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As we slowly begin to inch our way towards this season’s local elections, your familia at Make the Road Nevada wants to provide you with all of the information regarding how to prepare for the primaries, how to register to vote and more. 

We have partnered with three organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Silver State Voices and All Voting is Local, who have provided us with more detailed information to make this process easier for you. 

“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and democracy truly works when everyone has access to the ballot box,”  said Sadmira Ramic, an American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney. “It is a fundamental right for a reason—without it, our country, states and communities would not be representative of its citizens. At times it might seem like one individual’s vote does not matter, but that could not be further from the truth.” 

It’s important that before you cast your ballot, you are informed of your rights, what the process will look like and who the candidates of this critical election are. Individuals should research political and social issues as well as the candidates and their work before making a decision.

Over the years there have been a series of election bills passed to make it easier for all Nevadans to access the ballot boxes. There are several steps to take to ensure that you and anyone else who qualifies, can vote in this year’s election, where and how. The first step: register to vote. 

How to Register to Vote

Voters can register to vote online using the Nevada Secretary of State’s website: https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterServices/start.aspx

Here you can also update or cancel any existing voter registration. If you prefer not to register online, you can also register to vote by filling out a mail-in voter registration form and mailing it to the county clerk/register provided here: https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterRegForm/home.aspx

Three Ways to Vote:

  1. Vote by Mail-In Ballot
  2. Vote Early 
  3. Go to a Vote Center on Election Day

What Do I Need to Register to Vote Online?

A current and valid Driver’s License or an Identification Card issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you are unable to provide either of these, you must register in person with your county election office or mail in a paper application. 

What Do I Need in Person to Register Same-Day?

  • Current and Valid Nevada Driver’s License
  • Proof of Residency
  • A Nevada DMV “Interim Document”

Where Can I Vote?

Clark County: 

Primary Early Voting Centers: Early Voting Schedule: Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th

* Hours Vary Depending on Location

Here is a list of all voting centers in Clark County:

https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/10516/637872644357300000

Other Important Dates in Clark County: 

Wednesday, May 25th: Deadline for the Start of Mailing of In-State Ballots

  • Must be ready to distribute no later than 20 days before election for in-state voters.

Saturday, May 28th through Friday June 10th: Early Voting

  • Anyone registered to vote in Clark County can vote at any early voting site in the county.

Tuesday, May 31st: Last Day to Opt-In Again to Vote by Mail

Saturday, June 14th: Election Day

Washoe County:

Primary Early Voting Centers: Early Voting Schedule

Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th. 

All Locations 10:00am to 6:00pm 

Here is a list of all voting centers in Washoe County: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/10550/637879634585070000

Important Dates Washoe County

Wednesday, May 18th through Tuesday, June 14th: Online Only Extended Standard Registration

  • Register to vote or update existing registration online.

Wednesday, May 25th: Deadline for the Start of Mailing of In-State ballots

  • Must be ready to distribute no later than 20 days before election for in-state voters.

Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th: Early Voting

  • Anyone registered to vote in Washoe County can vote at any early voting site in the county.

Wednesday, June 1st through Friday, June 10th: In Person/Online & Same Day Registration

  • Register to vote in-person at any early voting site on Election Day

Saturday, June 14th: Election Day

If You Face Any Voting Issues Before or On Election Day, Please Contact These Hotlines: 

  1. 1-866-OUR-VOTE (English) 
  2. 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish)

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To register through Make the Road Nevada, please visit our office at 4250 E Bonanza Rd Suite 14 & 20, Las Vegas, NV 89110. Please also feel free to contact our Jessica Padrón, our Civic Engagement Director (jessica.padron@maketheroadnv.org) or our Democracy Specialist, Alexander Guerrero-Torres (alex.guerrero@maketheroadnv.org) if you have any questions or would like additional information. 

 

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We’re ending the month and beginning another with a bang at Make the Road Nevada. Starting on April 25th, we will be hosting our Blitz at the MRNV office, inviting staff and members for leadership and development training. 

The week-long event, which will end April 30th, will include a combination of classroom workshops and real field experience; these efforts will create confident and stronger community leaders in Nevada as we embark on the upcoming elections.

Training and workshops will be led by MRNV staff, ranging from our communications and civic engagement sectors to our organization sectors. Some of the topics that will be discussed include but are not limited to: housing, climate, fair scheduling and worker protections, immigration reform, and education. 

We are then continuing the momentum with our May Day march on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, May 1st. 

MRNV, the immigrant community, and allies will come together to celebrate immigrant workers and union labor—and to demand President Biden to deliver permanent relief for the millions  undocumented immigrants who call the United States home.

“May Day serves as a reminder that immigrant labor is one of the many ways immigrant communities contribute to this nation,” said Rico Ocampo, our Immigrant Justice organizer. “It’s important for families across the nation to march so their power and perseverance can be visible.” 

Please join MRNV on May Day at 6:00pm in front of the Bellagio fountains; we will be marching to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s Statue of Liberty. If you have any questions, please contact our Immigrant Justice organizer, Rico Ocampo at rico.ocampo@maketheroadnv.org

 

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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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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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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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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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The Youth Power Project is a group of politically active youth who fight for issues that impact youth in our state. It is youth led and youth organized, given this they are the best voices to speak out about anything educational justice. Currently, they have been joining forces with other youth leaders across the state to make their demands of a diverse education a reality. 

 

Our children have the right to an education. The education should consist of a broad spectrum of topics that discuss the contributions and history of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) communities. Unfortunately, this is not the education our students are receiving. The education they receive is hyperfocused on the White influences, White figures, and if the topic of BIPOC communities is discussed the conversation is about the oppressions and injustices they have experienced. A state-wide fight is underway being led by the youth of our state from different counties to mandate an inclusive education model that discusses the contributions of and the importance of BIPOC figures. In educating our children about courageous people they can identify with. We open the doors to bigger dreams in our students, higher achievements, and a potential increase in the interest of students in school. 

 

We all want to be represented. Our students want to be able to see themselves in their textbooks and learn about their heritages without having to dig so deep into history. MRNV’s Youth Power Project has taken on the challenge to change this frame of education that too often bypasses the stories of BIPOC folk. Their work has just begun, but their power is undeniable.

 

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