Category: Turn Off the Violence

How many more Freddie Grays?

How many more Freddie Grays must there be before racial profiling and police brutality are taken seriously by lawmakers?

The End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 (ERPA) was introduced in Congress just last month. This bill has been introduced and failed twice before at the hands of politicians who don't see the problem with racial profiling.

We can't afford to let another year go by without the critical protections this bill provides.

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The NRA is Targeting Nebraska

The National Rifle Association is throwing its weight behind bills that will loosen gun laws in Nebraska. LB289, a “preemption” bill, would nullify all local gun ordinances in Nebraska, leaving only lax statewide gun laws valid in Nebraska’s cities. In Lincoln, this would do away with ordinances that keep people convicted of stalking, possession of explosives, impersonating a police officer, and other dangerous misdemeanors from possessing a gun in the city limits. It would also get rid of all of Omaha’s gun ordinances, including handgun registration and requiring a permit to open carry. Even though it would undermine her city’s efforts to curb gun violence, Omaha mayor Jean Stothert supports this NRA-backed bill.

Other gun bills before the Judiciary Committee include LB30, which would keep the identity of conceal carriers secret, making it impossible for the media and researchers to connect crimes to conceal carriers; LB635, which would allow conceal carriers to take guns into bars; and LB340, which would make businesses post specific signage with exact dimensions in order to bar people from carrying guns on the property.

Please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee and tell them that these laws are good for the NRA but bad for Nebraska.

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CULTURAL HUMILITY

A’Jamal Byndon, Board Member of Nebraskans for Peace, Policy Research & Innovation, and long-time Community Organizer.

Nebraskans for Peace has not always enjoyed a significant participation of people of color during the course of its 45-year history. Over the last six months however, we have identified a State Board member and stakeholders who are actively working to bring more diversity to the organization. Our organizational agenda and image has been recalibrated in our 2015 Priority Plan to enable us to better reach out to these key constituencies.

We are endeavoring to increase the diversity of NFP’s membership by co-sponsoring events with the Omaha-based “Nebraska Families Collaborative” and other organizations working to make Nebraska a better place to live. These events are covering a variety of peace-related issues, including sessions on conflict resolution, reducing violence and helping other communities’ members address social challenges.

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ACTION ALERT | Ending Employment Discrimination

Below find the testimony of George Wolf, long time NFP member and gay activist, concerning LB 586. We are asking all NFP members to call their legislators and ask that they pass LB 586 in the name of fairness, in the name of justice, and in the name of John Taylor and all of the other gay members of Nebraska society who have contributed greatly to our social welfare and who, for being open and caring about justice, were driven from their jobs. Click HERE to find your legislator.

LB 586

My name is George Wolf, I live in Lincoln, NE, and I’m speaking on behalf of Nebraskans for Peace, a peace and justice organization long committed to opposing employment discrimination on any grounds extraneous to job performance.

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NADP's Upcoming Lobby Day!

I’m hoping you can help us spread the word about the upcoming Lobby Day to Repeal the Death Penalty that will take place Wednesday March 4th, 2015. This is an important time to show the growing support for repeal in Nebraska – we want to pack the Capitol with repeal supporters! Below is a short overview of the details for the day. It would be a tremendous help if you could share this with your supporters/network.

Lobby Day March 4th, 2015 to Repeal the Death Penalty

 We are joining Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty for a Lobby Day to Repeal the Death Penalty that will take place Wednesday March 4th, 2015. We will gather for a rally in the basement of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10am (across the street from the Capitol - 14th and K Street in Lincoln). You will be given an update about the repeal campaign, go over lobbying basics, and prep you to connect with your Senator at the Capitol. Then we will all walk to the Capitol to connect citizens with the Senators. There is a free luncheon at 11:45 for Senators and citizens, and following lunch at 1:30 we’ll view the Judiciary Committee’s hearing. It’s possible that the death penalty repeal bill (LB 268) will be discussed at this hearing. It’s really important to our repeal effort that we have a strong showing this day, we hope you’ll join us! For more information, or to RSVP, visit their website at www.nadp.net/lobby.

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