Archive: 05/2013

Help Put an End to Sex Trafficking-Contact Your Senator Today!

Nebraskans for Peace has worked hard on LB 255 and LB 256 in this last session of the legislature. LB 255 emerged from the Judiciary Committee somewhat amended, but it is still a good bill. The current Nebraska Report contains the following paragraphs about LB 255 (now slightly revised) as it emerged from the Committee and passed a first round vote. (The full article, On Trafficking, is below):

Within the state, Amanda McGill sponsored LB 255 to decriminalize prostitution for minors and women that can show their captivity. LB 255 also changed the penalty for being a pimp or john to make it a felony. (The bill also contains some useful labor trafficking provisions.) The bill in its original form was the most useful anti-trafficking bill proposed in this country and perhaps the best in the world aside from that passed in Sweden in 2002. Nebraskans for Peace has an interest in this anti-trafficking law, given its interest in fairness for labor, its “Turn Off the Violence” program that includes trafficking as one of its concerns, and the probable trafficking of Lakota women in the context of White Clay. LB 255 has had some of its strongest provisions stripped by the good old boys in the legislature --that is, in particular the names and pictures of pimps and john’s will not be published on a state register and they will not be treated as felons if they have not solicited minors. But it is still a good bill.

Please write or email your state senator to call for its passage, even if it is not perfect. We can try to get back the eliminated provisions in another session. I and Nebraskans for Peace have worked hard for many months on this legislation.

Read more

How Resource Scarcity and Climate Change Could Produce a Global Explosion

By Michael T. Klare
TomDispatch.com

Brace yourself. You may not be able to tell yet, but according to global experts and the U.S. intelligence community, the earth is already shifting under you. Whether you know it or not, you’re on a new planet, a resource-shock world of a sort humanity has never before experienced.

Two nightmare scenarios -- a global scarcity of vital resources and the onset of extreme climate change -- are already beginning to converge and in the coming decades are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition, and conflict. Just what this tsunami of disaster will look like may, as yet, be hard to discern, but experts warn of “water wars” over contested river systems, global food riots sparked by soaring prices for life’s basics, mass migrations of climate refugees (with resulting anti-migrant violence), and the breakdown of social order or the collapse of states. At first, such mayhem is likely to arise largely in Africa, Central Asia, and other areas of the underdeveloped South, but in time all regions of the planet will be affected.

Read more

Questions and Answers about Climate Change

The following fact sheet on Climate Change as it relates to our region was prepared this past spring by seven University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologists, including the directors of the National Drought Mitigation Center and the High Plains Regional Climate Center. This unprecedented statement provides the first comprehensive overview in popular form on the dangers Climate Change poses to Nebraska’s ecosystem, economy and way of life.

compiled by: Clint Rowe, Don Wilhite, Bob Oglesby, Mike Hayes, Martha Shulski, Adam Houston and Deborah Bathke -- Climate Scientists, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Q: Who says climate change is real?
A: The basic findings of human-induced climate change have been reviewed and confirmed by the leading professional scientific societies (1) and national academies of science (2), both in the United States and around the world. Surveys and reviews of the scientific literature have repeatedly found that approximately 97% of actively publishing climate scientists adhere to the basic premise that human activities are responsible for most of the observed global warming since the middle of the 20th century.
[Oreskes 2004; Doran and Zimmerman 2009; Anderegg et al 2010]

Read more

GIVE TO LINCOLN DAY is TODAY, May 16th!

I hope you have made plans to participate in Give to Lincoln Day for a gift to Nebraska Peace Foundation.

If you are planning to give on-line at Razoo.com, you can make you contribution anytime on or before May 16, just be sure to specify the date for the donation to be “A Giving Day.”

There are many reasons to choose Nebraska Peace Foundation as the organization you donate to, here are just a few. You would be supporting our educational efforts on the many priority issues that we work on. Here are some of the issues we focus on:

Read more

URGENT: Take Action on LB 583

The first Nebraska legislative bill addressing the issue of climate change — LB 583 introduced by Senator Ken Haar — won first round approval in the Unicameral April 23. But not without an attempt by climate change deniers to kill the bill.

Unable to defeat LB 583 outright, Senators Beau McCoy and Tyson Larson did succeed in adding two amendments to weaken the legislation's intent. As the bill now reads, the state’s “Climate Assessment and Response Committee” still authorizes the group to report on the impact of climate change on Nebraska and make legislative recommendations for action.

But we don’t dare risk allowing any more amendments to LB 583 if the bill is to retain its teeth.

Read more