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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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Las Vegas, NV– Monday, July 27th, 2020 Clark County School District Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara, met with Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) and Youth Power Project (YPP) members, consisting of parents, students, and educators, following a missed meeting the previous week. To open the meeting, Dr. Jara apologized for his tardiness at the previously scheduled meeting. Our members appreciate the effort put forth by Dr. Jara to reschedule and give much needed space to the LatinX community to voice their questions and concerns. We commend Dr. Jara’s willingness to keep communications open as we realize that there is a need for more in depth conversations on crucial topics like the school-to-prison/deportation pipeline.

Our MRNV and YPP members got the chance to ask questions and voice their concerns regarding the plans for distance learning at the beginning of this coming semester. Among those questions were that about the digital divide that low-income families face. Dr. Jara assured our members that households with the most need for distance learning technologies will take priority, yet questions about defining those parameters and multi-student households still arouse. 

For YPP, getting Dr. Jara to commit to police free schools was the priority. While Dr. Jara stayed firm in his defense of the role of law enforcement, something many YPP members did not want to hear. We are committed to continue the conversation and put black and brown student’s lives at the forefront. We will keep sharing the stories and voices of affected youths at our Gen Z VoiceZ Facebook live event, Friday, July 31st at 6pm. 

“After my interaction with Dr.Jara regarding police in schools, I have come to the conclusion that he is a reactive type of ‘leader’. In the meeting, he addressed the students of CCSD as ‘his kids’ but I’m not sure if any parent would put their child in harm’s way time and time again. Dr. Jara believes he has all the answers but I wonder how he will look a parent in the face after CCSD is ‘next’ [victim of police brutality]. For future meetings, I expect different from the superintendent and I feel none of this will change until CCSD is indeed ‘next’ ” Jordan Mcrae, YPP Member Leader

“Me siento agradecida de que el Superintendente tomó el tiempo para escuchar de nuestra comunidad. Aunque no estoy de acuerdo con todas de sus respuestas, estoy esperanzada de que cumpla con el compromiso de continuar teniendo conversaciones con nosotros mensualmente.” Nellie Tobon, MRNV Member & CCSD Parent

MRNV would like to note that we are not a part of recent recall efforts. Our main goal is and has always been to ensure that our member’s voices are being heard. We have not made any public comment on Jara’s future at CCSD.

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Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) builds the power of Latino and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation and transformative education. 

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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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The death of George Floyd sent shockwaves through the world as well as within the states. His death was a result of police brutality, an ongoing issue in America. Too many black and brown lives before him have died at the hands of the police. Many of the officers involved in excessive use of force that resulted in the murder of countless black individuals go free with no consequences. It is time they are held accountable and that justice be served.

Our young people are able to make decisions and are capable of bringing forth valuable information and in times like these, it’s imperative that we listen. The youth is the future of our nation and in their hands lie the changes that will come. There are many young people in our city who are working for justice and equality on a daily basis and here is one of them. 

Adam Allen is a Youth Power Project council member who fights alongside us for justice. He Brings us a message on how we can be better allies during the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not our place to speak for our brothers and sisters, but it is our place to elevate their voices so they are heard. Adam tells us that as nonblack folks we should be doing everything we can to elevate the voices of the black community not replacing them.

Watch his video below to learn how to be a better ally. 

 

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The Youth Power Project (YPP) is a youth led program that engages young people in local grassroots organizing, policy innovation, and financial literacy education. If you want to be a part of the YPP you can apply on our website here.

You can watch a brand new LIVE conversation with a YPP council every Tuesday at 5pm on our Instagram.

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A long history of segregation and racism has instilled systemic racism that in recent years has become even more prevalent due to the internet and sharing platforms. These issues are not sporadic or new, but they have always been. As a society, we now are banding together, regardless of differences, to reintroduce the conversation of racism and systemic racism to the country and to our friends and families. As allies, it is our duty to speak up when we hear or see something racist.

Black and Brown communities are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement, however, the Black community is 2.5x more likely to be killed at the hands of law enforcement for even the simplest of infractions. In many cases, traffic stops have resulted in the deaths of members of the Black community.

