The festival, which will foster understanding across communities by featuring music, performances, art, food and vendors from many different cultures, is a powerful rebuke to the alarming rise in hate crimes and divisive rhetoric
WHAT: Communities United Multicultural Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, 4-9 p.m.
WHERE: Clark County Government Center Amphitheater
500 S Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas
On Saturday, Sept. 9, thousands of Nevadans are expected to attend the massive “Communities United Multicultural Festival” which celebrates the state’s diversity and encourages civic engagement, voter participation, and understanding across racial and identity lines. The festival will feature thrilling live performances, music, art, children’s activities, food and vendors from many diverse cultures.
Over 100 partners are helping to coordinate the sprawling festival, including major unions, companies and grassroots organizations from the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander; Black; Latino; indigenous and LGBTQ+ communities. In addition to the cultural festivities, there will be opportunities to register to vote; get information about key electoral issues; and learn about citizenship training.
“The message and vision of our Communities United Multicultural Festival is one of joy, harmony and hope — that Americans won’t let ourselves be divided by hate, but rather we celebrate our diverse cultures,” said Grace Vergara-Mactal, Executive Director of Nevada’s largest healthcare and public service union, SEIU Local 1107, which is hosting the festival along with community partners.
This year’s celebration has taken on even more urgency as Nevadans have confronted: soaring hate crimes such as the attack a few months ago on an elderly Filipino man; Clark County School District police brutality against Black students; and increasingly hostile rhetoric against the rights of women, communities of color and LGBTQ+ people. Organizers are aiming to counteract this division and discord, and create an event full of creativity and inspiration to generate positive social change.
“We live in a country that celebrates diversity and unity, and it’s crucial that we remember that,” said Gloria T. Caoile, co-founder of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. “America’s strength lies in its open arms that welcome people from all walks of life. Our unique stories and backgrounds only add to the rich tapestry of our nation. People of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ individuals are integral threads in the fabric of our communities, weaving in their contributions every day to help Nevada flourish. Our Communities United Multicultural Festival serves as a beacon of recognition and respect for these diverse contributions, sending a resounding message of unity.”
“Our Communities United Multicultural Festival is occurring one year out from historic elections and intends to motivate people to vote at unprecedented levels, especially union members, youth and people of color,” said Michelle Maese, President of SEIU Local 1107. “Nevada is one of the most critical battleground states in the nation, with elections next year for congressional offices, state senate and assembly, the courts, school board, Board of Regents, mayor and city council, in addition to the presidency and multiple ballot measures. We’re declaring that Nevadans refuse to fall for the politics of division and are instead uniting around our shared values.”
Partner organizations include:
African Chamber of Commerce and TourismAfrican Diaspora of Las Vegas (ADOLV)All Voting is LocalAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLU NV)Angels of Las VegasAsian Community Resource Center (ACRC)Balayan Las Vegas AssociationBamboo BridgesBattle Born ProgressBe Smart for KidsBikolnon AssociationBlack Joy ConsultingBlack Leadership CollectiveBlue Cross Blue Shield NevadaCarpenters UnionCavite Association of NevadaChilean American Association of NevadaChispa NevadaClark County Education Association (CCEA)Common Tree LVCommunity Services of Nevada (CSNV)Culinary Union Local 226Culinary Academy of Las VegasDemocratic Socialist of America Las VegasDepartment of Family ServicesEchoEcubeEmerge NevadaEverytown Survivor NetworkFaith Organizing AllianceFilipino-American Scholarship Foundation and Outreach Services (FASFOS)Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Nevada (FACCGN) Filipino American EducatorsFoodie FestFor Our FutureHispanics in PoliticsHumanaInternational Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)IndigenousAFIlocano American Association of NevadaKids CornerLabor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)Las Vegas ExpoLovee Inc.Make The RoadMass LiberationMi Familia VotaMoms Demand ActionNAACPNational Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) NVNational Action Network (NAN)National Domestic Workers AllianceNational Juneteenth Observance FoundationNative Voters AllianceNehemiah MinistriesNevada Conservation LeagueNevada Esports Education LeagueNevada Health LinkNevada State AFL-CIONevada Women in TradesNo Racism in SchoolsNational Organization for Women (NOW)The Obodo Collective One APIA NevadaOutreach Service NevadaPalm MortuariesPlumbers and Pipefitters Local 525Power PortraitsProgressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)Promotoras Las VegasRising Asian Pacific Americans Coalition for Diversity (RAPACD)Red Desert CollectiveRed Rock Vegas TimesSanta Maria Ilocos Sur Association of Nevada (SMISAN)Seek Jesus First MinisterSEIU AAPI CaucusSEIU Local 1107Seven Lakes InternationalSilver State EqualitySilver State HealthSing Out For AutismSpring Valley High School Key ClubTamaitai Polenisia Samora LV (Heart of Polynesian)Teamsters Local 986Teriyaki BoyThe Stretch for Change FoundationThe Wealthy Place Ministries LVTransport Workers UnionVegas +Vegas FABVietnamese American Community of Las VegasYouth Voice of Nevada
SEIU Nevada Local 1107 is the largest healthcare and public service union in the state, representing nearly 20,000 workers. Together, SEIU 1107 members fight for good union jobs, quality services and a better quality of life for all working Nevadans.