Tune in tomorrow to PLAN's Facebook page at 3:30pm to get an update from Erika on coronavirus relief packages at the federal level.
Saturday Protect the Post Office Rallies
Join PLAN Action and Indivisble Northern Nevada this upcoming Saturday, August 22, from 10am-12pm for a rally to protect the post office. We depend on postal workers for our mail, prescriptions and needed packages. Now they will help us vote safely and securely. We must support them. You can join in Reno at the main post office (2000 Vassar St) or message us pictures from your closest post office. Masks are required and distancing is expected. Learn more.
In Memory of Norm Harry: Norm Harry, three-term Tribal Chair of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and close friend and mentor to countless PLANistas, died peacefully at his home on the reservation on Tuesday, August 11 at the age of 65.
PLAN is especially grateful to Norm’s beloved wife, Beverly, with whom he would have celebrated 30 years of marriage on December 21, and his daughter, the inestimable Autumn Harry, for so freely sharing Norm with the rest of us.
Norm was involved with historic water settlement issues and Tribal government program management for more than 30 years, receiving numerous awards for his work in the environmental and Tribal leadership fields. There is not an environmental justice issue in Nevada that does not have Norm’s imprint on it; he was a recognized leader in the national environmental justice movement.
His voice was critical in stopping the Las Vegas Water Grab, as Norm set the example of Tribal elected leaders working with non-Native organizers in common cause. And just recently, he was working with the Great Basin Water Network on the Lake Powell Pipeline that also poses a serious threat to our precious groundwater. Norm served as Board Chair of Great Basin Mine Watch, and encouraged other Native leaders to get involved in protecting groundwater from insanely destructive gold mining.
Norm also dedicated a great deal of time to work with Beverly to uplift the civic engagement of Tribal communities, traveling throughout the state, speaking to other Tribal leaders about the importance of voting to protect the land.
Rental Assistance Now Available: Today State Treasurer Zach Conine announced that the state's rental assistance progam in response to COVID-19 is accepting applications statewide. The state is providing $30 million in short-term rental assistance with money received as a part of the CARES Act. You can learn more and apply at housing.nv.gov.
Note: Applications are on pause for Clark County as they catch up on processing, but is still open for the rest of the state.
Resilience 2020 T-Shirt Contest:This year more than ever has shown us we are resilient. We are seeing what’s possible when we act with our community to envision a future that works for ALL of us. Our resilience is creating a new normal. By showcasing our communities strength and creativity, design your idea of what our resilient community looks like! The winner’s design will be printed on shirts to wear when we cast our VOTES this November, & onward into the fight for liberation.
The Details:The top 5 submissions will be chosen by PLAN Action staff, and then the final 5 will be posted on PLAN Action’s social media where YOU can cast your vote on your favorite! The winner will also receive $500.
Environmental Justice Meeting: Join the environmental justice team next Thursday, August 27, from 5pm-6pm for the monthly meeting. In light of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will be talking about how BIPOC get left out of disaster relief. We will also be discussing increasing climate impacts in terms of heat and abandoned mines as a long term environmental disaster. Register at bit.ly/PLANenv.
Michele Fiore is Bad for Business: Send a message to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to remove Michele Fiore from their board. Fiore was recently forced to resign from her position as Mayor Pro-tem because of her penchant for making racist comments. Fiore cannot represent Las Vegas on the world stage, it is time to remove her from LVCVA. Send a message today!