Jane Kleeb on Hillary and KXL

Pipeline Fighter Jane Kleeb discusses Hillary Clinton’s climate proposals and the Keystone XL on MSNBC’s The Ed Show:

“On the one hand, we have Sec. Clinton saying she wants to be a climate champion and rolling out this renewable energy plan, and on the other hand, she says she’s ‘inclined to support Keystone XL’ — a pipeline that’s not only going to risk our land and water here in Nebraska, but is going to contribute to climate change 20 times worse than traditional oil. While I appreciate that she’s thinking about tomorrow, with solar panels, I need her thinking about today — about the risk on climate that tarsands brings to our country.”

Watch the full interview via BOLD Nebraska and YouTube.

Pipeline Fighter Neil Young to play in Lincoln July 11

From BOLD Nebraska:

Our hero and fellow Pipeline Fighter Neil Young is coming to Lincoln on Saturday, July 11, to perform a concert at Pinnacle Arena with the band Promise of the Real — which includes Lukas and Micah Nelson. For anyone who attended the “Harvest the Hope” concert last fall, Promise of the Real stood out as a force. Rock legend Neil Young teaming up with the Nelson boys is a show that cannot be missed!

Neil’s new album is called “The Monsanto Years” and his current tour is focused on the risks that corporation brings to farms and our food system. There is a unique “Eco-Village” taking place as part of the concert, where you can visit booths and nonprofits inside the concert venue who are all working on local food, clean energy and climate change issues. (Be sure to visit the Bold Nebraska booth!)

Neil has generously donated a batch of tickets to his July 11th concert to Bold Nebraska, which we will put on sale as a part of a fundraiser that also includes admission to our pre-concert “Politics + Pints” event with speakers, local musicians, and Special Guests.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 30, at 9 a.m. on the Bold Nebraska website.

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Enjoy summer events with the ACLU of Nebraska

From the ACLU of Nebraska:

This summer, the ACLU of Nebraska has a cool plan for robust public outreach and education to build our growing activist community and to capitalize on our incredible recent wins — like the freedom to marry, repealing the death penalty, driver’s licenses for Dreamers, and so much more!

The ACLU is excited to join these awesome community partners at upcoming summer fun festivals. Stop by our booth, tell us about your favorite civil liberties issues, and learn more about how you can make a positive difference with our amazing team of lawyers, policy advocates, community organizers, and thousands of ACLU supporters statewide.

Juneteenth, Omaha

  • Saturday, June 27, 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Washington Branch Library

Star City Pride, Lincoln

  • Saturday, July 11, 4-8 p.m.
  • 18th and N Streets

El Grito, Omaha

  • Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • 24th and N Streets

Video: Jill Stein officially launches 2016 campaign

From Democracy Now!:

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Dr. Jill Stein officially launches her campaign as a Green Party candidate for the 2016 presidential race.

“I have a people-powered campaign,” Stein notes. “I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding.”

Stein, a physician and activist who first ran in 2012, outlines her platform. She joins the fray as the race for the Democratic Party nomination heats up. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, has emerged as Hillary Clinton’s main rival for the party’s nomination, as his poll ratings have surged in recent weeks.

“Hillary is the Wal-Mart candidate. She has been a member of the Wal-Mart board. On jobs, on trade, on healthcare, on banks, on foreign policy, it is hard to find where we are similar.”

Watch the video.

Enjoy summer events with the ACLU of Nebraska

From the ACLU of Nebraska:

This summer, the ACLU of Nebraska has a cool plan for robust public outreach and education to build our growing activist community and to capitalize on our incredible recent wins — like the freedom to marry, repealing the death penalty, driver’s licenses for Dreamers, and so much more!

The ACLU is excited to join these awesome community partners at upcoming summer fun festivals. Stop by our booth, tell us about your favorite civil liberties issues, and learn more about how you can make a positive difference with our amazing team of lawyers, policy advocates, community organizers, and thousands of ACLU supporters statewide.

