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It’s no secret that there is a discrepancy between the level of health care that communities of color receive compared to that of their white counterparts, however, this reality raises more questions than just ‘why?’. How can we fill the gap? Where can our gente turn to for quality healthcare that at the same time makes them feel safe and welcome? How can our general community members get involved to ensure that their neighbors and loved ones are being taken care of by healthcare providers who genuinely care about their patients? 

 

The answers to these questions do not solely lie on the laps of elected officials. Like most things in life, it takes a village. It takes folks who care to take to the streets and advocate for the things they need in their communities. Access to grocery stores with fresh food, access to specialized medical professionals, accessible medical information in native languages, all these things and so much more come into play when our gente’s health is in question.  

 

Folks who live in urban areas, near highways, or in traditionally underfunded areas of cities are often times the same folks who do not have access to fresh food, or specialized medical professionals in their areas. 

 

These are our realities, but what can we do? Uplift the voices of the community who are directly impacted by health inequity, elected officials who actually grew up int eh areas they are representing so they can act on the things they personally know are missing in their communities. When we get folks into power, we must hold them accountable. 

 

Health equity is a complex topic that directly impacts people of color. The solutions cannot come without the community’s involvement. 

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Here comes August, the month where we gather our children and send them back to school. After last school year where virtual learning brought many struggles for students and parents alike, many families might be happy to finally be able to return to in-person learning. This school year, however, isn’t like other years. Our children are returning to classes during a global pandemic, and we want to ensure that our community stays safe. 

 

The Clark County School District (CCSD) has released a parent guide to help parents be able to check their students before sending them to school in an effort to keep all of our children safe! We encourage you all to make sure your child feels well before sending them to school. In the parent guide, they included 5 questions to ask your child EVERY DAY BEFORE SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL. These questions range in identifying symptoms and having tested positive in the past 10 days with COVID-19. Please pay close attention to your child during the school year so as to ensure that our community and our children stay healthy.

                                               

If your child is 12 years old or older they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Let’s be clear, our children come first. With this in mind, let’s keep our children and others safe as we all are valuable members of the community. For more information on vaccination locations visit: https://www.immunizenevada.org/find-vaccine-clinics 

 

We wish all our scholars returning to classes this semester and school year a very prosperous year and a very passionate good luck from all of us here at Make the Road NV. 

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Our BIPOC communities are facing a challenge like no other. The pandemic and the vaccination efforts have left our communities vulnerable to a deadly virus that sees no difference in people or shows any mercy on account of healthcare availability. Make the Road Nevada has partnered with Immunize Nevada to take the vaccine to where our gente are. Our team and that of Immunize Nevada are dedicated to keeping our community safe. These past few months we have had 2 vaccine clinics where people were able to come and be attended in their native language and were given access to the vaccine and other resources by caring individuals who are willing to go above and beyond to make sure we all come out of this pandemic together. 

At our offices on Lamb and Bonanza, the heart of the Eastside, we saw our gente come with their families from all over to get vaccinated. One of the most common comments our team received was that they felt safer coming to our offices and being with our team than going elsewhere. This brings us so much joy to hear that our gente trust us to care for them on all fronts. We will continue to work for our community and hopefully soon, we can all be together again. Adelante Juntos! Si Se Puede!

 

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Governor Sisolak anticipates a complete reopening of COVID-19 mitigation requirements by June 1st. “Based on consultation with our state health officials, I am pleased to announce that I’m very confident every county in the state of Nevada, will be able to fully reopen at 100 percent capacity by June 1,” He announced in a press conference.

As proposed by the Clark County Commission on April 20, capacity restrictions for public gatherings will be increased to 80 percent effective May 1, distance requirements will be reduced from six to three feet, and nightclubs may reopen.

Restaurants

Restaurants are now allowed to extend their capacity limits to 80 percent, still urging the public to follow proper CDC guidelines.

Grocery stores

If self-service salad bars, salsa bars, olive bars, condiment stations, and bulk food bins are supervised by an employee, hand sanitizer is provided, service utensils are changed out every hour, and patrons and employees have separated appropriately, they could return. If samples are consumed, face covers must be replaced right away.

Casinos

As long as licensed gaming establishments in Nevada are licensed, the Nevada Gaming Control Board will have jurisdiction over their gaming areas, including gaming floors.

Buffets

Self-serve buffets can reopen if they are supervised by an employee, if hand sanitizer is available to patrons, and if service utensils are changed every hour.

Adult entertainment

All employers must provide face coverings to employees, and employees must wear them, and all patrons must wear them when not actively eating, drinking, or smoking, a policy no different from the current requirements at restaurants and bars. At 50 percent capacity, the business must provide workers, customers, and visitors with places to wash their hands, including frequent and thorough hand washing. The gentlemen’s club must provide routine cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment and conduct daily surveys of staff health conditions.

Nightclubs

Maximum occupancy for a nightclub is 50 percent. All employers and employees must wear face coverings when not eating, drinking, or smoking, and every patron must wear a face covering when not actively eating, drinking, or smoking. A business must encourage frequent and thorough hand washing, as well as providing workers, customers, and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. Nightclubs are required to offer routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and equipment with EPA-approved cleaning chemicals and conduct daily surveys of staff health conditions. Dance floors are prohibited if social distancing requirements are applicable.

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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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