• 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!

    Pipeline from above 2016

    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!

    
    

     

     

     

    Excited by all the great things PLAN’s doing in Nevada? Want to know how you can help? Consider giving a donation.

    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!

     

  • Why we fight to “Keep it in the Ground”

    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 oil and gas auction on June 14th.

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    View of Big Smoky Valley (Photo PLAN)

    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.

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    Reese River Valley (Photo PLAN)

    Fracking is environmentally risky and has the potential to contaminate drinking water. In Nevada, water is especially precious – it is the lifeblood of farmers and ranchers across the state.

    By keeping fossil fuels in the ground we are protecting our ground water and aquifers. To avoid catastrophic warming, scientists estimate that approximately 80% of proven fossil fuel resources need to stay in the ground. Here in Nevada, serious challenges to water users and wildlife are already being felt as a result of our changing climate. For more information about official protests filed against the BLM lease sale in the Reese River and Big Smokey Valleys, click here.

    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. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

    We also traveled to Crescent Valley where Barrick’s Cortez Complex is located, which includes the Pipeline and Mt. Tenabo open pit gold mines.

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    PLAN staff Ellen Moore and Erika Castro, and Great Basin Resource Watch director, John Hadder get a birds eye view of the Cortez Complex. (Photo PLAN)

    Destruction to the Mt. Tenabo Western Shoshone spiritual and cultural region has proceeded at an alarming rate, although not unexpected rate. Barrick reported nearly 500 million dollars in net proceeds from the Cortez Complex in 2014.

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    Mt. Tenabo – the wall of Barrick’s open pit mining operation extend up the sacred mountain. (Photo PLAN)

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: The legacy of open pit mine dewatering and pit lake development

    RENO, NV — On Friday June 3rd in Reno, hydrologic consultant, Dr. Tom Myers will present his latest research on the long-term effects of dewatering and the formation of pit lakes on the flow of the Humboldt River entitled “Effect of Open Pit Mine Dewatering and Cessation on a Semi-arid River Flows”. The report expands on Dr. Myers’ June 2015 study, “Hydrogeology of the Humboldt River Basin, Impacts of Open-Pit Mine Dewatering and Pit Lake Formation,” which sought to deepen understanding regarding the long-term consequences of open pit mining on the Humboldt River watershed and aquifers, and the impacts on communities and ranchers living in the region.

    An executive summary of the report can be found here.

    Dr. Myers will also present the report in Elko on June 8th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Great Basin College, Room GMCML 219, and in Lovelock on June 9th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Pershing County Community Center. The 2015 and 2016 report was commissioned by the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

    WHEN:
    Friday, June 3rd
    12:00 pm

    WHERE:
    Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
    203 S. Arlington Ave.
    Reno, NV 89501

    CONTACT:
    Ellen Moore, emoore@planevada.org, 775-348-7557

  • The PLANista – March 2016

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    Meet our newest PLAN organizer!

    Ellen Moore is originally from Wisconsin but has been working with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) for the past few years. Ellen is PLAN’S Mining Accountability Organizer!

    Ellen’s help has come just in time too!

    On March 8th PLAN attended the Keep It In The Ground rally, hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity. Their campaign has been seeking out public land auctions and making a presence at them. The rally was held to shed light on fracking and the taking of our lands here in Nevada.  During the rally, PLAN marched with over 50 people to the Silver Legacy hotel and casino where the BLM oil and gas leasing auction was being held. Once there, we let our presence be known and some folks even went inside to witness the auction take place. Learn more here and here!keepitin the ground

    PLAN is proud to stand with anti-fracking activists in order to combat climate change and protect Nevada’s water. We also believe that taking a stand on hard rock mining is equally important in the fight to protect our precious water resources. According to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP), gold mines are the largest source of atmospheric mercury in our state. And this isn’t just a problem here at home. Nevada based gold operations currently make up nine of the top 10 mercury producing mines in the United States. These toxic emissions settle on the soil and wash into our surface water. The most recent NDEP report states that 34 of Nevada’s lakes, streams and reservoirs are contaminated with mercury, up from 19 in 2006.

