Message from John Maisch and Frank LaMere about Whiteclay

The following message is from our friends Frank LaMere and John Maisch. We hope you will attend one or more of the events listed to help bring justice to the victims in Whiteclay and the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

It is a pretty big step to have the Lincoln Journal Star's Editorial Board call on the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission to revoke Whiteclay's four beer store licenses rather than the half-measures proposed by Whiteclay's beer store owners and others:

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Help Us Keep the Death Penalty Out of Nebraska

We are excited that the Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing will be spending 10 days in Nebraska supporting the effort to RETAIN the end of the death penalty! From July 15 – July 23, murder victims family members, death row exonorees, and the family members of death row inmates will crisscross the state sharing their stories and why they support alternatives to the death penalty. Click HERE to check out the schedule to see who will be visiting your city!

During the 1990s, when the state of Nebraska last executed people, the executions were treated by some as a party. Senator Colby Coash, now a leading anti-death penalty advocate in Nebraska, recalls going to the Nebraska Penitentiary prior to an execution to find people “banging pots and pans and chanting ‘fry him, fry him.’” Recognizing the irony in celebrating the state-ordered murder of a convicted murderer, Coash first began to realize the death penalty may not be an upstanding institution. Motivated by a realization that the death penalty in Nebraska was an irreparably flawed institution, Coash and 29 other state senators—Republicans, Democrats and one Independent—came together in May, 2015 to replace the death penalty in Nebraska with life in prison without parole.

Unfortunately, some in Nebraska are trying to bring the death penalty back, making it important for Nebraskans for Peace to team up with the anti-death penalty movement to retain the state legislature’s decision to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

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Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks Visits Whiteclay, NE

The following article was sent out in a June newsletter by State Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks.  

One of the six Interim Studies that I introduced will examine and review the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, Nebraska and the effects that these sales have on the surrounding Native American population and the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As you know, there has been enormous controversy surrounding Whiteclay. Whiteclay is a non-incorporated town with 14 residents which has four beer stores located 200 yards south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Each year, nearly 4 million cans of high alcohol content beer are sold at Whiteclay. Malt liquors are the most popular products. A 25 ounce can of these products contains 8-10% alcohol and has the alcohol equivalent of 2-3 regular beers. These products are sold for just $1.75 a can. Public drunkenness, violence, and human trafficking are rampant problems. The goal of the Interim Study is to develop recommendations for what should be done to address the many issues arising from alcohol sales in Whiteclay and to seek the input of the State-Tribal Relations Committee in finding a way to solve these issues.

This month, in conjunction with my Interim Study, I took a trip to Whiteclay, Nebraska with my new Legislative Aide, Chris Triebsch. I was invited to attend a conference on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which has become a public health crisis in the area due to the prevalence of alcohol abuse. In fact, 1 in 4 babies on the Pine Ridge Reservation is born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a birth defect caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Its developmental and neurological effects are irreversible.

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We Mustn’t Forget the Revolutionary Roots of International Women’s Day

By Rebecca Winson

Now marked with Google doodles and special shopping displays, in the early 20th century, International Women's Day was a fierce, worldwide campaign for worker's rights.

International Women’s Day: a day, according to the UN, to “reflect on progress made”, to “celebrate acts by ordinary women”. Few would say that it fails to do this. Last year Google marked it with a doodle, and there were events from streets marches to window displ of Selfridges, who marked it with a short film showing famous female designers and presenters.

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LOVAL VIEW | Tears Show Why We Need COOL

by Sally Herrin
Lincoln Journal Star

This time of year, nothing brings a tear to the eye like a suffering child. Think Tiny Tim and the Little Match Girl. Some Christian faiths celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28, the Fourth Day of Christmas, to remember the massacre of children--some call them the First Martyrs--by King Herod in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus.

The news that much of the shrimp we eat is processed using child slave labor in Southeast Asia has our attention. Wonkette said it nicely yesterday: Your Never-Ending Olive Garden Shrimp Bowl Sauteed In Never-Ending Child-Slave Tears.

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