Learn About Civic Engagement & Unicameral Advocacy at Our February Dine & Discuss

Join us Feb. 26 for Dine & Discuss.

Speakers:

Angie Remington, Communications Director, Nebraska Civic Engagement Table

Angie is a big picture thinker with more than a decade of nonprofit development and communications experience and is passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty through education, mentoring, advocacy, civic engagement, and through investments in economically disadvantaged communities.

Jo Giles, Director of Policy & Training, Coalition for a Strong Nebraska

Jo creates training sessions for CSN members, and others in the nonprofit sector, to be able to participate more fully in the public policy advocacy process. Jo also is responsible for managing communications and supporting CSN members during the legislative session.

Event details:

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Valentino’s Grand Italian Buffet, 5022 S 108th St. Come as early as 5 p.m. to socialize!

The buffet is $14.14. You are welcome to join us even if you don’t plan to eat. Optional RSVP on Facebook or to our office (402-344-3701).

Coming in March: The First Annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum on the State of Juvenile Justice in Nebraska

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is proud to present an annual forum on juvenile justice, dedicated to long-time LWVGO volunteer and juvenile justice advocate.

Kim Culp was the founding Director of the Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) by engaging and developed a myriad of programs through the JAC and nonprofits in Omaha, always with an emphasis on relationship building, cultural competence and understanding the impact of the child welfare system on children’s lives.

After retirement, Kim was active in the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, serving as Vice-President at the time of her passing in May 2017.

 

The Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum on the State of Juvenile Justice in Nebraska will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Room 201 at the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6001 Dodge Street.

There will be a panel presentation by these key individuals working in the juvenile justice field:

DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONTACT (DMC)
Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Commissioner

NEBRASKA JUVENILE PROBATION
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CHALLENGES
Jeanne Brandner, Assistant Deputy,
Probation-Juvenile Division

PROGRAMS THAT WORK IN NEBRASKA
Anne Hobbs, PhD, Director, UNO Juvenile Justice Institute

JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRESS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS/UPCOMING LEGISLATION
Juliet Summers, JD, Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator, Voices for Children

INSPECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT ON PROBATION
Julie Rogers, Inspector General, Child Welfare & Juvenile Probation

Download the info sheet. Find out more on our Facebook page.

Join Observer Corps

Want to get to know your local government and help make democracy work? Join Observer Corps!

Observer Corps are a structured way for individuals to exercise their right to know. They provide a valuable service to the community. They help ensure that citizens are aware of the decisions that impact their lives and they promote government transparency and accountability.

An observer is an individual who attends a governmental meeting, notes what happens at the meeting, and reports back to the League and through the League to the community. By attending public meetings of local governmental bodies/agencies, observers learn more about what their government is doing. They learn about the issues facing their community and are empowered to take action, if warranted. They also learn how issues are being addressed.

Observers generally do not “act” on issues in these meetings as a representative of the League (observers should not provide commentary or testimony on issues on behalf of the League). Instead, observers attend meetings to gather information. Through the process, their presence encourages better, more transparent government.

Anyone is welcome to become an observer. Non-members are welcome to join and all participants are encouraged to bring a friend!

How much time does it take?

Observers can choose when they are available and how much time they are able to spend observing. They can choose to observe bodies that meet during the day, in the evenings and that are held weekly, twice per month, monthly or every other month. Observers can also choose to “virtually attend” meetings at any time they like by watching/listening to recordings available online. If there is a large enough response, we may be able to “double up” observers and even have rotating schedules (one meeting on, one meeting off), if desired.

To become an observer:

  1. Fill out the interest survey here: http://bit.ly/ObsSignup.
  2. Attend a brief training session with one or both of the observer corps leaders. (This can be done in person or online.)
  3. Attend your first meeting! We can provide outlines for taking notes if you like.

Any questions?

Contact Alex Garrison at alexcgarrison@gmail.com or Linda Duckworth at lindabduckworth@gmail.com.

How Can You Get Ahead If You Can’t Break Even? Dine & Discuss September 2017

Nebraska leads the nation in percentage of families with four jobs, living paycheck to paycheck.

Julie Kalkowski of Creighton University’s Financial Hope Collaborative will talk about the Collaborative and its success in helping people trapped in debt, and how wiser choices in public policy can play a role.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2017 at Valentino’s Grand Italian Buffet, 5022 S 108th St. Come as early as 5 p.m. to socialize!

Cost: $14.14 Drinks included (wine and beer are extra) You are welcome to join us even if you don’t plan to partake of the 75 different-including vegetarian– offerings at Valentino’s buffet. Optional RSVP to our office omahlwv@gmail.com or 402-344-3701.

Dine & Discuss: The Future of Nebraska Elections

Secretary of State John Gale will discuss the Future of Nebraska Elections with League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha members and guests. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at Valentino’s, 5022 S 108th St.

While most states face upgrading old and potentially hackable electronic voting machines Nebraska does not because it uses paper ballots. Yet, we still must deal with other aging equipment running our election system. The big question will be what equipment to purchase going forward, but also how citizens should vote in the future: at a polling place, by mail (such as in Oregon, Washington and Colorado) or a combination.

To answer these questions and more, Gale convened an Advisory Task Force of Nebraska citizens and Election Commissioners. Its report came out in April: read it here.

Gale will present the report’s findings on the costs of replacing old election equipment, compare what other states are doing and discuss recommendations for the future.

Come as early as 5 p.m. to socialize, with Sec. Gale’s talk beginning at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but if you would like to eat, the buffet is available for $14.14 including beverages. Wine or beer available for additional cost.

Dine & Discuss July 2017: What’s At Stake for Public Schools in Nebraska?

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What: Stakeholders’ discussion with Nebraska Board of Education members Lisa Fricke and John Witzel, along with Dr. Matthew Blomstedt, Commissioner of Education.

When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 31

Where: Valentino’s, 5022 South 108th St.

How Much: You are very welcome to join us for free; if you would like to eat, the buffet is $14.14.

RSVP on Facebook or by emailing omahlwv@gmail.com (RSVPs requested but not required).

Dine & Discuss June 2017: How Permaculture Will Save the World

Gus von Roenn, founder and executive director of Omaha Permaculture, spoke on permaculture, sustainable and healthy food accessibility and promoting biodiversity on reclaimed urban lots.

Omaha Permaculture is a nonprofit group that aims to create “a replicable model for growing food crops with minimal input and minimal labor.” They provide affordable, nutritious food by growing it on previously unused city land.

To find out more about the group and how to get involved, visit omahapermaculture.org.

Dine & Discuss is LWVGO’s monthly informal lecture series, held on the last Monday of every month at 5022 S. 108th St.