Roots of Justice Award – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Psi Chi Omega Chapter

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize advocates who have made outstanding contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards on October 19th in Omaha. The Roots of Justice Award recognizes grassroots advocates who have made outstanding contributions to justice and opportunity for all and have helped build a stronger community. The… Read more →

Rule changes may mean cuts in employers’ birth control coverage

On October 6, the Trump Administration issued new rule changes that will impact coverage of birth control in employer-sponsored health insurance plans. We’ve blogged about the birth control rules in the past, and how they’ve been a game changer for women’s health in the U.S.   This is a big change to an essential health benefit Under the ACA, plans… Read more →

The President’s move to end Cost-Sharing Reductions will raise Nebraskans’ health insurance costs

***For Immediate Release*** October 13, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Statement on President’s decision to end Cost-Sharing Reductions Unnecessary move will destabilize the Marketplace and endanger Nebraskans   LINCOLN — Last night, President Donald Trump announced the administration would end important payments to insurance companies that… Read more →

Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award – Amanda Gershon

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize phenomenal advocates who have made contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards: Root Down, Rise Up on October 19th in Omaha. The Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award, named after Nebraska Appleseed’s founding executive director, recognizes young, emerging leaders who have a vision for the… Read more →

Immigrant Advocacy Organizations Launch “We Are All Dreamers” with U2’s Bono

OMAHA — A coalition of immigrant-serving organizations in Nebraska have partnered to launch “We Are All Dreamers,” a campaign created in response to President Trump’s September 5th decision to terminate the DACA program. The campaign – housed online and on social media platforms – was created to show support for “Dreamers,” immigrant youth eligible for the 2017 DREAM Act. We… Read more →

Nebraska advocacy groups applaud new payday lending reform rule

***For Immediate Release*** October 5, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New rule a good first step to protect Nebraskans against predatory lending CFPB rule makes progress, but Legislature still must pass true reform to end exploitative lending   Today, a group of Nebraska advocacy organizations – Nebraska… Read more →

Seeds of Justice Award – Ross Pesek, J.D.

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize phenomenal advocates who have made contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards: Root Down, Rise Up on October 19th in Omaha. The Seeds of Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding work in the field of public interest law. This year, Nebraska Appleseed has… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – You did it again!

In this month’s edition of Appleseed In Action: Senate ends latest attempt to repeal the ACA Let’s pass a clean Dream Act Inspector General report raises alarm in child welfare system Nebraskans celebrate National Welcoming Week 2017 Good Apple Awards Upcoming open enrollment period Senate ends latest attempt to repeal the ACA Your voices were heard again! On September 26,… Read more →

Roots of Justice Award – Define American Chapter at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize advocates who have made outstanding contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards on October 19th in Omaha. The Roots of Justice Award recognizes grassroots advocates who have made outstanding contributions to justice and opportunity for all and have helped build a stronger community. This… Read more →

CBO score confirms Graham-Cassidy would harm Nebraskans’ health care

***For Immediate Release*** September 26, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Graham-Cassidy CBO score Analysis reveals bill would gut Medicaid, endanger coverage for millions of Americans   LINCOLN — Monday evening, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the Graham-Cassidy Senate health… Read more →

Graham-Cassidy threatens coverage for thousands of Nebraskans like Genevieve

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Genevieve’s Story I am writing this as a Type 1 diabetic who works for Metropolitan Community College and Nebraska Writers Collective. I have part-time jobs in… Read more →

The latest Senate bill to repeal the ACA is the worst yet

The fight to protect quality health coverage for Nebraskans is at another critical moment. The Senate officially has until the end of September to use the budget reconciliation process to pass a bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act and dismantles Medicaid with only 50 votes. In recent days, there are reports of momentum growing around a plan sponsored by… Read more →

RELEASE – Child welfare advocates express alarm at Inspector General report

***For Immediate Release*** September 14, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Child advocates respond to troubling Inspector General report Continued failures to provide child welfare resources leads to more deadly outcomes   LINCOLN – On Wednesday, the Office of Inspector General Office released a report concerning deeply troubling… Read more →

Nebraska Events to celebrate National Welcoming Week

National Welcoming Week, September 2017   The momentum in local communities is real! This annual event is a week when communities across the country and across Nebraska bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. We invite you to join in one of these events or create your own! The Quilted Conscience… Read more →

Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award – Julie Kalkowski

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize advocates who have made outstanding contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards on October 19th in Omaha. The Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award recognizes a Nebraskan who has made significant contributions to justice for all throughout her career. The award is given in the… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes attorney Billie Gallagher

Billie Gallagher’s first job as an attorney brings her back to her hometown, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to the Appleseed team. Billie, a Lincoln Southeast High School graduate, is our newest staff attorney in our Economic Justice program, where she will contribute her legal skills to pursue justice for all Nebraskans. She recently graduated from… Read more →

Take Action – We must stand with DREAMers now

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced that over the next six months it will end the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has allowed Nebraska to benefit from skills, talents, passions, and energy of over 3,000 hard-working young people. We know Nebraskans stand with DREAMers. We saw it today when nearly 500 of you stood in… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska civic leaders, organizations support DREAMers

***For Immediate Release*** September 5, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org     Nebraska civic leaders, organizations support DREAMers Leaders call for urgent Congressional action to protect hard-working young immigrant Nebraskans   LINCOLN – Today, Nebraska civic, business, and faith leaders joined Nebraska DREAMers at a State Capitol press… Read more →

STATEMENT: Ending DACA will devastate families, communities, and economies

Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: 402-438-8853 Mobile: 402-840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Ending DACA will have devastating impact on Nebraska families, communities and economy Removing opportunity for hardworking young people only does harm to our state, nation   LINCOLN – Today, the White House announced the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a decision that will… Read more →

Midwest Academy Training unites advocates from across Nebraska

Last weekend, Nebraska Appleseed brought together Nebraskans from across the state for a Midwest Academy training focused on how to effectively organize to create positive change. Participants connected with various local leaders and organizations from diverse professional and personal backgrounds. At the end of the training, participants put their acting hats on and put their new skills to the test… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes organizer Valeria Rodriguez

Valeria Rodriguez has walked in the shoes of many immigrant Nebraskans, and as Appleseed’s newest Field Organizer, she is looking forward to empowering leaders in communities across the state to work for positive change in their towns. “I am excited to join Nebraska Appleseed as a Field Organizer because I get the opportunity to work with six great communities to… Read more →

Standing up to bigotry and violence

For more than 20 years, Nebraska Appleseed has made it our mission to fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Diversity, community, and inclusion are not just the values our work is built on, they are principles that are vital to the future of Nebraska. The challenges our state faces can only be faced together. The progress that will… Read more →

Lawsuit: Overcrowding in Nebraska’s Prisons Has Led to Constitutional Violations That Endanger the Health, Safety and Lives of Prisoners and Staff

CONTACT: Tyler Richard, ACLU of Nebraska, 402-476-8091 x104, trichard@aclunebraska.org Alexandra Ringe, 212-549-2582 (office) or 917-207-2290 (cell), aringe@aclu.org Michael Bien, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, (415) 433-6830, mbien@rbgg.com Jeff Sheldon, Nebraska Appleseed, 402-438-8853, jsheldon@neappleseed.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2017   LINCOLN, Neb. – The ACLU of Nebraska, the ACLU National Prison Project, Nebraska Appleseed, the National Association of… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new organizer Felipe Blanco

In July, Appleseed was pleased to welcome our newest field organizer, Felipe Blanco. Felipe comes to Appleseed with a wealth of experience in public policy and will work in our Health Care and Economic Justice programs, connecting with people in communities all across the state on ways they can create positive change for themselves and their neighbors. “I am excited… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Sydney and Alexis canvas for positive change

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state.   This is a guest post by… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – August 2017 – Updates from D.C.

Appleseed In Action – August 2017 News and Events   In this month’s edition of Appleseed In Action: Senate rejects latest ACA repeal effort New bills would allow DREAMers to earn citizenship House budget proposal would endanger many working families Appleseed welcomes organizer Felipe Blanco 2017 Good Apple Awards – Meet the Honorees Senate rejects another effort to repeal Affordable… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Attorney General continues to target young Nebraskans and their families

***For Immediate Release*** August 1, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Attorney General continues to target valuable young Nebraskans and their families DACA a necessary measure of security until Congress updates immigration laws   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson attempted to justify his decision… Read more →

STATEMENT: Appleseed applauds vote against stripping Nebraskans’ health insurance

***For Immediate Release*** July 28, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Senate Health Care Bill Senate wisely rejects bill to strip health insurance for thousands of Nebraskans who need it most   LINCOLN — Early this morning the U.S. Senate voted down its latest… Read more →

Repealing ACA is a life-or-death matter for this Nebraska family

Note: We first heard Jessyca’s family’s story earlier this year. In January, she talked about how repealing the ACA would be incredibly dangerous for her family, specifically her children. She is one of thousands of worried Nebraska parents whose lives – and the lives of their children – are in the balance of Congress’ health care negotiations. Jessyca’s Story The… Read more →

STATEMENT: Senate vote puts thousands of Nebraskans’ coverage at risk

***For Immediate Release*** July 25, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Statement on Senate health care vote Senate vote is great risk to tens of thousands of Nebraskans’ health insurance   LINCOLN — This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to begin debate on a bill that could… Read more →

Nebraska organizations urge House members to protect anti-hunger programs

There are hundreds of thousands of Nebraska families that struggle with hunger, and food security programs are some of the most-effective ways to make sure that every Nebraskan – children, seniors, veterans, and other hard-working people – are able to get the food they need. Friday, a group of 10 Nebraska organizations sent a letter to Nebraska’s three House members… Read more →

STATEMENT: Appleseed applauds introduction of bipartisan Senate DREAM Act

***For Immediate Release*** July 20, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on introduction of Senate’s Dream Act Bipartisan bill would provide long-overdue process for young Nebraska immigrants to become citizens   LINCOLN — This morning, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R – South Carolina) and Dick… Read more →

STATEMENT: Repeal and Delay is irresponsible plan for Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** July 18, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Senate effort to repeal ACA with no replacement Move would throw insurance markets into chaos, force even more Nebraskans to lose coverage   LINCOLN — This afternoon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Claudia Pech

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state. This is a guest post by Appleseed… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – The Foster Youth and Driving Act

