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Census Day 2020

More than 60 advocacy groups ask lawmakers to improve ‘grossly insufficient’ participation pathways during virtual session

By Riley Snyder || February 23rd, 2021 – 3:36pm

A group of more than 60 advocacy organizations spanning the political spectrum are asking legislative leaders to improve “grossly insufficient” avenues of public participation in the still mostly-virtual legislative session.

The letter, which was sent on Monday and addressed to Senate Majority Leader  and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, calls on lawmakers to allow at least 30 minutes for public comment during bill hearings, abandon an advance registration system to participate in a hearing and institute a “fair, standardized and uniform system” for public participation in all future virtual legislative meetings.

The letter is signed by a wide variety of large and small advocacy groups, including: the ACLU of Nevada, Americans for Prosperity, Battle Born Progress, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Culinary Union, Faith Organizing Alliance, Make the Road Nevada, the Nevada Policy Research Institute, the Nevada State Education Association, Power2Parent and a host of other organizations.

Orgullo zacatecano en la Legislatura

Frank Alejandre / El Tiempo || febrero 10, 2021 – 3:40 pm

El también destacado miembro de la organización Make The Road Nevada, expresó por su parte “me siento honrado de ser designado para el Senado de Nevada y representar al distrito al que he llamado hogar casi toda mi vida. Al crecer, vi a mi padre luchar con la barrera del idioma a través de su diagnóstico de diabetes tipo 2. Sé que muchos en nuestra comunidad continúan enfrentando desafíos similares. Quiero luchar para asegurar que todos los nevadenses tengan acceso a una atención médica confiable, especialmente ahora que esta pandemia continúa teniendo impactos devastadores y de gran alcance”.

COVID-19 Safety Measures At Legislature Lead To Transparency Concerns

Feb 08, 2021 by Bert Johnson

There is a lot of concern about access to lawmakers themselves, but there is also concern over government transparency. All of the committee hearings are done over Zoom. There is a digital divide in this state. Not every community has access to things like Zoom and other video conferencing technology. In some ways, this could make it harder for members of the public to follow what’s going on.

Leo Murrieta, director of Make the Road Nevada, which is focused on issues related to Latinx and immigrant communities, like justice reform, climate change, and education said face-to-face interactions are very important for his organization.

“The pandemic makes it harder,” Murrieta said, “But that just means that organizations like Make the Road are going work harder to make sure that corporate lobbyists aren’t the ones having the last word in the legislature, or really any chamber of government.”

Letter Regarding Harmful Criminal Bars in the Dream & Promise Act of 2019

February 8, 2021

RE: Criminal Bars to Legalization in H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

Dear Chair Nadler, Chair Lofgren, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman Velázquez, and Congresswoman Clarke:

We, the undersigned organizations, write to respectfully urge you to amend the criminal bars to eligibility in H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, to ensure that the bill is more inclusive and that a waiver is available for all grounds of exclusion. We believe these changes are necessary to bring the bill in line with principles of racial justice and fairness.

First, we would like to thank you for your longstanding commitment and leadership on the DREAM Act and efforts to fix our enforcement system. We share your commitment to getting the best version of the American Dream and Promise Act signed into law. In that spirit, we request that you bring the American Dream and Promise Act legislative text in line with the New Way Forward Act, and align it with President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 which we understand will not create any new criminal bars to legalization on top of the existing grounds of inadmissibility.

As Nevada Legislature Goes Virtual, Some Nevadans Worry About Access To Lawmakers

By Bert Johnson | Friday, February 5, 2021

For Leo Murrieta, physical access to the state Legislature is a crucial part of his work as director of Make the Road Nevada, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Latinx and immigrant communities.

As a relatively new organization, Make the Road came to Carson City for the first time during the 2019 legislative session. Murrieta says they went into it headfirst, though, and got more than a thousand community members to engage with the process.

“Our first legislative session was, to a certain degree, a success, because we were able to have that contact,” he said.

Some Nevadans applaud President Biden’s immigration orders

By Joe Vigil — February 2, 2021

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Nevadans with different backgrounds and immigration histories reacted positively on Tuesday to executive orders signed by President Joe Biden on immigration issues.

This while some GOP leaders have criticized some of the President’s plans.

“I think there’s hope in a way that we haven’t been able to have or see in the last four to five years,” said Natalie Hernandez, who works with Make the Road Nevada. The group advocates for Latinx and working-class communities of color.