     

    Citizenship Fair in Vegas

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    More than 100,000 people are eligible to become US citizens in Clark county. Along with the Culinary Workers Union 226 and UNITE HERE, PLAN held a workshop Saturday March 19th to help some of these community members begin their journey to citizenship. We were able to help 182 complete their applications with almost 100 volunteers recruited to make this happen. Sign up here to help Nevadans become eligible voters before November!

     

    The Debt Crisis is Real

    Debt Conference

    On March 7th-9th PLANistas from Reno and Las Vegas attended People’s Action’s Nation Debt Conference. The conference centered around examining the various forms of debt plaguing our nation ranging from payday loans, student debt, and legal financial obligations. Participants learned about the root causes of the varying debt crises and devised strategies to transform the current reality. In addition, participants engaged in meetings with their respective state representatives with information about beneficial bills that can stymie the debt crises.

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    Members also engaged in an action to challenge Representative, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s backing of H.R. 4018, which would limit the ability of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate the payday loan industry.

    We Must Keep Our Families Together!

    Americus Brief

    On Wednesday March 9th PLAN along with UNR Social work students, and community members attended Reno’s city council meeting to ask that that the Council to reject Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s dangerous ideology and support immigrants and clean air advocates in Nevada. During Public Comment we asked The city council to support Nevada’s immigrant families and back the amicus brief in support of President Obama’s immigration actions that will keep families together. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has attached Nevada to two lawsuits, one that will stop efforts to lower toxic emissions (the Clean Power Plan) and another that will stop the deportations of the undocumented parents of US Citizens. In addition, our goal is to ensure that the Mayor and City Council support the people of Reno and the entire state of Nevada by adopting these two resolutions.

     

    Celebration of Women

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    PLAN, along with Tu Casa Latina, Safe Embrace, CAAW, and, NNLC celebrated International Women’s day on March 8th at Little Flower church in Reno. More than 100 women attended! The event honored many notable women in the community. The event also allowed for many helping services in Nevada to come and reach out to the community. International Women’s day provides a global opportunity for everyone to pledge support to help accelerate gender equality.

    #DoYourJob

    PLAN volunteers and PLANista's talk to Senator Heller's representative Jack Finn

    PLAN and Sierra Club volunteers and PLANista’s talk to Senator Heller’s Southern Nevada representative Jack Finn

    PLAN joined Moveon.org on March 21st in Reno and Las Vegas to ask senator Dean Heller to give president Obama’s supreme court nominee a fair chance. Chief Judge Merrik Garland is more than qualified for the position. Around 40 people attended the action that took place at Senator Heller’s office in Reno and in Las Vegas.

    PLANista's and volunteers stand in solidarity in Reno!

    PLANistas outside of Senator Dean Heller’s office in Reno

    In Reno, activists were able to go inside and leave comment for Senator Heller, while In Las Vegas activists were able to talk with a representative from Senator Heller’s office, that met with them outside. PLAN was excited to be part of this push to fill the seat!

     

    15 To Finish is not here for Students!

    On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, approximately 40 students gathered with the Reno Justice Coalition with the support of PLAN, to discuss the University of Nevada, Reno’s “15 to Finish” program. The “15 to Finish” program requires that students be taking 15 or more credits each semester, in order to qualify for scholarships and full-time financial aid. Breaking out into small groups, students shared their stories of how this policy has negatively impacted their time at the university, especially since most of them are forced to work in order to pay for necessities such as food and rent.

    The Provost and UNR explains the 15 to Finish program.

    The Provost and UNR explains the 15 to Finish program.

    Taking 15 credits, while not mandatory (except for certain aid), makes maintaining a job incredibly difficult. This disproportionately affects students of color, low-income students, and first generation students. Students were joined by the university’s provost, Dr. Kevin Carman, who provided an opportunity for them to ask questions directly to an administrator. Questions dealing with mental health, time and working off-campus jobs, and the root causes of the “15 to Finish” program were asked by students. After the question and answer session, students re-convened and overall seemed unsatisfied with Dr. Carman’s responses, pledging to move forward with their campaign to end the “15 to Finish” campaign.

