• Feb 6th Edition of The Planista!

     

     

    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!

    Our Vegas staff got to come up and hang at the Reno Women’s March!

    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

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    State of the State

    The Progressive State of the State in Las Vegas

    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!

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    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

    Open Forum in Las Vegas!

     

     

    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.

    Information forum in Reno!

    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.

    Claudia Castañeda explains the services PLAN’s Immigration program provides in Reno!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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 Trump!

    Packed house at the Earth2Trump event!

    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.

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    Trainings

    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 trained groups from both, Reno and Las Vegas!

    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!

     

    Peacekeeper’s training in Las Vegas!

    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 Trump 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!

    That’s it for now! Next time we will have more on the legislative session, upcoming trainings, and on immigration!

    Until then, if you’re excited as we are about getting work done here in Nevada, please consider contributing a financial gift. Every dollar helps! You can donate here !

  • The PLANista October 18th

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    Welcome to PLAN’S first Fall edition of the PLANista!

    Take a look at all the stuff we’ve been up to!

    Native's in Reno gather in protest against DAPL

    Native’s in Reno gather in protest against DAPL

    Standing Rock Fundraiser and #NoDAPL Rally in Reno

     

    PLAN was proud to join Native leaders and the Be The Change project the last week in September to rally in support of the estimated 6,000 people camped at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota who are putting their lives on hold and their bodies on the line to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Reno rally was also held to raise funds and gather winter weather supplies that will be delivered to the camp by Be The Change and others. 

    Nationwide Action to Keep it in the Ground

     

    Over the past month PLAN has taken action at home and in Washington D.C. to protect our climate, land and water. On August 23rd, PLAN Director, Bob Fulkerson was scheduled to go to trial on charges stemming from the June Keep it in the Ground Rally. Dozens of supporters came to a rally outside the courthouse and accompanied Bob during the proceedings, which were eventually postponed. We are still waiting on a new trial date.  

     

    PLAN also was proud to stand together with frontline and Indigenous leaders outside the White House to deliver 1 million signatures to President Obama demanding no new fossil fuel leases on public land and water. Later we took the fight to the doorstep of the U.S. Department of the Interior where the Bureau of Land Management is located. The BLM recently reported that future oil and gas lease sales will be held online, out of the view of the public. PLAN joined 40+ climate protectors in peacefully occupying the DOI lobby before 13 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience. Our message is clear: No more pipelines, no new leases – we have never been stronger, and we will not stop!

    Keep it in the Ground & No TPP Event at Lake Tahoe Summit

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    As President Obama, Minority Leader Reid and other decorated elected officials gathered in South Lake Tahoe for the annual Tahoe Summit, two movements joined forces on the streets outside to deliver important messages to leaders and attendees.  Activists demanded that President Obama end leasing of federal coal, oil and gas, as well as get on the path to a just transition and clean energy future.  Our future is not for sale, keep it in the ground!

    Family Defenders!

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    Family Defender, Brenda Romero with volunteers!

    PLAN’s Family Defenders program is dedicated to helping immigrant families this election season! We are focused on immigrant voters and keeping our Nevada families together. On August 25th Reno held its first Family Defenders meeting with 7 people in attendance. Las Vegas held its first Family Defenders meeting on August 8th with 8 people in attendance. Since then, our program has grown with new volunteers, voter registration work, promoting citizenship fairs, and Get Out The Vote efforts! In Reno the Family Defender’s program was able to engage high schools in voter registration and recruit volunteers!

    Family Defenders speak at Sparks High school in Reno!

    Family Defenders speak at Sparks High school in Reno!

    We visited Hug High school and Sparks high school and reached 80 students all together! We spoke to 5 classes, registered 7 students, and recruited 47 students to join PLAN. The Family Defenders programs is glad to have this chance to engage our communities about this year’s election!

     

     

     

     

    Pathway to Citizenship!

    LiUNA working with PLAN for a great Fair!

    LiUNA working with PLAN for a great Fair!

    PLAN’s been uplifting our immigrant communities and helping our neighbors on the road to citizenship! In September we held citizenship fairs in Reno and Las Vegas and this month we held them in both locations as well. In October we served 66 people all together!

    Karla Rodriguez assisting a client at the Las Vegas fair!

    Karla Rodriguez assisting a client at the Las Vegas fair!

