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Nevadans React to Trump’s DACA Decision

Today, Donald Trump decided to end the DACA program that’s prevented the deportation of 800,000 young immigrants… Though Trump had Attorney General Jeff Sessions make the announcement for him. In the hours following the announcement, Nevadans sprang into action and vowed to continue fighting until Nevada’s 13,000 DACA recipients and their families can finally live without fear. (more…)

Nevadans to Dean Heller: Enjoy Your Retirement

As Congress prepares to return from its August recess, Nevada progressives gathered outside U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office on Tuesday to wish him a safe return to D.C. next week… And a happy retirement next year. To honor Senator Heller’s many flip-flops on a number of issues, they threw a retirement luau party complete with flip-flops, leis, and some light beachside reading materials. (more…)

Change Makers: Rafael Lopez on Fighting for Immigrant Rights and Preparing for Life After DACA

Rafael Lopez always knew he was different. What he didn’t know growing up was how this difference in immigration status would change his life. This week, Lopez is coming to terms with how his life may change yet again. What does Donald Trump’s decision on DACA mean for Lopez, and for some 13,000 other Nevadans? Lopez breaks down how we got here, and what immigrant communities must do next to fight Trump’s agenda. (more…)

Eye of the Storm: Can Congress Pass a Budget and Help for Harvey Victims in 12 Days?

Next Tuesday, Congress returns from its August Recess. From there, Congress only has twelve working days in the Capitol scheduled for September. Obviously, this calendar was devised before Hurricane Harvey. Still, one must ask: How on earth will they be able to pass a budget, advance some sort of “tax reform”, and pass emergency assistance for Harvey victims in such a short amount of time? (more…)

Hate in Nevada: UNLV Law’s Michael Kagan Corrects the Record on Nevada’s Immigrant Communities

It’s easy for U.S. citizens  to take their Constitutional rights for granted. But for many immigrants working to become citizens,the legal system they have to navigate, can be extremely frightening. That fear has only heightened since Donald Trump’s inauguration as President. What’s being done about it? UNLV Boyd Law School Professor Michael Kagan explains not only how UNLV’s Immigration Law Clinic works, but why these immigrants need this resource now more than ever before. (more…)

Change Makers: A Conversation with Rev. Stretch Sanders on Combating Hate in Nevada

As the nation still reels from last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, we spoke with someone who’s been at the forefront of combating the forces of hate here in Nevada. As a young African-American himself, how has Rev. Stretch Sanders experienced hate in Nevada? And as a movement leader who’s worked to bring people together, what advice does he have for the rest of us? (more…)

Guest Blog: Hate in Nevada – The Bundy Connection

By Mike McGreer Last weekend, the nation was rocked by the outburst of violence that white supremacists provoked in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Charlottesville tragedy is simply the latest in a long line of fascist, racist, bigoted and anti-government atrocities committed through the history of the United States. Sadly, some of this bigotry can be found dangerously close to home. (more…)