Category: Immigrants & Communities

TAKE ACTION: Support Crucial COVID-19 Relief

Many of the essential protections in the CARES Act, passed in March, have now expired, yet  Nebraskans continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. While the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, the Senate has yet to act to  provide critical and inclusive relief to thousands of Nebraskans, including Black and Latinx communities who have… Read more →

2020 Wrap Up: Legislature adjourns sine die

Last Thursday, the Legislature adjourned sine die. They will not officially return until the start of a new legislative session in January. The last few days were filled with farewells to term-limited senators and final votes on remaining bills on final reading. Appleseed saw a few of our priority bills pass last week, too, and those bills have since been… Read more →

We (still) need essential protections for essential workers

Yesterday, the Nebraska Legislature returned to session with now less than 16 days remaining to address the many issues impacting Nebraskans this year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here. Take Action: Essential protections for essential meat and poultry workers For the last several months, we have experienced the drastic impacts COVID-19 has had on meatpacking workers – our family… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Tell Nebraska’s U.S. Senators to Pass Crucial COVID-19 Relief

Over two months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which closed gaps in previous relief measures to further support families and communities as they continue to confront the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is far past time for the Senate to act to provide critical and inclusive relief to thousands of Nebraskans, including Black and Latinx… Read more →

Celebrating Nebraska Immigrants: Meet Cassandra.

At Nebraska Is Home we know that vibrant communities are ones in which people from all different backgrounds respect and celebrate each other’s values and talents. In celebration of June Immigrant Heritage Month, we began sharing stories from some of the immigrants who bring vitality and passion to Nebraska. There are so many wonderful immigrants and refugees that call Nebraska… Read more →

Raise your voice: Advocacy Training and Policymaker Listening Sessions

Advocacy Training: Racial Justice & COVID-19 in Nebraska The effects of the pandemic are widespread, but its health and economic impacts have fallen hardest on Nebraskans of color. The coronavirus has already claimed the lives of hundreds of Nebraskans, but Latinx, Asian, and Black Nebraskans are being hospitalized and dying at significantly higher rates. Join us tonight to prepare and… Read more →

Immigrant Heritage Month: Nibras, a young global leader advocating for education

At Nebraska Is Home we know that vibrant communities are ones in which people from all different backgrounds respect and celebrate each other’s values and talents. In celebration of June as Immigrant Heritage Month, we want to share a few stories from some of the immigrants who bring vitality and passion to Nebraska. Meet Nibras, a young global leader who… Read more →

Join us in recognizing a historic moment for social justice

This week has been historic for our nation, including two monumental U.S. Supreme Court victories for LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. Today, we honor Juneteenth, commemorating the day enslaved Americans fought and gained freedom in Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This Juneteenth, we remember lives lost this year, and we also celebrate a DACA ruling that is a step… 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 →

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 →

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 →

TAKE ACTION: Support the Heroes Act to Provide Critical Relief to Nebraskans

As early as Friday, the US House of Representatives could vote on the Heroes Act which is designed to close gaps in previous relief measures and support families and communities as they continue to confront the COVID-19 public health crisis and its ripple effects. This bill would provide critical relief to thousands of Nebraskans left out of the CARES Act,… Read more →

How SNAP can help Nebraskans during the pandemic

Each week we are getting new updates about resources available to Nebraskans during the pandemic. We have been keeping tabs on a number of topics and will continue sharing information with you as we learn more about what is out there to help Nebraskans and their families across our state. How SNAP can help you during the pandemic The Supplemental… Read more →

COVID-19 has exposed longstanding systemic inequities in American health care

COVID-19 has exposed longstanding systemic inequities in American health care There isn’t one part of American life right now that hasn’t been impacted in some way by COVID-19. However, the data available as the pandemic continues shows that communities of color are disproportionately harmed by the pandemic. Recent data from the Center for Disease Control shows that, despite making up… Read more →

Ensure no one is left behind during Omaha Gives and Give to Lincoln Day

This May, you have two great opportunities to support Appleseed and ensure no one in our communities is left behind amid COVID-19. First, we’re celebrating Omaha Gives on Wednesday, May 20. When you give, a generous supporter will match the first $5,000 donated, dollar-for-dollar. Schedule your gift here now through May 20 and DOUBLE your donation! A week later, we’re… 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 →

Take Action: Phone Calls and Drive-in Vigils for Nebraska Meat & Poultry Workers

Nebraska communities need critical missing COVID-19 protections for meat and poultry workers without delay. Our families’ health, community health, and continued food production are at risk, as highlighted by growing numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks and meat and poultry plant closures across our state and the country. Friends and family working in the plants are still standing elbow-to-elbow on fast-paced production… 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: We must include all Americans in the pandemic response

Meatpacking outbreaks highlight immediate need to protect workers As meatpacking plants in Nebraska become the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak, the struggles faced by the workers inside are becoming increasingly apparent and alarming. Many face a difficult choice: go to work and risk exposing yourself and your family, or stay at home with no pay. This crisis has deepened… Read more →

Take Action: The 4th Coronavirus Relief Package must include All Americans

As the country continues to navigate the public health and economic crisis, it is critical for Congress to respond to the vital needs of our communities by passing an inclusive, fourth coronavirus relief package. This legislation must ensure that testing, medical care, financial relief, food assistance, and foster care funding covers all Americans, regardless of immigration status. As federal policymakers… Read more →

Essential workers must have essential protections

Essential workers must have essential protections Nebraska’s meatpacking workers find themselves in dangerous working conditions As meatpacking plants in Nebraska become the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak, the struggles faced by the workers inside are becoming increasingly apparent and alarming. Many face a difficult choice: go to work and risk exposing yourself and your family, or stay at home… Read more →

¡Completar el censo es rápido, fácil y seguro! Completing the census is easy, quick, and safe!

 Gracias a Telemundo Nebraska y Radio Lobo Omaha por la oportunidad de hablar sobre el Censo 2020 y la importancia de la participación de la comunidad. ¡Recuerda, completar el censo es rápido, fácil y seguro! Para ver la entrevista sobre como completar el censo, pulsa aquí. Si quieres saber más sobre el Censo y la importancia de contar a… Read more →

El cheque de ayuda económica: Apoyo directo en tiempos difíciles

¿Quién es elegible para el cheque de ayuda económica? La elegibilidad depende de los ingresos y de otros elementos como estatus migratorio. Los individuos que ganaron hasta $75,000 por año y los casados que hacen impuestos juntos quien ganaron hasta $150,000 por año son elegibles. Si quieres saber si eres elegible o cuánto dinero vas a recibir, el IRS ha… Read more →

Take Action: COVID-19 protections for immigrant families

All people need access to critical supports and services during a crisis. The CARES Act was an important step to help communities in need during the pandemic, yet many immigrant families were excluded from this relief package. Congress returns from recess on May 4th, but members are working now on the next coronavirus bill package. We are all in this… 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 →