• Feb 6th Edition of The Planista!

     

     

    Welcome to our first Winter edition of The Planista! We’ve had a packed season so far. Look at all the stuff we’ve been working on in Nevada this new year!

    Our Vegas staff got to come up and hang at the Reno Women’s March!

    Reno’s Woman’s March on Washington

    Reno’s Women’s March on Washington took place downtown on January 21st. Police estimated 10,000 participants during the march. We were most excited to see so many new faces join us in solidarity. We were also excited to join so many other states and cities that participated and marched as well. PLAN helped organize with Action Together Northern Nevada to make a successful event! Below are some great pictures of the event. Thank you to our amazing

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    Our strong Planista women!

     

     

    State of the State

    The Progressive State of the State in Las Vegas

    PLAN was excited to hold our 2017 Progressive Sate of the State address on January 10th in Las Vegas and on January 26th in Reno! Both events were packed with concerned community members ready to get involved!

    Progressive State of State in Reno

    During the address, we lifted up our legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Our priority bills include automatic voter registration, ban the box, raising the minimum wage, pay equity, and healthy basins. In both Las Vegas and in Reno, Autumn Harry presented the address. We are really excited to get started on these bills in February.

     

     

     

     

     

    PLAN on Immigration

    Open Forum in Las Vegas!

     

     

    Since the election, PLAN has been actively engaging the immigrant community so that they know their rights and so they can begin their road to citizenship. In collaboration with Hermandad Mexicana in Las Vegas, we hosted an information session with almost 100 people in attendance. Lawyers were onsite to answer the pressing legal questions that the undocumented community has. We also continued our naturalization work, both in Reno and Las Vegas, with 2 citizenship fairs. We were able to help close to 50 people with the help of more than 30 volunteers and lawyers.

    Information forum in Reno!

    In Reno, PLAN in conjunction with the ACLU, LiUNA Labor’s union, Hermaindad Guatemalteca, and Ellas’ representative, Martha Torres did a community forum at Little Flower church January 13th. Over 80 folks came out to ask questions and to listen to community leaders explain what rights they have. This helped many Reno immigrant residents who had worries over the new administration’s policies.

    Claudia Castañeda explains the services PLAN’s Immigration program provides in Reno!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DACA Student forum

    On Monday November 21st, PLAN along with The Center, Every Student, Every Story, lead an open immigration forum for the University of Nevada Reno students and faculty. The forum was assembled after The Center found many DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students had many fears and concerns after the president elect was named. Rosa Molina and Claudia Castañeda lead the discussion where 40 people gathered to receive information and to have their questions answered. Attorney Steve Brazelton called in and also answered questions. PLAN was excited to inform faculty and help put students on campus at ease.

     

     

     

    Earth 2 Trump!

    Packed house at the Earth2Trump event!

    On January 6th in Reno, we hosted the event Earth2Trump. The traveling tour put on by The Center for Biological Diversity featured local music, artists, organizations, and speakers. The event was held to not only empower Nevada’s communities, but to bring likeminded folks together and encourage us to continue to work together as the new administration enters the White House.

    Ellen Moore hosts Earth2Trump!

     

    Trainings

    On November 17th and 18th PLAN lead a community organizing training in Reno and in Las Vegas. These trainings were to inform our volunteers and to help them to become better organizers within our Nevada communities.

    Trainers from People’s Action trained groups from both, Reno and Las Vegas!

    Trainers from People’s Action in Chicago, including  Laurel Wells and  Pamela Twist came down to present the trainings. PLAN organizers, Escenthio Marigny and Erika Castro also helped with presentations. PLAN was able to train 20 leaders!

     

    Peacekeeper’s training in Las Vegas!

    PLAN hosted a peacekeepers training on January 7th for the Reno’s Women’s March on Washington. Over 20 folks showed up to participate in the training and take an active part in the march. Along with how to deescalate intense situations, participants also learned the importance of data collection and the role of an energy teams during demonstrations.

     

     

     

     

    Resist Trump Tuesdays!

    PLAN will be joining The Working Families party every Tuesday at noon at the Federal building in Reno Nevada. Every Tuesday we will have a different ask in our persistence to resist the unfair policies of the new administration. Please join us!

    That’s it for now! Next time we will have more on the legislative session, upcoming trainings, and on immigration!

    Until then, if you’re excited as we are about getting work done here in Nevada, please consider contributing a financial gift. Every dollar helps! You can donate here !

  • 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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