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Building off legislative success, interfaith group eyes new set of social concerns

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L.E. Baskow

Christ Church Episcopal members cheer as they are introduced during the Nevadans for the Common Good second community convention gathering at the Cashman Center on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

2014 Nevadans for the Common Good

Rev. Bernardo Iniesta-Avila and Rev. Dr. Candace Lansberry brief the attendees as the Nevadans for the Common Good gather at the Cashman Center for their second community convention on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  He is with All Saints Episcopal Church and she is the north district superintendent, desert southwest conference, of the United Methodist Church. Launch slideshow »

Elder issues. Immigration. Education. Human trafficking.

These issues touch hundreds of thousands of people in the Las Vegas Valley.

On Tuesday night, more than 1,500 people — from elected officials to church-going families — came to the Cashman Center Theater to show their support for Nevadans for the Common Good's efforts to assist Las Vegans struggling with these issues.

Two years ago, Nevadans for the Common Good began as a group of 12 faith-based organizations dedicated to working collaboratively to effect change. The nonprofit group has grown to 33 member organizations.

At the group's second convention Tuesday night, representatives of faith- and community-based organizations lauded NCG's victories — including lobbying for and helping to pass Assembly Bill 67, which strengthened Nevada's laws regarding sex trafficking. It was signed into law in 2013.

Speakers also issued challenges to several elected and appointed officials, seeking their support to continue working on social issues that affect valley residents. Among them:

• Elder abuse in unlicensed group homes

• Public transportation issues facing the elderly, disabled and veterans

• Respite care and family caregivers

• Immigration

• Education

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