Critical supports for child care and food security advance

Yesterday morning, the Legislature passed the finalized budget and it’s now with the Governor awaiting his signature. It’s unprecedented for senators to pass a budget this early, but it will allow senators to continue to focus on their priority bills for the remainder of the session. There have been a few Appleseed priorities that have had time on the floor… Read more →

Welcoming Interactive

Join us for the Welcoming Interactive 2021!

Inclusion. Belonging. Equity. Welcoming Interactive 2021 is going virtual! That means we’re inviting you to join us to take a deep dive into immigrant inclusion best practices, hear from peers across the country, and be inspired by keynote speakers john a. powell (lowercase intentional) and Dr. Gail Christopher on belonging and equity. The Welcoming Interactive is open to all those… Read more →

Biden administration leaves refugee admissions goal at historic low

***For Immediate Release*** Friday April 16, 2021  Contact: James Goddard Programs Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 570-9462 jgoddard@neappleseed.org Biden administration leaves refugee admissions goal at historic low Historic-low admissions for those seeking safety are against American values Lincoln, NE — Today, the Biden Administration announced that it will keep the historic-low refugee admissions goal of 15,000 set under the… Read more →

César and his light

Drop by our Virtual Open House to share your story & support for positive immigration laws!

Immigrant Nebraskans are lights in our families and communities! It’s time for Congress to pass laws that ensure full inclusion of family members and neighbors. Our immigration laws have not been meaningfully updated in 40 years, causing unnecessary harm to longtime community members and whole communities. This year includes important opportunities for Congress to pass positive immigration laws–like the Dream… Read more →

SNAP bill up for debate as soon as today

The budget was the primary focus of floor debate last week. Legislators will continue to move the budget through the process this week, along with priority bills. While we are two-thirds of the way through this session, there are still several Appleseed legislative priorities that are pending before the body. SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate today The Legislature… Read more →

“We Are Home” Event Shares Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, April 9, 2021 Contact, James Goddard Programs Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed Mobile: (402) 570-9462 Email: jgoddard@neappleseed.org “We Are Home” Event Shares Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws The Nebraska leg of the “Relay Across America” brings together statewide community members to share their stories and call for positive immigration laws Nebraska — On Friday, April 9,… Read more →

25 Days of Action

April News & Events: Celebrating Positive Immigration Laws

Features from this month’s Nebraska Appleseed newsletter: Celebrating House passage of the Dream & Promise Act 25 Days of Action to celebrate Appleseed’s 25th Anniversary How the American Rescue Plan makes Health Care more Affordable Take Action: Together We Stand with Meatpacking Workers  Your Story Matters: Share your experiences with SNAP Cliff Effect Join us for Volunteer Appreciation Week! COVID-19… Read more →

25 Days of Action

Take action to support access to food and protections for essential workers

Today marks the second day of our 25 days of action, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Nebraska Appleseed. This week, there are two priority bills that you can support by reaching out to your state senator. Your voice can make a difference! SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate The Legislature could debate LB108, Senator John McCollister’s priority bill, as… Read more →

25 Days of Action Kicks Off Today

This week, Nebraska Appleseed kicks-off 25 Days of Action! To celebrate our anniversary year, we want to inspire our supporters and partners to join us in taking action to build a just, vibrant, and inclusive Nebraska where everyone can thrive. From today through April 30 we’ll have a daily action that you can take. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or… Read more →

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan: Making Health Care More Affordable for Nebraskans

The importance of having steady access to quality, affordable health care coverage is clearer now more than ever. The pandemic has taken a devastating toll on Nebraskans, especially on our essential workers, communities of color, and those without health insurance coverage. Evidence shows that gaps in health insurance coverage can have deadly consequences, causing many to delay care and preventing… Read more →

Support for housing justice and for our Nebraska DREAMers

The Legislature continues to discuss and advance legislation as all-day floor debate is underway for the rest of session. As a reminder, priority bills from senators and committees will be the focus of debate and you can view those finalized priorities here. A number of important issues have been designated as priorities by senators and we will keep you updated… Read more →

Don't Wait, Activate!

TAKE ACTION: Together We Stand with Meatpacking Workers

The Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act (LB 241) passed out of committee and is on the way to floor debate. This is a big step in the legislative process thanks to the actions of workers, families, and communities across the state! But family members and neighbors who work in meatpacking still need your action. Nebraskans working in meat and poultry… Read more →

PEBT information

Pandemic EBT adjustments will be issued this week

Last year you signed our petition encouraging Nebraska to adopt Pandemic-EBT (PEBT), a program that offers benefits to students participating in Free or Reduced Price meals who missed out on meals because of school closures. Today, we wanted to share some exciting news about the program. Last week, DHHS released a press statement announcing PEBT adjustments for the months of… Read more →

Ensuring worker protections, food security, and housing justice

All-day floor debate is underway and, for the rest of session, debate will take place in both the mornings and afternoons. As a reminder, priority bills from senators and committees will be the focus of debate and you can view those finalized priorities here. We are excited to see a number of important issues designated as priorities by senators and… Read more →

Tea Cup

Tea Time with Khenda: Updates & Opportunities for Inclusive Communities

Welcome! In case you’re new here, Tea Time is a quarterly newsletter where we share stories, resources, and events for Welcoming and Inclusive communities across Nebraska. So pour yourself a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and let’s exchange good news! ☕️ Stronger Together Even Through The Distance One year ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic first started, we began… Read more →

Congress

STATEMENT: Nebraskans Celebrate House Passage of Dream & Promise Act

Nebraskans Celebrate House Passage of Dream & Promise Act Long overdue legislation would provide stability for Nebraska families and communities Lincoln, NE — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act, which creates a process to apply for residency and citizenship for longtime Dreamer and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) residents. The original Dream Act was… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed celebrates its 25th anniversary

Today, Nebraska Appleseed celebrates its 25th anniversary of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. “Over the past 25 years, Nebraska Appleseed has worked tirelessly on some of the toughest issues facing Nebraskans and their families,” said Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Becky Gould. “We are proud to celebrate this milestone with a grassroots network of big-hearted and forward-thinking Nebraskans… Read more →

The American Rescue Plan Act extends food relief for millions

As economic uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, food insecurity remains unacceptably high. Hardship is particularly sharp among Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people, and families with children are especially impacted. New federal legislation signed into law by President Biden brings much needed relief to millions including in Nebraska. These are the provisions in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act… Read more →

Asian Americans

Supporting our Asian-Americans Friends and Neighbors

Our communities are strongest when everyone feels valued, safe, and respected. The Asian-American and Pacific Islander population in Nebraska is growing, and contributes greatly to our local communities as faith and business leaders, artists, students, teachers, and in many other roles. Unfortunately, our Asian-American friends and neighbors are also experiencing increased discrimination based on misplaced anxiety and fear related to… Read more →

The American Rescue Plan’s passage brings urgent relief to millions

Today, the House took a significant step by passing the American Rescue Plan and providing urgent relief to millions of U.S. households. This legislation will now go to the President for his signature. The bill not only extends crucial support such as increased food assistance and unemployment benefits, but also temporarily expands other programs and benefits, having the potential to… Read more →