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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 →

Good Apple Awards: “This place could use more Storytellers” by Dawaune Lamont Hayes

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. This week, we’re excited to spotlight NOISE (North Omaha Information Support Everyone), a community-led news organization keeping neighbors informed and engaged with storytelling as vibrant as the area itself. We’re honored… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: NOISE is lifting every voice with storytelling for the people, by the people

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. This week, we’re excited to spotlight NOISE (North Omaha Information Support Everyone), a community-led news organization keeping neighbors informed and engaged with storytelling as vibrant as the area itself. For the… Read more →

Black Leaders Movement

Good Apple Awards: Black Leaders Movement and their march toward equality

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. This week, Appleseed is proud to spotlight Black Leaders Movement. They are igniting the fight for justice and equality with dedicated activism and bold ideas, and by forging new alliances and… Read more →

Good Apple Awards: The Children of Smithfield and their journey fighting for meatpacking workers and their families

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.  This week, Appleseed is proud to spotlight The Children of Smithfield. A group of young leaders in Nebraska whose parents and loved ones work in meatpacking plants, their mission is to… Read more →

Announcing the honorees of the 2020 Good Apple Awards!

Each year for Nebraska Appleseed’s Good Apple Awards, we recognize community partners leading the fight for justice and opportunity in Nebraska. This year, our celebration will look a bit different. While we won’t have an in-person event, our goal of uplifting and highlighting the work of inspiring Nebraskans remains the same. Each week throughout October, we’re excited to use our… Read more →

’It’s a huge relief’—Medicaid expansion begins

Medicaid expansion coverage finally begins today! This moment—after seven years of multiple legislative sessions and a statewide ballot initiative—is made possible because of your support and advocacy. Thank you! Now, more than 90,000 of our family members, friends, and neighbors can get the care they need, and 10,000 Nebraskans have already signed up as of this past weekend. I want… Read more →

The Legislature advances several Appleseed priority bills in the last week

This is the last week of the 2020 legislative session. After business concludes tomorrow, the Legislature will adjourn sine die for the remainder of the year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here and you can read more about our 2020 legislative priorities on our blog. Meatpacking workers and community members demand action Last week, AM3238, an amendment to LB667… Read more →

Raise your voice: Legislative hearing on essential workers this Thursday

After today, senators only have 5 days of the 2020 session to address the many issues impacting Nebraskans this year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here and you can read more about our 2020 legislative priorities on our blog. Raise your voice: Essential workers must have essential protections Last week, Senator Tony Vargas filed a motion to suspend the… Read more →

AG Opinion on CARES Appropriations Does Not Include Full Legal Analysis

On July 17, 2020, the Attorney General released an opinion on the authority of the Governor to distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) granted to the State of Nebraska through the federal CARES Act. We had previously shared Appleseed’s analysis that the Governor acting unilaterally to spend CRF money violates Nebraska’s constitutional separation of powers. The Attorney General’s legal analysis contains… Read more →

With only 10 days left, senators need to act

Today marks Day 50 of the 2020 legislative session. After today, senators only have 10 more days to address the many issues impacting Nebraskans this year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here and you can read more about our 2020 legislative priorities on our blog. Take Action: Essential protections for essential meat and poultry workers For the last several… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Together We Stand with Meatpacking Workers

Last week, 25 organizations across the state called on the Nebraska Legislature to take immediate action to protect our family members, friends, and neighbors working in meat and poultry plants from COVID-19. Now, you can take action, too. Meatpacking workers in Nebraska are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and packing plants have been one of the state’s most… Read more →

The Legislature Must Act to Appropriate Coronavirus Relief Funds

Last week, we shared Appleseed’s analysis that the Governor acting unilaterally to spend Nebraska’s Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) violates the state’s constitutional separation of powers. There has been no legislative action taken to provide the required and specific appropriation of CRF needed for the Governor to spend these funds, which means the Legislature must formally appropriate CRF to provide the… Read more →

Nebraska’s Coronavirus Relief Funds Require Legislative Appropriation

The coronavirus pandemic has caused major hardship in Nebraska, with unemployment soaring and people facing difficulty making ends meet. Recognizing the damage to be wrought by the pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act, which included providing Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for states. CRF are designed to help states respond to the pandemic and weather the first months of the crisis.… Read more →

Lincoln enacts hate-intimidation ordinance, affirms all Lincolnites belong

Lincoln, NE — On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Lincoln City Council unanimously enacted a city hate-crime ordinance, Ordinance 20-71, which creates a separate offense when a crime is committed with the intent to intimidate another person due in part or in whole to that person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, age, ancestry,… Read more →

Legislature listening session on the killing of George Floyd and James Scurlock

The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee is holding important listening sessions early next week on the killing of George Floyd and James Scurlock, and the community’s response. These unjustified deaths serve as a stark reminder of the multi-generational injustices and indignities faced by Black communities. These sessions are an important first step for the Legislature to hear the community. State senators… Read more →

Black Lives Matter. We stand with you.

The murder of an unarmed man, George Floyd, along with other unjustified deaths across our nation and state—Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and James Scurlock—serve as a stark reminder of the multi-generational injustices and indignities faced by Black communities. Nebraska Appleseed stands in solidarity with Black communities and community leaders to demand justice and fight against the systemic racism deeply embedded… Read more →