The next People’s Film Festival event is this coming Monday, Oct. 17, held as always at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 31st and Harney streets. The theme will be the death penalty, and two short films will be shown. The first is the award-winning documentary Stones, which explores the death penalty in Nebraska. The second is a film clip from Democracy Now! that deals with two people, one from Ireland and one from the United States. “It is a story you will marvel at and also be uplifted by,” says Steve Horn. “It ought to put a stake through the heart of those who insist on blind retribution.”
Please consider attending the Nebraska Green Party’s upcoming State Council Meeting:
- Sunday, Oct. 16
- 6:30 to 9 p.m.
- Caffeine Dreams, 4524 Farnam St., Omaha
For more information and to request an agenda, contact Charles Ostdiek, NGP Co-Chair, at (402) 718-5991.
From Nebraskans For Peace:
Ahead of the upcoming November vote to retain the repeal of the death penalty, Nebraskans for Peace, Retain a Just Nebraska, the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, the National Association of Social Workers, and the League of Women Voters will be hosting a panel discussion on September 6, 2016, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Held at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A Street, the event is free and open to the public.
The discussion will cover in-depth the consequences of the death penalty. The panelists include Senator Colby Coash, from Legislative District 27, who helped garner votes to repeal last year. Christy Hargesheimer, Amnesty International State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator, will join the discussion, as will the former Gage County Attorney, Randall Ritnour. Rounding out the panel is Leslie Seymore, Board Director ACLU; Past Chair, National Black Police Association.
The panel meets the requirements for 1.5 Continuing Education Units for Mental Health for any qualified professional.
Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein will visit Omaha Wednesday, September 7. She will speak at the Swanson Conference Center on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, located at 5370 North 30th Street. (That’s inside the Institute for Culinary Arts.) Time is 7 to 9 p.m.
The Journey of Hope Tour is Coming!
This week NADP has been hard at work with our partners to coordinate a series of events that we are very excited about: The Nebraska of Journey of Hope Speaking Tour. An amazing group of speakers who have been immediately affected by the death penalty will travel all throughout the state to share their stories of moving from violence to healing. Their experiences illustrate the critical need to keep the death penalty out of Nebraska permanently. We hope to see you at an event near you!
Jill Stein supporters from around the country will be in Houston August 4-7 for the Green Party’s Presidential Nominating Convention — and you’re invited!
This may just be the most exciting national Green Party meeting ever, with Jill Stein climbing in the polls and record numbers of Americans demanding a better choice than what the establishment parties are offering. If you want to get involved in the surging national movement for an America that works for all of us, Houston is the place to be!
One of the highlights of the convention will be the Party for the Revolution on Saturday, August 6, where Jill will kick off the final phase of her game-changing presidential campaign. There will be great music, inspiring speeches, and a chance to get to know Jill’s Vice-Presidential running mate.
Before that, starting on Thursday, August 4, the Green Party will host workshops and presentations on all aspects of the exploding movement for independent progressive politics.
Staff from the Stein campaign will be on hand to lead a number of workshops on the techniques and strategies that are being used in 2016 to fight for people, planet and peace over profit. There will also be a set of hands-on workshops on Sunday morning to help you plug in to the action and take the revolution back to your home state. Don’t miss what’s sure to be an unforgettable and historic gathering of revolutionaries in the fight for a better future.
It’s in our hands!
The Nebraska Green Party will hold its 2016 State Convention on June 26 in Lincoln. Members will gather at The Meeting Place, 1239 South 14th Street. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.
Members will select the party’s choice for the U.S. presidential election and select delegates to represent Nebraska at the Green Party National Convention, held this year in Houston, August 4-7.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
The death penalty has survived not in spite of Christians, but because of them, according to Shane Claiborne, social activist, author and pioneer in the New Monasticism Movement.
For a long time, Claiborne believed that scripture supported the death penalty: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth… But his gut told him something else. He believed it was not as simple as good versus evil, right versus wrong and life versus death.
“I went back to study Scripture, and I saw how complex it is,” Claiborne said during a recent visit from Philadelphia to Lincoln and Omaha, as part of Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Retain a Just Nebraska — both efforts to retain a state law abolishing the death penalty.
More than 200 people attended Claiborne’s June 7 presentations, which coincided with the release of his newest book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us. The book examines the death penalty from all angles: religious, moral, just and practical. Many Nebraska stories are included in the 300-page book.
Claiborne’s appearance was the first in a series of guests invited to Nebraska over the coming months to help convince voters to uphold LB268 which calls for abolishing capital punishment in the state, said Dan Parsons, spokesman for Retain a Just Nebraska.
Read the full story from the Lincoln Journal Star.
Retain a Just Nebraska has two upcoming open-house events for faith leaders to discuss the death penalty:
- In Lincoln June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.: FUSE Co-Working Space, 151 N. Eighth St. (fifth floor).
- In Omaha June 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Retain a Just Nebraska headquarters, 440 Regency Parkway Suite 234.
Join us for a Fundraising Birthday Party & Discussion With Marylyn Felion!
Marylyn is a board member of Nebraskans for an Alternative to the Death Penalty and and active volunteer for Retain a Just Nebraska. She accompanied the last person executed in Nebraska and has been a long-time activist for death penalty abolition. Today, she is working tirelessly to Retain LB 268.
To celebrate her birthday, we’re inviting you to attend her fundraising birthday party and give a gift to Retain a Just Nebraska in her honor. Your gift will help the effort to Retain LB 268 and keep Nebraska death penalty free!
Her no-host birthday celebration is open to the public and will be held at Mama’s Pizza in Omaha, 715 N. Saddle Creek Road, on Wednesday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!
From BOLD Nebraska:
Join former NASA climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, Nebraska Peace Foundation, and Bold Nebraska on Saturday, April 30th outside the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting in Omaha to deliver our petition and urge shareholders attending the meeting to VOTE YES on the Climate Resolution. Introduced by Nebraska Peace Foundation, which owns a voting share in the company, the shareholder resolution asks the company to do a climate risk assessment.
The rally will be Saturday, April 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center, 455 N 10th St, Omaha.
Warren Buffett has urged shareholders to vote against the resolution. In his letter to shareholders, Buffett writes that he understands that climate change keeps people up at night, and he thinks people in low lying areas should move.
Said Buffett: “Call this Noah’s Law: If an ark may be essential for survival, begin building it today, no matter how cloudless the skies appear.”
Buffett sees climate change causing disasters, but he doesn’t see any risk of his insurance companies experiencing “significant losses” from them yet.
It’s time for Warren Buffett to build a #ClimateArk — starting with the climate risk assessment for his companies outlined in the shareholder resolution proposed by Nebraska Peace Foundation.