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Protect children seeking safety in Nebraska

(Photo credit: Daily Times)  Thousands of children are fleeing incomprehensible levels of violence from countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

(Photo credit: Daily Times) Thousands of children are fleeing incomprehensible levels of violence from countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

Tens of thousands of children from Central America have arrived in the U.S. seeking safety from extreme violence in their home countries. The United States has laws that allow people seeking safe refuge in this country to be protected while their cases are being handled, and our Nebraska values demand we treat anyone seeking safety, especially children, with compassion and humanity.

You can call or email your federal Representative and U.S. Senators to let them know that as a Nebraskan who cares about the safety of children, you strongly oppose any new legislation that would endanger these children.

Please contact your member of Congress and tell them:

  • You oppose any rollbacks to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
  • That these children seeking safety must have access to legal counsel and be afforded due process.
  • That it is critical any legislation ensure the safety of these children. We should not jeopardize their lives by sending them back to potential danger without a real opportunity to be screened for legal relief.

Representatives

U.S. Senators

A call or email to your Representative and Senator could be as simple as this:

As a Nebraskan who cares about the safety of children, I hope that you stand firm against any removal of legal protections for these children, including protections in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Children fleeing violence should not be returned to unsafe situations. Congress must ensure that children who arrive in the U.S. have access to the legal counsel and services they need.

Tell our members of Congress that Americans have both the legal and moral obligation to keep children safe and these protections must be upheld.


 

Minimum Wage petition a Success! Get ready to Vote this Fall

Victory for Working Families_featimgOn July 3, the good news didn’t come in small packages, but in stacks and stacks of large boxes, piled high in the rotunda of the State Capitol. The boxes contained petitions signed by nearly 135,000 Nebraskans from every corner of our state in support of a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage.

Thanks to your support, Nebraskans will have the chance to vote this fall on whether our state will raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $9 per hour by 2016.

So what’s next for the minimum wage effort?  The signatures were delivered to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office, where they will be counted and verified. That’s expected to be completed by the end of July.  As long as the signature count and requirements are deemed valid, the measure will be placed on the ballot for Nebraskans to vote on this November.

A slight increase in the minimum wage will help thousands of working Nebraska families fight off poverty and boost the overall economy.

The petition drive was a great victory for Nebraska’s working families, but our hard work isn’t complete quite yet.  We encourage all Nebraskans to go to the polls this November to cast a vote for hard-working Nebraskans, increased opportunity for families, and a more robust economy.

Vote to Raise The Wage this fall!


A Window of Opportunity for Immigration Reform

 

It’s time for the House of Representatives to take action for common-sense immigration laws!

Stop Separating FamiliesThis is another crucial window of opportunity for the House to take action before the summer recesses and this fall’s busy election season. It’s time for the House to act now!

Failing to fix our outdated immigration laws hurts Nebraska’s communities, families, and economy. When there isn’t a clear, fair, and common-sense front door, we all pay the price. When there is no line to get in because our laws are out of date, our communities, families, and economy suffer.

Every day more than 400 U.S. citizen children are separated from a parent through detention or deportation. Every day, hardworking people and small businesses in Nebraska waste resources trying to navigate an antiquated, unworkable system. The American thing to do is to find a better way, update our laws, and create a strong foundation for our future.

Call your Congressman today and urge him to take action for common-sense immigration laws with a clear process for citizenship for our families and future.

District 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806 or (402) 438-1598

District 2 – Rep. Lee Terry (202) 225-4155 or (402) 397-9944

District 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435 or (308) 384-3900


Take Action to stop crippling work injuries and contaminated chicken

Hilary O. Shelton of the NAACP appears with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at a news conference Thursday in Washington, D.C.  (Photo credit: Congressional Black Caucus)

Hilary O. Shelton of the NAACP appears with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at a news conference Thursday in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Congressional Black Caucus)

Pain and crippling injuries are a common outcome for the people making tens of thousands of movements per shift in meat and poultry processing. In the words of workers:

  • “I’m doomed.  My injuries are permanent.  But think about the younger people and how we could prevent harm coming to them.”
  • “Slavery still exists today.  It’s been mechanized and it happens during a 40-hour week.”
  • “The pain was so bad that it kept me awake at night.”

It’s about to get worse in poultry processing. So last week Congressional leaders, workers, and civil rights advocates held a House briefing to urge the Administration to stop a proposed new USDA rule that would allow poultry processing plants to increase the speed of the line, replace federal inspectors with plant employees, and jeopardize the safety of our food.


Take action to stop the proposed poultry rule. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell the Administration the Poultry Rule is a senseless danger to workers’ and food safety. Then, ask your U.S. senators to slow work speed in meat and poultry plants. Click your state for your US Senators’ contact pages: