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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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By Invitation Only: Jeff Sessions Comes to Las Vegas, Meets with Private Audience

On a hot Wednesday morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions slipped into Las Vegas to do an event with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) and local law enforcement officials. Only select elected leaders were invited to participate. And even though some media were present, neither Sessions nor Laxalt took any questions from the press. (more…)

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May Day Rally Draws Thousands to Las Vegas Strip

On Monday about 8,000 demonstrators marched on the Las Vegas Strip, then continued on Flamingo Road to the off-Strip Palms Casino. While Donald Trump’s actions played a hand in drawing people to the May Day march, organizers aimed to deliver a broader message. They sought to show unity across the labor movement and civil rights movement in this new era of progressive resistance. (more…)

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Every Voice Matters: Catherine Cortez Masto Opens up at Her Las Vegas Town Hall

Within 36 hours, Nevada had both its U.S. Senators do town halls on both ends of the state. The twist? On Monday, Senator Dean Heller (R) made a rare public appearance in Reno and struggled to provide clear answers to constituents’ questions. On Tuesday, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D) promised more accessibility and transparency during her freewheeling conversation with constituents at Las Vegas City Hall. (more…)

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The State of Reform: A Conversation on Criminal Justice in #NVLeg with Assembly Member Daniele Monroe-Moreno

There’s been plenty of talk about the sharp focus on criminal justice reform in the Nevada Legislature this session. Why does this matter? Why should our state spend any more time on criminal justice? And why has a bill banning private prisons attracted attention? I spoke with that bill’s sponsor about private prisons and criminal justice reform in Nevada. (more…)

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Power to the People: Notes on Democracy Reform and Latinx Citizen Lobby Day at the Nevada Legislature

Monday featured not one, but multiple citizen lobby days in the Nevada Legislature. Firefighters, Latinx activists, and campaign finance reform activists all made their voices heard inside and outside the Legislative Building. I followed along with groups from Democracy Day and Latinx Lobby Day. Here’s what happened. (more…)

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Immigrant Rights Debate Takes #NVLeg by Storm with Senator Yvanna Cancela’s SB 223

It’s already one of the hottest bills in the Nevada Legislature, even though it will likely be amended to apply statewide what multiple police departments claim they are already doing. So why are opponents quick to label SB 223 “controversial”? I asked Senator Yvanna Cancela (D-Las Vegas) directly. See for yourself what the pro-immigrant bill’s sponsor has to say. (more…)