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Make the Road Nevada is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada who along with community members advocate for seven main pillars: immigration justice, economic justice, housing justice, environmental justice, health equity, youth justice and civic engagement.  

Our mission is centered around our working-class immigrant community’s needs to achieve

dignity and justice. We fight for our community through organizing, transformative education, policy innovation, empowering, mobilizing and providing resources. 

After the horrific mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert at the Mandalay Bay on October 17th, 2017, MRNV identified dozens of undocumented immigrants who had been working the event who were turned away from receiving the support other citizens in attendance received. 

As one of our very first acts as an organization, we worked closely with these survivors to ensure they received the help needed to heal physically, mentally and emotionally. This group became our first cohort of member leaders and went on to set our initial priorities. 

Make the Road Nevada has a reach of over 11,000 members in our state. Our membership spans generations and represents countries across the globe. We universally welcome the LGBTIQ+ community, immigrants from all nations regardless of status, and allies in non-marginalized communities. 

Supported by our organizing staff, our members lead our campaign committees and develop campaign plans to bring necessary change into their communities; we at Make the Road Nevada believe change is a collaborative effort between member leaders, members, and staff. 

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If you have any questions about Make the Road Nevada or would like to get involved, please email us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org, or contact one of our organizers through our website. 

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We are immensely ashamed of the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) decision to overturn Roe v Wade—half a century of precedent that protected a woman’s right to abortion. This a direct attack on people with uteruses—and a direct attack on low-income Black and BIPOC comunidades like ours. 

“[It’s] unconscionable and will fall hardest on Black and Brown people and immigrants who already face racial disparities in our healthcare system,” shared Make the Road Pennsylvania’s Director, Maegan Llerena in a Make the Road States statement.

In Nevada, abortion is still legal. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued an executive order to bolster abortion protections for out-of-state patients.. This protects providers, prevents agencies from participating in out-of-state investigations, and prevents extradition requests. Nevada law allows abortion up to 24 weeks—or if the patient’s health is at risk. 

Moving forward, we want to be a haven of resources and support. We will be working with Make the Road States and our Nevadan community to ensure our members stay informed, starting with an Instagram Live conversation hosted by us and Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada: 

On Thursday, June 30th our Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo Calderon and our Economic Justice Organizer, Abe Lugo will speak with MRNV youth leaders on SCOTUS’ decision and its impact on their reproductive rights and futures. 

“We need young people across the country now more than ever to become civically engaged and push out a generation that no longer serves our communities and its diverse populations,” said Lugo. “The goal of [the Instagram live conversation]  is to highlight what that can look like, how we can support these efforts, and to truly understand what the decision means to the entirety of the nation.”

The 30-minute conversation will begin at 5:00pm (PST) and is open to the public. Please join us. 

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If you would like to donate to the Wild West Access Fund of Nevada,  please visit: https://www.wildwestfund.org/donate/ 

If you would like to volunteer with Planned Parenthood, please visit: 

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The results are in and the Make the Road Nevada familia couldn’t be happier with the voter turnout at this year’s Primary election. After weeks of strategic planning between staff, members, and volunteers, we have now wrapped up the election season with success. 

Over the course of several months, MRNV provided the community with many voting-related resources to ensure everyone was not only informed on how to vote and why it’s important—but what are their rights while doing it, too. This year, our focus was to engage voters who are traditionally marginalized and excluded, which includes the Latinx, immigrant and multi-racial communities. 

From May 31st to Election Day (June 14th), MRNV and volunteers took to the streets to canvas, going door-to-door to increase voter engagement. We spoke with many folks and provided them with informative literature, building relationships in these diverse communities. At the end of our efforts, we accomplished 3,888 successful door knocks and 4,515 attempts. 

Aside from canvassing, MRNV and volunteers also phone banked. We provided information such as voting laws/rights, same day voter registration, and polling locations. The phone banking team made 22,953 phone calls and 53,7444 text messages. Way to go, familia! 

With such success, we look forward to continuing our efforts and gaining positive wins for our community this coming November!

 

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On Sunday, May 1st, Make the Road Nevada, CHISPA, the Culinary Union Local 226, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, members, and allies marched down the Las Vegas strip for immigrant workers, union labor, and for a pathway to citizenship. 

The member-led march accumulated about 100 attendees who started at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino’s fountains. We made our way through the influx of tourists and passersby in ‘Immigrants Are Essential’ shirts. Attendees also carried posters that read “Nothing Less Than Citizenship,” and “President Biden, Keep Your Promise,” in our beaming yellow and blue.

Our Immigration Justice Organizer, Rico Ocampo led the group alongside chant leaders: our Environmental Justice Organizer, Jose Rivera and our member leader, Edgardo. Collectively chanting: 

El pueblo unido, Jamas sera vencido The people united, Will never be defeated

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What do we want?, Citizenship When do we want it?, Now! Que Queremos? , Ciudadanía Cuando?, Ahora!

And more. As we finally approached the New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s Statue of Liberty, we circled around the statue as our MCs, Economic Justice Organizer, Abe Lugo and member leader, Fary took the mic to introduce the evening’s speakers. 

“In today’s program, you will hear the stories of workers, children of immigrants, and people directly affected by immigration policy,” said Lugo. 

 

Lugo and Fary welcomed Medinah Yusufzai, a first-generation Afghan American daughter of two Afghan refugees who escaped Afghanistan during the Soviet Union invasion and immigrated to the United States. They also welcomed Febe Rodriguez, a Culinary Union Local 226 member who was once undocumented by now uses her citizenship status to advocate for union labor laws and advocate by those directly impacted by immigration injustices. More speakers shared their stories, as well. 

Thank you to all those who attended the May Day and made this happen. A huge thank you to CHISPA, the Culinary Union Local 226, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and your members.  

Thank you to Artkore for printing our materials, including our shirts, posters, banners, and flyers. 

And special thank you to each and everyone of our members for this powerful, member-led march. 

 

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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 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.

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