In This Issue Policy Spotlight: The Foster Youth and Driving Act Court Opinions: In re Interest of Carmelo G., Jill B. and Travis B. v. State Legislative Actions: 2017 Child Welfare Interim Studies Policy Spotlight Advocates and lawmakers across the nation have been working to reduce the barriers faced by youth in foster care when learning how to drive, obtain… Read more →

Action Alert – Small changes don’t fix BIG problems with health care bill

Today, the Senate released a revised version its health care bill, and it’s another verse in the same song for Nebraskans. The changes to the bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” do nothing to enhance protections or affordability for Nebraskans’ health insurance. In several big ways, it’s even worse than the original version. Nearly 1 in 10 Nebraskans could still… Read more →

STATEMENT – Updated Senate bill still forces millions to lose health insurance

***For Immediate Release*** July 13, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on changes to Senate Health Care Bill Cosmetic changes still will leave hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans uninsured   LINCOLN — Today the U.S. Senate released an updated version of its bill to overhaul… Read more →

Nebraska again lags in providing children meals in summer

Access to food is critical to the education and well-being of children in both Nebraska’s urban and rural communities. By using tools such as the summer foods programs to their maximum benefit, we can make sure our kids are healthy and hunger-free throughout the summer months. For some students from lower-income families, their school is sometimes the only place they… Read more →

Meet our 2017 summer interns and law clerks

Note: Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to work with bright, talented, and dedicated interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Meet some of these outstanding young Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in their communities.   Makayla Haussler Makayla is excited to return to Lincoln and to Appleseed, having interned… Read more →

Take Action: DREAMers under threat

Yesterday, Nebraska’s Attorney General, Doug Peterson, joined nine other state Attorneys General in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The letter threatened to file a lawsuit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if the Trump Administration does not end the program within the next several months. The DACA program allows young immigrant Nebraskans known… Read more →

RELEASE: Appleseed Statement on Attorney General’s Call for End of DACA Program

Removing opportunity for hardworking young people only does harm to our state, nation. LINCOLN – Yesterday, Nebraska’s Attorney General, Doug Peterson, joined nine other state Attorneys General in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The letter threatened to file a lawsuit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if the Administration does not end the program within… Read more →

RELEASE: CBO confirms BCRA devastating for thousands of Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** June 26, 2017   Contact, Molly McCleery Nebraska Appleseed Deputy Health Care Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Email: mmccleery@neappleseed.org   CBO score confirms Senate health care bill devastating for Nebraska BCRA would cause millions of Americans to lose coverage   LINCOLN — Monday, Nebraska Appleseed Health Care Director James Goddard issued the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraskans helped by Medicaid urge Senators against cuts

***For Immediate Release*** June 15, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraskans helped by Medicaid urge Senators against cuts Constituents share Medicaid success stories and tell Senators to protect health coverage   LINCOLN — Thursday, Nebraskans who have been helped by Medicaid urged U.S. Senators to oppose any… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight: Stacy gives her time to improve wellbeing of her neighbors

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state. This is a guest post from Appleseed… Read more →

The American Health Care Act would affect everyone’s insurance

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), its bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), early last month. Since then, we have received a lot of questions about what the AHCA actually includes and does. To help clear up some of the confusion, we put together some one-page overviews of the bill… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Vince Litwinowicz

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state.   This is a guest post from… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – June 2017 – Protect quality health coverage

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – June 2017   In this June edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Protect quality health coverage 2017 Nebraska Legislative Recap President’s budget harmful to Nebraska families Court victory for Nebraska foster youth June events at Urban Abbey Job Opening – Staff Attorney Tell our Senators to protect quality health coverage The numbers were as… Read more →

RELEASE: Congress’ health care changes devastating to rural Nebraska

***For Immediate Release*** June 7, 2017 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org Jordan Rasmussen Policy Associate, Center for Rural Affairs Office: (402) 687-2100, ext. 1032 Email: jordanr@cfra.org   Congress’ Health Care Changes Would Be Devastating to Rural Nebraska Premium increases, Medicaid cuts would cause great harm in smaller communities   LINCOLN… Read more →

Improving child welfare protections for transgender, gender-expansive and gender-nonconforming youth

Last month, leading national advocacy organizations Children’s Rights, Lambda Legal, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy published a study on transgender and nonbinary youth in the foster care system called Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommended Practice Reality for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth in Out-Home Care.                   … Read more →

Take Action – Tell U.S. Senators every Nebraskan needs quality health insurance

Congress must protect, not dismantle essential health coverage protections that help thousands of Nebraskans   23 million people. That’s how many Americans would lose health coverage if the U.S. Senate passes the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that was passed by the House of Representatives. And even people who could still afford insurance would see a big loss of protections… Read more →

2017 Nebraska Legislative Recap

The 2017 Nebraska Legislative Session came to an end last Tuesday, concluding a session that contained several setbacks for efforts to improve opportunities for hard-working, low-income families and children. Still, a few important advancements were made to improve access to justice and opportunity for more Nebraskans. Your support and hard work, combined with some outstanding leaders in the Legislature, helped… Read more →

STATEMENT: CBO confirms AHCA devastating for Nebraskans’ health care

***For Immediate Release*** May 24, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   CBO score confirms House health care bill devastating for Nebraska AHCA would make health care unaffordable for millions more Americans   LINCOLN — Wednesday, Nebraska Appleseed Deputy Health Care Director Molly McCleery issued the following statement on… Read more →

Foster care, homelessness, and the LGBT community – how does it all connect?

Research has shown the connection between foster care and homelessness – one study found that of more than 800 youth who were homeless in 11 cities — including Omaha — half spent time in foster care. This report also found nearly 30 percent of the homeless youth had identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and 7 percent identified as transgender. Our previous Foster… Read more →

STATEMENT: President’s budget proposal a harsh attack on Nebraska families

***For Immediate Release*** May 23, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   President’s budget proposal a harsh attack on Nebraska families Drastic cuts will harm low-income families, children, seniors, Nebraskans with disabilities   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement on the President’s… Read more →

STATEMENT: Governor’s vetoes harm health and safety of vulnerable Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** May 17, 2017 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org Statement on vote to override budget vetoes Votes risk harm to health and safety of vulnerable Nebraskans   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement on the failure to override the Governor’s line-item… Read more →

Take Action – Governor vetoes put kids and families in danger

Nebraska is a state that has learned hard lessons about what can happen to children and families when their needs go unmet. Yet, the Governor keeps making choices that cause further harm to our most-vulnerable Nebraskans. Today, Governor Ricketts issued several line-item vetoes to the state budget (LB 327) that will cause long-lasting harm to the safety of children in… Read more →

STATEMENT: Legislature shows strong support for immigrant and refugee Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** May 15, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Legislature adopts resolutions supporting DREAMers and refugees Lawmakers recognize valuable contributions immigrants and refugees make to Nebraska   LINCOLN — Today, the Legislature voted to adopt Legislative Resolutions 26 and 27. LR 26 stated the Legislature’s support for… Read more →

STATEMENT – Court ruling in Webb v. Phillips a victory for Nebraska foster youth

***For Immediate Release*** May 11, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Court ruling a victory for Nebraska youth formerly in foster care Judge rules young Nebraskan eligible for Medicaid coverage   LINCOLN — Wednesday, Lancaster County District Court Judge Susan Strong ruled in favor of Azar Webb, a… Read more →

Take Action – Support strong, united communities!

For generations, immigrants and refugee Nebraskans have made valuable contributions to our state – and are an important part of strong communities, local businesses, and Nebraska families. But recent harmful and divisive policies in Washington, D.C. have created fear and uncertainty in many local communities. We have a chance now to show Nebraskans stand with immigrant and refugee neighbors. Early… Read more →

Foster Care Month is here!

May is National Foster Care Month. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the first Presidential proclamation that established May as National Foster Care Month. This month, Nebraska Appleseed will be publishing a series of blogs on the work we do, alongside young adult advocates, to improve Nebraska’s foster care system. Nebraska Appleseed works with government agencies, lawmakers, and communities on… Read more →

House votes to cut Nebraskans’ health care – What happens now

La versión en español está abajo.   It just happened. Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that will cause potentially tens of thousands of Nebraskans like Rose and Matt to lose their health coverage. Because the House rushed a vote on this bill before the Congressional Budget Office could analyze… Read more →

STATEMENT: AHCA puts Nebraskans’ health insurance in peril

***For Immediate Release*** May 4, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on American Health Care Act House vote endangers health insurance for millions of Americans   LINCOLN — Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) despite it… Read more →

Nebraskans urge unifying immigration policies with “We Belong Together”

Strong, united families and communities are the building blocks of Nebraska. But presently, certain harmful policies threaten to tear apart our families and separate loved ones. Nebraskans across the state are invited today to showcase their images representing why unified families and neighborhoods are vital to a healthy future for everyone in the “We Belong Together” campaign. Participants are invited… Read more →

Take Action – Override veto of LB 75 and stand for voting rights

There’s one more hurdle to overcome to protect voting rights for thousands of Nebraskans. Thursday afternoon, Governor Ricketts vetoed LB 75, a bill that would end the arbitrary two-year waiting period for someone to vote after they complete a prison sentence or probation. Will you call or email your State Senator today? Urge them to vote to override the veto… Read more →

Public pressure leads Tyson Foods to announce intent to improve work conditions

For many years, meat and poultry workers, together with a broad coalition of workers’ rights and civil rights groups from across the country, have continued a concerted effort to highlight the industry’s dangerous conditions and the all-too-common permanently disabling injuries that come from crippling work speeds. Oxfam America – together with these allies – began a poultry worker justice campaign… Read more →

Legislative Update – April 24, 2017

It’s the week of budget debate. State Senators will begin debate on the Appropriations Committee’s recommended budget on Tuesday, and we’re urging the protection of important programs that help kids and hard-working families. No vote after debate on dangerous tax bill Friday morning, the Legislature spent three hours debating LB 461 but adjourned without taking a vote. This bill would… Read more →

RELEASE – Over 200 Nebraska schools qualify to feed all students using Community Eligibility

La versión en español está abajo.   ***For Immediate Release*** April 20, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   More than 200 Nebraska Schools Eligible for Community Eligibility Provision to Fight Hunger in the Classroom   LINCOLN — Many more Nebraska schools will be eligible to serve more students free… Read more →

