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On August 6th, we will be joining thousands of people nationwide in car caravans (and on foot, masked and socially distanced) to remind senators that workers, families, small businesses, and communities ARE the economy! And we demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, provide the COVID relief we need to survive and to thrive!

We call on the Senate to:

  • Extend the $600 unemployment insurance! #SaveThe600 #ExtendUI
  • Provide cash assistance for all! #FundExcludedWorkers
  • Provide free testing & healthcare for all!
  • Provide grants to small businesses to keep workers on payroll and small businesses alive!
    …because #WeAreTheEconomy!
We are also calling on Governor Sisolak and the State to release the funds of the thousands of Nevadans that have been waiting through the entire pandemic. These are people’s lives that are at stake, their rent and bills aren’t waiting until the fund’s release.
This event will be fully distanced, please remain in your car and bring your mask and sanitizer!
Feel free to decorate your own car at home before you come to the event.
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For Immediate Release: 

July 21, 2020

Superintendent Jara Truant in Meeting with Latinx Parents, Students and Educators

Las Vegas, NV– Monday, July 20th, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) members, consisting of parents, students, and educators, were set to meet with Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara to discuss the reopening of schools within Clark County amidst the pandemic. When the Superintendent arrived on the hour-long zoom  27 minutes late, MRNV members made the decision to reschedule the meeting. MRNV agreed to take the meeting with Dr. Jara when he requested on Thursday afternoon that he have the chance to hear from members prior to tomorrow’s board meeting. Dr. Jara wasted our members’ time. As the Superintendent of the 5th largest school district in the country, our community demands more respect than this.

The topic of this meeting regarded not only the health and safety of students and staff but of their families as well. Parents were ready to ask questions about the safety of their children, something that each and every one of them has had in their mind since the initial closing of the schools. While the Clark County School Board of Trustees argue over the past few weeks, there hasn’t been a space for monolingual Spanish speakers to voice their concerns about the reopening plans. The lack of space that has been held for Latinx families in a 47% Latinx school district is absurd and when the rare opportunity arrives it comes with no consideration for the community’s time. This is unacceptable and must change, we need more opportunities for our community’s voices to be heard. 

“Our members were extremely excited to have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Jara, Our members worked diligently over the weekend on their questions and statements. This was the first time many of our young leaders were supposed to have the opportunity to speak to a person in power, someone who has direct influence over their futures. Instead, they were met with disrespect. Our members’ time is valuable and they deserved better.” Leo Murrieta, MRNV Executive Director 

We hope Dr. Jara prioritizes our next meeting and that CCSD as a whole creates more opportunities for the Latinx community to use their voice. 

“It’s really embarrassing how I as a senior in high school has more of an understanding of how precious people’s time is and how valuable one’s word is. If I even start a meeting late with the J4NG  program that I’m in, I’m gonna get in trouble for starting that meeting late and there’s gonna be consequences to follow after that. I’ve been told that one’s word is all that they have. It’s really important to stress how I (personally) think it’s really selfish and inconsiderate that our time wasn’t valued.” Evelyn Hampton, YPP member & CCSD Student

“I was waiting for the opportunity to ask a question around the safety of my child and the community as the schools reopen but now I just feel disrespected. Now I can’t help but wonder if Superintendent Jara even cares if he is this late.” Areli Sanchez Morales, CCSD Parent & MRNV Member 

“I was impressed when I learned that Dr. Jara had reached out and asked for this meeting. Needless to say, I was disappointed when 15 minutes after the meeting began, he replied to a text one of the staff sent, stating that he would be tardy. A total of 27 minutes late to the meeting that he asked for was a disappointment. I’m left thinking, would he have texted us at all if we hadn’t texted first? I felt as though he didn’t value our time.” Mario Wolthers, CCSD Educator & MRNV Member 

 

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For Immediate Release:
July 21, 2020

