Year: 2013

From Reno to Veags, Nevadans coming together for immigration reform

On Wednesday May 29th Nevadans in Reno and Las Vegas gathered to show support for comprehensive immigration reform. In Reno more than 1,500 Nevadans packed the Little Flower Catholic Church to hear messages of faith, hope, and determination. ACTIONN, PICO and Immigrants for Justice kicked off the Campaign for Citizenship for immigration reform. PLAN’s board president Theresa Navarro introduced US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and also addressed the North’s other representatives who did not attend (Congressman Mark Amodei had a prior commitment). Theresa conveyed the importance of all political parties and all communities working together for the sake of the people. Immigrant families have to live the brutal reality of our broken immigration system every day. We need Congress to act, this year! The same night, the Asian community in Las Vegas held a discussion on UNLV’s campus. Immigration reform is often treated only as a Latino issue, but 20% of of the undocumented community in the United States is Asian. Many members of the diverse Asian audience spoke out against fear mongering and racism, and vowed to work together to pass reform this year, and get their communities involved in the process. They also called on their community to come out of the shadows, and share their own personal immigration story. Debate on the Senate immigration bill begins Monday June 10th. We must call our Senators and...

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TAKE ACTION: Tell Governor Sandoval to sign SB373

Senate Bill 373 helps Nevada workers deal with their debt and at the same time allows them to keep more of their wages to provide for their families while paying off creditors over time. Under current Nevada law 25% of a worker’s wages can be garnished to collect a debt.  SB373 reduces the garnishment amount to 15% of take home pay for those with gross annual earnings under $40,000. Nevadans where hit hardest by the economic downtown, and our state’s high rate of foreclosures continues to drag us down. Reducing the amount of wage garnishment allows workers to pay at a rate which they can afford to avoid bankruptcy and/or default on their other obligations. The Governor needs to hear from you. Take action, contact him today and tell him to sign SB373 into law....

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Take action: Tell Governor Sandoval to sign these bills into law to strengthen our elections

Our Field Director Howard Watts III explains three bills that are headed to Governor Sandoval’s desk that will strengthen Nevada’s election process should he chose to sign them into law. The Governor needs to hear from YOU. Making it easier for eligible voters in Nevada to participate in elections should be common sense; ask Governor Sandoval to do the right thing, sign these bills into law. Senate Bill 457 would require cities to hold both their primary and general elections within their wards. This system already exists in Las Vegas, and as nonpartisan races candidates often win in the primary by gaining over 50 percent of the vote. In cities like Reno, Sparks, and Henderson, however, candidates run in their ward in the primary election, then citywide in a general. This can, and has, led to candidates who were favored substantially in the primary losing in the general, unable to raise the funds to compete citywide or not having the favor of the voters outside their neighborhood. SB457 would ensure that the residents of each ward have the control to pick their representatives, a principal we see reflected at all other levels of government.   Assembly Bill 441 is a simple bill that would allow the Early Voting-style election centers we all know and love to exist on election day, in addition to precinct voting sites. The bill doesn’t...

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Tell Governor Sandoval to support the immigration community with more than words

Take Action: Tell the Governor to sign Senate Bills 169 and 303, and Assembly Bill 74 Last week Governor Sandoval signed a resolution to support comprehensive immigration reform, and  in an interview expressed his support for the Senate’s “Gang of 8” immigration reform bill. Governor can support Nevada’s immigrants with more than just words by signing three vital pieces of legislation. Senate Bill 169 changes the the mandatory sentencing of gross misdemeanors from 365 days to 364. If you’ve been sentenced to 365 days for anything, even if you didn’t serve time, you can not apply to become a United States Citizen. This bill could help many undocumented Nevadans, including those who only plead guilty because they didn’t not have proper representation, and didn’t understand the charges against them. You can be charged for a gross misdemeanor for misusing a hotel room key. Should that prevent someone from applying for citizenship? Tell Governor Sandoval to sign Senate Bill 169. Senate Bill 303 authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue Driver Authorization Cards to Nevadans, regardless of legal status. SB303 also guarantees that the DMV does not share immigration status of any applicant with Federal immigration authorities. SB303 will lower the cost of vehicle insurance in Nevada and make our roads safer. Tell Governor Sandoval to sign Senate Bill 303 Assembly Bill 74 regulates Nevada’s ‘nortario’ and document preparation...

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