From the Lincoln Journal Star:
University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds asked state senators to think about the future.
“If we want this to be a place where our children and grandchildren will live and work and raise a family, we have to invest in one of the primary economic drivers our state has,” he told members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. “That is the University of Nebraska, and frankly all of higher education.”
Casting the state’s financial support for the university as a moral issue, Bounds, now in his third year as NU’s president, then asked senators to consider the consequences of a plan put forward by Gov. Pete Ricketts earlier this year.
Read the full story.
Here is a friendly reminder that Omaha Green Drinks will be taking place at Whole Foods this month! We are teaming up with the Green Omaha Coalition to renew acquaintances, meet new faces, and celebrate all those who embody a shared mission of promoting a greener Omaha:
- Wednesday, January 24
- 5:30 to 8 p.m.
- Whole Foods in Omaha (10020 Regency Circle)
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.
Women’s March in Lincoln
The second Women’s March will take place in downtown Lincoln on Saturday, January 20. The march begins at 3 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union, 1400 R St. Attendees will march down Centennial Mall to the steps of the Capitol building.
At the Capitol steps, there will be speeches from Democratic candidates Jane Raybould, Jessica McClure, Christa Yoakum and Patty Pansing Brooks.
Read more a the Lincoln Journal Star.
Women’s March in Omaha
The Omaha Women’s March will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 20. Meet us on 14th street between Douglas and Farnam (in front of the Gene Leahy Mall) for an opening program of speakers. After the speakers, we will march on 14th south to Howard, east on Howard through the Old Market to 10th, north on 10th to Farnam, and west on Farnam back to our starting area.
Read more and join the Facebook event.
From the Lincoln Journal Star editorial board:
The Federal Communications Commission has let Americans down by scrapping its net neutrality rules.
Now, states have rightfully taken it upon themselves to protect the idea of a free and open internet once guaranteed by the regulatory agency. In that arena, Nebraska has the chance to emerge as one of the early leaders.
Lincoln Sen. Adam Morfeld has introduced the Internet Neutrality Act, LB856, aimed at reinstituting the federal regulations – treating all traffic the same and barring providers from blocking, slowing or charging access to particular content – that are phasing out and enshrining them in state code.
Opposition to the FCC’s decision transcends party affiliation or seemingly any other division. The Journal Star editorial board remains firmly in support of net neutrality and supports efforts such as this to restore it.
Read the full editorial.
As the plagued Keystone Pipeline spilled 200,000 gallons of oil near the Sisseton Dakota reservation, on November 20, the Nebraska Public Service Commission issued a convoluted permit approval, allowing TransCanada to route the line through part of the state. In the meantime, the Dakota, Lakota and their allies stand strong.
That same day hundreds gathered for the Gathering to Protect the Sacred — a reaffirmation of the international agreement among sovereign indigenous nations to protect the environment from tar-sands projects. The Treaty to Protect the Sacred, first signed in 2013, was signed again. “Nothing has changed at all in our defense of land, air and water of the Oceti Sakowin,” Faith Spotted Eagle told the crowd. “If anything, it has become more focused, stronger and more adamant after Standing Rock.”
The assembly — sponsored by the Braveheart Society of Women, Wiconi Un Tipi, Ihanktonwan Treaty Committee and Dakota Rural Action — brought together 200 water protectors. Oyate Win Brushbreaker, a 97-year-old elder reminded those present, “Reaffirm the boundaries of that treaty. Keep out that black snake you have been talking about.”
Read the full story.
From Fight for the Future and Demand Progress:
Pai’s plan scraps the legal requirements underpinning Title II regulations and opens the door to internet slow lanes and monopolies over broadband networks.
That’s why today, we’re announcing a massive day of protests at Verizon storefronts across the country to hit Big Cable and Pai where it hurts.
Pai has said that he believes that Big Cable should regulate itself when it comes to the free and open internet. But even with net neutrality rules in place, companies such as Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast have broken the regulations over and over and over. In just two years, the FCC has received more than 40,000 net neutrality complaints from consumers.
If Title II protections are allowed to be overturned, we will go back to the days when Big Cable throttled websites based on what internet companies paid, blocked traffic to sites that competed with their own services, and redirected sites without user permission—all with impunity.
On December 7, we’re staging protests at Verizon locations around the country. Verizon—Pai’s former employer—will be at the peak of its holiday sales, and we’re going to disrupt its business just like it plans to disrupt net neutrality. We’re going to send a strong message to Congress: We will not rest until net neutrality is secured as the law of the land.
Thanks for standing with us.
Read more, contact Congress, and join the Battle for the Net.
From Promise to Protect:
Today brings renewed resolve. We have walked this path together before.
State authorities in Nebraska just approved a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this pipeline can’t be built.
Our allies in Nebraska will challenge this decision, and they’re confident the pipeline will never get built. But the rest of us are out of agencies or governments to appeal to–instead, we’ve got to rely on each other. Together we’ve stopped them for many years, and we are going to keep stopping them. But we need everyone’s help. We need you to take a stand no matter what land you live or work on. The struggle to save Mother Earth begins with you.
Read the full letter and join the Promise to Protect.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
The Nebraska Public Service Commission will announce its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline next week.
The commission’s five elected members plan to vote on a proposed order during a public meeting at 10 a.m. Monday at the commission headquarters, 1200 N St., Suite 300, according to a news release. The release didn’t say whether a majority of commissioners plan to support approving or denying the application by pipeline builder TransCanada.
Doors to the hearing room open at 9:30 a.m. A live video feed of the hearing will be provided by the commission and shared at JournalStar.com.
Nebraska’s approval is one of the final necessary steps before TransCanada could begin turning dirt on the 1,179-mile project, which would move Canadian oil sands from Hardisty, Alberta, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The proposal has been a subject of controversy for nearly a decade.
Read the full story.
Join Bold Nebraska and the Pipeline Fighters in attending the meeting.
Nebraskans For Peace 2017 Annual Peace Conference
- What: 2017 Annual Peace Conference: “Living Within the Natural Laws” and “A Revolutionary Approach to Reclaiming Our Democracy — Beginning with Local Food and Farming.”
- When: Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Lane in Lincoln
- View full agenda and register.
2017 E.N. Thompson Forum
- What: “Why People Vote for Those Who Work Against Their Best Interests”
- When: Tuesday, October 10, 7 p.m.
- Where: Lied Center Main Stage, 12th & R Streets, Lincoln
- Learn more.
Discussion of Lincoln’s Water Future, by the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters
- What: A Discussion with three of Lincoln’s top water leaders and experts: Paul Zillig, General Manager of the Lower Platte South NRD, Steve Owens, Superintendent of Lincoln Water Systems, and Leirion Gaylor Baird of the Lincoln City Council.
- When: Thursday, October 12th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
- Where: UNL City Campus Union, 1400 R Street, Lincoln NE 68588
- Free and open to the public, followed by Q&A. Register here.
- What: Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Everything is free.
- When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
- Where: The Bay, 2005 Y Street, Lincoln
- Why: To inspire free culture and strong community relations.
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.