Author: Magdalena Cazarez

SNAP

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 →

SNAP

RELEASE: Organizations Urge Nebraska Governor to Continue Providing Food Relief for Nebraskans Hurt by COVID-19

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, August 20, 2020 For questions about P-EBT and 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  Organizations Urge Nebraska Governor to Continue Providing Food Relief for Nebraskans Hurt by COVID-19 Reopen the application for… Read more →

RELEASE: New national report highlights the need for urgent protections in meat and poultry plants

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, August 13, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Mobile: 402-504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Kria Sakakeeny Mobile: 401-359-2219 ksakakeeny@oxfamamerica.org New national report highlights need for urgent protections in meat and poultry plants A new Oxfam America report features interviews with dozens of workers nationwide who cite dangerous practices in plants, as thousands of workers continue to contract COVID-19 Lincoln, NE— A… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska Legislature fails to protect essential Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, July 28, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org The Nebraska Legislature failed to protect essential Nebraskans Motion to suspend the rules to introduce a bill to protect workers fails by only two votes LINCOLN, NE – Today, a motion filed by Nebraska State Senator Tony Vargas to suspend the rules to permit… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes community organizer Victoria ‘Tori’ Ostenso

Victoria Ostenso, also known as Tori, joined our Economic Justice team as a Community Organizer focused on our payday lending work. Tori’s pronouns are she/her/hers. Fun fact: Tori was our first Weitz Fellow in 2015-16!  Tori’s most memorable experience while working at Appleseed was going on 4-5 day outreach/advocacy trips with fellow organizers “out West” to some of the more… Read more →

Nebraskans celebrate at the Countdown to Coverage

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraskans celebrate at the Countdown to Coverage After years of waiting, Nebraskans will be able to enroll in Medicaid expansion LINCOLN, NE – Today, Nebraskans in the coverage gap and health care community advocates kicked off the long-awaited ‘Countdown to Coverage’ summer… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes staff attorney Diane Amdor

Diane Amdor joined our team as a Staff Attorney in the Economic Justice program this spring! Diane’s pronouns are she/her/hers. As a Staff Attorney, Diane works to combine litigation and policy to create effective pathways out of poverty for everyone in Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Duquesne University in 2006, and graduated from the University… Read more →

STATEMENT: Nebraska approved to implement Pandemic EBT, a federal option under SNAP

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, June 19, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Nebraska approved to implement Pandemic EBT, a federal option under SNAP Ensuring over 150,000 Nebraska children and families have the meals they need to stay healthy Lincoln, NE — On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services… Read more →

STATEMENT: U.S. Supreme Court upholds successful DACA Program

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 18, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org U.S. Supreme Court upholds successful DACA Program Nebraska Dreamers and organizations applaud U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of young Americans with DACA Lincoln, NE — On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision blocking the… Read more →

RELEASE: Corrections Case Decision Won’t Stop Fight for Systemic Change

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, June 8, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Contact: Sam Petto Communications Director, ACLU of Nebraska O: (402) 476-8091 ext 104 spetto@aclunebraska.org Corrections Case Decision Won’t Stop Fight for Systemic Change LINCOLN, NE – In a ruling released today, U.S. District Judge Brian Buescher denied… Read more →

Seguro de salud durante la pandemia: Obtenga Cobertura. Quede Cubierto.

Ahora, más que nunca, todos en nuestro estado necesitamos seguro de salud accesible y de calidad. Durante este momento difícil, es vital que todos en Nebraska sepan las opciones de cobertura disponibles. Obteniendo Cobertura Si usted es elegible, usted puede inscribirse en el Marketplace o Medicaid. Seguro a través de Marketplace: Si pierde su cobertura, o sus ingresos del hogar… Read more →

A message from our Collective Impact Lincoln: Black Lives Matter.

Dear neighbors, Collective Impact Lincoln was created in the spirit of listening to and learning from our neighbors, connecting Lincolnites to resources and power structures within our city, and helping foster resident-led change. As we mourn the death of George Floyd and, most recently, James Scurlock of Omaha, we stand with you to say Black lives matter. We know the… Read more →

RELEASE: Community Eligibility Provision is a major opportunity for Nebraska Schools, despite low national ranking

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Community Eligibility Provision is a major opportunity for Nebraska Schools, despite low national ranking Participation in CEP provides more students with nutritious school meals LINCOLN, NE – During the 2019-20 school year, less than 10 percent of eligible Nebraska schools participated in the Community… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Evictions Proceeding

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Statement from Executive Director Becky Gould on Governor Ricketts Allowing Evictions to Proceed LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Ricketts, during his daily press conference on COVID-19 response measures, announced he would not extend the existing Executive Order 20-07… Read more →

Congress

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on passage of the HEROES Act

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, May 15, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Statement from Executive Director Becky Gould on the passage of the HEROES Act Lincoln, NE — On Friday, The US House of Representatives voted to pass the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The… Read more →

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: Protecciones necesarias para trabajadores de Nebraska

***Para su publicación inmediata*** miércoles, el 6 de mayo de 2020 Magdalena Cazarez Directora de Comunicaciones, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Falta de protecciones de COVID-19 pone a trabajadores, comunidades y producción alimentaria de Nebraska en riesgo Grupos comunitarios señalan la falta de protecciones y ofrecen asistencia  Lincoln, NE — El miércoles, el 6… Read more →

SNAP

RELEASE: Pandemic EBT can help feed Nebraska families during COVID-19

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Pandemic EBT can help feed Nebraska families during COVID-19 Ensuring that over 170,600 children in Nebraska have the meals they need to stay healthy Lincoln, NE — On Monday, May 4, Nebraska advocacy, education, and food security… Read more →