Speak up for housing rights

Evictions are still happening. Tell Lincoln City Leaders to ACT.

Despite various attempts at implementing state and federal eviction moratoria, evictions have never fully stopped in Lincoln. We at Collective Impact Lincoln believe our city leaders have the power and responsibility to enact a limited eviction moratorium to close the gaps left by federal and state protections. Evictions are still happening. There are 29 hearings next week. There are a… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, January 21, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans Long-overdue positive immigration plans to provide stability for Nebraska families, communities LINCOLN, NE — On the first day in office, the Biden-Harris Administration announced plans to send a positive new immigration… Read more →

Exciting legislation introduced while senators prep for hearings next week

Last week was busy for the Nebraska Legislature as senators continued with bill introduction and Governor Ricketts shared his State of the State Address. At Appleseed, we believe our elected officials should seize the opportunity to address the economic and public health hardships Nebraskans are facing due to the pandemic and the systemic racism harming our communities. Hearings begin on… Read more →

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Reflection, and Education

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Monday, and here at Nebraska Is Home, we like to think of this as a day on rather than a day off of work. It’s a day of service, reflection, and education, as we commit ourselves to fostering a welcoming Nebraska, where everyone feels they belong – no matter their background or country… Read more →

We Cannot Tolerate Hate, Nativism, and American Exceptionalism

We Cannot Tolerate Hate, Nativism, and American Exceptionalism  We witnessed an attack on our Capitol and on our democratic process last week. This act was intended to disrupt our democratic process. This act also revealed very publicly the deep and historically long chasm of racism in our country.  It was a broad coalition of extremists who congregated at our nation’s… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Responds to the Governor’s State of the State Address

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, January 14, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address Addressing inequitable and unjust systems to ensure policies work for all of our communities LINCOLN, NE – On Thursday, January 14, Nebraska Appleseed’s Executive Director, Becky Gould, issued… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

Advocating for essential worker protections, expanding services to youth, and more

Since bill introduction started on Thursday, the Nebraska Legislature has introduced over 300 pieces of legislation. Senators are able to introduce bills through January 20th. So far, we’ve seen legislation put forward to address the lack of essential worker protections, expand access to supportive resources and services for young people, fight food insecurity in our communities, and more. Advocating for… Read more →

RELEASE: Community advocacy groups, Senator Vargas to present clear and enforceable COVID-19 protections in 2021 session

***For Immediate Release*** January 11, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Community advocacy groups, Senator Vargas to present clear and enforceable COVID-19 protections in 2021 session Lincoln, NE — On Monday, January 11, Nebraska community advocates and Senator Tony Vargas held a virtual press conference to introduce two legislative… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Today’s Events at the US Capitol

This is a sad day for our country, but an inevitable result of too many of our leaders failing to stand against racism, extremism, misinformation, and hate.  There is real anger, frustration, and need across our country rooted in economic and racial injustice.  Rather than dig into addressing these injustices, too many turned a blind eye and stoked false claims… Read more →

2021 Nebraska Legislative Session begins today!

Today is Day 1 of the 2021 legislative session. Nebraska senators will start the year by introducing new bills on a number of issues, including legislation to address the stark inequities within our systems that have been further exposed during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Nebraska Appleseed Priorities for 2021 Together with you, we will be advocating for meaningful change… Read more →

Vaccine Statement

STATEMENT: Every Nebraskan must have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Every Nebraskan must have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of status Lincoln, NE – On Monday, Nebraska Governor Ricketts announced the state’s plan for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. In response to a reporter… Read more →

Happy Holidays

2020: A year of unexpected challenges transformed into momentous victories

From growing the seeds of justice in 2019 to uprooting the weeds of inequity in 2020 Although none of us could have prepared for the unforeseen challenges our communities faced, we recognized the global health crisis would expose the stark inequities within our systems, and it was time to face reality and uproot these weeds. Together, here’s what we accomplished… Read more →

