Archive: 02/2012

Protect Nebraskans' Right to Vote

LB 239, the voter ID bill, could come up for floor debate as early as Monday.

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LB239 requires voters to show a valid government-issued photo ID at the polls to vote in Nebraska elections. We know that the bill is expensive and fixes a problem we simply don’t have in Nebraska. We urge you to contact your state senator NOW and request that she/he OPPOSE LB239 for several reasons.

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Oglala Sioux Tribe Files Amended Complaint Against Whiteclay Retailers, Distributors and Retailers

Seeks Court Injunction to Limit Beer Sales in Whiteclay

LINCOLN, Neb. – (Feb. 22, 2012) – Attorney Tom White, legal counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST), has filed an amended complaint seeking injunctive relief in the Tribe's lawsuit against the brewers, retailers and distributors of beer sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The amended complaint, filed Friday in Federal Court in Lincoln, requests an injunction to limit beer sales in Whiteclay.

Public comments made by Nebraska State Attorney General Jon Bruning subsequent to the original filing indicate, according to the amended complaint, that it is “not reasonable to expect that in the future the State of Nebraska will enforce its laws regulating the sale of alcohol at Whiteclay.” Speaking about the lawsuit and alcohol problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (PRIR), home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bruning told the Nebraska Radio Network on February 10, 2012 that the solution is not shutting down the beer stores in Whiteclay, and that if the state shuts them down it is feared Pine Ridge residents will then travel to other areas to buy beer.

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The Limits of Non-Violence: Syria?

by Paul Olson,
NFP President Emeritus

When William Jennings Bryan visited Tolstoy in 1903 to learn about the philosophy of nonviolent resistance from the prophet himself, he asked the great man whether using force to stop an armed man from shooting an innocent child in cold blood would not be in order. Tolstoy replied that he did not believe that such a man existed. On reflection, Bryan agreed.

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Oglala Sioux Tribe Files Lawsuit Against Beer Suppliers and NE Distributors

Oglala Sioux Tribe Files Lawsuit Against Anheuser-Busch InBev, Molson Coors, Pabst, Miller Brewers Lawsuit Includes Whiteclay Alcohol Retailers and Nebraska Distributors

LINCOLN, Neb. – (February 9, 2012) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against brewers, retailers and distributors of alcohol sold in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The lawsuit was announced Thursday, February 9, 2012 at a news conference hosted by Nebraskans for Peace in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Lincoln Nebraska.

Attorney Tom White, legal counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, said the defendants are engaged in a common enterprise focused on assisting and participating in the illegal importation of alcohol sold at Whiteclay onto the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The sale, possession and consumption of alcohol is illegal on the Pine Ridge, where tribal members suffer from crippling poverty and alcoholism rates. Whiteclay lies less than 250 feet from the reservation border.

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Backlash in Congress over Cutting the Pentagon Budget

Our efforts to cut military spending have run into a brick wall.

On February 2, Senator John McCain and five of his Republican senate colleagues introduced the “Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2012,” which would shield the Pentagon from the across-the-board budget reductions required under last year’s debt deal.

The ‘sequestration’ terms in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” mandated equal cuts in both the military and domestic programs over the next ten years. Such a dollar-for-dollar arrangement, of course, heavily favors the Pentagon, which over the past decade has seen its budget double in size and is so bloated with waste that it can’t account for literally trillions of dollars in government appropriations.

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