    In Reno we held our citizenship workshop at the LiUNA labor union headquarters. We assisted many people with the help of LiUNA and our volunteers who came out to help. The Guatemalan counsel also dropped by to visit and take part in our fair!

    The Guatemalan counsel discussing their work at the Reno fair!

    The Guatemalan counsel discussing their work at the Reno fair!

    Along with partners like iAmerica, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Community Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, PLAN hosted a citizenship fair in Las Vegas at the Rio Casino. We were able to assist a wide range of community members thanks to our dedicated volunteers. PLAN will continue to build immigrant power by ensuring that eligible community members have access to citizenship. If you have any questions about our citizenship work or would like to volunteer, please contact Karla Rodriguez at krodriguez@planevada.org.

     

     

    Introducing the Nevada Coalition for Women’s Equity

     

    In November 2015, women from AAUW called together community members to launch an effort to pass an Equal Pay bill in the Nevada Legislature.  Since the initial launch, PLAN Action along with 7 other organizations have come together to advocate for a gender equity platform.

    Stacey Shinn peeping in on the Women's Equity meeting!

    Stacey Shinn peeping in on the Women’s Equity meeting!

    The Nevada Coalition for Women’s Equity’s (NCWE) priorities also include paid leave, affordable family planning, increasing the minimum wage, domestic workers rights, affordable childcare and the enforcement of Title IX.  The coalition conducted a survey of legislative candidates on the seven issues and have produced a report that can be found at NV4Equity.org.

     

     

     

    Reno/Sparks NAACP’s Banquet

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    PLAN's new team of interns!

    PLAN’s new team of interns!

    PLAN attended our member group, Reno/Sparks NAACP’s annual 71st annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet. The Banquet took place on October 8th in Reno Nevada at the Circus Circus casino. We were excited to be a part of this fantastic fundraiser and show support for the NAACP! We also brought our new social work interns, who enjoyed their first banquet event!

     

     

     

     

    Rosa Molina guest speaking at Fraternidad Guatemalteca.

    Rosa Molina guest speaking at Fraternidad Guatemalteca.

    Immigration forms

    PLAN informing LiUNA members of citizenship information!

    PLAN informing LiUNA members of citizenship information!

    In September PLAN’s Immigration program in Reno was able to partner with many local organizations for citizenship screenings, citizenship test preparation, and information forms. We worked with Fraternidada Guatemalteca, Latinos Unidos from Carson City, Family Resource Center from Sun Valley, and the labor union LiUNA. These information sessions were held successfully throughout the city of Reno and Carson City!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “American Outrage” film screening links past to present

     

    img_5062On September 8th, PLAN hosted more than 40 people for a backyard screening of the documentary chronicling the Dann sister’s valiant fight to defend their land and way of life from mining giant Barrick Gold. After the film Professor Debra Harry drew connection between the Western Shoshone sisters’ struggle to stop an open pit gold mine from desecrating their ancestral land to the historic movement at Standing Rock to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. Local Native leaders organizing to provide solidarity and support for the encampment shared i

    information before ending the night with a prayer. 

    Nevadan’s Vote!

    Family Defenders with volunteers registering their community to vote!

    Family Defenders with volunteers registering their community to vote!

    PLAN has had a great run this election year with voter registration! In Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, and rural areas with canvassers, volunteers, service agencies, and local community events we have had a full year this election season! All together PLAN has registered 5,872 people throughout Nevada!

    Canvasser, Frank Ramos registering a new student to voter at UNR!

    Canvasser, Frank Ramos registering a new student to voter at UNR!

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    Volunteers came all the way from California to help PLAN get Nevadans registered!

    It has been great talking with communities all over and listening to the issues folks truly care about. We have enjoyed our time engaging with our residents and helping them in this year’s voting process. We hope that everyone in Nevada votes and allows their voices to be heard in this upcoming historical election!

     

     

    Thanks to our Voter Registration teams!

    Canvasser, Brenda Virrey stopping a shopper to register!

    Canvasser, Brenda Virrey stopping a shopper to register!

     

    Canvasser, Josefina Martinez at the state fair in Carson City!

    Canvasser, Josefina Martinez at the state fair in Carson City!

     

    Canvassers registering folks at Patagonia clothing store!

    Canvassers registering folks at Patagonia clothing store!

     

    PLAN registering folks at the homeless shelter!

    PLAN registering folks at the homeless shelter!

    So long for now!

