Author: Magdalena Cazarez

Staff Spotlight: Welcome Schalisha Walker, Child Welfare Program Coordinator!

Schalisha Walker (she/her/hers) joined us this summer as the Program Coordinator with our Child Welfare team! Prior to joining Appleseed, Schalisha served as the Youth Engagement Specialist at Project Everlast Omaha for eight years. She’s worked directly with young people with the foster care and juvenile justice experience to ensure they had the resources and support services they need to… Read more →

Staff spotlight: Welcome Drew Duncan, Development Associate!

Drew Duncan (he/him/his) joined our team as the Development Associate! He will be helping build and strengthen relationships with Appleseed donors and supporters, and help plan our annual fundraising event, the Good Apple Awards. Drew is a board member of Out Nebraska and UNL Friends of Opera. He joins Appleseed with tremendous experience from his previous positions as a Development… Read more →

RELEASE: “Raise the Wage Nebraska” Files Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, August 9, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  “Raise the Wage Nebraska” Files Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative Lincoln, NE — Today, a coalition of Nebraska community members, advocates, and supporters announced the launch of Raise the Wage Nebraska to raise our state’s minimum wage to… Read more →

STATEMENT: More Nebraskans can Apply for SNAP with New Eligibility Criteria

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  More Nebraskans can Apply for SNAP with New Eligibility Criteria Nebraska now processing applications with benefits to be disbursed at the end of July Lincoln, NE —  In May, the Unicameral passed Legislative Bill (LB) 108 to… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed’s Response to the Community regarding the Termination of Unemployment Benefits

Nebraska Appleseed’s Response to the Community regarding the Termination of Unemployment Benefits Over the past few days, we’ve received your calls and messages regarding the termination of unemployment benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the stark realities that many Nebraskans face when navigating our complex systems. This is why we have continued to work diligently with community members and at… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska families and children to Receive Child Care P-EBT through SNAP

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, June 25, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Nebraska families and children to Receive Child Care P-EBT through SNAP Approximately $13.6 million in benefits to be provided to 27,500 SNAP-enrolled children Lincoln, NE — On Wednesday, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced… Read more →

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STATEMENT: State delays LB 108, leaving Nebraskans in limbo

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 24, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Thousands of Nebraskans left in limbo awaiting SNAP benefits Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services delays implementation of LB 108 Lincoln, NE — On May 26, 2021, the Unicameral passed Legislative Bill (LB) 108, expanding eligibility… Read more →

STATEMENT: Supreme Court issues a narrow but disappointing ruling on discrimination against same sex coupled foster parents

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 17, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  LINCOLN, NE – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services’ ability to discriminate against same sex coupled foster parents in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare Program Director, Sarah… Read more →

STATEMENT: The Affordable Care Act Withstands Legal Challenge

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 17, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org The Affordable Care Act Withstands Legal Challenge Lincoln, NE — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to preserve the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nebraska Appleseed’s Senior Director of Programs, James Goddard, issued the following… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, February 19, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes U.S. Citizenship Act and Urges Swift Action by Congress Positive immigration laws will support Nebraska communities, families, and economic recovery Lincoln, NE – On February 18, 2021, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38) and Senator Bob… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed’s Molly McCleery Honored as Families USA’s Consumer Experience Health Advocate of the Year

***For Immediate Release*** January 26, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed’s Molly McCleery Honored as Families USA’s Consumer Experience Health Advocate of the Year Lincoln, Nebraska – On Tuesday, January 26, Molly McCleery, Director of the Health Care Access Program at Nebraska Appleseed, was recognized as Families… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, January 21, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Positive Immigration Plans Long-overdue positive immigration plans to provide stability for Nebraska families, communities LINCOLN, NE — On the first day in office, the Biden-Harris Administration announced plans to send a positive new immigration… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Responds to the Governor’s State of the State Address

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, January 14, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address Addressing inequitable and unjust systems to ensure policies work for all of our communities LINCOLN, NE – On Thursday, January 14, Nebraska Appleseed’s Executive Director, Becky Gould, issued… Read more →

