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Make the Road Nevada’s Youth Power Project is demanding clean water from the Clark County School District through their newest campaign, Water Access For All

Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo-Calderon and YPP members are fighting for equitable access to clean water, highlighting the risks of water-related health concerns; some of these risks include diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis A. According to their latest statement, with poor water quality, attendance and student health are at high risk of decline.

“As a student, it frustrates and scares me that millions of youth in the United States are impacted by lead poisoning,” said high school student and YPP fellow, Mia Albright. “Lower income regions are disproportionately impacted, as well. We deserve better.”

In effort to uplift their message, the YPP dedicated their Art in Action Night on March 22nd, 2022 to Water Access For All and World Water Day, encouraging students to raise clean water awareness through painting. Their efforts don’t stop there, though—they’re taking Water Access For All on a more musical scale next month.

On April 1st, 2022, the YPP will be attending singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s Las Vegas concert to spread awareness and recruit potential YPP members. The youth group will be handing out pledge cards and stickers in honor of their Water Access For All campaign.

Want to learn more about the importance of clean water in schools? Please visit https://www.yourethecure.org/water-access and contact our Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo-Calderon today.

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Are you 14-21, living in Nevada? Do you care about the issues in your community? Do you want to make a difference? If so, join the Youth Power Project! Visit the following link today: bit.ly/artnightypp

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Catch the latest Youth Power Project updates by following them on @youthpowerprojectnv on Tiktok and Instagram, and on twitter @YPPNV!

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Between February 28th and March 3rd, Make the Road Nevada visited Washington D.C. to take part in two rallies and to speak with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s and Representative Steven Horsford’s teams on immigration reform. Five MRNV members joined Rico Ocampo (Immigrant Justice Organizer), Itzel Hernandez (Health Equity Organizer), and Crystal Lugo (Digital Organizer) on the four-day trip, which began with the State of Our Lives rally on Monday. 

Hundreds united outside the White House on the eve of President Biden’s State of the Union Address, demanding Biden to keep his pre-presidential promises on immigration reform. Speakers across various organizations expressed their frustrations with the unkept promises—all feeling collectively cheated and disillusioned by the president.  The attendees urged the 46th president to grant citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, and also demanded him to deliver solutions on healthcare and climate matters.

 

“Biden, shine light on those who have been forced into the shadows; shine light on our people and give us a permanent solution: citizenship,” shared MRNV member leader, Areli. 

“Biden, act on what we put you in office for,” shared Northern Nevada MRNV member leader, Edurne. 

On Wednesday, March 2nd, MRNV staff and members met with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s team to discuss her stance on immigration reform and ask for her support. MRNV members, Jose, Ben, and Amparo shared their stories with the senator’s team for the first time. MRNV member and Nevada teacher, Ben joined MRNV in alliance after witnessing his undocumented students struggle internally and externally due to their undocumented status. 

“School is already stressful enough,” shared Ben with the senator’s team. “Being undocumented in this country adds unnecessary stress onto them.” 

MRNV member leader and DACA recipient, Jose shared his story with Cortez Masto’s team and explained his disappointment over not feeling fully accepted by the only country he has ever called home. 

“I’m tired of living a temporary life,” said Jose. “I’m not asking for a handout—all I’m asking for is a pathway to citizenship.” 

MRNV member, Amparo shared her story about being an undocumented mother of three, circled by limitations and little-to-no support from the United States due to her status. 

“I’m here in front of you expressing my stress,” shared Amparo. “I’m asking you to listen to us and put your hand on your hearts—be in community with us.”

On March 3rd, MRNV joined organizations outside the ICE building for the Communities Not Cages rally. The attendees chanted for change—calling Biden out on his adoption of Trump-era anti-immigration policies and demanding for ICE and CBP to be defunded, for detention centers to be shut down, for people to be freed, and for deportations to be stopped. 

MRNV safely returned to Nevada on Thursday night, bringing back new experiences and a stronger fight with them. Thank you for visiting, team! 

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Thank you, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s staff and Representative Steven Horsford’s staff, for speaking to our Nevada members and centering their voices.

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Missed our Washington D.C. trip? Check us out on our Twitter @maketheroadnv to view our Washington tweets, and visit our Instagram @maketheroadnv to view our Washington story highlight!

