Internationally Renowned Climate Scientist Dr. James Hansen is Coming to Omaha!

Dr. James Hansen, the world's most famous climate scientist, is coming to Omaha to deliver a free public lecture Friday evening April 29th at the Mike and Josie Harper Center on the Creighton University campus at 602 North 20th Street at 7:00 p.m. titled, “Energy and Climate Change: How Can Justice Be Achieved for Young People?”

Described by the Washington Post as “the world’s most famous climate scientist,” Hansen is the former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is credited with having detected thirty-five years ago that the burning of fossil fuels was creating a greenhouse effect and warming the planet.

The talk will focus on the inter-generational injustice of climate change and the harm climate disruption poses to our children and grandchildren.

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NFP Resolution on the Violence-Prone Tenor of the Presidential Candidates

The Nebraskans for Peace State Board has issued the following statement in support of a more rational presidential campaign. It is our hope that the primary campaign in Nebraska will be conducted in an orderly and respectful manner, consonant with the goals of our organization:

Nebraskans for Peace is appalled by the surging violence in this campaign. The idea behind elections is that all parties listen to the evidence and arguments of each candidate and make a rational decision as to what is best for the common good. The idea of allowing protests is that we make our best decisions when we are confronted by arguments on both sides of an idea, together with the evidence for the arguments. We denounce the tone and tenor of many of the election rallies, especially the advice by some of the candidates that people in the audience should smash the faces of those who oppose them, the throwing out of opponents from meetings, the appeals to racism, sexism, and xenophobia, and the efforts to pit groups of Americans against each other. We call on all candidates to ask their supporters to speak moderately, rationally, and peacefully in debates – private and public – about U.S. policy and to respect the human rights and capacity for rational discourse of other human beings, even those who disagree with us. Nebraskans for Peace is the oldest state wide peace organization in the country, and the tenor of this election opposes everything we stand for.

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2016 Nebraska Democratic Presidential Caucuses March 5

The 2016 Nebraska Democratic Presidential Caucuses are this coming Saturday, March 5. With Nebraska being such a solid Republican rampart in presidential general elections, the presidential caucuses are pretty much the only venue in which Democratic voters in the state get to have their voices heard.

Nebraskans for Peace has not endorsed either of the two remaining Democratic candidates in the race: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. As background information for our NFP members who are registered Democrats, however, we are reproducing below the statement of Peace Action (the nation's oldest and largest Peace & Justice organization) on the 2016 presidential campaign. This statement is for your information only and is not an endorsement of Bernie Sanders as we are a 501 (c) (4) organization.

Stands on the issues are of course only one of a number of factors that may come into play when voters are choosing a presidential candidate -- national electoral appeal and sufficient access to campaign resources being two obvious others. But given the political stakes of this election, the decision Americans make for our next commander-in-chief could not be more crucial.

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NFP Scholarship to High School Seniors

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NFP Statement on Arrest of STRATCOM Protesters

For well over a decade, Nebraskans for Peace has publicly supported the Catholic Worker protests of StratCom’s nuclear and space war missions—including the nonviolent civil disobedience trespass of protesters onto Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue to spotlight the peril these missions pose to life on earth. This past December 27, however, an individual with connections to the Des Moines Catholic Worker community, as a protest, destroyed some property at Northrop Grumman, a private military contractor working directly with StratCom.

Nebraskans for Peace had no advance knowledge of this action—nor do we condone such property destruction, as it runs counter to our organizational policy of nonviolence. While NFP shares the ethical, social and economic concerns defendant Jessica Reznicek raises about StratCom’s (and Northrop Grumman’s) activities in the statement reprinted below, willful destruction of property is not a political tactic Nebraskans for Peace advocates.

Nebraskans for Peace will continue to use all peaceful means to express its resistance to our country's increasingly dangerous militarism by ‘modernizing and improving’ its nuclear weapons and delivery systems. But we will also maintain our policy of peaceful protest.
-- Ron Todd-Meyer, NFP President

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