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2018 Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award honoree – DiAnna Schimek

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize advocates who have made outstanding contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2018 Good Apple Awards on October 11th in Omaha. The Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award recognizes a Nebraskan who has made significant contributions to justice for all throughout her career. The award is given in the… Read more →

2018 Seeds of Justice Award honoree – Heaney Family Service & Justice Law Program

On October 11, we will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Nebraskans who have stood up for justice and opportunity for all at the 2018 Good Apple Awards in Omaha. In the days leading up to the Good Apple Awards, we are proud to introduce you to the honorees we are recognizing this year. The Seeds of Justice Award honors outstanding… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes newest team members

Recently, we were proud to welcome three new members to our staff. We’re proud to introduce you to these passionate advocates who will help advance our work to create a more-just society in Nebraska.   Morgann Freeman – Development Associate Our new Development Associate, Morgann Freeman, has a background in activism, advocacy and community organizing in Omaha around issues ranging… Read more →

Meet our 2018 Summer Law Clerks and Interns

Each year, 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. Meet some of these outstanding young Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in their communities. Special thanks to Immigrants & Communities intern Maret Wibel for putting together these stories.  … Read more →

Summer food sites make sure Nebraska kids don’t go hungry when school lets out

This is a guest post from Sarah Liewer, Nebraska campaign lead for No Kid Hungry. Adequate meals in the summer are essential to children’s health and learning retention, however, thousands of children in Nebraska are food insecure and struggle to eat when they are not in school – most importantly in the summer months. Currently, only 15 percent of children… Read more →

2018 Nebraska Legislative Recap

In the 2018 Nebraska Legislative session, State Senators passed important bills, which we were proud to support, that increase safety and accountability in the child welfare system and take a small step forward on protecting Nebraska borrowers from predatory lending. Just as important, you helped us defeat an irresponsible tax plan that would have made our budget shortfall worse, and reject… Read more →

Roots of Justice Award – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Psi Chi Omega Chapter

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize advocates who have made outstanding contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards on October 19th in Omaha. The Roots of Justice Award recognizes grassroots advocates who have made outstanding contributions to justice and opportunity for all and have helped build a stronger community. The… Read more →

Rule changes may mean cuts in employers’ birth control coverage

On October 6, the Trump Administration issued new rule changes that will impact coverage of birth control in employer-sponsored health insurance plans. We’ve blogged about the birth control rules in the past, and how they’ve been a game changer for women’s health in the U.S.   This is a big change to an essential health benefit Under the ACA, plans… Read more →

Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award – Amanda Gershon

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize phenomenal advocates who have made contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards: Root Down, Rise Up on October 19th in Omaha. The Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award, named after Nebraska Appleseed’s founding executive director, recognizes young, emerging leaders who have a vision for the… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – You did it again!

In this month’s edition of Appleseed In Action: Senate ends latest attempt to repeal the ACA Let’s pass a clean Dream Act Inspector General report raises alarm in child welfare system Nebraskans celebrate National Welcoming Week 2017 Good Apple Awards Upcoming open enrollment period Senate ends latest attempt to repeal the ACA Your voices were heard again! On September 26,… Read more →

Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award – Julie Kalkowski

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize advocates who have made outstanding contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2017 Good Apple Awards on October 19th in Omaha. The Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award recognizes a Nebraskan who has made significant contributions to justice for all throughout her career. The award is given in the… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes attorney Billie Gallagher

Billie Gallagher’s first job as an attorney brings her back to her hometown, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to the Appleseed team. Billie, a Lincoln Southeast High School graduate, is our newest staff attorney in our Economic Justice program, where she will contribute her legal skills to pursue justice for all Nebraskans. She recently graduated from… Read more →

Standing up to bigotry and violence

For more than 20 years, Nebraska Appleseed has made it our mission to fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Diversity, community, and inclusion are not just the values our work is built on, they are principles that are vital to the future of Nebraska. The challenges our state faces can only be faced together. The progress that will… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight – Sydney and Alexis canvas for positive change

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state.   This is a guest post by… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – August 2017 – Updates from D.C.

Appleseed In Action – August 2017 News and Events   In this month’s edition of Appleseed In Action: Senate rejects latest ACA repeal effort New bills would allow DREAMers to earn citizenship House budget proposal would endanger many working families Appleseed welcomes organizer Felipe Blanco 2017 Good Apple Awards – Meet the Honorees Senate rejects another effort to repeal Affordable… Read more →

Meet our 2017 summer interns and law clerks

Note: Each year, 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. Meet some of these outstanding young Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in their communities.   Makayla Haussler Makayla is excited to return to Lincoln and to Appleseed, having interned… Read more →

Take Action: DREAMers under threat

Yesterday, Nebraska’s Attorney General, Doug Peterson, joined nine other state Attorneys General in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The letter threatened to file a lawsuit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if the Trump Administration does not end the program within the next several months. The DACA program allows young immigrant Nebraskans known… Read more →

Volunteer Spotlight: Stacy gives her time to improve wellbeing of her neighbors

Note: Part of fighting for positive change in our communities means getting to work with outstanding, like-minded volunteer partners who share our goal of expanding justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Periodically, we will feature individuals and organizations with whom we have been fortunate to work to build a brighter future in our state. This is a guest post from Appleseed… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – June 2017 – Protect quality health coverage

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – June 2017   In this June edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Protect quality health coverage 2017 Nebraska Legislative Recap President’s budget harmful to Nebraska families Court victory for Nebraska foster youth June events at Urban Abbey Job Opening – Staff Attorney Tell our Senators to protect quality health coverage The numbers were as… Read more →