     

    Congrats to Northern Nevada Hopes!

    PLANista's and organizers celebrate with Northern Nevada Hopes!

    PLANista’s and organizers celebrate with Northern Nevada Hopes!

    PLAN’s group member, Northern Nevada HOPES had the grand opening of their new building on March 15th in Reno. PLAN was there to celebrate with them and see the new space. Hope’s new wellness center will accommodate the community in Reno and bring quality healthcare to some folks who don’t have the means to receive it elsewhere. To learn more about HOPE’s click here!

     

    Remember to Vote!

    PLAN registered many first time voters!

    PLAN registered many first time voters!

     

    PLAN has also been connecting with college students during our civil engagement work! A few weeks ago PLANistas were able to talk to students in the dorms at the University of Nevada Reno, and got over 60 students registered to vote!

    If you still need to register don’t waste anymore time, click here and do it now! Remember, if you’ve moved since the last election you need to register again!

    Also, it’s not too late to join our contest!

    EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER WANTED IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR

    Now through April 18, PLAN is inviting middle school, high school, and college students to participate in our “Water over Gold” essay contest. Judges will select one essay from each category that best discusses the real impacts of mining on our land and water, and why it is important to protect our natural resources. Winning participants will be awarded prizes and will have their essays featured on the PLAN website. Click here for more info!

    Enjoy our work and all the great things PLAN is apart of in the community? Please consider a donation. We couldn’t do all the things we are able to do, without the help of the community! Click here to help!

  • The PLANista – May 2016

    Happy Spring! See what PLAN has been up to in the past few weeks

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    Fight for $15!

    On April 14th, the day before Tax Day, PLAN once again came out in full force to support low wage fast-food, child care, and home care workers as they marched for a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union. From its very inception here in Las Vegas, PLANistas have always been there to stand with workers and the community.

    Workers and their families woke up before dawn and marched on to the McDonalds on Fremont Street carrying signs andFight415 1 banners, demanding that the multi-million dollar fast-food giant pay their workers a living wage. PLAN staff and our community leaders came out to support an all-day action starting with a strike line at 6 am. PLAN leaders like Jose Macias and Harold Carnes stepped up to the bullhorn and chanted “We believe that we will win”.

    This morning action was followed by a mid-day press conference where State Senator Ruben Kihuen talked about walking in the shoes of a child care worker. The day ended with an afternoon rally on the Las Vegas Strip, where several hundred community supporters and several dozen community organizations packed the iconic Vegas Strip McDonalds to stand in solidarity with workers.

    PLAN staff in the News!

    Laura Martin

    PLAN’s Associate Director, Laura Martin was featured in the New York Times in April. In the piece titled “Of the People”, individuals in various states were asked their opinions on politics and community. Take a look at the article here!

    Also, Laura was a guest on Ralston Reports on April 13th to talk about the importance of raising the minimum wage and why we are in the fight for $15. If you missed the show, check it out here!

     

    Action On Mining!Mining1

    On April 21st, PLAN and the Comstock Residents Association (CRA) held a press conference in front of the Nevada Mining Association to denounce the illegal operations of local company, Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) in Guatemala. The action was an opportunity to demonstrate a pattern of abuse on the part of KCA President and Comstock Mining board member, Daniel Kappes, characterized by a disregard for environmental concerns and legitimate community opposition. Read the press release here.

    We also called on the Nevada Mining Association to do the right thing and publicly distance itself from KCA’s illegal and dangerous operations before heading out to KCA’s Reno office to personally deliver the court order suspending its mining license. Check out our blog for more information!

    Immigration discussion at UNR

    University social work studentsImmigration form in collaboration with PLAN, Tu Casa Latina, and FUSED, hosted the event, “At the Border of Immigration & Justice.” The event was held at the
    University of Nevada Reno, and was open to students and community members. During the event, community leaders led a panel discussion about the realities that immigrant families in Nevada face, and the current rhetoric around immigration as the political race heats up. Guest Speakers included PLAN Director of Organizing Astrid Silva, President of NAACP and board member Patricia Gallimore, and PLAN board member Teresa Navarro.

