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Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Governor’s Veto of LB108

Tonight, Governor Ricketts vetoed LB108, a bill that makes changes to Nebraska’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to make it easier for participating Nebraskans to take raises or find better paying jobs and not lose all food benefits. Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice Program Manager for Food and Nutrition Access, Eric Savaiano, issued the following statement in response: “At a time… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska’s School Nutrition Professionals are School Lunch Heroes

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, May 6, 2021 Nebraska Appleseed Contact: Omaid Zabih Strategy Senior Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 128 ozabih@neappleseed.org Nebraska’s School Nutrition Professionals are School Lunch Heroes May 7th is National School Lunch Heroes Day and Nebraska school nutrition professionals have heroically risen to meet the challenges of the pandemic LINCOLN — Tomorrow, the Nebraska Student… Read more →

Positive bills advance; meatpacking protections bill expected on Thursday

Last week was an exciting week at the Legislature! Senators had some late nights with votes on many bills throughout the week, and we saw four Appleseed priority bills advance in the process. This week, LB241, the Meatpacking Employees COVID-19 Protection Act, will be on the floor for debate on Thursday. There are a couple of ways for you to… Read more →

Immigrant light

Three easy steps to support positive immigration laws!

Share your story & support for positive immigration laws! Take a moment today or this weekend to share the light of your support for positive immigration laws! It’s time for full inclusion of longtime community members and family members. Our immigration laws have not been meaningfully updated in 40 years, causing unnecessary harm. This year Congress has important opportunities to… Read more →

25 Days of Action Kicks Off Today

This week, Nebraska Appleseed kicks-off 25 Days of Action! To celebrate our anniversary year, we want to inspire our supporters and partners to join us in taking action to build a just, vibrant, and inclusive Nebraska where everyone can thrive. From today through April 30 we’ll have a daily action that you can take. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or… Read more →

Ensuring worker protections, food security, and housing justice

All-day floor debate is underway and, for the rest of session, debate will take place in both the mornings and afternoons. As a reminder, priority bills from senators and committees will be the focus of debate and you can view those finalized priorities here. We are excited to see a number of important issues designated as priorities by senators and… Read more →

Congress

STATEMENT: Nebraskans Celebrate House Passage of Dream & Promise Act

Nebraskans Celebrate House Passage of Dream & Promise Act Long overdue legislation would provide stability for Nebraska families and communities Lincoln, NE — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act, which creates a process to apply for residency and citizenship for longtime Dreamer and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) residents. The original Dream Act was… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed celebrates its 25th anniversary

Today, Nebraska Appleseed celebrates its 25th anniversary of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. “Over the past 25 years, Nebraska Appleseed has worked tirelessly on some of the toughest issues facing Nebraskans and their families,” said Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Becky Gould. “We are proud to celebrate this milestone with a grassroots network of big-hearted and forward-thinking Nebraskans… Read more →

International Women's Day

Women’s History Month: From Challenge Comes Change

  In March we celebrate women in two ways. Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day and in the United States we recognize Women’s History Month throughout the month. This year’s International Women’s Day theme “Choose to Challenge” invites women to call out gender bias and inequality. From challenge comes change. We can choose to challenge and together we can… Read more →

Tell Congress it’s time for meaningful Covid-19 relief

The COVID-19 public health crisis has left millions of families and individuals struggling to afford food and keep a roof overhead, while also continuing to perform essential work for our communities. Congress has taken important first steps in providing relief last year, but much more is needed. President Biden’s Covid-19 relief proposal, the American Rescue Plan, provides this much needed… Read more →

Hearings are officially underway

The Legislature pushed forward with its first day of hearings yesterday despite the snow. All-day hearings will continue through the end of February. This is different from years past where hearings would only occur in the afternoon, with floor debate taking place in the morning. This year, floor debate will resume once hearings wrap up. Your voice is vital to… Read more →

Exciting legislation introduced while senators prep for hearings next week

Last week was busy for the Nebraska Legislature as senators continued with bill introduction and Governor Ricketts shared his State of the State Address. At Appleseed, we believe our elected officials should seize the opportunity to address the economic and public health hardships Nebraskans are facing due to the pandemic and the systemic racism harming our communities. Hearings begin on… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Today’s Events at the US Capitol

This is a sad day for our country, but an inevitable result of too many of our leaders failing to stand against racism, extremism, misinformation, and hate.  There is real anger, frustration, and need across our country rooted in economic and racial injustice.  Rather than dig into addressing these injustices, too many turned a blind eye and stoked false claims… Read more →

Happy Holidays

2020: A year of unexpected challenges transformed into momentous victories

From growing the seeds of justice in 2019 to uprooting the weeds of inequity in 2020 Although none of us could have prepared for the unforeseen challenges our communities faced, we recognized the global health crisis would expose the stark inequities within our systems, and it was time to face reality and uproot these weeds. Together, here’s what we accomplished… Read more →

I428

Initiative 428: A historical achievement

This blog post is in collaboration with Tori Ostenso, Economic Justice community organizer and Bhagya Pushkaran, Economic Justice intern. Over 700,000 Nebraskans, or over 83%, voted FOR Initiative 428 in the 2020 election to reform payday loans and cap interest at 36% APR (annual percentage rate) (1, 2)., This landslide victory over predatory lending practices in Nebraska resulted from years… Read more →

No one should have to face housing insecurity in the midst of winter

Last week, I asked you to contact your federal delegation to urge them to act on desperately-needed COVID-19 relief to stop evictions and provide more rental assistance. Thank you for using your voice to advocate for our neighbors who are facing housing insecurity in the middle of winter, in the midst of the worst period of COVID-19 transmission we have… Read more →

We begin our drive today!

Today, we begin our five-day drive to raise $50,000 by this Friday, December 11th and enter 2021 strong. Your support this week will push back against the challenges our communities have faced throughout this difficult year, and build something new in the year ahead: a just, vibrant, and inclusive Nebraska. To help start the week strong, a supporter will MATCH… Read more →

Opportunity

Lessons in Unemployment Insurance from the Pandemic

As the coronavirus laid bare the inequalities in our community, unemployment insurance has become a critical resource. Unemployment insurance, also known as unemployment benefits, provides cash benefits to eligible workers that lose employment through no fault of their own. Changes to unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 When the pandemic began, adjustments were made to the unemployment insurance program to better… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: Tenant Assistance Project is helping our neighbors made vulnerable by housing insecurity

Throughout October, Nebraska Appleseed is celebrating the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations standing up for justice and opportunity for all as part of the 2020 Good Apple Awards. During #celebrateprobono week, we’re proud to spotlight the Tenant Assistance Project, a collaborative effort between the City of Lincoln, the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the UNL Civil… Read more →

Nebraska Work with Arts and Immigrants featured in National Report

Nebraska is Home is celebrated in Bridging Divides, Creating Community: Arts, Culture, and Immigration, a new publication highlighting the power that creative placemaking holds in creating an America where everyone can belong and thrive. The report explores how arts and artists, writers, musicians, and performers have long been and may increasingly be partners in helping to achieve community development goals.… Read more →