The Nebraska Legislature has passed and the governor has vetoed a bill to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. The Unicameral has the opportunity to make history by overriding the governor’s veto in a vote scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today.
Enough senators have voted to repeal in past rounds to make a successful override likely; however, now is the moment of truth when a vote to repeal will truly mean repeal. This is a BIG deal, and the senators’ votes will follow them for the rest of their political careers. We need to give them confidence that voting to override the veto is the right thing to do — a vote they can be proud of and that Nebraska will be proud of for decades to come.
This morning, urge your senator to help override the governor’s veto and end the death penalty in Nebraska.
If you don’t know your senator, find him or her here.
From BOLD Nebraska:
Saturday, April 18 is Earth Day, and before we head to the Earth Day Omaha celebration in Elmwood Park, we’ll be making a short detour to Rep. Brad Ashford’s office, to join a broad coalition calling on him to vote against TPP (the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”), a secret “trade” deal that would give corporations powers to trump a country’s environmental and labor laws.
- WHAT: Rally Against Fast-Track & TPP at Brad Ashford’s Omaha Office
- WHEN: Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. (before Earth Day at 11:00 a.m!)
- WHERE: Brad Ashford’s Office, 7126 Pacific Street, Omaha (map)
- SHARE: Click here to share the event on Facebook.
RSVP and learn more about the TPP.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on its 21-member board.
The opening was created when the board vacated the seat held by Steve Larrick, who represented Subdistrict 5 in west Lincoln. Larrick is no longer serving on the board as he is teaching in China. The Lincoln-based NRD will accept letters of application from interested residents of Subdistrict 5 until April 17 at P.O. Box 83581, Lincoln, NE 68501. All applicants must be registered voters.
With board approval, the person selected would serve the balance of the first half of Larrick’s four-year term, through December 2016, then be eligible to run for the seat in the 2016 primary and general elections.
Subdistrict 5 includes downtown Lincoln, the North Bottoms neighborhood, Capitol Beach and West O Street, and an area between A and O streets from 33rd Street west to about the Homestead Expressway. A map of the subdistrict is available lpsnrd.org.
From BOLD Nebraska and the Sierra Club’s Nebraska Chapter:
The Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission is attempting to silence the voices of concerned citizens, farmers and ranchers by strictly limiting who can testify at Tuesday’s public hearing on a proposed toxic fracking wastewater disposal well in Sioux County, Nebraska — exported pollution that would forever endanger the Ogallala aquifer we all depend on.
One of the three members of the Commission, Tom Oliver, recently told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald: “It’s not just a public meeting where people can get up and give comments,” adding that only those who “own property within a half mile” of the proposed well will be able to testify.
This is unacceptable. Local citizens whose primary roads would be overwhelmed by 80 tanker truckloads of toxic wastewater delivered every day deserve to be heard. Nebraskans who don’t want to see our state and the Ogallala aquifer become a dumping ground for out-of-state toxic pollution deserve to be heard. Whether we’re allowed to testify or not, we’ll be at the hearing on Tuesday, March 24, in Sidney. Stand with us!
Read more and sign the petition.
From Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty:
Join NADP’s Lobby Day, March 4th, 2015, at the State Capitol. Rally and lobby training begin at 10 a.m. Join a luncheon with senators at 11:45. The Judiciary Committee hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. (Remember, no T-shirts with writing in the Capitol; NADP will distribute repeal buttons.) Come and show your support for the cause. This could be the year!
Read more and RSVP.
From BOLD Nebraska:
Rep. Brad Ashford says we need to build the Keystone Pipeline and get on to bigger questions about the environment. Here in Nebraska, you would think that protecting the Ogallala Aquifer and the Sandhills would be the biggest environmental concern of our elected officials.
If you agree, come join Omaha Pipeline Fighters supported by Bold Nebraska at noon tomorrow in front of Brad Ashford’s Omaha office to express your disappointment over his vote to support the Keystone Pipeline:
- WHAT: #NOKXL Rally at Rep. Brad Ashford’s Office
- WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m
- WHERE: 7126 Pacific Street (next to Clancy’s Pub)
Click here to RSVP so the organizers know you’re coming.
From BOLD Nebraska:
Nebraskans saw an opportunity to change the status quo in November when they elected Brad Ashford to represent them in Washington, giving the boot to Republican Rep. Lee Terry — who had served as the top cheerleader for the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress.
Farmers and ranchers who live in the proposed path of Keystone XL have shared with us the many trite “form letters” they have received from Rep. Terry, Senators Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns, and the rest of Nebraska’s all-Republican Congressional delegation, demonstrating that their very real and valid concerns about protecting our land and water from the risky Keystone XL pipeline fell on deaf ears of their elected representatives.
We now call on Rep. Ashford to provide leadership and bring common sense to Nebraska’s Congressional delegation, and vote against the bill to fast-track Keystone XL.
Read more and sign the petition.
Consider using Goodsearch this holiday season and benefit your favorite cause in the process.
Just search for “Nebraska Green Party” if you want some of the proceeds from your purchases to benefit our grassroots organizing.
From Frances Mendenhall via Progressive Omaha:
Hello everybody. I’m trying to grow our climate organization, get our message out, and sell some of these great T-shirts. We are Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and our goal is to get a carbon tax that is refunded to households. We call it Tax Carbon, Pay People. Our chapter meets next on Saturday, December 6, at 11:45. Learn more about the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
And check out these shirts! They help us spread our message, they help us raise a few bucks, and they are cool. Plus, they will be delivered on December 17, exactly one week from some holiday, I forgot which one. This shirt spreads our message, and its price supports our work. Buy a t-shirt to support Grandmothers and Others Fight Climate Change.
There’s some great news and some terrible news: President Obama has answered our calls, and just made a strong statement urging the FCC to adopt real Net Neutrality rules under “Title II reclassification” — the strongest authority possible.
But FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is dug in: He’s trying to delay and still considering passing rules weaker than what we and Obama want — but are great for the cable companies for which Wheeler used to lobby.
What can you do? Call the FCC, sign the petition, or join a protest.