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Articles in Community Activism

In the black community the term "community activism" is about people in communities creating opportunities for growth and change with deliberate movement towards ends, which they determine. In the process increasing their critical awareness, knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Cedric Williams, A True Legacy Builder

by Naiomi Pitre on

Due to all of the work that Cedric has done in the community, he was recently given an award and named a Legacy Builder by the NAACP.... Read full article

OPINION-EDITORIAL: Yes We Can With Tanya Flanagan

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Tanya Flanagan, a 20-year resident of North Las Vegas, has tossed her hat in the ring for the seat of Clark County Commission District D, currently held by Lawrence Weekly who will term out next year.... Read full article

One Vote. One Voice.

by Joseph C. Abraham on

Specifically, the objective of the “One Vote. One Voice.” voter engagement campaign is to increase voter participation in historically disenfranchised populations, as well as, communities of color throughout Southern Nevada.  ... Read full article

Organization Overview: Mass Liberation Project powered by P.L.A.N.

by Leslie Ann Turner on

Mass Liberation is a group of community members who work together to dismantle mass incarceration--through various avenues--while centering Black Liberation. ... Read full article

PROFILE: Monica Trujillo, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Running for District Court judge in Department #3, Trujillo desires to serve as a trial judge where she feels she can have the greatest impact.  If elected, she plans on ruling with compassion, integrity and respect.... Read full article

Committed to Serve the Community Who Molded Her: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I want people to remember that the power of the people will always be more than the people in power.  Everyone’s vote is equal.  No one vote or voter has more power than the next vote or voter,” Belinda emphasizes.... Read full article

PROFILE: Adriana Rincon White, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

In the 2020 election, Adriana Rincon White will be running for the judicial seat in District Court - Family Division in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas).... Read full article

Faith and Family Have Always Guided Cory Booker

by Carolyn Booker on

The truth is, that is who Cory has always been -- someone who brings people together to get things done for people who are struggling and who have been left out and left behind. ... Read full article

INTEGRITY | LEADERSHIP | GRIT: Ricky Gourrier, Sr.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Ricky Gourrier took advantage of the chance to work as a paid intern in the Communications Department for Senator Harry Reid, who was the Senate Minority Leader at the time. ... Read full article

PROFILE: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

"While there are certainly offenses that mandate incarceration, often we are using this as a default for people we just don’t know how to help,” Carli Kierny, Chief Deputy Public Defender for Clark County, explains her position on justice reform.... Read full article

I Care Because I’ve Been There: Dedree “Dee” Butler, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As an attorney (Dedree Butler, Esq.) practicing in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office for the past decade, she is now running for Family Court Judge in Department J in the upcoming November elections.... Read full article

The Judiciary: Part 1 of a 4-Part Series on Government in the State of Nevada

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The Judicial branch of the government is responsible for interpreting the law. While that sounds like a relatively simple task the justice system relies on a multi-leveled court system. ... Read full article

Brenda J. Williams Day, June 5, 2019

by Councilman Cedric Crear on

Brenda J. Williams is a living model of Las Vegas history. She has been a significant trailblazer in Las Vegas, from integrating both the banking industry in 1963, as well as the workforce at the State of Nevada DMW in 1966. ... Read full article

PROFILE: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Belinda T. is unafraid of initiating the difficult conversations that are necessary. She understands that what she may have to say and do could go against popular opinion, and certain decisions can be very hard to make. ... Read full article

Cyntoia Brown Set to Walk Free From Prison Next Week

by Naiomi Pitre on

As a result to the public outcry, the 49th Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted Brown clemency and commuted her sentence in January of 2019. He went on record, stating that Cyntoia Brown’s life sentence was “too harsh.”... Read full article

Equal Representation for All: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Carli Kierny explains “It exists in the justice system as higher rates of arrest for black people, higher rates of conviction, and longer criminal histories than their white counterparts.  I am committed to combating the effects of white privilege."... Read full article

In memoriam: Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson

by Joseph C. Abraham on

Nevada Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson remembered by the community, including Jared Clark, Esq., Roxann McCoy, China Hudson, Quincy Branch, Trina Jiles, Kelvin Atkinson, and Steven Horsford in a touching tribute to his lasting legacy of excellence.... Read full article

PROFILE: Dedree Butler, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

A strong passion for family law and criminal defense drew Dedree “Dee” Butler into the legal field, where she has been practicing as an attorney in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office.... Read full article

The Elimination of "Cash Bail"

by Belinda T. Harris, Esq. on

Why should you concern yourself with voting in the upcoming Primary Election?  Why should you concern yourself with ensuring that the right candidates are elected to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court? ... Read full article

PROFILE: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As Lilly-Spells runs for a seat on the Eighth Judicial District Court in Department 23, she plans on offering a unique approach to administering justice and serving her community. She believes in balancing compassion with just punishment.... Read full article

Attorney General Ford Launches New Public Information Campaign on Expanded Voting Rights

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Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Ford announced a new public information campaign to educate Nevadans about recently-passed legislation that expands voting rights to people formerly incarcerated. ... Read full article

Service to All Mankind – AKAs Leading the Way

by Berna Rhodes, Ford, Esq. on

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (known as “AKA”) is the nation’s first African-American Greek-letter sorority, founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University. ... Read full article

Justice in Policing

by Congressman Steven Horsford on

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement...... Read full article

PROFILE: Fikisha Miller, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As far as District Court, Department 19, Fikisha Miller will bring all of her past experiences with her to the bench.  She has held positions as a judicial commissioner, general counsel for a construction firm, and even as a juror in a civil trial.... Read full article

Nevada Governor Signs the Strongest Compensation Law in the Country

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Governor Steve Sisolak signed a law to compensate innocent Nevadans who were wrongfully incarcerated for crimes they did not commit (Assembly Bill 267). Nevada is the 35th state in the nation to enact a compensation law.... Read full article

Organization Overview: Legal Observer's in Las Vegas

by Christopher Peterson on

NLG members are legal workers, law students, and attorneys. It is important to remember that “legal workers” is a broad category, including legal secretaries, paralegals, investigators, social workers working in the legal field...... Read full article

Economic Opportunity Board Town Hall Hopes To Create A Bright Future For Residents

by Alexis Toone on

LAS VEGAS, NV – June 23, 2019 – The Economic Opportunity Board hosted their Town Hall Event at the Pearson Center to unveil their new vision, mission, and image in hopes of also connecting and engaging with the community. ... Read full article

A Pathway to the American Dream

by Deval Patrick on

"Renewing the American Dream requires we deliver on our bold campaign proposals: an Opportunity Agenda to grow our economy, create better jobs, create wealth for more people in more places" - Deval Patrick... Read full article

Government for the People, by the People: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Jasmin Lilly-Spells has demonstrated her exemplary legal expertise while working as a practicing trial attorney, working in the trenches and handling all aspects of her cases.  She has shown an even and fair judicial temperament.... Read full article

How Much Is Enough?

by Dr. Gerald Curry on

In this article I’m asking a very simple question, “How much is enough?” After watching the family in Phoenix, Arizona be verbally and physically accosted for their four-year-old picking up a toy doll, in a store, was flooded with emotions.... Read full article

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