Archive: 11/2010

Make The "DREAM" A Reality!

Tell Your Senators and Representative to Support Immigration Justice and Vote FOR the “Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors” (DREAM) Act 

After years of delay, Congress is scheduled to vote on the DREAM Act beginning this coming Monday, November 29.

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New START Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty in Peril ...UNLESS WE ACT QUICKLY

Despite the public support of every single one of StratCom’s ten past commanders (who have commanded America’s nuclear arsenal under both Republican and Democratic administrations), Senate Republicans are threatening to prevent ratification of the “New START” nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

Before the lame duck Senate adjourns next month, the Obama Administration needs eight Republican senators to vote with their 59 Democratic and Independent colleagues to get the two-thirds majority necessary for ratification.  But several Republican Senate leaders are stonewalling on a ratification vote until next year—all but guaranteeing that the treaty will be voted down.

The New START Treaty is far from controversial.  Negotiated with bi-partisan support, the treaty

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Clapping Hands and Singing after Forty Years

PAUL OLSON 
UNL EMERITUS PROFESSOR

Speaking Our Peace Graphic

Tomorrow morning I go in for cataract surgery.  My other eye has been partially blinded by a stroke.  Things fall apart in my body. 

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Time To Help Stop Bullying in Nebraska Schools

Carl Walker-Hoover, 11 yrs old; Phoebe Prince, 15 yrs old; Jon Carmichael, 13 yrs old; Seth Walsh, 13 yrs old. And the list goes on... The list of names of the children that have died this year by their own hand after being relentlessly bullied has turned the problem of bullying into an national epidemic. We have to take a stand. We have to help the children.

There is still hope. Irving Middle School was recently featured in the Lincoln Journal Star as they are implementing a new approach to bullying. What do you know about your child's or grandchild's school's anti-bullying policy and procedures? Are they effective? Are they even enacted? 

To help us figure this out, Kerry Beldin, an associate professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and an NFP board member, came up with a list of questions. These questions are intended to be used by all of us to ask our school administrators the questions we need to know the answers to. We ask--no, challenge--you to ask the questions of the schools your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews attend... Take these questions to your local PTO meeting... And ask other parents to do the same. Let's find out how our schools are doing.  And PLEASE let us know what you find out.

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