implement new procedures related to 287(g).
Our fight to eliminate 287(g) does not end here, this is just a step forward that will make our immigrant community feel safe while out driving or just walking in the street with their families. Many questions remain unanswered to fully understand LVMPD’s collaboration with ICE. We must also rebuild the trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement, and we believe LVMPD’s 287(g) agreement must be eliminated in order to do so.
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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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Part of our job at Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) is to get other people to support the Las Vegas community on issues that they care about and for them to get to know the hard working families in Nevada.
A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of welcoming Spotify who brought Latin recording artist, Sebastian Yatra to our office. He sat with many of our members in a circle and got the chance to know them. Some of our members shared their experiences of being an undocumented worker of the Route 91 music festival, one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern America. Sebastian Yatra listened to their stories and showed great support. Watch the emotional video below:
Our organizer Bianca, retells her experience with Sebastian and our members:
“Sebastian Yatra came in and brightened up the room with his smile, giving everyone hugs and kisses right away. Our members at Make the Road NV were so happy because a well known young man had entered their safe space, a place that they have started to call their second home. As Sebastian warmed up to everyone and things quickly got very serious and emotional as he asked our members to share their stories not knowing that more than half of the people in the room where survivors from the October 1st Route 91 Music Festival.
He sat with us and listened attentively as they talked about the tragedy. Moving lifeless bodies, being affected by PTSD, and how some are still not able to cry. A member spoke with a knot in her throat trying not let the emotions out, she felt weaker than everyone else because she hasn’t been able to move on and is still having to go to therapy. Sebastian came in with the perfect answer, validating their feelings but also letting them know that one terrible experience should not define them and that there are a hundred other things to smile about. As a special “Thank You” we presented him with our official Make the Road NV tote bag, shirt and hat. Welcoming him as an honorary member of our organization. Sebastian quickly put the shirt on and wore it with pride looking like he was part of the Make the Road familia all along! He then serenaded us with his new song, putting smiles on all our members faces. We invited him to end our meeting like we always do as a strong latinx organization with the unity clap. Right away he was all for it! Almost as if he was the energy of the group!”
After the shooting, victims involved were able to receive medical and mental health services from the state. Because these survivors were undocumented, many of them were being turned away from these important services and some were too scared to ask for assistance for fear of deportation. MRNV was instrumental in helping the undocumented survivors of the Route 91 shooting receive help and were the leading organization in assisting them receive U-visas which are granted to Victims of Criminal Activity.
Make the Road Nevada recently celebrated their one year anniversary and we continue our commitment of fighting for Dignity and Respect of our community in Nevada. Being able to get these survivors a U-Visa’s was one of the many victories we accomplished in this short time. Read more about the “The Forgotten Route 91 are Finally Being Heard” here
Spotify is a music platform that was able to captured these great moments with Yatra and our members of Make the Road NV.
Watch the full video on the Spotify’s Viva Latino playlist here!
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Argelia Rico is 25 years old and lives is Las Vegas, Nevada, special Needs Student Tutor & Pre-K assistant. She is one of the young bright leaders growing out of the community-based movement for immigrant justice.
As a 25 year old advocate for immigrants, full-time Special Needs tutor and Pre-K assistant, and supermom to a beautiful little girl, we are incredibly proud to say she is a part of our organization.
Mother to a Beautiful Little Girl
She shared her captivated story on how she got pregnant at the National Women’s March event, where she gained national recognition in this struggle for dignity and justice.
She is eligible to renew her DACA in this brief window of time, giving her time to make sense of what the political battles being fought in congress mean for her family.