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From December 2013 through the following year, Elvira Diaz spent an hour every Friday outside the federal courthouse in Reno and later Republican Rep. ‘s office with a table, a Bible and a bowed head.

With their “justice for immigrants” sign, Diaz and rotating representatives from community groups weathered the four seasons as they prayed that government officials would support progressive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers.

But Diaz got tired of that approach.

Diaz has since abandoned her public prayers — though she continues praying for government officials privately — and has instead focused more of her time on community organizing and mobilizing voters, including for her own campaign this year for Ward 3 of the Sparks City Council, placing third in the primary election and narrowly missing the two available spots on the  general election ballot.

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