Join Us June 28 for a Discussion on Redistricting and the Supreme Court

Join us for a facilitated discussion and viewing of a livestream from the League of Women Voters national convention. We’ll watch Nick Stephanopoulos and Ruth Greenwood, who are experts in the redistricting field and will speak on redistricting and the efficiency gap theory. We will hear their perspective as attorneys for the appellees in the case of Gill v. Whitford, which recently saw a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Details of the event: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (livestream starts at 7 p.m.) Thursday, June 28, 2018 at UNO’s Barbara Weiss Community Engagement Center, 6400 South University Drive Road North (near 64th & Dodge streets). We’ll be in room 201. Free parking is available in the lot just in front of the CEC; click here for more info on parking.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required but questions can be sent to web@omahalwv.org and you’re welcome to share the event info on Facebook.

Find out more: The League of Women Voters (US) has a resource page and FAQ sheet explaining redistricting and related issues.

Join Us at the Peace & Justice Expo July 21st

LWVGO will be participating in the Seventh Annual Omaha Peace & Justice Expo, taking place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The event is co-sponsored by the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work.

LWVGO will be registering voters, providing voter education and encouraging membership.  If you’re interested in learning more about LWVGO, find our booth or contact us ahead of the event.

How Do We Know What’s True Anymore?

Democracy requires well-informed voters to thrive. Yet truth and facts are under assault from misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and fake news. Do YOU know how to assess what’s true and accurate?

In the video below, learn strategies, tips and tools to gauge the credibility and accuracy of information from experts at Google, Facebook, Stanford University, Data for Democracy, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Institute for the Future.

This event was co-sponsored and shared by the League of Women Voters Palo Alto and the Palo Alto PTA Council.

Download and share LWV Palo Alto’s handy handout on information literacy: Tips & Tools for Verifying Information.

Meet the League: Join Us at Our June 20 Networking Event

Join us for a meet-and-greet event for new and prospective members (but open to all) of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha. We’ll introduce attendees to the work of LWVGO and the volunteer opportunities we have available.

Join us for coffee and conversation at Hardy Coffee Co. at the Highlander, 2120 N. 30th St. We’ll be there from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

 

Libraries As Civic Engagement Centers: Dine & Discuss with Laura Marlane, Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library, on June 25

Join us for our June Dine & Discuss voter-education event! We’ll be talking about libraries with LWVGO member Laura Marlane, Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 25 at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets. The buffet is $14.14 (dining is not required to participate). 

Optionally RSVP by emailing web@omahalwv.org or on Facebook. See you there!

Laura Marlane is the Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library, a twelve-branch system serving the citizens of Omaha and Douglas County.  Laura has 32 years of experience working in academic, research, and public libraries, in a variety of capacities ranging from systems administrator to director.  She currently serves on the Nebraska Library Commission’s State Advisory Council on Libraries, and is running for Vice-Chair of the Nebraska Library Association’s Public Library and Trustee Section.  Laura has held executive board positions with the Rhode Island Library Association, and Ocean State Libraries where she advocated for improved funding and access for Rhode Islanders and their libraries.  In 2014, Laura served on the Women’s Policy Institute through the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. During her time at the Institute she advocated for the passage of legislation to provide pregnant and nursing mothers additional workplace accommodations (that proposed legislation was made state law in 2016). She received her B.A. in English from Rhode Island College, and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island.  Providing free and open access to information, and promoting literacy have been life-long passions.

Building Kids’ Foundations for Success: Join Us for Our May Dine & Discuss

Our May Dine & Discuss event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. (speaker begins at 5:30) on Monday, May 23 at Valentino’s, 5022 S 108th St.

Our guest speaker is Toia Phillips, High School Program Coordinator with Partnership 4 Kids.

Partnership 4 Kids is a goal setting and group mentoring program that builds hope for under-served students and helps them create a foundation for success from kindergarten to careers.

Toia and Partnership 4 Kids recently collaborated with the League by co-sponsoring the first annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum held this past March. She was an active and vital member of the forum planning committee.

You are welcome to come to listen to the speaker without purchasing a buffet meal. If you would like to eat, the buffet cost is $14.14.

Optional RSVP to our office omahalwv@gmail.com or 402-344-3701.

Anyone is welcome to attend. However, please be aware that the League of Women Voters never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. Advocacy on behalf of parties or candidates is not allowed at our meetings as we discuss the issues.

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 jeanie@opc.omhcoxmail.com 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).