Appleseed In Action – News and Events for August 2014

8/6/2014

In this August edition of “Appleseed in Action”

  • Support compassion, due process for children fleeing violence
  • Dangerous USDA Poultry Rule gets approval
  • Big numbers for Minimum Wage petition drive
  • Introducing our 2014 Good Apple Award honorees

Support compassion, due process for children from Central America fleeing violence

Stand With KidsSince last fall, approximately 200 children who have fled violent circumstances in Central America have been placed with family members or sponsors in Nebraska. The U.S. has both a legal and moral obligation to treat these children with compassion while they seek safety in our country and to ensure they receive due process as courts investigate their asylum claims.

Appleseed joined other community, faith, and immigration organizations to draft a set of principles for any legislation that deals with these children who are seeking safety. On August 2, more than 90 Nebraska faith leaders signed a statement urging compassionate and humane treatment that reflects our values, while more than 50 Nebraskans gathered outside the State Capitol in a show of support for the children.

While Congress is in recess during the month of August, it is a crucial time for them to hear from you! Contact your U.S. Senator to urge them to help protect kids fleeing violence, and tell them any legislation must put the safety, privacy, and legal rights of these children first.


 

Final approval given to dangerous USDA Poultry Rule

The new Poultry Rule allows plants to reduce number of federal safety inspectors and operate at line speeds that lead to high rates of worker injuries.

The new Poultry Rule allows plants to reduce number of federal safety inspectors and operate at line speeds that lead to high rates of worker injuries.

On July 31, the Office of Management and Budget approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Poultry Rule that will endanger the safety of our food and the workers who prepare it.

This new rule allows for the reduction in the number federal food safety inspectors in plants and does nothing to slow the punishing line speeds that result in a drastically high number of crippling worker injuries.

Appleseed joined food and workers’ safety groups nationwide in denouncing the approval of this dangerous rule. Thanks to the work of a strong coalition and workers’ voices in Washington D.C., the final rule did avoid a provision to allow further increasing work speeds in most poultry plants.


Minimum wage petition drive gathers over 134,000 signatures

The “Better Wages Nebraska” campaign collected nearly 135,000 signatures to put raising the minimum wage on the fall ballot.

The “Better Wages Nebraska” campaign collected nearly 135,000 signatures to put raising the minimum wage on the fall ballot.

Thanks to your support, it appears that Nebraskans will have the chance to vote this fall on whether our state will raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $9 per hour by 2016.

On July 3rd, leaders of the Nebraskans For Better Wages campaign announced nearly 135,000 signatures had been collected to put the issue on the November ballot – well above the 83,000 signatures needed.

The signatures still are being counted and verified by the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office, and an announcement about the measure officially being placed on the fall ballot could come any day.

We encourage you to go to the polls this November to cast a vote for hard-working Nebraskans, increased opportunity for families, and a more robust economy.


Introducing our 2014 Good Apple Awards honorees!

good-apple-awardsSave the date for Nebraska Appleseed’s Good Apple Awards on Thursday, October 2, 2014! The Good Apple Awards is Appleseed’s annual fundraiser reception to honor people who stand up for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans!

We are proud to unveil this year’s honorees!

Jan Gradwohl

 

 

 

Jan Gradwohl

JIM WOLF EQUAL JUSTICE AWARD

 

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Beth Riley

MILO MUMGARD EMERGING LEADER AWARD

 

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Husch Blackwell LLP

SEEDS OF JUSTICE AWARD

 

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Creighton Center For Service and Justice

ROOTS OF JUSTICE AWARD

Stay tuned for info about purchasing Good Apple Awards tickets. We look forward to having you join us to honor people who stand up for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

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