Take Action – We can’t cripple Nebraska’s future

With a state budget shortfall of more than $1 billion, we have to look for every solution to protect Nebraska’s important public investments that make life better for everyone. Things like good schools, safe roads and highways, and programs that help hard-working families get ahead. But a dangerous tax plan will be up for debate on Friday in the Legislature… Read more →

Legislative Update – April 17, 2017

This is a huge week for bills that have long-term impacts on Nebraska’s ability to fund important investments. We’re asking you to take action to protect investments in education, child welfare, and other big priorities for hard-working Nebraska families. Protect investments in the Good Life Friday, the Legislature is expected to debate a dangerous plan that gives a large tax… Read more →

RELEASE – Schools vie to feed more students in Better Breakfast Challenge

For Immediate Release                           April 17, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Schools vie to feed more students in Better Breakfast Challenge Contest will award cash prizes to western Nebraska schools that improve breakfast participation   Elementary schools in more than a dozen communities in western Nebraska will have… Read more →

Introducing the Western Nebraska Better Breakfast Challenge

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to be working with the Safeway Foundation to increase participation in school breakfast programs in western Nebraska. Nebraska has one of the lowest school breakfast participation rates in the nation, and we are working with partners to make improvements and provide incentives that encourage more schools to provide students with a healthy breakfast. The Western Nebraska… Read more →

RELEASE – Governor’s cuts would lead to more deaths in child welfare system

For Immediate Release                           April 11, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Governor’s proposed cuts would lead to more deaths in child welfare system High caseloads and lack of family support will put even more kids’ lives at risk   LINCOLN — Advocating for reform in the child welfare… Read more →

Legislative Update – April 10

There’s no easing into this week as two measures we’re focusing on are up for debate right away on Monday. Restoring the right to vote LB 75 – Introduced by Sen. Justin Wayne, this bill would end the two-year delay before Nebraskans are able to vote after completing their felony sentence or probation. The bill is on the agenda for… Read more →

Take Action – Stop cuts to Nebraska’s child welfare system

We’re asking you to Take Action today to stop possible cuts that would weaken the child welfare system. The Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriations Committee is working on their final budget recommendations and may cut funding for programs that have been important for helping Nebraska’s children find permanency and stability in loving homes. Please call or email State Senators on the Appropriations… Read more →

Major opportunities for Nebraska to increase school meals for students

Last week, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released its annual report on state participation in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) nationwide. Nebraska rose in the rankings this year to 43rd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia (up from 47th in 2016) in eligible school districts taking up the option, but remained in 50th place for the… Read more →

Nebraska Legislature considers child welfare reforms

Last week was a busy week! The Affordable Care Act was maintained by Congress, thanks to the advocacy of people all over the country. Debates also continued in the Nebraska Legislature on voting rights, mandatory minimums, human trafficking and much more. Something we don’t want you to miss, however, was the advancement of a number of important child welfare legislative… Read more →

Meet our 2017 Interns

Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to work with bright, talented, and dedicated interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Meet some of these outstanding young Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in their communities.   Camille Sippel Camille, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is originally from Groton,… Read more →

Take Action – Tell Legislature to advance Medicaid expansion bill LB 441

Last week, you helped do something incredible. Thanks to your phone calls, your emails, and your decision to show up at town halls and support affordable health coverage, Congress has left the Affordable Care Act in place. This means millions of Americans – and thousands of Nebraskans – will be able to keep their health insurance. But we’ve still got… Read more →

STATEMENT: House does not vote on AHCA

House pulls bill that would strip health insurance from millions of Americans Friday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was projected by the Congressional Budget Office to cause 24 million Americans to lose health insurance by 2026, and Medicaid would be cut by $880 billion. Last-minute amendments to the bill, which… Read more →

Open Enrollment 2017 Final Report: Nebraska’s Success

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final report for the 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment period (including additional data) this past week. The data shows that Nebraskans continue to value and benefit from the quality insurance provided through the ACA, even amidst the national uncertainty surrounding the law. Nebraska enrolled 84,371 individuals in health coverage… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska health care leaders urge Congress against Medicaid cuts

***For Immediate Release*** March 22, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska health care leaders urge Congress against Medicaid cuts House bill would result in drastic cuts to Medicaid, endangering thousands of Nebraskans   Wednesday, more than 20 Nebraska health care providers, faith groups, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations… Read more →

Even as she worked to serve others, Rose struggled to get quality insurance prior to ACA

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories.   Rose’s Story I am a 63-year-old woman who works for a non-profit organization, Volunteers of America – Western Nebraska. VOA-WN is a church of service,… Read more →

Take Action – House to vote on health care Thursday

Reports are the House of Representatives will vote Thursday morning on it’s dangerous ACA-replacement bill, the American Health Care Act. Will you call your Congressman today and urge them to vote “No”? Call your Congressman today! Let their office know you oppose this bill and want them to work on legislation that protects Nebraskans’ quality health insurance.   Dist. 1… Read more →

Legislative Update – March 20, 2017

This is the final week for committee hearings, and it includes hearings on two important Legislative Resolutions that impact immigrant Nebraskans. See below on how to take action today!   Nebraskans support our immigrant and refugee neighbors Today, we’re asking you to take action in support of two Legislative Resolutions that will have hearings this week in front of the… Read more →

For young Nebraska women like Melanie, the ACA has been a game-changer

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Melanie’s Story I am 22 and a recent college graduate of Creighton University.  I like to consider myself a lifelong Nebraskan, though I was born in… Read more →

STATEMENT: House bill would strip health care from thousands of Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** March 14, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on House health care bill CBO score confirms ACA replacement would have devastating effects on Nebraskans’ health care   LINCOLN — Monday evening, the Congressional Budget Office released its score of the House of… Read more →

Legislative Update – March 13

Last week saw committee hearings on bill to improve health coverage and create better opportunities for youth in foster care. It also was the deadline for State Senators to designate their priority bills – which ensures the bills will be given floor debate if advanced out of committee.   Health coverage for hard-working Nebraskans On March 8, Appleseed joined dozens… Read more →

ACA lets young Nebraskans like Dominic pursue career goals

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Dominic’s Story I am a lifelong Nebraskan and have prided myself on working for local organizations that are strongly committed to the community. I worked in… Read more →

STATEMENT – LB 441 would help hard-working Nebraskans get health insurance

***For Immediate Release*** March 8, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on LB 441 Bill is overdue measure to allow hard-working Nebraskans to get the health care they need   LINCOLN — Today, the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing for LB… Read more →

Take Action – House bill would cause millions to lose their health insurance

Now is the time to protect affordable health care for all Nebraskans. Will you take action today? A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that removes many of the important parts of the Affordable Care Act and would bring huge cuts to Medicaid. This would strip health insurance from millions of Americans – including thousands of people… Read more →

STATEMENT – House health care bill would strip coverage from Nebraskans who need it most

***For Immediate Release*** March 6, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on House Health Care Bill Potential cuts to care would harm tens of thousands of Nebraskans   LINCOLN — Monday, the House of Representatives introduced a bill to radically change the American health care… Read more →

Statement on Executive Order halting Refugees

***For Immediate Release*** March 6, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Executive Order halting Refugees New order built on same destructive ideas that contradict Nebraskan and American values   LINCOLN — Today, President Trump issued a new executive order placing a ban on the… Read more →

Nebraska Mom worries what repeal of ACA could mean for son’s coverage

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Erin’s Story My husband and I were born and raised in Nebraska. He owns a small business in Beatrice, and I work in post-secondary education. Our… Read more →

Without employer-provided insurance, Meg can afford Marketplace coverage for important care

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Meg’s story Born and raised in Nebraska, I was raised by a single mom. I paid out of pocket for my healthcare for a long time, and… Read more →

National day of action on immigration. Make your call!

Now is an uncertain time for many Nebraska families because of recent, destructive policy announcements on immigration and refugee resettlement.  Yesterday, the White House released its plans for the recent immigration executive orders. The plans describe a harmful approach that would end longstanding protections for children, promote a massive expansion of detention, and bypass courts and due process. Will you… Read more →

RELEASE – New report reveals payday lenders’ history of non-compliance with state law

***For Immediate Release*** February 21, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org New report reveals history of non-compliance with state law by payday lenders With long record of violations, state must implement reforms for lenders   LINCOLN — A new report released today by Nebraska Appleseed reveals a history of… Read more →

Nebraska continues to rank near bottom of U.S. in School Breakfast

***For Immediate Release*** February 14, 2017 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska continues to rank near bottom of U.S. in School Breakfast State’s low participation in school breakfast means poorer outcomes for students, missed federal funding Despite a slight increase in participation, Nebraska still ranks near the bottom of… Read more →

Take Action – Oppose damaging tax plan and protect “The Good Life”

Every time there is a shortfall in our state budget, investments in hard-working Nebraskans are often the first to be cut. Nebraska is facing a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion. Despite this challenge, Governor Ricketts and members of the Legislature are proposing a big income tax cut that won’t do anything for our state’s middle-class and low-income families,… Read more →

The Benefits of School Breakfast for Learning and Health

In Nebraska, more than 97,000 children are food insecure. Offering school breakfast that is healthy and easy is one way Nebraskans can prioritize the health and learning of kids. According to the Food Research and Action Center, children who miss breakfast have lower math scores, repeat grades more often, are more likely to be absent and tardy, and have more… Read more →

Take Action – Tell Congress “I support refugees and immigrants”

Late Friday, President Trump added to last week’s anti-immigrant and refugee executive orders with an order that indefinitely bans refugees from Syria, and severely restricts immigration from several other Muslim-majority countries. These executive orders do not reflect America’s strongly held values that insist that we create safe homes for those escaping violence and persecution. And judging potential immigrants based on… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Gloria Kimbulu and Kristine Hull

In recent weeks, Appleseed proudly welcomed two new staff members to our team. We hope you spend a few minutes getting to know our new Director of Finance and Administration Kristine Hull and new Program Assistant Gloria Kimbulu.   Gloria Kimbulu – Program Assistant   “I am excited to join Appleseed because I am very passionate about social justice,” Gloria says, “and… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Executive Order halting Refugees

***For Immediate Release*** January 27, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Executive Order halting Refugees Turning away refugees prevents us from living up to the promise of America   LINCOLN — Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order regarding the long-standing American practice… Read more →