Groups want Biden to end ICE’s for-profit detention contracts

Leo Murrieta, the director for the immigrant and workers’ rights organization Make the Road Nevada, said the immigrant detention system is inhumane, adding the Biden Administration needs to work aggressively to fix it.

“This is a really big black eye on our nation,” he said. “We can’t in one breath say our criminal justice system needs to be reformed and we need to defend the rights of people by eliminating private prison, while also saying it’s 100 percent OK to deny those basic rights and basic principles to immigrants. It’s not OK and not what we should be doing in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration.”

Immigration Scams: Local community leaders on alert

An uptick in immigration scams has local community leaders on alert. They say “notarios” are preying on undocumented people looking to get legal status in the country.

“It becomes very dangerous with immigrants because one wrong move on an immigration application, one wrong move on a form, this could put an individual in jeopardy of deportation,” said Leo Murrieta, executive director of Make the Road Nevada.

It’s a scam that’s very common among the undocumented community. They call themselves “notarios,” who promise to help folks resolve their immigration problems, but end up doing the opposite.

Distintas opiniones tras inicio de la “Era Biden-Harris”

enero 27, 2021 – 12:00 pm

Por su parte, el director de Make The Road Nevada, Leo Murrieta, opinó que “muchos recordarán que los inmigrantes se han enfrentado a duras realidades políticas y consecuencias mucho antes de que Donald Trump se convirtiera en presidente. Nuestras familias han sido un fútbol político durante demasiado tiempo, obligadas a permanecer como ‘chivos expiatorios políticos’ de esta nación siempre que sea conveniente para los políticos mientras sus propias vidas penden de un hilo”.

Murrieta espera que el presidente Biden impulse una propuesta de ley que beneficie a la comunidad migrante, específicamente a los jóvenes beneficiarios de DACA que han vivido en incertidumbre en los últimos años al no saber qué pasaría con el futuro de sus permisos de trabajo temporales.

Multiple obstructions stand between immigrants and rental assistance

“I was left without a job for two months, but my brother helped me a little so I’ve been able to pay my rent,” she said. “I applied for some rental assistance programs and they did reply at first, but stopped responding after … In my situation I didn’t get help from the government despite having children who are U.S citizens. I didn’t get any kind of help.”

Cristina, who eventually got help from the nonprofit Make the Road Nevada, isn’t the only person who’s struggled to get rental assistance. 

When Parents Lose Their Jobs, Their Children Also Suffer. But Sometimes There’s a Consolation.

One is the classic story of falling income and rising strain. When the pandemic broke out in March, Mr. Pike, 41, lost a job building booths for trade shows. Unable to collect unemployment aid (the state is disputing a previous claim), he borrowed from a bank, exhausted his savings, and found a few odd jobs but still fell behind on utilities and rent. Sometimes he eats less to make sure his daughter gets fed.

¡Evite ser desalojado de su vivienda!

Octubre 21, 2020 – 12:30 pm

“Ha llegado a su fin la moratoria del Gobierno de Nevada que indicaba que eran ilegales los desalojos de vivienda durante la pandemia de COVID-19, situación que afecta a miles de personas en el “Estado de Plata”. Por tal motivo, la organización Make The Road Nevada llevó a cabo un seminario virtual para informar a la comunidad hispana sobre sus derechos y recursos disponibles.”

Clock ticks down on Nevada’s eviction moratorium; help and resources are available

 

“Many Nevadans have lost jobs or income because of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it difficult for them to pay rent. Governor Steve Sisolak previously extended Nevada’s eviction moratorium by 45 days back at the beginning of September. But in just over one week, on October 15, landlords can start kicking tenants out of their homes and apartments if they do not pay rent. “

Virtual ceremony in Spanish honors Oct. 1 shooting victims, survivors

“Make the Road Nevada legally supported the undocumented workers at the festival who were not being provided health services or included as an affected group after the shooting”

COVID-19 impact on minorities highlighted in new report

The “COVID-19 NV Community Impact Report 2020,” published by Make the Road Nevada, a nonprofit group of politically and socially active youth, highlights the pandemic’s affect on minorities.

The key findings from the report, summarized below, can be found online with the group’s recommendations for federal and state responses.”

