The NRA is Targeting Nebraska

The National Rifle Association is throwing its weight behind bills that will loosen gun laws in Nebraska. LB289, a “preemption” bill, would nullify all local gun ordinances in Nebraska, leaving only lax statewide gun laws valid in Nebraska’s cities. In Lincoln, this would do away with ordinances that keep people convicted of stalking, possession of explosives, impersonating a police officer, and other dangerous misdemeanors from possessing a gun in the city limits. It would also get rid of all of Omaha’s gun ordinances, including handgun registration and requiring a permit to open carry. Even though it would undermine her city’s efforts to curb gun violence, Omaha mayor Jean Stothert supports this NRA-backed bill.

Other gun bills before the Judiciary Committee include LB30, which would keep the identity of conceal carriers secret, making it impossible for the media and researchers to connect crimes to conceal carriers; LB635, which would allow conceal carriers to take guns into bars; and LB340, which would make businesses post specific signage with exact dimensions in order to bar people from carrying guns on the property.

Please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee and tell them that these laws are good for the NRA but bad for Nebraska.

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Let's Grow! | Get Out and Garden

Everyone should try growing some of their own food. It’s a great way to save money at the grocery store, eat more fruits and vegetables, get exercise, and connect with your community! Gardens and gardeners come in all shapes and sizes. Grab a shovel and create a plot in your yard or grow food in a container on your porch or balcony. Whatever you decide, make a pledge to grow some of your food this year. Let’s Grow! Get Out and Garden.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER! Share it with everyone you know!

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CULTURAL HUMILITY

A’Jamal Byndon, Board Member of Nebraskans for Peace, Policy Research & Innovation, and long-time Community Organizer.

Nebraskans for Peace has not always enjoyed a significant participation of people of color during the course of its 45-year history. Over the last six months however, we have identified a State Board member and stakeholders who are actively working to bring more diversity to the organization. Our organizational agenda and image has been recalibrated in our 2015 Priority Plan to enable us to better reach out to these key constituencies.

We are endeavoring to increase the diversity of NFP’s membership by co-sponsoring events with the Omaha-based “Nebraska Families Collaborative” and other organizations working to make Nebraska a better place to live. These events are covering a variety of peace-related issues, including sessions on conflict resolution, reducing violence and helping other communities’ members address social challenges.

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NFP Scholarships to High School Seniors

It's that time of year again. Time for high school seniors in Nebraska to apply for the Nebraskans for Peace 2015 scholarship!

Nebraskans for Peace is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Three $500 scholarships and six $100 scholarships will be awarded to seniors who wish to pursue a college education. The awards, based upon written essays, will be evenly divided among the three congressional districts. The recipients will be students who wish to further their education in an area consistent with the mission of Nebraskans for Peace: peace with justice through community building, education and political action.

Applications should go within the body of an email (not as an attachment) to NFPscholarships@gmail.com on or before April 10, 2015. Winners will be notified no later than April 22.

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Bills Could Help Nebraska Community Gardens, Seed Libraries

State Senator Burke Harr's LB 544, "The Community Gardens Act," seeks to pave the way for community gardens to exist in public spaces -- not just on private property. As the following Lincoln Journal Star article notes, "Community gardens currently sit on private property, primarily land owned by churches. The bill designates a task force to explore ways to repurpose open lots such as public-school grounds or right of ways purchased by the Nebraska Department of Roads." Urban agriculture is critical to developing a safe and reliable food supply in a world that is increasingly being impacted by climate change. Even in an agricultural powerhouse like Nebraska, we need to be focusing on food security. LB 544 provides "an opportunity for city people to start getting engaged in the food production process so they begin to get an appreciation of how complicated agriculture is," Nebraskans for Peace state coordinator Tim Rinne stated in his testimony on the bill. "This is our opportunity to start pulling our weight in the food production system."'

Please contact your NE Legislator and ask them to support LB 544. You can find the contact information for your senator at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php

By Anna Groenwold
The Associated Press

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