Emergency COVID-19 Relief is Only a Start

After months of negotiations, Congress has passed an emergency COVID-19 relief package that will provide urgently needed support to Nebraskans. While the passage of this long-awaited relief will provide direct payments, housing assistance, increased support for many families, and more, this bill still falls short of meeting the level of need in our Nebraska communities. Along with a large spending… Read more →

RELEASE: Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext. 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity All youth and families in Nebraska’s child welfare system deserve stability and equitable access to supportive services and care Lincoln, NE —… Read more →

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Challenging Racial Inequities in the Child Welfare System

Black women are disproportionately affected by racial biases I’m Cornelius Levering, program coordinator for our Child Welfare program. The year 2020 has exposed the racial and economic inequities embedded into our society due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we must recognize these stark inequities, this is not new. In 2021, we plan to dive deeper into the evolution of the… Read more →

Children

Afterschool snacks and meal program available for school districts to fill gaps

Currently, EVERY school in the state has the opportunity to implement afterschool suppers and snacks through the CACFP Afterschool Program. This is a guest blog post by Nebraska Appleseed’s Food and Nutrition Access youth ambassador, Libby Israel. Around 20 million children in the U.S. leave school each day not knowing if their next meal will have to wait until they… Read more →

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Initiative 428: A historical achievement

This blog post is in collaboration with Tori Ostenso, Economic Justice community organizer and Bhagya Pushkaran, Economic Justice intern. Over 700,000 Nebraskans, or over 83%, voted FOR Initiative 428 in the 2020 election to reform payday loans and cap interest at 36% APR (annual percentage rate) (1, 2)., This landslide victory over predatory lending practices in Nebraska resulted from years… Read more →

This holiday season, a call to Congress is a gift to our communities

This year more than ever, the holidays are a time to remember our communities’ resilience. In the face of hate, we came together to build a multi-generational and multicultural community, to build a country where all families can be together and free to thrive. At the same time, we must acknowledge the ongoing need in our communities. We must demand… Read more →

No one should have to face housing insecurity in the midst of winter

Last week, I asked you to contact your federal delegation to urge them to act on desperately-needed COVID-19 relief to stop evictions and provide more rental assistance. Thank you for using your voice to advocate for our neighbors who are facing housing insecurity in the middle of winter, in the midst of the worst period of COVID-19 transmission we have… Read more →

We begin our drive today!

Today, we begin our five-day drive to raise $50,000 by this Friday, December 11th and enter 2021 strong. Your support this week will push back against the challenges our communities have faced throughout this difficult year, and build something new in the year ahead: a just, vibrant, and inclusive Nebraska. To help start the week strong, a supporter will MATCH… Read more →

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Take Action on Meatpacking: Call your senator before the new session

For many, the holiday season is a time filled with joy and shared with loved ones. It is a time when families come together and share gratitude and food. While gathering may look different this year, we should all be able to come home safely to our loved ones. But Nebraskans who process our food in meat and poultry plants… Read more →

Power of Participation: Building a strong democracy with every vote

Energized. Proud. Inspired.  This is what we envision when we see a strong democracy centered around community power. Together with partner organizations Unity in Action in South Sioux City, Centro Hispano in Columbus, Native Futures in Alliance, and Empowering Families in Scottsbluff, as well as local leaders from Lexington, Crete, and SOMOSgi in Grand Island — we contacted more than… Read more →

Time is running out. Congress must act to stop evictions

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Nebraska, and so do the number of evictions. In Douglas & Lancaster counties, over 200 eviction hearings have been scheduled, even when most other types of hearings have been shut down. Families with young children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are packed into courtrooms to fend off an… Read more →

‘Nebraska is Home’ means recognizing and celebrating its indigenous past, present, and future

For those who call Nebraska ‘home,’ we are on the native land of the Pawnee, Omaha, Cheyenne, Oglala, and many others. Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the continuing contributions of Native Americans in our communities and throughout the state of Nebraska. It is an opportunity to read the works of Native authors and poets.… Read more →