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We hope that everyone had a happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and lots of food! Here at Make the Road, members did the most to make this Thanksgiving a special one. Starting at our Familias Unidas meeting, members put on a Thanksgiving dinner for all of our members and staff, giving us a chance to say thanks as an organization.This past Monday, Kenneth and other local businesses in Las Vegas donated Turkeys to our MRNV members. Over the weekend, we successfully hit our fundraising goal for our GivingTuesday campaign!

As the holidays approach, the Familias Unidas Committee wanted to celebrate with the MRNV family. Our Make the Road familia joined for a special dinner dedicated to giving thanks. FamiliasGiving was a night filled with dancing, laughter, and delicious food and deserts. As members came in carrying their favorite dishes, ready to share, they were greeted with great music and festive decorations put on by the Familias Unidas Committee. Our members took the time to commemorate and give thanks for the past year. All the food was delicious and the welcoming ambiance was even better. We would like to thank all of the MRNV members who put in the work to help their communities day in and day out.

The Monday before Thanksgiving, Kenneth Ceballos together with other local businesses collected over 150 turkeys and chose Make the Road Nevada as one of the recipients of the turkeys. Thanks to them, 35 of our members ensured their family had a Thanksgiving dinner!

Make the Road NV is an organization for the community by the community. This holiday season, while you gather around with your loved ones, give someone else that same opportunity. Families belong together today and every day. You can still donate to our GivingTuesday, before time runs out. Donate to our GivingTuesday campaign and let DREAMers know that they belong here.

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HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF $1000 BY DONATING TODAY!


Our goal for this year’s #GivingTuesday is to be able to raise enough money to pay for two
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal application fees. The cost to renew our DREAMers application is a $495 fee. A substantial amount for any person much less a working student. Giving Tuesday is happening on Dec 2nd, but why wait? You can donate now at: http://bit.ly/mrnvgive2019

DACA allows the recipients to be able to continue their education, obtain a work permit so that they are able to provide for themselves and their families, and most importantly, it gives them the opportunity to stay in the place they call home for another two years. Our immigrant youth are at risk of deportation and for most of the 700,000 beneficiaries, this is the only country they know.


This holiday season, while you gather around with your loved ones, give someone else that same opportunity. Families belong together today and every day. Donate to our DACA renewal scholarship fund now and let DREAMers know that they belong here. You can donate at our #GivingTuesday page here: http://bit.ly/mrnvgive2019

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CORRECTION: Current cost of a DACA renewal fee as of 11.19.19 is $495 NOT $496.

November 16, 2019 – On Saturday, Make the Road NV(MRNV) and partners from the Nevada Immigrant Coalition(NIC) prepared for a DACA Renewal Clinic. This DACA clinic was part of an effort with FWD.us and The Informed Immigrant coalition to help DACA recipients extend their protection amidst the Supreme Court case discussed on Tuesday, November 12. We were able to provide 30 DACA renewal scholarships to helped ease the $495 burden that families struggle to pay for every two years.

The Dreamers that came to the Clinic were first helped by filling out their applications and gather the documents required for the process. From there, they were sent our volunteer photographers who provided either free or reduced-priced passport pictures for the Dreamers, another hidden cost in the process. The next stop was with an immigration lawyer who went over their applications and answer any potential questions the beneficiary had. Lastly, they were given copies of all their documents and vouchers were given to those that received the scholarship. Thanks to our volunteers’ efforts, the 40 DACA recipients can keep living their lives in the place they call home, for many the only home they know. 

In Nevada alone, DACA recipients make $15.8 million in mortgage payments a year.

Being able to provide this service to the community of DACA recipients was critical at a time when the future of the program and the 700,000 beneficiaries and their families is at stake. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision about DACA between January 2020 and June 2020, in the meantime, it is important to support DACA recipients and uplift their stories, and their contributions to our country. DREAMers are homeowners, teachers, and leaders in our community. In Nevada alone, DACA recipients make $15.8 million in mortgage payments a year. These Dreamers are vital to our community and economy, leaving them without protection and a way to earn an income would result in disastrous effects in the country. 

 

 

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Thank you to FWD.US and the Informed Immigrant team for supporting the clinic, and thank you to our partners in the Nevada Immigrant Coalition for putting in the work needed to bring this service to our community. A massive thanks to AILA NV and the attorneys that volunteered their time, Enedina Dorsey Kassamanian, Mayra Salinas, Sarah Perez, Romero Mario, and Hardeep Dee Sull.

If you have DACA please renew as soon as possible, if you don’t you can help a Dreamer stay in their home, donate to our DACA renewal scholarship fund here. To stay informed on the latest on the DACA case, upcoming clinics and other immigration related issues, make sure to come to our weekly meetings, Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Wednesday at 6:00pm. For more information, contact us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org

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Karla was brought to the United States at the age of 1 and a half years old. As a DREAMer she has been able to work, pay for school, and live the American Dream with her family. Now with the future of DACA being uncertain, she is determined to fight against family separation. Her message is clear, love humanity and fight for the right to stay in the place she calls home.