Meet our 2017 Interns

Each year, 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. Meet some of these outstanding young Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in their communities.   Camille Sippel Camille, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is originally from Groton,… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Gloria Kimbulu and Kristine Hull

In recent weeks, Appleseed proudly welcomed two new staff members to our team. We hope you spend a few minutes getting to know our new Director of Finance and Administration Kristine Hull and new Program Assistant Gloria Kimbulu.   Gloria Kimbulu – Program Assistant   “I am excited to join Appleseed because I am very passionate about social justice,” Gloria says, “and… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – January 2017

In this January edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Tell Congress to protect health care and immigrant Nebraskans 2017 Nebraska Legislature session A week to take action Job Opening – Child Welfare Staff Attorney Tell Congress to protect quality health insurance and valuable immigrant Nebraskans The new Congress is now in session, so now is a critical time for our Senators… Read more →

December News and Events

In this December edition of “Appleseed in Action”: How do you want to Take Action in 2017? Act today to support important Child Welfare bill Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Advocates flock to Urban Abbey We’re Hiring! – Program Assistant How do you want to Take Action in 2017? We know that 2017 is going to be a big year… Read more →

Meet our Fall 2016 Interns and Clerks

Note: Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright and talented law clerks and interns who help our work for positive change. We’re proud to introduce you to the clerks and interns working with us this fall to fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Deanna “Dee” Hobbs – Healthcare Dee Hobbs is a senior… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – November 2016

In this November edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Vote on Election Day – November 8 November Events at the Urban Abbey in Omaha Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment begins 2016 Good Apple Awards honors outstanding advocates The High Cost of Being Poor Election Day – November 8 Next Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day, and if you haven’t already voted… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – October 2016

In this October edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Health care vigil for the Working Poor 2016 Good Apple Awards to honor outstanding advocates Get registered to vote Census: Nebraska struggling with poverty and uninsured rate Roots of Appleseed – Eric Hallstrom Appleseed in the News Health care vigil for the Working Poor On October 2, advocates like you gathered in… Read more →

Seeds of Justice Award – ACLU of Nebraska

Nebraska Appleseed is proud to recognize phenomenal advocates who have made contributions to the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2016 Good Apple Awards on October 13 in Omaha. This year, we present the Seeds of Justice Award for outstanding work in the field of public interest law to ACLU of Nebraska. Buy your tickets today and see ACLU of… Read more →

Announcing the 2016 Good Apple Awards Honorees

We are proud to announce the honorees for our 2016 Good Apple Awards: Something Called Progress! Each of these people, communities, and organizations exemplify what it means to stand up for justice in Nebraska. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for profiles about the accomplishments of each of this year’s honorees. Tickets for this year’s event are now available for… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Sue Ellen Wall

Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we are taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Fighting in the courts on behalf of Nebraskans with low incomes wasn’t the… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – August 2016

In this July edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Fight against predatory lending Immigrants’ contributions strengthen economy Join fight for affordable health insurance Bill would prevent children from entering foster care Appleseed in the News Fight against predatory lending policies Payday lenders have a long history of making bad loans that trap Nebraskans in a cycle of debt with outrageously high… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – June 2016 News & Events

In this June edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Thank you for your giving day generosity! Appleseed celebrates 20th Anniversary New attention to high injury rates in meat and poultry plants Fight for consumer protections in Kansas City First Lincoln Unites! festival celebrates strength of diversity Thank you for your giving day generosity! We were awed by your incredible generosity on… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Norm Pflanz

Note: Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we will be taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Fighting for human rights has taken Norm Pflanz around the world,… Read more →

Growing Good Award – Woods Charitable Fund

It would be impossible for organizations like Nebraska Appleseed to do our work and fight for positive change in our state without support from people and organizations who share our values of justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. From our earliest days, Woods Charitable Fund has been a constant ally and partner, providing Appleseed with invaluable financial support that has… Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Gretchen Obrist

Note: Throughout our 20th Anniversary year in 2016, we will be taking a look back at the influential people who helped Nebraska Appleseed grow into the advocacy organization we are today. These “Roots of Appleseed” helped shape our mission of fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   When Nebraska Appleseed’s earliest advocacy programs were beginning to take shape,… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Development Associate Emma Rasmussen

There has always been power in amplifying the individual voice of those who often go unheard, and that is what motivates Appleseed’s new Development Associate Emma Rasmussen. Emma is an Omaha native and a 2015 graduate of Creighton University, where she developed a plan to use her Theatre major for a larger purpose – using the storytelling power of the… Read more →

Meet Appleseed’s Spring 2016 Interns

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright and talented interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We’re pleased to introduce you to our Spring 2016 interns. Special thanks to intern Megan Birman for compiling these stories. Appleseed currently is looking for interns and law clerks… Read more →

Twenty years ago today

Twenty years ago today, a group of forward-thinking Nebraskans came together to re-balance the scales of justice toward fairness for low-income families, children, and immigrant Nebraskans. They founded a new venture called Nebraska Appleseed to tackle the toughest challenges and solve big problems at their roots. Over the past 20 years, a grassroots network of amazing, committed, and generous allies… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – February 2016

In this February edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Support new Transitional Health Insurance plan 2016 Legislative Priorities Nebraskans call on end to Deportation raids Introducing new Appleseed team members Our response to 2016 State of the State Address Job Announcement – Development Associate Support new Transitional Health Insurance plan The biggest issue of the 2016 Nebraska Legislature session will be… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 1, 2016

Things are starting to pick up at the State Capitol with several bills that Appleseed is following having hearings this week.   Take Action to fight unfair banking practices All Nebraska families should have access to credit, but Nebraska law currently lets payday lenders charge some of the highest interest rates in the nation. LB 1036 (Sen. Kathy Campbell) would… Read more →

