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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.
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.
Can’t make it to DC this weekend? Show solidarity right here in Nebraska:
Women’s March on Lincoln:
Women’s March on Omaha:
From BOLD Nebraska:
On January 9, people in all 50 states will send a message to every US Senator: reject Donald Trump’s reckless climate denying cabinet nominees.
Join Bold Nebraska in Lincoln for a rally at Senator Ben Sasse’s office (we’ll also rally at Sen. Deb Fischer’s Omaha office in the afternoon at 4:00 p.m.).
The Day Against Denial will fight back against some of Trump’s most dangerous cabinet picks:
- Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State
- Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
- Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
- Rep. Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior
The climate is changing, and anyone who denies it shouldn’t be in the White House cabinet. It’s up to the Senate to stop these nominations — and up to us to show up in person to tell our Senators to fight Trump’s Climate Denial Cabinet.
Read more and RSVP.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
People will get a chance to record their views Friday, Dec. 30, on a controversial new death penalty protocol.
While Attorney General Doug Peterson called the scheduled administrative hearing just part of the required process, Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes last week promised to keep an open mind about testimony during the scheduled five-hour hearing.
ACLU of Nebraska and Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers are expected to weigh in with their objections. And the Nebraska Pharmacists Association will send a letter with that group’s concerns.
The protocol was developed within weeks after three-fifths of voting Nebraskans nullified the Legislature’s 2015 repeal of the death penalty. It comes at a time when death sentences nationwide are down 39 percent in 2016 from the record low set last year.
The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, December 30, at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall, Lower Level Conference Room.
Read the full story.
From the Lincoln Journal Star editorial board:
It’s gratifying that Lincoln voters are likely to get the final say on whether to ban cardboard and paper from the city landfill.
Volunteers have begun a petition drive to put a recycling ordinance on the May election ballot. The effort seems to be off to a rip-roaring start. Organizers said they had gathered more than 1,000 signatures in the first few days.
They need to turn in 7,760 valid signatures from registered Lincoln voters by Feb. 13 to get on the ballot. They hope to collect about 10,000 to ensure that they have a margin for any that might be disqualified.
Championing the petition drive is the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters. “By simply diverting cardboard, newsprint, and paper away from the landfill over the next three years, we will double Lincoln’s recycling rate,” said Chelsea Johnson, deputy director of the league. Aiding the cause is Lincoln City Council member and businesswoman Jane Raybould. Her company, B&R Stores, is setting up signature collection points at Russ’s Markets and Super Saver stores.
Read the full editorial.
Sign the petition at Change.org.
The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. We are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — three states where there is a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals. Please donate to this initiative today.
To give you a sense of the problem, the voting machines used in Wisconsin were banned in California after they were shown to be highly vulnerable to hacking and malicious programming due to lacking security features.
“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many American to wonder if our election results are reliable,” said Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential candidate. “These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.”
This is about more than the results of this one election. This is about protecting our democracy and ensuring that “We the People” can have confidence in reported results.
The deadlines and costs for vote recounts are:
- Wisconsin: $1.1 million by Nov 25 (This goal has been met!)
- Pennsylvania: $.5 million by Nov 28
- Michigan: $.6 million by Nov 30
Learn more and donate to the recount effort.
From the Green Party US:
“The Green Party and Green candidates and activists represented political revolution throughout the 2016 election year. We’ll continue to do so during the next four years and beyond,” said Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2016 nominee for president.
“For Greens, political revolution means supporting front lines of struggle from Black Lives Matter, to pipeline blockades, ending immigrant deportations and bailing out students. It also means fighting Sen. Charles Schumer’s corporate tax break proposal as well as the Trump-Pence agenda. It means offering a Green alternative to neoliberalism, white supremacy, and the two-party political establishment that made the election of someone like Donald Trump possible,” said Dr. Stein.
Read the full list of talking points and action plans from Greens around the country.
Yard signs for Stein/Baraka are available:
- IN OMAHA: Pick up signs any day after 7:15 p.m. at 2028 N. 65th Avenue. Phone Dave at (402) 570-2187 to make special arrangements if necessary.
- IN LINCOLN: Phone Charise Grimes, (402) 720-6760, if you’re in Northeast Lincoln, or phone Mj, (402) 489-0598, in Central Lincoln.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
There was a time during early efforts to undo the Legislature’s repeal of capital punishment in 2015 that longtime death penalty opponent Sen. Ernie Chambers was confident.
He said he had no doubt Nebraska voters would uphold the decision of the Legislature to stop executions.
Now, because of the way the ballot referendum will appear to voters, he just doesn’t know.
“It’s so confusing to people,” he said.
He even gets confused trying to explain it to those who call him and ask.
The simplest way to think of it is to focus on what the Legislature did, and then to decide if you want to retain the law senators passed to eliminate the death penalty for first-degree murder and substitute it with a life sentence, or if you want to repeal that bill (LB268), keeping the death sentence intact.
Read the full story.