Author: Nic Swiercek

Match your support for Appleseed on Omaha Gives! and Give to Lincoln Day

This month, there are two great opportunities to support Appleseed and advance the fight for justice for all in Nebraska. First, we’re celebrating Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 22. It’s an annual community giving celebration of nonprofits serving the greater Omaha area. When you give to Appleseed for Omaha Gives, your donation will go even further! This year, two generous… Read more →

STATEMENT: Appleseed welcomes Senate introduction of Dream Act and Secure Act

***For Immediate Release*** March 26, 2019 Contact: Omaid Zabih Federal Policy Director Nebraska Appleseed Phone: 402-438-8853 x128 Mobile: 605-310-4060 Email: ozabih@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Welcomes Senate Introduction of the Dream Act and the Secure Act of 2019 Long overdue legislation would provide stability for Nebraska families and communities Lincoln, NE – Today, Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham introduced the Dream… Read more →

RELEASE: Congress urged to protect Food Assistance for Nebraska veterans

***For Immediate Release*** November 8, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853, Ext. 119 Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Ahead of Veterans Day, Nebraska Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans Program helps nearly 1.4 million low-income veterans, including thousands in Nebraska   LINCOLN — As the nation prepares to observe Veterans… Read more →

STATEMENT – Nebraska voters chose a healthier future by passing Initiative 427

***For Immediate Release*** November 6, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Office: (402) 438-8853, Ext. 119 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on voters passing Initiative 427 Nebraskans chose a healthier future for our hard-working people by expanding Medicaid   LINCOLN — Tonight, Nebraska voters passed Initiative 427 to expand Medicaid and allow 90,000… Read more →

STATEMENT: Appleseed Stands in Solidarity with the Jewish Community, Urges leaders to end hateful speech that incites hate-fueled violence

***For Immediate Release*** October 29, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Stands in Solidarity with the Jewish Community Leaders must end hateful speech that incites hate-fueled violence   LINCOLN – Monday, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould released the following statement regarding this weekend’s horrific mass… Read more →

Economic study shows Initiative 427 would create jobs, boost economic activity in Nebraska

***For Immediate Release*** October 15, 2018 Contact, Kate Wolfe Insure The Good Life Communications Director (402) 601-7269 kate@insurethegoodlife.com Study Released Today Underscores the Economic Benefits of Medicaid Expansion With Three Weeks to Go Before Election Day, New Report Shows Initiative 427 Would Create Nearly 11,000 Jobs and Generate $1.3 Billion in Economic Activity   LINCOLN – A new study released… Read more →

New report shows expanding Medicaid would help rural Nebraska

Expanding Medicaid in Nebraska would be great news for Nebraska’s rural communities, according to a new report released today. The analysis by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program found a higher percentage of people living in rural communities are uninsured, but would be eligible for health coverage if Nebraska voters… Read more →

RELEASE – White House proposes change to immigration rules, punishing aspiring U.S. citizens

***For Immediate Release*** September 22, 2018   Contact, Omaid Zabih Federal Policy Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 x128 Email: ozabih@neappleseed.org   Statement on White House’s proposed changes to family work supports and temporary safety nets New restrictions will punish aspiring Americans for meeting their basic needs, endangers health of U.S. citizen children LINCOLN – Today, the Trump Administration announced… Read more →

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RELEASE – State urged to increase outreach to seniors struggling with hunger

***For Immediate Release*** September 18, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   State urged to increase outreach to seniors struggling with hunger Nebraska seniors who are eligible for food assistance participate in rates below the national average   LINCOLN — With Congress needing to pass the 2018 Farm Bill… Read more →

2018 Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award honoree – DiAnna Schimek

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize advocates who have made outstanding contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2018 Good Apple Awards on October 11th in Omaha. The Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award recognizes a Nebraskan who has made significant contributions to justice for all throughout her career. The award is given in the… Read more →