McCleery chosen as New Leaders Council-Omaha Fellow

Appleseed is excited to announce our health care staff attorney Molly McCleery has been chosen as one of 20 members in the 2016 class of Fellows by New Leaders Council-Omaha! New Leaders Council (NLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. Fellows… Read more →

Meet three new members of Appleseed family

Recently, Appleseed added three new members to our staff. We wanted to introduce you to these hard-working advocates who are helping our fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.   Elizabeth Hutchison – Executive Assistant In December, Elizabeth Hutchison joined Appleseed as our executive assistant. She previously worked in communications for Union Pacific. A Lincoln native, Elizabeth said she’s… Read more →

Legislative Update – New bill a healthy solution for uninsured Nebraskans

Press conference draws supporters of new Transitional Health Insurance Program Tuesday, a new effort to create a path to affordable health insurance for hard-working uninsured Nebraskans was officially unveiled when State Sen. John McCollister introduced LB 1032, the “Transitional Health Insurance Program Act.” This bill would allow nearly 77,000 Nebraskans who currently cannot afford insurance to get vital health coverage.… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – January 2016

In this edition of “Appleseed in Action”: 2016 Legislative session will tackle big issues Press conference on health coverage for all Nebraskans New report calls for increase in education in prisons Appleseed urges investigation of for-profit colleges “2016 in 2016” health coverage campaign 2016 Nebraska Legislative session to tackle big issues The 2016 Nebraska Legislative session began on Wednesday, January… Read more →

Legislative Update – The 2016 session has begun!

On Wednesday, January 6, the 2016 Nebraska Legislature began their 60-day session. Over the next few months, State Senators will consider many bills that will affect justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans including health coverage for the uninsured, improving the child welfare system, and increasing economic opportunity for hard-working families. Each week, we will let you know about movement on… Read more →

Recent Education Reforms Protect Youth in Foster Care  

December has been a big month in the federal government for education policy reform to help support young people with foster care experience as well as other at-risk youth. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the introduction of the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act will bring positive changes and protections… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – December 2015

In this December edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Nebraskans urge leaders to welcome Syrian refugees Join the Insure the Good Life campaign Tell large chicken companies workers deserve to be safe DAPA/DACA court decision continues to harm Nebraska families Double your donation to Appleseed Nebraskans urge leaders to welcome Syrian refugees In recent weeks, a national conversation was sparked around… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – November 2015

In this November edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Join the Insure The Good Life campaign Child welfare advocates urge “Let all kids be kids” New report exposes poultry worker abuses Join us November 10 for Happy Hour in Lincoln Good Apple Awards honors outstanding advocates Support health coverage for all Nebraskans. Join the “Insure The Good Life” campaign! Right now,… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – October 2015

In this October edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Nebraskans celebrate National Welcoming Week More than 220,000 Nebraskans in poverty in 2014 Reserve your tickets to the Good Apple Awards Appleseed welcomes new staff Join the Insure The Good Life campaign Appleseed discusses foster care on KZUM Nebraskans celebrates National Welcoming Week Nebraskans across the state celebrated building strong and inclusive… Read more →

Meet our 2015 Good Apple Awards honorees

Save the date for Nebraska Appleseed’s Good Apple Awards on Thursday, October 22, 2015! Join Appleseed for our annual fundraiser reception in Omaha at the Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom (4920 S. 30th St.) to honor outstanding individuals who stand up for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans We’re proud to introduce this year’s honorees: Frank LaMere Jim Wolf Equal Justice… Read more →

Appleseed excited to welcome executive assistant Cassandra Ndahiro

One of the newest members of the Nebraska Appleseed family brings our group a wealth of different life experiences from a truly unique background. We’re very pleased to introduce you to our Executive Assistant Cassandra Ndahiro. Cassandra moved to the U.S. after growing up in both Africa and Europe. She calls Kigali, Rwanda, and Kerava, Finland, her hometowns and made… Read more →

Overflow crowd talks fighting Human Trafficking in Nebraska

Note: This is a guest post from Appleseed Communications Intern Grady Wiedeman.   It was standing-room only at Omaha’s Urban Abbey on June 30, as a crowd of more than 120 people gathered to discuss ways to recognize and fight human trafficking in Nebraska. Nebraska Appleseed partnered with the Women’s Fund of Omaha to provide a community discussion about human… Read more →

2015 Appleseed Interns and Law Clerks – Meet Grace Kraus

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences.   Immigrants & Communities intern Grace Kraus has seen firsthand the positive change Nebraska Appleseed fights for in Nebraska, and it led… Read more →

2015 Appleseed Interns and Law clerks – Meet Grady Wiedeman

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences.   Appleseed communications intern Grady Wiedeman is utilizing the skills that he learned competing in speech and debate in real world situations.… Read more →

Working together to protect Native children and families

Foster care can provide challenges to many families involved, but Native children and their families experience additional challenges when trying to maintain ties to their tribes and culture.   In 1978, Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act after recognizing the disproportionate number of Native children who were being removed from their homes and placed in foster care. The federal… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – June 2015

In this June edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Recap of a tremendous 2015 Legislative session Capitol Rally to Close the Coverage Gap We’re Hiring! Field Organizer Court decision delays implementation of immigration relief programs Six Omaha schools receive Hunger Free Schools Awards During Foster Care Month, youth urged to Get Covered! Support Appleseed in June with coffee from Urban Abbey… Read more →

A cup of coffee from Urban Abbey in June helps our fight for justice and opportunity for all