Omaha man can juggle jobs, school and stay covered thanks to the ACA

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Want to share your story with us? Tell us why the ACA matters to you at neappleseed.org/myhealthcare Brady I’m thankful for the Affordable Care Act because… Read more →

“100 Days of Justice” to unite Nebraskans to work for positive change

***For Immediate Release*** January 26, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   “100 Days of Justice” to unite Nebraskans to work for positive change Nebraskans energized to direct lawmakers toward policies that reflect Justice, Opportunity, and Humanity   A new year has brought a renewed passion among Nebraskans to… Read more →

TAKE ACTION – Say “No” to destructive anti-immigrant orders

Nebraska’s values call us to welcome new neighbors, and for generations, people who have moved here from other countries have made invaluable contributions to our state. But today, President Trump issued a package of destructive executive orders that would have us turn our backs on those Nebraska values of community and inclusivity. These orders would increase imprisonment of families with… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Anti-Immigrant Executive Orders

***For Immediate Release*** January 25, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Anti-Immigrant Executive Orders Discriminatory actions will undermine community safety, are unworthy of American values of hope, justice, and freedom   LINCOLN — Today, President Donald Trump issued a package of harsh anti-immigrant executive orders… Read more →

Health insurance through ACA allows Nebraska couple to run their small businesses

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Want to share your story with us? Tell us why the ACA matters to you at neappleseed.org/myhealthcare Peggy I have lived in Nebraska for the last 15… Read more →

ACA preventive care allowed Nebraska man to get diagnosis, early treatment for diabetes

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Vince Bogener My story begins with a routine check-up. I have insurance through my employer. Really good insurance, actually. But the ACA has still benefited me… Read more →

Legislative Update – January 23, 2017

Last week marked the final day of bill introduction in the 2017 Nebraska Legislative session. Several bills we consider top priorities were introduced, and we’ll be testifying at several committee hearings this week. Health coverage for hard-working Nebraskans Last week, Sen. Adam Morfeld introduced LB 441, a bill that would allow nearly 100,000 uninsured Nebraskans with low incomes to get… Read more →

RELEASE – New Report: Improving Student Protections in For-Profit Schools

***For Immediate Release*** January 23, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New Report: Improving Student Protections in For-Profit Schools Nebraska can model other states in holding for-profit colleges accountable to students   LINCOLN — Given the recent closures of several for-profit schools nationwide, now is the time to… Read more →

The ACA ensured this family could afford coverage, treatment after their daughter was raped

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories.   ***Be Aware:  This story contains a description of sexual assault. It is told, and the survivor is named, with her permission.    Jann Dappen My… Read more →

RELEASE: NE health care leaders tell Congress no ‘Repeal and Delay’

***For Immediate Release*** January 18, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska leaders urge Senators not to dismantle health insurance system Over 30 health care, business, community leaders warn that hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans could lose health care protections if ACA is repealed without replacement   LINCOLN… Read more →

Because of ACA, young Nebraskan can afford coverage after childhood transplant

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Bryce Bryce is 24 years old and lives in Plattsmouth. He was born with a condition that caused him to need an intestinal transplant when he… Read more →

Take Action – Don’t let Congress tear down the health care system

This week, Congress took another step down a path that will endanger the health insurance of hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans. In the early hours of Thursday morning, the U.S. Senate cast its first vote in the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has dramatically improved the quality of health insurance in America. But it’s not too late… Read more →

ACA helps Nebraska man get health insurance despite preexisting condition

Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories. Matt Mason Matt Mason is one of the thousands of Nebraskans whose ability to get health insurance is in danger if Congress repeals the Affordable Care… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraskans support immigrants, refugees at Lincoln vigil

***For Immediate Release*** January 12, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   “Light The Future” community vigil unites 300 Nebraskans in support of immigrants, refugees Vigil powerfully demonstrates Nebraska values of united families, strong communities   LINCOLN — Thursday night, a crowd of nearly 300 people withstood frigid temperatures to… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – January 2017

In this January edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Tell Congress to protect health care and immigrant Nebraskans 2017 Nebraska Legislature session A week to take action Job Opening – Child Welfare Staff Attorney Tell Congress to protect quality health insurance and valuable immigrant Nebraskans The new Congress is now in session, so now is a critical time for our Senators… Read more →

RELEASE: Over 60 Nebraska business, faith, civic organizations urge immigrant protections

***For Immediate Release*** January 10, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   More than 60 Nebraska leaders urge Congress to protect immigrants Statewide business, faith, civic leaders and organizations sign letter to Congress requesting bill to protect DACA youth and their families   LINCOLN – Today, more than 60… Read more →

Legislative Update – January 9

On January 4, the 2017 Nebraska Legislature began its 90-day session. Over the next few months, State Senators will consider many bills that will affect justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans including quality health insurance, economic opportunity, food security, voting rights, and the state’s nearly $1 billion budget shortfall. Each week, we will let you know about movement on our… Read more →

Action Alert – Now is the time to protect health care

Because of the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of Nebraskans are among the millions of Americans who can now get quality, affordable health insurance. But Congress already is taking steps to end those life-saving protections with no replacement plan in sight. Will you call our Senators today? Tell Sen. Deb Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse they can’t vote to… Read more →

New Report: Opportunity to improve job training for hard-working Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** December 22, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New Report: Nebraska can improve job training for hard-working people Opportunities to invest in skills training would help families get ahead, boost economy   LINCOLN — Helping hard-working families lift themselves out of poverty means making sure… Read more →

Take Action! Good health coverage is at stake

We know tens of thousands of Nebraskans are among the millions of Americans who can now get quality, affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. For the first time ever, thousands of Nebraskans have good insurance that covers prescription medicines and life-saving preventive care, and they can’t be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. But Congress could vote… Read more →

Breakfast after the Bell

Nebraska Appleseed helps offer technical assistance and financial support to eligible Nebraska schools that switch to breakfast in the classroom through the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom initiative. See if your school is eligible. This blog is part of a series highlighting the benefits of breakfast in the classroom and its effects on student outcomes. It’s been proven again… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – December 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Nebraska Appleseed’s Agenda of Opportunity Court Opinions: In re Interest of Nettie F. Legislative Actions: Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: Foster Care Reform Update Survey, Alternative Response Know Your Rights Guide POLICY SPOTLIGHT Nebraska Appleseed’s Agenda of Opportunity This week at Nebraska Appleseed, we released our 2017 “Agenda of Opportunity,” a series of local, state, and… Read more →

Appleseed’s 2017 “Agenda of Opportunity”

Hard-working families, strong communities, and clear paths of opportunity are the foundation of what Nebraskans believe make up The Good Life. And at Nebraska Appleseed, we know that public policy has a key role to play in making sure every Nebraskan can reach their full potential. Today, we’re releasing our 2017 “Agenda of Opportunity,” a series of local, state, and… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed statement on BRIDGE Act

December 12, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed statement on BRIDGE Act U.S. Senate bill a welcome, but temporary solution for hard-working young Nebraskans   On Friday, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Illinois) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) introduced the “Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream… Read more →

December News and Events

In this December edition of “Appleseed in Action”: How do you want to Take Action in 2017? Act today to support important Child Welfare bill Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Advocates flock to Urban Abbey We’re Hiring! – Program Assistant How do you want to Take Action in 2017? We know that 2017 is going to be a big year… Read more →

Join talks on creating an economic future for all Nebraskans

Our community partners – Community Action of Nebraska and Center for Rural Affairs –  would like to invite you talk about how to create an economic future for all Nebraskans and learn more about what’s at stake in the upcoming state Legislative session. Consider attending one of the upcoming community meetings:   Monday, December 12 o   6 – 7 pm, Scottsbluff, Gering Public Library  … Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – November 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Interim Study Examines Nebraska’s Age of Majority Court Opinions: In re Interest of Antonio J. et al Legislative Actions: Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Interim Study Examines Nebraska’s Age of Majority An interim study hearing was held on November 15th with members from the Health and Human Services and Judiciary Committees to… Read more →

Post-Election Resource Guide for Immigrants, Refugees, DACAmented, and Advocates

This resource guide contains information for DACAmented, schools, churches and for people who would like to know how to help. Reporting hate incidents, scams, fraud, etc. Southern Poverty Law Center: Report a Hate Incident Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights- OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous… Read more →

Partners for Breakfast In the Classroom helps schools feed students

Nebraska schools just got a powerful new resource to better offer a healthy school breakfast to the kids who need it most. The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC) program recently launched in Nebraska. This consortium of national and local partners, including Nebraska Appleseed, can offer technical assistance as well as financial support to let schools make sure their… Read more →

Meet our Fall 2016 Interns and Clerks

Note: Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright and talented law clerks and interns who help our work for positive change. We’re proud to introduce you to the clerks and interns working with us this fall to fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Deanna “Dee” Hobbs – Healthcare Dee Hobbs is a senior… Read more →

Standing up for justice

Every day when we come to work at Nebraska Appleseed, we walk through a door that reads “Stand Up For Justice.” It’s our daily reminder that Appleseed was created to fight against the largest, most-formidable forms of systemic injustice in our state. The big problems that keep our poorest neighbors poor and put barriers right in the middle of the… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – November 2016

In this November edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Vote on Election Day – November 8 November Events at the Urban Abbey in Omaha Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment begins 2016 Good Apple Awards honors outstanding advocates The High Cost of Being Poor Election Day – November 8 Next Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day, and if you haven’t already voted… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – October 31, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Legislative Resolution Hearings Court Opinions: In re Interest of Jameson S. et al., In re Interest of Angeleah M. and Ava M. Legislative Actions: Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Legislative Resolution Hearings As the 2017 Nebraska Legislative Session approaches, legislative resolution hearings… Read more →

Improved child care subsidies would strengthen support for working parents

Across the U.S., low-income families that receive child care subsidies are more likely to be employed, maintain work for longer periods of time and increase their annual earnings and financial resources. It’s a tool that has proven to be an enormous success to help families get ahead. Unfortunately, investment in child care subsidies has been lagging nationwide. Funding for child… Read more →

Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award – Kathy Bigsby Moore

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize phenomenal advocates who have made contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2016 Good Apple Awards on October 13 in Omaha. The Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award recognizes a Nebraskan who has made significant contributions to justice for all throughout his or her career. The award is given in the… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – October 2016

