Today you can be an important part of our big push for action on climate change by calling your representatives. Tomorrow hundreds of our fellow Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers will be in D.C. to lobby for us, and our phone calls today will help underscore that we want Congress to act. We’ve been told that even a half dozen calls on the same day make an impression, so feel free to call tomorrow too!
Please ask your friends and family to join us in our efforts!
You can use this website to find your Members of Congress, their phone numbers, and a sample script for your call: http://cclusa.org/callcongress It will also log your calls so we know how many calls were made to each Member of Congress. Read more
Posted in: Environment
by Matt Gregory
NFP State Board Treasurer
It was a rainy and blustery day outside the CenturyLink Center in Omaha when I met up with the group that would eventually go inside the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting to present Nebraska Peace Foundation’s resolution on climate change.
We had a brief respite from the rain as BOLD Nebraska and Nebraskans for Peace held a rally outside and speeches were given by BOLD’s Jane Kleeb, NFP’s Tim Rinne and renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, who was going to be one of the presenters of the resolution. Decked out in raincoats and ponchos, we waved colorful signs with arks and animals on them, playing on Warren Buffett’s “Noah’s Law” comment in his annual shareholder letter regarding the threat of climate change: “If an ark may be essential for survival, begin building it today, no matter how cloudless the skies appear.” Read more
Posted in: Environment
The following article was sent out in a June newsletter by State Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks.
One of the six Interim Studies that I introduced will examine and review the sale of alcohol in Whiteclay, Nebraska and the effects that these sales have on the surrounding Native American population and the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As you know, there has been enormous controversy surrounding Whiteclay. Whiteclay is a non-incorporated town with 14 residents which has four beer stores located 200 yards south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Each year, nearly 4 million cans of high alcohol content beer are sold at Whiteclay. Malt liquors are the most popular products. A 25 ounce can of these products contains 8-10% alcohol and has the alcohol equivalent of 2-3 regular beers. These products are sold for just $1.75 a can. Public drunkenness, violence, and human trafficking are rampant problems. The goal of the Interim Study is to develop recommendations for what should be done to address the many issues arising from alcohol sales in Whiteclay and to seek the input of the State-Tribal Relations Committee in finding a way to solve these issues.
This month, in conjunction with my Interim Study, I took a trip to Whiteclay, Nebraska with my new Legislative Aide, Chris Triebsch. I was invited to attend a conference on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which has become a public health crisis in the area due to the prevalence of alcohol abuse. In fact, 1 in 4 babies on the Pine Ridge Reservation is born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a birth defect caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Its developmental and neurological effects are irreversible. Read more
Posted in: Civil Rights & Economic Justice
Nebraska Peace Foundation will be a part of Give to Lincoln Day again this year! That special day is this Thursday, May 26th!
If you donate to the Nebraska Peace Foundation on Give to Lincoln Day, that donation will be worth even more! We will receive your donation plus a proportional share of the $300,000 challenge match pool. Anyone, anywhere can participate! Read more
Posted in: Announcements
The Nebraska Peace Foundation climate resolution was presented to Warren Buffet at the 2016 Berhshire Hathaway Shareholders meeting on April, 30, 2016. We were honored by Dr. James Hansen, world famous climate scientist, speaking on our behalf, and on behalf of our next generation. The meeting was livestreamed and a video is available until the end of May 2016. Please watch Mark Vasina, former treasurer of the Nebraska Peace Foundation, introduce the resolution and then hear Dr. Hansen explain the importance. Following the official presentation were crucial comments from Jim Jones of the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University, Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska, other shareholders and final comments by Richard Miller of Creighton University. This part of the video can be found at 6:43:10.
The video can be found HERE http://finance.yahoo.com/brklivestream.
The following video was made by BOLD Nebraska of the shareholders meeting. Please sign the petition and together let's get Warren Buffet to support rooftop solar energy! Read more
Posted in: Environment