• Three town halls in Clark County TONIGHT!

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    Clark County’s Congressional Representatives are holding town halls August 20th – that’s tonight!

    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.

    Tonight three of Nevada’s three Members of Congress who represent parts of Clark County are holding town halls. Below you’ll find information for each town hall. We strongly encourage you to attend!

    Congressman Steven Horsford: Voter Rights and Social Justice Town Hall with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

    West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 West Lake Mead, Las Vegas, NV 89106, 6:00PM

    Congresswoman Dina Titus: Fraud Prevention Fair for Immigration

    East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 North Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 5:30PM

    Congressman Joe Heck: Spring Valley Town Hall Meeting

    Victoria Fertitta Middle School, 9905 West Mesa Vista Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89148, 6:00PM

  • Immigration Summer — Important Dates

    Congress is on break from their duties in Washington, DC during the “August Recess”. Nevada’s Members of Congress will be home in Nevada, and we need you at town halls, visiting your Member, calling their office and writing letters to the editor. The time is NOW for immigration reform — poll after poll, no matter the demographic, Nevadans overwhelmingly agree: our immigration system is broken, it needs to be fixed this year with a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together!

    We’ll be adding more events as they come up. 734495_10151495908356509_1608823817_nContact Astrid if you want to volunteer: asilva@planevada.org 702-791-1965

    • Write a letter to the editor :

    Las Vegas Sun

    Las Vegas Review Journal

    Reno Gazette Journal

    • Throughout the month of August, Mi Familia Vota will be canvassing and phone banking, talking to voters in Congressional District 3. Please contact them to volunteer: marisolm@mifamiliavota.org or 702-776-8205


    • August 12th-August 15th: Congressman Joe Heck is meeting with community organizations to talk immigration reform. Contact his office to make an appointment with your organization, church, school, club, etc…the Congressman needs to hear from his constituents!


    • August 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th at 9:00am, noon, and 5:00pm: Families, workers, immigration activists and constituents of District 3 will meet in the parking lot of Congressman  Joe Heck’s office for prayer, and to share personal stories. Congressman Heck’s office is located just off of Interstate 215 and Eastern Avenue: 8872 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 220, Las Vegas, NV 89123



    • August 16th: Breakfast with Congressman Mark Amodei at Jack’s Cafe in Reno, NV 7671 South Virginia Street, 8:00am


    • August 16th: Labor and community activists attending the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance convention will stage an action on the Strip to call for a vote on citizenship in the House, around noon.



    • August 20th: Public Assembly with ACTIONN, PICO, Justice for Immigrants, 6pm, Little Flower Catholic Church in Reno, NV. Click here for more information.



    • August 23rd: Town hall with Congressman Mark Amodei — details (location and time) have not been released by his office
  • 41 people arrested today on Capitol Hill for protesting unjust immigration policies

    The following is a press release from the Center for Community Change. Please contact PLAN communications director Laura Martin if you would like press contact information for CCC lmartin@planevada.org



    Over 30 Advocates Arrested on Capitol Hill For Protesting Unjust Immigration Policies, House GOP Inaction on Path to Citizenship

    (WASHINGTON)—More than 30 immigrant rights, labor, faith and other leaders were arrested today on Capitol Hill protesting against the unjust immigration policies and the House GOP’s inability to pass a bill that contains a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together.In total, 41 people were arrested.

    The civil disobedience action was held to send the strongest message possible to House GOP leaders that the fight for immigrant families has been escalated and will continue through the August recess and into the fall until the House produces a comprehensive bill that creates a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

    Thursday’s action is just the start of many nationwide activities that will be held to continue putting pressure on House GOP lawmakers. Over the August recess, the groups will participate in “40 Days of Action” to make sure Republicans don’t forget the urgency of passing immigration reform. The actions represent an escalation in the fight for immigrant families and a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

    Advocates blocked traffic at the intersection of First Street and Independence Avenue Southeast by the House Cannon Office Building. Participants chanted, sang and held banners demanding the end to the immoral separation of families.

    House GOP members have not just failed to act on a pathway to citizenship, but have instead let the most conservative and anti-immigrant GOP members take the lead in the debate, prompting advocates to turn to non-violent direct action to address the moral crisis of the broken immigration system.


