Learn About Courts and How They Affect Nebraskans: Courts Matter

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, Rebecca Langle, host and Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, talks with Robert McEwen, J.D., Legal Director at Nebraska Appleseed, about the Courts Matter Coalition of Nebraska.

The Courts Matter Coalition of Nebraska works to educate the public about the importance of federal judges, provide information about the judicial nominations process and mobilize communities to speak out and take action on federal judicial nominees. The Coalition monitors and takes action on federal judicial nominations because of the immense power held by the individuals who hold lifetime seats on the federal bench.

You can also listen to this episode via our podcast.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

Watch the Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum

On March 22, 2018, LWVGO hosted the first-annual Kim Culp Juvenile Justice Forum. The forum, titled “The State of Juvenile Justice in Nebraska,” featured panelists: Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Commissioner; Jeanne Brandner, Deputy, Probation Administrator-Juvenile Services Division; Anne Hobbs, Director, UNO Juvenile Justice Institute; Juliet Summers, Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator, Voices for Children and Julie Rogers, Inspector General, Child Welfare & Juvenile Probation. The forum was sponsored by LWVGO, the League of Women Voters of Nebraska and Partnership4Kids.

Kim Culp developed many programs through the Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center and non-profits 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 and served as Vice President at the time of her death in May 2017.

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.

Support LB 869, A Benefit to Juvenile Justice

The Leagues of Women Voters of Nebraska and Greater Omaha support LB 869, introduced by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks. The bill would change provisions relating to sealing of juvenile records.

Read testimony in support of LB 869 from LWVNE president Sherry Miller and policy director John Else: Else_Miller Letter LB 869 020918.