From the Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board:
Thanks to a late addition to a far-reaching elections bill, nonpartisan candidates seeking election to statewide offices in Nebraska now face the hardest road in the country to appear on the ballot.
Hopefuls must now obtain signatures from 10 percent of the state’s registered voters – roughly 119,000 people – to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate, up from 4,000. Six percent of all Nebraskans must sign off on any potential independent candidacy for statewide offices such as governor and United States senator.
This change is simply bad business for Nebraska elections – and the idea of a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The last thing democracy needs is a chilling effect on the ultimate form of political participation: running for office.
Read the full editorial.
From Nebraskans for Peace:
We Will Not Be Left Behind: The Proposed Federal Budget and Ordinary People
The event will have a spiritual focus and will remind Lincoln and Nebraskans that the government has an obligation to protect the lives of poor and ordinary people through the provision of decent health care, education for civic competence and jobs, and uncontaminated water, air, and land.
- When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 7 p.m.
- Where: Malone Center Auditorium, 2032 U Street, Lincoln
The events of Charlottesville are not isolated from the general efforts in this country to cut programs designed to help people of all cultures and races flourish. We wish to speak to a budget that will support everyone’s empowerment.
The program will begin with music and prayers, continue with remarks from representatives of the most affected communities, go on to a federal budget analysis from Appleseed, and close with a meditation on values, a prayer and music. We hope for a good crowd.
The event is sponsored by NFP, NAACP Lincoln, Nebraska Appleseed, Sacred Winds, and El Centro de las Americas.
From the Nebraska Left Coalition and the Lincoln Democratic Socialists of America:
On August 12, White Supremacists rammed a car through a group of counter-protesters standing against the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
One is confirmed dead, and at least 19 injured. The victims include our comrades in both DSA and the IWW.
Join us for a candlelight vigil as we stand in solidary against hate. We are gathering Sunday, August 13, from 8 to 9 p.m. at 1300 P Street.
We will also be collecting donations towards the medical expenses of the victims. Currently all funds raised at the vigil will be directed to this fundraiser.
Join the Facebook event.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
Over 500 protesters from across the country converged outside the state Capitol and onto downtown streets Sunday afternoon in response to TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The protest comes on the eve of week-long proceedings in front of the Nebraska Public Service Commission where local landowners, TransCanada representatives, Native American tribal leaders and others will present testimony on whether or not the pipeline serves the public interest.
The proceedings mark the last major hurdle TransCanada must get over for approval of the pipeline, which would carry nearly 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska for export.
K Street on the north side of the Capitol was blocked off as hundreds of sign-bearing protesters gathered. After speakers rallied the crowd, Native protesters astride horses led a march north down 16th Street.
Read the full story.
Keystone XL Public Hearing
- When: Wednesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.).
- Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q Street, Omaha.
- What: Your final opportunity to speak on the record against KXL.
Omaha Green Drinks
- When: Wednesday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m.
- Where: Whole Foods Market, 10020 Regency Pkwy, Omaha.
- What: Carpool, cycle, walk, or ride the bus! This is a great way to network, inspire, share ideas, and catch up with other “Green” people! Please RSVP on Facebook.
LES Sustainable Living Festival
- When: Saturday, July 29, at 9 a.m. to noon
- Where: The Railyard, West Haymarket, Lincoln.
- What: Come and learn how you can help build a more sustainable Lincoln. Read more.
Solar Energy Workshop
- When: Saturday, August 5, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior, Lincoln.
- What: Hosted by Community Crops, this workshop will discuss the economics and installation options that are available in Lincoln. Register here ($5 fee).
Reminder: March to Give Keystone XL the Boot
- When: Sunday, August 6, at 3 to 5:30 p.m.
- Where: Beginning at the State Capitol.
- What: Hundreds of Nebraskans, along with Water Protectors and Pipeline Fighters from near and far, will come together in Lincoln on the eve of the week-long Keystone XL intervenor hearings at the Nebraska Public Service Commission, and march through the streets to send the message that Keystone XL is a threat to our land, water and climate, and not in the public interest. Read more and sign up.