It’s not every day that your cup of coffee can support justice for all, but it can during the month of June! Appleseed is excited to renew our community partnership throughout the month of June with our friends at the Urban Abbey, a non-profit coffee shop, bookstore, and faith community in Omaha’s Old Market (1026 Jackson St). Stop in and… Read more →

2015 Nebraska Legislature Wrap-Up

The Nebraska Legislature closed their 2015 session last week, and what a remarkable session it was. Many of Appleseed’s priority bills became law, yet important work remains to address several issues next year. Here’s a look back at the 2015 session.   DREAMers driver’s license bill passes on veto override vote LB 623 – This bill, which makes Nebraska the… Read more →

Legislative Update – May 27

We’re in the final full week of the 2015 Nebraska Legislature’s session, and we have good news from a busy week at the Capitol last week. Senators pass DREAMers driver’s license bill On May 21, the Legislature overwhelmingly voted 34-9 to pass LB 623 on Final Reading and sent the bill to Governor Ricketts. Appleseed joined many other groups including faith,… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – May 2015

5/6/2015 In this May edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Medicaid Redesign Act falls in Legislature Governor’s veto harms poorest families DREAMers driver’s license bill gains statewide support Legislative Update More evidence of crippling injuries in meat and poultry plants Over 100 Nebraska schools eligible to feed all students Primer calls for more accountable funding of child welfare system Medicaid Redesign… Read more →

More evidence work speed takes crippling toll on meatpacking and poultry workers

Earlier this month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a study of a Maryland poultry plant which found that 34 percent of workers had carpal tunnel syndrome while an alarming 76 percent exhibited signs of nerve damage. As NIOSH noted in a blog post accompanying the release of its report, more than half of the positions… Read more →

Become a sustainer of justice for all

Building a stronger, more just society in Nebraska requires long-term commitment. We’re in it for the long haul at Appleseed, dedicated to a vision where we have effective public systems and strong communities that ensure full opportunity for all Nebraskans. If this vision speaks to you, please consider becoming a monthly donor to Nebraska Appleseed and sustain the fight for… Read more →

Nebraska State Senators on Twitter

  State Senator Twitter Handle Senator Roy Baker @BakerforNELeg Senator Kate Bolz @katejbolz Senator Lydia Brasch @LydiaBrasch Senator Colby Coash @ColbyCoash Senator Sue Crawford @SenCrawford Senator Al Davis @AlDavisDist43 Senator Laura Ebke @SenLauraEbke Senator Curt Friesen @captaincorn Senator Ken Haar @SenatorKenHaar Senator Matt Hansen @HansenforLD26 Senator Burke Harr @BurkeHarr Senator Bob Hilkemann @votehilkemann Senator Bill Kintner @BillKintner Senator Rick Kolowski… Read more →

Legislative Update – March 30

Nebraska Appleseed’s Legislative Update News and Updates from the Nebraska Unicameral March 30, 2015   Last week marked the first week of full-day debate in the Legislature, and one of Appleseed’s priority bills is on the agenda for this week.   Child care “cliff effect” bill set for debate this week LB 81 – This bill introduced by Sen. Tanya… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 23

Nebraska Appleseed’s Legislative Update News and Updates from the Nebraska Unicameral February 23, 2015 Legislature votes down restrictive Voter ID bill Last Wednesday, after several hours of floor debate, the Legislature voted down harmful voter suppression bill LB 111. Senators voted 25-15 on a motion to “bracket” the bill, which ends debate and essentially tables the bill until after the… Read more →

Legislative Update – 02/17/2015

Harmful voter suppression bill debated this week Today the Legislature began floor debate on harmful voter suppression bill LB 111. Appleseed was one of many groups to oppose this bill in a committee hearing because it will be an unnecessary barrier to vote for many groups of voters including seniors, people with low incomes, and students. The debate is expected… Read more →

A very fond farewell

Today is my last day at Nebraska Appleseed and it is bittersweet. I came to Appleseed over 11 years ago. I was new to Nebraska and looking for work that I would find more meaningful than the commercial litigation I was doing at big firms in New York. What I found at Appleseed was more meaningful and fulfilling than I… Read more →

Meet the 2014 Good Apple Awards honorees – Creighton Center for Service and Justice

On October 2nd, we will be honoring people and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2014 Good Apple Awards. Leading up to the event, we will introduce you to the 2014 award recipients. Roots of Justice Award – Creighton Center for Service and Justice The Roots of Justice Award recognizes grassroots… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – September 2014

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – September 2014 9/3/2014 In this September edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Minimum wage Initiative 425 officially goes on ballot Bridge to Independence for youth aging out of foster care gets federal approval Lawsuit filed to protect Nebraskans eligible for food assistance Nebraskans urge Congressmen to help Stop Separating Families Get your tickets for… Read more →

Appleseed joins nationwide groups in calling for federal action to prevent racial profiling

Last week, Nebraska Appleseed joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 100 organizations across the country in calling for federal action to prevent discriminatory profiling by law enforcement that continues to occur across the country. Read the group’s full statement In the statement, the groups called for increased accountability in state and local law enforcement… Read more →

Concertgoers branch out to Appleseed at Maha 2014

Nebraska Appleseed was honored to be selected for the third year in a row to participate in the Maha Music Festival’s Community Village last Saturday! Maha is a nonprofit, day-long music festival bringing together national, regional and local indie and rock artists. Twenty local nonprofits were invited to participate in the Community Village, using engaging activities to share their missions… Read more →

2014 Appleseed Interns and Law Clerks – Meet Trevor Slawnyk

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Go forth and code, young man. Behind all those lines of numbers and letters that add up to documents, presentations and projects… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – News and Events for August 2014

