• Lots to be thankful for

    What a week I’ve had.
    By Astrid Silva

    I am honored–and still a little bit shocked–that the President of the United States chose to share my story during his speech to announce administrative relief for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

    But most importantly, I’m thankful that this year won’t be the last time my family spends Thanksgiving together. Because of the hard work and organizing efforts of immigration activists here in Nevada and across the country, the President took action to keep families together.

    In the weeks ahead I’ll be working with the community to prepare for the changes to our immigration system. PLAN launched similar organizing efforts for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Driver Authorization Cards. My immigration story may have been singled out by the President, but I am by no means the exception. There are thousands of families like mine, and I’m going to make sure they have the tools and information they need for these important immigration changes.


    We’ll need to do a lot of outreach to the community, including know your rights training and lobbying during the legislative session. Already Nevada’s attorney general-elect is preparing to sue the President and cause harm to our immigrant communities. Because of the new make up of the Nevada legislature, we face a very real threat of really nasty anti-immigrant bills coming to the floor for a vote. And we have to continue to push Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship so all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US have the opportunity to stay with their families.

    A place hostile to immigrants and their families is not the Nevada I grew up in, and not the Nevada I’m willing to accept. No family deserves to live in fear or uncertainty. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we can’t do it without your help.

    I’m thankful for my family, and the opportunities I have to to help my community. I’m also thankful for the outpouring of support from my fellow Nevadans.

  • Administrative relief and a shout out to Astrid

    Did you watch?


    President Obama announced administrative relief for undocumented immigrants that will save thousands of families from deportation. The President took action where Congress failed.


    And on a local note, the President made his point by sharing the story of Astrid Silva, our Las Vegas organizer and leader in Nevada’s immigrant rights movement.


    We could’t be more proud of Astrid and are amazed by her determination to pass comprehensive reform and help so many in our community, while her own father faces deportation in just a few months. But thanks to President Obama’s action, this won’t be Astrid’s last holiday season with her family.


    We would be nowhere without all the PLANistas who fight everyday for reform and will continue to fight until there is a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million. We are ready for this fight.


    Click here to watch the President’s speech

  • President Obama takes executive action on immigration! – click to watch speech

  • Thursday and Friday, some big immigration news

    On Thursday President Obama will announce from the White House his plan for administrative relief for undocumented immigrants. Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.32.45 PM

    President Obama came to Las Vegas in 2013 to lay out his plans for for immigration reform. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill, but the House failed to do anything meaningful to pass comprehensive immigration reform. So the President is left no choice but to provide executive relief that stops senseless deportations and keeps families together.

    On Friday the President will be in Las Vegas to address the public about his immigration plans. If you don’t have tickets to the event, you can watch his announcement with us at the Culinary Union in Las Vegas.


    Thursday watch the announcement in Reno or Las Vegas:


    La Fonda Restaurant (appetizers and refreshments will be provided)

    4385 Neil Road

    Reno, NV 89502



    Hermandad Mexicana

    2915 West Charleston Boulevard #4

    Las Vegas, NV 89102



  • Tell CCSD: Students need real sex ed

    Clark County School District (CCSD) rolled out the  sex education community survey and they really need to hear from progressives like you who support real sex ed.

    A small, yet vocal, group has tried to shift the conversation away from medically accurate, age appropriate sex education to spread misinformation and fear. In doing so, they’re putting our most vulnerable students at risk. Filling out the survey lets CCSD know that our community wants sex education that covers:


    1. Dating violence

    2. Delaying or refraining from sex

    3. Cyberbullying

    4. Gender Identity

    5. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

    6. Good Touch/Bad Touch (elementary)

    7. Media and body image

    8. Legal consequences of sexting

    9. Safe haven laws

    10. Identify reproductive health service locations


    Click here to the complete the survey. And forward this email to your friends and family so they can do the same.

    Click here for a Spanish version.


    If you want to share your opinions in person too, CCSD is conducting community input forums. This is an opportunity to share your experiences and opinions directly with the trustees. Let us know if you can attend.


    Upcoming forums:

    Wednesday, November 12 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.): Cimarron-Memorial High School, 2301 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas

    Monday, November 17 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.): Green Valley High School, 460 Arroyo Grande Blvd., Henderson

    Tuesday, November 18 (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.): Nevada Partners, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas

    Tuesday, November 18 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.): Rancho High School, 1900 E. Searles Ave., Las Vegas

    Be sure to check out Nevada Teen Health and Safety Coalition website for more opportunities to get involved.


  • Fracking regulations written by frackers?

    Tell the Nevada Legislative Commission that Nevada is Not Ready for Fracking.

    Reject the industry-written rules

    The Commission on Mineral Resources approved the fracking regulations on August 28, 2014.  The final step in finalizing the regulations for addition to the Nevada Administrative Code is the approval by the Nevada Legislative Commission. Click here to read the proposed regulations.

    The Legislative Commission meeting will be held Friday October 24th at 9:00am.

    You can attend the meeting in Las Vegas: Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401, 55 E. Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Or you can also observe the meeting and provide public comment through a simultaneous videoconference in Carson City: Nevada State Legislative Building, Room 4100 401 S. Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada.


    The regulations the Legislative Commission is poised to approve fall short of providing the kind of protections our communities deserve and precious groundwater demands. The regulations were approved in a rushed, non-transparent process by the Commission on Minerals, which is comprised of members who represent (i.e., own interest in) oil, gas and mining corporations.

