Picnics, Fireworks and Phone calls: This Independence Day, Stand Up For Justice

Happy Independence Day from Nebraska Appleseed

Happy Independence Day from Nebraska Appleseed

Like many of you, Nebraska Appleseed is taking this Independence Day to celebrate our country with our friends and family. There will be picnics, enjoying the outdoors, and fireworks.  We will be taking time to remember what makes the United States a great place to live: the freedom and opportunity afforded to us, the sacrifices countless men and women have made to defend our country, and our shared responsibility to ensure our laws continue to advance justice and opportunity for all.

We are fortunate to have a democratic system where our voices make a difference in shaping the course of our country; where we can stand up for justice and opportunity by picking up the phone and sharing our views with our elected representatives.  Our leaders in Washington, D.C. are grappling with two key issues that will have a profound impact on Nebraskans.  As part of your celebration of what is great about our country, take a moment to make a phone call and share your thoughts with your representatives on these two critical issues.

Immigration reform with a process for citizenship

Last week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that is an important step to fix our outdated immigration system. Immigration is part of the fabric of our country, it strengthens our economy, and keeps Nebraska families united.  Unfortunately, Senator Johanns and Senator Fischer voted against the bill.

Now, it’s the House of Representatives’ turn.  Call your congressman and urge them to support an immigration reform bill that includes a clear, attainable process for citizenship that ensures a strong foundation for Nebraska’s families, businesses, communities and future.

  • District 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (402) 438-1598
  • District 2 – Rep. Lee Terry (402) 397-9944
  • District 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (308) 384-3900

Not sure which district you live in?  Click here to find out.

Protecting the right to vote for all citizens

Last week, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The Voting Rights Act is an essential protection of the fundamental right to vote in parts of our country that have a long and continued history of actions that discriminate against minority and low-income voters.

Learn more about the history of Voting Rights Act.

The Court’s decision allows Congress to create a new formula to decide what states and districts will be covered by the heightened protections of the Voting Rights Act.  Congress must act quickly to create a new formula and protect the right to vote for all citizens.

Contact your Senator and Congressman and ask them to protect the bedrock freedom of the right to vote.


Phone number

Senator Mike Johanns

(402) 476-1400

Senator Deb Fischer

(402) 441-4600

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (District 1)

(402) 438-1598

Rep. Lee Terry (District 2)

(402) 397-9944

Rep. Adrian Smith (District 3)

(308) 384-3900

Together we can continue to move our country forward and advance justice and opportunity for all.  So this Independence Day, in between the potato salad and the sparklers, stand up for justice and make a call to your representatives on these critical issues!

From all of us here at Nebraska Appleseed, have a wonderful and safe holiday!

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