In this October edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Health care vigil for the Working Poor 2016 Good Apple Awards to honor outstanding advocates Get registered to vote Census: Nebraska struggling with poverty and uninsured rate Roots of Appleseed – Eric Hallstrom Appleseed in the News Health care vigil for the Working Poor On October 2, advocates like you gathered in… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Bridget Battafarano

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state. This is a guest post from Appleseed… Read more →

Roots of Justice Award – Crete Welcoming Community

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize phenomenal advocates who have made contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2016 Good Apple Awards on October 13 in Omaha. This year, we present the Roots of Justice Award to the Crete Welcoming Community in honor of their outstanding welcoming and inclusion practices for recent immigrants and… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – September 29, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: OIG 2015-2016 Annual Report Released Court Opinions: In re Interest of Cristalyla. et al., In re Interest of Julia D., In re Interest of Jaina W. et al. Legislative Actions: Federal Legislative Update, Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: CLE Webinar, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT OIG 2015-2016 Annual Report Released The Office of Inspector General of Nebraska… Read more →

Medicaid Expansion would provide vital Behavioral Health treatments to thousands

Today, we released a new policy brief on one of our Core Issues. Too many uninsured, low-income Nebraskans struggle with behavioral health challenges. This holds them back from reaching their full potential as family members, employees, and community leaders. The brief, “Medicaid Expansion and Behavioral Health in Nebraska,” explains how Nebraska could take giant strides toward meeting Nebraska’s behavioral health… Read more →

Seeds of Justice Award – ACLU of Nebraska

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize phenomenal advocates who have made contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2016 Good Apple Awards on October 13 in Omaha. This year, we present the Seeds of Justice Award for outstanding work in the field of public interest law to ACLU of Nebraska. Buy your tickets today and see ACLU of… Read more →

Nearly 16 percent of Nebraska families with children face hunger

This week, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released its national analysis of food hardship in the U.S. in a report titled “Food Hardship in America: Households with Children Especially Hard Hit.” The analysis, which used research from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being survey, contains both national and state-level data on hunger. According to the survey, 15.9 percent of Nebraska households… Read more →

Help pass this important Child Welfare bill in Congress

Research shows the best outcomes for children come when you can keep them together with their parents in their own home. That’s not always possible, but we must make every effort to avoid removing children from their homes – and that includes helping parents during difficult times. An important new bill coming up soon in the U.S. Senate would strengthen… Read more →

RELEASE – Census shows over 12 percent of Nebraskans in Poverty

***For Immediate Release*** September 15, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New data: Over 12 percent of Nebraskans still live in poverty   Census shows high rates of poverty for children, minority populations   LINCOLN — The percentage of Nebraskans living in poverty was not sharply reduced in 2015… Read more →

The Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award – Meet Alejandra Ayotitla Cortez

Nebraska Appleseed is thrilled to honor a truly phenomenal young Nebraska leader with this year’s Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader award at the 2016 Good Apple Awards on October 13 in Omaha. Alejandra Ayotitla Cortez has already impacted the lives of hundreds of Nebraskans through her dedication to community and building the leadership of those around her. Currently a senior at University… Read more →

RELEASE – Census shows over 154,000 Nebraskans remain uninsured

***For Immediate Release*** September 13, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New Census data: 154,000 Nebraskans remain without Health Insurance Expanding Medicaid would further reduce uninsured population by 64 percent   LINCOLN — The number of Nebraskans living without health insurance has declined by more than 50,000 over… Read more →

Announcing the 2016 Good Apple Awards Honorees

We are proud to announce the honorees for our 2016 Good Apple Awards: Something Called Progress! Each of these people, communities, and organizations exemplify what it means to stand up for justice in Nebraska. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for profiles about the accomplishments of each of this year’s honorees. Tickets for this year’s event are now available for… Read more →

What to know about big changes to Medicaid in Nebraska

Nebraska’s Medicaid program will be undergoing big changes through Heritage Health, Nebraska’s new Medicaid managed care program. “Managed care” is a term used to describe when the state contracts with private insurance companies to manage Medicaid coverage and arrange for Medicaid services. In other words, people with Medicaid will receive their Medicaid coverage through a private insurance company. Medicaid enrollees… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Eric Hallstrom

Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we are taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Read our prior entries in the Roots of Appleseed series: Milo Mumgaard Gretchen Obrist… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – September 2016

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – September 2016   Join us for the 2016 Good Apple Awards! Join us on Thursday, October 13, for the 2016 Good Apple Awards to honor folks who have made outstanding contributions to justice and opportunity for all in Nebraska! Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom 4920 S 30th St, Omaha, NE 6pm-8pm Click here to… Read more →

“Diapers In Detention” calls for end of treating asylum-seeking mothers and children like criminals

People who come to the United States seeking safety from violence should not be treated as criminals. But, many people seeking asylum – including women with their young children – are being held in for-profit, jail-like facilities surrounded by walls that separate them from both safety and human dignity. On September 1, Nebraska faith and community leaders gathered in Omaha… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Weitz Fellow Eleanor Dollear

Appleseed is proud to welcome Eleanor Dollear as Appleseed’s Weitz Fellow for 2016-17. Eleanor will work with our Economic Justice & Health Care Access programs. The fellowship is supported by the Weitz Family Foundation of Omaha and places recent Carleton College graduates with non-profits in Lincoln and Omaha for one-year fellowships. Eleanor is originally from Chicago and graduated from Carleton… Read more →

TANF funding for poverty and child welfare

This month, the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program turned 20, which makes now a good time to look at how the program is working to help fight poverty for working families. TANF is the only federal program that provides cash assistance to low-income families with children, and recently, new information has been released by the Administration for… Read more →

Mapping the Coverage Gap

Note: This is a joint blog by Brian Hanson, Senior Policy Associate at the Center For Rural Affairs, and Appleseed Health Care Staff Attorney Molly McCleery.   There was much discussion last spring in Nebraska Legislature about whether we should find a way to help people in our state who fall into the health coverage gap to finally afford health… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update

POLICY SPOTLIGHT New Social Security Income Policy Supports Youth Aging Out of Foster Care As advocates and attorneys working with youth aging out of the foster care system, more can often be done to support their transition by navigating public benefit programs. Many of these youth are living with disabilities that may qualify them for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI).… Read more →

Column: Let’s fix the path out of poverty

Today’s Omaha World-Herald features a column from our Executive Director Becky Gould on the 20th anniversary of a big change Congress made to the way the U.S. fights poverty for our country’s poorest working families with children. Starting in 1996, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) restructured one of the country’s most important public assistance programs. This anniversary, Becky writes, is… Read more →

RELEASE – Schools encouraged to fight classroom hunger with Community Eligibility as students return

Schools encouraged to fight classroom hunger with Community Eligibility as students return Hunger advocates urge eligible schools to ensure all students are getting healthy meals As Nebraska children head back to school this month, hunger advocates urged eligible Nebraska schools to begin using a proven tool to ensure students are getting the healthy meals they need to learn and grow.… Read more →

Extended foster care helps smooth transition to adulthood

This summer, 12 young adults who were formerly in foster care, as a part of congressional internships though Foster Youth Internship Program, released policy recommendations on how to improve the foster care system. Twenty-two year old Kristopher Wannquist made recommendations surrounding extended foster care, a program that was established in Nebraska in 2014 called Bridge to Independence (B2I). As part… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Sue Ellen Wall

Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we are taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Fighting in the courts on behalf of Nebraskans with low incomes wasn’t the… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – August 2016

In this July edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Fight against predatory lending Immigrants’ contributions strengthen economy Join fight for affordable health insurance Bill would prevent children from entering foster care Appleseed in the News Fight against predatory lending policies Payday lenders have a long history of making bad loans that trap Nebraskans in a cycle of debt with outrageously high… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska business leaders call for new federal immigration laws

For Immediate Release August 3, 2016 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Reason for Reform Campaign Highlights New Data Showing Economic Contributions of Immigrant Nebraskans Local leaders call for common-sense immigration laws in nationwide campaign launch   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska business, faith, and community leaders came together to showcase new… Read more →

Agency cites poultry processor for worker safety violations

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued over 20 citations to Pilgrim’s Pride, one of the largest poultry processors in the country, for violations of health and safety standards. Notably, OSHA took an important step to address the shoddy and dangerous medical treatment of poultry workers by citing Pilgrim’s Pride for failing to provide appropriate medical care… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Miriam Chapman

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state. This is a post written by Appleseed… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Sloan Rupp

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state. This is a guest post from Appleseed… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – June, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Family First Prevention Services Act Court Opinions: In re Interest of Mitoria R. and Cortez T. Legislative Actions: 2016 Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT The Family First Prevention Services Act After much anticipation in the child welfare community, the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (HR 5456) was introduced as a bipartisan… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Alpha Kappa Alpha

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state. This is a guest post from Appleseed… Read more →

Supreme Court deadlock endangers unity of thousands of Nebraska families

Families and advocates vow to keep fighting in face of continued limbo for DAPA program Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a 4-4 ruling in United States v. Texas, a case regarding President Obama’s temporary administrative relief programs to keep immigrant families together. The ruling affirms the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the preliminary injunction against the two programs… Read more →

Report: More Nebraska children facing hunger in Summer

***For Immediate Release*** June 21, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska falls to 46th nationally in summer meals participation As number of summer food sites drop, more Nebraska children face hunger   LINCOLN — Nebraska fell in the national rankings when it comes to ensuring children from low-income… Read more →

Harvest Public Media series details dangerous slaughterhouse conditions

This week, Harvest Public Media produced a series on the brutally dangerous working conditions faced by workers in meatpacking and poultry plants called “Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat.” This series does an excellent job highlighting the high rate of crippling, permanent injuries these workers are exposed to — as well as a lack of accountability for the plants who continue to… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – June 2016 News & Events

In this June edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Thank you for your giving day generosity! Appleseed celebrates 20th Anniversary New attention to high injury rates in meat and poultry plants Fight for consumer protections in Kansas City First Lincoln Unites! festival celebrates strength of diversity Thank you for your giving day generosity! We were awed by your incredible generosity on… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – May 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Foster Care Hackathon Court Opinions: In re Interest of Sebastian D. & Lillian-Jo D., In re Interest of Abbie L. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills and Interim Studies Announcements: Free CLE Webinar, Volunteers needed: Camp Catch-Up, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Foster Care Hackathon May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Norm Pflanz