New report indicates undocumented Nevadans struggle to access resources or support amid pandemic; advocate says they ‘suffered in silence’

September 23, 2020 – 2:00 am

“A new report released Wednesday by Make the Road Nevada, an immigrant advocacy group, and The Center for Popular Democracy, a progressive organization, highlights challenges faced by communities of color, particularly the estimated 7 percent of Nevadans who are undocumented and have been excluded from federal and state relief efforts during the pandemic.”

Nevada Built a Powerful Democratic Machine. Will It Work in a Pandemic?

“For the past decade, Democrats in Nevada have notched one hard-fought victory after another. In 2010, Senator Harry Reid won his hotly contested re-election campaign, even as the party lost other battles all over the country. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the state, though with a smaller margin of victory than Democrats garnered in the previous two presidential contests. And in 2018, the Democrats managed to capture the governor’s office and the State Senate.”

Suspenden desalojos de alquileres en el país hasta el 31 de diciembre

Una nueva extensión de suspensión de desalojos de alquileres fue anunciada por los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades y fue justificada en el hecho de que los desalojos podrían disparar los números de casos de Covid-19.

La medida que estará vigente hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020, representa un alivio para miles que estaban al borde de quedar en la calle debido a la pandemia del Coronavirus.”

New initiative provides economic aid for immigrant Nevadans ineligible for past state and federal aid

A new fund will provide financial relief for Nevada’s struggling immigrant communities after they were left out of earlier federal economic stimulus aid packages because of their immigration status.

International REALTOR and Nevada Community Foundation Director Duncan Lee announced the initiative under the Esperanza Fund earlier this week, which is a public-private partnership with the purpose of raising funds to provide grants for nonprofit organizations that support immigrant families. “

Car caravan protest meant to spur next federal relief package

“About 20 cars traveled in a caravan around a Las Vegas neighborhood Tuesday to protest the impasse in Washington over relief for those facing evictions and push for federal action.

The vehicles, adorned with signs reading, “Mitch Better Have My Money” and “Relief is Due,” embarked on the caravan from outside the nonprofit Make the Road Nevada office, 4250 E. Bonanza Road, and then traveled a roughly 9-mile loop around the area.”

UNLV Law Professor’s New Book Looks At Immigration Through A Community Lens

July 24, 2020 

As immigration remains a fixture in news headlines, the lives of many Nevada residents hang in the balance. 

After losing an immigration battle in the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump has now said the U.S. Census would not count undocumented immigrants

Brote de Coronavirus afecta centro de detención de ICE en Nevada

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El brote se ha presentado en el centro de detención ubicado en la localidad de Pahrump. Noticias Univision Nevada pudo conversar con una mujer cuyo hermano está recluido en este lugar y a la par con una coalición pro inmigrante que viene denunciando este problema desde hace ya varias semanas.

Bianca Balderas, a political organizer with Make the Road Nevada, said distance education is the best option for students and teachers in the pandemic, but the organization still has concerns. “We need to be making distance education a priority at this time and for the foreseeable future, since we don’t know when this pandemic will end,” she said. “For low-income families, there will be many more barriers to obtain quality education. The digital divide means families won’t have internet or the technologies to start distance learning.”“Low-income, working families will not have the luxury of working from home, and older siblings will be required to babysit and teach younger siblings while getting their own education,” Balderas said.

Their fight is our fight’: Latinos in Las Vegas join Blacks in seeking end to injustices

Ortiz, now a Las Vegas resident, is the canvas director for Make the Road Nevada, a community organizing group that advocates for elevating working-class immigrant communities. The group has been active over the past months in support of Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd by white Minnesota police. “When African Americans win — when Black people win — we all win,” Ortiz, 28, said. “When we talk about racism, colorism, we shouldn’t have to wait (to jump into action). We shouldn’t need to understand why.”

Campaign 2018: Nevada voter turnout doubles 2014 showing

Early voters cast their ballots at Galleria at Sunset in Henderson Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. The final day of early voting is Friday. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal

More than 620,000 Nevadans cast ballots after two weeks of early voting, plus absentee and mail-in ballots.

More than 550,000 of those have come from in-person early-voting, according to numbers from the Nevada secretary of state’s office, far surpassing the turnout of past midterm election years like 2014 (267,000) and 2010 (379,707).

Nevadan’s spar over same-day voter registration

Proposed legislation to allow voters to register on Election Day received mixed reactions during its first hearing Wednesday.

Supporters of Senate Bill 123 hope implementing the system will prevent voter disenfranchisement and help more people access the ballot box, while opponents fear the estimated fiscal costs as well as a rise of undocumented immigrants voting.

Julián Castro se reunió con hispanos de Las Vegas

El ex-secretario de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano -durante el mandato del ex-presidente Barack Obama- y ahora precandidato demócrata a la presidencia de EE.UU., Julián Castro, visitó la zona este de Las Vegas para reunirse con miembros de la organización Make the Road Nevada en un foro de diálogo donde los asistentes -en su mayoría hispanos- pudieron preguntarle sobre distintos temas de interés.

Julian Castro talks affordable housing, immigration and education in Vegas

By Jackie Valley

Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration, said Thursday that he plans to make housing affordability a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

The comment came during Castro’s swing through Las Vegas, where he met with a small group of mostly Hispanic residents. Two attendees lamented the cost of rent and housing prices compared with their wages, opening a discussion that dovetailed with the presidential hopeful’s background.

Castro campaigns in Nevada, vows to make housing a top priority

Campaigning in Southern Nevada Thursday, Julián Castro — the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama — vowed to make housing policy a focus of his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Castro is considered an underdog in the 2020 election, especially compared to candidates Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris, who are all high-profile U.S senators with substantial national name recognition.

Visitó Las Vegas candidato presidencial Julián Castro; habló de vivienda, inmigración y educación

Julián Castro, el ex secretario de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano en la administración de Obama, dijo este jueves que planea hacer de la vivienda accesible una pieza central de su campaña presidencial.

El comentario se produjo durante la visita relámpago de Castro a Las Vegas, donde se reunió con un pequeño grupo de residentes, en su mayoría hispanos.

Grupos comunitarios han expuesto sus necesidades en la Legislatura de Nevada

Continúa la 80º Sesión Legislativa en la capital de Nevada, senadores y asambleístas analizan las propuestas que podrían convertirse en nuevas leyes y/o reformas en el ‘Estado de Plata’. Sin embargo, para poder votar a favor o en contra de las mismas deben escuchar a sus electores; por tal motivo, distintos representantes de organizaciones locales han acudido al edificio legislativo para exponer sus necesidades.

Activists make a case for paid sick leave in Carson City

Lupe Guzmán’s voice is raspy.

A single mother of six, Guzmán has a throat issue that’s causing her to lose her voice. A Carl’s Jr. employee — she’s a manager on the graveyard shift — Guzmán said she has been unable to take off to deal with the issue due to a lack of paid sick days.

There’s a push in Carson City to change that. Activists with Time to Care Nevada traveled to the Capitol on Monday to speak with legislators about possible action on paid sick leave.

Natalie Hernandez, campaign manager for Time to Care Nevada, said the group’s push worked, and they expect legislation to be introduced within a few weeks.

Instan a legisladores a aprobar días de enfermedad pagados para trabajadores de Nevada

Unas 50 personas viajaron desde Las Vegas hasta Carson City para instar a los legisladores a que promulguen leyes que incluyan días de enfermedad pagados para los trabajadores.

Miembros de la organización Time to Care Nevada, un proyecto compuesto por una coalición de varios grupos progresistas, pasaron gran parte de este lunes cargando globos con el mensaje “Get Well Soon” [“Que te mejores pronto”] por todo el edificio legislativo en Carson City.

By Rocio Madera

La sede de la Policía Metropolitana de Las Vegas fue el lugar para que un grupo de defensores de los derechos de los inmigrantes se reuniera para protestar en contra del programa 287 G, un mecanismo de cooperación entre la Policía Metropolitana de Las Vegas y la agencia ICE.

Jorge Franco, uno de los manifestantes, vivió en primera persona el 287 G. Franco contó su historia al equipo de Noticias Univision Nevada.

“Yo estaba manejando camino a mi trabajo no me di cuenta que tenía una luz de freno que no funcionaba y fui detenido por una oficial de Metro“ dijo Franco.

As Metro Police Moves to Change Its 287(g) Practices, Let’s Remember the Facts on Law Enforcement and Immigrant Communities

Over the weekend, Las Vegas Metro Police’s lobbyist in Carson City suggested they will make changes to their protocol in handing over criminal defendants to ICE agents. This came on the heels of Las Vegas immigrant rights activists and a Clark County Commissioner calling on Metro to end their 287(g) agreement with ICE, and this came two years after Metro and their political allies killed legislation to codify in state law what Metro may be inching towards on its own now.

Segerblom, advocates tell Metro to come clean about ICE

Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom joined immigration advocates Thursday to demand answers from Sheriff Joseph Lombardo about Metro’s use of a controversial immigration enforcement program that critics say is ruining livelihoods and tearing families apart in Southern Nevada.

Last Thursday, representatives of Las Vegas immigrant and civil rights groups filed an open records request with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department seeking details and data about Metro’s 287(g) detention policy agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Local immigrant activists criticize LVMPD’s cooperation with ICE

It’s called “287g.”

Under it, the Las Vegas Metropolitian Police Department cooperates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Anybody arrested only runs into it at the Clark County Detention Center.

If you were born outside the U.S., you get run through an “ICE” database.

Protesters ask for end to agreement between ICE and Metro Police

County commissioner joins activists in calling for Metro Police to release data on ICE program

Immigration advocates joined by Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom took aim at Sheriff Joe Lombardo and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at a press conference Thursday over the use of a controversial immigration enforcement program.

Activists, county commissioner protest police agreement with ICE

Jorge Franco stood in paint-covered jeans as he spoke — in Spanish, then in English — about his experience in detention. He says he missed the birth of his child and was almost evicted.

“(These immigrants) are not criminals. They are family members, they are fathers, they have a job,” he said.

Progressive groups tell lawmakers not to rest on November’s laurels

Democratic control of state government doesn’t automatically ensure progressive policy, Nevada groups said Thursday, so they intend to lobby harder than ever during the upcoming legislative session.

Make The Road Nevada celebró su primer aniversario de lucha por la justicia social

Enero 29, 2019 – 5:00 pm

“Estamos muy emocionados. Hoy celebramos un año de lucha por las familias de Nevada, por la comunidad puertorriqueña, los sobrevivientes de la masacre acaecida en el festival Harvest Route 91, en octubre de 2017. Estamos luchando por la obtención de las visas U para los sobrevivientes en la isla de Puerto Rico y por supuesto, las familias indocumentadas, a los jóvenes que cuentan con DACA y quienes no lograron llenar los formularios”, comentó a El Tiempo, Leo Murrieta, al finalizar la marcha por el vecindario que organizó la entidad Make The Road Nevada, para celebrar su primer aniversario de lucha por la justicia social, económica y por los derechos de los inmigrantes.

MRNV celebrates 1st year, aims to hold pols accountable in 2nd

Before securing their blue wave of victory last year, Nevada Democrats running for Congress and state offices promised to push forward with parts of a progressive agenda that have stalled in Nevada and the nation. This weekend some of those same Democrats appeared with advocates who say they are going to ensure promises before the election were more than just campaign rhetoric.

“Every month we will be going to Carson City,” said Leo Murrieta, director of Make the Road Nevada (MRNV), an organization that advocates for immigrants and the working class, and that held several events attended by politicians during last year’s campaign.

Paid sick leave eludes many Nevadans, even Culinary members

In a nation of disparity, getting sick remains an equal opportunity proposition. The flu bug does not discriminate.

But the equity ends there.  Calling in sick is more costly in America to those who can afford it least, and we all share the burden via infected workplaces, schools and child care.

More Americans than ever before — 71 percent of private industry and 91 percent of state and local government workers — have access to paid sick leave.

Sisolak’s reviews: Lots of raves, but some wariness too

Enjoying the luxury of inheriting what is projected to be a growing state budget, Gov. Steve Sisolak in his State of the State speech Wednesday proposed more money for K-12 and higher education, expanded and new health programs, a raise for state employees, and additional funding for a host of public services, from foster child care to substance abuse treatment to Meals on Wheels.

Buscan impulsar permisos por enfermedad pagados

Enero 10, 2019 – 9:15 am

“Es triste que los días de enfermedad no sean pagados porque lamentablemente tenemos que ir a trabajar así y es desagradable”, fueron las palabras que la señora Sheila Hurtado compartió a El Tiempo con el propósito de ser escuchada por los legisladores locales que en este 2019 comenzarán una nueva Sesión Legislativa.

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