Appleseed 2012 Year in Review – Welcoming new Nebraskans for stronger, united communities

This is part of a series looking back on Nebraska Appleseed’s work in 2012.

DSCF2059Nebraska Appleseed believes communities in which all people are welcome and engaged become stronger and more enriched.  Our work in 2012 pursued the goals of creating a stronger Nebraska by fighting for the rights of new Americans.

Promoting Common-Sense Immigration Laws

Appleseed believes we need a clear roadmap to citizenship for aspiring American citizens.

While not a permanent solution, Appleseed was encouraged by the June announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and worked to educate communities on the steps they needed to take in order to use this program.  Read fact sheets in English or en Espanol and learn how to take advantage of this new program.

In 2013, Appleseed will continue to encourage our federal representatives to implement an immigration system that provides a clear and reasonable path to citizenship to preserve families and let us take full advantage of all that new Americans have to offer.

A Good Life for Everyone

Appleseed worked in 2012 to foster a sense of welcoming of all people in our communities because we believe our cities and neighborhoods are strongest when everyone feels welcomed.  That’s why Appleseed is proud to be a part of Nebraska Is Home – an effort to welcome people of all backgrounds to build a stronger community.

In July, we worked with Omaha artists, young professionals, the Mayor’s Office, and more than 20 nonprofits to launch You’re Welcome in Omaha.

In September, Appleseed took part in National Welcoming Week in Omaha, which celebrated the contributions immigrants have made in our state.

Appleseed also worked to protect the rights of workers in meatpacking and poultry plants and took steps to ensure that new American voters across the state had the voting process information they needed to fully participate in the November elections.

In 2013, Nebraska Appleseed will continue to work with our state’s leaders in both government and communities across the state to promote an inclusive, welcoming culture that recognizes the value all people bring to Nebraska.

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