Note: Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we will be taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Fighting for human rights has taken Norm Pflanz around the world,… Read more →

RELEASE – Government report confirms high injury rates in meat and poultry plants

***For Immediate Release*** May 25, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Government report confirms high injury rates in meat and poultry plants Workers denied treatment, are punished for seeking medical care for chronic, crippling injuries   LINCOLN – For more than a decade, medical studies and reports have proven… Read more →

Take Action – Come with us to Kansas City to fight for consumer rights

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced they will be proposing new rules to rein in some of the worst abuses of the payday loan industry. They’ll unveil the draft rules at a public field hearing on Thursday, June 2nd in Kansas City – and we’re taking a group from Nebraska to the event! Would you like to… Read more →

More states embracing Medicaid expansion to strengthen economy

Over the last several years, a majority of states – currently 32 and the District of Columbia – have embraced solutions to allow working people with low incomes to afford vital health insurance through Medicaid expansion. For years, Appleseed and many other partners have strongly advocated for Nebraska to do the same because Medicaid expansion is a proven solution to… Read more →

No Relief: New Study shows Poultry Workers regularly denied Bathroom Breaks

While meatpacking and poultry workers have to deal with crippling work speeds every day that cause high rates of devastating and permanent injuries, they also suffer other abuses and indignities at work which undermine their safety and health. One of the most common issues that workers consistently point to as a serious safety risk is that employers routinely deny workers… Read more →

First Lincoln Unites! festival celebrates strength of diversity

Lincoln did indeed unite this past weekend in a new festival celebrating the city’s vibrant mix of cultures with activities for all ages. If you missed the day’s African drumming, henna tattoos, delicious food, and moving citizenship ceremony, read on for a vicarious experience and mark your calendar to watch for the 2nd annual event next spring! The day began… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – May 3, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Recap Court Opinions: In re Interest of Giavonna G. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills and Interim Studies POLICY SPOTLIGHT 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Recap The second session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die on April 20, 2016. During this session, several important measures related to child welfare… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska Appleseed celebrates 20 years fighting for justice

***For Immediate Release*** May 2, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Celebrates 20 Years Fighting for Justice and Opportunity Anniversary Celebration honors key partners, advocates on May 4   LINCOLN — On Wednesday, May 4, Nebraska Appleseed will celebrate two decades of social justice advocacy at a… Read more →

Growing Good Award – Woods Charitable Fund

It would be impossible for organizations like Nebraska Appleseed to do our work and fight for positive change in our state without support from people and organizations who share our values of justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. From our earliest days, Woods Charitable Fund has been a constant ally and partner, providing Appleseed with invaluable financial support that has… Read more →

Over 100 Nebraska schools eligible for effective tool to feed students in 2016-17

***For Immediate Release*** April 28, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org More than 100 Nebraska Schools Eligible for Community Eligibility Provision to Fight Hunger in the Classroom   LINCOLN — Recently, the Nebraska Department of Education released information showing 104 schools in Nebraska will be eligible to serve more free… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Gretchen Obrist

Note: Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we will be taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   When Nebraska Appleseed’s earliest advocacy programs were beginning to take shape,… Read more →

Recap of 2016 Nebraska Legislative Session

The 2016 Nebraska Legislative session ended with a flourish last week with two of Appleseed’s priority bills passing into law! It was a great end to the session. However, while there were some important policies advanced at the State Capitol, this session largely will be remembered as a session of missed opportunities to remove barriers for hard-working Nebraska families. Let’s… Read more →

The Fosters Season Recap: Not all “foster care advocates” are bad

Warning: This blog contains spoilers about this season of The Fosters   After a long hiatus, we are back blogging about the hit Freeform show, “The Fosters.” Since we last left you, there have been many changes with our favorite T.V. foster family. On a show that deals with almost every topic you could imagine (cancer, the sex offender registry,… Read more →

STATEMENT – Appleseed praises Legislature vote to override veto of LB 947

***For Immediate Release*** April 20, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Statement on vote to Override veto of LB 947 Vote allows Nebraska economy, communities to benefit from hard-working young Nebraskans   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement on the Legislature’s vote… Read more →

The Nebraska Strengthening Families Act Becomes Law

Monday, Governor Ricketts signed into law LB 746, the Nebraska Strengthening Families Act (NSFA). This is a victory for Nebraska’s child welfare system, as the SFA promotes normalcy and permanency for youth growing up in foster care. The NSFA will allow kids to be kids by removing unnecessary barriers that prevent children in foster care from participating in developmentally appropriate… Read more →

RELEASE – Supreme Court case argued Monday impacts thousands of Nebraska families

***For Immediate Release*** April 18, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Supreme Court hears Arguments in Administrative Relief Case U.S. v. Texas decision will impact safety, unity of thousands of Nebraska families   LINCOLN – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Texas,… Read more →

TAKE ACTION – Urge your State Senator to override veto of DREAMers professional license bill

Friday, Governor Ricketts announced he had vetoed LB 947, the bill that would ensure hard-working young immigrant Nebraskans can obtain their professional licenses and fully contribute their skills to Nebraska’s future. We are deeply disappointed in the Governor’s decision, which lets the skills and talents of thousands of hard-working, work-authorized young Nebraskans go to waste. But there’s still time for… Read more →

Statement on Governor Ricketts veto of LB 947

***For Immediate Release*** April 15, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Governor’s veto of LB 947 Needless veto wastes skills, talent of thousands of hard-working young Nebraskans   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement on Governor Ricketts’ veto… Read more →

Scholarships available to undocumented and DACA students

Nebraska has long benefitted from the hard work and leadership of Nebraskans from all backgrounds. Ensuring more young Nebraskans have the opportunity to further their education means our communities will be able to receive contributions from young people who grew up calling Nebraska home. There are a number of scholarship opportunities that are available to young Nebraskans regardless of their… Read more →

New report highlights connection between foster care and homelessness

A report released this week by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) found that more than half of youth who are homeless become homeless when they are kicked out of their homes by a parent or caregiver. These young people then turn to homeless shelters that are often full. Researches from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studied… Read more →

Appleseed Statement on Legislature passing LB 947

***For Immediate Release*** April 13, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Statement on Legislature passing LB 947 Bill will allow Nebraska to gain much from the skills and talents in our state   Today, Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser issued the following statement on the… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Development Associate Emma Rasmussen

There has always been power in amplifying the individual voice of those who often go unheard, and that is what motivates Appleseed’s new Development Associate Emma Rasmussen. Emma is an Omaha native and a 2015 graduate of Creighton University, where she developed a plan to use her Theatre major for a larger purpose – using the storytelling power of the… Read more →

STATEMENT – Appleseed applauds vote moving LB 947 to Final Reading

***For Immediate Release*** April 7, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org Appleseed Statement on LB 947 Debate Advancing the bill to Final Reading puts us one step closer to fully utilizing the skills and talents in our state   Today, Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser issued the… Read more →

New report shows Nebraska lagging nationally in helping kids get meals at school

***For Immediate Release*** April 7, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New report shows Nebraska lagging nationally in helping kids get meals at school Nebraska ranked nearly last in using Community Eligibility Provision   Despite a significant nationwide increase in the number of high-poverty schools helping feed students with… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: The Family First Act Court Opinions: In re Interest of Jackson E., In re Interest of My’Kyng K., In re Interest of Alec S. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT The Family First Act The Family First Act is proposed federal legislation that may soon be introduced, by Senate… Read more →

Meet Appleseed’s Spring 2016 Interns

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright and talented interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We’re pleased to introduce you to our Spring 2016 interns. Special thanks to intern Megan Birman for compiling these stories. Appleseed currently is looking for interns and law clerks… Read more →

Statement on Legislature vote to bracket LB 1032

***For Immediate Release*** March 29, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Statement on LB 1032 Debate Legislature again fails 97,000 uninsured Nebraskans who need path to affordable health coverage   Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement on the Legislature’s vote not to advance… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Milo Mumgaard

Note: Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we will be taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   The roots of Nebraska Appleseed were first planted in an unlikely… Read more →

RELEASE – High rate of meatpacking worker injuries lead to new enforcement efforts

***For Immediate Release*** March 21, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   High rate of meatpacking worker injuries lead to new OSHA education, enforcement efforts New program to focus on reducing unsafe conditions for workers   LINCOLN – Workers in meatpacking and poultry plants continue to work in some of… Read more →

Twenty years ago today

Twenty years ago today, a group of forward-thinking Nebraskans came together to re-balance the scales of justice toward fairness for low-income families, children, and immigrant Nebraskans. They founded a new venture called Nebraska Appleseed to tackle the toughest challenges and solve big problems at their roots. Over the past 20 years, a grassroots network of amazing, committed, and generous allies… Read more →

RELEASE: Over 87,000 Nebraskans covered through ACA Marketplace in 3rd enrollment period

***For Immediate Release*** March 15, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Over 87,000 Nebraskans newly insured through Health Insurance Marketplace 88 percent of enrollees received tax credits to reduce cost of plans   LINCOLN — Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than 87,000… Read more →

2016 International Women’s Day shows event vibrant and growing in Omaha

March 8th, International Women’s Day, has long been celebrated by the global community as a day to honor women for their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. On this day, women, communities, and countries the world over enjoy the day with events that range from festivals to tea parties. Three years ago, a group of refugee women in Omaha came… Read more →

RELEASE – Appleseed joins Supreme Court amicus brief in deferred action case

***For Immediate Release*** March 9, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed joins amicus brief in Supreme Court deferred action case More than 300 organizations urge Supreme Court to lift injunction in case of U.S. v. Texas   LINCOLN – Today, Nebraska Appleseed signed onto an amicus brief… Read more →

Take Action – Let young Nebraskans work for their dreams

One of the best resources Nebraska has for a bright future is hard-working young people who want to follow their career dreams and practice their chosen professions right here in our state. We’re asking you to take action today to help more of these bright young Nebraskans reach their career goals and be part of the next generation of Nebraska… Read more →

RELEASE – Settlement agreement reached in class-action food assistance lawsuit

***For Immediate Release*** March 4, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org Russ Reno Public Information Officer, DHHS Office: (402) 471-8287 Russ.Reno@nebraska.gov Proposed settlement will help Nebraska families eligible for food assistance Agreement would end lawsuit regarding delays in administering SNAP   LINCOLN — An agreement recently was reached between the Nebraska… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update 03/01/2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: H.R. 4472 – Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act Court Opinions: In re Interest of Tavian B., In re Interest of Precious H. & Blut Law La H., In re Interest of Miah T. & DeKandyce H. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills Announcements: Camp Catch-Up, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 29, 2016

