PLAN’s been doing some great work!
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Black Lives Matter march in downtown Reno
Black Lives Matter march in Reno!
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.
PLAN offered materials and organizing/logistical support and was led by Thio Marigny and Monique Normand, who also brought the students and local NAACP and Reno Police Department leadership into the same room. The event was a success and brought over 300 community members out in support!
People’s Energy Forum
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.
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.
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.
Carson City Planista’s and volunteers!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!