    “I was arrested in an act of civil disobedience against unjust immigration policies that are tearing families apart, leaving children without their parents, wives without their husbands and brothers and sisters without each other. I was arrested with more than two dozen other courageous activists in the immigrant rights, progressive, faith and labor movements to send the strongest message possible to our leaders: No More! No Mas!” – Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, Campaign for Community Change

    “Speaker Boehner needs to understand the urgency for reform. Until the House passes a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship, we will continue to be in the streets, at town hall meetings and on the phones, demanding justice for the 11 million aspiring Americans in our country.” – Eliseo Medina, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer

    “Our organizations – immigrant rights, faith, progressive and labor – will not stop escalating until we win what is right and good for America.  Our rapidly growing political power confronts Congress with the moral urgency and human cost of our broken immigration system that can only be ignored at the risk of unprecedented upheaval. America deserves a vote on immigration reform with a path to citizenship.” –-Kica Matos, Director of Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights, Campaign for Community Change

    “With all of the talk about polling and demographics, I think too many people have lost touch with the human and moral crisis of deportations. Every day, roughly 1,000 people are deported because the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives is denying the majority of the US Congress a chance to vote on citizenship. I will be arrested today because the labor movement stands with the families tragically ripped apart by John Boehner and the House Republicans’ embrace of a broken immigration system.” —Arlene Holt Baker, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President

    “This summer, thousands of immigrant families face separation, deportation, and alienation.  It’s all part of the status quo which the House of Representatives refuses to address and fix.  While this summer, members of Congress seek family, peace, tranquility, vacation, our community will enjoy none of it unless immigration laws change.  In the absence of justice and a path to citizenship, this will not be a regular summer for us nor the members of Congress.” –Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

    “All of us in CWA are proud to stand for citizenship and against intolerance.  I am proud to represent our members today as we demonstrate the broad movement that supports a citizenship path for 11 million of our co-workers and neighbors.  We will support this campaign as long as it takes whether we are sitting in the streets or organizing in our communities.” — Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America

    “As Americans, we honor and celebrate our unique commitment to protecting families, and giving equal opportunities and respect to women and girls. Immigrants like my parents came here to share in that vision. Yet our current immigration policies tear mothers from their children and discriminates against immigrant women. The House of Representatives has a choice: to do nothing and leave this country divided, or to take strides towards a house united for common sense immigration policy reform that treats women fairly and that keeps families together.” — Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

    “Each day that the House pushes immigration reform to the side, another 1100 members of our community are deported. We’re taking a stand today to say enough is enough. Our community has organized, mobilized, and voted to demand a vote on the road to citizenship, and we will not stand down until that vote is taken.” — Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center

    “We are willing to get arrested to put the spotlight on what is at stake for millions of families and the nation. There are millions of parents who will be separated from their children, married couples that will be separated all because some House Members refuse to do what the voters want them to do: create a path to citizenship so communities around the nation can heal.” –Denise Lopez of Michigan United

    “I left my two daughters at home, to participate in this action, because everyday parents are being taken from their children. I know I will see my girls soon, but many immigrant parents don’t know when they will be able to see their children again. We need immigration reform that respects the dignity of our families and allows millions of immigrant women and their families to enter the pathway to citizenship without fear that some family members may be excluded.  We belong together.” — Andrea Cristina Mercado – National Campaign Director, National Domestic Workers

    “Today we directly confronted obstructionist House Republicans for embracing the status quo – a status quo that is broken – over the will of the American people who want a comprehensive fix for our current immigration system. In dismissing a real solution to our nation’s unjust, unsound immigration system, House Republicans are choosing to ignore hard economic data and compelling public opinion.  The House GOP must move our nation forward by passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship and strong worker protections.”  — Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice/American Rights at Work

    “We urge Republican leaders, including Speaker John Boehner and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, to make a stand for real immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship. There’s a notion that doing so is somewhat complicated, but it’s not complicated. House Republicans could just choose to allow a vote for the Senate bill or for the comprehensive immigration reform proposal that a bipartisan group of House representatives are working on. Americans and new immigrants have been waiting for too long.” –Giev Kashkooli, Vice President, United Farm Workers 

    “I am proud to join my friends in this simple act of conscience.   Immigration reform with a path to citizenship is a defining issue for our generation.  It is time for the House leadership to stop dithering, delaying and denying a vote. It is time to let the bipartisan majority that exists in the House of Representatives today to vote in favor of reform that includes a path to citizenship.  It is time for Congress to do the people’s will and ensure that America lives true to its creed of “out of many, one.”– Frank Sharry – Executive Director, America’s Voice

  • Attend the Social Justice Institute at UNLV!

    On Friday September 27th the Rural and Urban Nevada Social Justice Institute, sponsored by PLAN member group Community Chest, will beScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 3.59.21 PM held in Las Vegas for the first time. The Social Justice Institute will showcase humanitarian work in our state — health and human services providers, teachers, community volunteers, public service employees — to see their work in the context of social justice. Too many of our brothers and sisters fail to grasp the potentially transformative nature of their work. We are convinced that if they did, we’d have many more appreciating and auguring for human-friendly policies and practices in Nevada.