    Nevada should follow the lead of New York, which implemented a moratorium on fracking pending a further environmental and socio-economic analysis of fracking’s impacts. Barring that, the minimum changes to the regulations must be made:

    • If the Fracking industry wants to inject chemicals into our groundwater, let’s hold them to a higher standard. Under proposed regulations, there maybe no groundwater sampling, or sampling in the wrong location to intercept contamination. Make the Fracking industry adhere to the same regulations as the mining industry, and require monitoring wells. In addition, we want the company to monitor the groundwater for a longer period of time than just five years.
    • Fugitive methane releases from fracking is a powerful greenhouse gas, yet the current regulations are silent. Ambient air monitoring is needed at oil and gas/hydraulic fracturing sites to assure that hydrogen sulfide is at acceptable levels and that methane gas is not being released excessively. There also needs to be a provision to assure that hydraulic fracturing operations are not emitting excessive greenhouse gases.
    • Bonding amounts for drilled wells contained in current statute are not adequate for Fracking. These regulations, based on traditional oil and gas extraction, are insufficient to cover potential long-term environmental damage.  To supplement the bonding requirements for drilled wells the state of Colorado has included a number of additional financial assurance provisions that Nevada should also include for hydraulic fracturing operations.
    • The proposed regulations fall short on public participation.  Permits for hydraulic fracturing wells should be available for public review prior to finalizing, which includes a detailed plan of operations with the anticipated hydraulic fracturing scheme.  Especially given the public concern over hydraulic fracturing, and in the interest of public engagement and transparency, the NDOM should follow at a minimum the same procedure that NDEP uses for air, water and water pollution control permits.  This procedure is to post the draft permit for a 30 day public comment period, and process comments with agency responses, and then issue a Notice of Decision on the permit. In addition an appeal of a permit procedure should be installed, so that the public has recourse to an independent body, such as the State Environmental Commission.

    Finally, under the proposed regulations, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has zero role in permitting, analysis or even consultation. This is in spite of the fact that Fracking is known to exacerbate the decline of habitat of the endangered sage grouse.


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    Tell the committee: We don’t want Nevada’s wild and open lands converted into Fracking Industrial wastelands! Reject fracking industry-written rules!

    Action you can take:   

    1. Comment during public comment at the Legislative Commission Meeting
    2. Send comments to the Legislative Commission: director@lcb.state.nv.us

    Commission Members:

    Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Chair – Marilyn.Kirkpatrick@asm.state.nv.us, 702-655-0332

    Assemblyman Jason Frierson, Vice Chair – Jason.Frierson@asm.state.nv.us, 702-280-2981

    Senator Kelvin Atkinson – Kelvin.Atkinson@sen.state.nv.us, 702-457-9995

    Senator Moises Denis – Moises.Denis@sen.state.nv.us, 702-657-6857

    Senator Ben Kieckhefer – Ben.Kieckhefer@sen.state.nv.us, 775-223-9618

    Senator Ruben J. Kihuen – Ruben.Kihuen@sen.state.nv.us, 702-274-1707

    Senator Michael Roberson – Michael.Roberson@sen.state.nv.us, 702-612-6929

    Senator James Settelmeyer – James.Settelmeyer@sen.state.nv.us, 775-450-6114

    Assemblyman Skip Daly – Skip.Daly@asm.state.nv.us, 775-359-0731

    Assemblyman Wesley Duncan – Wesley.Duncan@asm.state.nv.us, 702-767-3733

    Assemblyman Ira Hansen – Ira.Hansen@asm.state.nv.us, 775-221-2502

    Assemblyman Lynn D. Stewart – Lynn.Stewart@asm.state.nv.us, 702-614-0631

  • Job opening in Reno – join the Fight for $15 campaign!

    The Fight for $15 campaign is expanding to Reno!

    Are you ready to work for Nevada’s largest progressive organization to fight for economic justice with Northern Nevada’s low wage workers? Click here to apply today. Interviews for this position start November 10, 2014.

    Read more →

  • Coming out for Social Justice – We Are Powerful

    We are Raising our Voices! (4)

  • Mourning the loss of our friend Sandy

    Sandra Eddy

    Sandy at her 65th birthday party in February

    We were honored to call Sandra “Grammee” Eddy a PLANista and we are still completely heartbroken by her unexpected death this past weekend.

    You have probably met Sandy; at one of our sign in tables, lobbying with us in Carson City, at a rally or a march, at a volunteer meeting, saw her picture on our facebook page, or you were one of the many guests at her 65th birthday party at the PLAN office in February. The Blue Nevadan provides an excellent account of Sandy’s remarkable life.

    Sandy was an active volunteer and board member for many organizations, including Board President for the Nevada AIDS Project. She leaves behind children, grandkids and great-grandkids who she cherished dearly, and spoke of often. She also leaves behind a Progressive community still reeling from this sudden loss, and determined to honor her legacy by continuing to fight for the causes she believed in most, and remembering to love one another unconditionally.

    Even in death Sandy continues to be the same generous and loving person we all came to know and love. As an organ donor, she gave new life to more than 100 people. On Saturday September 27th a celebration of her life is planned in Las Vegas. The time will be 5:30pm, but the location is still to be determined. If you would like an update, just reply to this email.

    Finally, Sandy gave so much to PLAN, through donations, unwavering support, and countless hours of volunteering. Please help us give back to her by helping her family cover final medical costs by making a donation here: Sandra Eddy memorial fund. If you are not able to give, please considering sharing the link with your personal networks so others can contribute.

    Rest in power Sandy. We miss you, and will always love you.