We Stand United

by Krista Burks
NFP State Board Member

“There was a need and I physically could no longer sit there and do nothing.” These are the words spoken by Kjerstin Egger, the woman behind the activist group “We Stand United.” She is talking about the heavy emotions that were almost tangible the day after the Presidential Election.

Kjerstin is a ‘Family Engagement Specialist’ at Community Action and works closely with immigrant families. With her background in Human Services, she made the decision that her skills would not go to waste in a time where she saw fear and sadness in the eyes of the families she works with—not to mention the hopelessness in the eyes of friends and even strangers who seemed to be looking for some kind of comfort and productive outlet after hearing presidential speeches with rhetoric that made even some conservatives question their freedom.

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Husker Power Plan

Clean Energy for a Brighter Tomorrow

by Duane Hovorka, former Executive Director of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation

Goals

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The Doomsday Clock is Now Just 2 Minutes to ‘Midnight,’ the Symbolic Hour of the Apocalypse

By Lindsey Bever, Sarah Kaplan and Abby Ohlheiser
The Washington Post

Alexa, what time is the apocalypse?

Ulp.

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To Kneel or Not to Kneel… That Is the Paradox

by A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon

The National Football League (NFL) is at a major crossroads in terms of how it addresses the Colin Kaepernick dilemma. For those who have not being following this controversial and polarizing situation, it all started last year when Kaepernick—the former San Francisco quarterback—decided to sit, and subsequently kneel, during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Many fans, military supporters and law-enforcement officials felt it was disrespectful to those who served or gave their lives to defend this country for an athlete to insert politics into sports. These folks appear to suffer from a social and historical amnesia. Almost 50 years ago, Gold Medal runner John Carlos gave the Black Power fist salute during the national anthem at the summer Olympics in Mexico City in 1968. Muhammad Ali, who refused to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, is another example of athletes protesting social conditions and unjust wars.

But when Kaepernick, who led his team to the 2013 Super Bowl, became a free agent, even NFL teams like Houston, that had lost its star quarterback Deshaun Watson to a season-ending injury, refused to pick him up. The man had become a pariah, merely for attempting to bring attention to the many African Americans who have lost their lives in questionable circumstances to police officers and racist predation agents of the system. (And, no, the police, military and other government agents are not protecting any African Americans’ rights or freedom unless they afford us the same rights that they themselves enjoy in this system.)

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When it comes to climate, timing is everything...

Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

by Marilyn McNabb
Citizens Climate Lobby activist & former Lincoln Electric System Board Member

The “Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate” report came out in June to address the July G20 Summit. Its lead signer was Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate change chief during the achievement of the Paris Agreement. The good news, it said, was that the temperature goals of the Paris agreement were still possible if global emissions begin to fall by 2020. But if emissions rise or remain level, then probably not. As Skeptical Science put it, the point of the report is that “the window of opportunity for meaningful action is fast closing and we have about three years left.” A second report titled “Well Under 2 Degrees Celsius” came out in September with exactly the same conclusion.

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