Tag: Economic Justice

RELEASE: Ensuring access to adequate mental health care for Nebraska prisoners

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Ensuring access to adequate mental health care for incarcerated people in Nebraska A humane and civil approach toward a sustainable prison reform.   LINCOLN – Today, the Nebraska Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights gathered for… Read more →

RELEASE: More Nebraska schools eligible to fight classroom hunger with nutritious meals

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director (402) 438-8853 Ext. 119 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   More Nebraska schools eligible to fight classroom hunger with nutritious meals Healthy meals at school is an essential part of many students’ days. LINCOLN – 275 Nebraska schools will be eligible to serve more students free meals for the 2019-20 school year… Read more →

RELEASE: Lincoln City Council introduce ordinance addressing rental housing conditions

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, April 29, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director (402) 438-8853 Ext. 119 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Lincoln City Council introduces ordinance addressing rental housing conditions Proposal would address housing adequacy and conditions in rental units LINCOLN – On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Lincoln City Council introduced Ordinance 19-52 to improve the adequacy and conditions of rental units in… Read more →

Nebraska continues to rank near bottom nationally in School Breakfast

State’s low participation in school breakfast means poorer outcomes for students, missed federal funding Despite a slight increase in participation, Nebraska still ranks near the bottom of the country in providing students in need with a nutritious breakfast at school according to the School Breakfast Scorecard, released annually by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Each year, FRAC’s School… Read more →

RELEASE – Summer Food sites ensure Nebraska kids don’t go hungry when school lets out

***For Immediate Release*** June 6, 2018 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Summer Food sites ensure Nebraska kids don’t go hungry when school lets out Adequate meals in summer are essential to children’s health, learning retention   LINCOLN — Thousands of children in Nebraska are food insecure and struggle to get… Read more →

RELEASE – Nebraska organizations applaud passage of predatory lending reform bill

***For Immediate Release*** April 18, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska organizations applaud passage of Predatory Lending Reform bill  Law will be small step forward to curb abusive lending, but future reforms are also needed   LINCOLN — Today Nebraska organizations applaud the Final Reading passage of payday lending reform… Read more →

RELEASE – SNAP cuts proposed in Farm Bill would hurt thousands of Nebraska families

***For Immediate Release*** April 12, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Cell: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   SNAP cuts proposed in draft Farm Bill would hurt thousands of Nebraska families New restrictions on food assistance will take meals off the table, plunge more Nebraskans into poverty   LINCOLN — The 2018 Farm Bill introduced today by the… Read more →

New Report: Tools available to help Nebraska Schools fight student hunger

***For Immediate Release*** March 8, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New Report: Tools available to help Nebraska Schools fight student hunger Data shows Nebraska lags in national school breakfast rankings, but some schools finding success fighting classroom hunger with innovative strategies   LINCOLN — National data shows Nebraska falls behind… Read more →

Appleseed responds to 2018 State of the State address

***For Immediate Release*** January 10, 2018   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould responds to State of the State address Further revenue cuts will worsen budget shortfall, focus must be on investing in healthy communities and educated workforce   LINCOLN — Wednesday, Nebraska Appleseed Executive… Read more →

The Western Nebraska Better Breakfast Challenge Winners!

This is a guest post from Appleseed Health Care intern Suzie Cho.   During the month of October, Nebraska Appleseed, in partnership with Safeway and the Albertsons Companies Foundation, hosted the Western Nebraska Better Breakfast Challenge to help schools jumpstart their breakfast programs and improve participation. The Challenge saw 12 elementary schools in Gering, Hemingford, Mitchell, Morrill, Paxton, and Scottsbluff compete… Read more →

Nebraska advocacy groups applaud new payday lending reform rule

***For Immediate Release*** October 5, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New rule a good first step to protect Nebraskans against predatory lending CFPB rule makes progress, but Legislature still must pass true reform to end exploitative lending   Today, a group of Nebraska advocacy organizations – Nebraska… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new organizer Felipe Blanco

In July, Appleseed was pleased to welcome our newest field organizer, Felipe Blanco. Felipe comes to Appleseed with a wealth of experience in public policy and will work in our Health Care and Economic Justice programs, connecting with people in communities all across the state on ways they can create positive change for themselves and their neighbors. “I am excited… Read more →

2017 Nebraska Legislative Recap

The 2017 Nebraska Legislative Session came to an end last Tuesday, concluding a session that contained several setbacks for efforts to improve opportunities for hard-working, low-income families and children. Still, a few important advancements were made to improve access to justice and opportunity for more Nebraskans. Your support and hard work, combined with some outstanding leaders in the Legislature, helped… Read more →

