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DACA has been a frequently visited topic this year, with new changes, developments, and attempts to dismantle it. The constantly change can be confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, Make the Road Nevada is watching closely the status of DACA and is communicating the updates to you in an easy to understand way. With that, there are some updates in relation to DACA: 

  • First-time DACA applications are being accepted
  • Renewals requests are being accepted 
  • Advanced parole returns to its original state and follows its original requirements
  • Renewals return to the two-year renewal period as well as employment authorization

For folks who received their documentation after July 28, 2020, USCIS will provide evidence of the one-year extensions to the DACAmented community. Our sister organization, Make the Road NY, was live on Monday from our Facebook page with helpful information. Watch the video here.

For helpful information on what you may need to apply for DACA, download our DACA resource guide here.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to amigxs@maketheroadnv.org 

 

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#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving where folks across the country tap into their hearts and wallets as they donate to non-profits making a change in their communities. Nevada has thousands of nonprofits, but Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) is a nonprofit that has made remarkable progress over the past 3 years since our launch from occupational licensures for our immigrant community and earned paid sick days for working Nevadans. We have worked hard and continue to work hard for our community even during the global pandemic. This Giving Tuesday happening December 2nd, you can be a part of the change we continue to make in Nevada as we set a goal to raise $3,000 for our immigrant community.

Immigrants are valuable members of our society! They are teachers, first responders, grocery workers, store clerks, custodians, friends, family members, and our neighbors. Yet most are excluded from any federal financial relief as they continue to work during the pandemic. They put themselves and their families at risk every day to provide during this holiday season.

This year’s #MRNVGivingTuesday goal is to raise $3,000 to help alleviate our immigrant community’s financial burdens. MRNV has been fortunate enough to have helped 383 families in direct cash assistance during the pandemic so far thanks to people like you who have supported through donations. But we know with your kind donation we can help even more! While you gather around with your loved ones this holiday season, help bring joy to another local family.

You don’t have to wait for December 1st to donate! You can donate today here and help a family in need!

Join us on our journey to spread holiday cheer live on December 1st at 6 PM on our Facebook page for a time of joy and fun with the purpose of raising funds for our immigrant communities.

Together we can reach Our goal of $3,000 this #GivingTuesday

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Our community showed up in record numbers to make their voices heard!

All votes were counted and certified by leaders from both parties.

Our efforts this election did not begin in November. Every accomplishment was a direct result of the preparation and hard work of our members. Phone calls to Nevada voters were made on a daily basis by our members. In total, we were able to make 90,000 calls. Via text message, 130,000 voters were reached. Messages of encouragement and offering help to vote were sent to thousands of voters. Our main goal was to encourage folks to go vote and that their vote matters and is needed in this election. We were also able to leave encouraging literature at 10,000 doors while practicing social distancing, wearing Personal Protective Equipment, and constant tests and temperature checks being conducted on a daily basis to ensure the safety of our community. We are incredibly grateful to our members and the community for their support and their efforts to ensure folks got out to vote safely and with motivation.


This election year the real heroes are the folks who were on the ground in the days leading up to and on election day. We want to take some space to elevate and thank the folks who made the election possible and who ensured the safety of voters.

 

Thank you to every poll worker across the country for securing our rights to vote. Thank you to every postal worker for ensuring our ballots get to election counting facilities safely. Thank you to our members for translating at the polls and helping folks in line with food and water all day.

We are America. We are what makes America great. We the people had our voices heard, now we will move forward for a better America together. El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido, the united people will never be defeated.

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The People Affected

The subject of DACA is more than a piece of legislation, it is more than statistics, it is the stories of our friends and families whose struggle often gets criticized for having come to the states illegally. Those who do not qualify for DACA are left with an unnecessarily more difficult way to achieve citizenship and are excluded from an idea of ‘exceptional undocumented youth’. This idea of exceptionalism comes from the many requirements that a person must meet in order to qualify for the DREAM Act. These requirements include having at least a High School diploma, having no serious convictions, and being of ‘good moral character’. These requirements feed the narrative of the good versus the bad immigrant. These ideas and labels promote division among the immigrant community and create a false perception of the undocumented and documented immigrant community.

Our families and friends have DACA, others don’t, but either way, they are human and are deserving of respect and dignity. Their stories play an important role in the grander immigrant story. 

Audrey lives in Las Vegas and identifies as a DREAMer. For her, like many others, the term brought with it a sense of belonging in a world where she felt as though there was no place for her. Being born in another country and brought to the states as a young child she grew up in the states, lives in the states, has a life in the states, the states and life here are all she knows;

“ I don’t feel like an immigrant, this is my home, this my space, this is my culture, this is all I know, I’m not an immigrant. I don’t know anything else.”Audrey, DREAMer and Make the Road NV’s (MRNV) economic organizer.

For those who do not qualify for DACA, the reality is far more daunting as they have no protections against deportations, are left with a more difficult way to citizenship, have to find jobs willing to pay them in cash, and are oftentimes subject to abuse. Due to their fears of being deported, these abuses sometimes go unreported. This unfortunate reality is lived on a daily basis by many. An MRNV member identifies as undocumented and ‘feels as though there is a target on her back’. The term DREAMer to her reflects a dream that she doesn’t want to be her life. She wants it to be her reality, a path to citizenship, a safe job, a safe place for her family. 

DACAmented folks often are met with questions about their status and are criticized for not being a citizen. These questions may come with positive intentions, however, they produce emotions of frustration and of hopelessness as a result of the difficulty to navigate the immigration system,

“People have been fed an idea that [the immigration system] works and that it is a straight line to citizenship, but it isn’t.” Lalo Montoya, political director of MRNV, member of the DACAmented community.

When asked about what the documented community can do to help the fight for citizenship, Lalo “Be an agent of change with me [ I encourage you] to imagine a country that doesn’t yet exist. Fight with me to make it happen. I need to know that you are gonna shield me from deportation, that you are gonna be a part of the movement, [not] just be a bystander. I’m not asking you to lead [the movement], I’m asking you to [help] fuel it. Reimagine the country as what it should be. Don’t just watch it happen, be a part of it. Don’t feel that you can’t speak up because you are not directly impacted.”

DACA is in no way perfect, but it does alleviate some of the fears that come with being undocumented. Our community deserves to work in a safe environment, earn good wages, have equal access to help, and should be able to live without fear for what may come. Our families are not at fault for the lack of a path to citizenship. This week we want our DACAmented family to know that we hear you, we fight alongside you, and we will stand with you and before you in this fight to citizenship, this path to dignity and respect. Join our fight and consider donating to the DACA fund to help those in our community renew their DACA. 

Call to action for DACAmented community- urge those who can vote to vote, don’t give up, we are with you!

For info on immigrant justice and MRNV please contact us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org 

To donate to the DACA fund:  http://bit.ly/DonateMRNV  

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Hispanic heritage month has begun and here at Make the Road NV, we have decided to elevate and celebrate every aspect of our heritage by making it Latinx Heritage month; the definition of Hispanic is “relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries” purposely leaving out many indigenous people in Latin America that never spoke Spanish. As a step toward inclusion, we have included all our Latino/a/x brothers, sisters, transgenders, and gender-nonconforming kin into the celebration. We are brown, we are proud, and we are familia. For the duration of the month from September 15th and through October 15th, we will be sharing our stories and celebrating our roots where power and beauty were first instilled in our hearts. We hope you join us on this journey of learning to embrace, love, share and explore our heritage as it holds many beauties in the forms of art, music, poetry, clothes, food, and life.

We are a collection of the stories waiting to be heard, and now we have the responsibility to those who will come after us to tell those stories. 

– Who we are –

We are AfroLatinx people whose roots lie in a land that has influenced many other cultures. We are the people of music, art, and family that stretches to every part of the planet. We are la gente del mundo, the sun-kissed children. 

We are indigenous people who remember the days when the sun came over the horizon. We sang the first songs and painted the first sunsets. Our people cultivated the land and shared its fruits with those who came from across the waters. We held this land and gave birth to a new people, a new life, a new beginning. We are proud to be.

We are proud to have seen and to share the tales of when the stars took their places.  

We are a beautiful collection of the power of unity but we must not let ourselves be divided by old ways of thinking, colorism, homophobia, transphobia, and machismo weaken our strength. Rhetoric like ‘mejorar la raza’ damage the self-image and must STOP. Unknowingly, we have accepted and participated in colorism with assigning nicknames to our families and friends that describe their color. ‘prieto/a’, ‘guero/a’, ‘indio/a’, moreno/a’, etc… these names and these ideas of one tone being superior or preferred to the other are what inhibit our communities from being truly united. This Latinx Heritage Month we want to begin the work to break down these damaging views so that future generations of Latinx folks are treated with dignity and respect. 

