Social Justice

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…)

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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…)

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Change Makers: Chispa Nevada’s Katherine Lorenzo on the Intersection of Economic and Environmental Justice

For years, many have made the assumption that communities of color don’t care about environmental justice. “That’s just something white limousine liberals care about.” Katherine Lorenzo is here to disabuse us of that notion and explain the environmental issues affecting working-class communities of color today. (more…)

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Van Jones and Green for All Rally with Chispa for Clean Buses for Nevada Students

"It is very hard to learn when you can not breathe." That’s the message Green for All founder Van Jones had for Governor Brian Sandoval (R) last Saturday. He joined Chispa Nevada and over 100 grassroots community activists in Las Vegas to call on the State of Nevada to invest in cleaner school buses for Nevada students. (more…)

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Broken Promises: Nevadans Condemn Ryan Zinke Shutting Them Out of Monuments Review

Hours after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke abruptly left Nevada, Southern Nevada elected officials and local public lands advocates gathered in Las Vegas to express their outrage. Zinke had promised two days worth of meetings with environmentalists, Native Americans, and elected leaders to discuss Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments. Instead, Zinke left them hanging. (more…)

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Broken Promises: Ryan Zinke Avoids Key Local Officials During Tour of Nevada Monuments

In June, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to meet with key stakeholders when he’d return to Nevada to tour the two Nevada monuments included in the Trump Administration’s review. In July, Zinke left these local stakeholders off his agenda… again. Let’s dig deeper into the two key promises Zinke made in June, promises that Zinke would break one month later. (more…)

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Nevadans to Trump Administration: “Leave Our Monuments Alone”

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to return to Nevada later this month, as the Trump Administration continues its review of 24 National Monuments. In advance of Zinke’s return, Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas) and Dina Titus (D-Paradise) joined several other Nevadans in making clear to the White House they want Nevada’s Monuments left alone. (more…)

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Change Makers: PLAN Organizer Erika Castro on Activism and Intersectionality in the Age of Trump

Erika Castro knew from a young age that she was different. She was initially rejected from CSN because she didn’t have a Social Security number. She even struggled with depression. But when she met other DREAMers and realized she wasn’t alone, Erika Castro caught “the activist bug”. Find out how she became such a dedicated and visible activist. (more…)

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Federal Monuments Review Comment Period Closes as Basin and Range National Monument Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

Last night, the Department of the Interior closed public comment on the administration’s controversial review of the designations of Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments and other monuments across the country. Ironically, this came on the same day as  the second anniversary of Basin and Range National Monument’s designation. Much to the White House’s chagrin, public comments were overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the monuments in place. (more…)