Second Congressional District Democratic Debate

Join League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and the Omaha Press Club for a debate between NE-02 U.S. House of Representatives candidates Brad Asford and Kara Eastman.

The event will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (with lunch at 11:30 a.m.) on Thursday, April 19 at the Omaha Press Club, 1620 Dodge St.

Call 402-345-8008 or email for reservations. Tickets are $17.

Two Democrats are vying to unseat Republican Congressman Don Bacon in this November’s general election, Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman, will debate the issues April 19 at the Press Club. The winner will be decided in the May 15 primary election.

Ashford is seeking a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives after being defeated by Bacon two years ago. A businessman and a lawyer, Ashford served four terms in the Nebraska Legislature before being elected to Congress in 2016.

Kara Eastman came to Omaha in 2006 and started the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, a nonprofit organization that aims to protect children from lead poisoning and other environmental hazards. She is also a member of the board of Metropolitan Community College.

The debate will be moderated and recorded by WOWT Channel 6, the event’s television partner.

Transforming the Hustle After Incarceration: Join Us for Our April Dine & Discuss

Join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 23 at Valentino’s, 5022 S. 108th St., for our April Dine & Discuss event. The topic is life after incarceration and improving the lives, and supporting the community re-entry, of returning citizens.
Our guest speaker is Jasmine L. Harris, MPH, Post-Release Program Manager,  Defy Ventures Nebraska.
Jasmine is a public health professional who is passionate about criminal and juvenile justice reform, social justice issues and women’s rights. Jasmine has been effecting change in the Omaha community through advocacy and civic-engagement efforts that heighten awareness of the barriers people with criminal histories face.
A bit about Defy Ventures:
Defy Ventures recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. We “transform the hustle” of our currently and formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation. We give our EITs a legitimate chance to succeed and equip them to become profitable entrepreneurs, stellar employees, engaged parents, and committed role models and leaders in their communities. We intentionally build life-giving, authentic community between EITs and our executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.

Join Us for Our 2018 Annual Meeting

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha will hold our annual meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave.

The annual meeting is a celebration of the past year’s accomplishments as well as an opportunity to look ahead. Meeting activities will include votes to approve new bylaws and the incoming leadership board. There will also be a keynote speaker discussing Women in Public Policy as well as a light breakfast and buffet luncheon with vegetarian options.

The annual meeting is open to all, though only LWVGO members may vote.

To attend, fill out the registration form below by no later than Tuesday, April 3. Cost of attendance is $30. You can pay via the form below or by cash or check at the event, though we strongly encourage registration by the deadline, regardless of payment.

More information on our keynote speaker:

Dr. Jodi Benenson, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration University of Nebraska-Omaha, will talk about UNO’s inaugural “Women and Public Policy Week” held earlier this month.

“Women and Public Policy Week” brought together the voices and expertise of UNO faculty, staff, students, community partners–including the League of Women Voters– and policymakers to discuss issues related to women and public policy across the city, state, nation and world.

Benenson’s primary research interests include social policy, nonprofit organizations, civic engagement, and inequality. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. At Tufts, she worked on several projects in the areas of youth civic engagement, political learning and engagement in higher education, and national service and employment. Prior to returning to graduate school, Benenson worked in the nonprofit sector in the Twin Cities.She received a B.S. and M.P.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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Black Votes Matter: Join Us for Our March Dine & Discuss

Join us as guest speaker Preston Love Jr, Founder and CEO, Black Votes Matter Institute of Community Engagement and
Adjunct Professor, Black Studies Department, UNO talks about the hows and whys of increasing voter participation in the Black community.

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).

Join Us at UNO’s Inaugural Women in Public Policy Week March 5-9

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host its inaugural Women and Public Policy Week March 5-9, 2018.

Women and Public Policy Week will bring together the voices and expertise of UNO faculty, staff, students, community partners and policymakers to discuss issues related to women and public policy across the city, state, nation and world.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha encourages attendance at all events, but especially the Omaha Table Talk on “how to engage in the policy process as an advocate, policymaker, lobbyist or volunteer.” LWVGO is a co-sponsor of this event and Vice President Rebecca Armstrong Langle will be on the panel. The table talk takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 5 at Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (CEC).

Find out more and get links to register for the events on UNO’s website.

Legislative Day A Success

About 20 League of Women Voters of Nebraska members gathered at the capital on Feb. 20 to discuss our priority bills with senators and to learn more about the legislative process.

The morning opened with remarks from State Sen. Sue Crawford and then members spoke with senators’ staffs as debate continued on the floor.

State Sen. Patty Pansing-Brooks later introduced the members to the body as they observed from the Unicameral viewing gallery. 

Following meetings with senators and debate observation, members ate lunch at the governor’s mansion and heard from State Sen. Burke Harr about redistricting.

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

Join us Feb. 26 for Dine & Discuss.


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:

Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Commissioner

Jeanne Brandner, Assistant Deputy,
Probation-Juvenile Division

Anne Hobbs, PhD, Director, UNO Juvenile Justice Institute

Juliet Summers, JD, Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator, Voices for Children

Julie Rogers, Inspector General, Child Welfare & Juvenile Probation

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

Join Us Feb. 20 for Legislative Day

The League of Women Voters of Nebraska’s annual Legislative Day takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. All-day tickets are $30; lunch-only tickets are $20; morning-only tickets are $10. Tickets are open to anyone interested in participating. Visit to register.

Legislative Day activities include talks on the legislative process and legislative priorities; a Unicameral tour; and a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion. The featured luncheon speaker will be State Sen. Burke Harr (Omaha/LD 8), who will talk about nonpartisan redistricting and its importance. The morning sessions will feature talks by State Sens. Tony Vargas of Omaha, Justin Wayne of Omaha and Sue Crawford of Bellevue.

The full schedule is below. Contact 402-475-1411 or with any questions.

at the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Featured luncheon speaker: Senator Burke Harr, Legislative District 8

“Nebraska Legislature:  LB216 Redistricting Act”

8:30 to 9: Registration and Refreshments, Room 1023, State Capitol

9:00 to 10:15 : The Legislative process; LWVNE & Senators’ Legislative priorities
Senator Tony Vargas on Voter Registration Reform
Senator Justin Wayne on Election Laws
Senator Sue Crawford on Family Medical Leave

10:15 to 11:50: Visit with senators, observe Unicameral in session, tour Capitol

11:50 to 1: Luncheon (pork tenderloin medallions; vegetarian option available) at the Governor’s Mansion