Heartland Youth Pride, Omaha

  • ACLU recognized as Ally Organization of the Year!
  • Friday, June 19, 6 p.m.
  • Stinson Park in Aksarben Village

Heartland Pride, Omaha

  • Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Stinson Park in Aksarben Village

Juneteenth, Lincoln

  • Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Trago Park near the Malone Center

Juneteenth, Omaha

  • Saturday, June 27, 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Washington Branch Library

Star City Pride, Lincoln

  • Saturday, July 11, 4-8 p.m.
  • 18th and N Streets

El Grito, Omaha

  • Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • 24th and N Streets

Decline to Sign! Nebraskans for Public Safety gaining support

From Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty:

Last week, we announced our membership in a new coalition to fight the referendum campaign called Nebraskans for Public Safety. Support for this new group continues to grow! Today, the ACLU of Nebraska announced that they secured $400,000 grantto fight the death penalty referendum. And in case you missed it, be sure to check out the ad that ran in the Omaha World Herald from murder victims family members disgusted with attempts to bring the death penalty back:

Death penalty die ad

The coalition includes victims family members, fiscal conservatives, and faith leaders who all know that the death penalty is broken beyond repair. The coalition launched their website this week. Check it out here to learn more and get signed up to volunteer with Nebraskans for Public Safety. Additionally, be sure to “like” their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. We need to keep their numbers growing!

Many have asked what they can do about petition circulators. According to Amy Miller, NADP board member and Legal Director of ACLU Nebraska, if you spot a death penalty circulator doing something that concerns you, use the Nebraskans for Public Safety website to report fraud. THREE particularly important things to report if you see them: (1) Circulator not reading the object statement to each signer, (2) Circulator offering something of value to gain a signature, or (3) Unattended signatures left for people to sign with no circulator in charge. Remember: you have the right to film people in public. Film any circulator you find concerning, look for their identifying information and report fraud online at NE4PS website.

Thanks for your ongoing support. We can fight this referendum campaign together and show Nebraskans that repeal of the death penalty was the right step into history.

Save the date: Bill McKibben to speak in Lincoln Oct. 6

From the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues website:

  • What: Bill McKibben will speak on “The Climate Fight at its Peak”
  • When: October 6, 2015, 7:00 pm.
  • Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th Street, Lincoln

In the weeks before the world gathers in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Bill McKibben will provide an update on how the movement to slow global warming is progressing, both in the United States and around the world. He will share inspiring examples of grassroots climate-focused actions that have been launched by 350.org members in more than 188 countries; then, he will turn his focus to his host state and highlight ways in which Nebraskans can become involved in advocating and campaigning on global environmental issues.

Coalition formed to oppose death penalty referendum

From the Lincoln Journal-Star:

People and groups from across the state will come together to formally oppose efforts to stop the repeal of Nebraska’s death penalty, the coalition announced Thursday.

Nebraskans for Public Safety is asking Nebraskans to decline to sign a petition that would allow people to vote in 2016 on whether the state should have a death penalty. Depending on how many signatures are collected, the petition also could stop the repeal from being enacted until the vote.

The coalition includes Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the Nebraska Innocence Project, ACLU of Nebraska, faith leaders, conservative leaders and the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, according to a news release.

Other supporting groups and individuals will be announced during the referendum campaign, said Kevin O’Hanlon, spokesman for Nebraskans for Public Safety.

Read the full story.

Bruce Johnson appointed to fill Steve Larrick’s NRD seat

From the Lincoln Journal Star:

Bruce Johnson, a retired professor from Lincoln, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Board.

Johnson, who taught in the department of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 39 years, will represent Subdistrict 5 in west Lincoln. The opening was created when the board vacated the seat held by Steve Larrick, who is teaching in China.

Johnson will serve the balance of the first half of Larrick’s four-year term, through December 2016. The seat will be up for election in the 2016 primary and general elections.

Read related stories from the Journal Star.

Say thanks because it’s a nice thing to do

In the wake of the Nebraska Unicameral’s historic action in repealing the death penalty over a gubernatorial veto, let’s not forget to say thanks. Among Greens, nonviolence is a core value and repealing the death penalty just makes sense. For many members of the politically diverse Unicameral, this was a more difficult decision. Let them know that it was the right decision! Also, saying thanks is just a nice thing to do and a great way to develop more of a dialogue with your elected representatives.

Find your senator’s contact information and say thanks.

See how your senator voted on the veto override.