 

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Make the Road Nevada and Touro University are teaming up for a free vaccine clinic event this Thursday, February 24th, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm inside our office. All three COVID-19 vaccinations will be available fo adults and children 12+. The flu shot will also be available.

The Vaccine Clinic event will be take place at our Make the Road Nevada office: 

4250 East Bonanza Road Suite 20

Las Vegas NV 89110

All guests are required to wear masks at all times. We ask members to form a line outside suite 20 until a staff member is ready to let them in to get vaccinated. No more than 20 people will be allowed in the office, which includes staff. We are trying to provide a comfortable and safe environment for all those in attendance. A form will need to be filled out for Touro University to administer the vaccine. No identification is required.

Although it is not required to sign up for the event, we encourage members to fill out the form below to keep track of the number of people attending.

Vaccine Clinic Event:https://bit.ly/MRNVvaccineClinicEvent

We hope to see you there. Let’s get Nevada vaccinated!

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Visit our resources page and COVID-19 page for more information.

Not able to make it to the event? 

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The Youth Power Project and its members hosted an Art Night in Action these past few weeks.

They met on January 11,13,18, and 20 at the Make the Road office, 4250 Bonanza Rd. Suite 20. The purpose of these events is to remind the Las Vegas Youth of the immense power they own, and to continue the fight and empower new young leaders as they grow.

“YPP members joined together to paint their movement for International Education Day on January 24th. This was a lot of fun and empowering activity,” said Kathia Sotelo, Youth Power Project’s youth organizer.

The groups of young individuals came together and decorated t-shirts, jeans, and tote bags to raise awareness of the issues with education. Those issues include: banning pepper spray usage in schools, removing officers from schools, replacing them with mental health professionals, ensuring all students have access to a water bottle filling station in each school, and much more. They instilled positive messages in their tote bags to highlight their voices for change.

Eden Abebe, a youth power member, shared her experience. “Art in Action allowed me to express my passion for educational justice through a new lens. And I am so grateful for the opportunity to use our creativity to communicate critical issues!”

The Youth Power Project always welcomes new members to join in the fight for educational justice. In April 2019, over 90 youth leaders traveled from Las Vegas to Carson City to speak with their elected officials at the state capital. And hand them a letter on the critical issues that impact their daily lives. Not to mention they launched an educational justice campaign; this has resulted in standing meetings with the Superintendent of Clark County—the fifth-largest school district in America!

The Youth Power Project meets virtually every Thursday at 5pm. To volunteer or join the Youth Power Project, email our youth organizer, kathia.sotelo@maketheroadnv.org for any questions.

 

 

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As the number of COVID-19 rises in our state, according to the latest reports, it’s important to remember to get tested as soon as possible if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • nasal congestion
  • sore or scratchy throat
  • dry cough
  • lower back pain 

The CDC has recently changed its quarantine days from 10 days to 5 days. The shortened quarantine is because the virus occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior and to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Those who have tested positive but aren’t sick can return to work. However, those ill must stay home and no longer receive COVID-19 relief pay.  

“As a working-class, it is hard not to receive relief pay because I live paycheck to paycheck,” said Itzel Hernandez, our Health Equity Organizer. 

Not everyone is asymptomatic, and those who test positive should refrain from going out and remain home to keep others safe and stop the spread of Covid and other variants. 

Many places currently have a three-hour wait period for testing. Be sure to set an appointment with a clinic or pharmacy near you. 

https://bit.ly/vaccinekids

https://bit.ly/BoosterDoses

https://bit.ly/CovidTestingSitesReopening

The new Omicron Variant has been said to spread much faster than other variants and tends to be less severe.

Make the Road Nevada strives to inform our community and provide resources during these times. It is important to keep in mind that although the vaccine does not prevent people from getting COVID-19, It does help reduce symptoms, so the illness does not attack the body as aggressively as those who are not vaccinated. 

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for upcoming vaccination clinics, and check out https://www.immunizenevada.org/ for more information.

To learn more and access resources about Covid, check out our website’s resources: https://maketheroadnv.org/resources/

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Our offices are closed, but our team will remain available through email at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or phone at (702) 907-1560. Leave a voicemail with your full name, contact information, and one of our organizers will call you back.

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Make the Road Nevada staff and members visited Washington D.C. Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 to attend the We Can’t-Wait march, press conferences, and meet with Nevada Senators—all to demand the Senate to include a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act. 

