• Our thoughts on Faraday Future

     

    You may have heard: for the second time in 15 months, Governor Brian Sandoval has called a special session of the Nevada Legislature to approve an incentives package for an electric car company to set up shop in Nevada. In September of 2014 it was Tesla moving to the Reno area, today it’s Faraday Future hoping to become North Las Vegas’ newest resident. faraday-futures-new-factory

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL

    Like Tesla, we are giving up A LOT of our tax money to bring this company here. It could mean a lot of good paying jobs for Southern Nevada, and we want to make sure there are mechanisms in place to ensure that the deal does just that.

    Here’s the letter we sent to legislators:

    With the rush to subsidize Faraday Future’s move to Nevada, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada urges moving forward with caution.  There are many questions that remain unanswered, as well as possible policy solutions that could ensure the best outcomes for local Nevadans. For a non-Nevadan company whose product remains unseen and performance and skills unproven, it is only just and responsible that they adhere to protections to put our people and planet first.

    Local Hiring.  We applaud and encourage the requirement that local Nevadans comprise at least half the workforce, both during construction and plant operations. When we hire locals, more money will be spent here and stimulate the Nevadan economy. More specifically, we want to see North Las Vegans win in this deal. A community that is predominately people of color and a community with below average per capita income, the City of North Las Vegas should see the benefits of their residents gaining full-time, sustainable employment. It follows that residents of North Las Vegas should be given prioritized opportunity when it comes to first source hiring.

    How will the 50% Nevadan workforce minimum be insured? Data collection and accountability will be key parts of the process and legislation should require quarterly reporting. A suggestion for data collection would be to include diversity questions and employee zip codes to confirm that employees are representative of the local population and are hired locally. Penalties and removal of subsidies should occur if they fail to comply with reporting standards.

    Good Jobs.  In addition to employing Nevadans, it is also important that employees are earning a living wage, are employed full-time and have access to health care. Reports indicate that jobs at Faraday will average $22 per hour. As part of the national movement to raise the minimum wage, we welcome higher-paying jobs in our state. However, we want to hold Faraday accountable to their promises long term. Additionally, we want to guarantee that the statistics accurately reflect employee incomes by setting a wage standard for non-managerial positions. If top-level management and engineers’ incomes are combined with minimum wages, an average could be deceiving on paper. Finally, full-time sustainable work should be a demand. Part time employment, unpredictable hours, rampant use of outside contractors, and barriers to health care would only contribute to the cycle of poverty.

    Again, quarterly reporting for transparency in wages and hours will improve accountability. Including provisions for a minimum percentage of full time positions and a base rate of pay within the legislation will guarantee good jobs for our community. Penalties and rescission of subsidies must protect taxpayer investments if the company fails to comply.

    Small Business.  Taxpayer subsidies for big corporations like Tesla and Faraday tilts the playing field against long-standing Nevada-based small businesses. Why not prioritize public spending on investments to benefit all employers such as education, job training and transportation? Additionally, developing transportation to the job site should be part of the planning process. Ideally, the employer should be responsible for workforce training and transportation, not the taxpayers.

    Environment. Chinese billionaire investor, Jia Yueting, said in a letter to the Nevada Legislature that their product “…protects the earth and improves the living environment of mankind, so everyone can breathe clean air…” If preserving our planet is part of their mission, why not require Faraday to lead in areas outside of electric cars, such as renewable energy, water conservation, etc.?

    Education.  Reports indicate that Faraday agrees to pay $1 million into K-12 education over six years starting in 2018.  Money to support our educational system has proven a priority for our governor, our legislators and our communities. It is critical that we guarantee this promise of income to public, not private or religious, education in Nevada through legislative directive.

    Infrastructure. Finally, taxpayers must not shoulder the burden of inevitable mistakes, such as over-allocation of groundwater, stemming from rapidly building an industrial park miles from infrastructure. Apex developers and wealthy corporations should pay their own bills and cease relying on Nevada taxpayers and workers to bail them out.

