Latino advocacy group denounces racism, demands extension of eviction moratorium to immigrants

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Protests took place at four locations around the Las Vegas valley Monday to condemn racism and ask for support to help the Latino community rebound following job losses.

According to the Latino advocacy group, Make the Road Nevada protests were held to put a focus on how immigrants have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The protesters are calling on the state to extend its moratorium for evictions to immigrants.

Organizers say some people are being singled out and harassed because they are immigrants and there is fear they will be kicked out of their homes because they have no protection to avoid that.

At the Regional Justice Center, the protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “cancel rent – make them pay.” Felipe Silva, the housing justice organizer for Make the Road Nevada, said all people of color must be treated with respect, dignity and the urgency that is given to large corporations or the rich.

“As Las Vegas enters Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, local communities of color and immigrants are still suffering to get back on their feet and many are putting themselves in danger. President Trump’s response has failed to both protect the public and provide relief,” Silva said.

Aside from the Regional Justice Center, the news conferences and protests took place McDonald’s headquarters, Container Park in downtown Las Vegas and ICE/Dept. of Homeland security office.

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