Stand With Us: Keystone XL Intervenor Hearings
- When: Monday, August 7, through Friday, August 11. Starts at 9 a.m. daily.
- Where: Nebraska Public Service Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 300, Lincoln.
- What: The Nebraska Public Service Commission has scheduled its “intervenor” public hearings on TransCanada’s permit for its proposed Keystone XL pipeline. More than 90 landowners who have refused to sell their land to TransCanada for the pipeline and fought eminent domain in court will challenge the permit, along with 30+ Nebraska residents, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Yankton Sioux Tribe, Bold Nebraska, Sierra Club, 350.org and Oil Change International. Read more and RSVP.
From BOLD Nebraska:
Join the March to Give Keystone XL the Boot in Lincoln on June 19. For nine years, Pipeline Fighters and Water Protectors have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, which is abusing eminent domain for private gain, trampling sovereign rights, and threatening our land, water, and climate.
The final regulatory hurdle for KXL is at the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC), which is planning a week-long public hearing August 7-11 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska is our last stand, and the PSC will be voting on whether to accept or reject TransCanada’s permit application.
On the eve of the hearing — Sunday, August 6 — we call on all Pipeline Fighters to join us in Lincoln for the March to Give Keystone XL the Boot.
Community Conservation: Making Land Protection Relevant in the Communities Where It Occurs
- What: Dave Sands, Executive Director, Nebraska Land Trust
- When: Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m.
- Where: Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, Lincoln
- More info.
Nebraskans for Peace Annual Rice & Beans Potluck Fundraiser
- What: Annual event for building peaceful, just and beloved communities of resistance!
- When: Saturday, June 10, 6 p.m.
- Where: Hanscom Park United Methodist Church, 4444 Frances St., Omaha (One Block South of 45th & Center Street)
- More info.
A Future of Care and Peacemaking or War and Waste? The 2018 Federal Budget
- What: Music, spiritual resources, and resources to resist provided at rally. Drum and Lakota prayer, Pastor Lin Quenzer. Speaker is Kevin Martin from PeaceAction.
- Where: West side of the Nebraska Capitol
- When: Sunday June 11, 1 p.m.
- More info.
Discussion about Soil Health and Climate Change
- What: Discussion organized by the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
- When: Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Where: Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, University of Nebraska Omaha
- More info and register.
Discussion about the Plight of the Honeybee
- What: Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.
- When: Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
- Where: UNL Student Union, Lincoln
- More info and register.
Here is a friendly reminder that Omaha Green Drinks will be taking place this upcoming Wednesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 10020 Regency Pkwy, 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!
Please RSVP on Facebook.
From the Green Party U.S.:
The Green Party supports single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.
Our current health care system lets tens of thousands of people die each year by excluding them from adequate care, while its exorbitant costs are crippling our economy. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a national health care system.
Under a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health care system, the administrative waste of private insurance corporations would be redirected to patient care. If the United States were to shift to a system of universal coverage and a single payer plan, as in Canada and many European countries, the savings in administrative costs would be more than enough to offset the cost of additional care. Expenses for businesses currently providing coverage would be reduced, while state and local governments would pay less because they would receive reimbursement for services provided to the previously uninsured, and because public programs would cease to be the “dumping ground” for high-risk patients and those rejected by health maintenance organizations (HMOs) when they become disabled and unemployed. In addition, people would gain the peace of mind in knowing that they have health care they need. No longer would people have to worry about the prospect of financial ruin if they become seriously ill, are laid off their jobs, or are injured in an accident.
Read more and sign the petition.
From Open Sky Policy Institute:
LB 461, the tax-cut package put forth by the Revenue Committee, is first and foremost an income tax cut for wealthy Nebraskans and the proposal does little to truly address property tax relief. In fact, LB 461 is fundamentally flawed in a way that makes it more likely to exacerbate, not help, Nebraska’s reliance on property taxes to fund K-12 education. Furthermore, some Nebraskans would actually pay more in overall taxes under LB 461.
Read the full policy brief.