From Jill Stein and Jill2016.com:
Super Tuesday was a big win for oligarchy, as the Democratic Party establishment delivered over 60% of available delegates for Hillary Clinton and billionaire demagogue Donald Trump stomped to victory in 8 states.
But despite the dominance of Clinton and Trump, the millions of votes for Bernie Sanders show that Americans are hungry for sweeping changes to a broken system that’s throwing workers, students, the middle class and the poor under the bus.
I agree with Bernie and his supporters that we must take our democracy back from the billionaires, win economic justice for the 99%, confront the existential threat of climate meltdown, adopt an improved Medicare For All healthcare system, provide a welcoming path to citizenship, and end racist violence in our criminal justice system.
On many issues, we must go further – for example, by canceling all student loan debt, urgently transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, nationalizing the Federal Reserve, and reforming the electoral system with measures like proportional representation. And we must roll back the military-industrial-surveillance complex that is undermining our liberty and security while bankrupting us financially and morally.
Read more at Jill2016.com.
The Precarious State of Our Union: A Bipartisan Disaster We Can Fix
From the viewpoint of everyday Americans, the State of our Union, in point of fact, is not strong. In reality, we are in a state of historic crisis – for our economy, ecology, democracy and security.
Thankfully, these crises are still eminently solvable. With a majority of Americans disapproving of both establishment parties, there is unprecedented momentum for a new way forward, based on principles of democracy, justice and peace, towards an America and a world that works for all of us.
Republicans have long been recognized as unabashed servants of the economic elite, leading the charge against the public interest. But they have not been alone.
Democratic priorities were clear when President Obama had two Democratic Houses of Congress to support him, as the party went to bat for trillions in Wall Street bailouts, tax cuts for the rich, job-killing corporate trade agreements, austerity budgets, health care reform that locked single payer out and private profits in, mass deportations of hardworking immigrants, privatization of schools, expanding wars for oil and regime change, climate-killing “all of the above” energy policies, and unprecedented assaults on privacy and press freedoms.
As a result of this bipartisan assault, we have not had a recovery by any measure.
Read the full People’s State of the Union.
From the Center for Great Plains Studies:
Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, will speak at Kimball Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. The talk is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
LaDuke was the vice presidential nominee of the Green Party of the United States in both 1996 and 2000. Today she is the executive director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a nonprofit that seeks to recover land for the Anishinaabeg people and to develop programs for environmental preservation.
Read more about this even and others at the Center for Great Plains Studies.
From the First Unitarian Church of Omaha:
The next Holland Lecture will be on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Speaker Angela Davis will deliver her talk, “Prison Reform: Real or Imagined.”
Angela Davis, is a writer, activist and scholar and comes to Omaha to share her unique perspectives on prison reform, a topic front and center in current state as well as national debates. She envisions a future without prisons and advocates for dissolving what she coined the “prison industrial complex.” Ms. Davis grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, giving her a front row seat to the Civil Rights Movement. In the 1960s, her social activism, involvement in the Communist Party and “alleged” association with the Soledad Brothers attempted courtroom escape made her a controversial figure. The latter led to an intense police search that ended with her arrest, trial and eventual acquittal of the charges. Ms. Davis has written nine books and is Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and the Feminist Studies departments at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Read more on the Holland Lecture Series from the First Unitarian Church of Omaha.
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.
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.