Beginning in late December 2019, a series of earthquakes struck the southern coast of the island of Puerto Rico. Since then, the island’s faced almost 800 earthquakes, with varying magnitudes reaching up to 6.4. Puerto Rico’s weak infrastructure couldn’t hold up following the continuing earthquakes, having already been weakened by the effects of Hurricane Maria more than two years ago. About 1 million Puerto Ricans were left without power or running water. The Island had been waiting for the $18 million dollars in relief Congress had allocated that President Trump is sitting on. This aid would have been used to rebuild the island’s infrastructure after Hurricane Maria destroyed critical power lines and structures, leaving certain regions without power for 11 months.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters on the island, for too long they have been treated like second-class citizens. They deserve a just recovery, one that was not given to them in the events following Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico needs the support of the US government during this natural disaster. We need to also take action now, you can donate directly to relief efforts here: https://www.justiceforpuertorico.org/donate

To get involved in some of the work we do on Puerto Rican Justice in Nevada, join us at one of our weekly meetings, Wednesdays at 6:00pm at 4250 E Bonanza Rd. Suite 20, or email us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org

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On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through communities in Puerto Rico devastating the Island. Red tape and willful neglect by the federal government have blocked an adequate relief response. Many people have died due to government dysfunction and corruption.

Now, #2YearsAfterMaria, we stand together to remember those we have lost with a unified display of solidarity with Puerto Rico and those on and off the island.

Over 200,000 Puerto Ricans have fled the island in search of a roof over their heads, jobs and overall a better future. Milagros and Maria Isabel are two of our members who fled the island after Hurricane Maria. They left their homes and came to find some kind of peace with family members living in Las Vegas. What they didn’t expect was to find roadblocks on their path to rebuilding their lives in Nevada.

Make the Road NV has made a commitment to fight for the dignity of those living on the island and the millions of Puerto Rican’s that were forced to make the mainland their home by lifting up their demands and taking action.

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On July 1st  2019, Puerto Ricans in the Las Vegas Valley and across Nevada rejoice along with other drivers from US Territories as they were eligible to transfer their territory license for a Nevada license. Previously in Nevada, people moving from Puerto Rico or another US territory were not able to transfer their licenses for a new nevada licenses, and the process would need to be started from the beginning. This comes as a great win for many Puerto Ricans who relocated to Nevada following the havoc Hurricane Maria reaped on their home. 

During the Nevada legislative session, one of the most vocal advocates for Senate Bill 396, Milagros, was finally able to receive her Nevada license. Milagros is a MRNV member, who first arrived in Las Vegas, NV, after she was forced to leave Puerto Rico because of the destruction of her home caused by Hurricane Maria. Milagros testified at committee hearings for the bill during the legislative session, she shared her story and the difficulties she had encountered ever since she stepped foot in Nevada. She finally got the chance to get her Nevada license. She shared her experience at the DMV with us:

“Now that I have my driver’s license, I feel no less stress driving in Las Vegas. Since I have an old car, I often have problems on the road, I no longer have the fear that the police will approach me and ask for my driver’s license. Very grateful to Make The Road Nevada and all who made it possible. I will continue attending the meetings on Wednesdays and will work together with others to do better things for our Latinx people.”

Before you run down and wait eagerly at the DMV, here are some things you should know about the process. 

To be eligible you must have a valid NCDL/CDL from the following:

  • The District of Columbia
  • Puerto Rico
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • US Virgin Islands

When applying your past driving record will be vetted for excessive moving violations or DUI’s, per the NV DMV. If needed, additional skills/knowledge testing will be required before issuance, depending on the driver’s record. Once issued a Nevada drivers license, the previous license will be voided. 



¡Los puertorriqueños en Nevada ahora pueden transferir su licencia de territorio a una licencia de Nevada!

Desde el 1ro de Julio 2019, Puertorriqueños y personas de otros territorios de Estados Unidos celebran en Las Vegas y por todo Nevada ya que son elegible para transferir su licencia de conducir de su lugar de origen a una licencia de Nevada. Anteriormente en Nevada, personas que se habían reubicado de Puerto Rico u otro territorio de los EE.UU. no podian transferir su licencia a Nevada sin realizar un largo proceso. Esto es una gran victoria para los puertorriqueños después de la destrucción que trajo el Huracán Maria en su tierra natal.

Durante la sesión legislativa de Nevada, una de las personas que contribuyó bastante apoyando la propuesta 396 del senado, Milagros, por fin pudo obtener su licencia de Nevada. Milagros es una miembra de MRNV, ella llegó a vivir en Las Vegas después de que su casa en Puerto Rico fuera destruida por el Huracán Maria. Milagros dio testimonio en audiencias en apoyo a la propuesta enfrente de los diferentes comités de los legisladores, compartió su historia del huracán y de las dificultad que enfrentó desde que llegó a Nevada. Ella nos contó que al regresar al DMV y poder recibir una licencia fue lo mejor. 

“Ahora que tengo mi licencia de manejar me siento con menos estrés al manejar en Las Vegas. Como tengo un carro viejito y a cada rato tengo problemas en la carretera, ya no tengo el temor de que la policía se acerque y me pida mi licencia de conducir. Muy agradecida con Make The Road  Nevada y con todos los que hicieron esto posible. Seguiré asistiendo a las reuniones los miércoles y trabajaré junto con otros para hacer mejores cosas por nuestra gente Hispana.”