8/6/2014 In this August edition of “Appleseed in Action” Support compassion, due process for children fleeing violence Dangerous USDA Poultry Rule gets approval Big numbers for Minimum Wage petition drive Introducing our 2014 Good Apple Award honorees Support compassion, due process for children from Central America fleeing violence Since last fall, approximately 200 children who have fled violent circumstances in… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – July 2014

In this July edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Minimum wage petition drive enters home stretch 50 Nebraska groups urge House action for common-sense immigration laws Meet our 2014 Summer Law Clerks and Interns Two new staff members join Appleseed team Welcome new Officers to Appleseed Board of Directors Appleseed raises $37,000 on Give to Lincoln Day Final Day to Sign… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new Officers on Board of Directors

Nebraska Appleseed recently welcomed new officers to serve on our Board of Directors. These individuals will be instrumental in leading our efforts to increase opportunity and justice for all Nebraskans during their three-year term.   President Steve Achelpohl New Board President Steve Achelpohl is a Director at Gross & Welch, P.C., L.L.O., of Omaha. He is a Fellow of the… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – June 2014

In this June edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Sign petition to raise Nebraska’s minimum wage Court decision keeps Native families together Fewer Nebraska kids getting summer meals A window of opportunity for common-sense immigration laws Traveling Nebraska to learn new health care needs Appleseed raises $30,000 on Give to Lincoln Day Support campaign to Raise Minimum Wage in Nebraska You… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – May 2014

In this May edition of “Appleseed in Action”: 2014 Legislative wrap-up Ballot initiative for raising minimum wage Take action against a failed deportation policy First ACA enrollment a success. Now what? Match Your Donation to Appleseed on Give To Lincoln Day 2014 Nebraska Legislature session has highs, lows for working families There were several important victories as well as some setbacks… Read more →

Legislative Update

The 2014 Legislative session comes to a close this week when senators adjourn sine die on Thursday.  We’re pleased to let you know several of our big priority bills passed this session! Let’s take a quick look back at the highlights at the Capitol in 2014. Immigration reform resolution passes last week LR 399 (Sen. Wightman) – In the closing… Read more →

Legislative Update

We are just seven days away from the close of the 2014 Nebraska Legislature session and several important bills await debate, and hopefully passage.  Read on to see how your voice can influence these debates and get caught up on the Legislature action from last week. Legislature fails to pass bill to raise minimum wage for hard-working families LB 943… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – April 2014

In this April edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Wellness In Nebraska Act filibustered in Legislature Priority bills advance at the Capitol Inter-American Commission hearing on workers’ human rights abuses “Rock Enroll” draws Nebraskans to Get Covered Karen quilting exhibit showcases immigrants’ stories Wellness In Nebraska Act filibuster denies health coverage for 54,000 Nebraskans On March 19, a group of state… Read more →

ACA In Nebraska: Woman able to take deep breath with affordable insurance

Rebecca Cech from Bellwood, Neb., found herself in a dangerous coverage gap that left her unable to afford health insurance.  She is self-employed, made an income too high to qualify for Medicaid and too low to afford private insurance…or so she thought. Rebecca knew she could not go uninsured. She has severe asthma and regularly uses two different medications plus… Read more →

Legislative Update

We’re now less than a month away from the end of the 2014 Nebraska Legislature session and last week was a big one as several of our priorities were debated on the floor. Legislature blocks Wellness In Nebraska Act from receiving vote For the second straight year, a bill to help 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans access affordable health coverage was defeated… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week was the first week of full-day debate at the Legislature, and several of Appleseed’s priority bills were on the move. LB 853 – This bill, which implements stakeholder recommendations to implement the Bridge to Independence program passed on General File on March 7.  This bill will be important to ensure a solid start to the Bridge to Independence… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week was the first week of full-day debate at the Legislature, and several of Appleseed’s priority bills were on the move. LB 853 – This bill, which implements stakeholder recommendations to implement the Bridge to Independence program passed on General File on March 7.  This bill will be important to ensure a solid start to the Bridge to Independence… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed

In this March edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Floor debate ramps up in Legislature Congressman, advocates urge stop Poultry Rule “Rock Enroll” concert to encourage people to Get Covered Fast For Families leader visits Omaha Priority bills advance in 2014 Legislative session Last week was the final week of committee hearings in the 2014 Nebraska legislative session, which means the… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week was the final week of committee hearings in the 2014 Nebraska legislative session, which means the rest of the session will feature full days of floor debate starting today. Appleseed’s priority bills will be up for debate over the next couple of weeks and we will be sending you notices at key moments to take action on important… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 11, 2014

A couple of Appleseed’s top priority bills received committee hearings last week, and priority bill designation has begun.  Get caught up and see how you can get involved in this week’s Legislative Update. Appleseed testifies in support of bipartisan resolution calling for common-sense immigration laws On February 5th, Appleseed joined a large group of faith, business, and community leaders to… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – February 2014

In this February edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Priority bills heard in Legislature Congress passes Farm Bill Appleseed welcomes new members to Board of Directors Rachel Gehringer-Wiar joins Appleseed staff Priority bills go before committees in 2014 Legislative session Several of Appleseed’s priority bills in the 2014 session of the Nebraska Legislature have received committee hearings. The final day of… Read more →

Legislative Update – February 4, 2014

Two of Appleseed’s priority bills were heard in committee last week with several additional important bills up for hearings this week.  Read more about Appleseed’s stances and learn how you can get involved. Wellness In Nebraska supporters pack HHS Committee Hearing On January 29, dozens of supporters packed a State Capitol room to testify in support of LB 887, the… Read more →

Legislative Update – January 28, 2014

Committee hearings on bills began last week, and Appleseed testified on several bills of interest.  We will be testifying on more of our priority bills this week during the first full week of committee hearings. Hearing on Wellness In Nebraska bill Wednesday LB 887 – The “Wellness In Nebraska Act” (WIN) would provide health insurance to at least 54,000 Nebraskans.… Read more →

Legislative Update

It’s a busy time in the Nebraska Legislature as bill introduction concludes this week and committee hearings begin.  Several key bills that Appleseed is closely following were introduced last week and still more will be in committee hearings this week. Appleseed responds to Governor’s State of the State Address Governor Heineman issued his State of the State Address on Wednesday,… Read more →

Appleseed is proud to welcome new members to its Board of Directors

Nebraska Appleseed is very excited to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors. Carol Bloch Carol Bloch of Omaha joined the Appleseed Board of Directors in January 2014 and has a long history of public service and advocacy work in Nebraska. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Courts Matter Coalition of Nebraska and… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address

Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Becky Gould issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s State of the State Address. “This morning, Governor Heineman laid out his priorities for the next year in his State of the State Address. We agree with the Governor that Nebraskans value family, hard work, and fiscal responsibility and that the actions we take… Read more →

Legislative Update

The 2014 Nebraska Legislature began this year’s 60-day session last week, and each week we will provide an update on bills related to Appleseed’s programs.  It’s been a busy start to the session already, and a number of bills have been introduced that Appleseed is excited about. Wellness In Nebraska provides uniquely Nebraskan solution to health care LB 887 –… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed Statement on 50th Anniversary of War On Poverty

Public policies helped lift hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans out of poverty Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson gave the State of the Union address to Congress in which he launched a War On Poverty. He introduced legislation to establish programs that made reducing poverty a national priority. President Johnson’s legislation set in motion the establishment of programs that… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – January 2014

In this Happy 2014 edition of “Appleseed in Action”: 2014 Nebraska Legislature session kicks off Support common-sense immigration laws Appleseed argues in front of Nebraska Court of Appeals 2014 Nebraska Legislature session kicks off Today the Nebraska Legislature begins what is sure to be an active 2014 session.  The Legislature will address bills dealing with many Appleseed issues during the… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – December 2013

In this December edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Prayer vigils for updated immigration laws Free screening of “I Learn America” immigrant film Legislative hearing examines disparity of Native American children in foster care Medicaid expansion would narrow health care coverage gap Poultry Rule endangers food and workers during holidays Sign online petition for fair, responsible Nebraska tax structure Support Appleseed’s… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – November 2013

In this November edition of “Appleseed in Action” Health care Marketplace now open 2,000 Nebraskans march and rally for updated immigration laws Nationwide SNAP cuts will harm Nebraska families Federal child welfare news Tax Modernization Committee finishes public hearings Toward a Just Society: Poster prints benefiting Nebraska Appleseed Open enrollment begins, provides affordable coverage for Nebraskans The new Health Care… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – October 2013

In this October edition of “Appleseed in Action” 2013 Good Apple Awards a week away! Government shutdown may affect public programs Health care Marketplace now open Oct. 12 immigration event House passes drastic SNAP cuts that threaten Nebraska families and children Tax Modernization Committee holds public hearings 2013 Good Apple Awards on Thursday, October 10 in Omaha Join Appleseed on… Read more →

New USDA poultry rule poses great risk to food and workers’ safety

Last week, a coalition of worker and food safety advocates and allies gathered in front of the White House and rolled out a petition that contained over 500,000 names of people from all over the country who strongly oppose the USDA’s proposed poultry rule. This dangerous rule would increase the already high speed of the production line to an unfathomable… Read more →

Appleseed intern learns rewarding lessons in Washington, D.C.

 NOTE: Iliana Panameno is a former Nebraska Appleseed intern who is now a graduate student at the Boston University School of Social Work. This summer, I had the opportunity to intern for SCAN of Northern Virginia, through my participation in the Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary Services. I always knew I wanted to work towards bringing social justice to all… Read more →

Introducing the 2013 Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award honoree – Sen. John Harms

On October 10, we will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Nebraskans who have stood up for justice and opportunity for all at the 2013 Good Apple Awards in Omaha.  In the days leading up to the Good Apple Awards, we are proud to introduce you to the honorees we are recognizing this year. The Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award recognizes… Read more →

Introducing the 2013 Seeds of Justice Award honoree – Justice for Our Neighbors

On October 10, we will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Nebraskans who have stood up for justice and opportunity for all at the 2013 Good Apple Awards in Omaha.  In the days leading up to the Good Apple Awards, we are proud to introduce you to the honorees we are recognizing this year. The Seeds of Justice Award honors outstanding… Read more →

Introducing the 2013 Good Apple Award Honorees – The Roots of Justice Award

On October 10, we will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Nebraskans who have stood up for justice and opportunity for all at the 2013 Good Apple Awards in Omaha.  In the days leading up to the Good Apple Awards, we will be proud to introduce you to the honorees we are recognizing this year. The Roots of Justice Award recognizes… Read more →

2013 Good Apple Awards Honorees – Introducing Justin Kemerling: the Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award

Appleseed’s annual Good Apple Awards allow Appleseed to recognize people who do outstanding work advancing justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans, and over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to our 2013 honorees. This year’s event on October 10, 2013 at the Livestock Exchange Building in Omaha is just a month away, and we’re excited to announce… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – September 2013

In this September edition of “Appleseed in Action” Nebraskans urge congressmen “Keep Our Families Together” during recess Drastic SNAP cuts threaten Nebraska families and children Appleseed petitions OSHA to protect meatpacking and poultry workers Enroll Nebraska prepares to help thousands enroll in health care coverage Legislature Tax Modernization Committee to hold public meetings 2013 Good Apple Awards: Reserve your tickets!… Read more →

