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.

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).

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).

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 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?


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 (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

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

Dine & Discuss May 2017: Legislative Update

State Sen. Tony Vargas  spoke about the Nebraska Legislature’s 2017 session.

Sen. Vargas, pictured at a LWVGO event posing as a climate hero.

Sen. Vargas represents South Omaha and downtown (district 7) and was elected to his first term this year. He discussed what he saw as his achievements, including the enactment into law of LB 428, a bill sponsored by him to help support pregnant and parenting students.

He was generous with his time, speaking with members and guests about his successful November campaign and plans for next year’s session.