Category: Immigrants & Communities

Take Action: DACA Ruling is a stark reminder for Congress to create change

Last Friday, Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be partially ended. While the ruling is subject to appeal, it is a stark reminder that Congress must act now. Only permanent protections will end the fear and uncertainty DACAmented friends, family, and whole communities have been living with for years. Nebraska DREAMers… Read more →

…With Liberty and Justice for All

…With Liberty and Justice for All This is a guest blog post by Zeke Rouse, Appleseed’s Immigrants and Communities Welcoming Intern. Across America, thousands of communities celebrate today in big and small ways, with local and larger events, holiday fare, parades, music, and readings of the Declaration of Independence. Some of us may not get past the hot dogs and… Read more →

Meet Appleseed’s Summer 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 →

Encuentra comidas gratis para niños por un línea de texto

Familias con niños de 1 al 18 anos pueden encontrar comida gratis por una línea de texto  Escuelas están cerrados por el momento pero distribuciones de comida gratis continúan en Nebraska El Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano continuará distribuyendo comidas GRATUITAS para niños de 1 a 18 años durante los meses en que no haya clases este año.… Read more →

Find free summer meals through text service!

Kids and families can find free summer meals through text service once again Schools are closed but meal service continues across Nebraska The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will continue to provide FREE meals for children ages 1 to 18 during the months when school is out this year. Nebraska school districts, nonprofit organizations, libraries, tribal organizations, and others will… Read more →

Celebrating Immigrants! June Is Immigrant Heritage Month

Celebrating Immigrants! June Is Immigrant Heritage Month This is a guest blog post by Zeke Rouse, Appleseed’s Immigrants and Communities Welcoming Intern. June is an opportunity to share stories and recognize the impact that different immigrant Nebraskans have in shaping our communities. Storytelling gives us an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and people that call Nebraska home. … Read more →

We Are Home Banner

Congress is home on recess! Take action for positive immigration laws!

Congress is home on recess this week, and it’s a great time to tell our Nebraska delegation this is the year for full inclusion of family and longtime community members! Congress has not meaningfully updated our immigration laws in more than 35 years, causing unnecessary harm to local families and communities. Over the summer, we have important opportunities to pass… Read more →

2021 Legislative Session Wrap-up

2021 Legislative outcomes for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justices The Legislature wrapped up this year’s discussion and decisions on proposed bills in late May. Despite the obstacles brought by the pandemic, community members like you worked hard to make your voice heard to ensure we are building a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive Nebraska. Read below to find out what… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

TAKE ACTION: Meatpacking worker safety bill stopped for this session

We are extremely disheartened and sorry to share that this week in the Legislature, the Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act LB241, introduced and prioritized by Senator Tony Vargas, was stopped from advancing. For practical purposes, this important bill is dead for this session. Please make one more call or email to your senator on this issue. Thank the senators who… Read more →

Voice your support for food security

Last week, Speaker Hilgers announced the legislature will adjourn on Thursday, May 27th. The vast majority of the legislature’s work should be complete by the end of this week and May 27th will be reserved for votes to override any gubernatorial vetoes of legislation. Final vote on SNAP bill tomorrow Tomorrow, the Legislature will take its final vote on LB108,… Read more →

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 →

Registration Is Open: Creating Communities of Belonging

Please note: We are currently in the 3rd session of the Creating Communities of Belonging series. Join us by registering at the link below! Join community leaders from across Nebraska who are building inclusive and vibrant communities This virtual series will provide collaborative sessions, presentations, and networking with Nebraskans who are committed to creating communities where everyone, including immigrant neighbors,… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Unemployment gap bill on agenda tonight

The Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to debate LB298, introduced and prioritized by Senator Mike McDonnell, as soon as tonight. This bill would ensure work-authorized immigrant Nebraskans can access the unemployment benefits they have earned. Make a short call or email to your senator today and urge them to vote for this important bill. Nebraska is the only state in the… 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 →

TAKE ACTION: Basic Paid Sick Leave on Agenda Tonight

The Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to debate LB258 as soon as tonight, which would ensure Nebraskans have access to basic, earned paid sick leave – promoting healthier and stronger families, especially working parents with young children. Make a short call or email to your senator today, urging them to support this important bill. Access to basic paid sick leave consistently… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

TAKE ACTION: Meatpacking COVID bill scheduled Thursday

The Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act (LB 241) is scheduled for floor debate this Thursday! This is a critical moment for senators to hear community support for the bill. Take a minute to email your senator to support LB 241 and common-sense packing plant protections to keep workers and communities safe. A short email makes a big difference! Nebraskans who work… 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 →

RELEASE: Nebraskans Continue to Share Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, April 29, 2021 Contact: Omaid Zabih Strategy Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 128 C: (605) 310-4060 ozabih@neappleseed.org Nebraskans Continue to Share Stories, Support for Positive Immigration Laws Delivery of banners with statewide messages to Nebraska delegation LINCOLN — Today, Nebraskans delivered large, colorful banners to offices of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation with personal stories,… Read more →

ADVISORY: Banner delivery supporting positive immigration laws to Nebraska delegation

***Media Advisory*** April 28, 2021 Contact: Omaid Zabih Strategy Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (605) 310-4060 ozabih@neappleseed.org Banner delivery supporting positive immigration laws to Nebraska delegation Nebraskans across the state share the light of their support for positive immigration bills with Nebraska members of Congress LINCOLN — On Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, Nebraskans will deliver large, colorful… Read more →

We're Hiring

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 →

Welcoming Interactive

Join us for the Welcoming Interactive 2021!

Inclusion. Belonging. Equity. Welcoming Interactive 2021 is going virtual! That means we’re inviting you to join us to take a deep dive into immigrant inclusion best practices, hear from peers across the country, and be inspired by keynote speakers john a. powell (lowercase intentional) and Dr. Gail Christopher on belonging and equity. The Welcoming Interactive is open to all those… Read more →

Biden administration leaves refugee admissions goal at historic low

***For Immediate Release*** Friday April 16, 2021  Contact: James Goddard Programs Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed C: (402) 570-9462 jgoddard@neappleseed.org Biden administration leaves refugee admissions goal at historic low Historic-low admissions for those seeking safety are against American values Lincoln, NE — Today, the Biden Administration announced that it will keep the historic-low refugee admissions goal of 15,000 set under the… Read more →

César and his light

Drop by our Virtual Open House to share your story & support for positive immigration laws!

Immigrant Nebraskans are lights in our families and communities! It’s time for Congress to pass laws that ensure full inclusion of family members and neighbors. Our immigration laws have not been meaningfully updated in 40 years, causing unnecessary harm to longtime community members and whole communities. This year includes important opportunities for Congress to pass positive immigration laws–like the Dream… 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 →