RELEASE: Community advocacy groups, Senator Vargas to present clear and enforceable COVID-19 protections in 2021 session

***For Immediate Release*** January 11, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Community advocacy groups, Senator Vargas to present clear and enforceable COVID-19 protections in 2021 session Lincoln, NE — On Monday, January 11, Nebraska community advocates and Senator Tony Vargas held a virtual press conference to introduce two legislative… Read more →

Vaccine Statement

STATEMENT: Every Nebraskan must have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Every Nebraskan must have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of status Lincoln, NE – On Monday, Nebraska Governor Ricketts announced the state’s plan for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. In response to a reporter… Read more →

RELEASE: Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext. 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity All youth and families in Nebraska’s child welfare system deserve stability and equitable access to supportive services and care Lincoln, NE —… Read more →

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RELEASE: After over 1000 Nebraskans sign petition, Governor Ricketts plans to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, November 5, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  After over 1000 Nebraskans sign petition, Governor Ricketts plans to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments Lincoln, NE — Today, Governor Ricketts announced Nebraska will be extending Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments to eligible SNAP participants in November. Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice… Read more →

Nebraska took strides to end predatory lending and advance racial justice

Over the course of the last several months, including yesterday, Nebraska has seen tremendous enthusiasm and engagement in the 2020 election. As of this morning, more than 73 percent of registered voters cast their vote. That means nearly 1 million voters engaged in the electoral process, with high voter turnout rates from Douglas to Scottsbluff Counties and every community in… Read more →

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace Starts November 1

Nebraskans can still access free and local assistance during COVID-19 pandemic This is a guest blog post from Marissa Morales, Health Care Access Program Intern The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted thousands of Nebraskans, including many who have lost their health insurance coverage through their jobs. The Health Insurance Marketplace will offer coverage to eligible Nebraskans during the Open Enrollment Period… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Megan Hamann, Economic Justice community organizer

Megan Hamann is our new Economic Justice Community Organizer focused on food and nutrition access! Megan’s pronouns are she/her/hers. In her role she is working on food security in Nebraska, working directly with people who have limited access to nutritious food to advocate for meaningful change across Nebraska. Megan is completing her Global Studies Major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln… Read more →

SNAP petition signers

RELEASE: More than 1,200 Nebraskans Urge Governor Ricketts to Extend SNAP Emergency Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, October 21, 2020 For questions about SNAP, contact:  Eric Savaiano Economic Justice Program Manager, Food and Nutrition Access O: (402) 438-8853 x 126 esavaiano@neappleseed.org Media contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org More than 1,200 Nebraskans Urge Governor Ricketts to Extend SNAP Emergency Allotments Representing 106 communities, Nebraskans express grave concerns, causing… Read more →

STATEMENT: Appleseed responds to complicated Medicaid expansion waiver approval

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Federal Approval of Medicaid Expansion Waiver Nebraska does not need a complicated waiver system that makes it harder for Nebraskans to access health care Lincoln, NE — Today, Governor Ricketts announced the federal approval of the Section 1115… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Child Welfare Program Coordinator Cornelius Levering

Help us welcome Cornelius Levering to the Appleseed team! Cornelius’ pronouns are he/him/his. As the Child Welfare Program Coordinator, he works with grassroots leaders and key community partners to promote positive change and better policies to ensure children and families navigating Nebraska’s child welfare system receive the resources they need to strengthen families. “I look forward to advocating for policies… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new Weitz Fellow Mika Takamori!

Mika Takamori recently joined Appleseed as the new Weitz Fellow. In the midst of the pandemic, she graduated from Carleton College with a Studio Art degree and a History minor. She has lived in a few cities including Tokyo, San Francisco, and Minneapolis and is excited to now be exploring Lincoln!   She is passionate about figuring out how to… Read more →

SNAP

STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, September 10, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments For many Nebraskans, the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continues LINCOLN, NE – As of September 10, 2020, Nebraska remains to be the only state not to extend SNAP emergency allotments to individuals… Read more →