In the US, many of us found the borders move around us, while others had to sacrifice their lives from all parts of Latin America to cross harsh terrain and endure discrimination to provide a better life for their families. We are survivors. We work from the fields to your own homes, to the kitchens of your favorite restaurants. We withstand hate and xenophobic rhetoric because we want a better life and future for our families that are filled with opportunity and life filled with dignity and respect. Our culture is in our blood and home is where we plant our roots in. We’re immigrant strong and we’re here to stay.

We invite you to join us as we explore every section of our heritage. All are seen, everyone is included, all are wanted and all are needed. We are all part of the story of our familia. We are continuing the traditions of our roots. We are unified with our brothers and sisters contributing to the many colors and branches of our family tree. Our beginnings are bloody, but our future has never been brighter. Our contribution to the global society has never been bigger. We are la gente unida, we remain a pueblo true to its roots. Welcome to Latinx Heritage Month.

Follow our Instagram during Latinx Heritage Month to see our DACAmented member leaders share their day during our Wednesdays IG Story TAKEOVERS! Make sure to check out our Social Media for important information and upcoming event details.

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Las Vegas, NV – On Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 am, activists united for a press conference and caravan from Make the Road Nevada’s office around our community during a nationwide day of uprisings to protest the Senate’s failures to provide relief during the biggest eviction crisis the U.S. has ever faced. 

Unless there is immediate government action there will be unprecedented mass evictions. Our members will be displaced, courts will be overwhelmed & the pandemic will worsen because our communities are unable to shelter in place. It is time for our representation to ACT, Mark Amodei, What are you doing to ensure Nevadan’s aren’t evicted once the Moratorium is lifted? What are you doing to ensure the safety of those risking their life for the sake of the economy? What are you doing for those who gave you their vote in hopes you would stand with them? -Anthony Giron, MRNV Member Leader

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the national economy, with 631,858 Nevadans filing for unemployment over the past five months. Although Governor Sisolak has extended the eviction moratorium for 45 days, this only postpones the inevitable. As many as 40 million people could be kicked out of their homes in the coming months. Real relief is long overdue.

Make the Road Nevada members joined thousands across the nation to demand this relief. They call on the Senate to cancel – not postpone – rent, to reinstate the $600 unemployment insurance many in now-closed industries were depending on to survive, including all workers in any relief or stimulus, provide free testing, help small businesses with grants – not loans, and make sure our students can learn safely. The anger and frustration are reaching a breaking point as people continue without relief and the Senate has stalled. The Las Vegas protest was organized by Make the Road Nevada as part of a national uprising organized by The Center for Popular Democracy, CPD Action, and Unemployed Action, a movement of 15,000 workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. You can find pictures and videos here.  

“Stop evictions. Help our residents without a home. We owe it to the 183,000 Americans that have fallen to COVID-19, to start making steps in the right direction. As it is our responsibility to voice our concerns, it is theirs to uphold. Rent is not due, relief is. Thank you.”Abraham Lugo, YPP Member Leader

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Superintendent Jara has a conversation with Latinx families.

Our members had the opportunity to meet with Superintendent Jara this week and the topics covered are important to know. Here’s the run-down on the topics covered and the answers our community deserves. 

Family Support during this time is crucial to a successful school year. To do this, however, our families need support and for that, we’ve got some resources provided by the Superintendent. If you are struggling with internet connectivity or are in need of devices for your scholars, please know there is help. This link is where you can go to get the electronic help you need;  https://connectingkidsnv.org/

If you’re experiencing difficulties with your school-issued Chromebook, please contact your child’s school to make an exchange.

Special Education recipient families, please contact your child’s school to schedule a meeting to discuss your child’s education plan for this remote learning period. 

If a member of your family or your child contracts COVID-19 please communicate with your child’s teacher and remain in contact with them to ensure your student has everything they need to complete their work. Also, accommodations in the form of make-up work will be available from your child’s teacher. Again, please be open and communicate with your child’s teacher. 

Our Spanish speaking community will not be left behind this year. Teachers will be working with our families to ensure that instructions are clear and translated for our families to promote the help of families during this school year. ELL students will also be accommodated this year through private sessions with their teachers. 

Some students will be in need of credit recovery. In order to ensure the completion of their credits will attend ‘Saturday School’. Please contact your child’s school for details and for any questions. 

The bottom line familia, it takes a village to educate and prepare students for life. For this reason, we want to bring you as many resources as possible. Our website has many resources for our community. Please check out our resources here.

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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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