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Please thank the senators who fought for hard-working, uninsured Nebraskans

WIN_FB_profile_icon_v2As you may have seen on March 19, LB 887, the Wellness in Nebraska Act, that would have provided a path to affordable health insurance for at least 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans, was filibustered in the Legislature. The vote to end debate was 27-21, with 33 votes necessary to end debate.

While this is a disappointing outcome, we will continue to work with our state senators in the future to ensure that eventually all Nebraskans can have access to affordable health care.

The senators who supported the Wellness In Nebraska Act fought hard, and we offer our most sincere thanks and appreciation for their leadership and passion.

It is really important that the supportive senators hear our thanks.

Please take a moment to thank these senators for supporting LB 887 and the tens of thousands of uninsured, working Nebraskans who need affordable health coverage.

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Sen. Greg Adams

(402) 471-2756

Sen. Brad Ashford

(402) 471-2622

Sen. Bill Avery

(402) 471-2633

Sen. Kate Bolz

(402) 471-2734

Sen. Kathy Campbell

(402) 471-2731

Sen. Ernie Chambers

(402) 471-2612

Sen. Danielle Conrad

(402) 471-2720

Sen. Tanya Cook

(402) 471-2727

Sen. Sue Crawford

(402) 471-2615

Sen. Al Davis

(402) 471-2628

Sen. Annette Dubas

(402) 471-2630

Sen. Mike Gloor

(402) 471-2617

Sen. Ken Haar

(402) 471-2673

Sen. Galen Hadley

(402) 471-2726

Sen. Burke Harr

(402) 471-2722

Sen. Sara Howard

(402) 471-2723

Sen. Jerry Johnson

(402) 471-2719

Sen. Russ Karpisek

(402) 471-2711

Sen. Rick Kolowski

(402) 471-2327

Sen. Steve Lathrop

(402) 471-2623

Sen. Amanda McGill

(402) 471-2610

Sen. Heath Mello

(402) 471-2710

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist

(402) 471-2721

Sen. Paul Schumacher

(402) 471-2715

Sen. Kate Sullivan

(402) 471-2631

Sen. Norm Wallman

(402) 471-2620

Sen. John Wightman

(402) 471-2642

Nebraska is a better, stronger state when all of our people have access to affordable, quality health care, and Appleseed will keep fighting for our uninsured people until that vision comes true.


Support increase in minimum wage for hard-working employees

NE_Appleseed_Icons_TakeAction-128Hard work is a core value in Nebraska. Our state boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and one of the highest rates of parents participating in the workforce. But our economy has left too many hard-working Nebraskans behind, risking family stability.  Raising the minimum wage would allow families who work full-time in lower wage jobs to regain a measure of financial stability while reaffirming the dignity of a hard day’s work.

LB 943, introduced by State senator Jeremy Nordquist, would raise Nebraska’s minimum wage gradually to $9 per hour over three years.  A similar bill, LB 947, introduced by State senator Steve Lathrop, raises the minimum wage for workers who also earn tips to 70 percent of the minimum wage for non-tip earners.

These bills are critical measures to ensure hard work pays in Nebraska.  Our minimum wage should allow people who work full-time to achieve a measure of stability. Nearly 32,000 hourly workers in Nebraska earn the minimum wage, and nationwide, 75 percent of minimum-wage earners are over the age of 20.

These bills are essential to reducing poverty among our working people and allowing employees to achieve the upward mobility that has been lost to many with a changing economy.

Please call or e-mail your state senator  and ask them to support LB 943 and LB 947 to make sure hard work pays in Nebraska.


Support Legislature resolution for new immigration law

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Nebraskans across the state know it is time for Congress to fix our outdated immigration laws that are separating families and holding back the economy in our state.You can take action to support a resolution in our State Legislature that will come up for a vote this week calling on Congress to create an immigration system that works in our best interest.

LR 399 is a bipartisan resolution introduced by State senator John Wightman that urges the federal government to pass common-sense immigration laws for our families, economy, and future. This resolution is scheduled for debate on Thursday so it’s important for our senators to hear your voice soon!

Please call or write your state senator to support LR 399 because updated immigration laws with a clear process for citizenship will keep Nebraska families together.

More than 60 percent of Americans across party lines support immigration reform with a path to citizenship to keep families united and grow our economy, and an additional 14% support reform with noncitizen legal status.

In Nebraska, thousands of people have signed postcards and attended prayer vigils and other events to stop the separation of families by our outdated immigration laws.  Last October, more than 2,000 Nebraskans gathered in Omaha for a families’ march and rally to support common-sense immigration laws.

Now, our Legislature can send Nebraska’s U.S. representatives a strong, united message: Now is the time to update our immigration laws.

Please make a short call to your senator and urge them to support LR 399 this week.


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.

You can take action today to help stop the USDA’s dangerous proposal. First, take just a second to sign this online petition urging President Obama and the USDA to “dump the chicken rule.”  Then, call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell the Administration the Poultry Rule is a senseless danger to workers’ and food safety.

The House briefing was hosted by U.S. Representatives Bennie Thompson (Mississippi), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), and Shelia Jackson-Lee (Texas), Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP’s senior vice president for policy and advocacy, and coordinated by Oxfam America, Nebraska Appleseed, Southern Poverty Law Center, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Food & Water Watch, Northwest Arkansas Workers Center, and many others, click here.


Take action to stop the proposed poultry rule and ask your U.S. senators to slow work speed in meat and poultry plants. Click your state for your US Senators’ contact pages: