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375 leaders get commitments from Congress & OPPD Candidates on September 18

September 21st, 2018

Photo by Omaha World Herald

The Omaha World Herald reporter opened his story about the evening by observing:

Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Democrat Kara Eastman faced questions Monday on immigration, health care and a changing climate in front of a standing room-only crowd of more than 350 people.  In fact, nearly 400 people signed into the 2018  OTOC Accountability Session with candidates for US Congress and OPPD at St. Leo Catholic Church.

The packed crowd of OTOC and community leaders sought commitments from OPPD Board members on four topics:

  1. Taking leadership in the community to increase charging stations for electric vehicles by 100 over next 3 years
  2. Directing Staff to be work with community groups and investors who want to establish “community solar projects”
  3. Reducing or reversing the 2015 increase of the basic service charge from $10.25 per month to $30 per month
  4. Supporting the newly proposed SD 7 setting a goal to reduce carbon emissions to a level 20% below 2010 levels by 2030.

Click here to see OPPD candidate responses: Completed OPPD Score Card

The Accountability Session with Candidates for US Congress followed and OTOC leaders asked for commitments on the follow topics from Rep. Don Bacon and Candidate Kara Eastman:

  1. Naming their top three priorities for reforming our broken immigration system
  2. Taking a leading role in sponsoring and adopting legislation to grant permanent status to those individuals with Temporary Protected Status(TPS)
  3. Committing to continue the structure and funding for the federal share of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act
  4. Committing to continue the protections under the ACA for mental health parity and pre-existing conditions.
  5. Naming their top 2 strategies to reverse the effects of climate

Click here to see candidate responses: Completed Report Card for Congressional Candidates

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TPS Bus visits Omaha!

September 10th, 2018

TPS Journey for Justice a Success in Omaha!

Leaders from across the city welcomed the TPS Journey for Justice Caravan on September 4th and 5th. OTOC and the Institute for Public Leadership, along with Tri-Faith Initiative, the Columban Fathers, and the Schlegal Center for Service and Justice sponsored several events to let the Omaha community know what TPS is and invite them to act with us.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a legal immigration status for people in the US who fled environmental disasters such as hurricanes or civil unrest in their home countries.  Over 300,000 individuals have TPS which has been in place for decades with no serious legal problems.  The Department of Homeland Security has effectively ended TPS for almost all of these tax-paying law-abiding persons, including 1,500 Salvadorans living in Nebraska.  Their status will end in 2019 unless Congress acts.

We invite YOU to take action for the TPS holders in our community and across the country by calling your representatives today! Click here for a script.

 

Tuesday Night Workshop and Table Talk

Over 150 people met at Countryside Community church to welcome the bus riders, learn about what Temporary Protected Status is, and personally meet TPS recipients from Omaha and the bus.

Wednesday Morning Workshop and Press Conference

On Wednesday morning, one hundred people met for a workshop to learn about the economic contributions of TPS to our US economy, and why it doesn’t make sense to deport people. For a presentation about the economic contributions and cost of losing over 300,000 people in the workforce, click here and a full report click here.

Wednesday Evening Interfaith Prayer Service

After visits to  the offices of Rep. Don Bacon and Sen. Ben Sasse in the afternoon,  local faith leaders and TPS holders  led an interfaith prayer service for hope and action. With themes about prophetic hope, protecting families and journeying for justice, over 125 people prayed together for hope and change.

Resources:

Calling script for your elected officials

Economic Contributions of TPS holders

Legislative bills for TPS

US Chamber of Commerce letter of support

Local Support in the News (Click to see articles)

Erin Grace Article about TPS

January Salvadoran TPS Cancellation

Immigration Posada Dec 18 2017

Guest Column by Bishop Maas Sister Stevens and Chancellor McNeill

 

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