    To register for the Social Justice Institute visit www.communitychestnevada.net


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    Nevada and the entire country celebrate the US Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage equality

    06/26/2013 — The US Supreme Court ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional and stuck California’s Proposition 8 down. These rulings put the wind on our backs as we fight our own marriage equality battles in the state legislature. Sign our petition to support Marriage Equality in Nevada, and check out great local coverage: Fox News RenoLas Vegas Review Journal,  LGBTQ NationReno Gazette JournalCBS News RenoNevada AppealSan Francisco ChronicleNevada News Service,


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  • DOMA is unconstitutional, Prop 8 is struck down

    Today the US Supreme Court ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and struck down California’s Proposition 8. These are enormous victories and a joyous day for loving couples and their families, and for equal justice under the law. Today the Supreme Court affirmed that all loving and committed couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and treatment.

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    PLAN immigration organizer Astrid Silva was in Washington, DC to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision

    These decisions have added momentum for marriage, and PLAN will continue to lead the fight for Marriage Equality in Nevada by seeing to it that Senate Joint Resolution 13 is successful. The Nevada Legislature must approve the Resolution again in 2015 because it makes it to the ballot in November of 2016.

    This is an incredible chance to move marriage forward for the Silver State. Thousands of families are depending on us.

    Click here to sign our SJR13 petition and join the growing number of Nevadans organizing for Marriage Equality

  • Father’s Day Rally: What we as Interns learned.

    Our inter Dulce Valencia penned this blog about her experience hosting her first rally!

    Father’s Day Rally: What we as Interns learned.

    So, last Friday we interns hosted our first event: A rally. Earlier, Chris had shown us some letters about undocumented immigrants and we saw how many of them didn’t have their fathers with them because they had been deported. We decided to host a rally in honor of Father’s Day and here are some things we learned on what it takes to host and plan an event.

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    Dulce (left) phone banking with fellow DREAMer Victoria, as seen on Las Vegas Telemundo!

    Number 2-Social media isn’t the only way to go at it. Sure it’s always great to tweet and post stuff on Facebook, but you also have to tell people yourself. It helps if you can tell them face-to-face, but a phone call can also make a difference. That’s how we got Blanca and Elba to come. See, it seems like people are more motivated to do something when they see the person go out of their way to inform them.

    Number 3-We can actually get things done, we just have to maintain our optimism. Things didn’t start out great, let me just say that. It was just Alma, Dulce, and her sister. Then a reporter from Univision came, but she left after it seemed no one would show up. Alma and Dulce started calling people like crazy. (That’s how we got Elba and Blanca). Then, when it seemed like we would have an unsuccessful event, two people we didn’t know showed up and they had this amazing huge banner! They were so nice. Then Laura and Astrid showed up, we changed our location a bit and then an entourage came! I was so excited! We passed out signs, we chanted, cars honked in support, and Dulce talked to a newspaper reporter who told her she was going to feature her in a story! She was such a nice person to talk to. Finally, we wrapped up and Laura told Dulce if she wanted to do the circle thing, and she did! She called on the guy who had brought the great banner. He told us his story about how he came to the U.S. when he turned 19 to pay for his sisters’ education. He married a U.S. citizen, but he said that even though people believe that as soon as you marry someone who’s a citizen you get papers, that’s not the case. It was a great story.

     Overall, we’re really happy with our event, and we think we made everyone at PLAN really proud. Also, as interns we learned valuable lessons that will help us when we organize future events.

  • Our Congressmen voted to deport DREAMers

    Today Congressmen Mark Amodei (NV-02) and Joe Heck (NV-03) were booed as they voted on an amendment that would lead to the deportation of undocumented students (known as DREAMers) and other immigrants who have committed no crimes.


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    Congressman Heck and Congressman Amodei were booed on the House floor as they voted to deport DREAMers


    It is a misuse of immigration enforcement resources to target students and immigrant members of our community who are otherwise law-abiding residents. Voters are depending on Congress to come up with a bipartisan solution to our broken immigration system; this hostile move just muddies the water and calls into question Congressman Amodei and Congressman Heck’s sincerity.


    On Friday June 7th we are hosting an immigration reform meeting in our Las Vegas office. We are also calling Nevada voters next week while the Senate debates the immigration reform bill, S744. Plan to join us and learn more about the campaign to win a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together.


    Passing comprehensive immigration reform is not going to be easy. Help us fight for the 11 million undocumented individuals living in the United States. They deserve a chance at the American Dream and the dignity of living in the United States out of the shadows, and unafraid.