    Citizenship Fair!

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    On Saturday April 30th, PLAN, Culinary Workers Union 226, UNITE HERE, and NPNA held a citizenship workshop to help some of the 90,000 legal permanent residents eligible to naturalize in Clark County. More than 500 people had the opportunity to learn about citizenship and start their journey to naturalization. This was made possible by more than 160 volunteers, including lawyers, students, and community members.

    Race and Law Enforcement in Nevada

    The 3rd annual Race Symposium on April 21st brought community and religious leaders from around the Northern Nevada area. The community came together with local law enforcement officials to discuss building a stronger collaboration between community and law enforcement.

    Race symposiumThe symposium was held at the University of Nevada Reno and PLAN board members, Theresa Navarro and Patricia Gallimore were part of a panel discussion on community policing. There was also a panel discussion on immigration here in Nevada.

    Local law enforcement and government agencies involved included the Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, UNR PD, Sparks PD, Nevada Highway Patrol, Washoe County School Police, Reno-Tahoe Airport Police, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, and the local offices of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    May Day!

    On May 1st community members, PLAN, and other local organizations joined together to celebrate May Day in Reno! The event started in Downtown Reno at May DayBarbara Bennett Park with a community pot luck and an art workshop. After, we took to the streets and marched through Downtown Reno to bring awareness to May Day and workers still fighting for their rights. PLAN also registered voters along the way!

    Cinco De Mayo and our newest PLANistas!

    PLAN attended the Cinco De Mayo festival in Reno on April 30th and May 1st at the Grand Sierra Casino with our newest PLANistas, Josefina Martinez and Beverly Harry! Josefina and Beverly will be registering voters throughout the cCinco De Mayoommunity this summer.

    They started out strong by registering over 25 folks during the festival! They were also able to educate people on some of the issues we are facing here in Nevada. Welcome these ladies around town if you see them!

    Earth Day

    PLAN attended Earth day at Idelwild Park in Reno on April 24th! We got the chance to celebrate our planet with other local organizations and the community while giving away cookies and candy. Earth day 2We also got to spread the word about the importance of voting, and register people as well.

    Our Center Opening!

    PLAN attended the grand opening of Our Center in Reno, the only LGBT community center in Northern Nevada. We were very excited to celebrate with these folks and see their new facility while registering people to vote!

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  • Demanding accountability for abuses in Guatemala and the Comstock

    On Thursday, April 21, PLAN and the Comstock Residents Association (CRA) held a press conference in front of the Nevada Mining Association to denounce Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) illegal operations at its Progreso VII Derivada gold mine in Guatemala. KCA’s exploitation license was suspended by Guatemalan Courts in July and November 2015 and the Ministry of Energy and Mines in March 2016, but mining continues. Read the press release here.

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    PLAN also visited KCA’s office to personally deliver the Court rulings and the Ministry of Energy and Mines order to suspend exploitation activities.

    President and founder, Daniel Kappes was not in, and unfortunatly his staff refused to receive our letter requesting he clarify the state of operations in Guatemala and respect the rule of law. Mr. Kappes did provide a statement to the Reno Gazette-Journal claiming that the mine was both operating legally and suspended due to lack of consultation with impacted communities.

    Members of the peaceful opposition who have camped outside the mine entrance in protest for four years report that clandestine operations – clearly not those of a legally operating mine – continue.

    Daniel Kappes, is also on the board of directors for Comstock Mining Inc. Comstock operates the highly controversial open pit mine near Gold Hill and Silver City and is a member of the Nevada Mining Association. PLAN and CRA also delivered a letter to the Nevada Mining Association calling on it to do the right thing and demand Kappes to respect the law and suspend operations in Guatemala.

  • The PLANista – April 2016

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    See what’s been happening at PLAN

    We Need Nine

    Stacey SCOUTS

    Stacey Shinn from PLAN, Annette Magnus from BattleBorn Progress and Assemblyman Elliot Anderson represented Nevada in Washington DC on April 5th for a day of action on #WeNeedNine. Representatives from nine states traveled to the capital to ask Senate Republicans to hold a hearing on Judge Merrick Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court and give him a vote.

