October 2012 News & Events

In this October edition of “Appleseed in Action”:


Affordable Care Act community forums in Omaha & Lincoln

Appleseed is out and about in the community over the next few weeks with three community events about the Affordable Care Act. Join us for one of two presentations in Lincoln or a panel discussion in Omaha:

Wednesday, October 17 from 7-9pm
“Myth & Reality: Explaining the Affordable Care Act (ACA)”

A forum discussion featuring Appleseed Executive Director Becky Gould, State Senator Jeremy Nordquist, and Kyle Carlson of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and moderated by Becki Brenner, Executive Director of ACLU Nebraska.

Jewish Community Center Social Hall
333 South 132nd St
Omaha, NE 68154

Please RSVP to Cathy Christensen at bill.christensen60@gmail.com by October 15th, 2012

Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women Omaha Section.

Wednesday, October 17 from 6:30-7:30pm
“Understanding the Affordable Care Act”

A presentation and Q&A with Jennifer Carter, Appleseed Director of Public Policy

First-Plymouth Congregational Church
2600 D Street
Lincoln, NE 68502

Sponsored by the First-Plymouth Peace & Justice Team.

Thursday, November 1 at 6:00pm
“A Community Conversation on the Affordable Care Act”

A presentation and discussion with Appleseed health care Staff Attorney Jerusha Hancock and Mark Intermill, Advocacy Director at the AARP Nebraska.

Northbridge Community Center
1533 N 27th Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

Sponsored by Nebraska Appleseed and the NAACP Lincoln Chapter.


Nebraska Student Organizing Conference: October 20-21

Nebraska Appleseed is partnering with the UNL Progressive Student Coalition to sponsor the 2012 Nebraska Student Organizing Conference. The fifth-annual youth organizing conference will be held in Lincoln at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday October 21.

This year, Campus Camp Wellstone of Wellstone Action will facilitate the two-day training.

Registration is FREE and can be completed online: http://neappl.es/ccwellstone Please register by October 13!

Campus Camp Wellstone is a 1½ day grassroots organizer training designed for college students and young people. The program is nonpartisan, and welcomes both experienced organizers and those who are completely new to activism. The trainers are young leaders currently working in community organizing, labor, and nonprofit organizations.

The training is geared toward young Nebraskans but is open to anyone interested in further developing  their grassroots organizing skills to win on issues that affect their community, campus, or quality of life.

Wellstone focuses on concrete skills, like the nitty-gritty of campaign planning, grassroots organizing, and message development. They also teach students how to successfully recruit and retain volunteers and develop new leadership.

Travel stipends are available and housing can be arranged for those coming from out of town. For more information contact Rachel Gehringer-Wiar at the UNL Progressive Student Coalition: rachellgw@gmail.com 402-658-5725

For more information on Wellstone, visit: http://www.wellstone.org/programs/campus-camp-wellstone


Meet our law clerks! Nebraska’s emerging public interest leaders

Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to have a smart and energetic group of law students clerk in our office and learn about pursuing public interest law.

Our law clerks come from as near as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University and from as far away as Georgetown, Howard, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri – many of whom have roots in Nebraska. Each clerk works closely with Appleseed staff attorneys in our policy areas – poverty, child welfare, health care, or immigration – and conducts legal research, drafts legal memos and policy briefs, provides litigation support, and participates in outreach events.

Each student who comes into our office is passionate about pursuing public interest law, developing their expertise, and using their experience to inform their careers and to help advance the common good.

This summer, Appleseed had eight exceptional law clerks in the office. We asked our clerks to blog about their experiences and what they learned at Appleseed. Read some of their reflections:

If you or a student you know is interested in pursuing public interest law or clerking at Appleseed during the summer or during the school year visit www.neappleseed.org/jobs

For questions about our law clerk program contact Appleseed staff attorney Robert McEwen at rmcewen@neappleseed.org or 402-438-8853 x115


More than 325 people celebrate at the Good Apple Awards

Last Thursday, more than 325 people celebrated Nebraskans who stand up for justice and opportunity for all at the 2012 Good Apple Awards.

“It was an amazing night with so many friends and partners helping to recognize these outstanding community leaders and celebrate the tremendous successes of the last year,” said Becky Gould, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director.  “We could not have chosen a better group of recipients who have worked to tackle tough issues and illustrate what can happen when we all come together to stand up for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.”

State senator Kathy Campbell was honored with the Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award for

her efforts in the Legislature to champion Nebraska children.  Senator Campbell helped lead the fight to ensure all Nebraska mothers receive access to prenatal care and dedicated herself to leading the charge to fix the state’s broken child welfare system.

The Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Act Coalition was recognized with the Seeds of Justice Award for their work to protect Native American children in the state’s child welfare system and ensure they remain connected to their culture.

Carolina Quezada of the Latino Center of the Midlands, Sergio Sosa of Heartland Workers Center, and Willie Hamilton of Black Men United were the recipients of Appleseed’s Roots of Justice Award.  The three Omaha community leaders brought their communities together to build a strong, diverse coalition to protect voting rights for all Nebraskans.

Rachel Jacobson, Founder and Executive Director of Film Streams, was recognized with the Milo Mumgard Emerging Leader Award.  Jacobsen’s work with Omaha’s non-profit film theater has provided an important platform for many diverse artists to make their voices heard and connect the community to stories that need to be told.

“I want to congratulate all of our award winners,” Gould said.  “Every one of them shares Appleseed’s mission of justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.  With wonderful leaders like these in our state, we are energized to continue our work to stand up for justice in Nebraska.”

Photos from the event are available at Nebraska Appleseed’s Facebook page.  Photo credit: “Courtesy Nebraska Appleseed.”

Thank you to all of our 2012 Good Apple Awards event sponsors!

Partner Sponsors

Advocate Sponsors

Ally Sponsors

Annette & Paul Smith
Brooks, Pansing Brooks, PC LLO
Commercial Investment Properties
Fuhrman, Smolsky & Furey, PC
Goodwill Industries, Inc. – Serving Eastern NE & Southwest IA
INSPRO Insurance
Mueller Robak LLC
Nebraska State Education Association
One World Community Health Centers
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
Vanguard Charitable Endowment

Friends of Appleseed

A to Z Printing
American Communications Group
Nebraska Association of Public Employees / AFSCME


Stand Up For Justice: A Poster Show Benefiting Nebraska Appleseed

At the Good Apple Awards last week, Appleseed debuted “Stand Up For Justice,” its second annual silkscreen poster exhibition combining art and justice.

The exhibit, in partnership with Omaha graphic designer Justin Kemerling and Lincoln screen printer Jason Davis of Screen Ink, brought together ten Nebraska graphic designers to inspire people to Stand Up For Justice in their community: to tear down the obstacles – discrimination, oppression, and reckless indifference – that keep the poorest of us poor and further weaken those among us who are vulnerable. This year’s posters seek to inspire people to organize to create real change and work together to build a stronger community.

View the online gallery.

This year’s exhibition includes ten 18″x24″ silkscreen poster designs with 25 prints each created by: Craig Hughes, Dave Markes, Doe Eyed, Jeremie Memming, Justin Kemerling, Kelsey Janda, Liz Hunt, Oxide Design Co., RDQLUS, and J. Curtis Rawlings.

Poster prints are available for purchase online for $35 each.

100% of poster proceeds benefit Appleseed’s efforts fighting for justice and opportunity for all. Thank you to Justin Kemerling, Jason Davis, and all of the designers who donated their time, talent, and vision.

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