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150 concerned Omahans participated in OTOC Issue Conference

February 29th, 2016

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OTOC leaders and guests indicated how many of them had participated in Listening sessions last Fall

One hundred fifty people from 41 congregations and community organizations across Omaha participated in OTOC’s Issue Conference on Saturday, February 27 at First United Methodist. OTOC leaders prepared eight different workshops and 20 to 40 people attended each of the leader lead gatherings.

plenary with Kevin Graham at head

150 people from 41 congregations and community organizations participated in the OTOC Issues Conference

All of the workshops invited those present to take “next steps” to improve our community. Five of the workshops were organized by leaders of existing OTOC Action Teams and these leaders distributed information to participants about what they have learned about the issues they are working on together.  The Five existing OTOC Actions Teams are:

  • Housing and Community Revitalization
  • Health Care for the Working Poor
  • Support for Immigrants and Refugees
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Improving Behavioral Health Care in Omaha & the State
    Karen McElroy

    Karen McElroy of Holy Name Catholic helped chair the meeting

For a copy of some of those handouts, click on the link below:

OTOC Workshop Resources

Group shotThree other workshops addressed new problems which OTOC leaders may choose to work on in the future:

Violence in the Community

Retaining the Repeal of the Death Penalty

Organizing to educate customers about OPPD and how the decisions made by the OPPD Board will impact our climate and our smart energy future.

 

 

Resources and Handouts from OTOC Issues Conference

February 26th, 2016

Below  are the handouts and resources that OTOC and Community leaders provided to those who attended their workshops at the February 27 Issues Conference. If you have questions or want to know when the OTOC Action Teams are meeting to take action on these issues, contact the OTOC office at otocfornebraska@gmail.com or 402-344-4401.Mary Spurgeron

 

9:40 to 10:30 a.m.     Workshop Session One (50 min)

Death Penalty: supporting repeal of the Death Penalty in the November

DPIC FactSheet(1) NADP Workshop Registration Opposing the Death Penalty Workshop

NADP Workshop Registration

Opposing the Death Penalty Workshop

EPA Clean Power Plan: fighting for environmental sustainability in Nebraska

OP Ed about CPP Cost

InfographicNECPP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health: filling the gaps in behavioral health services in Omaha  

The Nine Gaps Revised Survey for Gap Stories

Revised Survey for Gap Stories

­Violence in the Community: seeking potential solutions for neighborhood safety

Village Areas in Northeast Omaha WB Gun Trends YTD Jan to December 2006 to 2015 022616(1)

WB Gun Trends YTD Jan to December 2006 to 2015 022616(1)

 

10:40 to 11:30 a.m.   Workshop Session Two (50 min)

OTOC and OPPD: organizing to assure a sustainable, smart energy future 

Alternative Rate Options for OPPD FINAL Dec102015(1) Final Questions from OTOC for OPPD Board

Final Questions from OTOC for OPPD Board

Who are the winners and losers chart Revised

 

 

 

 

 

Refugees & Immigrants: advocating for fair treatment of immigrants and refugees

IDAP volunteer request

OTOC Immigration Action Team Next Steps

Health Insurance for Working Poor: insure workers in the coverage gap

Transitional Health Care Program

Neighborhoods and Housing: strategies to improve the vitality of neighborhoods

Rev Omaha Vacant and Aband Prop Ord & Report process Summary of OTOC prior work on housing

Summary of OTOC prior work on housing

OTOC asks Omaha area Senators to Support LB 1032–Transitional Health Insurance Program

February 19th, 2016

Leaders with Rev Nelson at front

OTOC clergy and Action Team  leaders braved a blizzard in Omaha to travel to Capitol to speak in favor of LB 1032 at a press conference

OTOC leaders will travel to Lincoln on Wednesday, February 24th to meet with several Omaha area members of the Unicameral to educate them about why the Unicameral needs to pass LB 1032–Transitional Health Insurance Program– or come up with some other model to help 77,000 Nebraskans be able to purchase affordable health insurance. Please  join the OTOC delegation on February 24th. Please contact Mary Spurgeon at marspur2@aol.com  or the OTOC office at otocfornebraska@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

 

Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

8:45 AM –  Depart from carpool site at Farm House Café/Manglesen’s parking lot on east of 84th St., just north of I-80.

10:00 Meet with selected senator’s aides and/or senators themselves.    

Noon, or earlier:  Leave Lincoln to return to Omaha.

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OTOC leaders testify at Unicameral to support health insurance for working poor, professional and commercial licenses for immigrant youth and Solar Energy

February 12th, 2016

Several OTOC leaders traveled to Lincoln over the last two days to testify on behalf of OTOC in favor of bills that the OTOC Action Teams have studied end endorsed.

LB 1023–Transitional Health Insurance Program

Rev. Keith Nelson gave evocative testimony about why Nebraska should adopt LB 1023, the Transitional Health Insurance Program which would finally help working poor be able to afford health insurance. Senators Riepe and Fox of the Health and Human Services Committee responded to Rev. Nelson who made able responses to their questions. A copy of Rev. Nelson’s testimony is below:

OTOC Statement in support of LB1032 Transitional Health Insurance

Keith at Unicameral Jan 2016

Rev. Keith Nelson testified on Feb 10 at the Health and Human Services Committee in support of Transitional Health Insurance for the working poor

LB 947–Allowing Immigrants with Work Authorization to obtain commercial and professional licenses

Mary McKeighanne testified on behalf of the Immigration Action Team in favor of LB 947  which would immigrant youth who qualify for work permits the opportunity to try to qualify for commercial and professional licenses that they need to work. Mary told the story of how she met  bright and ambitious immigrant youth who have excelled at school and in the community but who cannot qualify to become teachers, or electricians or engineers in Nebraska because the State will not grant them a license. This bill would follow up on the Driver’s License bill which OTOC supported in 2015. See Mary’s statement below:

Statement of Omaha Together One Community in support of LB 947

LB 1071- to authorize community solar programs and provide incentives for solar development

Mary Ruth Stegman of the Environmental Sustainability Action Team testified in support of LB 1071 which would increase solar development by providing a grant process to be administered by the Nebraska Energy Office. Utilities that have established solar incentive programs, local governments, businesses, tax exempt organizations and individuals would be eligible for grants for solar projects up to two megawatts nameplate capacity.

OTOC February 27 Issues Conference features 8 Workshops on issues facing families

February 3rd, 2016

Leaders of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) will hold an Issues Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at First United Methodist Church. OTOC and Community leaders will lead eight interactive workshops that will focus on issues affecting Omaha families. Each workshop will end with practical Next Steps that we can take to make progress on the issue.

OTOC On Line Registration Form

The OTOC workshops include:

Session 1

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OTOC leaders at the 2014 Issues Conference briefly explained their workshops to 150 people who attended

  • Death Penalty: supporting repeal of the death penalty in the November referendum
  • EPA Clean Power Plan after the Supreme Court Intervention: How to advance clean power in Nebraska while the CPP is on hold due to the Supreme Court action. Duane Havorka and OTOC leaders will lead this information discussion and generate strategies.
  • Mental Health: filling the gaps in behavioral health services in Omaha  
  • ­Violence in the Community: seeking potential solutions for neighborhood safety  

Session 2

  • Neighborhoods and Housing: determining property tax values, abandoned property
  • OTOC and OPPD: organizing within OPPD to assure a sustainable, smart energy future 
  • Refugees and Immigrants: advocating for fair treatment of immigrants and refugees
  • Health Insurance for Working Poor: using Medicaid funds to insure workers in the coverage gap

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