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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.

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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

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On November 1st & 2nd of 2019, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) participated for the first time at Life in Death Festival in Winchester Park. Dia de los Muertos is a tradition in Mexico where families put up pictures of loved ones that have passed away on to an ofrenda with bright colors, candles, fresh flowers, foods and items that once belonged to their loved ones. This altar is meant to honor them and welcome them their spirits with items they are remembered by.

Our ofrenda was dedicated to the children and trans women that have passed away while being under ICE custody at the border. All passed through Mexico in hopes of a better future than what they were currently living. Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin (7-years-old), Felipe Gomez Alonzo, an (8-years-old), Juan de León Gutiérrez (16), Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez (2½), and Mariee Juárez (18-months-old) are just some of the victims that deserve justice. Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle (10-years-old) just wanted to be with her mother who had been working in the U.S. for 9 years and Johana Medina Leon and Roxana Hernandez did not feel safe in their country for being trans women.

These were asylum seekers and they had rights. They needed hope and empathy, not a wall. Make the Road Nevada understand first hand the devastation family separation brings and we will continue to fight so our families can one day live with dignity. Today, we honor the lives of those that can no longer be here and we want to bring more attention to the injustices that are happening with our latinx community.

Along with our Ofrenda, MRNV had a face painting for DACA booth where our members painted traditional sugar skulls on children and adults to raise funds for DACA renewal scholarships. We managed to raise enough for two new applications! We would like to thank all our members who dedicated their time to creating the Ofrenda for weeks prior to the event and to those who came to share their face painting talents for a great cause. We look forward to next years Dia de Los Muertos to further bring our awareness of issues happening in our community.

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

You can also donate to help local DREAMers renew their DACA at: 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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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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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019, Two years after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival has changed our city forever, the impact of this horrific event continues to ripple through our community. The evening was filled with emotions as the Make the Road NV offices began to get filled with survivors, their families and community members gathered for a vigil in honor of the victims of the tragedy. Survivors spoke about their experience and their recovery, reverends came and shared thoughtful words, and mental health professionals from Silver State Health Services spoke on the work that has been done to aid in the recovery of the survivors. In addition to the vigil, survivors were treated to a day of healing with relaxing and restorative activities. 

During the day, a group of survivors filled our office which was converted into a healing space, with low lighting, calming music, and soothing scents. There were opportunities for the survivors to speak with counselors and professionals from Silver State Health Services. Along with counseling, messages, energy crystal healing treatment, guided breathing and restorative yoga were offered as more opportunities to heal. It was important for us to offer a safe space for the group of undocumented survivors that don’t get the chance or lack the resources to perform healing activities in their daily lives. Especially, because for some of the survivors the date resurfaces a lot of the trauma that was endured and has been repressed. Bryan, one of the younger survivors that was working the event the night of the massacre, mentioned that he continues to struggle with large crowds. 

Make the Road Nevada and Silver State Health Services, formerly Bilingual Behavioral Services (BBS) were some of the only organizations to provide support for the undocumented workers at the festival. The undocumented workers were not being provided health services or included as an affected group. After two years and several actions outside of the Sheriff’s office, many of the undocumented survivors are well in the process of receiving their U-Visas. Although there is a silver lining to shooting, we can’t forget the victims and the trauma that was caused. 

We would like to thank Planet Protein, Viva Las Arepas, Silver State Health Services, Kenevision, Shalom Rasa, Natalie Jasper, Laura Arteaga, Monika Misklewicz, Rasa Jordan, Kate Lynn Davenport, Perla Sanchez, Jennifer Carillo, Margarita Romano, Adam Berger, Ruth Carillo, and Penny James for helping make such a painful day for the survivors into a day to heal. 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 on Wednesdays at 6 pm at 4250 E. Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas NV 89110. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 26, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Builds on Movement for Housing Justice in Nevada

LAS VEGAS —  On Wednesday, September 25th  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced sweeping legislation to address economic inequality. The package, called “A Just Society,” includes six bills that: provide housing justice for renters, update the definition of the federal poverty line, expand the social safety net to people who have been involved in the criminal legal system and immigrants, give preference to federal contractors who use just labor standards, and promote fair and just labor rights.

The legislation proposed comes on the same day as Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman drafted a new ordinance that criminalizes homelessness in Las Vegas. If approved the new ordinance will make it a misdemeanor to sleep on the public right of way and people can get fined up to one thousand dollars or 6 months in jail.

Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) and its members will continue to engage with local officials to ensure that we create laws that protect tenants, the homeless and address the housing crisis.

The bill package Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez presented includes a housing proposal that would make a difference for thousands of families in Nevada who are housing insecure.

“ Many people on the street are disabled and don’t seem to be getting their money quick enough. If the government would increase the money for housing and other needs there wouldn’t be too many people on our streets. We need the government to build a facility for the homeless, one where they feel safe “. said Diana Diaz, Make the Road NV member.

“ Over the next 10 years, the government should invest $800 billion in the development and rehabilitation of deeply affordable and public housing. Communities that have a high concentration of residents who are severely rent-burdened should be served first “. said Lalo Montoya, Political director for MRNV

Watch the NOW THIS Video to hear what a ‘Just Society’ means to some of MRNV’s members

Link: https://twitter.com/maketheroadnv/status/1177363009087262720

Download the Press Release Here

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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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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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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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