Tag Archives: Decentralization

Environmental groups file lawsuit seeking to stop KXL

From the Columbus Telegram:

National environmental groups and the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline fired separate legal volleys Thursday over the contentious project.

Environmental groups — including one that got its start in Nebraska — made good on a promise to file a lawsuit seeking to reverse President Donald Trump’s green-lighting of the Keystone XL project.

Meanwhile, TransCanada filed a motion with the Nebraska Public Service Commission urging it to reject 56 people and groups seeking intervener status in the review of the Keystone XL route through the Cornhusker state, including the Nebraska Ponca and Yankton Sioux tribes and environmental and public-health advocacy groups.

More than 100 people and organizations, including more than 90 landowners and three labor unions, have petitioned to intervene, which would allow them to file legal briefs, cross-examine witnesses and present formal arguments to the PSC alongside TransCanada’s attorneys.

Read the full story.

Omaha Green Drinks March 22

From Omaha Green Drinks:

Let’s shake off winter and embrace the upcoming Spring weather at this week’s meeting!

This is a friendly reminder that Omaha Green Drinks will be taking place this upcoming Wednesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market (10020 Regency Parkway, Omaha).

Carpool, cycle, walk, or ride the bus! This is a great way to network, inspire, share ideas, and catch up with other “Green” people. Looking forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP on Facebook.

Lincoln City Council Candidate Forum March 16

From Nebraska League of Conservation Voters:

Please join us Thursday, March 16, for the Lincoln City Council Candidate forum – all of the candidates have committed to attending.

  • When: Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 PM
  • Where: The AULD, 1650 Memorial Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please RSVP to attend.

This candidate forum provides an opportunity for voters to get to know the candidates and their positions, as well as highlight the differences in their proposed policies. All candidates have committed to attending. Candidates running for Lincoln City Council include:

  • Leirion Gaylor Baird (Incumbent)
  • Roy Christensen (Incumbent)
  • Bennie Shobe
  • Brayden McLaughlin
  • Lou Braatz
  • Tom Nesbitt
  • Maggie Squires
  • Deb Andrews

The questions asked during the forum will encompass a wide range of issues in order to provide the most informative experience possible for those in attendance. Candidates may be asked questions about energy and the environment, as well as sustainable growth, fiscal responsibility, government transparency, transportation, infrastructure, neighborhoods and housing, public safety, and education.

The forum is hosted by the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (NLCV), NeighborWorks Lincoln, Witherbee Neighborhood Association, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Friends of Wilderness Park, and several other Neighborhood Associations.

NGP statement in support of Nebraska’s LB34

The Nebraska Green Party’s statement in support of LB34, under consideration by the Nebraska Unicameral:

The Nebraska Green Party would like to express its support of LB 34 and thank Sen Ebke for introducing it. The strength of a democracy lies in its ability to accommodate a diversity of voices, and any improvements in that regard will have our support. Third parties already face steep obstacles to entry in the political arena, and this at a time when, at least nationally, voters seem to have very low regard for the leadership of the established parties and are left wanting by the high barriers to entry of our current system. We urge you to pass LB 34. The bill would not take anything away from the current ballot access situation, but provides an additional path to ballot retention.

Support public schools March 14 in Lincoln

From Center for People in Need:

On Tuesday, March 14, at noon, please join us for a rally to support public schools and draw attention to the threats posed by school privatization schemes and budget cuts. At 1:30, attend the hearing for LB 630, which would bring charter schools to Nebraska and threaten public school funding. Here’s how to get involved:

  • Attend the rally at noon on the West side of the Nebraska State Capitol (near the Abraham Lincoln statue).
  • Attend the 1:30 p.m. hearing on LB 630 in Capitol hearing room 1525, which would bring charter schools to Nebraska.
  • Testify in opposition to the bill, or consider submitting written testimony by email to the Education Committee. Ask that your opposition be read into the official record.
  • Contact your state senator, as well as members of the Education Committee, and let them know you support public schools and oppose school privatization and budget cuts.

Contact info and more about the Unicameral’s Education Committee.

Save the date: Green VP Candidate Ajamu Baraka to speak at rally April 29 in Omaha

In solidarity with 350.org, NRDC, and other organizations participating in the April 29 People’s Climate March in Washington DC, the Nebraska Green Party is organizing a Solidarity March/Rally at Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha. The event begins at noon. The march starts at 2 p.m.

2016 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka has accepted our invitation to speak at the Omaha event!

Learn more about this “human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism” at his website: A Voice from the Margins.

Can’t be there in person? The event will be live-streamed at the RealProgressives Facebook page.

Subscribe to the Nebraska Green Party Digest; also new format

If you’re not already a subscriber, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Join a Nebraska Green Party listserv to learn about Green events and issues near your home. Also keep up on national and international events with links to stories from Truthout, Reader Supported News, AlterNet, and more. Let Mj’s “Good News” digest brighten your inbox! (Subscribe to see what we mean.)

  • Congressional District 1 (Lincoln, Columbus, Norfolk): Send a message to ngpd1-m-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
  • Congressional District 2 (Omaha metro): Send a message to necd2greens-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
  • Statewide: Send a message to negpstatewide-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Also, Mj announced a new format for the digest beginning in February:

Hello Greens. We’ve decided to make a little change in the NGP Digests. We hope it will be helpful for readers.

We will now send local action alerts and event notices separately from the Digests. Digests will continue to bring You as much Good News as possible from sources we’ve used for years: Jill Stein and the Green Party of the US, Reader Supported News, Truthout, Democracy Now!, AlterNet, Daily Kos, as well Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraskans For Peace, and other local sources. (We’ll also bring you less than good news when it seems necessary, but You can always find that elsewhere.)

Action alerts have sometimes gotten lost in the mix of national news and commentary. Thus, the change.

Using the INDIVISIBLE model, we need resistance to be collective, constant, and local. We hope this change will make it easier to stay aware of local actions and events that need Your support.

-Mj Berry

Nebraska Green Party Meeting Feb. 19 in Omaha

Get involved with a discussion about the Nebraska Green Party’s future, including ballot access in 2018. Pick up a new NGP t-shirt and a petition or two. We’re gathering signatures again.

  • WHEN: Sunday, February 19, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • WHERE: Aroma’s Coffeehouse, 1033 Jones Street, Omaha.

Check out the Facebook event.

New Nebraska Green Party T-shirts now available

We have a new supply of American Apparel Nebraska Green Party t-shirts, made by the local Green-identified Lincoln business Screen Ink. They will be available at this Sunday’s February 19th Omaha NGP meeting, or before, in Lincoln, by e-mailing mjberry (at) inebraska.com. Sunday’s meeting is at 3 p.m. at Aroma’s Coffeehouse, 1033 Jones St. (Join the Facebook event.)

Women’s Marches on Omaha, Lincoln Jan. 21

Can’t make it to DC this weekend? Show solidarity right here in Nebraska:

Women’s March on Lincoln:

Women’s March on Omaha: