The Lincoln Chapter has been reorganized and sponsors work in the following areas:
1. Immigration: How are immigrants and refugees being treated in Lincoln and Nebraska? What has been the role of FAIR and hate groups in firing up antagonism to documented and undocumented immigrants? What are their labor conditions? What are their educational, medical and family conditions? What do we do about the Fremont vote and the Arizona law? This could broaden out to a general examination of racism here.
2. Equity in Lincoln: The arena has been approved. The map of the arena vote shows that the vote for the arena was concentrated in the wealthier sections of Lincoln. Meanwhile, Lincoln languishes in its attention to schools, neighborhoods, parks, swimming pools, homeless and low-income people, and a variety of other areas. It has also lost some receptiveness to diversity and much of the political strength of its neighborhood organizations. How do we counter this?
3. The cost of war to Lincoln: How much is Lincoln spending per capita on the military? This is available on www.costofwar.com. The failure of provision for our city and our citizens is correlative to our expanded military spending since 1977. The cost of war to Lincoln would also include the insecurity created by this area's being a prime nuclear target and a target for anyone wishing to offset Stratcom by an attack in this area.
4. Gay and Lesbian Issues in Lincoln: This area would take up issues such as how well are Gay and Lesbian people being treated by employers in Lincoln, by the schools in their anti-bullying programs, by public officials, by banks in lending, and by retailers or public representatives of companies. It would also look at issues of law and statute.
5. Peace studies in the Lincoln Public Schools and higher education in Lincoln: Since the one peace studies course in Lincoln was shut down by the Lincoln Public Schools and no peace studies exists here while the glorification of war in courses goes ahead apace and recruiters are allowed access to the schools, the question is how balanced is the education. The same applies to higher education. Union College and Wesleyan have some peace studies work but the University has only a weak Conflict Resolution minor if it has anything; Hastings has a major. Meanwhile, the University has the Afghan Center, the space work connected to Stratcom at the Law School, and numerous military contracts. The theme will be a study of education of war and for peace in the Lincoln area. This would involve also learning of local Pentagon contracts.
6. Peace and Justice in the Middle East and between Jews and Islamic people locally: The discussion would take up from Eileen During Clinchard's work in this area and would involve exploring issues of Israeli/Palestinian peace and dialogues between their support groups locally.