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Archive for May, 2014

OTOC Leaders proposed 4 Energy Goals to OPPD Board

May 15th, 2014

Fifteen OTOC leaders attended the May 15 OPPD Board meeting and presented OTOC’s response to 5 proposed “Resource Options” that OPPD staff has developed for the Board to consider. The OPPD Board will be making a decision this summer about what types of fuel OPPD will use to generate electricity for this region.  OTOC leaders Elaine Wells, Jeanne Schuler, Mary Spurgeon and Laurie Gift presented the following 4 Goals and Testimony to the Board.

Members of the OPPD Board:

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) is grateful for the opportunity to express to you both our appreciation and our concerns. Many of us have participated in the Stakeholders’ Process at open houses or via the online survey. OTOC is a coalition of 25 congregations, religious communities and other organizations which work together to improve living and working conditions for all residents of the metro area. Recently many Omaha area residents have joined together to promote environmental sustainability. Our faith traditions urge us to be good stewards of creation, and to speak up for the common good of all our neighbors and even future generations.Read More . . .

OTOC Refugee Support Co-Chair Christine Ross recognized for her work

May 12th, 2014

South Sudanese woman worked to end isolation

By Shelby Wade of Mosaic of Lincoln
From the moment she steps up to the podium in her traditional royal blue South Sudanese lawo, Christine Ross is all smiles. Then, for a moment, the smile disappears as Ross begins her introductory remarks for Omaha’s International Women’s Day event. “When refugees came here, they did not hear nor see any celebration for Women’s Day,” Ross said. “They requested to organize a celebration on Women’s Day, but they did not want to do it alone. And here we are.”

The smile reappears as Ross passes the microphone to Omaha’s first female mayor, Jean Stothert. Throughout the rest of the event, Ross never pauses to sit down. She is continuously on the move, weaving through the crowd, talking to everyone she meets. A smile never leaves her face as she continues to shake hands and give hugs to everyone she meets. Ross thought up the idea for an International Women’s Day event in Omaha, Neb. She is a passionate supporter of women’s rights and wanted to bring the idea of International Women’s Day to Nebraska.  “There’s so many international women in Omaha,” Ross said. “We want to tell them to come out of their house to learn more.”Read More . . .

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