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Tell Congress: Pass the Dream and Promise Act

The “Dream and Promise Act” (HR 6) has been introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill would provide long-overdue protections for Dreamers, as well as longtime residents with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are part of the fabric of local communities. Versions of the Dream Act have been pending before Congress since 2001.

Now is the time to raise all voices in support of finally passing positive legislation to create a process to apply for permanent residency and citizenship for Nebraska’s 3,000 Dreamers and community members with long-standing ties to our country.

Urge your representative to SUPPORT the Dream and Promise Act to give DACA youth and TPS residents the opportunity to become citizens of the country they know as home and to which they contribute so much.

Dreamers continue to enrich Nebraska communities, contributing their skills and talents to the only place they know as home, while living with constant uncertainty after the Trump Administration announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program one year ago. Similarly, the Administration announced a sudden end to TPS status for residents from several countries where conflict or other extraordinary circumstances make it impossible to return without jeopardizing their lives.

It is long past time to bring stability to Nebraska communities, families, and Dreamer and TPS residents with common-sense legislation that creates a way to apply for citizenship for contributing community members. Tell your representative to SUPPORT the Dream and Promise Act.

Fight hunger in our schools

Our school districts make critical decisions when planning school breakfast programs that affect not just students’ ability to eat a nutritious meal, but also their health and academic performance.

National data shows Nebraska continues to trail behind nearly all states in making sure children are getting the breakfast they need to be healthy and learn. Nebraska Appleseed’s School Breakfast Report identifies pockets of success and specific opportunities to make sure hungry students get a nutritious breakfast at school to support their classroom achievement. The report also makes recommendations for schools to allow more students to start the day with a nutritious meal.

Given rising food insecurity among families and unpaid meal debt among schools, making sure Nebraska schools have effective breakfast programs ticks both the urgent and important boxes.

View our interactive map to see how your school district performs in in making sure children get a breakfast to support their success in the classroom, and learn how together we can help make sure more Nebraska children have a nutritious meal at the start of their day.

Don’t let hunger stop Nebraska families from getting ahead

Legislative bills 255 and 402 would improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help hard-working Nebraskans get essential meals their families need.

Contact the Health and Human Services Committee chair and other members to express your support for these two proposals. If your state senator serves on the Committee, please make sure to contact them first and let them know you live in their district. Find your state senator.

LB 255, introduced by Sen. John McCollister, would raise SNAP’s gross income limit to address rules that hurt families working toward a better economic future by removing them from the program before they are fully able to purchase food on their own. Parents should never have to choose between taking a better job to get ahead and feeding their families.

LB 402, introduced by Sen. Robert Hilkemann, would provide SNAP to individuals working to establish a firm footing after serving their sentence for a drug related offense. This proposal removes needless barriers to community members as they reintegrate into society and ensures they and their families can access critical food assistance they need.

Call the Health and Human Services Committee members today. Tell them to support LB 255 and LB 402, so families working to put themselves in a better position can get the meals and nutrition they need to succeed. If your state senator serves the Committee, remember to let them know you are their constituent when you call. Find your state senator.

Everyone should have a safe workplace

Over the past decades, significant and convincing data has piled up to show that working in the meatpacking and poultry processing industries continue to be some of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

The Trump Administration has proposed a new rule to make it even more dangerous – both for workers in pork slaughter plants and the food that makes it to your plate. The plan to remove federal food safety inspectors and increase the already dangerously high line speeds in pork plants would be a disaster for all involved.

Tell our members of Congress to pass a law to protect food and worker safety by rejecting this increase in line speed. Our lawmakers must pass protections that prevent the hard-working men and women who prepare our food from suffering permanent, crippling injuries on the job.