Year: 2013

Downtown Las Vegas needs a curfew that’s fair and just

Our Field Director Howard Watts III penned this blog about the proposed curfew in Downtown Las Vegas. The Las Vegas City Council recommending committee will decide tomorrow, October 1st, if the City Council votes on this new ordinance.   Over the last several months, the forces of “economic revitalization” have ramped up a longstanding campaign to remove unhealthy or unwanted elements from Downtown Las Vegas. A more realistic phrasing is that the powers that be are forcibly removing anybody that doesn’t fit their idea of Downtown. Over the past decade, this administrative “disappearing” has focused primarily on homeless people and the low-income African American community which was literally walled off from the core of Downtown during a freeway expansion (they have successfully pushed to get a gateway between the two areas re-established. Recently, as more bars and liquor stores have combined with increased popularity to create a rowdy party atmosphere along the Fremont Street East corridor, authorities have taken to barricading streets, over-enforcing open container laws, and relying on the intervention of the Rangers, a private security force established by billionaire Tony Hsieh, to ensure his newly relocated employees feel safe during their own after-work partying. Now, after collecting anecdotal evidence from Las Vegas Metro Police on underage drinking and hearing the bemoaning of some downtown businesses, the Mayor of Las Vegas introduced a new curfew ordinance. While there...

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October 2014

Check out PLAN in the News during the month of October   10/16 – Las Vegas marriage for everyone! blog.vegas.com   10/15 – Las Vegas Review Journal endorses a yes vote on Question 3   10/12 – State needs to extract more taxes from mining – Las Vegas Review Journal   10/09 – PLAN: “The Sooner the Better” for Same-Sex Marriage – KOLO News 8 ABC   10/09 – Ballot Initiative Questions 2 Debate: Mining Tax – VegasPBS   10/09 – Nevada gay marriage legal; Washoe couple gets license – Reno Gazette-Journal   10/09 – Debate: Should the Silver State repeal mining-tax cap? – Las Vegas Review...

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March for Justice in Reno and Las Vegas

This Saturday thousands of civil rights activists from across the country will meet in Washington, DC and march for voting rights, economic freedom, civil liberties and equality for all to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March on Washington was organized by a coalition of civil rights, labor and religious organizers in 1963. They welcomed close to 300,000 marchers from across the country; it was at that march where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his historic ‘I Have A Dream Speech.’ The energy in Washington this weekend will be just as powerful as it was 50 years ago. The March on Washington is credited for the passage of both the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, and recent actions including a brutal voting rights decision from the Supreme Court, has renewed the call to action to fight for justice and civil rights. If you can not make it to Washington this weekend, there are events happening in Las Vegas and Reno. We hope that you can join PLAN and other community organizations in celebrating the March on Washington, and renewing our vows to social justice for all Nevadans. Reno – March for a Dream Bruce R Thompson Federal Courthouse 400 South Virginia Street Reno, NV 89501 Saturday August 24th 10:00am – Noon For more information: NAACP Reno/Sparks Branch #1112...

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Are you ready for an immigration listening session with Mark Amodei, Reno?

This Friday August 23rd Congressman Mark Amodei (District 2) is hosting an immigration listening session for his constituents. Right now immigration reform activists (pictured above) are preparing for the listening session by practicing, developing questions, and calling on PLAN activists to attend. It’s the August Recess, a month long break our Members of Congress have from their Congressional duties in Washington, DC. They’re home in Nevada talking to constituents, visiting small businesses, and holding town halls. A town hall is an opportunity for you to speak directly with your elected officials. Friday is your opportunity to ask Congressman Amodei directly what he will do to guarantee there is a vote in the House THIS YEAR for immigration reform that keeps families together and provides a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. If you’re in the Reno area Friday, we hope you will attend. Here are the details: Congressman Mark Amodei Immigration Listening Session Friday August 23, 2013 10:30am – Noon Washoe County Commission Chamber, Building A 1001 East 9th Street, Reno NV 89512 Prior to the listening session there will be a vigil at 9:30 AM with immigration activists, feel free to join...

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Take action against fracking in Nevada

This morning our state director sent the following message to our activists. Take a look, and take action to stop fracking in our state! Dear Activist, Our friends at the Western Organization of Resource Councils just sent this compelling alert on how you can influence new Bureau of Land Management policies on fracking on federal lands. I’ve pasted it below and encourage you to submit comments today!  Since our state has not acted to protect Nevada from the dangers of fracking, we must demand federal regulators step in before our fragile lands and precious waters are completely plundered. Thanks! Bob   Begin forwarded message:   Dear Bob, This is our last week to tell the Obama Administration that its rules for fracking federal oil and gas wells don’t do enough to protect clean air and water. Send your comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today. Fracking pumps toxic, cancer-causing chemicals into the ground, threatening water resources. It fouls the air and can lower property values. Last spring, the BLM first proposed new rules for fracking on federal lands – and for private lands that lie over oil and gas owned by the federal government. They were a good start but, unfortunately, the White House and BLM gave in to pressure from the oil and gas industry and proposed different rules headed in the wrong direction. The latest requirements...

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