    Stacey Shinn with Dean Heller

    Stacey Shinn with Dean Heller

     Nevada’s delegation thanked Senator Harry Reid’s staff for his leadership and met with Senator Heller to ask for him to meet with Judge Garland, as well as encourage his leadership to stop their current obstruction of the process. PLAN and the Nevadans for Judicial Progress continue to encourage the Senate to #DoYourJob and educate progressives why courts matter.

    End of Coal?

    On Thursday March 24, PLAN co-hosted a presentation on the North Valmy Coal Plant with the Sierra Club and the Reno Justice Coalition. The event was held at UNR with over a dozen participants. The presentation highlighted the need to close the plant sooner than the proposed time, its economic and health impacts on Nevadans, and its relation to compliance to the Clean Power Plan. Participants left the meeting with a plan to continue working with each other to engage with Nevada’s next steps in relation to clean energy.

    Valmy Coal Plant

    Valmy Coal Plant

    Campaign School?

    Social Work Students and PLAN organizers attended “Campaign School” on April 1st and 2nd. The 2-day workshop event was led by Kate Coyne-McCoy, president of the nationally recognized organization, Campaign Fixer / KCM Consulting. They have trained more than 7,000 candidates and assisted with hundreds of successful elections. Kate designed and implemented candidate training and support programs for EMILY’s list and for the Oval Office program at Harvard University while serving as a Fellow in the Women’s Public Policy Program. Kate is a trained social worker, an experienced advocate, coalition builder, effective organizer, and former candidate for Congress.

    Campaign School The workshop was held to explain how important it is for everyday people to become involved in their communities politically. Kate pushed the importance of not only people from the community representing their neighborhoods, but also the steps of getting started. Day two of the workshop also featured interactive activities and panels led by political social workers, and current elected officials, including our lobbyist Stacey Shinn. Participants learned valuable skills that can be applied to any practice setting.

     

    The Million Student March!

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    On Wednesday March 13th the Reno Justice Coalition (RJC) hosted the Million Student March (MSM). Over 30 students at the University of Nevada, Reno joined PLAN, RJC, and students around the country. All of us demanding free college tuition, an end to student debt, $15 an hour for all campus workers, and divest from private prisons by all colleges and universities. In addition, students presented the universities Provost with petitions challenging the 15 to Finish policy which has tied 15 credits to access state funding, citing issues with equity.

    PLAN organizer, Escenthio Marigny talks with the provost

    PLAN organizer, Escenthio Marigny talks with the provost

    Celebration of worker’s Rights

    PLAN organizer, Monique Normand with Ramón Chávez

    PLAN organizer, Monique Normand with Ramón Chávez

    PLAN attended the annual César Chávez event on March 30th in Reno NV. The event celebrated César Chávez’s historical march with farm workers from Delano, to Sacramento, California in 1966. The event featured dancers, awards presented to union supported businesses, and César Chávez’s nephew, Ramón Chávez excepted an award on his late uncle’s behalf.

    Lalo Macias tells students how the Culinary Union helped him with his rights.

    Lalo Macias tells students how the Culinary Union helped him with his rights.

    PLAN also showed support at a student led César Chávez and Dolores Huerta event on the University of Nevada Reno’s campus. The event was hosted by the Latino Student Advisory Board on campus, and PLAN registered students to vote. The event celebrated the legacy of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. It also focused on the importance of domestic workers, understanding worker’s rights, and organizing for change!

