Study shows immigrants today integrating as quickly as previous generations

Tuesday’s Omaha World-Herald carried an important story as the topic of immigration continues to be part of the national debate — both about U.S. actions to accept refugees seeking safety as well as Congress’ continued inaction to modernize our out-of-date immigration system. The story highlighted a new national study that confirms the enormous contributions immigrants make to Nebraska and the… Read more →


RELEASE – Census shows over 12 percent of Nebraskans in Poverty in 2014

***For Immediate Release*** September 17, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email:   New data: Over 227,000 Nebraskans lived in Poverty in 2014 Census shows poverty has not sharply fallen despite nation’s lowest unemployment rate   LINCOLN — The percentage of Nebraskans living in poverty was slightly reduced in 2014 versus… Read more →

Kait Madsen is Nebraska Appleseed's new Field Organizer for Health Care and Economic Justice.

Meet Kait Madsen – Appleseed’s new Field Organizer

When Kait Madsen was looking for ways to get involved on her college campus during her first year at Loyola University in Chicago, she knew she wanted to help others find solutions to problems in their communities. “I’ve always been interested in human rights and making a difference,” she said. That interest sparked a passion for organizing, and led Kait… Read more →

Tori Ostenso is a Weitz Fellow at Nebraska Appleseed. She recently graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Appleseed welcomes new Weitz fellow Tori Ostenso

Appleseed is very pleased to welcome Tori Ostenso as Appleseed’s Weitz Fellow working with our Economic Justice & Health Care Access programs. The fellowship is supported by the Weitz Family Foundation of Omaha and places recent Carleton College graduates with non-profits in Lincoln and Omaha for one-year fellowships. At Appleseed, Tori will be doing important work to fight poverty, increase… Read more →

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Core Issues: Medicaid Works for a Healthy Workforce and a Stronger Economy

Public policy plays a big role in the lives of thousands of Nebraskans every day. At Nebraska Appleseed, we extensively research policy solutions to some of our state’s most-pressing issues like poverty, health care access, child welfare, and immigration. Armed with data and evidence-based findings, we strive to put forward achievable solutions on the Core Issues that affect Nebraskans across the state.… Read more →

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News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – September 2015

In this September edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Tell Congress to fight child hunger Many Nebraska families report facing food hardship Newspaper series highlights need to expand Medicaid Local leaders attend grassroots leadership workshop Tickets now available for the 2015 Good Apple Awards Meet our 2015 Summer Law Clerks and Interns Tell Congress to reauthorize funding for child nutrition programs… Read more →


Foster Care Reform Update – August 2015

In This Issue Policy Spotlight: Implementing the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska Court Opinions: No cases this issue Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Good Apple Awards, Appleseed Blog Policy Spotlight Implementing the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska This month, a group of Nebraska stakeholders including youth, foster parents, and other advocates convened to develop recommendations regarding Nebraska’s… Read more →


New Aid to Dependent Children changes go into effect today

This June, the Nebraska Legislature increased the payment rate for Nebraska’s Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program for the first time in nearly 30 years by passing LB 607. ADC is the state’s welfare-to-work program that includes cash assistance and employment activities for low-income families with children. This increased payment rate goes into effect today, and Appleseed has created this… Read more →


Educators see big benefits with Community Eligibility

The new Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows eligible schools in districts with a high percentage of low-income families to receive funding to pay for free, healthy meals for all students regardless of the income of the students’ families. Appleseed recently spoke with two principals of Omaha elementary schools about their success with CEP — Stephanie Black, Principal at Martin Luther… Read more →

Appleseed intern Chuck Smart (shown here after finishing a Color Run) is a UNL law student from Twin Falls, Idaho.

2015 Appleseed Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Chuck Smart

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Immigrants & Communities intern Chuck Smart is putting his talents and passion to work at Nebraska Appleseed. Though Chuck is in his… Read more →