Category: Child Welfare

May News & Events: Your Help on a BIG goal

Features from this month’s Nebraska Appleseed newsletter: Give to Lincoln Day: Join supporters in unlocking a $10,000 bonus! Exciting Appleseed priority bills advance at Nebraska Legislature Nebraskans tell Congress ‘It’s Time for Full Inclusion’ (Photos) We’re Hiring: Join our team as Staff Attorney or Program Coordinator COVID-19 Resources (Including information on vaccines)  Donate now for Give to Lincoln Day and… Read more →

Essential worker safety and support legislation hits the floor

There are only 14 days left for this session, so we are nearing the end of floor debate for legislative priority bills. The Speaker announced last week that the session would end early, but the precise date is still unknown and depends on how swiftly the body moves through the remaining agenda. Meatpacking worker protections advance to select file Last… Read more →

25 Days of Action

Thank you for your support during 25 Days of Action!

Earlier this month, we kicked off a 25 Days of Action campaign to celebrate our 25th anniversary, with a daily action item for our supporters and partners to participate in. We are grateful for how many of you joined us and invited friends in taking action to get involved at the local, state, and federal levels on economic justice, children’s… Read more →

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Join Our Team! We are Hiring!

We are hiring for two positions! We’re looking for passionate and driven individuals who want to fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We have job openings for a Program Coordinator, who serves as a project leader within our Child Welfare Program, and a Staff Attorney for our Immigrants & Communities Program. Program Coordinator – Child Welfare Program The… Read more →

Appleseed priorities for the rest of the 2021 session

This week, the Governor signed the state’s biennial budget into law. As we noted last week, that means the remainder of the legislative session will be dedicated to senator, speaker, and committee priority bills. Appleseed priorities moving through the legislative process Here are a few pieces of legislation we are closely watching and hope to ultimately see passed into law. … Read more →

Critical supports for child care and food security advance

Yesterday morning, the Legislature passed the finalized budget and it’s now with the Governor awaiting his signature. It’s unprecedented for senators to pass a budget this early, but it will allow senators to continue to focus on their priority bills for the remainder of the session. There have been a few Appleseed priorities that have had time on the floor… Read more →

SNAP bill up for debate as soon as today

The budget was the primary focus of floor debate last week. Legislators will continue to move the budget through the process this week, along with priority bills. While we are two-thirds of the way through this session, there are still several Appleseed legislative priorities that are pending before the body. SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate today The Legislature… Read more →

25 Days of Action

April News & Events: Celebrating Positive Immigration Laws

Features from this month’s Nebraska Appleseed newsletter: Celebrating House passage of the Dream & Promise Act 25 Days of Action to celebrate Appleseed’s 25th Anniversary How the American Rescue Plan makes Health Care more Affordable Take Action: Together We Stand with Meatpacking Workers  Your Story Matters: Share your experiences with SNAP Cliff Effect Join us for Volunteer Appreciation Week! COVID-19… Read more →

25 Days of Action

Take action to support access to food and protections for essential workers

Today marks the second day of our 25 days of action, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Nebraska Appleseed. This week, there are two priority bills that you can support by reaching out to your state senator. Your voice can make a difference! SNAP cliff effect bill up for debate The Legislature could debate LB108, Senator John McCollister’s priority bill, as… Read more →

The American Rescue Plan’s passage brings urgent relief to millions

Today, the House took a significant step by passing the American Rescue Plan and providing urgent relief to millions of U.S. households. This legislation will now go to the President for his signature. The bill not only extends crucial support such as increased food assistance and unemployment benefits, but also temporarily expands other programs and benefits, having the potential to… Read more →

Floor debate is underway as senators select priorities

We have reached the end of all-day committee hearings for the session. There are only a few more hearings left this week before the legislature moves to the floor debate phase. We want to thank all of you who took the time to contribute to the hearing process by testifying or submitting testimony online to ensure that we are building… Read more →

Testifying

Critical protections for meatpacking and poultry workers are urgently needed

We are nearly done with all-day hearings! Except for the Judiciary committee, which will wrap up hearings on Friday, March 12th, this will be the last week of all-day committee hearings. Priority bills from senators and committees will be known by March 11th. We are working hard to try to get a number of bills that would support Nebraska families… Read more →