    Citizenship

    Rosa Molina explains the citizenship process

    Rosa Molina explains the citizenship process

    On Thursday April 14th The PLAN Immigration Program in Reno held a pre-screening for a citizenship workshop. Rosa Molina, the program’s director, held an information session on the process of citizenship and answered any questions

    the community had. A dozen people participated and were able to take home materials to research, and help them further in citizenship application. The PLAN Immigration program was excited to take these steps in preparing a citizenship workshop in Reno! To contact the Immigration Program in Reno call: 775-800-1851

    Mining Matters

    PLAN’s new mining organizer, Ellen Moore’s opinion piece titled, “One View: Guatemala mine owned by Nevada firm operating outside the law,” was published in the Reno Gazette Journal last week.Ellen head shot Ellen’s piece focused on the mining industry’s deceit and how it not only effects residents in Nevada, but also citizens in Guatemala. Ellen did a lot of work in Guatemala before joining us here in Reno. She worked on human rights campaigns and focused on fighting against corporate companies taking land from residents. Ellen has seen firsthand how fraudulent mining companies can hurt a community. To read Ellen’s piece, click here!

    Registering Voters!

    We are still excited about our civic engagement work! This past month we’ve been working with RISE, the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality. RISE’s program, Rise and Dine provides many people in the community with food who wouldn’t normally receive any. 

    John will be voting for the first time this upcoming election.

    John will be voting for the first time this upcoming election.

    While working with RISE, PLAN has been able to reach many people who have never participated in elections before. John, pictured to the right, registered to vote for the very first time with PLAN. John explained to organizers that no one has ever approached him to register before. He told us the thought that his vote could be the deciding vote on an issue makes him excited. John believes that the coming election is going to be an important one and he’s glad that he gets to participate in it!

    Are you registered, and ready to let your voice count too? If not, click here!!!

     

     

    Next time in the Planista we look forward to

    -sharing our march in Las Vegas for 15$ an hour

    -Our efforts with supporting DAPA/DACA

    -and our new mining efforts!

     

    Enjoy our work and all the great things PLAN is apart of in the community? Please consider a donation. We couldn’t do all the things we are able to do, without the help of the community! Click here to help!

     

     

     

     

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    Meet our newest PLAN organizer!

    Ellen Moore is originally from Minnesota but has been working with NISGUA in Guatemala for the past few years. Ellen is PLAN’S Mining Accountability Organizer!

    Ellen’s help has come just in time too!

    On March 8th PLAN attended the Keep It In The Ground rally, hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity. Their campaign has been seeking out public land auctions and making a presence at them. The rally was held to shed light on fracking and the taking of our lands here in Nevada.  During the rally, PLAN marched with over 50 people to the Silver Legacy hotel and casino where the BLM oil and gas leasing auction was being held. Once there, we let our presence be known and some folks even went inside to witness the auction take place. Learn more here and here!keepitin the ground

    PLAN is proud to stand with anti-fracking activists in order to combat climate change and protect Nevada’s water. We also believe that taking a stand on hard rock mining is equally important in the fight to protect our precious water resources. According to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP), gold mines are the largest source of atmospheric mercury in our state. And this isn’t just a problem here at home. Nevada based gold operations currently make up nine of the top 10 mercury producing mines in the United States. These toxic emissions settle on the soil and wash into our surface water. The most recent NDEP report states that 34 of Nevada’s lakes, streams and reservoirs are contaminated with mercury, up from 19 in 2006.

     

    Citizenship Fair in Vegas

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    More than 100,000 people are eligible to become US citizens in Clark county. Along with the Culinary Workers Union 226 and UNITE HERE, PLAN held a workshop Saturday March 19th to help some of these community members begin their journey to citizenship. We were able to help 182 complete their applications with almost 100 volunteers recruited to make this happen. Sign up here to help Nevadans become eligible voters before November!

     

    The Debt Crisis is Real

    Debt Conference

    On March 7th-9th PLANistas from Reno and Las Vegas attended People’s Action’s Nation Debt Conference. The conference centered around examining the various forms of debt plaguing our nation ranging from payday loans, student debt, and legal financial obligations. Participants learned about the root causes of the varying debt crises and devised strategies to transform the current reality. In addition, participants engaged in meetings with their respective state representatives with information about beneficial bills that can stymie the debt crises.

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    Members also engaged in an action to challenge Representative, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s backing of H.R. 4018, which would limit the ability of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate the payday loan industry.

    We Must Keep Our Families Together!

    Americus Brief

    On Wednesday March 9th PLAN along with UNR Social work students, and community members attended Reno’s city council meeting to ask that that the Council to reject Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s dangerous ideology and support immigrants and clean air advocates in Nevada. During Public Comment we asked The city council to support Nevada’s immigrant families and back the amicus brief in support of President Obama’s immigration actions that will keep families together. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has attached Nevada to two lawsuits, one that will stop efforts to lower toxic emissions (the Clean Power Plan) and another that will stop the deportations of the undocumented parents of US Citizens. In addition, our goal is to ensure that the Mayor and City Council support the people of Reno and the entire state of Nevada by adopting these two resolutions.

     

    Celebration of Women

    PLANistas tabling

    PLAN, along with Tu Casa Latina, Safe Embrace, CAAW, and, NNLC celebrated International Women’s day on March 8th at Little Flower church in Reno. More than 100 women attended! The event honored many notable women in the community. The event also allowed for many helping services in Nevada to come and reach out to the community. International Women’s day provides a global opportunity for everyone to pledge support to help accelerate gender equality.

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    PLAN volunteers and PLANista's talk to Senator Heller's representative Jack Finn

    PLAN and Sierra Club volunteers and PLANista’s talk to Senator Heller’s Southern Nevada representative Jack Finn

    PLAN joined Moveon.org on March 21st in Reno and Las Vegas to ask senator Dean Heller to give president Obama’s supreme court nominee a fair chance. Chief Judge Merrik Garland is more than qualified for the position. Around 40 people attended the action that took place at Senator Heller’s office in Reno and in Las Vegas.

    PLANista's and volunteers stand in solidarity in Reno!

    PLANistas outside of Senator Dean Heller’s office in Reno

    In Reno, activists were able to go inside and leave comment for Senator Heller, while In Las Vegas activists were able to talk with a representative from Senator Heller’s office, that met with them outside. PLAN was excited to be part of this push to fill the seat!

     

    15 To Finish is not here for Students!

    On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, approximately 40 students gathered with the Reno Justice Coalition with the support of PLAN, to discuss the University of Nevada, Reno’s “15 to Finish” program. The “15 to Finish” program requires that students be taking 15 or more credits each semester, in order to qualify for scholarships and full-time financial aid. Breaking out into small groups, students shared their stories of how this policy has negatively impacted their time at the university, especially since most of them are forced to work in order to pay for necessities such as food and rent.

    The Provost and UNR explains the 15 to Finish program.

    The Provost and UNR explains the 15 to Finish program.

    Taking 15 credits, while not mandatory (except for certain aid), makes maintaining a job incredibly difficult. This disproportionately affects students of color, low-income students, and first generation students. Students were joined by the university’s provost, Dr. Kevin Carman, who provided an opportunity for them to ask questions directly to an administrator. Questions dealing with mental health, time and working off-campus jobs, and the root causes of the “15 to Finish” program were asked by students. After the question and answer session, students re-convened and overall seemed unsatisfied with Dr. Carman’s responses, pledging to move forward with their campaign to end the “15 to Finish” campaign.

     

    Congrats to Northern Nevada Hopes!

    PLANista's and organizers celebrate with Northern Nevada Hopes!

    PLANista’s and organizers celebrate with Northern Nevada Hopes!

    PLAN’s group member, Northern Nevada HOPES had the grand opening of their new building on March 15th in Reno. PLAN was there to celebrate with them and see the new space. Hope’s new wellness center will accommodate the community in Reno and bring quality healthcare to some folks who don’t have the means to receive it elsewhere. To learn more about HOPE’s click here!

     

    Remember to Vote!

    PLAN registered many first time voters!

    PLAN registered many first time voters!

     

    PLAN has also been connecting with college students during our civil engagement work! A few weeks ago PLANistas were able to talk to students in the dorms at the University of Nevada Reno, and got over 60 students registered to vote!

    If you still need to register don’t waste anymore time, click here and do it now! Remember, if you’ve moved since the last election you need to register again!

    Also, it’s not too late to join our contest!

    EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER WANTED IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR

    Now through April 18, PLAN is inviting middle school, high school, and college students to participate in our “Water over Gold” essay contest. Judges will select one essay from each category that best discusses the real impacts of mining on our land and water, and why it is important to protect our natural resources. Winning participants will be awarded prizes and will have their essays featured on the PLAN website. Click here for more info!

    Enjoy our work and all the great things PLAN is apart of in the community? Please consider a donation. We couldn’t do all the things we are able to do, without the help of the community! Click here to help!

     

     

     

     

     

  • The PLANista – January 2016

     

    We wanted to make sure you were up to date with everything PLAN is doing in Nevada, so we will be producing a newsletter called The PLANista!

     

     

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    With so much going on between Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City, Elko and even Washington DC, we created this newsletter so you can keep up with what we’ve been up to.

    In November we attended the Clean Power Plan workshop in Carson City to ensure that the process makes Nevada the leader in a clean energy future. We can’t allow dirty industries to fight to ensue we do the bare minimum. The Clean Power Plan is our opportunity to building an economy that puts people and planet first.

    PLANistas at the Reno office before heading to Carson City

    Also in November, supporters in Reno hosted a fundraiser in honor of our 21st birthday. We met a brand new citizen from France who was anxious to register to vote. Click here to register to vote online, it only takes a few minutes.

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    We’ve supported the Fight for $15 since its inception in Nevada. And for the first time we hosted a Fight for $15 action in Reno, to coincide with Las Vegas’ day of action on November 10th.

    PLAN board member Theresa, stand with organizer Erika, as PLANistas and Fight for $15 organizer Jose talks about their campaign to raise the minimum wage and fight for union rights.

    Did you know? More than 8 million people are eligible to become US citizens, and if they file before April, they could possible vote in the 2016 election? That’s why we’ve joined with our partners to host free immigration workshops where Nevadans with green cards can get free legal help to finish out the process and become a citizen. Our next citizenship workshop is Saturday January 30th. Click here to RSVP to attend or help us make it a success by volunteering. No legal experience is needed.

    Barbs and Laura with our friend and partner Emily from iAmerica

    PLANistas traveled to Chicago for the National People’s Action organizer conference where we talked about what we’ve worked on in 2015 and how we’ll move the Long Term Agenda towards a People Planet First economy in 2016. We also participated in a little civil disobedience.

    Sending a message to Chicago school system to raise the wage!

    In January PLANistas eligible for DAPA, a deferred deportation program for the undocumented parents of US Citizens, met with Senator Reid to discuss upcoming court cases and share their stories. We’re hopeful the Supreme Court will hear the DAPA case this year and rule in our favor to keep families together.

    Photo courtesy of Senator Reid's office

    We hosted a State of the Union watch party with SEIU Nevada. Watching President Obama’s eighth and final address inspired people to continue to fight for immigration, minimum wage and our planet!

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  • PLAN celebrates approval of federal funds for Anaconda toxic mine clean up

    On March 29th, Governor Sandoval approved the EPA’s request to list the Anaconda copper mine as a Superfund National Priority. This designation, more than 10 years in the making, means federal funds will be available for long-term, integrated clean up of the toxic site located near Yerington.

    On March 25th, PLAN, Great Basin Resource Watch and 42 other individuals and organizations sent a letter to the Governor requesting immediate action in the face of an increasing threat to the families, farmers, wildlife and Tribes living in the region. PLAN also called on the Governor to defend the right of affected citizens, many who have been forced to drink bottled water for the past decade, to clean and safe groundwater.

    PLAN applauds the Governor for taking this important step and reiterates our demand that he and other elected representatives take concrete steps to hold mining corporations accountable for the contamination and abuse of Nevada’s groundwater in other parts of the state.

  • Join us: Real Solutions for Real People

    Join Us

    Join us for “Real Solutions for Real People”, a day for activists to join together in deepening our knowledge and commitment to comprehensive solutions for economic, racial and environmental justice issues for our communities.

    USE THIS LINK TO RSVP 

    When: February 13, 2016
    Location: Reno, NV
    Time: 8:00am – 2:30pm

    Cost: FREE