On November 12th, 2019, 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
& 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: amigxs@maketheroadnv.org

Donate to help local DREAMers renew their DACA http://bit.ly/MRNVdonate

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Friday, October 25, 2019, The parking lot in front of the Make the Road (MRNV) offices was filled with princesses, ghosts and superheroes, all waiting to get their share of the candy loot! Over 100 community members and their families joined us to celebrate our first ever Halloween Trunk or Treat. Our plaza’s parking lot featured a giant spider, a mermaid in a pirate cove, and a hive of bees! Along with the decorated trunks, our youth leaders put on a frightening haunted house in our suite 14 office. Kids, parents and grandparents alike ran out screaming.

During the event, we had additional activities for the children of all ages. The kids got the chance to win baked sweets at our musical chairs station, where the competition was tough. As well as different craft stations, where they got to draw sugar skulls, jack o lanterns or decorate pumpkins for a chance to win a chocolate arrangement. The winner of the trunk decorating contest was our proud member, Angelica, with her Spider Car! The winner of the raffle was Jessica Burciaga and won a $25 Starbuck Gift Card. 

We would like to thank the following folks for participating in the trunk decorating contest:

  • The Animal Foundation 
  • PPRM promotorxs de salud 
  • Angelica winner 
  • Autumn 
  • Maria C and her Family 
  • Adam
  • Asadero food truck
  • MRNV political team
  • Kathia Sotelo and Family 
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Insurance 4 you
  • Acceleration academy

 

 

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If you would like to participate in more events like this or stay informed in your community sign up to our newsletter or below or join us at our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6 pm at our office at 4250 E. Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV. 89110. 

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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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Make The Road Youth Leaders had a big week last week! We were part of a week of actions to Welcome Back Congress to remind them that they work for us, and that there is still a lot of work to do for our communities. Many organizations threw down for the days of action on immigrant justice and to re-think safety.  We had four Youth Leaders from our Youth Power Project attend this week of Action.

The Youth Leaders spoke with members of Congress to talk about immigration issues, to share their stories, and to talk to them about the #Not1dollar campaign, a campaign where no one should be allowed to profit off of the pain and suffering of migrant children and their families. But that’s exactly what’s happening at the border under the Trump administration’s horrific and racist immigration policies… There’s still a lot of work left to do, but Make the Road Nevada and the Youth Power Project are up for the challenge, and won’t stop until we see justice!

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Youth Power Project, join us for our weekly meetings at 4250 E. Bonanza Road, Suite 14, from 4pm to 6pm!

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Help us create a new t-shirt design for Make the Road NV (MRNV), winning artwork will be printed and sold at upcoming events! Proceeds from these shirts will go towards our DACA renewal funds to help our local DREAMers renew their applications.

Directions: Use 1-2 colors to create an original design no larger than 10×10 inches on any of the MRNV issues we fight for: Economic Justice, Social Justice, Immigrant Justice, Housing Justice, Justice for Puerto Ricans, Women’s Rights, Climate Justice, Justice for the LGBTQ+ community.

Deadline: September 30th, 2019 Email original designs or scans as a .pdf or .jpeg to amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or deliver artwork in person to Robert Cabrera at 4250 Bonanza Ave Suite 9, Las Vegas NV 89110 on or before the due date. No more than 2 submissions per member and group collaborations will be accepted.

Download the rules and template here

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Make the Road Members gathered in the parking lot outside of our offices, preparing for a big day of sales ahead of them. On Saturday, August 31 community members either set their own booth to sell their items or helped set up a booth of donations, where all the proceeds were going into MRNV’s DACA fund for renewals. Some of the donations varied from clothes and shoes to electronics and small furniture. Even after being a hot day in Las Vegas one of the members donated two jugs full of aguas frescas, a hot commodity for a hot day. For the past month staff and members sold raffle tickets, on the day of the garage sale winners were announced throughout the day.

Our DACA raffle consisted of many great prizes, that were all donated by supportive partners in the community. There were fifteen prizes in total, ranging from gift cards to gift baskets, with the main prize consisting of a one night stay at a cabin in Mt. Charleston. Congratulations to the main prize winner, Ashley, as well as all the other winners; Emma, Grecia, Astrid, Adam, Greciela, Krys, Kathia, Jenny, Maria, Mario, Crystal, Carolyn, and Josefina. Thanks to everyone’s participation, the raffle alone collected $1,195, that’s raised enough for two DACA scholarships.

Why raise funds for DACA? The goal of this was to raise funds for our scholarship fund for DACA renewals. We know that renewing DACA can be very costly for families, especially if there is more than one DACA recipient in the family. With the cost of renewals at $500, the cost quickly adds up in a family causing excessive financial strain. With the scholarship, we hope to ease that financial burden, so that more childhood arrivals have the opportunities they deserve, in the country they call home. We were able to raise enough money to fund four DACA renewals, totaling $2,262! 

We thank everyone that contributed by donating an item and we thank our members for volunteering on such an important event for our DREAMers. Stay tuned for more events coming up where you can make a contribution. 

If you couldn’t attend and would like to help support a DACA recipient for their renewal, you can donate to our DACA Scholarship Fund here(Link to Donations). 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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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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