Appleseed Summer Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Catherine Larsen

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Name: Catherine Larsen Position: Legislative Intern Hometown: Omaha About me: “I have lived in Nebraska my entire life. I will start my… Read more →

Appleseed In Action – News and Events for August 2013

In this August edition of “Appleseed in Action” Take Action to support common-sense immigration reform Rebuild Nebraska pushes for sustainable tax structure Protect SNAP for Nebraska families and children Alex Gibilisco joins Immigrants & Communities Meet our Law Clerks and Interns Appleseed at the Maha Music Festival August is a crucial month to ask your congressman to support common-sense immigration… Read more →

Appleseed Summer Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Sarah Qasmi

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Name:  Sarah Qasmi Position: Intern Hometown: Brookings, South Dakota About Me: “I’m a senior at Creighton majoring in medical anthropology and minoring… Read more →

Appleseed Summer Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Seth Wallace

Note: Each summer, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Name: Seth Wallace Position: Communications Intern Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska About Me: “I’m a Political Science student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating… Read more →

Appleseed Summer Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Bri McLarty

Note: Each summer, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Name: Bri McLarty Position: Law Clerk Hometown: Bri was a self-described “military brat” growing up, but her parents retired in San Antonio,… Read more →

Appleseed Summer Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Macy McKendree

Note: Each summer, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Name: Macy McKendree Position: Intern Hometown: Lincoln (Graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School) About Macy: “I went to UNO for two and… Read more →

Appleseed Summer Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Alexis Yim

Note: Each summer, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences. Name: Taeuum “Alexis” Yim Position: Intern Hometown: Busan, South Korea About Me: Alexis transferred to the University of Nebraska last year and… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – July 2013

In this jam-packed July edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Nebraskans celebrate passage of Senate immigration reform bill Civil rights groups call for investigation into meatpacking plants Recap of 2013 Nebraska legislative session Lincoln recognized as official “Welcoming City” Summer Food programs feed children out of school Announcing our 2013 Good Apple Awards Honorees! Appleseed events at Urban Abbey in Omaha… Read more →

Appleseed exhibit featured in Marketplace of Community Values

Nebraska Appleseed was honored when we were offered the opportunity several months ago to participate in a new art exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The “Marketplace of Community Values” is a unique opportunity for 12 local nonprofit organizations to partner with nationally acclaimed artists to create displays that help the community better… Read more →

Two bills passed this session encourage government transparency and accountability

During the last couple weeks of the legislative session, the Nebraska Legislature passed two bills that seek to increase the accountability and transparency of Nebraska’s state government. While these bills haven’t received as much public attention as some other bills, we wanted to highlight them because we think they will go a long way to make the system more fair.… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 216 – The “Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act” introduced… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 99 – This bill, sponsored by Sen. Heath Mello, increases and… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 195 – (the mainline budget bill) and accompanying budget bills: The… Read more →

Take Action – Support Lincoln City Charter Amendment

Our public officials are best able to serve the public when there is a bond of trust between decision-makers and the people affected by those decisions.  Limiting the possibility of conflicts of interest is important to protecting that relationship. The Lincoln City Charter Amendment on the ballot May 7 would foster trust and ensure integrity within city government by prohibiting… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. LB 240 – A bill introduced by Sen. John Harms that allows… Read more →

Legislative Update

New Medicaid program bill debated in Legislature LB 577, the bill to implement the Affordable Care Act’s new Medicaid option, took center stage in the Legislature this week.  Senators engaged in day-long debate on April 16 and 17. LB 577 would provide affordable health care access to 54,000 Nebraskans while saving the state $2.4 million this biennium.  It is a… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. Services and Support to 21 advances to Select File Friday, April 5,… Read more →

Donate and match your gift!

Appleseed’s Development Director Nic Swiercek is running his first half-marathon on May 5 in the Lincoln Marathon and he could use your support! Nic set a goal of raising $1,300 ($100/mile) to support Appleseed’s mission fighting for justice and opportunity for all and to raise awareness about Appleseed’s campaign to expand access to health care coverage for at least 54,000… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – April 2013

In this April edition of “Appleseed in Action” Take Action on Three Important Bills at the Legislature March Activity at the Unicameral Nebraska Organizations to Call for Immigration Reform Match Your Donation to Appleseed! Marcus Chaffee Joins Appleseed Take Action on Important Bills that Expand Opportunities for Nebraskans Now is an important moment for YOU to take action on several… Read more →

Legislative Update

Take Action to Support Important Bills in Legislature Last week the Legislature did not debate any of Appleseed’s priority bills.  But this week a key child welfare bill is on the agenda.  So your senators need to hear from you on a number of important bills this week. Vital transition services for youth aging out of foster care scheduled for… Read more →

Legislative Update

Green Lights In the Capitol’s legislative chamber, there is a large sign listing each Senator’s name. When a Senator votes in favor of a bill, a light next to their name turns bright green. “Green Lights” highlights the passage of bills that advance justice and opportunity in Nebraska. With action picking up on the floor of the Legislature, here are… Read more →

Legislative Update

Bills Coming out of Committee LB 577 – It was wonderful news for the health of Nebraska’s people and economy when this bill, which would implement the Affordable Care Act’s new Medicaid program in our state, was advanced out of the Health and Human Services Committee this week.  LB 577 is a good opportunity and a real solution to provide… Read more →

Legislative Update

Here is your weekly Legislative Update from Nebraska Appleseed. Wage subsidy program a win-win for Nebraska businesses and workers LB 368 – This bill, introduced by Senator Sue Crawford, would create a subsidized employment pilot program within the Department of Health and Human Services, which would allow employers to grow their businesses and allow low-income workers to gain meaningful job… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – March 2013

