by Paul A. Olson, NFP President Emeritus
The death of Nelson Mandela should make us all reflect on our histories. I first got into the struggle against apartheid seriously when, in the late 1970s, I worked with my church—the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—to ask that Namibia, which had been illegally absorbed by the South African government, be given its independence from South Africa and its racist policies. Most Namibians are Lutherans as am I. We wrote to Nebraska U.S. Senator Carl Curtis and received a lame excuse, defending South Africa. The whole church finally acted. Eventually Namibia was the first part of South Africa to be freed, in 1990.
In 1983-84, NFP worked with State Senators Ernie Chambers and Nelson Merz to push for divestment of state government funds from corporations doing business in South Africa. The divestment legislation was adopted, making it among the earliest in the nation to be passed. A Fordham University study described the Nebraska action as follows (the Sullivan principles were international principles to apply in divestiture): Read more
Posted in: Civil Rights & Economic Justice
Tues., Dec. 3, 2013 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Hruska Federal Courthouse Plaza
111 South 18th Plaza (18th & Douglas) Omaha
In this holiday season, too many Nebraska families are needlessly torn apart by outdated immigration laws. On the 7th night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, join an interfaith candlelight vigil for common-sense immigration laws. It’s time for updated immigration laws that create a strong foundation for Nebraska’s communities and future. Read more
Posted in: Announcements
How Shifting to Local Foods Increases the Reliability of Our Food System
. . . and Builds Stronger, More Resilient Communities
Michael Brownlee & Lynette Marie Hanthorn
(Co-founders of Local Food Shift Group in Boulder, CO)
Monday, November 18, 2013 Read more
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lincoln Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street
Posted in: Environment
Our national affiliate organization, Peace Action, has issued the following action alert on the diplomatic negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Please contact Senator Johanns and Senator Fischer and urge them to give peaceful dialogue a chance to succeed. You can find the contact information for Nebraska elected officials by clicking HERE.
Right now we sit at the precipice of peace with Iran. The world is the closest it's been in decades to a deal with Iran that would guarantee its nuclear program would not be used in the future to make nuclear weapons. Though a deal was not reached in Geneva over the weekend, diplomacy is working.
Yet, as we sit on the delicate edge of success, there are hawks in Congress that threaten diplomacy by wanting to pass more crippling sanctions. Sanctions, by the way, that tend to affect ordinary Iranians disproportionately. Sanctions that would send a bad message to Iran's new moderate government, who, by all accounts have been negotiating in good faith. Sanctions that might scuttle success. Read more
Posted in: Anti-War & International Law
Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross will speak on the situation in Syria at a meeting hosted by Nebraskans for Peace and the Lincoln NFP Chapter. The Monday, November 18th program will be held in the west vestry room of First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th St. (located near the Wesleyan Campus) starting at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the church parking lot as well as along the street.
Mother Agnes Mariam's talk is sponsored by the Catholic Information Center in Beirut and the Syria Solidarity Movement in the United States.
A woman of Palestinian descent, she is the mother superior of the ancient monastery of St. James the Mutilated, considered to be the oldest monastery in the Qalamoun area of Syria. She is also the leader of the Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in Syria. Mother Agnes Mariam has lived through several Middle Eastern wars. During the current crises in Syria, she and her monastery have helped those who have suffered from the conflict, giving shelter and assistance at the monastery to the needy without regard to religious or political affiliation. She and her colleagues have also reportedly rescued thousands of women and children in the besieged city of El -Sham Mouadamieh. Read more
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