STATEMENT: President’s budget proposal a harsh attack on Nebraska families

***For Immediate Release*** May 23, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   President’s budget proposal a harsh attack on Nebraska families Drastic cuts will harm low-income families, children, seniors, Nebraskans with disabilities   LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement on the President’s… Read more →

Take Action – We can’t cripple Nebraska’s future

With a state budget shortfall of more than $1 billion, we have to look for every solution to protect Nebraska’s important public investments that make life better for everyone. Things like good schools, safe roads and highways, and programs that help hard-working families get ahead. But a dangerous tax plan will be up for debate on Friday in the Legislature… Read more →

Legislative Update – April 10

There’s no easing into this week as two measures we’re focusing on are up for debate right away on Monday. Restoring the right to vote LB 75 – Introduced by Sen. Justin Wayne, this bill would end the two-year delay before Nebraskans are able to vote after completing their felony sentence or probation. The bill is on the agenda for… Read more →

Legislative Update – January 23, 2017

Last week marked the final day of bill introduction in the 2017 Nebraska Legislative session. Several bills we consider top priorities were introduced, and we’ll be testifying at several committee hearings this week. Health coverage for hard-working Nebraskans Last week, Sen. Adam Morfeld introduced LB 441, a bill that would allow nearly 100,000 uninsured Nebraskans with low incomes to get… Read more →

RELEASE – New Report: Improving Student Protections in For-Profit Schools

***For Immediate Release*** January 23, 2017   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New Report: Improving Student Protections in For-Profit Schools Nebraska can model other states in holding for-profit colleges accountable to students   LINCOLN — Given the recent closures of several for-profit schools nationwide, now is the time to… Read more →

Join talks on creating an economic future for all Nebraskans

Our community partners – Community Action of Nebraska and Center for Rural Affairs –  would like to invite you talk about how to create an economic future for all Nebraskans and learn more about what’s at stake in the upcoming state Legislative session. Consider attending one of the upcoming community meetings:   Monday, December 12 o   6 – 7 pm, Scottsbluff, Gering Public Library  … Read more →

Roots of Appleseed – Eric Hallstrom

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. Read our prior entries in the Roots of Appleseed series: Milo Mumgaard Gretchen Obrist… 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 →

Roots of Appleseed – Milo Mumgaard

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.   The roots of Nebraska Appleseed were first planted in an unlikely… Read more →

Nebraska ranked nearly last in School Breakfast participation

  ***For Immediate Release*** February 17, 2016   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Nebraska ranked nearly last in U.S. in School Breakfast Participation State scores 49th in helping qualified kids start the day with a healthy meal at school   LINCOLN — Nebraska ranked nearly last in the country… Read more →

RELEASE – New report recommends increasing access to education programs in Nebraska prisons

For Immediate Release                           December 2, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed (402) 438-8853 (office) (402) 840-7289 (cell) jsheldon@neappleseed.org   New report recommends increasing access to education programs in Nebraska prisons Increased access to education will reduce recidivism, lead to new job opportunities after incarceration   LINCOLN — Education is essential not just for the individual who… Read more →

Meet Kait Madsen – Appleseed’s new Field Organizer

When Kait Madsen was looking for ways to get involved on her college campus during her first year at Loyola University in Chicago, she knew she wanted to help others find solutions to problems in their communities. “I’ve always been interested in human rights and making a difference,” she said. That interest sparked a passion for organizing, and led Kait… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new Weitz fellow Tori Ostenso

Appleseed is very pleased to welcome Tori Ostenso as Appleseed’s Weitz Fellow working with our Economic Justice & Health Care Access programs. The fellowship is supported by the Weitz Family Foundation of Omaha and places recent Carleton College graduates with non-profits in Lincoln and Omaha for one-year fellowships. At Appleseed, Tori will be doing important work to fight poverty, increase… Read more →

Educators see big benefits with Community Eligibility

The new Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows eligible schools in districts with a high percentage of low-income families to receive funding to pay for free, healthy meals for all students regardless of the income of the students’ families. Appleseed recently spoke with two principals of Omaha elementary schools about their success with CEP — Stephanie Black, Principal at Martin Luther… Read more →

