Celebrating Nebraska Immigrants: Two Cultures in One Chile Relleno

This blog is written by Nebraska Appleseed summer intern Vivian P. Alvarado. Patricia Vazquez Leyva and her husband Antonio de la Rosa own Durango Style, a food stand in Lincoln’s Haymarket. They immigrated to the United States at different times and their stories and experiences are different. Yet, they both immigrated to the United States to give their son the… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new Weitz Fellow Mika Takamori!

Mika Takamori recently joined Appleseed as the new Weitz Fellow. In the midst of the pandemic, she graduated from Carleton College with a Studio Art degree and a History minor. She has lived in a few cities including Tokyo, San Francisco, and Minneapolis and is excited to now be exploring Lincoln!   She is passionate about figuring out how to… Read more →

You’re invited: SNAP Emergency Allotment Press Conference

My name is Megan and I am the new Economic Justice Community Organizer at Nebraska Appleseed. I am honored to join this dedicated group of individuals who advocate for food access in our state. I am writing today to invite you to watch our upcoming SNAP Emergency Allotment Press Conference happening tomorrow morning. In this conference, you will have the… Read more →

All Nebraska Families Need COVID-19 Relief

We are all feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including our immigrant neighbors We need relief during a pandemic. While previous federal COVID-relief efforts have brought support and protection to some, millions of immigrant families have been excluded and continue to struggle during the pandemic across the country. Mixed-status families were excluded from federal COVID-19 relief, even if one… Read more →

Resources Available: Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Goes Into Effect

On Friday, September 4, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an order placing a nationwide moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent through the end of the year. The order went into effect the same day, and provides much-needed protections for Nebraskan families. As many as 107,000 Nebraska renters at risk of eviction Previous measures… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, September 10, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments For many Nebraskans, the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continues LINCOLN, NE – As of September 10, 2020, Nebraska remains to be the only state not to extend SNAP emergency allotments to individuals… Read more →

What’s happening on Welcoming Week in your community?

Welcoming Week is a chance for neighbors — both immigrants and U.S.-born residents — to come together, get to know one another, and celebrate what unites us as a community! This year’s theme for Welcoming Week is “Creating Home Together.” Home is not just a house — it’s any place where you feel safe and accepted: in your neighborhood, in… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Support Crucial COVID-19 Relief

Many of the essential protections in the CARES Act, passed in March, have now expired, yet  Nebraskans continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. While the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, the Senate has yet to act to  provide critical and inclusive relief to thousands of Nebraskans, including Black and Latinx communities who have… Read more →

Take Action: Emergency food is still needed across Nebraska

Nebraska was the ONLY state in the country to not extend SNAP emergency benefits for families who need support to buy groceries through the month of August. Every other state has acted to continue these benefits. As Nebraskans continue to feel the economic impacts of COVID-19, why should struggling families here be cut off from the vital assistance every other… Read more →

Grants available for Nebraska schools meeting nutrition needs during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to push school nutrition programs to their limits, No Kid Hungry and Nebraska Appleseed are excited to announce a funding opportunity to support providing food and nutrition to Nebraska families and children. This grant is open on a rolling basis and can offer funds ranging from $5,000 – $50,000. Funds are intended to support programs… Read more →

RELEASE: Organizations Urge Nebraska Governor to Continue Providing Food Relief for Nebraskans Hurt by COVID-19

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, August 20, 2020 For questions about P-EBT and SNAP, Contact: Eric Savaiano Economic Justice Program Manager, Food and Nutrition Access O: (402) 438-8853 x 126 esavaiano@neappleseed.org Media Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Organizations Urge Nebraska Governor to Continue Providing Food Relief for Nebraskans Hurt by COVID-19 Reopen the application for… Read more →

2020 Wrap Up: Legislature adjourns sine die

Last Thursday, the Legislature adjourned sine die. They will not officially return until the start of a new legislative session in January. The last few days were filled with farewells to term-limited senators and final votes on remaining bills on final reading. Appleseed saw a few of our priority bills pass last week, too, and those bills have since been… Read more →