Rico Ocampo, our Immigrant Justice Organizer, and Crystal Lugo, our digital organizer, along with Make the Road members Areli Sanchez, an undocumented member, and Edurne Gonzalez, a DACAmented Reno-based member joined Make the Road States and other immigrant advocacy groups on Tuesday’s march. 

The march, which began at Union Station, called for a pathway to citizenship, good care jobs, access to childcare and universal preschool education, paid family leave, green infrastructure, healthcare for all, and affordable housing. Along with thousands, our Nevada family chanted all the way down to Taft Memorial Park, an area next to the United States Capitol. 

Two press conferences were held at Taft Memorial; the first press conference featured many of those directly impacted; they shared their stories and frustrations in front of thousands. Congresspeople like Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Lou Correa, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley spoke. 

 

At the second press conference, new voices joined to support citizenship in the BBB, including United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, United States Representative Chuy García, and other House Democrats. 

Our very own Areli Sanchez was introduced by Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus; Sanchez shared her story and asked those in power to deliver a pathway to citizenship this holiday season. We are so proud of your outstanding braveness, Areli! 

On Dec. 8, Ocampo, Lugo, Gonzalez, and Sanchez met with Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s staff and directly with Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen to discuss immigration and for members to share their stories. 

“I’m tired of fighting for my family and my community and only getting breadcrumbs,” said Gonzalez to Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s staff. “Effort is not enough—effort alone did not earn me my degree.” Gonzalez is the head of the household and holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Gonzalez also highlighted the need to help all undocumented—not just youth—and support undocumented Latinx women in STEM. Thank you for sharing your story with our Nevada Senators and Make the Road Nevada, Edurne. We admire you immensely. 

The team handed our members’ letters, which were penned during a member meeting, to Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s and Senator Jacky Rosen’s staff, respectively. The letters were written by Argentinian, Columbian, Mexican, and Chinese immigrants urging the Senators to deliver a pathway to citizenship. 

Thank you, Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s staff and Senator Jacky Rosen, for speaking to our Nevada members and centering their voices. 

 

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Missed our Washington D.C. trip? Check us out on our Twitter @maketheroadnv to view our Washington tweets, and visit our Instagram @maketheroadnv to view our Washington story highlight!

 

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This past Monday was National Recycling Day and some of us don’t take recycling into consideration on this day but every day.  What can be recycled? And where? It can take form in the simplest things we do.

 

And some of us don’t take recycling into consideration on this day but every day.

Many of us in the community want to do better for the environment but lack the resources to do so. 

 

“Sometimes, when I do cleaning work, in the parts of Las Vegas that show a higher economic level, there is more care to the trees, to the vegetation, and above all, it is noticeable in the difference of recycling programs, to those of our working communities. We should have access to those same resources because that is not equality.” – Fary Canales, MRNV member of the Environmental Justice Committee

 

The Nevada community should have access to those resources. While this issue needs to be addressed, we plan to help the community with what we can at this very moment. 

 

 

 

What can be recycled?

First, before starting to recycle, what can we reuse?

We can reuse containers from butter, sour cream, marinara sauce, the list goes on. Some of us already do this, and we can recycle gift wrap by reusing it. Other objects that can be recycled are bottles, cardboard, clothes, and even electronics. 

 

 

 

So, where can I recycle?

http://www.nevadastaterecycle.com/

https://www.republicservices.com/

For clothing, you can donate to a local goodwill

 

 

Now, we can’t forget water. 

Water is an essential source for all of us. We take it for granted and forget that it can disappear one day if we aren’t careful with our consumption. There are ways to help, though! We take shorter showers or note the amount of time our sprinklers are on to save water. We can do our laundry only when it is necessary. There are many more ways to help conserve water.

http://www.projectwater.info/100-ways-to-conserve-water.html

Are you interested in making a change to better the environment in your Las Vegas community? Join our environmental justice committee, contact:

Alejandro Montes
El/Ellos/He/They
858-649-9889

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Make the Road Nevada was present at the Dia de Los Muertos with Yo Soy 132 event at Gary Reese Freedom Park last week, November 1st and 2nd, 2021. Our Digital Organizer, Crystal Lugo photographed these beautiful women painted like Catrinas as they took part in a contest.

The event was decorated with ofrendas and little girls dressed wearing traditional Mexican huipiles in the spirit of the celebration.

