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2017 in Review, Part 3: Looking Forward to the New Year

2017 is a year that will be incredibly hard to forget. From the nation's bombastic new President to Nevada's groundbreaking legislative session, this year was one of tremendous change. Believe it or not, this may just the beginning. Below, we’ll do a sneak preview of what 2018 will likely bring. Fasten your seatbelts, Nevada, as the new year is certain to give us another wild ride. (more…)

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2017 in Review, Part 1: Resistance, Silver State Style

In 2017, Nevada became a key state for “The Resistance” to push back against Trump Administration policies, from immigrant rights to renewable energy and marijuana legalization. This week, we’ll be remembering the moments that made 2017 a year that none of us can forget. Let’s begin with a review of how Nevadans reacted to the first days of the Trump Presidency, and why the 2017 legislative session broke new ground here at home. (more…)

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Clean Bus Advocates Deliver Signatures to Governor Sandoval

After a year-long campaign to raise awareness and build support, Chispa Nevada and community allies announced that they collected over 4,000 signed petitions in support of Chispa’s “Clean Buses Healthy Niños” campaign to replace old diesel powered school buses with cleaner electric buses. Now that these petitions have been delivered to Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) office, it’s up to him whether or not to direct some of the state’s share of Volkswagen Settlement funds to help school districts across the…

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Faith Organizing Alliance Hosts Education Town Hall in West Las Vegas

On Tuesday, the Las Vegas based Faith Organizing Alliance held a community town hall at the Historic Westside School to discuss public education in Southern Nevada’s African-American communities. They invited a panel of experts to speak about what the state is doing to improve public education, and what still must be done to make education more equitable for communities of color. (more…)

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As Goes Virginia, So Goes Nevada? Notes on the 2017 Election Results

Until now, there’s been a lot of speculation over how voters would respond to President Donald Trump’s actions and Congressional Republicans’ agenda. Yesterday, voters in Virginia, New Jersey, and other states provided some answers. One year after Trump himself won the Presidential Election, voters across the nation rebuked Republicans who campaigned on Trump’s platform. What does this mean for our own election next year? Let’s review last night’s results, and examine the clues they have for us in Nevada. (more…)

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Change Makers: Karl Catarata on Life After Gun Violence

Today, Karl Catarata is an accomplished UNLV student and community activist. In 2014, he was a high school student who rushed to save his family from what would become one of Nevada’s most notorious shooting incidents. Catarata recently opened up to us about surviving that mass shooting, escaping another mass shooting three years later, and how his personal experience with gun violence has affected him. (more…)

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Opinion: The New Norm of Violence

By Victor Rivera I’m glad to say that the greater Las Vegas community has responded to the Route 91 tragedy in a way that made me proud of my hometown. I volunteered on campus at UNLV to help collect supplies for victims and first responders. Everywhere, I was hearing stories of that civic pride like lines of people to donate blood stretched for blocks or that some centers that were collecting supplies were indeed already full. A shocking event happened,…

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New Study, Same Old Problem: A Look Inside Nevada Schools’ Achievement Gap

Today, local children’s advocates released a new study that points to alarming inequities across our public infrastructure, including K-12 education. Though overall student achievement remains a major problem, it’s even more severe in communities of color. Why are students of color at a disadvantage, and what can be done about it? We look deeper into the numbers to find answers. (more…)

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Change Makers: Moms Demand Action’s Elizabeth Becker on Her Continuing Work to End Gun Violence in Nevada

Elizabeth Becker did not originally plan to work on gun violence prevention. Instead, like so many other gun safety activists, the issue found her. Since then, Becker has been on the front line in fights to expand background checks and prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands. After the October 1 shooting, Nevada’s gun laws received national attention, particularly a voter approved initiative that has not been enforced since the last election. We speak with Becker about not…