Banking on Racism

by A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon
NFP Board Member 

We recently received a phone call from an official of our bank (Great Western Bank) at our home. He talked with my wife about a recent cashier’s check that we’d purchased at the bank for payment for replacing the roof on our home. The roof was replaced in October 2016. The contractor had asked that I pay him with a cashier’s check.

The conversation with my wife and the banker was about whether we knew the contractor who had a Spanish first and last name. She told this banker that she knew the contractor and that she was not home when I paid him for replacing the roof. She directed him to talk with me about it. When initially talking with this banker about the transaction, I thought there was something wrong with the cashier check. He assured me that was not the problem. He said the Spanish-named contactor had a common name and asked if I knew him. I told him that he had replaced our roof about five years ago, and this was my second time doing business with him.

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Trump’s Latest Comments Stoke Talk of a New Nuclear Arms Race

While His Press Secretary Tries to Explain
The Washington Post
By John Wagner

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For a second straight day, President-elect Donald Trump sent provocative signals Friday about expanding the U.S. nuclear arsenal, while his staff scrambled to temper remarks that suggested a break with four decades of policy charted by presidents of both parties.

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The Climate Crisis

Coming to Grips with the Truth of Our Situation

Creighton University Associate Professor Richard Miller delivered the keynote address at the 2016 Annual Peace Conference October 29 in Omaha. The article below, which he wrote specifically for the Nebraska Report, expertly summarizes the substance of his talk.

The climate change problem is unlike any other problem that we face as a society because it is irreversible on time scales of thousands of years with impacts that can last millions of years (e.g. the loss of biodiversity through species extinction). The shocking truth is that the decisions we make over the coming years will determine the conditions of life for human beings and non-human nature for thousands and possibly millions of years. This is due to the long life of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the thermal inertia of the oceans, and the cascading effects that their enduring influence will bring into play.

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Call for Sheridan County Residents to Voice Dissent Over Whiteclay Practices

The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission (NLCC) voted 3 - 0 to require all four beer stores in Whiteclay to re-apply for their licenses via the “long form.” Their decision requires the stores to apply as if they are applying for new licenses. This requirement opens the avenue to letters of protest to the NLCC by Sheridan County residents against the issuance of the licenses. In order for letters of protest to be heard, a total of at least three individuals must write them. We Whiteclay Activists are looking for three Sheridan County residents who would be willing to write letters of protest.

The Sheridan County Board is the first approval step in the “long-form” process. Each board member has the option to recommend approval, rejection, or to remain neutral. We Whiteclay activists are hoping for either rejection or neutrality in the board’s decision. After the applications are in, the County Board has 45 days to forward their decision to the NLCC. The NLCC is not required to follow their decision. Even if the County Board recommends denial of the licenses, it is still imperative to file the three letters of protest. We are looking for Sheridan County residents to voice their opposition. If you know people that live in Sheridan County, please pass this request on to them!

Again, are any of you or do any of you know a resident of Sheridan County? Please inform the State Office of Nebraskans for Peace or Bill Laird at williamalaird@me.com

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Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Proposal

Resolution Requesting Divestment of Investments in Fossil-Fuel Companies

Lead filer: Nebraska Peace Foundation
Contact: Loyal Park, President, Nebraska Peace Foundation
lp94238@windstream.net • 402-489-6662

WHEREAS: Climate scientists assert with near unanimity that climate changes caused primarily by greenhouse gas emissions pose an existential threat to civilization. The ubiquitous burning of fossil fuels and their infrastructures must now be radically curtailed within a few short years to prevent the worst of possible consequences of climate changes.

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