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Opinion: Authentic Patriotism

By Victor Rivera What is authenticity? My personal take is that when it comes to people, authenticity is the behavior that comes from a person which is natural to them and relates to people in a way that that is upfront and honest. I finish my personal definition by adding that this behavior is not forced or coerced. To be a small child and be told that you have to hug your older relative is a nice gesture, but that…

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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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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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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…)

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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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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…)

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Guest Blog: Understanding Charlottesville – How Did We Learn to Hate?

By Dr. Michael Green In April 1861, America went to war with itself. The Confederates were determined to preserve its institution of slavery that judged a person’s worth by the color of one’s skin. Though their army would ultimately be defeated four years later, their ideology persisted in finding new ways to enforce laws based on hate. In August 2017, white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville. The marching and violence in Charlottesville last weekend were about history: the proposed removal of…

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Opinion: Patriots Betrayed

By Matthew DeFalco Last week began as a normal week for the tens of thousands of LGBTQIA American service members. Until it wasn't. Some woke up in the morning and exercised with their comrades, put on their uniforms with pride, and went to work. Others worked through the night in dangerous combat zones around the world, protecting and defending the rest of us, here in America. And then, something happened that they won't ever forget. (more…)