Spring 2021 Interns & Clerks

Meet Appleseed’s Spring 2021 Interns, Fellows, and Clerks

Each semester, 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. We’re excited to have interns and clerks join our team from across the nation virtually! Meet the outstanding Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in our communities. We’re also excited… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

Essential protections for essential Nebraskans

We are in the final weeks of all-day hearings. Every committee but Judiciary will wrap up hearings on Thursday, March 4th, while the Judiciary committee’s hearing schedule will end on Friday, March 12th. All-day floor debate begins the week of March 15th, focusing primarily on senators’ priority bills for the session. Learn more about Appleseed’s priority bills on our blog.… Read more →

2021 priority bills for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justice

2021 priority bills for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justice Each legislative session presents an opportunity to bring long-lasting positive change for our communities.  Your voice is important in ensuring that we are building a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive Nebraska. Here is how you can safely advocate during hearings, and you can always call or email your senator to share… Read more →

Testifying

Advocating for food security and against harmful voting restrictions

We continued to testify on several bills during hearings last week, including those on paid leave, child care subsidies, and more equitable access for young adults in the Bridge to Independence program. As we noted last week, we are inching closer to the end of all-day hearings. Every committee but Judiciary will wrap up hearings on Thursday, March 4th, while… Read more →

Testifying

Critical supports for Nebraska families and youth being heard this week

The Legislature continued its intense pace of hearings last week and Appleseed testified on a number of meaningful bills related to housing, child welfare, and immigration. Speaker Hilgers provided a snapshot of the next month, noting that all-day hearings for all committees except Judiciary will end on Thursday, March 4th. The Judiciary Committee will wrap up hearings on Friday, March… Read more →

Access to school meals legislation and more housing bills up this week

Last week, Appleseed testified in support of a number of bills that will make positive impacts across our state. There are several more hearings up this week that Appleseed and others will be participating in too. All-day hearings will continue through at least the end of February and floor debate will resume once hearings wrap up. Your voice is vital… Read more →

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Black Families Matter: How the Child Welfare System Punishes Poor Families of Color

Black Families Matter: How the Child Welfare System Punishes Poor Families of Color Continuing the series, Challenging Racial Inequities in the Child Welfare System, with the article, Black Families Matter: How the Child Welfare System Punishes Poor Families of Color, both authors, Dorothy Roberts and Lisa Sangoi, share a convincing argument of just how brutal this system is against brown… Read more →

Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Reflection, and Education

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Monday, and here at Nebraska Is Home, we like to think of this as a day on rather than a day off of work. It’s a day of service, reflection, and education, as we commit ourselves to fostering a welcoming Nebraska, where everyone feels they belong – no matter their background or country… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

Advocating for essential worker protections, expanding services to youth, and more

Since bill introduction started on Thursday, the Nebraska Legislature has introduced over 300 pieces of legislation. Senators are able to introduce bills through January 20th. So far, we’ve seen legislation put forward to address the lack of essential worker protections, expand access to supportive resources and services for young people, fight food insecurity in our communities, and more. Advocating for… Read more →

2021 Nebraska Legislative Session begins today!

Today is Day 1 of the 2021 legislative session. Nebraska senators will start the year by introducing new bills on a number of issues, including legislation to address the stark inequities within our systems that have been further exposed during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Nebraska Appleseed Priorities for 2021 Together with you, we will be advocating for meaningful change… Read more →

Emergency COVID-19 Relief is Only a Start

After months of negotiations, Congress has passed an emergency COVID-19 relief package that will provide urgently needed support to Nebraskans. While the passage of this long-awaited relief will provide direct payments, housing assistance, increased support for many families, and more, this bill still falls short of meeting the level of need in our Nebraska communities. Along with a large spending… 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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Challenging Racial Inequities in the Child Welfare System

Black women are disproportionately affected by racial biases I’m Cornelius Levering, program coordinator for our Child Welfare program. The year 2020 has exposed the racial and economic inequities embedded into our society due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we must recognize these stark inequities, this is not new. In 2021, we plan to dive deeper into the evolution of the… Read more →