Welcome to our first Winter edition of The Planista! We’ve had a packed season so far. Look at all the stuff we’ve been working on in Nevada this new year!
Reno’s Woman’s March on Washington
Reno’s Women’s March on Washington took place downtown on January 21st. Police estimated 10,000 participants during the march. We were most excited to see so many new faces join us in solidarity. We were also excited to join so many other states and cities that participated and marched as well. PLAN helped organize with Action Together Northern Nevada to make a successful event! Below are some great pictures of the event. Thank you to our amazing
State of the State
PLAN was excited to hold our 2017 Progressive Sate of the State address on January 10th in Las Vegas and on January 26th in Reno! Both events were packed with concerned community members ready to get involved!
During the address, we lifted up our legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Our priority bills include automatic voter registration, ban the box, raising the minimum wage, pay equity, and healthy basins. In both Las Vegas and in Reno, Autumn Harry presented the address. We are really excited to get started on these bills in February.
PLAN on Immigration
Since the election, PLAN has been actively engaging the immigrant community so that they know their rights and so they can begin their road to citizenship. In collaboration with Hermandad Mexicana in Las Vegas, we hosted an information session with almost 100 people in attendance. Lawyers were onsite to answer the pressing legal questions that the undocumented community has. We also continued our naturalization work, both in Reno and Las Vegas, with 2 citizenship fairs. We were able to help close to 50 people with the help of more than 30 volunteers and lawyers.
In Reno, PLAN in conjunction with the ACLU, LiUNA Labor’s union, Hermaindad Guatemalteca, and Ellas’ representative, Martha Torres did a community forum at Little Flower church January 13th. Over 80 folks came out to ask questions and to listen to community leaders explain what rights they have. This helped many Reno immigrant residents who had worries over the new administration’s policies.
DACA Student forum
On Monday November 21st, PLAN along with The Center, Every Student, Every Story, lead an open immigration forum for the University of Nevada Reno students and faculty. The forum was assembled after The Center found many DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students had many fears and concerns after the president elect was named. Rosa Molina and Claudia Castañeda lead the discussion where 40 people gathered to receive information and to have their questions answered. Attorney Steve Brazelton called in and also answered questions. PLAN was excited to inform faculty and help put students on campus at ease.
Earth 2 Drumpf!
On January 6th in Reno, we hosted the event Earth2Trump. The traveling tour put on by The Center for Biological Diversity featured local music, artists, organizations, and speakers. The event was held to not only empower Nevada’s communities, but to bring likeminded folks together and encourage us to continue to work together as the new administration enters the White House.
On November 17th and 18th PLAN lead a community organizing training in Reno and in Las Vegas. These trainings were to inform our volunteers and to help them to become better organizers within our Nevada communities.
Trainers from People’s Action in Chicago, including Laurel Wells and Pamela Twist came down to present the trainings. PLAN organizers, Escenthio Marigny and Erika Castro also helped with presentations. PLAN was able to train 20 leaders!
PLAN hosted a peacekeepers training on January 7th for the Reno’s Women’s March on Washington. Over 20 folks showed up to participate in the training and take an active part in the march. Along with how to deescalate intense situations, participants also learned the importance of data collection and the role of an energy teams during demonstrations.
Resist Drumpf Tuesdays!
PLAN will be joining The Working Families party every Tuesday at noon at the Federal building in Reno Nevada. Every Tuesday we will have a different ask in our persistence to resist the unfair policies of the new administration. Please join us!