    Thanks for checking out our page! Keep up to date with PLAN events and initiatives through Facebook and our Twitter page! Also, if you enjoy our work and would like to take part or help, please consider volunteering or making a financial gift here. Community member’s donations allow us to do the work we do in Nevada! Thank you for your support!

  • 8th Edition of The PLANISTA!

     

    PLAN’s been doing some great work!

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    Black Lives Matter march in downtown Reno

    Black Lives Matter march in downtown Reno

     

    Black Lives Matter march in Reno!

    Black Lives Matter arts event, day before the march.

    Black Lives Matter arts event, day before the march.

    Probably the most followed news item in the recent past of our quirky little city was the planning of a demonstration in support of the #BlackLivesMatter (#BLM) movement. Two distinct marches comprised one day of action; the first, led by Krys Ro,–a longtime (Black) Renoite–began at UNR and joined the larger rally downtown, which took to the streets to the “Believe” sculpture and was organized by two (white) local high school students, Brooke Fimby and Carissa Garcia.

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    People’s Energy Forum

    PLAN's AJ Buhay speaking on the importance of renewable energy

    PLAN’s AJ Buhay speaking on the importance of renewable energy

     

    On July 19, 2016, PLAN together with community partners Chispa Nevada, Sierra Club, and NextGen Climate, gathered at the Winchester Cultural Center to discuss Nevada’s Clean Energy Future and the policies that surround it. As part of a weeklong event for Latino Conservation Week, the event was kicked off by our featured speaker, Congresswoman Dina Titus, who spoke about the need for Nevada to have policies in place that will ensure clean energy benefits for communities of color. Dean Titus latino

     

    There was also a panel discussion that followed moderated by Rudy Zamora of Chispa NV. The discussion included panelists Jennifer Taylor of the Clean Energy Project, Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, and Elspeth DiMarzio of the Sierra Club. The community followed up with their own questions regarding the intersections of race, economic inequality, and clean energy policies.

     

     

    PLAN presents Howard Watts of Great Basin Water Network for a Community Lunch and Learn

     

    On July 22, 2016, the PLAN office in Las Vegas was packed with community members to listen and hear Howard Watts present on Nevada’s current water issues for the Great Basin Water Network. We gathered around a hearty lunch and discussed the problems that never seemed to be discussed in public dialogues.

    PLAN’s own Erika Castro opened the event by presenting on PLAN’s Dewatering Report. A lively discussion followed after Howard’s presentation and addressed the need for the information he presented to be translated in Spanish for it to reach a more diverse audience. Plans for more events like this are being discussed and PLAN, together with Chispa NV, will spearhead the efforts to translate all the materials in Spanish.

     

    NAACP Community Fourm

    Members from different organizations speak out, including PLAN's executive director, Bob Fulkerson.

    Members from different organizations speak out, including PLAN’s executive director, Bob Fulkerson.

    On July 14th at Northern Nevada HOPE’s in Reno, the NAACP had an open community fourm to talk about policing in the United States and here in Nevada. The fourm had speakers from the Reno and Sparks police departments and members from the Reno city council. The NAACP also opened the fourm to community members to voice their concerns and views on the operations of the police department here in Reno. PLAN attended and voiced concerns on policies here in Nevada that marginalize and target our African American community members. Bob Fulkerson also made comments during the open fourm.

     

    Citizenship workshops

    Carson City Planista's and volunteers!

    Carson City Planista’s and volunteers!

    Keeping families together!

    Keeping families together!

    Here at PLAN, we are continuing the naturalization work that started in the spring.

    We continue to help Nevadans become US citizens through free workshops with the help of organizations like the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Western Nevada College, and United Latino Community.

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    Las Vegas citizen applicants

    So far, we’ve hosted 3 workshops in 3 different cities – Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City! We’re working hard to ensure that every Nevadan gets a chance at fulfilling their American dream.

    Volunteer helping an applicant!

    Volunteer helping an applicant!

     

    PLAN pays a visit to the Governor’s New Energy Industry Task Force

    PLAN organizer, Thio Marigny urges the Task Force to focus on green jobs for residents of Nevada!

     

    On July 27, 2016, PLAN leaders and community members paid a visit to the Governor’s New Energy Industry Task Force as they met and discussed their final policy recommendations that will shape the Governor’s Energy legislative priorities for 2017. PLANistas showed up at both the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas and the State Legislature in Carson City.