    Send us your thoughts PLANistas, we’d love to hear your perspective: info@planevada.org

  • This Changes Everything: Clean Power Plan assembly and free film screening

    In August President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution in the United States. Join climate activists November 17th for CPP assemblies in Reno and Las Vegas to discuss how we can insure Nevada’s authorities create the strongest, most responsible plan.

    This Changes Everything

     

    Following the CPP assembly we’ll screen the movie This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs Climate, the screen adaptation of Naomi Klein’s groundbreaking novel. This Changes Everything challenges us all re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

     

    Refreshments will be provided. We will provide water, but please bring your own reusable container. 

     

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR RENO

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR LAS VEGAS

  • SPECIAL EVENT: Seeking Social Through Art

    Seeking Social Justice Through Art: A Convergence of Creates, is a one-day intensive workshop on social justice issues designed for artists and non profits.

     

    Registration begins at 8:30am. Program lasts from 9am to 3pm. Register now and order lunch. Location is the Dr. William U Pearson Community Center, 1625 West Carey Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89032 Seeking Justice Through Art

    CLICK HERE FOR ARTIST REGISTRATION

    CLICK HERE FOR ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION

    SCHEDULE:

    8:30AM Registration

    9am Introductions with moderator Claytee D White and opening keynote speaker Dr. Anita Revila

    10am Social Justice Themed Art

    11am Socially Engaged Art

    Noon Box lunch or brown bag lunch

    12:30pm Closing remarks by Rachel J Anderson

    1pm Community roundtables and networking

    Questions? Contact Denise@LeftOfCenterArt.org or call 702-647-7378

  • Free Bird Dog training, September 9th

    With the Nevada caucuses being first in the West, we all have plenty of opportunities to talk to many different candidates and their political operatives. We hope you can join us Wednesday September 9th for a “Bird-dog” training to ask candidates good questions. Click here to RSVP for this free training.

    Bird Dog TrainingWednesday September 9,

    “Bird-dogging” is a term used to describe the act of getting a public official to comment on important policy issues by seeking out opportunities to interact with these officials. Effective bird dogs use tried and true techniques to get a response to issues they care about.

    Join us at our office in Reno or Las Vegas for a fun workshop that will teach you tips and tricks the pros use to get someone’s attention. This training is open to all activists who care about creating an economy that puts people and planet first.

     

    Bird Dog Training

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

    Wednesday September 9, 2015
    5:30PM
    PLAN Reno: 821 Riverside Drive, 89503
    PLAN Las Vegas: 2330 Paseo Del Prado C109, 89102

    info@planevada.org 775-348-7557

  • We stand with Planned Parenthood

    Stand with Planned Parenthood

    Since PLAN was founded more than 20 years ago, Planned Parenthood has stood with us. Now in the face of nasty attacks, distortions and outright lies, it’s imperative that we stand with them.

    For nearly a century, Planned Parenthood has been one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care and is the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Their health centers and international partners provide birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and lifesaving cancer screenings to millions of people in the US and 10 other countries.

    People of all ages from every community and income level use Planned Parenthood as their fist-choice provider of care.

    This is not the first time anti-choice, forced-birther activists have gone after Planned Parenthood. For some extremists on the far right, live saving testing and contraception, and empowering people of all ages to own their sexual health is a bad thing. But we know it’s a great thing.

    Do you stand with Planned Parenthood, and with the thousands of Nevadans who use their life-saving services everyday? Click here to sign their petition and show your support publicly.

     

    We’re proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and the people who rely on their services every day. We hope you will too.

  • Shark Week is coming!

    July 6th – 10th is Shark Week!

    We’ve had enough of payday, car title and installment loan sharks in our neighborhoods! Tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)  to issue rules that truly put an end to the debt trap and stop predatory loan sharks from attacking our families. Don’t let any of these Sharks off the hook!

    Add your name and story to the call for CFPB to go broad and strong on it’s upcoming rule-making. Click here to sign and join us for SHARK WEEK!

     

    SHARK WEEK

  • Love wins!

    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) just announced their highly anticipated ruling: marriage equality is now the law of the land in the entire United States! Now, no matter what state you live in, your marriage is recognized by the federal government, and the state.

    This is a huge win for the movement (on the anniversary of the United States vs Windsor announcement!) and we’re going to celebrate in Reno and in Las Vegas:

    Reno: Meet at Reno City Plaza in Downtown Reno on #DecisionDay TONIGHT at 7:00pm PST

    Las Vegas: Meet at The Gay and Lesbian Center in Downtown Las Vegas on #DecisionDay TONIGHT at 5:30pm PST

     

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    But remember, the fight for equality is more than marriage. We have battles to win when it comes to homelessness, access to health care, ending reparative, therapy dignity in the work place, and much more. Sign this petition and pledge to continue the fight for full equality for everyone.

    Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we organize!

  • Supreme Court rules for the People!

    Today the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of the people when it came to the Affordable Care Act and Fair Housing!

    In a 6-3 decision, SCOTUS ruled that even states without an exchange (like Nevada) are eligible for subsidies to help pay for individual health care plans. This means thousands of Nevadans will keep their health care, and once again SCOTUS says the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is constitutional. That’s a BFD.

    SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that claims of “disparate impact” can be used under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which is key in addressing housing discrimination. With more than 4 million cases of housing discrimination a year–usually involving people of color, women, and survivors of domestic violence–this was a huge win for civil rights.

    Colorado Ethics Watch

    Pic via Colorado Ethics Watch

    These rulings show once again Why Courts Matter. As far right extremists lose legislative and electoral battles, they’ll look to the courts to undo laws that put people first. Progressives need to pay close attention to who is being nominated to the courts, who is being blocked, and why.

    Click here to learn more about Why Courts Matter and join Progressives nationwide working to end judicial obstruction and to confirm well qualified, diverse judicial nominees. (scroll to the bottom to sign the pledge).

    SCOTUS has five cases to rule on this month: marriage equality, lethal injections in death penalty cases, Arizona redistricting, big coal vs clean air, and a challenge to the Armed Career Criminal Act.

    When the decision comes down for marriage equality, please join us at one of the following locations:

    Reno: Meet at Reno City Plaza in Downtown Reno on #DecisionDay at 7:00pm PST
    Las Vegas: Meet at The Gay and Lesbian Center in Downtown Las Vegas on #DecisionDay at 5:30pm PST

    If you don’t see your city listed, there are more rallies listed on uniteformarriage.org.

    SCOTUS usually announces decisions on Mondays, but have added Thursdays and Friday to their schedules; their decisions are announced publicly at 7:00am PST. So keep an eye on the news, and on social media.

  • SCOTUS Marriage Watch 2015

    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will make a historic decision on marriage equality in June.

    SCOTUS could legalize same sex marriage nationwide if they find the US Constitution’s equal protection clause means states can not ban same sex marriages. Nevada won big in the 9th Circuit last year, but a win at SCOTUS this month means ALL couples, regardless of where they live, can marry the person they love and enjoy the protections and benefits that come with marriage.

    When the decision comes down, please join us at one of the following locations:

    Reno: Meet at Reno City Plaza in Downtown Reno on #DecisionDay at 7:00pm PST
    Las Vegas: Meet at The Gay and Lesbian Center in Downtown Las Vegas on #DecisionDay at 5:30pm PST

    If you don’t see your city listed, there are more rallies listed on uniteformarriage.org.

    SCOTUS usually announces decisions on Mondays, but have added Thursdays to their schedules; their decisions are announced publicly at 7:00am PST. So keep an eye on the news, and on social media. When you hear a decision has been made, spread the word, bring a friend and join the community in celebration!

  • Give where you live – Support PLAN!

    Nevada’s Big Give is March 12th, but you can get a head start by donating now!

    PLAN (founded in 1994) brings together diverse organizations into one cohesive force for social justice in Nevada. We appreciate your continued support which will greatly assist us in our efforts to create more humane solutions to Nevada’s problems.

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    Please be assured that PLAN will maximize your gift and use it to motivate and support a variety of social justice causes, especially those impacting traditionally marginalized constituencies.

    Thank you for helping us make Nevada a better, more progressive state!

     

     

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