Author: Magdalena Cazarez

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 →

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 →

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 →

RELEASE: COVID-19 Protections needed for Nebraska meat and poultry workers

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Lack of COVID protections threatens Nebraska workers, communities, food production Community groups highlight missing protections, offer assistance Lincoln, NE — On Wednesday, April 29, Nebraska community advocates, food production workers, and public health organizations held a virtual… Read more →

Weekly Update: Essential Nebraskans need essential protections at work

Nebraska Appleseed’s Weekly Update Over the past month, the focus of our weekly Legislative Update has pivoted to provide timely updates about the many policy changes happening to help communities amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the rapid changes happening each week, and our newsletter’s broadening scope, we decided to pause our normal Legislative Update and instead send a Weekly Update… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes ICP community organizer Federico T. Vicente

Federico T. Vicente joined our team as a Community Organizer with our Immigrants & Communities Program this year! Federico’s pronouns are he/him/his.   As a community organizer, Federico works on coordinating grassroots, community-driven advocacy and engagement efforts to develop targeted solutions to community issues including the development of policy, legal solutions, and organizing. He’s excited to engage with communities throughout… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed applauds Governor for maximizing SNAP; Additional programs recommended

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Governor Ricketts maximizes SNAP to help Nebraska families during the COVID-19 pandemic Nebraska Appleseed recommends implementing additional programs available to Nebraska Lincoln, NE — On Tuesday, April 7, Nebraska Governor Ricketts announced temporary changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that… Read more →

RELEASE: Kids and families can find meals through text service

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, April 3, 2020 Contact  Eric Savaiano Senior Program Coordinator, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext. 126 E: esavaiano@neappleseed.org Kids and families can find meals through text service Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska Lincoln, NE — The COVID-19 virus has forced all of Nebraska 244 school districts to close for the foreseeable future,… Read more →

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: Únase con organizaciones comunitarias de Nebraska para el Día del Censo, “¡Todos Contamos!”

***Para su publicación inmediata*** Miercoles, el 1 de Abril de 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Directora de Comunicaciones, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Únase con organizaciones comunitarias de Nebraska para el Día del Censo, “¡Todos Contamos!” Asegurando que las voces de los residentes de Nebraska sean escuchadas y representadas Lincoln, NE — El 1 de Abril de 2020, organizaciones comunitarias… Read more →

RELEASE: Join Nebraska community organizations for “We Count” on Census Day

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Join Nebraska community organizations for “We Count!” on Census Day Ensuring Nebraska voices are heard and represented Lincoln, NE — On April 1, 2020, Nebraska community organizations are celebrating Census Day by mobilizing communities across the state to get counted in the… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Advocates Urge Action to Protect the Health and Safety of all Nebraskans

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, March 20, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Advocates Urge Action to Protect the Health and Safety of all Nebraskans Our state leaders must take immediate steps in this time of uncertainty Lincoln, NE—On Friday, Nebraska advocacy organizations and leaders sent a letter to Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts outlining… Read more →

STATEMENT: Start Medicaid expansion to combat the spread of Coronavirus

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, March 13, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Start Medicaid expansion to combat the spread of Coronavirus Lincoln, NE –Today, Nebraska Governor Ricketts, as part of his address on the Coronavirus situation unfolding across the state, dismissed press questions about Nebraska’s current lack of Medicaid… Read more →

¡Todos Contamos! El Poder de Participación

¡Todos Contamos! El Poder de Participación ¡Bienvenidos a “Nosotros Contamos,” una serie enfocada en desarrollar poder comunitario y participación cívica en Nebraska! El censo de 2020 se acerca y necesitamos su ayuda para asegurar que recibimos los fondos, la representación y la información que reflejan las comunidades creciendo en Nebraska.  El censo es importante porque… ¡Hay poder en participar! Por… Read more →

Take Action: Protect Nebraskans from experiencing utility shut-offs

This week, Nebraska state senators will take up a proposal to improve protections against utility shut-offs and they need to hear your support. Each month, an estimated 1 in 20 households in Nebraska have their power shut off due to an inability to pay their utility bills. LB933, introduced by Senator Sue Crawford, would limit fees related to utility shut-offs… Read more →

