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.
Mark your calendar for a free screening of “Freeheld: A True Story of Love and Injustice” followed by a talk with Omaha author and activist Ruth Marimo.
- When: Monday, March 6, at 7 to 9 p.m.
- Where: First Unitarian Church of Omaha, 3114 Harney St., Omaha
Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon give acclaimed performances in this stirring film based on a true story. After detective Laurel Hester (Moore) is diagnosed with cancer, she learns that government officials won’t award her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie (Page). Refusing to accept the officials’ decision, Laurel and Stacie lead a battle for equal rights in this unforgettable movie that speaks to the power of love and the pursuit of justice.
Ruth Marimo was born and raised in the Southern African country of Zimbabwe. She is a lesbian LGBTQ activist, Immigration Reform activist, a writer, a public speaker, owner of a successful cleaning business, and mother of two beautiful children. Their lives were turned upside down when the man she was married to tried to have her deported. It was while she sat in jail thinking, praying, and awaiting deportation, that she decided to write her life-story for her children. “Outsider: Crossing Borders. Breaking Rules. Gaining Pride” was released April 11, 2014, by Scout Publishing LLC.
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.
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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.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Grand Manse in downtown Lincoln Tuesday to protest Sen. Deb Fischer’s decision not to hold town hall meetings during the current congressional recess.
Meanwhile, inside the building, the news media was barred by the Lincoln Independent Business Association from covering Fischer’s address to a luncheon meeting.
LIBA luncheon appearances by public officials traditionally have been open to the media.
Read the full story.
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.
INDIVISIBLE Lincoln is organizing this event in response to Senator Fischer’s disregard for citizen concerns about recent legislation and appointments:
- WHAT: Rally in Lincoln
- WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Grand Manse, 129 North 10th Street, Lincoln, outside Fischer’s meeting with LIBA, a Lincoln special interest group.
Read more and join the Facebook event.
On Monday, February 20, President’s Day, there will be a 5:30 p.m. Light The Way Rally in downtown Lincoln on O Street. Save the date in solidarity with keeping Lincoln a welcoming place for all people, regardless of where they were born.
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.)
Can’t make it to DC this weekend? Show solidarity right here in Nebraska:
Women’s March on Lincoln:
Women’s March on Omaha: