• Honor the legacy of Selma activists – register to vote

    Resistance to Black Americans registering to vote reached a bloody apex in Selma, Alabama 50 years ago on March 7, 1965, or “Bloody Sunday”. During a student-led voting rights march, more than 600 people, including current US Congressman John Lewis, were brutally beaten by police.

    Congressman John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965

    Congressman John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965

    Television and newspaper images of peaceful protestors being viciously attacked by local law enforcement startled a nation and moved a president to pass the Voting Rights Act.

    While activists won huge victories, Selma reminds us how far we’ve come, but also how far we have yet to go. Black people still suffer from state-sanctioned intimidation and violence. The Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act and state legislatures around the country–including our own–are looking to undo the work of Congressman Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr, and others by erecting more barriers between eligible voters and the ballot box.

    There are many ways to honor the legacy of the Selma activists, but one simple form of resistance is registering to vote.

    They wouldn’t try to take your right to vote away if it wasn’t so powerful. So take a minute and register. If you’ve already registered, do you need to update your address, or your name? Are you changing political parties? You can also forward this email to a friend and remind them that people 50 years ago shed tears and blood to protect our sacred right to vote. Let’s not take it for granted.

  • Guest Blog: Barrick’s Expansion or Our Natural Heritage?

    Barrick’s Expansion or Our Natural Heritage?

    By Tyler Nickle

    If you were to visit Barrick Gold’s Bald Mountain site, you could almost be impressed by it. The labyrinth of terraced steps carved into the earth show the power of human industry and ingenuity. But that’s only when you squint. Take another look, and you’ll see an industrial landscape that represents a major disruption to the earth’s ecology and geology, and that disruption could get worse soon: Barrick Gold is currently working to expand its open-pit mine at Bald Mountain by several thousand acres.

    Mule deer

    According to a recent report prepared for Nevada’s Department of Wildlife, the expansion cuts across a migration corridor used by Nevada’s largest deer herd. The deer migrate during winter, a season when every calorie counts and when food is scarce. The deer have found reliable stopover sites near the Bald Mountain mine with adequate resources that they return to each season. The additional acres of “surface disturbance” Barrick proposes will send the deer scrambling, impacting the herd’s health.

    This isn’t just about the deer. Nevada’s landscapes are ecologically fragile places, and the deer herd’s health could have consequences for other living things, things that we have a collective stewardship over. The herd is a resource we Nevadans share in common, a natural heritage like the public lands that we all enjoy. Years ago, Woody Guthrie crooned that “this land is your land,” and maybe it’s time remind Barrick of that fact. Let Barrick and their BLM landlords know you oppose the destruction of our natural heritage by posting a comment to the BLM’s feedback page. Use the drop-down menus to submit your comment directly to the Bald Mountain Field Office.

  • Keep public lands in public hands

    Below is PLAN state director Bob Fulkerson’s statement in opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 1. Today at 12:45pm in Carson City and Las Vegas, rallies will be held in support of public lands. At 3:30pm today you can testify against SJR1 and in support of our public lands in Senate Legislative Operations committee hearing. Click here for details for providing testimony from Carson City, Las Vegas, or Elko.


    Public lands are the crown jewels of our Republic. Selling them off is like eating the seeds, consuming for our own immediate selfish ends what rightfully belongs to our grandchildren. There is nothing more American than public lands, and we in Nevada are blessed with the last of the best of what’s left. These great wide-open, unfenced swaths are the envy of the world. In most other places, if you want to hunt or fish, you’d better be a rich person with membership in a private club.


    Testimony in opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 1, March 2, 2015.

    Thomas Jefferson said we hold the land “in usufruct.” It is a fundamentally American value to protect wild and natural areas from destruction so that our children can experience the “uncontaminated purity and value of nature”.


    By taking away our public lands, we revert closer to pre-Revolutionary War European values, when hunting or fishing on the King’s land could be punishable by hanging. Today, these lands are open to and owned by all, rich or poor. And they remain out of cash-strapped Nevada’s reach to sell off for quick industrialization or to the 1% seeking to fashion themselves as new Lords of the Manor.


    I’m a 5th-generation Nevadan. I have hiked, biked, fished, hunted, camped, and backpacked all over this big beautiful state. I love driving to the end of the dirt road, finding a trail, and going into wild and open places as far as my legs and food will allow.


    I’ve also lived for several years on the east coast. I tried to get out on the land there whenever I could. But instead of trails and wild open places, here’s what you find in states without federal public lands:


    “NO TRESSPSASSING!” It means you and I are fenced out. It is the victory sign of ALEC and the Sagebrush Rebellion. And these signs will be springing up like mushrooms if SJR 1 is implemented, as more corporations wring short-term profits our of our wild places.


    If we convert federal public lands to state lands in places like the Pequop Mountains, they’ll be off limits to you and me quicker than you can say Newmont Mining Corporation.


    In addition, Nevada has demonstrated it is incapable of safeguarding our precious water, land, wildlife and other resources without federal intervention. If no federal lands are impacted, there’s no need for the National Environmental Policy Act to mandate a thorough review prior to making decisions. That is a developer’s dream. It also helps grease the skids for unprecedented abuses like the Las Vegas Water Grab.


