From the Omaha World-Herald:
Frank LaMere finally got the decision he’s been waiting for.
For two decades, he’s called for an end to alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska, due to the dreadful consequences.
On Wednesday, a state liquor board voted 3-0 to end the long-controversial beer sales in Whiteclay, an unincorporated village known as the “Skid Row of the Plains” that sells millions of cans of beer each year to residents of the officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
“I think today that the Oglala Lakota people won. I think Nebraskans won. We’ll be better for it in this state,” said LaMere, a Native American activist from South Sioux City.
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Tax March: Demanding the release of President Trump’s tax returns.
Lincoln Tax March
- Saturday, April 15, 2017, 12 p.m.
- Nebraska State Capitol Building
- 1445 K Street
- Lincoln, NE 68508
Omaha Tax March
- Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1 p. m.
- Turner Park
- 3101 Dodge Street
- Omaha, NE 68131
March for Science: Supporting the scientific method and evidence-based policies.
March for Science – Lincoln
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3 – 4 p.m.
- Nebraska Union, 1400 R Street
- Marching from the Union through Centennial Mall to the Nebraska State Capitol
March for Science – Omaha
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Marching from Elmwood Park to Stinson Park
March for Science, Climate, and Social Justice – Hastings
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
- Hastings, NE
People’s Climate March: Standing up for the climate, for jobs, and for justice.
People’s Climate March, Lincoln
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:30am
- Nebraska State Capitol Building
- 1445 K Street
- Lincoln, NE
People’s Climate March, Omaha
2016 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka has accepted our invitation to speak at the Omaha event, starting at noon. The march will start at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, 12:00pm
- Gene Leahy Mall
- 1302 Farnam
- Omaha, NE
From the Columbus Telegram:
National environmental groups and the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline fired separate legal volleys Thursday over the contentious project.
Environmental groups — including one that got its start in Nebraska — made good on a promise to file a lawsuit seeking to reverse President Donald Trump’s green-lighting of the Keystone XL project.
Meanwhile, TransCanada filed a motion with the Nebraska Public Service Commission urging it to reject 56 people and groups seeking intervener status in the review of the Keystone XL route through the Cornhusker state, including the Nebraska Ponca and Yankton Sioux tribes and environmental and public-health advocacy groups.
More than 100 people and organizations, including more than 90 landowners and three labor unions, have petitioned to intervene, which would allow them to file legal briefs, cross-examine witnesses and present formal arguments to the PSC alongside TransCanada’s attorneys.
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From The Ross:
Free Screening of 1984: On April 4, 2017, almost 140 art house movie theatres — including The Ross — across the country in 124 cities and in 41 states, plus four locations in Canada, will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80s movie 1984 in support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. Participants in this event strongly believe in supporting the NEA and the NEH and see any attempt to scuttle these programs as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.
1984 is showing admission free at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Tuesday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. (313 North 13th Street, Lincoln). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about the importance of the NEA and NEH. Panelists include Suzanne Wise, Executive Director of the Nebraska Arts Council; Chris Sommerich, Executive Director of Humanities Nebraska; and Doug Zyblut, Executive Director of Nebraskans for the Arts.
Read more abut the event at The Ross.
Read more about the national event.
From Omaha Green Drinks:
Let’s shake off winter and embrace the upcoming Spring weather at this week’s meeting!
This is a friendly reminder that Omaha Green Drinks will be taking place this upcoming Wednesday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market (10020 Regency Parkway, 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. Looking forward to seeing you!
Please RSVP on Facebook.
From Nebraska League of Conservation Voters:
Please join us Thursday, March 16, for the Lincoln City Council Candidate forum – all of the candidates have committed to attending.
- When: Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 PM
- Where: The AULD, 1650 Memorial Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please RSVP to attend.
This candidate forum provides an opportunity for voters to get to know the candidates and their positions, as well as highlight the differences in their proposed policies. All candidates have committed to attending. Candidates running for Lincoln City Council include:
- Leirion Gaylor Baird (Incumbent)
- Roy Christensen (Incumbent)
- Bennie Shobe
- Brayden McLaughlin
- Lou Braatz
- Tom Nesbitt
- Maggie Squires
- Deb Andrews
The questions asked during the forum will encompass a wide range of issues in order to provide the most informative experience possible for those in attendance. Candidates may be asked questions about energy and the environment, as well as sustainable growth, fiscal responsibility, government transparency, transportation, infrastructure, neighborhoods and housing, public safety, and education.
The forum is hosted by the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters (NLCV), NeighborWorks Lincoln, Witherbee Neighborhood Association, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Friends of Wilderness Park, and several other Neighborhood Associations.
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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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.