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 →

Protect the hands who feed you

TAKE ACTION: Meatpacking worker safety bill stopped for this session

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

Voice your support for food security

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

May News & Events: Your Help on a BIG goal

Features from this month’s Nebraska Appleseed newsletter: Give to Lincoln Day: Join supporters in unlocking a $10,000 bonus! Exciting Appleseed priority bills advance at Nebraska Legislature Nebraskans tell Congress ‘It’s Time for Full Inclusion’ (Photos) We’re Hiring: Join our team as Staff Attorney or Program Coordinator COVID-19 Resources (Including information on vaccines)  Donate now for Give to Lincoln Day and… Read more →

Registration Is Open: Creating Communities of Belonging

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

TAKE ACTION: Unemployment gap bill on agenda tonight

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

Essential worker safety and support legislation hits the floor

There are only 14 days left for this session, so we are nearing the end of floor debate for legislative priority bills. The Speaker announced last week that the session would end early, but the precise date is still unknown and depends on how swiftly the body moves through the remaining agenda. Meatpacking worker protections advance to select file Last… Read more →

Libby Israel

My Time as Youth Ambassador for Food and Nutrition Access at Appleseed

This is a guest blog post by Libby Israel, Nebraska Appleseed’s outgoing Youth Ambassador for Food and Nutrition Access who has spent 2 semesters in the role. Before my time at Nebraska Appleseed, anti-hunger work was something I had always thought about, but never really knew how to get involved with. I had seen the effects of food insecurity in… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Basic Paid Sick Leave on Agenda Tonight

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

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 →

Protect the hands who feed you

TAKE ACTION: Meatpacking COVID bill scheduled Thursday

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

25 Days of Action

Thank you for your support during 25 Days of Action!

Earlier this month, we kicked off a 25 Days of Action campaign to celebrate our 25th anniversary, with a daily action item for our supporters and partners to participate in. We are grateful for how many of you joined us and invited friends in taking action to get involved at the local, state, and federal levels on economic justice, children’s… Read more →

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

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

ADVISORY: Banner delivery supporting positive immigration laws to Nebraska delegation

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

We're Hiring

Join Our Team! We are Hiring!

We are hiring for two positions! We’re looking for passionate and driven individuals who want to fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We have job openings for a Program Coordinator, who serves as a project leader within our Child Welfare Program, and a Staff Attorney for our Immigrants & Communities Program. Program Coordinator – Child Welfare Program The… Read more →

Appleseed priorities for the rest of the 2021 session

This week, the Governor signed the state’s biennial budget into law. As we noted last week, that means the remainder of the legislative session will be dedicated to senator, speaker, and committee priority bills. Appleseed priorities moving through the legislative process Here are a few pieces of legislation we are closely watching and hope to ultimately see passed into law. … Read more →

Support LB108

Take Action: Tell your senator to support the SNAP Cliff Effect bill and reduce hunger in Nebraska

With 29 yes votes and strong community support, the SNAP cliff effect bill (LB108) will be up for its second round of debate very soon! We need your help to get this bill over the finish line. LB108 addresses the SNAP cliff effect, where a small raise at work triggers a much larger loss of the SNAP benefits families rely… 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 →

Critical supports for child care and food security advance

Yesterday morning, the Legislature passed the finalized budget and it’s now with the Governor awaiting his signature. It’s unprecedented for senators to pass a budget this early, but it will allow senators to continue to focus on their priority bills for the remainder of the session. There have been a few Appleseed priorities that have had time on the floor… Read more →

Welcoming Interactive

Join us for the Welcoming Interactive 2021!

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

Biden administration leaves refugee admissions goal at historic low

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