Year: 2013

June 2013

Check out PLAN in the news during the month of June 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 Reno, Las Vegas Review Journal,  LGBTQ Nation, Reno Gazette Journal, CBS News Reno, Nevada Appeal, San Francisco Chronicle, Nevada 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. 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...

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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. 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...

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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.     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...

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