In this March edition of “Appleseed in Action” Take Action on three important bills at the Legislature Appleseed at the Unicameral You can support Federal Immigration Reform Celebrate Appleseed’s 17th birthday Meet our new staff members Take Action on Three Important Bills at the Legislature Now is an important moment for YOU to take action on several important bills going… Read more →

Legislative Update

A Good Opportunity and a Real Health Care Solution LB 577 – February 27 was a big day in the Legislature for health care when LB 577 – the bill that would implement the Affordable Care Act’s new Medicaid program in Nebraska – went in front of the Health and Human Services Committee. Appleseed testified in strong support of the… Read more →

Grassroots Advocacy Training Friday in North Platte

The Nebraska Legislature is in session, and Nebraska Appleseed is partnering with the Center for Rural Affairs and Community Action of Nebraska to make sure you know about proposed legislation that impacts hard-working, low-income Nebraskans.  We need you to stand up for affordable health care, small businesses and fair taxes in our state! Join us! What: Grassroots Advocacy Training –… Read more →

Legislative Update

Because of the snow storm Thursday, the Legislature canceled hearings for Feb. 21.  Those hearings have been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 9:15 a.m. Appleseed did testify on a number of bills in committee last week Health Care Access LB 568 – In its original form, this bill would have required a restrictive licensing process for navigators who will… Read more →

Legislative Update

Appleseed testified on a number of bills in committee last week Foster Care Reimbursement Rates LB 530 – A bill that increases reimbursements for foster families to better meet the needs of children in foster care, establishes a pilot project for a new method of determining rates, and extends the Children’s Commission and its subcommittees until 2016. Appleseed testified in… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week, Appleseed testified on several bills at the Legislature Appleseed Opposes Harmful Tax Policy LB 405 and LB 406 – Two harmful bills that would create a regressive tax structure by eliminating the state income and corporate taxes and eliminate sales tax exemptions.  Appleseed joined the overwhelming opposition to these two bills. Appleseed encourages a thorough, thoughtful discussion on Nebraska’s tax system,… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – February 2013

In this February edition of “Appleseed in Action” A busy start to the 2013 legislative session Take Action: Oppose regressive tax proposals Appleseed responds to State of the State Address A roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans New reports show struggles for working families “Precious Knowledge” screening A busy start to the 2013 Legislative session Three weeks into the 2013… Read more →

Legislative Update

Child Welfare takes center stage on January 31 Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare team took to the Capitol on Thursday, January 31, along with other partners, stakeholders, and young people with foster care experience in support of several bills that would continue to improve our state’s child welfare system. LB 216 – Thursday morning, Appleseed joined members of Project Everlast, Mary… Read more →

Legislative Update

Last week was a busy week in the Nebraska Legislature as bill introduction finished up Wednesday, January 23.  Several significant bills that Appleseed sees as priorities were introduced, as well as other bills Appleseed has a great interest in. ACA’s Medicaid program provides for a healthier Nebraska workforce and economy LB 577 – Wednesday, Senator Kathy Campbell, along with 11 co-sponsors,… Read more →

Legislative Update

News and Updates from the Nebraska Unicameral Every week during the 2013 Legislative session, Nebraska Appleseed will publish a Legislative Update. In these updates we will keep you informed on the progression of bills Appleseed is interested in, including Legislative testimony given by Appleseed staff, as well as ways you can get involved and make your voice heard on the… Read more →

News and Events from Nebraska Appleseed – January 2013

In this Happy New Year edition of “Appleseed in Action”: Keep up with Nebraska Appleseed during 2013 Legislature session Appleseed Child Welfare reform recommendations Children’s Health Summit Welcoming America conference Extra Credit report Thanks for a great 2012! Keep up with news at the legislature and Appleseed in 2013 The Nebraska Legislature reconvenes today, and this year promises another eventful… Read more →

First Friday poster benefit for Appleseed in Lincoln December 7

Appleseed is excited to announce that its benefit poster show Stand Up For Justice will be on display at Tugboat Gallery’s group exhibition Triple Threat this Friday for the December First Friday artwalk! Friday, December 7 7pm to 10pm Tugboat Gallery 116 North 14th St, 2nd Floor Lincoln, NE 68508 Appleseed partnered with Omaha graphic designer Justin Kemerling and Lincoln screen printer Jason Davis of Screen Ink to… Read more →

Lilly Ledbetter to Speak in Omaha

How Federal Courts Impact Our Lives: One Woman’s Battle for Justice Tuesday July 10, 2012, 7-9pm REGISTRATION CLOSED For 10 years, Lilly Ledbetter fought to close the gap between women’s and men’s wages, sparring with the Supreme Court, in a historic discrimination case against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Ledbetter won a jury verdict of more than $3 million after… Read more →

Our Courts in Crisis

A lecture presented by Federal District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon A discussion on the judicial nominations crisis. Listen to Judge Bataillon’s presentation: [powerpress url=”http://neappleseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/judge_bataillon_0411121.mp3″] Download the audio When: Wednesday, April 11th at 12:10 Where: University of Nebraska College of Law Hamann Auditorium The judicial branch has a significant and wide-ranging impact on the lives of Americans. But roughly 10 percent of federal court… Read more →

Save the Date – September 22, 2011

Join us on September 22, 2011 for Nebraska Appleseed’s 15th anniversary event, the Good Apple Awards, and celebrate Appleseed’s fifteen years of sowing the seeds of justice across the Great Plains. At the Good Apple Awards we will recognize outstanding Nebraskans’ contributions to equal justice and full opportunity for all and celebrate the stories of people’s lives positively changed by Appleseed’s victories in… Read more →