    PLAN’s own Bob Fulkerson, AJ Buhay, and Thio Marigny led the charge and spoke about the energy issues they see in Nevada. They also asked that they demand where energy policies are designed to help communities of color, low income families, and hardworking Nevadans instead of using it as profiteers for Nevada Energy.

    PLAN organizer, AJ Buhay express the importance of renewable energy in communities of color.

    PLAN organizer, AJ Buhay express the importance of renewable energy in communities of color.

     

    Thio delivered an impassioned plea for creating an energy future that would include workers transitioning into a clean energy economy with a living wage, which got the attention of a few members of the task force who have the ability to ensure exactly that. PLAN leaders like Harold Carnes, a Fight for 15 activists, delivered a powerful testimony that spoke of low wage workers and communities of color joining the fight for clean energy. But the day’s biggest and most talked about testimony came from a young PLAN volunteer: 14 year old Christian Castellans who held the task force accountable for possibly damaging his future and his generation’s future by not acting on climate change.

    Community member in Las Vegas, expresses why renewable energy is important to him and his family.

    Community member in Las Vegas, expresses why renewable energy is important to him and his family.

     

    Just like PLAN’s mission, Christian spoke of the need for planting the seeds today that will ensure Nevada will be able to move forward and lead in a clean energy

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Annual Board meeting

    Member group members share ways to work together!

    Member group members share ways to work together!

    On July 15th, PLAN held our Annual Member Group Meeting in Reno, Nevada. Coming together with our member groups gave us an opportunity to work together to put forward a more progressive agenda for the State of Nevada. Our annual meeting was held at Evelyn Mount Community Center, where we had the opportunity to learn about Evelyn Mount who the center is named after. She has been a staple of the Reno community for years, and has dedicated her efforts to feeding those who need it most. Being in a center named after such a powerful African American woman was the boost PLANistas needed.

    PLAN organizer, Dulce Valencia raps the history of PLAN!

    PLAN organizer, Dulce Valencia raps the history of PLAN!

    Yanna Cancela from the Cullinary Union in Las Vegas, and PLAN's Laura Martin, talk about the importance of engaging labor workers.

    Yanna Cancela from the Cullinary Union in Las Vegas, and PLAN’s Laura Martin, talk about the importance of engaging labor workers.

    The member groups in attendance were able to hear from our PLAN Board Director, Yvanna Cancela of Culinary Workers Union 226, who gave us a history of why Union involvement in progressive issues is so important. Everyone was equally excited when our very own Dulce Valencia, rapped the entire history of PLAN during our meeting as a fun way to remind us of where we have been and the work we have yet to do. We were also happy to be joined by Kit Miller, daughter of Maya Miller our PLAN founder. Kit has been deeply involved in progressive issues and having her there helped us come full circle after hearing our PLAN history.

    PLAN organizers Astrid Silvia and Laura Martin canvass in Reno and engage voters!

    PLAN organizers Astrid Silvia and Laura Martin canvass in Reno and engage voters!

     Following the exciting speakers and information, we all were given a refresher course on how to canvass and register voters. Together our staff and member groups ventured out into Reno neighborhoods and were able to engage with community members about progressive issues. Many of our team were able to have meaningful conversations with community members who look forward to becoming more engaged with PLAN and our member groups and appreciated the visits to their homes. This will be a tradition we definitely look forward to incorporating into future meetings. Our next bi-monthly member group meeting will be on Thursday, September 1st from 12 to 1pm.

     

     

     

     

    Voter Registration

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    PLANistas across Nevada, from Reno to Las Vegas have been educating and registering new voters in time for the upcoming election. Meeting and engaging with community members has been a great experience for PLAN, and allows us to understand the issues our community members truly care about.

    If you need to register for the first time to vote or if you need to update any voter registration such as a change in political party, name change, or just an address change, please click here! Time to register and update voter information is winding down, and it only takes 1 minute!  dulce and laura

     

     

    Interested in civic engagement work? Think about volunteering and registering folks to vote with us! Contact us in Reno or in Las Vegas to get more information.

     

     

     

     

    Love the work PLAN is doing? Want to be involved and don’t have the time? Think about making a contribution to help us continue the work we do in Nevada! To give a gift to PLAN, please click here! Thanks so much for your support!

    Special thanks to AJ Buhay, Astrid Silvia, and Karla Rodriguez for contributing to this edition of the PLANista!

     

  • The Planista! 7th Edition!

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    Banner made in the Las Vegas arts workshop!

    Banner made in the Las Vegas arts workshop!

    Arts and Organizing!

     

    On June 11th, 2016, Las Vegas artist Denise Duarte and the Left of Center Art Gallery welcomed PLAN and its volunteers to their space to host PLAN’s Arts and Organizing Workshop for Environmental Justice. The community came together to create posters and banners that were then brought to Reno for the Keep It In the Ground Rally that happened on June 14 to protest the Bureau of Land Management’s auctioning of public lands. aRTS OrgThere were more than 25 attendees that got their hands dirty with paint and talked about environmental justice issues. As a group, we decided to focus on the message “People Planet First”. With volunteers as young as 9 years old to whole families in attendance, volunteers created a community banner that represented our resolve to build a community that puts our families, the people, and the planet first over corporations and profits.

    Arts Org2On June 13th, Reno also held an Arts Organizing workshop, in connection with the Keep It In the Ground Rally. The Reno workshop was led by David Solnit, an arts organizer with the organization, 350.org. PLANista’s from Las Vegas, members of environmental organizations, and community members came out to learn how art can be an important component in social justice and environmental movements. In addition to guiding us in making some amazing art, David also led a discussion on his work and explained how art can be a big help in getting messages across.

     

     

    Defending water and land: Hundreds protest the BLM oil and gas lease auction in Reno

    Group Picture of PLANista's and volunteers!

    Group Picture of PLANista’s and volunteers!

     

    On June 14th hundreds of Nevadans took to the streets to demand an end to the leasing of public lands for dirty oil and gas exploration  PLAN is proud to have lead the organizing effort that saw a diversity of participation including the Battle Horse Drumming group from Pyramid Lake, members of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Potentialist Workshop, Fight for $15 workers from Las Vegas and many more. And while the Bureau of Land Management still managed to lease $31,000 of our land, we sent a strong and clear message that we will not sit idle while our public resources are auctioned off to the highest bidder. PLAN’s June 11th and June 13th Arts Organizing Workshops in Las Vegas and Reno respectively, provided an important space to unify our struggle for climate justice using art and creativity. Check out some of our favorite photos from the Reno art build.

    Protest in front of the Siena Hotel

    Protest in front of the Siena Hotel

     

     

    But we aren’t done yet! We are energized and ready to continue demanding a just transition to 100% renewables. Join us for a rally on July 27th at the Governor Sandoval’s New Energy Task Force meeting in Carson City. RSVP here to reserve your spot in the carpool.

     

     

     

     

     

    Volunteers helping out at the fair.

    Volunteers helping out at the fair.

    Reno Summer Citizenship Fair!

    Our first Reno, summer citizenship fair was on June 11th! The fair was held at the RISE, Academy for Adults Achievement building. A whopping 40 volunteers gave their time to make the fair a success, and we also had six lawyers who gave their time to help us in our efforts to naturalize our communities.Citizenship Fair block Over 100 people filed applications to start the process of becoming citizens! We were so excited to serve our communities in Reno, and can’t wait to plan the next one!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DAPA/DACA Court Decision!

     

    On Thursday, June 23rd, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down their decision on DAPA and DACA+. These measures would help millions of undocumented families be able to live without fear by giving them a work permit and a deferred deportation status. While these means are not temporary, they would have brought much needed relief to our communities struggling under the shadow of an uncertain future. DAPADACA

     

    Unfortunately, SCOTUS reached a 4-4 tie in Texas v United States, Nevada was one of the 26 states with an Attorney General or Governor who was involved in the lawsuit. While the decision was a blow to our community, the fight continues as this decision does not set a precedent and can be brought up at a later time when the bench is full, or a new President is elected.

     

    Our PLANistas in Las Vegas made sure that our disagreement with the decision was heard by the man who signed us up for the frivolous lawsuit, Attorney General Adam Laxalt. PLANistas as well as members of other community organizations gathered at the office of Attorney General Laxalt to host a press conference on Decision Day. DACAFamilies and children spoke about their fear and what it means to be living without documents in the United States. Community members then walked into Attorney General Laxalt’s office and demanded a meeting with him. After initially being told Mr. Laxalt was unavailable, we discovered that he was doing media interviews while our distraught families were waiting to hear from him.

     

    Later in the evening we hosted a community forum in which we gave information about the next steps in this process as well as legal guidance from our friends, American Immigration Lawyers Association – Nevada Chapter. We were accompanied by a group of people affected by the decision as well as members from our member group, Planned Parenthood and various other resource tables. A stand out moment was when 11 year old Karla and 10 year old Yovanna stood before the crowd, and spoke about the fear that they live in. As United States citizens they have the right to be with their parents who are Undocumented.

     

    Reno DACAIn Reno, PLANistas let their voices be heard as well. A press conference was held at the Reno PLAN office the morning after the decision was given. Community groups, faith leaders, legal advisors, activists, and members of the community effected by the decision all spoke up and explained how this decision impacts them and their city. After the conference, PLANistas along with other members of the community, drove down to Carson City to speak to Attorney General Laxalt in person. We were told he was away, but a representative would speak to us. After waiting 15 minutes in the lobby and being greeted with nothing but stares of disapproval, we decided to have a silent sit in. No one ever came to meet us, but we were greeted by police while leaving.  Read more about our response to the decision here!

     

     

    PLAN presents new report on the effect of open-pit gold mines on Nevada’s water

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    This June PLAN traveled to Elko and Lovelock to present a new report by Dr. Tom Myers about alarming effects of open-pit gold mining on Nevada’s water. Dr. Myers addressed interested college students, faculty, members of the mining industry, and farmers in two community forums regarding the medium and long-term effects of mine dewatering and pit lake formation in the Humboldt River basin. Read local news report from the meetings in the Elko Daily Free Press and Lovelock Review-Miner. You can find Dr. Myers’ full report and presentation on the website or check out our simplified summary here.

     

     

    Pro-Bono Citizenship Clinic!

    Our PLANista Karla Rodriguez, assisting an attendee

    Our PLANista Karla Rodriguez, assisting an attendee

    On Saturday June 25th, PLANistas helped host the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Annual Pro-Bono Citizenship Clinic. Through our collaboration with our local AILA – Nevada Chapter, we were able to assist applicants who are eligible to Naturalize. The event was held at the Linq Hotel and Casino, just a few blocks away from the National AILA conference taking place, at which our own Astrid Silva participated in a panel about DACA students. LawyerThrough partnerships with other community organizations, PLANistas have helped over 2,200 finish their Naturalization application or get on the path to doing so in the past 10 months. This work would not be possible without the help of every single volunteer. One of the major reasons that many Permanent Legal Residents do not apply for the Naturalization process is because of a lack of resources and access to the information. Through the work of PLAN, we are able to tear down an obstacle so that our applicants become engaged and motivated to participate in the political process.

    LawyersA diverse community attend the fair! Applicants from Laos, Spain, Mexico and many other countries were attended by our volunteers, and had an opportunity to talk, one on one with an immigration attorney. This service is invaluable to making sure that every application that is sent, has the best opportunity to be approved. One of the highlights of the day was a family of three who were all processing their documentation, father, mother, and daughter. We know that through this work we will be successful in helping as many of our neighbors Naturalize as possible.

     

    Juneteenth Event!

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    On Saturday June 18th, PLAN attended the Juneteenth festival in Reno! The annual festival was put on by NNBCAS, Northern Nevada’s Black Cultural Awareness Society. The Emancipation Proclamation freed slave on January 1st, 1863, but the last state to hear about this was Texas, on June 19th, 1865, a whole two years later. This day is celebrated by African Americans all over the United States as their day of independence! PLAN was excited to be part of this event and celebrate with the community. PLANistas shared about PLAN and also registered folks to vote.

     

    State Fair!

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    PLAN attended the Nevada state fair in Carson City June 9th through June 12th. In addition to enjoying the fun with Nevada residents from all over the state, we were also able to share all the important work PLAN’s been doing with the community. PLANista’s signed up folks interested in volunteering, educated people on the importance of voting, and registered many first time voters!

     

    Registering Voters

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    PLAN Las Vegas is out registering voters Monday-Saturday by attending community events and going to supermarkets like Cardenas. This past week, while at Cardenas we met Don Jesus Vazquez, a U.S. citizen who wasn’t registered to vote. After hearing that our staff members, Astrid and Dulce couldn’t vote, he registered and promised to go out and vote for them. Don Jesus shows us that it’s important to take voting seriously and show up for everyone out there who isn’t eligible to vote!

     

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    So long until next time!

    Special thanks to AJ Buhay, Astrid Silva, Ellen Moore, Dulce Valencia, Karla Rodriguez, and Rosa Molina for their contributions to this issue of the Planista.

     

  • Issue 6 of the PLANista!