2018 Seeds of Justice Award honoree – Heaney Family Service & Justice Law Program

On October 11, we will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Nebraskans who have stood up for justice and opportunity for all at the 2018 Good Apple Awards in Omaha. In the days leading up to the Good Apple Awards, we are proud to introduce you to the honorees we are recognizing this year. The Seeds of Justice Award honors outstanding… Read more →

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New report: Expanding Medicaid would boost key Nebraska industries

***For Immediate Release*** September 7, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Medicaid expansion would improve health of workers in vital industries New report illustrates Medicaid expansion would cover workers in occupations that are the foundation of Nebraska’s economy   LINCOLN — The vast majority of Nebraskans in the coverage… Read more →

How you can help pass Initiative 427 to expand Medicaid in Nebraska

First of all, we want to say “thank you so much” for all of your hard work during the signature collection phase of the Insure the Good Life campaign to expand Medicaid in Nebraska! With help from volunteers like you, we were able to collect signatures from all 93 counties across Nebraska. Last week, the Secretary of State certified over 105,000 signatures – well over the… Read more →

STATEMENT – Secretary of State certifies petition count to let Nebraskans vote on expanding Medicaid

***For Immediate Release*** August 24, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org Petition signature count certified to let Nebraskans vote on expanding Medicaid Secretary of State confirms ballot measure received well more than enough signatures to qualify for November election LINCOLN – Today, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale confirmed the ballot… Read more →

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RELEASE – Nebraska community leaders demand Congressional action in wake of devastating ICE raids

***For Immediate Release*** August 15, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska civic, community, business, faith leaders call for updated immigration laws Leaders demand Congressional action in wake of communities devastated by ICE raids Wednesday, more than 80 Nebraska civic, community, business, and faith leaders urged Nebraska’s members… Read more →

STATEMENT – O’Neill ICE Raids Impose Destruction and Fear on Peaceful Families

(Espanol abajo) ***For Immediate Release*** August 8, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   O’Neill ICE Raids Impose Destruction and Fear on Peaceful Families NE members of Congress now have a front-row seat to the damage caused by cruel anti-immigrant policies   LINCOLN — Wednesday morning, reports indicated Immigration… Read more →

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National Survey Finds 12 Percent of Nebraska Households Struggle to Afford Food

***For Immediate Release*** August 1, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   National Survey Finds 12 Percent of Nebraska Households Struggle to Afford Food New Data Underscores Need to Protect and Improve Federal Nutrition Programs   LINCOLN — In every part of the United States, a large number of… Read more →

Nebraska Supreme Court ruling should help more young Nebraskans become healthy adults

Some big news came out from the Nebraska Supreme Court last week that we hope leads to more young Nebraskans staying in safe and permanent family situations. In the case In re Guardianship of Carlos D. the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that county courts can decide whether or not young immigrant Nebraskans are eligible to apply for what’s known as… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes newest team members

Recently, we were proud to welcome three new members to our staff. We’re proud to introduce you to these passionate advocates who will help advance our work to create a more-just society in Nebraska.   Morgann Freeman – Development Associate Our new Development Associate, Morgann Freeman, has a background in activism, advocacy and community organizing in Omaha around issues ranging… Read more →

Meet our 2018 Summer Law Clerks and Interns

Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to work with bright, talented, and dedicated interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Meet some of these outstanding young Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in their communities. Special thanks to Immigrants & Communities intern Maret Wibel for putting together these stories.  … Read more →

RELEASE – Medicaid Expansion supporters submit 133,000 petition signatures on Thursday

***For Immediate Release*** July 6, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Medicaid Expansion supporters submit 133,000 petition signatures on Thursday Nebraskans across the state call for chance to vote for healthier future in November   LINCOLN — Today, supporters of the Insure The Good Life campaign submitted more… Read more →

Statement – Supreme Court upholding White House Muslim ban allows legalized discrimination that ignores American values

***For Immediate Release*** June 26, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Supreme Court decision on Trump v. Hawaii High court decision allows legalized discrimination that ignores American values   LINCOLN — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its decision in Trump v. Hawaii,… Read more →