    Since no federal agencies will be involved in managing state lands, it will fall on state agencies to do oversight. Let’s look at how well that’s working currently:


    The Division of Minerals is run by a commission comprised of those who profit from extractive industries. According to their website, the agency “is responsible for administering programs and activities to promote, advance, and protect mining and the development and production of petroleum and geothermal resources in Nevada.” Guess which agency is also responsible for inspecting and regulating Nevada’s emerging fracking industry? The Division of Minerals.


    The real impetus behind this effort is opening up more lands in Nevada for private plunder. Americans should never surrender the keys to the lockbox that holds our nation’s crown jewels.

  • WE RISE! March 11th in Carson City

    Join us for a day of action March 11th at Nevada State Legislature. Use the form below to RSVP!

    White Allies Training

    Getting ready for #March11 at UNR!




  • Don’t panic, Nevada is Ready for Immigration Action!

    Tonight we learned just how much courts matter.

    US District Judge Andrew Hanen, a GW Bush appointee who was hand-picked to hear a mean-spirited, politically motivated lawsuit against immigrant families, just issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation process of the new immigrant deferred action programs. The ruling possibly pushes back the start date for millions of immigrants workers to come forward, register, and apply for work permits, which is planned to begin as soon as February 18, 2015 for DREAMers.

    #DeportLaxalt rally in Las Vegas

    #DeportLaxalt rally in Las Vegas

    We’re confident the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will overturn the ruling, because hundreds of legal scholars have already determined that President Obama’s immigration action was completely lawful.

    Can you help us spread the word that undocumented Nevadans should still be ready to apply? This ruling is just a temporary set back, not the end.

    Share important information on Facebook

    Tweet your friends and say #NevadaIsReady for DACA and DAPA

    We hope you can join us Tuesday night with Congresswoman Dina Titus and the office of Senate Leader Harry Reid in Las Vegas (5pm, East Las Vegas Community Center) for a free DACA and DAPA community forum. We’ll provide updates on the lawsuit. We also have community forums in Winnemucca and Battle Mountain this week, it’s full steam ahead for immigration action…Nevada is ready!


    PS: Check out this great resource from our friends at United We Dream! Read it then share it!

  • Pay 2 Play free film screening

    Join us Wednesday January 21st for a free screening of the critically acclaimed film “PAY 2 PLAY”. The screening starts promptly at 6:30pm in the Knowledge Center Wells Fargo Auditorium on the campus of UNR in Reno.

    Click here to RSVP on facebook, feel free to share the flier below.



  • 2015 Progressive State of the State

    Join Progressives at SEIU Local 1107 in Las Vegas for the 2015 Progressive State of the State Tuesday, January 13th in Las Vegas. The address will be delivered by Assemblyman Jason Frierson in English and PLAN Organizing Director Astrid Silva in Spanish.


    If you can’t make the address in person, you can view it live on ProgressNow Nevada’s youtube channel. Click here to bookmark the page for quick access Tuesday.


    PSOS 2015 names-1


  • You are incredible

    On Monday morning we asked you to help us meet a fundraising challenge. If PLAN raised $10,000, a very generous pair of donors in Reno would match that amount.

    In just under 48 hours, we met our goal!

    We do what we do for love. Love of our state, love of our communities and love for you all. And it is because of your love and generosity we are able to push progressive leadership in Nevada and work every day for a more fair and just state for all to live.

    Please watch this video as a thank you and a tribute to your support, in both donations and volunteer time. We celebrated our 20th anniversary this year, and because of your love and investment, we are well on our way to 20 more.

  • $10,000 challenge

    Two longtime PLAN supporters, Marcy and Scott Jordan, have issued a challenge. They have offered to match any donations made to PLAN in honor of Bob’s dad, Chuck Fulkerson, until the end of the year.


    Can you help us meet their match by the end of the year with a gift today?


    They wrote:

    Chuck was a man of uncommon intelligence and compassion. Through his work with military members, veterans, and their families, he understood the problems of racism, sexism, bias based on gender identity, economic inequality, and environmental degradation. It was his lifelong mission to confront those issues with all the resources available to him. He also understood that these problems are interdependent and that no one of them can be solved without addressing them all. Chuck supported PLAN because PLAN shared his vision of a more free, just, and equitable society and works throughout the state to bring that vision to reality. We can think of no better way to honor Chuck’s memory than to support PLAN’s work, and to encourage others to do the same.

                                                                                        — Marcy and Scott Jordan


    We only have a few days left in 2015 to make our $10,000 challenge. Any donation amount, from $5 to $500 helps us reach out goal, please donate today!


    Chuck, Bob, Mike

  • Happy Holidays!

    We are incredibly grateful for the support of Nevadans all over the state. No matter where you are, or your holiday tradition, we hope you are surrounded by people you love.


    Happy Holidays,

    Bob, Theresa, Rosa, Stacey, Erica, Annie, Megan, Astrid, Laura, AJ, Rafael, Abe & Sabreena