It was an exciting week at the State Capitol as one of our biggest priority bills faced a first-round vote last week. Plus, Nebraskans got their chance to tell their State Senators why they support health coverage for hard-working people. This is the final week of committee hearings before the Legislature moves to all-day floor debate next week. Advocates urge… Read more →

Appleseed Statement on LB 1032 Fiscal Note

For Immediate Release February 24, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853, ext. 119 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Statement on Legislative Fiscal Office Fiscal Note for LB 1032   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould released the following statement on the release of the latest fiscal note for LB 1032, the Transitional… Read more →

Yet another worker survey reveals crippling conditions and abuse in poultry plants

The Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center (NWAWJC) recently released a superb report on Arkansas’ poultry industry called “Wages and Working Conditions in Arkansas Poultry Plants.” The report, which examines a large industry in Arkansas – the state ranks second in the U.S. for broiler production– comes soon after an excellent report on the poultry industry from Oxfam America. NWAWJC surveyed an… Read more →

Nebraska ranked nearly last in School Breakfast participation

  ***For Immediate Release*** February 17, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska ranked nearly last in U.S. in School Breakfast Participation State scores 49th in helping qualified kids start the day with a healthy meal at school   LINCOLN — Nebraska ranked nearly last in the country… Read more →

Hearing for new health coverage bill draws dozens of supporters

Supporters packed a hearing room at the State Capitol on February 10 for a hearing on LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program (T-HIP) Act. The new bill, introduced by State Senator John McCollister (LD-20, Omaha), is a new, bipartisan plan to help nearly 77,000 uninsured Nebraskans afford the essential health coverage they need. It also would allow our state… Read more →

Statement – LB 1032 creates path to affordable health coverage for 77,000 Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** February 10, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement supporting Transitional Health Insurance Program Act LB 1032 would create path to affordable health insurance for 77,000 uninsured Nebraskans   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould released the following statement in support… Read more →

Appleseed Statement on DHHS fiscal analysis of LB 1032

Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services’ fiscal analysis of LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act. “We have seen these kinds of 11th-hour, taxpayer commissioned reports before from the Department. At the end of the day, what matters is what the Legislative Fiscal Office projects, and that analysis… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – February 2016

In this February edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Support new Transitional Health Insurance plan 2016 Legislative Priorities Nebraskans call on end to Deportation raids Introducing new Appleseed team members Our response to 2016 State of the State Address Job Announcement – Development Associate Support new Transitional Health Insurance plan The biggest issue of the 2016 Nebraska Legislature session will be… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 1, 2016

Things are starting to pick up at the State Capitol with several bills that Appleseed is following having hearings this week.   Take Action to fight unfair banking practices All Nebraska families should have access to credit, but Nebraska law currently lets payday lenders charge some of the highest interest rates in the nation. LB 1036 (Sen. Kathy Campbell) would… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – January 2016

IN THIS ISSUE   Policy Spotlight: 104th Legislative Session Court Opinions: In re Interest of Dante S. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills Announcements: Introduced Legislation Chart, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT The 2nd session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature began on January 6, 2015. Here are a few of the bills that Nebraska Appleseed will be monitoring closely this… Read more →

McCleery chosen as New Leaders Council-Omaha Fellow

Appleseed is excited to announce our health care staff attorney Molly McCleery has been chosen as one of 20 members in the 2016 class of Fellows by New Leaders Council-Omaha! New Leaders Council (NLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. Fellows… Read more →

The 101: About the Transitional Health Insurance Program

On January 19, State Senator John McCollister of Omaha introduced LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act. LB 1032 creates the Transitional Health Insurance Program (or “T-HIP”), which would provide health coverage for the 77,000 Nebraskans in the coverage gap. Those people who are eligible to covered by T-HIP include single adults and parents who are ineligible for Medicaid… Read more →

Meet three new members of Appleseed family

Recently, Appleseed added three new members to our staff. We wanted to introduce you to these hard-working advocates who are helping our fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Elizabeth Hutchison – Executive Assistant In December, Elizabeth Hutchison joined Appleseed as our executive assistant. She previously worked in communications for Union Pacific. A Lincoln native, Elizabeth said she’s… Read more →

LB 746: The Nebraska Strengthening Families Act

On January 21, the Health and Human Services Committee of the Nebraska Legislature held a hearing on LB 746, the Nebraska Strengthening Families Act (NSFA), a bill that allows “kids to be kids” by removing unnecessary barriers that prevent children in foster care from participating in developmentally appropriate activities like sports, sleepovers, and  extracurricular activities. All testifiers were in support… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska Strengthening Families Act would remove barriers for foster youth

***For Immediate Release*** January 21, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Strengthening Families Act, LB 746, set for Thursday hearing Bill will better allow “kids to be kids” by removing barriers to important developmental activities   LINCOLN — Child welfare advocates, young people with experience in foster care… Read more →

Legislative Update – New bill a healthy solution for uninsured Nebraskans

Press conference draws supporters of new Transitional Health Insurance Program Tuesday, a new effort to create a path to affordable health insurance for hard-working uninsured Nebraskans was officially unveiled when State Sen. John McCollister introduced LB 1032, the “Transitional Health Insurance Program Act.” This bill would allow nearly 77,000 Nebraskans who currently cannot afford insurance to get vital health coverage.… Read more →

Statement on LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act

***For Immediate Release*** January 19, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Statement in Support of Transitional Health Insurance Program   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement on LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act, introduced today by State Senator John McCollister.… Read more →

Nebraskans celebrate introduction of new Transitional Health Insurance Program

Plan would return Nebraska tax dollars to the state for private health coverage for 77,000 uninsured Nebraskans Today, a bipartisan group of State Senators unveiled a new health coverage bill that would create a pathway to affordable health coverage desperately needed by 77,000 uninsured Nebraskans who currently cannot afford insurance. The plan, called the “Transitional Health Insurance Program,” or T-HIP,… Read more →

Appleseed Statement on 2016 State of the State Address

***For Immediate Release*** January 14, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed issues response to 2016 State of the State Address   Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s State of the State Address.   “In his State of the… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraskans Call on President Obama to End Deportation Raids

***For Immediate Release*** January 13, 2016   Contact: Charles Shane Ellison, Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (402) 898-1349 charles@jfon-ne.org   Jeff Sheldon, Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraskans Call on President Obama to End Deportation Raids Groups condemn raids on vulnerable Central American families   As President Obama visits Nebraska today, Nebraska… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – January 2016

In this edition of “Appleseed in Action”: 2016 Legislative session will tackle big issues Press conference on health coverage for all Nebraskans New report calls for increase in education in prisons Appleseed urges investigation of for-profit colleges “2016 in 2016” health coverage campaign 2016 Nebraska Legislative session to tackle big issues The 2016 Nebraska Legislative session began on Wednesday, January… Read more →

Legislative Update – The 2016 session has begun!

On Wednesday, January 6, the 2016 Nebraska Legislature began their 60-day session. Over the next few months, State Senators will consider many bills that will affect justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans including health coverage for the uninsured, improving the child welfare system, and increasing economic opportunity for hard-working families. Each week, we will let you know about movement on… Read more →

Weatherization assistance program keeps low-income families warm this winter

For most Nebraskans, winter weather is an accustomed inconvenience.  But for Nebraskans with low incomes, cold temperatures can be financially devastating and physically hazardous. In 2006, Appleseed supported the creation of the “Cold Weather Rule” in Nebraska.  According to this rule, low-income Nebraskans cannot have their natural gas shut off between November 1 and March 31 of any given year,… Read more →

Statement on introduction of Nebraska Strengthening Families Act

For Immediate Release                           January 6, 2016 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org Appleseed Statement on LB 746, the Nebraska Strengthening Families Act New bill will implement a federal law that clears barriers for foster youth to have important developmental experiences   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Child Welfare Director Sarah Helvey… Read more →

New report calls for study of Nebraska’s for-profit Colleges

For Immediate Release                           December 28, 2015   Contact, James Goddard Economic Justice Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 570-9462 (cell) jgoddard@neappleseed.org   New report calls for study of Nebraska’s for-profit colleges High student debt, default rates, and limited performance measures warrant Legislative inquiry   LINCOLN — A new report released today by Nebraska Appleseed reveals concerning outcomes for Nebraska’s for-profit colleges… Read more →

Recent Education Reforms Protect Youth in Foster Care  

December has been a big month in the federal government for education policy reform to help support young people with foster care experience as well as other at-risk youth. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the introduction of the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act will bring positive changes and protections… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – December 22, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Recent Education Reforms Protect Foster Youth Court Opinions: In re Interest of Gavin S. and Jordan S., In re Interest of Grace H. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Recent Education Reforms Protect Foster Youth This month, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (S.1177),… Read more →

Education under ADC is a proven success

Education is the clearest pathway out of poverty. And in Nebraska, we have emphasized the importance of education in our Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program. ADC is Nebraska’s cash assistance program for low-income families with children. Most people who participate in the ADC program must engage in a work activity every week. Under Nebraska’s ADC program, participants can choose… Read more →

Investing in Adult Education essential for future economy

The jobs of the future will require Nebraska’s workforce to have training and education beyond the high school level. By 2018, 64 percent of the available jobs in Nebraska will require a post-secondary education. Yet, nearly 10 percent of all Nebraskans ages 18 to 64 lack a high school degree or an equivalent and almost 25 percent of Nebraskans age… Read more →

Appleseed joins Supreme Court brief on deferred action

Earlier this week, Nebraska Appleseed joined a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups to file an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court. The brief urged the Court to review Texas v. United States, a case that has temporarily blocked implementation of the President’s administrative relief programs for those who qualify for expanded Deferred… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – December 2015

In this December edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Nebraskans urge leaders to welcome Syrian refugees Join the Insure the Good Life campaign Tell large chicken companies workers deserve to be safe DAPA/DACA court decision continues to harm Nebraska families Double your donation to Appleseed Nebraskans urge leaders to welcome Syrian refugees In recent weeks, a national conversation was sparked around… Read more →

RELEASE – New report recommends increasing access to education programs in Nebraska prisons