PRESS RELEASE – Nearly 12 percent of Nebraska families facing food hardship

***For Immediate Release*** August 21, 2015 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Number of Nebraska families facing food hardship remains steady in 2015 Hunger data shows slight improvement, but too many Nebraskans still struggle to eat LINCOLN — New data released Thursday from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)… Read more →

2015 Appleseed Law Clerks and Interns – Meet John Beutler

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. Economic Justice law clerk John Beutler is a critical advocate for justice, both on and off the sand volleyball court. Born and… Read more →

ConAgra Foods Foundation honors six OPS schools with Hunger Free Schools Award

Award recognizes schools, school board members, administrators who have fought child hunger in Omaha OMAHA — Thursday morning, ConAgra Foods Foundation, in partnership with community organizations that fight hunger and advocate for youth, recognized work to fight childhood hunger in Omaha schools by presenting six OPS schools with the Hunger Free School Award. At a celebratory breakfast meeting hosted at… Read more →

STATEMENT – Governor’s veto of LB 89 harms poorest Nebraska children and families

***For Immediate Release*** April 29, 2015   Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org   Appleseed Statement on Governor’s Veto of LB 89 Governor’s uses first veto to harm state’s poorest Children and Families   LINCOLN — Tonight, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Rebecca Gould issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s veto of LB… Read more →

New report shows Minority working families in Nebraska are falling behind

***For Immediate Release*** March 16, 2015 Contact, Jeff Sheldon Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed Office: (402) 438-8853 Mobile: (402) 840-7289 jsheldon@neappleseed.org Report: Minority Working Families in Nebraska falling behind Latino Immigrants at Greatest Risk; Study Concludes State Can Address the Problem LINCOLN – A new study concludes that a sharp racial and ethnic divide has emerged within the world of low-income… Read more →

Legislative Update

This is your weekly Nebraska Legislature update. Committee Hearings last week Appleseed testified on several bills during Legislature committee hearings last week. LB 12 – A bill to streamline the Medicaid process for eligible Nebraskans who enter and leave the criminal justice system. This bill will improve health care access while saving costs in the corrections system. Appleseed testified in… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Eric Savaiano to Economic Justice and Health Care programs

October 1st, Appleseed was proud to welcome the newest member of our team when Eric Savaiano joined us as a Program Associate with our Health Care and Economic Justice programs. Eric comes to us from Nashville, Tenn., where he previously worked at an educational nonprofit called the PENCIL Foundation as a Family Resource Center Director at a large, diverse, public… Read more →

2014 Appleseed Interns and Law Clerks – Meet Haley Mead

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. As befits all good fairy tales, for Nebraska Appleseed intern Haley Mead it started with a pair of shoes. “I’ve always been… Read more →

New report shows more working mothers in Nebraska make low incomes

More than 26,000 low-income families in Nebraska are headed by working mothers according to the new report, “Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future.” The report, which was released today by the Working Poor Families Project and utilizes the latest data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, finds that Nebraska ranks 15th in the… 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 →

Sign online petition supporting responsible tax system in Nebraska

The Nebraska Tax Modernization Committee has finished up its series of public hearings and is now meeting to come up with recommendations for the future of our state’s tax system. We have one more way we would like our state senators to hear from you. Please consider signing this online petition started by Rebuild Nebraska telling our senators you believe… Read more →

Take Action – Add your voice to Nebraska tax discussion

Our state’s tax system affects every Nebraska family, and changes in tax policy can have big implications especially to families that make low incomes. To make sure our tax system is fair for our state’s lowest-earning families, Appleseed is keeping a close eye on the discussion about possible changes to Nebraska’s tax system made by the Legislature’s Tax Modernization Committee.… Read more →

Appleseed joins Rebuild Nebraska to protect The Good Life

A critical debate is underway in Nebraska about our current tax system.  The Legislature created the Nebraska Tax Modernization Committee to examine these issues.  This group, composed of 14 state senators, will hold meetings the rest of the year to decide what, if any, changes need to be made to our state’s tax structure. As part of that process, the… Read more →

Appleseed Summer Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Victoria Rosenboom

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: Victoria Rosenboom Position: Fellow Hometown: Ashland, Nebraska About Victoria: Victoria is a senior at Nebraska Wesleyan University, studying political science and… 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 →

Omaha women still struggle in poverty

A recent Women’s Fund research report “How Are Women Doing in Omaha?” highlighted several concerning statistics about women in poverty here in Nebraska. The report found women are more likely to have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and African-American women were four times as likely as Caucasian women to live in poverty. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of Omaha families… 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

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 →