January 20th, 2017
OTOC joined Nebraska Appleseed, Voices for Children, Disability Rights and a mother who has been able to keep her young son alive because of coverage afforded by the ACA
OTOC leader Mary Spurggeon was among five speakers at a press conference in Lincoln on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The press conference was to encourage members of Congress to have a replacement for the ACA before they repeal it.
Click Here to see a video of Mary at the press conference. Click Here to read an article from the Omaha World Hearald.
To join OTOC’s effort to assure ongoing access to health care for all, contact one of the Action Team chairs:
Mary Spurgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Hoeger at email@example.com
January 20th, 2017
It was a packed house at UNO on January 25th when members of OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team (ESAT), League of Women Voters and others collaborated to ask, “Who is Watching Nebraska’s Waters?” For clear summary of the risks associated with Costco/Lincoln Premium Poultry project in Fremont and surrounding counties, click on the link below:
John Hopkins – Fremont NE Poultry Processing and Production__ Letter_final
The discussion focused on how to protect the watersheds around Omaha from the runoff coming from large scale livestock producing and processing operations that are part of this project. OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team is hosting this in partnership with the League of Women Voters and Nebraska Communities United in order to assure that the public begins to understand this issue.
The Panel featured panelists, Bill Stowe, CEO & GM, Des Moines Water Works, Dr. Alan Kolok, Director of Nebraska Watershed Network & Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology at UNMC provided the audience with an abundance of information
The participants learned that over 250,000 chickens will be processed each day in the Fremont plant, and over 17 million birds will be raised in 400 different facilities in the surrounding counties. These birds will produce 900,000,000 lbs of manure each year.
The OTOC ESAT wants there to be an adequate study of the potential water quality problems and careful monitoring of our watersheds if this project is built.
I…change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.”
-President Barack Obama
January 17th, 2017
Leaders of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) will hold 4 Issue Cafes and their annual night of Mexican Bingo at Urban Abbey during February. The Issue Cafes all begin at 6:45 and Mexican Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Click below to download the whole schedule:
Urban Abbey Schedule for February 2017
OTOC leaders have invited great speakers to inform you about these key issues:
Wed. Feb 2–Leaders of OTOC’s Housing Action team with the head of Building Code Enforcement from Council Bluffs which recently adopted an ordinance requiring registration and periodic inspection of all rental properties.
Tues. Feb 7–Nebraska Appleseed Attorney Ken Smith, Lisa Sock and others who are part of a coalition of groups working to reduce the amount of interest and fees that pay day lenders can charge from over 400% per year to only about 35%.
Fri. Feb 11–OTOC’s Fun Committee will once again host this fun family event where we play Mexican Bingo, eat from a great Taco Bar and win cool prizes.
Wed. Feb 15–OTOC’s Immigration and Refugee Action Team will invite local experts to help us understand possible impact of changes in law at federal and state level and how we can get involved.
Wed. Feb 22–OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Team will invite local experts to explain two important concerns: Carbon Fee and Dividend to properly price the impact of carbon on our environment and assuring that Omaha’s water supply is not threatened by intensive chicken production upstream.
October 3rd, 2016
350 OTOC leaders from 30 congregations and community organizations met on Monday, October 17 with Candidates for US Congress, Brad Ashford and Don Bacon, and candidates for OPPD Board Craig Moody and Tom Mulligan.
Click on the following link to see what KETV reported about this meeting which focused on issues, not political parties or personalities: Link to KETV story about OTOC Accountability Session
Click on this link to see the final-questions-to-candidates-for-congress
Click on this link to see the questions-and-background-for-congress
Click on this link to see final-oppd-introductions-and-4-questions
OTOC Accountability Session
Monday, October 17 at 7 pm
St. Leo the Great Church Hall (102nd & Blondo)
Candidates for US Congress
Brad Ashford and Don Bacon
Candidates for OPPD Board District 5
Craig Moody and Tom Mulligan
Learn where candidates stand on OTOC’s Action Agenda:
- Assure Fair Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees
- Assure Accessible, Affordable Health Insurance for all
- Improve Behavioral Health Care & don’t criminalize mental illness
- Support policies to adapt to and mitigate climate change
- Revise OPPD’s increased fixed service fee
- Increase Transparency in Board Decision making
- Increase Commitment to Renewable Energy
September 2nd, 2016
A full house of OTOC leaders joined candidates John Synowiecki and Tony Vargas (Dt 7 Southeast),
Sara Howard and Larry Roland (Dt. 9 East Central),
Jill Brown and Justin Wayne ( Dt 13 Northeast) who gave their clear responses to questions posed by OTOC leaders.
Click on the following link to see final-questions-to-unicameral-candidates
Click on this link to see final-fact-sheets-and-questions-to-candidates-for-sept-29
Candidates told the OTOC leaders where they stand on OTOC’s Action Agenda:
- Expand Medicaid to cover all caught in the coverage gap
- Increase Access to Behavioral Health Care in Prison and Community
- Create Mental Health, Veterans Courts to avoid incarceration
- Write Environmental Sustainability into state law and policy
- Adopt Fair Tax Policy to deal with ongoing structural deficts
OTOC leaders also challenged themselves to work together to spread the word to Retain Repeal of the Death Penalty