For Immediate Release                           December 2, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New report recommends increasing access to education programs in Nebraska prisons Increased access to education will reduce recidivism, lead to new job opportunities after incarceration   LINCOLN — Education is essential not just for the individual who… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – November 30, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Memorial March to Honor Lost Children Court Opinions: In re Interest of Mya C. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Ethics CLE, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Memorial March to Honor Lost Children Last Wednesday, advocates for Native American children led the 13th annual Memorial March to Honor Our Lost Children in Sioux City.… Read more →

A week of overwhelming support for Syrian refugees in Nebraska

In recent weeks, a national conversation was sparked around refugees from Syria. Nebraska has long been a safe and welcoming home for those escaping violence throughout the world, and on November 17, Nebraska Appleseed issued a statement urging our elected leaders to welcome refugees in keeping with our state’s values of compassion and humanity. In the week before the Thanksgiving… Read more →

RELEASE – Faith and community organizations’ letter to Gov. Ricketts urges compassion for refugees

***For Immediate Release***                           November 24, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org Faith and community organizations send letter to Gov. Ricketts urging compassion for Refugees Letter asks Governor to rescind request not to settle Syrian refugees in Nebraska   LINCOLN – Today, a group of 31 Nebraska community and faith… Read more →

RELEASE – Nearing Thanksgiving, poultry workers, advocates demand safer work conditions

For Immediate Release November 19, 2015   Contact: Jeff Sheldon Communications Director Nebraska Appleseed Office: 402-438-8853 Mobile: 402-840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org Thanksgiving places the Human Cost of our food Front and Center Poultry and meat workers call for safe working conditions, fair wages, and increased worker voice   As millions of Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving meal next week, most don’t think about… Read more →

Tell large chicken companies that workers deserve safe conditions, fair pay

Oxfam America has recently released an expansive and troubling report on America’s poultry industry entitled “Lives on the Line: The Human Cost of Cheap Chicken”. (you can also read a pdf version of the report here) The report’s immersive website contains many eye-opening and informative web graphics and videos. The excellent report documents many personal stories from workers, unpacks the… Read more →

TAKE ACTION – Tell Congress & Governor Ricketts to welcome Syrian refugees!

As people across the United States are volunteering to welcome Syrian refugees in their communities, a number of Governors recently announced that they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees. Some Members of Congress have even introduced legislation that would stop refugee resettlement altogether. It is critical that public officials hear from their constituents NOW as decisions are… Read more →

Normalcy for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

This post is from Appleseed Child Welfare intern Skyler May.   In the past few months, Nebraska Appleseed has written extensively about the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (or “SFA”) and the recently released report, “Letting Kids Be Kids: Nebraska’s Implementation of the Strengthening Families Act” which includes implementation recommendations from more than 300 stakeholders and young people.… Read more →

Appleseed Statement on re-settlement of Syrian refugees

***For Immediate Release*** November 17, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Statement on Re-Settlement of Syrian Refugees Nebraska must live up to values of humanity, State has role to play in refugee crisis   LINCOLN — Tuesday, Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser released the following… Read more →

Shocking safety violations in pork plant show dangers of brutally fast line speeds

Yesterday, video evidence surfaced of shocking safety violations at a pork plant in Minnesota that supplies Hormel, the nation’s largest pork company that also operates a large plant in Fremont, Nebraska. The conditions exposed by the advocacy group Compassion Over Killing constitute extreme dangers to food and workers’ safety as well as grotesque cases of animal cruelty. You can view… Read more →

RELEASE – Court decision continues to harm Nebraska families and communities

***For Immediate Release*** November 10, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Circuit Court of Appeals decision continues to harm Nebraska families and communities Court ruling out-of-step with past legal precedents. Supreme Court appeal expected.   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser issued the following… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – November 2015

In this November edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Join the Insure The Good Life campaign Child welfare advocates urge “Let all kids be kids” New report exposes poultry worker abuses Join us November 10 for Happy Hour in Lincoln Good Apple Awards honors outstanding advocates Support health coverage for all Nebraskans. Join the “Insure The Good Life” campaign! Right now,… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – October 30, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Letting Kids Be Kids: The Implementation of the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska Court Opinions: In re Interest of Joseph S. et al., In Re Interest of Enyce J. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Interim Studies Announcements: Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative Lecture Series 2015, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Letting Kids Be Kids: The Implementation… Read more →

Letting Kids Be Kids: The Implementation of the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska

Important work is underway in Nebraska and nationally to improve “normalcy” for children and youth in foster care. In September 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (also known as the Strengthening Families Act or SFA). Last week, a group of Nebraska child welfare stakeholders released a report with recommendations on how… Read more →

RELEASE – New report exposes widespread worker abuse in poultry plants

***For Immediate Release*** October 27, 2015 Contact: Kria Sakakeeny, Oxfam America 617-517-9428 (office) 401-359-2219 (cell) ksakakeeny@oxfamamerica.org   Darcy Tromanhauser Immigrants & Communities Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 803-0382 (cell) dtromanhauser@neappleseed.org   New Campaign Exposes the Human Cost of the Chicken on Our Plates   Oxfam America highlights worker abuses and calls on top companies to publicly commit to… Read more →

RELEASE – Child welfare stakeholder group releases report on improving Normalcy for youth in Foster Care

***For Immediate Release*** October 22, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org Child welfare group releases new report on Normalcy for foster youth Stakeholders release report in conjunction with interim study on implementing Strengthening Families Act   LINCOLN — Thursday, a group of Nebraska child welfare stakeholders released a new… Read more →

Every Nebraska vote matters

Note: This is a guest post from Appleseed intern Lee Kreimer.   As a 22-year-old college student, I can’t tell you how many times I have been informed of my naivety and my wishful thinking about the importance of voting. “It does nothing.” “My vote won’t matter anyway.” Or, my favorite response: “Why should I give my opinion about politics? The… Read more →

The Affordable Care Act has been a game-changer for women’s health

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had an enormously positive impact on reducing the number of uninsured Americans. Nearly 9 million people got health coverage in the first year of the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. This is the biggest drop in uninsurance in the U.S. since before 2008, and some experts even say that we haven’t seen this big of… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – October 2015

In this October edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Nebraskans celebrate National Welcoming Week More than 220,000 Nebraskans in poverty in 2014 Reserve your tickets to the Good Apple Awards Appleseed welcomes new staff Join the Insure The Good Life campaign Appleseed discusses foster care on KZUM Nebraskans celebrates National Welcoming Week Nebraskans across the state celebrated building strong and inclusive… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska Communities Honored at White House Welcoming Summit

***For Immediate Release*** October 7, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Communities Honored at National Welcoming Summit White House recognizes Nebraska towns for efforts to build more welcoming, inclusive, communities   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Nebraska communities were among a group of cities and towns from across the… Read more →

Nebraskans celebrate Welcoming Week 2015

Welcoming Week 2015 was the biggest ever, marking a significant moment for the Welcoming movement from September 12-20. People across the United States joined in by participating in Welcoming Week, a national movement  that aims to celebrate and honor the contributions that immigrants make to our local communities every day. This fourth annual event that included more than 245 events… Read more →

Study shows immigrants today integrating as quickly as previous generations

Tuesday’s Omaha World-Herald carried an important story as the topic of immigration continues to be part of the national debate — both about U.S. actions to accept refugees seeking safety as well as Congress’ continued inaction to modernize our out-of-date immigration system. The story highlighted a new national study that confirms the enormous contributions immigrants make to Nebraska and the… Read more →

RELEASE – Census shows over 12 percent of Nebraskans in Poverty in 2014

***For Immediate Release*** September 17, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New data: Over 227,000 Nebraskans lived in Poverty in 2014 Census shows poverty has not sharply fallen despite nation’s lowest unemployment rate   LINCOLN — The percentage of Nebraskans living in poverty was slightly reduced in 2014 versus… Read more →

Meet Kait Madsen – Appleseed’s new Field Organizer

When Kait Madsen was looking for ways to get involved on her college campus during her first year at Loyola University in Chicago, she knew she wanted to help others find solutions to problems in their communities. “I’ve always been interested in human rights and making a difference,” she said. That interest sparked a passion for organizing, and led Kait… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new Weitz fellow Tori Ostenso

Appleseed is very pleased to welcome Tori Ostenso as Appleseed’s Weitz Fellow working with our Economic Justice & Health Care Access programs. The fellowship is supported by the Weitz Family Foundation of Omaha and places recent Carleton College graduates with non-profits in Lincoln and Omaha for one-year fellowships. At Appleseed, Tori will be doing important work to fight poverty, increase… Read more →

Core Issues: Medicaid Works for a Healthy Workforce and a Stronger Economy

Public policy plays a big role in the lives of thousands of Nebraskans every day. At Nebraska Appleseed, we extensively research policy solutions to some of our state’s most-pressing issues like poverty, health care access, child welfare, and immigration. Armed with data and evidence-based findings, we strive to put forward achievable solutions on the Core Issues that affect Nebraskans across the state.… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – September 2015

In this September edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Tell Congress to fight child hunger Many Nebraska families report facing food hardship Newspaper series highlights need to expand Medicaid Local leaders attend grassroots leadership workshop Tickets now available for the 2015 Good Apple Awards Meet our 2015 Summer Law Clerks and Interns Tell Congress to reauthorize funding for child nutrition programs… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – August 2015

In This Issue Policy Spotlight: Implementing the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska Court Opinions: No cases this issue Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Good Apple Awards, Appleseed Blog Policy Spotlight Implementing the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska This month, a group of Nebraska stakeholders including youth, foster parents, and other advocates convened to develop recommendations regarding Nebraska’s… Read more →

New Aid to Dependent Children changes go into effect today

This June, the Nebraska Legislature increased the payment rate for Nebraska’s Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program for the first time in nearly 30 years by passing LB 607. ADC is the state’s welfare-to-work program that includes cash assistance and employment activities for low-income families with children. This increased payment rate goes into effect today, and Appleseed has created this… Read more →

Educators see big benefits with Community Eligibility

The new Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows eligible schools in districts with a high percentage of low-income families to receive funding to pay for free, healthy meals for all students regardless of the income of the students’ families. Appleseed recently spoke with two principals of Omaha elementary schools about their success with CEP — Stephanie Black, Principal at Martin Luther… Read more →