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    PLAN’s been busy in the community the last few weeks. Check out what’s new!

     

    On the road for our public lands!

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    PLAN organizers Ellen Moore, and Erika Castro, and Great Basin Resource Watch’s John Hadder take a look at public lands

    In May PLAN and Great Basin Resource Watch traveled to central Nevada to visit lands slated for auction at the upcoming Bureau of Land Management Sale on June 14th. The 42 parcels on the auction block cover over 74,000 acres in the majestic Big Smokey Valley. The land was nominated for the BLM lease sale by a Texas real estate developer without the knowledge of most of the residents living and farming near the potential fracking sites.

     

    Join us next week to send the message that our public lands are not for sale! Rally to Keep it in the Ground on Tuesday June 14th at 8am. Meet us at the Virginia Street Bridge in downtown Reno before we head to the BLM live auction at the Siena Hotel on South Lake Street. We are also inviting folks to come to PLAN’s office on Monday June 13th between 2 – 8pm to build amazing art for the next day’s action. Click here for more information on both activities and to RSVP.

     

    EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER WANTED IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEARWe have  Winners!

    March, we sponsored a Water over Gold essay contest to engage students in a conversation around the impacts of irresponsible mining on water and communities in Nevada.  Given the severe drought that our state is facing we believe it is important for young folks to get involved and learn how to protect such a precious resource.

    Nevada mining companies are using up to 70,000 gallons of water per minute to extract gold and other minerals, and students were very critical about that. They expressed their disappointment in the lack of protection our water has when it comes to extractive industries. High school contest winner Jade Utterback wrote, “Nevada, possessing a warm, dry, desert climate, is already facing serious problems in terms of water accessibility due to the severe drought. We can’t risk polluting our already-limited water resources from mining gold.”

    Katie Sitton, one of our winners!

    Katie Sitton, one of our winners!

    Katie Sitton, a Nevada State College student, was also a winner of the $250 scholarship. We were very pleased with the participation of students and their interest in wanting to get more involved.

    We want to thank all the community leaders and teachers that encouraged their students to take part in this contest!

     

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    We attended the Harvey Milk Awards!

    On Friday, May 20, Build Our Center celebrated the 4th Annual Harvey Milk Day! Build Our Center celebrated Harvey Milk, who worked long and hard to build, strengthen, and connect communities.

    PLAN organizers, Juseth Giron and Escenthio Marigny representing PLAN.

    PLAN organizers, Juseth Giron and Escenthio Marigny representing PLAN.

    PLAN was there to celebrate with them and registered people to vote. Harvey Milk, was a visionary civil and human rights leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. The annual event gave awards to community leaders who represent Harvey Milk’s vision. In addition, there was a pasta sauce competition, and great entertainment. We were so excited to celebrate this special day and the achievements of Harvey Milk with Our Center!

     

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    New Energy Task Force!

    Over the last two months PLAN has been working with community members and organizations to engage the governor’s New Energy Industry Task Force (NEITF). The NEITF was reconvened after a brief hiatus by Governor Sandoval to craft recommendations for clean energy for the 2017 legislative session. PLAN, community, and organization members have worked together in Las Vegas and Reno to meet members of the task force, give public comment, and give presentations for policy. Key to this engagement has been attempts to encourage policy recommendation that will move toward a 100% renewable future that centers low income communities and communities of color. The NEITF was reconvened by Governor Sandoval to craft recommendations for clean energy for the 2017 legislative session.

     

    Sculpture fest

    We registered people at the Sculpture Fest!

    On May 7th PLAN attended the Sculpture Fest in downtown Reno! The event featured sculptures and other forms of art from artists all over Nevada. PLAN was there to join in the fun while registering people to vote and to let people in the community know who we are. We were so excited to be a part of this festive event in our community.

     

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    PLAN on the move in the Community!

    In the last few weeks PLAN has been canvassing around town and registering voters. In Reno, Las Vegas, and in rural areas PLAN hopes to educate new voters and explain the

    First time voter with PLAN organizer, Monique Normand.

    First time voter with PLAN organizer, Monique Normand

    importance and impact the voting system can have on our community. If you still haven’t registered click here. Every vote counts and you and your community are worth it!

    
    

     

     

     

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    Click here to give a gift.

    Special thanks to Ellen Moore, Juseth Giron, Escenthio Marigny, and Erika Castro for their help with this issue of PLAN’s newsletter!