Nebraska LGBT Town Hall Meetings

From ACLU of Nebraska:

Join the ACLU of Nebraska, national partner the Human Rights Campaign, and community groups around the state for a community meeting close to you to discuss the results of the recent survey of LGBT people in Nebraska. The response was overwhelming. Thousands of LGBT people in Nebraska and across the country shared their lived experiences at home, school, work, and in their houses of worship. They told us what their priorities are for moving our community forward. You won’t want to miss out on the results of one of the largest surveys of LGBT people in the country. Come hear the results of the survey – and add your voice to the conversation.

Upcoming meetings in Scottsbluff, Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha, and Norfolk.

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Nebraska wind and solar bill signed

From Morning Ag Clips and the Nebraska Farmers Union:

Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen praised Governor Dave Heineman, State Senators Mello, Davis, Schilz, and Dubas, along with a diverse coalition made up of farm, business, environmental, conservation, and public power stakeholders for successfully updating the state’s C-BED (Community-Based Energy Development) law with the passage of LB402.

In addition to Governor Heineman, State Senator Heath Mello of Omaha, who sponsored LB402, Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala, who co-sponsored LB402, and Senator Al Davis of Hyannis, who made LB402 his Priority Bill, participated in the LB402 signing ceremony. Senator Annette Dubas of Fullerton was also a LB402 co-sponsor.

LB402 updates and expands the criteria for use of the C-BED law to qualify for sales tax abatement including solar energy in addition to wind energy, allowing Nebraska content of labor, materials, professional services and components, allow corporations domiciled in Nebraska to meet the definition of “qualified owner,” and reduces the qualifying percentage from 33% to 25% to qualify.

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The National Water Dance Project in Omaha April 12

From UNO’s College of Education and College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media:

On Saturday, April 12, dancers from UNO’s The Moving Company and musicians from Ensemble 768 will be participating at this national event. Come view and support their performance highlighting the topic of drought.

The National Water Dance is an opportunity for performance artists to collaborate on forming a nationwide movement choir. It aims to inform and inspire participants and audience members to conserve and protect water resources. Participants from all over the country will perform at the same time connected through live streaming media.

Saturday’s event in Omaha will take place at 3 p.m. at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

World’s Largest Crop Art: #NoKXL

From Bold Nebraska:

Bold Nebraska has partnered with artist John Quigley to create the world’s largest-ever crop art installation, sending a 70-football-field-spanning #NoKXL message (visible from space!) from the Cowboy and Indian Alliance to President Obama.

This amazing work of art will be unveiled next Sunday, April 13, at a community BBQ on the land of gracious hosts Art and Helen Tanderup near Neligh, Nebraska. Join us to check out the crop art installation, and enjoy some catered BBQ with fellow Pipeline Fighters.

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The Tanderups also hosted a Spiritual Camp on their land that is directly in the path of Keystone XL — as well as on the Ponca Trail of Tears — last November. This past weekend, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance was up in South Dakota, where the Rosebud Sioux Tribe set up another Spiritual Camp. The tipis will remain standing in protest until Pres. Obama rejects the pipeline. The Community BBQ at the Tanderups’ place on April 13 will also serve as a “bon voyage” party for the caravan of citizens, farmers, ranchers and tribal members with the Cowboy and Indian Alliance who will travel to Washington, D.C. later this month for a weeklong Spiritual Camp near the White House — called Reject + Protect. The Reject + Protect event will see the Cowboy and Indian Alliance ride into D.C. on horseback April 22, and then encompass a series of actions during the week before culminating in a public event on April 26, where a ceremonial tipi will be presented in honor of President Obama.

Join fellow greens at a concert and potluck April 8 in Lincoln

An invitation from Steve Larrick, former Green candidate for U.S. Senate:

Dear Nebraska Greens,

You are invited to an awesome house concert on Tuesday, April 8, at our house, 920 South 8th Street, in Lincoln. Potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. and music by troubadour Tom Neilson at 7 p.m. He’s a great political folk singer who has played his songs at several Green Party conventions. If you think you can come to the show, please contact me.

Thanks,

Steve Larrick

USGP on the McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

From the Green Party of the United States:

This morning the Supreme Court released its decision in the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, striking down current limits on the amount an individual donor may contribute to a political campaign.

The majority of the justices decided that the right to free speech includes the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.

Although reasonable campaign finance rules had already been gutted by the 2010 Citizens United decision, today’s decision reinforces the idea that money is speech and the richest 1% of Americans should have the right to buy and sell limitless political influence.

In contrast, the Green Party continues to work for a truly democratic electoral system including public financing of federal, state, and local elections. We support a Constitutional amendment delaring that corporations are NOT persons and money is NOT speech. Finally, it is important to have a vigorous, well-funded government watchdog empowered to enforce federal campaign laws.

The Green Party is working to overturn the new regime of corporate elections. Citizens United allowed unlimited spending on independent campaigning, and now McCutcheon will allow unlimited contributions to candidates and elected officials.

Read more about Grassroots Democracy, one of the Green Party’s 10 Key Values.

In reversal, Unicameral moves anti-discrimination bill to floor

From the Omaha World-Herald:

A bill banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is back on the front burner in the Nebraska Legislature.

The measure, patterned after an anti-bias ordinance in Omaha, appeared dead in February. But after a change of heart, a state legislative committee advanced Legislative Bill 485 to debate by the full Legislature.

“It’s a good day for equal rights,” said Lincoln Sen. Danielle Conrad, sponsor of the anti-bias bill.

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Gardening, Farming & Ranching Workshops for Women from CFRA

From the Center for Rural Affairs:

Attention women who are getting started in gardening, farming, and ranching: We have some great learning opportunities for you here in Nebraska!

If you are dreaming of owning a farm or ranch, we have just the session for you. Our Farm Dreams Workshop is designed to help people seeking practical, common-sense information on whether farming or ranching is the right next step.

If you know you want to be a farmer or rancher, our Farm Business Financing Workshop will help you design a business plan and access financing for your agricultural operation. These are essential to your success, and this intensive session will deliver what you need to know.

Maybe your interested in Selling at the Farmers Market? We’ve got tips and tricks to help you rock! This workshop is perfect for those getting started or thinking about this direct to consumer market. Perhaps you’ve heard of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) systems? Our final workshop gives you the low-down on that model.

The workshops are offered on various Saturdays in April through June. All sessions are $5 and include lunch. Read more.

2014 GPUS Annual Meeting: July 24-27 in St. Paul, Minn.

From the Green Party of the United States:

The Green Party of the United States is holding its Annual National Meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota, this July. The meeting will be a great place to connect with hundreds of Greens from across the country, see Green elected officials and candidates, and learn new campaigning and organizing skills.

This year marks 30 years of Green Party organizing in the United States. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Back to Our Roots: People. Planet. Principles.”

The schedule will include informative workshops on party-building skills, candidate training, and Green issues. The first confirmed speaker is Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and other works on civilization, consciousness, and cultural evolution.

The meeting will be held on the campus of Macalester College from July 24 to 27. Lodging and meals will be available in university facilities.

Read more and register.

Dr. Yakir Englander of Kids4Peace speaking at UNO April 5

From the University of Nebraska Omaha:

Dr. Yakir Englander, vice president of Kids4Peace International, will present “The role of Theology in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Kids4Peace: Interfaith in Jerusalem” on Saturday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the UNO Community Engagement Center’s Community Dialogue Room. The event is organized by SPHRS, Project Interfaith, and the UNO Religious Studies Department. Read more.