STATEMENT: Youth in Care Bill of Rights strengthens the rights of youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, January 16, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Introduction of Nebraska’s first Youth in Care Bill of Rights in the right direction Legislative bill 941 protects the rights of youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems   Lincoln — On Monday, Senator Megan… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes CIL community organizer Vic Klafter

As our Community Organizer for our collaborative project Collective Impact Lincoln, Vic Klafter is eager to focus on connecting with insightful and talented neighbors, especially in the Belmont and Clinton neighborhoods. Vic’s pronouns are he/him/his.   After growing up in Norfolk, Vic attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in 2018. During his undergraduate years, he volunteered and interned for… Read more →

Khenda Mustafa joins Appleseed as welcoming coordinator

Khenda Mustafa joined our team as Welcoming Coordinator this fall! Khenda’s pronouns are she/her/hers. As the Welcoming Coordinator, Khenda works alongside community leaders from diverse sectors and backgrounds to create a welcoming and inclusive culture and promote racial equity across Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and comes from a refugee background. … Read more →

RELEASE: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on the Affordable Care Act potentially dangers health coverage for millions

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, December 19, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on the Affordable Care Act potentially dangers health coverage for millions of Americans Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid are essential to keep Nebraskans healthy. Lincoln, NE — Today, Nebraska… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes organizer manager Vanessa Martinez

Vanessa Martinez joined Nebraska Appleseed in October 2019 as the Organizing Manager for the Immigrants & Communities Program. Vanessa’s pronouns are she/her/hers.    Vanessa is from Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with degrees in English and Music — she plays the clarinet! Her career as a human rights advocate began at Appleseed back in 2008 when she… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes executive assistant Lisa Holmquist

Lisa Holmquist joined Nebraska Appleseed this fall as the Executive Assistant. She grew up in Ogallala, NE, and loved having Lake McConaughy close by! Nonetheless, she’s been happy to call Lincoln ‘home’ for many years. Lisa’s pronouns are she/her/hers.   Lisa received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She spent the past 17 years… Read more →

STATEMENT: Ensuring all Nebraskans are counted and represented in every community

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, November 21, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   Ensuring all Nebraskans are counted and represented in every community Nebraska is the first state to release confidential information to the U.S. Census Bureau LINCOLN—The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently released it will be… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes staff attorney Kasey Ogle

Kasey Ogle joined us this summer as our staff attorney for Collective Impact Lincoln, a collaborative project with Civic Nebraska and South of Downtown. Kasey graduated from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and continued on to receive her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. “I knew I wanted… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Weitz Fellow Nora Brown

Nora Brown is our new Weitz Fellow from Brooklyn, New York! She recently graduated from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Spanish. Nora is working with all of our programs in Health Care, Immigrants & Communities, Child Welfare, Economic Justice, and with our Collective Impact Lincoln project.    Nora interned in Ecuador and Argentina at nonprofits offering… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska health care advocates call for implementation of Medicaid expansion

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, September 20, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   Nebraska health care advocates call for implementation of Medicaid expansion Stand For Expansion. Do Not Waiver.   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska health care advocates, including medical professionals, voiced resounding support for implementation of Medicaid expansion and… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes human resources director Ralph Kellogg

Ralph Kellogg joined our team as the Human Resources Director. Ralph also works as an Adjunct Instructor at Bellevue University where he teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate level human resources classes. He has an extensive background in strategic planning, training, corporate communications, and human labor union management. “I am honored to work for Nebraska Appleseed. Working for Appleseed and… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Workers and Consumers at Risk with New Pork Rule

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Workers and Consumers at Risk with New Pork Rule USDA finalizes rule removing federal food inspectors and limits on processing speeds   LINCOLN — Today, in a step backward toward the days of Upton Sinclair’s… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes staff attorney Sarah Maresh

Sarah Maresh joined our team this summer as the staff attorney for our Health Care Access Program. She is a two-time Husker alumni, graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her undergraduate degree with highest distinction in Sociology and International Studies and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law with highest distinction. Sarah is a member of… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes development associate Edgar Reynaga

Edgar Reynaga joined our team as the Development Associate in the Spring. Edgar graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. “When I interned for the Immigrants & Communities Program in the fall of 2016, I knew then I wanted to work in nonprofit. Interning through an election cycle was an inspiring time… Read more →

