Author: Magdalena Cazarez

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RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed responds to the end of the child welfare contract in Omaha

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119X C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed responds to the end of the child welfare contract in Omaha Nebraska’s child welfare system should ensure stability for children and families Lincoln, NE — On Tuesday, December 14, The Nebraska Department of Health and… Read more →

Staff Spotlight: Welcome Kelsey Arends, HCAP Staff Attorney!

Help us welcome back Kelsey Arends (she/her/hers), the new staff attorney for the Health Care Access Program! While an undergraduate at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Kelsey interned with our Immigrants and Communities team back in 2012! She received her JD from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2019. Before joining Appleseed, Kelsey was an attorney with Legal Aid of… Read more →

RELEASE: Community, Worker, and Farmer Groups Welcome Meatpacking Legislation

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, November 22, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Community, Worker, and Farmer Groups Welcome Meatpacking Legislation Bill Introduced as Nebraskans Prepare for Holidays with Family and Food NEBRASKA – Today, as Nebraskans prepare for holidays with family and food, the Protecting America’s Meatpacking Workers Act… Read more →

RELEASE: Raise the Wage Nebraska Presents Local Worker, Leader Stories

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, November 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 Presents Local Worker, Leader Stories Local Workers, Leaders, and Advocates Speak on the Importance of Raising the Wage Lincoln, NE — Today, the Raise the Wage Nebraska coalition launched a virtual conference focused… Read more →

Staff Spotlight: Welcome Nick Grandgenett, ICP Staff Attorney!

Nicholas, “Nick” Grandgenett (he/him/his) is the new Staff Attorney with the Immigrants & Communities (ICP) program! Although new to his current position, Nick previously worked as a law clerk for Appleseed’s Child Welfare and ICP teams. His most memorable experience as a law clerk was helping to prepare a workers’ safety bill in the summer of 2020. While living in… Read more →

Staff Spotlight: Welcome Rómulo “R.J.” Vega, ICP Community Organizer!

Rómulo “R.J.” Vega (he/him/él) was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska, before eventually enrolling at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2003. It was at UNL where R.J. discovered his passion for serving and connecting with others, beginning with the Mexican-American Student Association (MASA), the Phi Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and by working as a student… Read more →

Staff Spotlight: Welcome Ruby Méndez López, ICP Community Organizer!

Ruby Méndez López (she/her/hers) joined our Immigrants and Communities Program as a Community Organizer this summer! Ruby has collaborated with Nebraska Appleseed on numerous projects, including being a statewide leader for our Power of Participation Series and most recently as an artist advocate for the Meatpacking Workers coalition. Ruby brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles as a… Read more →

Staff spotlight: Welcome Andrew Farias, Weitz Fellow!

Andrew Farias (he/him/his) is our new Weitz Fellow! He will be working closely with the Collective Impact Lincoln and Health Care Access team, as well as managing our volunteer program. His previous work with Carleton College includes implementing initiatives to divert waste from our college landfills, including beginning a campus-wide reusable to-go container program. Through this work with Carleton’s Center… Read more →

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 →

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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 →

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TAKE ACTION: Together We Stand with Meatpacking Workers

The Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act (LB 241) passed out of committee and is on the way to floor debate. This is a big step in the legislative process thanks to the actions of workers, families, and communities across the state! But family members and neighbors who work in meatpacking still need your action. Nebraskans working in meat and poultry… Read more →

Take Action for Basic Paid Sick Leave

The Nebraska Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee recently held a hearing on LB258, which would ensure Nebraskans have access to basic, earned paid sick leave – promoting healthier and stronger families, especially working parents with young children. Contact the committee members to ensure this important bill moves forward. Access to basic paid sick leave consistently emerges as a priority for… 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 →

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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 →

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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 →