Archive: 03/2012

Hightower to Progressives: Get Aggressive!

by Bob Reeves

Many Americans who call themselves progressive believe in the ideals of economic parity, social justice and equal opportunity for all. But to really make any progress toward those goals, progressives need to be more aggressive, America’s most entertaining populist said in Lincoln on March 4.

Jim Hightower, whose popular “Hightower Radio” commentary is heard at noon each weekday on Lincoln’s community radio station KZUM (89.3 FM), was the keynote speaker at “Peacemaking Workshop XXVI”—sponsored by a coalition of churches and Nebraska organizations promoting peace and justice. His talk was entitled “America’s Leaders Are Small, But Americans Are Not: Turning Our Leaders’ Failure into Our Inspiration.”

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The GOP Social-Darwinist Budget Plan

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
21 March 12

In announcing the Republicans' new budget and tax plan Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said "We are sharpening the contrast between the path that we're proposing and the path of debt and decline the president has placed us upon."

Ryan is right about sharpening the contrast. But the plan doesn't do much to reduce the debt. Even by its own estimate the deficit would drop to $166 billion in 2018 and then begin growing again.

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Come to the Nebraska Public Power 'Open Houses'

Put the 'Public' back in Public Power. This is your chance to make the case for our clean energy future.

Monday, March 26 Gering Civic Center in Gering (2:00-8:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 27 Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte (2:00-8:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 25 Holiday Inn in Kearney (2:00-8:00 p.m.)
Thursday, April 26 Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln (2:00-8:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 2 Divots Conference Center in Norfolk (2:00-8:00 p.m.)

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Time to Leave Afghanistan

Contact Your Congressional Member Today!

Peace Action, the national organization that Nebraskans for Peace is affiliated with, has issued the following action alert to all of their members. We encourage you to act now!

Every month there's a new disaster that shows the absurdity of the claim that keeping tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is in the interests of Americans or of Afghans.

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Whiteclay Makes Front Page of New York Times

Last month's announcement of the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit against the Whiteclay alcohol dealers and beer brewers garnered international media coverage—including mention in the New York Times. That initial news report, however, caught the interest of the Times’ New York editors, who decided to take a closer look at the issue of alcohol sales in Whiteclay and their impact on the adjacent Pine Ridge Reservation. In late February, accompanied by Nebraskans for Peace President and “The Battle for Whiteclay” filmmaker Mark Vasina, Times reporter Timothy Williams traveled to Whiteclay to see firsthand the devastation alcohol consumption is wreaking on the Lakota residents of Pine Ridge. William’s report of his visit, “At Tribe’s Door, a Hub of Beer and Heartache,” appeared on page 1 of the New York Times March 6, 2012 edition of the. The story and the accompanying dozen photographs can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/us/next-to-tribe-with-alcohol-ban-a-hub-of-beer.html

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