Join Us to Celebrate a Resolution Declaring August 2019 ‘Nebraska Woman’s Suffrage Month’

Join the League of Women Voters of Nebraska (LWVNE) and the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha (LWVGO) at the Nebraska Legislature to be present when Senator Lynne Walz presents a resolution declaring August 2019 as Nebraska Woman’s Suffrage Month!

The resolution will be read at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 in the chamber. Members of the League of Women Voters of Nebraska will be recognized as part of the reading.

This is the kickoff to the Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment and the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters.

Please meet us at 10:30 a.m. at the doors to the legislative chamber. We will walk up to the gallery to be recognized when Sen. Walz recognizes LWV members and marks the passing of the resolution presented.

RSVP using the form below, or, for more information, contact MaryLee Moulton at mmoulton@omahalwv.org.

Books After Dark: Join Us to Discuss ‘Sister Citizen’ by Melissa V. Harris-Perry on Feb. 27

Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing.

Yale University Press description of the book

Join us in discussion of Melissa V. Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen. The book club discussion will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, 10924 Prairie Brook Rd.

This event is open and free to the public. You can optionally RSVP on Facebook.

Dine & Discuss — Winning the Vote: The 72-Year Campaign for the 19th Amendment

Join us for a special Dine & Discuss event with Dianne Bystrom.

This presentation will trace the history of the 72-year campaign for women’s right to vote in the United States, including the contributions of such leading suffragists as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt. 

Dr. Dianne Bystrom is director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. She directed the center for 22 years before retiring in August 2018. She also founded Iowa State’s Leadership Studies Program and served as its director for 10 years. Dr. Bystrom has contributed to 25 books—including An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign (2018); Gender and Elections (2018, 2014, 2009 and 2006); and Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders (2018)—as a as a co-author, co-editor or chapter author. She also has written journal articles on women and politics, youth voters and the Iowa caucus. Dr. Bystrom continues to serve as a speaker and commentator about political and women’s issues for community groups, professional organizations and the media. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kearney (NE) State College and a master’s degree in journalism and Ph.D. in communication, both from the University of Oklahoma.

Join us for Dine & Discuss from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Valentino’s, 5022 S 108th St.

Join LWVNE for Legislative Day on Feb. 19

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha participates in the yearly League of Women Voters of Nebraska legislative/lobby day and encourages all interested folks — members and nonmembers — to join as well.

The goal of LWVNE Legislative Day is to learn about how to effectively lobby state legislators as well as to put theory into practice. The day finishes with a “lunch and learn” presentation.

Read more about the 2019 priority bills that LWVNE members will lobby for.

This year’s Legislative Day takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Lincoln. The full schedule is listed below.

The featured luncheon speaker is Danielle Conrad, former state senator and current executive director of the ACLU of Nebraska, speaking on the topic of Criminal Justice Reform.

For more info and to register (registration is required and the deadline to register is Feb. 8), go to lwv-ne.org.

8:30 to 9 — Nebraska State Education Association Meeting Room

Registration and Refreshments. Note that parking is NOT available.

9 to 10:15 — Nebraska State Education Association Meeting Room

The Legislative process; LWVNE Priorities presented by LWVNE Action Directors: Lynne Elwood, Government; Phyllis Salyards, Health Care; John Else, Social Policy.

10:15 to 11:50 — State Capitol

Visit with senators, observe Unicameral in session, tour Capitol.

11:50 to 1 — Governor’s Mansion

Luncheon (Salmon with a Quinoa & Asparagus Salad) + speaker.

Great Decisions Book Club Launches for 2019

Every year, LWVGO hosts a discussion group called Great Decisions, based on materials produced by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association.

Great Decisions runs on Thursday afternoons at the Swanson branch of the Omaha Public Library, launching on Jan. 10 and ending March 7 (the group will skip Feb. 14 and any days that the library is closed due to snow). Its strengths lie in tying together many individual news items into a cohesive whole, raising in-depth questions, then encouraging each person to decide the best policy.

Beginning with a short movie on the week’s reading, last year’s group tackled issues such as policies toward China, Russia, Global Health, and a comparison between Woodrow Wilson and Donald Trump. Some of this year’s segments include Refugees and Global Migration, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, and The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested.