Prejudices and racism begin at home. Racism is taught. To eradicate racism we must first begin with dialogue. Focusing on the deepest issues at hand and having honest conversations about the racist beliefs held by those around us. Have the difficult conversations, don’t be afraid to call your family and friends, and have this conversation when you hear something or see something they do to be racist. We must also elevate the voices of the community instead of speaking on their behalf. We are not their ambassadors, we are their allies and we are to stand by them and raise their arms and voices higher. Be an ally everywhere. Speak up against racism. 

For additional resources on how to start the conversation take a look below;

https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article243375201.html 

https://nacla.org/news/2020/06/09/dismantling-anti-blackness-together 

Starting the conversation en Español

 

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Nevada began Phase 2 of reopening on May 29th, 2020. Meaning some restaurants, casinos, and other businesses will be allowed to pen and function at a smaller capacity than normal. Full details about what kinds of businesses and when each will open have yet to be released, but are said to be made available sooner rather than later. Governor Sisolak has given some guidelines that businesses must follow in order to be allowed to reopen. In no way are businesses being forced to reopen, they are simply being given an option to do so.

For consumers and locals, these regulations include the requirement to wear face coverings and the constant disinfecting of common areas by management and staff of the business. Businesses have full authority to refuse service to those who enter the establishment without a face covering or to those who refuse to comply with CDC regulations. These include social distancing, safe handling of objects in the facility, as well as capacity regulations made by the business owners and staff.

Nevada is on the way to recovery and the public plays the biggest factor in ensuring that our communities stay healthy and safe. For more information on regulations and on business reopenings stay posted on our website as we will keep you updated.

UPDATES:

  • Face coverings are encouraged but are not required per the governor. However, businesses reserve the right to refuse service if face coverings are not worn. 
  • Employers and employees are to continue to work remotely if at all possible. 
  • Common areas are to remain closed;
  • Dine-in areas, place of large gatherings
  • Businesses are to strictly adhere to social distancing protocols and are to frequently conduct environmental cleanings. 
  • Employers are to encourage their employees to conduct a self-assessment and to stay home if they feel sick
  • Grocery stores are not to allow self to serve groceries or bulk groceries. 
  • Sports, where players are isolated from others, are permitted (golf, tennis) other sports where teams are needed and impact sports are also not allowed in public parks or recreational facilities. 
  • Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons are to continue strict social distancing and environmental cleaning. 
  • Gov. Sisolak has signed a directive today allowing schools, of all kinds, to open & conduct summer activities as normal while complying with safety measures.
  • A list of newly reopened business can be found here
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A message from the executive director Leo Murrieta of Make the Road NV

 


 

“As a community built up of Brown and Black people who are continually being demonized, harassed, whose families are ripped apart, and murdered by the same establishment that has failed in its most basic duty to protect and serve. Today, we demand justice for Black lives. The violent murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Jamel Floyd, Sandra Bland, and Nina Pop were completely avoidable and excessive, and that’s just a few occurrences among generations of police brutality and anti-Black violence.

As an organization built by thousands of individual members, all fighting for justice, now is the time to demand justice for all but especially justice for Black lives. Our call for Respect and Dignity doesn’t stop on immigrant issues, but extends so that all people, regardless of skin color, gender identity, or expression have the Freedom to Thrive.

That means we must also work to check the anti-blackness within our own community, we must now all become actively anti-racist and ensure that our community stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The Latinx community has benefitted from this long and generational fight for racial justice by our Black familia and we must acknowledge it and be thankful for their strength and courage through the centuries. At the end of the day, the man in the white house and every other racist in this country see us all the same. We know injustice when we see it and we should not tolerate it any longer. When our babies were in cages, Black people stood with us. When this president eliminated DACA, Black people marched beside us on Las Vegas Blvd. So now, it’s time for us to stand together against hatred, against anti-Blackness, and fight for a better today so we can all enjoy a prosperous tomorrow.

We need to make sure that the conversation is not about property but about the irreplaceable lives that have been lost due to lack of accountability over law enforcement, weak and complicit politicians who care more about their re-election than our lives, heartless District Attorneys, Public Prosecutors, and judges who thrive on throwing our children in cages, and the corruption and systemic racism within police departments in every community across this nation.

In solidarity, our hearts go out to all of the Black lives lost. We will take a moment of silence as we show some of their names, we know there are many more but here are a few.”

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