Check these images out of the event!

 

 

 

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We want to congratulate these young people who have joined UNLV’s student government this semester as they embark on their journeys to create a more inclusive campus. 

Young People, when informed and empowered, 

when they realize that what they do truly make 

a difference, can indeed change the world.” 

-Jane Goodall

 

Many young people are inclined to think they do not have a voice. There’s a saying that those who don’t have a voice are spoken for by someone else, mostly someone who has power. 

 

“Every single person, every individual HAS a voice, but they aren’t being heard or listened to,” says Maryam Raja, a first-generation American and Hijabi Muslim who was elected Senator for UNLV’s student government this fall semester.

 

She believes, and she knows how vital a diverse community is and how neglected their opinions and ideas are. She hopes to change the narrative that there are people without voices, all of us have voices, and we have the will and power to make a change, no matter the background one may come from. By being part of the student body, she feels she can reflect the change for all students. Instead of using her position to expand her resume for herself, her reasons to be active in the student body are to solve issues with student leaders and be a representative of the diverse student body. Maryam knows people can take a step forward in their community to make the changes they want to see. Some of the changes Maryam has considered taking the initiative on are menstrual inequity, helping those with trouble obtaining feminine hygiene products. She also plans to implement a transportation waiver system that will allow students to commute to and from campus, relieving them from financial issues. Another plan is to create a support system for students affected by the pandemic through a workshop.

 

Another young student, Abraham Lugo, Vice President of UNLV’s student government, a DACA recipient, who is bisexual, has stated he will never forget where he came from and has accomplished having undocumented students be seen. 

“No matter what I do, or position I am in, or who I’m advocating for, it makes it impossible for me as a representative, as a person, to forget who I am.”

In this generation of labels, Abraham thanks his parents, for giving him the morals he has today. For him, it has been a struggle with all of the barriers that being an immigrant but he has never considered as a block in his path. Abraham took notice of how there were no scholarships for undocumented students. So he took the initiative to write legislation, and now there are scholarships for undocumented individuals at UNLV. 

 

Both of these fantastic young people of color will continue to remember their roots and use their identities as tools to bring the community together. Their voices and the need to make changes for the student body will lead them to do far greater things for the future.

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Three days filled with actions took place in the past few weeks in Washington, DC. Each day was filled with the storytelling of directly impacted folks who have bravely fought for their rights in each of their respective states. Now, we have all joined forces yet again, as we have in years past, to demand a pathway to citizenship for all the 11 million people who currently reside in the United States. Decades of activism and sacrifice have culminated to this very point in history. Our gente are chanting, singing, dancing, and telling their stories in hopes that our elected officials listen to them instead of an unelected position whose opinion is simply that, an opinion. 

 

Our team went to DC and marched and chanted in an effort to have their voices transcend through the walls of the capitol and into the ears of the elected officials whose promises have fallen flat. Our team returned with a sense of anger and empowerment:

 

“It was both empowering and angering to be a part of the movement in the fight for citizenship for all. I saw many others doing the same as me. Walking miles in the sun, holding signs, loudly chanting while dehydrated. But we never gave up.

 

 It was sad because I know the politicians we were directing our chants to, were in an office with air conditioning or at home with their families, feeling secure. 

 

We work so hard to be heard but we’re being ignored right now.” -Kathia Sotelo Calderon, a DACA recipient who came to the states at the young age of just 7 years old. 

 

“Lobbying in Washington D.C. as an undocumented person gave me a sense of assertiveness, a right to have a public existence in a country that does not consider me part of its fabric, at least on paper. I have been living in the United States for 30 years and still do not have status. However, the impact of going to the capital of the United States of America will stay with me forever. 

 

And if in the process, we get something done, it won’t be because the governing powers wanted it, it will be because we organized and forced our government to fulfill our true needs.

 

It takes a lot of courage to come out of the shadows and tell the whole world that you are undocumented, it takes even more courage to get on a plane, travel over 2,000 miles, and demand to members of congress that they render you visible and fulfill their promise of providing citizenship for millions. That is agency.” -Rico Ocampo, a DACA recipient who came to the states at the young age of 3 years old. 

 

The fight won’t stop until our gente have access to a pathway to citizenship! Our people are fighting. Our people have fought for decades. They are true Americans. They are true champions. When the people rise up, the government trembles.

 

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