Antes de que vaya corriendo al DMV, aquí le anotamos algunas cosas que debes saber del proceso.

Para ser elegible tienes que tener una licencia de conducir de:

  • El Distrito de Columbia
  • Puerto Rico
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • US Virgin Islands

Durante la aplicación, su historial de manejo será examinado en busca de multas en exceso y DUIs. Dependiendo de eso, es posible que serán requeridos exámenes adicionales. Cuando le den la licencia de Nevada, su licencia de los territorios sera invalida.


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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, NVSince 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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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:

Immigrant Justice

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

Economic Justice

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

Housing Justice   

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.


For more information on our organization and on what you can do before the session ends, contact us info@maketheroadnv.org

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For Immediate Release:


Las Vegas, NV – Today, Make the Road Nevada hosted a roundtable with members from the community and representatives from Southern Nevada’s congressional delegation to talk about the current needs in Puerto Rico and how Congress can step in to assist. At the same time, a federal court hearing was taking place to decide what will happen to the island’s $72 billion public debt.

Across the nation many groups, including Make the Road Nevada, are asking for Judge Laura Taylor Swain, the judge presiding over hearings on Puerto Rico’s debt, to eliminate $6 billion in debt that was declared “illegal” by Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board last month and to cancel other parts of the debt.

In today’s roundtable, many commented on what is currently going in Puerto Rico;

Judy Fleishman, a member of the Puerto Rican Association of Las Vegas, issued the following statement:

“The United States says they responded to the disaster and they did, but Puerto Rico continues the need to receive help so they can recover after a hurricane that ended with a big part of the island destroyed. Puerto Rico needs funding and if some of this debt is not eliminated, it will hurt Puerto Rico for a long time.”

Congresswoman Susie Lee issued the following statement:

While Puerto Rico continues to rebuild from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the island, there is another crisis hurting our fellow Americans on the island: the territory’s debt crisis. Congress urgently needs to provide disaster relief and seriously review Puerto Rico’s current debt situation—which is being worsened by predatory practices from hedge funds and private companies taking advantage of an island still trying to rebuild,” said Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03). “I believe it is time for Congress to hold the Financial Management and Oversight Board accountable and address Puerto Rico’s ballooning debt before it’s too late.

Congressman Steven Horsford issued the following statement:

“I firmly support increasing aid to Puerto Rico, and I’ve called on the Trump Administration to release already appropriated funds to help the island. House Democrats have also called for additional relief funds. The Natural Resources Committee, on which I sit, has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico and has committed to look into this issue. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure the people of Puerto Rico receive the resources they need.”

Until Puerto Rican families are unburdened from the illegal debt, they won’t have the chance for a Just Recovery from Maria and from years of austerity.

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March 13th 2019 Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) and Puerto Rican members in Las Vegas came together to voice the concerns they have about the six billion dollar debt attributed to Puerto Rico. On September 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, the deadliest natural disaster to hit US soil. The hurricane amounted in a death toll between 3,000 and 4,600 according to some sources, in addition to severe damages to the Puerto Rican infrastructure that continues to plague Puerto Ricans to this day. As a result, many Puerto Ricans were left displaced and were forced to relocate. Puerto Ricans have had to struggle to receive disaster relief aid from the US government as they have not been as cooperative as the situation demands. Since Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled for any true relief, constantly being met with obstacles.

Most recently, Puerto Ricans were given a 6 billion dollar loan by Morgan Stanley, which resulted in illegally acquired debt.  The Puerto Rican constitution states that “appropriations” for any fiscal year “shall not exceed total revenues, including available surplus, estimated for said fiscal year, unless the imposition of taxes sufficient to cover said appropriations is provided by law.” Bonds were used to balanced the budget, which means that debt was acquired illegally. According to an article from The Hill “Appropriation bonds should not have been issued in the first place as their manifest purpose was to evade the constitutional balanced budget requirement and debt limit while burdening taxpayers”


MRNV held an action with some of the local Puerto Rican community, some migrated to Las Vegas  after the hurricane. The action started outside of the Morgan Stanley office as they were paid not only for underwriting fees but exit penalties on toxic swaps out of the proceeds of two of the bonds, $24 million in the case of the 2014 bond, and an undisclosed amount in the case of the April 2012 bond. Margarita Rebollal, Puerto Rican leader gave a letter to the manager expressing what this debt has caused to people back in the island.

Our goal was to urge Judge Laura Taylor Swain to declare the debt  illegal and reversed any profit acquired from the issuance of the debt. If the loan is kept, Puerto Rico’s economy will suffer for approximately 40 years.As long as this debt exists, Puerto Rican families will be burdened with repaying the debt on top of dealing with the life changes caused by the hurricane.

The families deserve relief so that they may truly recover. As a community, we need to  support our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters through these hardships. Canceling the debt and supporting local bills like S.B. 396, which makes it easier for Puerto Ricans and people from other US territories obtain their driver’s license in Nevada when they already have one from the territories.

Please join us at our weekly community meetings, Wednesdays at 6pm, to stay informed on issues dealing with Puerto Rican aid and support.

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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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