To participate in the discussion, order your own briefing book (as soon as possible) from fpa.org. Cost this year is $32 plus shipping.

Event Dates & Topics

All Great Decisions discussions take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Swanson Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 9101 W Dodge Rd. Optionally RSVP on Facebook or contact web@omahalwv.org with any questions.

  • Jan. 10: Intro – American Foreign Policy in 2019: a Framework for Analysis  +  Refugees and Global Migration
  • Jan. 17: The Middle East: Regional Disorder
  • Jan. 24: Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future
  • Jan. 31: The Rise of Populism in Europe
  • Feb. 7: Decoding U.S. China Trade
  • Feb. 21: Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
  • Feb. 28: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
  • March 7: State of the State Department and Diplomacy

Join Us at Urban Abbey for ‘What Immigration Teaches Us About Who We Are’ on Jan. 10 and ‘The Current Border Crisis and How You Can Get Involved’ on Jan. 29

LWVGO is hosting two talks with immigration themes — titled
What Immigration Teaches Us About Who We Are and The Current Border Crisis and How You Can Get Involved — on two different evenings in January, both hosted at Urban Abbey in the Old Market.

What Immigration Teaches Us About Who We Are

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St.

Kathleen Erickson, RSM, has been involved in immigration ministry since 1991.  She spent nearly 20 years at the US/MX border working with immigrant women.  She has provided spiritual support to detained immigrants in Federal Detention Centers and county jails and recently spent three weeks volunteering in El Paso as 2,000 immigrants a week have been released by ICE with a need for shelter and support. She is committed to raising awareness about the need for deeper examination of the complex causes of immigration and the call for response.

Sister Kathleen Erickson
Sister Kathleen Erickson

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The Current Border Crisis and How You Can Get Involved

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St.

Galina Bruckner is a certified human rights advocate and has been a part of the fight for justice for migrant and asylum-seekers for 8 years, having worked for the cause in Mexico, Germany, and the US. She has a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Galina recently spent 6 weeks as a volunteer with the organization No More Deaths, a community working to prevent death and suffering in the Sonoran desert.   

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These events are open to the public and free of charge.

Please consider purchasing a drink or a snack from Urban Abbey’s many (delicious) options — to support both their mission and LWVGO’s as they have generously selected us as their nonprofit of the month for January!



Legislative Update with LWVGO Policy Directors Scheduled for Jan. 28

Join us for our first Dine & Discuss of the new year, held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2019, at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets.

The Dine & Discuss will feature LWVGO Policy Chairs Peggy Adair and Darci Garcia, who will discuss the new session of the Nebraska Legislature.

Peggy and Darci will present a short “Legislature 101” to familiarize you with the unique unicameral, and will then discuss the bills that have been introduced this session that are of interest to the League. They will also review effective lobbying at LWV Legislative Day at the Nebraska Legislature. (This exciting opportunity to meet with your Senators takes place on Tuesday, February 19 beginning at 8:30am in Lincoln. For more information and to register, please go to lwv-ne.org.)

After their presentation, they will have a short meeting for those interested in participating in policy research for specific areas.

If you’d like to eat (you do not have to dine to discuss), the buffet is $14.14. Drinks included (wine and beer are extra). RSVP to our office omahalwv@gmail.com or 402-344-3701, or via Facebook, is optional.

 

Books After Dark: “It’s Up to the Women” by Eleanor Roosevelt Discussion on Jan. 15

“Women, whether subtly or vociferously, have always been a tremendous power in the destiny of the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt in “It’s Up to the Women”

Join us in the New Year to discuss “It’s Up to the Women” by Eleanor Roosevelt with us!

We’re meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, 10924 Prairie Brook Rd.

Taking Action Against Gun Violence: Dine & Discuss with Megan Gentrup of Moms Demand Action

Please join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at Valentino’s at 108th & L streets for Dine & Discuss. This month, our featured speaker is Megan Gentrup from the nonpartisan group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. Come hear how the group is taking action nationally and in Nebraska, and is working with student groups.

If you’d like to eat (you do not have to dine to discuss), the buffet is $14.14. Drinks included (wine and beer are extra). Optional RSVP to our office omahalwv@gmail.com or 402-344-3701.