The FFCRA: Back-to-School Edition

Paid leave available for some working parents with children out of school or childcare due to COVID-19 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was the first aid package passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FFCRA contains paid leave provisions related to the pandemic. The provision that has gotten the most attention provides expanded paid sick… Read more →

RELEASE: New national report highlights the need for urgent protections in meat and poultry plants

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, August 13, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Mobile: 402-504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Kria Sakakeeny Mobile: 401-359-2219 ksakakeeny@oxfamamerica.org New national report highlights need for urgent protections in meat and poultry plants A new Oxfam America report features interviews with dozens of workers nationwide who cite dangerous practices in plants, as thousands of workers continue to contract COVID-19 Lincoln, NE— A… Read more →

The Legislature advances several Appleseed priority bills in the last week

This is the last week of the 2020 legislative session. After business concludes tomorrow, the Legislature will adjourn sine die for the remainder of the year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here and you can read more about our 2020 legislative priorities on our blog. Meatpacking workers and community members demand action Last week, AM3238, an amendment to LB667… Read more →

Raise your voice: Legislative hearing on essential workers this Thursday

After today, senators only have 5 days of the 2020 session to address the many issues impacting Nebraskans this year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here and you can read more about our 2020 legislative priorities on our blog. Raise your voice: Essential workers must have essential protections Last week, Senator Tony Vargas filed a motion to suspend the… Read more →

AG Opinion on CARES Appropriations Does Not Include Full Legal Analysis

On July 17, 2020, the Attorney General released an opinion on the authority of the Governor to distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) granted to the State of Nebraska through the federal CARES Act. We had previously shared Appleseed’s analysis that the Governor acting unilaterally to spend CRF money violates Nebraska’s constitutional separation of powers. The Attorney General’s legal analysis contains… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Legislature fails to protect essential Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, July 28, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org The Nebraska Legislature failed to protect essential Nebraskans Motion to suspend the rules to introduce a bill to protect workers fails by only two votes LINCOLN, NE – Today, a motion filed by Nebraska State Senator Tony Vargas to suspend the rules to permit… Read more →

With only 10 days left, senators need to act

Today marks Day 50 of the 2020 legislative session. After today, senators only have 10 more days to address the many issues impacting Nebraskans this year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here and you can read more about our 2020 legislative priorities on our blog. Take Action: Essential protections for essential meat and poultry workers For the last several… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes community organizer Victoria ‘Tori’ Ostenso

Victoria Ostenso, also known as Tori, joined our Economic Justice team as a Community Organizer focused on our payday lending work. Tori’s pronouns are she/her/hers. Fun fact: Tori was our first Weitz Fellow in 2015-16!  Tori’s most memorable experience while working at Appleseed was going on 4-5 day outreach/advocacy trips with fellow organizers “out West” to some of the more… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Together We Stand with Meatpacking Workers

Last week, 25 organizations across the state called on the Nebraska Legislature to take immediate action to protect our family members, friends, and neighbors working in meat and poultry plants from COVID-19. Now, you can take action, too. Meatpacking workers in Nebraska are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and packing plants have been one of the state’s most… Read more →

Countdown to Coverage: 1 week until Medicaid expansion open enrollment!

Can you believe Medicaid expansion enrollment is only one week away? In these past seven years, we have worked together to bring Medicaid expansion to Nebraska. We put Medicaid expansion on the ballot, and in November of 2018, Nebraskans chose a healthier future for our state. Now, it is officially here. Enrollment for expanded Medicaid coverage is opening soon! On… Read more →

RELEASE: Organizations Call on Legislature for Urgent Meatpacking COVID-19

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, July 23, 2020 Contacts:  Micky Devitt, Heartland Workers Center C: (402) 403-9864 micky@heartlandworkerscenter.org Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Statewide Organizations Call on Legislature for Urgently Needed Meatpacking COVID-19 Protections Too many family members at risk, protections cannot wait until next legislative session NEBRASKA — On Thursday, July 23, 25 Nebraska community organizations,… Read more →