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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

SOLAR POWERED TACO TRUCKS ON EVERY CORNER

DURING THE FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, LOCAL VOICES, LATINX COMMUNITY LEADERS AND RACIAL JUSTICE LEADERS ADVOCATE FOR CLEAN ENERGY

Oct. 18, 2016

LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, October 19, community members and racial justice leaders will gather with a solar-powered taco truck outside the third presidential debate to raise awareness about the importance of solar as an economic boon and job creator.

Solar is an economic success story little talked about this election cycle. It is responsible for one out of every 80 jobs created since the Great Recession — with great potential for growth (currently, solar only generates less than 1 percent of the U.S.’s electricity). Until recently, Nevada was considered a leader in solar and enjoyed the highest solar jobs per capita in the nation in 2014, many of which were filled by members of the Latinx community. Last year, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission’s, at the urging of NV Energy, reversed its net metering policy, hitting solar employment hard. Thousands of jobs left the state.

Nevada is an important case study to illustrate why clean energy should be part of the final presidential debate. Join us to find out why solar matters to the people of Nevada at the future of our economy.

"Presente.org firmly believes that the power of the sun should belong to everyone. For Latinxs that doesn’t just mean benefiting peripherally from a new clean energy economy, it means being the leaders and deciders of it. We don’t want to be just the labor (the braceros) that builds a clean energy economy, we want to be part-owners and innovators of it,” explained Presente.org’s executive director, Matt Nelson

WHAT: Solar-powered taco truck, solar panels, bilingual signs, and photo booth

WHERE: Near UNLV - the parking lot of the Grove (no affiliation)
4647 Swenson St.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
3:00-6:00pm PT

INTERVIEWS (available in English and Spanish):
Eric Chavez, Cesar Chavez’ eldest grandson, who sees the solar fight as the continuation of his grandfather’s work.
Matt Nelson, Executive Director of Presente.org to talk about the national implications of Nevada's solar fight.

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Presente’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice. Presente is the largest national Latinx online organization advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.