Join Appleseed in a National Day of Action for Affordable Prescriptions

Every Nebraskan deserves affordable medicine to maintain a healthy life This afternoon, Nebraska Appleseed is joining the People Over Pharma Profits National Day of Action by delivering letters from impacted Nebraskans and health care advocates. At some point, everyone gets sick and may need prescription medicine to feel better. Every Nebraskan deserves affordable prescription medicine to maintain a healthy life… Read more →

PRESS RELEASE: Final Public Charge policy blocks aspiring Americans from becoming lawful permanent residents

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, August 12, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Final Public Charge policy blocks aspiring Americans from becoming lawful permanent residents The health and wellbeing of families will be greatly impacted, including U.S. citizen children   LINCOLN – Today, the Trump administration finalized a harmful, sweeping change to… Read more →

Nebraskans for Expansion: Health care is a basic necessity

Note: This is a guest post from Denise Dickeson, Lincoln resident and volunteer. My name is Denise Dickeson and I have been disabled for over 20 years with an invisible condition called Meniere’s disease. If I could, I would work, but my condition does not allow me to have a stable job. Instead, I spend my free time volunteering and… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes finance and administrative coordinator Diane Rolfsmeyer

Diane Rolfsmeyer became the Finance and Administrative Coordinator for Nebraska Appleseed in April. She’s from small town Milford, Nebraska and came to Lincoln originally to attend the University of Nebraska. She soon discovered how much she loved Lincoln and been here ever since! Diane has a long history in finance with 25 years being a Certified Financial Planning Professional in… Read more →

RELEASE: Ensuring access to adequate mental health care for Nebraska prisoners

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Ensuring access to adequate mental health care for incarcerated people in Nebraska A humane and civil approach toward a sustainable prison reform.   LINCOLN – Today, the Nebraska Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights gathered for… Read more →

RELEASE: Congress makes history with House passage of the Dream and Promise Act

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Congress makes history with House passage of the Dream and Promise Act Protecting Dreamers and TPS residents is a common ground principle for America LINCOLN – Today, the House of Representatives took a positive stride for our country by… Read more →

Family-based and humanitarian immigration strengthen our communities

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, May 17, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Family-based and humanitarian immigration strengthen our communities Keeping families separated undermines our American values   LINCOLN – Yesterday, the Administration gave a speech at the Rose Garden about changing the current immigration system. His message included cutting the number of family-based and humanitarian visas… Read more →

RELEASE: 4th annual Lincoln Unites! A multicultural celebration

***For Immediate Release*** Friday, May 10, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director (402) 438-8853 Ext. 119 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Lincoln Unites! A multicultural celebration welcoming cultures and vibrancy to Lincoln Dance, Food, and Entertainment! Experience Lincoln’s diverse communities LINCOLN – The Lincoln Unites! multicultural celebration will be held Friday, May 10 at the Nebraska History Museum (131 Centennial Mall N) in downtown… Read more →

RELEASE: Lincoln City Council introduce ordinance addressing rental housing conditions

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, April 29, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director (402) 438-8853 Ext. 119 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Lincoln City Council introduces ordinance addressing rental housing conditions Proposal would address housing adequacy and conditions in rental units LINCOLN – On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Lincoln City Council introduced Ordinance 19-52 to improve the adequacy and conditions of rental units in… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Native American group organizes around challenge to federal law

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Contact: Misty Frazier Executive Director – Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition Office: (855) 280-2526, ext. 500 misty@nicwc.org Nebraska Indigenous child welfare nonprofit mobilizes to protect ICWA Hosts regional convening to discuss impact of high-profile Native American child adoption case BLOOMFIED, Nebraska – Looking to provide clarity and mobilize after a challenge to the… Read more →

RELEASE: TODAY, Dream & TPS Press Conference

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, April 18, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director (402) 504-0074 (cell) mcazarez@neappleseed.org Positive immigration legislation would allow Dreamers and TPS residents to continue contributing to communities Community leaders and Dreamers tell Congress the time is now to protect immigrant Nebraskans LINCOLN – Nebraska community leaders including Dreamers and TPS residents voiced resounding support for the U.S.… Read more →