Trump Doesn’t Want Undocumented Immigrants to Count in 2020 Census, Again.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020– President Trump released a memo this morning announcing his plans
to sign an Executive Order to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the
2020 Census by limiting non-citizens from being included in population numbers for
congressional redistricting. His administration is using fear and intimidation to stop
undocumented immigrants from filling out the census to erase immigrants in this country. This
undercount in undocumented people will keep resources from communities that need them the
most.
This is yet another attempt to accomplish his xenophobic goals following the failed citizenship
question case last year. The Supreme Court struck down that last attempt to intimidate
undocumented immigrants from filling out the 2020 Census as unconstitutional. Congressional
representation is allocated based on the total peoples in a state, not just those eligible to vote.

Everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020, must be counted, the futures of our
families and communities depend on it.

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, getting a full count is more crucial now than ever. A full,
accurate count means hospitals, food banks, and infrastructure for emergency responses. This
is a distraction from his continued failure in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is just a scare tactic to further marginalize our communities. Through our work with our
Censo y Cena events we have heard how mixed-status families fear accurately filling out the
Census because of the belief they’ll put their loved ones at risk of deportation regardless of the
laws in place to protect Census data. This disgusting executive order will just cause more fear
and confusion for undocumented communities.” Audrey Peral, MRNV Economic Justice
Organizer

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The Supreme Court decided that the current administration’s attempt to dismantle DACA and its protections was unlawful and struck it down. This victory for the DACAmented community has given us hope and drive to continue the fight for a clear road to citizenship. With this decision, renewals are being accepted, however, with this ruling the fees to do so may rise from the current price of $495. Many folks have lost their jobs and thus renewing the DACA of their children may be out of reach. Given this reality, we ask that you consider donating to our LV Dream Fund to help alleviate the pressures of financial hardship felt in these trying circumstances by our DACAmented families. All of the funds will be used to pay for fees related to renewing and applying for DACA.  http://bit.ly/MRNVdonate

 

Make The Road Nevada fights for social justice. We stand with immigrants, the DACAmented, the undocumented, the LGBTQIA+ community, the Black community, and the working class. We stand with every community that faces injustices and we fight for our Nevadan community to become a better, more inclusive, and respectful community. Join us in our fight for equality and justice! Follow us on any of our social platforms.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Make the Road NV and school personnel joined the Youth Power Project leaders as they gathered in front of Desert Pines High School to combat the school-to-prison pipeline and call for the defunding of the Clark County School District Police Department. Angelica who is part of support staff in an elementary school, her role is to give support to predominantly black and brown elementary students. She recalls some deeply upsetting encounters, like a kid whose father was in jail, and a school assignment he wrote, which was about his biggest wish to see his father again.“In the back of his paper, he drew a picture of himself sitting down having a meal with his Dad. Unfortunately, this is another sad reality expressed by my students, many of them are growing up with their fathers in jail. Sometimes our presence alone represents that stable adult in their lives.”

 

That is exactly why we are promoting to defund the school police, to break the cycle of minority kids getting into trouble with the law due to school police and not having a stable relationship with their family in the future.

 

 Adam Allen a former Youth Power Project council member recalled being at school and feeling like he was in prison due to all the police surrounding the courtyard. That is why we must all keep fighting for a police free learning environment and higher investment in school counselors, nurses, and social workers. #DefundSchoolPoliceCCSD #PoliceFreeSchools

 

Sign your name to our petition to keep our kids in a safe place where they have access to restorative justice, counselors, nurses, and mental health resources and do not have the constant fear of being criminalized and put on the school-to-prison/deportation pipeline by school police. 

 

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LaLo learned at an early age what it meant to be an undocumented immigrant. He was brought to the United States at the age of 2 and was fortunate enough to receive DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) at the age of 25. He is now the political director for Make the Road NV and works hard every day to empower his community and unite all people to fight for everyone’s right to be able to achieve their full potential, regardless of a 9 digit social security number.

On November 12th, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) started hearing testimonials 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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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.

DONATE 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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