3647 Lafayette Avenue, Ste 110; Omaha, NE 68131 otocfornebraska@gmail.com 402-344-4401

Democracy is not a
spectator sport

What is OTOC?

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) teaches people to become effective leaders, explore their legitimate interests, do solid research, engage in sometimes tough, but always respectful public discourse, hold elected officials accountable and create positive change through collective action. Through the practice of these skills, people build relationships of trust and, by acting collaboratively, become part of solving their own problems rather than expecting someone else to take care of them. See the current issues page for a list of our current action teams and their objectives.

Our Philosophy

We believe in relationships

The issues we work on come out of small-group gatherings called “house meetings”, where people share their stories about issues they’d like to see changed and have energy to work on. We are driven by the testimony of concrete experience, not pre-conceived ideology.

We believe in citizen leadership

We identify, bring together and develop leaders across our communities, so that we can accomplish more together than we could apart.

We believe in ownership

We accept no money from government sources. The organization is funded by dues from its member institutions, in addition to some foundation and business support. This allows the organization to belong to, and be accountable to, the institutions that make it up.

We believe in practical solutions

We work on concrete issues that we can do something about. Once potential issues are identified, community leaders do research to develop practical, achievable solutions.

Community organizing demands time, talent, discipline and commitment. Those willing to do the work experience personal growth and transformation. These leaders have witnessed the impact OTOC has made on their congregations and the city.


Regular Membership

Institutions that are regular members of OTOC commit to paying annual dues of at least 0.5% of their institution’s operating budget and to have leaders from their institutions participate in guiding the work of OTOC.

Leaders of member institutions are invited to participate in monthly OTOC Leadership Team and Steering Committee meetings and in all research and action teams, local and national training sessions and all OTOC public actions. Current regular members are:

  • Augustana Lutheran Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • First Unitarian Church
  • Grace Lutheran
  • Holy Family Catholic
  • Holy Name Catholic
  • Metropolitan Community Church
  • Omaha Friends
  • Resurrection Episcopal
  • Sacred Heart Catholic
  • St. Benedict the Moor Catholic
  • St. John (Creighton) Catholic
  • St. Leo Catholic
  • St. Paul United Methodist
  • St. Pius X Catholic
  • Second Unitarian Church
  • Trinity Lutheran Church – North Omaha
  • Urban Abbey

Solidarity Membership

Solidarity membership in OTOC is offered to institutions that share OTOC’s interest in the common good of our community but are not in a position to become regular members.

Solidarity members are expected to make an annual contribution to OTOC according to their ability. Persons affiliated with solidarity members are invited to participate in all OTOC action teams and events including regular training sessions offered by OTOC leaders and staff. Solidarity members have ongoing input into OTOC strategies but are not voting members. Current solidarity members are:

  • Big Garden
  • Columban Fathers
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Immigrant Legal Center
  • Notre Dame Sisters
  • Schlegel Center for Service & Justice at Creighton
  • Servants of Mary Social Justice Committee
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • TPS Alliance of Nebraska

OTOC In The News

Date Publication Title
5/1/2020 Omaha World Herald Midlands Voices: Nebraska needs strong action to protect packing plant workers
12/27/2019 Omaha Star Affordable for US
9/14/2019 Omaha World Herald Capping payday lending rates at 36% in Nebraska is goal of new petition drive
9/13/19 KMTV Channel 3 Inspector: Almost all Paladino violations fixed
8/14/2019 KETV Channel 7 Omaha mayor and planning department respond to code enforcement criticism
8/14/2019 Omaha World Herald Advocates want more money in city budget for housing inspectors and recycling
8/14/2019 Omaha World Herald Nobody can agree on what to do with Omaha’s yard waste, but a decision has to come soon
8/14/2019 News Channel Nebraska Housing Watchdogs Demand More Inspectors
8/13/2019 KETV Channel 7 Omaha residents voice concerns with proposed 2020 budget
8/13/2019 KMTV Channel 3 Public asks for more inspectors and to keep recycling program at budget hearing
8/13/2019 Fox 42 News Omaha City Council to consider two new bids for trash services
8/13/2019 WOWT News City Council hears public comment on trash contract bids
8/23/2019 Omaha World Herald Omahans commenting on mayor’s proposed trash contract say they expect more out of the suggested changes
4/17/2019 Omaha World Herald Omaha gets landlord registry, regular inspections after Stothert puts away her veto pen
4/10/2019 Omaha World Herald Mayor says she will veto council’s new landlord registry with inspections every 10 years
4/9/2019 KETV News Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says she will veto rental property registration plan approved by City Council
4/2/2019 Omaha World Herald City Council delays vote on landlord registry and inspection ordinances due to member’s illness
3/4/2019 Omaha World Herald Housing advocates push for more regulations of Omaha rental properties; landlords push back
2/20/2019  Fox 42 News Can we live in a perfect world?
2/20/2019 Omaha World Herald New website ‘We Don’t Slum’ aims to put pressure on problem landlords
2/19/2019 KETV News New website launches to spread awareness about slumlords
2/19/2019 KMTV News #WEDONTSLUM calls attention to Omaha slum lords
2/19/2019 WOWT News Housing advocates launch rental accountability website
2/18/2019 KETV News Women, daughter homeless after rental house inspection notes imminent danger
2/13/2019 Omaha World Herald OTOC Opinion Piece on Rental Oversight
11/28/2018 KFAB Radio Station OTOC on Landlord Registration 
11/26/2018 Omaha WOWT News City, community still discussing rental property regulations 
11/04/2018 Omaha World Herald After demolishing condemned houses, land can languish, Omaha Land Bank, city want to change that 
11/03/2018 Omaha World Herald Imperative that Nebraska pass Initiative 427 and expand Medicaid 
10/07/2018 Omaha World Herald At town hall, Omaha landlords push back against proposed rental registry, more inspections 
10/04/2018 Catholic Voice Faith guides Salvadoran family in Omaha through uncertainties of immigration status 
09/27/2018 Omaha World Herald Landlords say they’ll fight push for more inspections of rental units
09/26/2018 Omaha KMTV News Omaha groups battle over Yale Park regulation, inspection 
09/18/2018 Omaha KMTV News U.S. Congress hopefuls Bacon, Eastman face off at OTOC
09/18/2018 Omaha KETV News Nebraska congressional candidates face immigration, Medicaid questions
09/17/2018 Omaha World Herald Don Bacon, Kara Eastman face off on issues of immigration, health care, climate at forum 
09/04/2018 Omaha World Herald Omaha group urges action for immigrants about to lose protected status
08/09/2018 Omaha World Herald Housing inspectors play key role in health of Omaha housing stock
01/18/2018 Lincoln Journal Star Hundreds of Salvadorans in Nebraska will be impacted by TPS decision
12/18/2017 Omaha KMTV News Prayer vigil held for Omaha ‘DREAMers’
11/04/2017 Omaha World Herald In Omaha nearly 20 years, El Salvador natie with protected status faces uncertain future
02/01/2017 Omaha World Herald UNO professor forced to flee Bosnian war tells midtown vigil
 10/17/2016 Omaha KETV News  Transcript of KETV News Coverage of October 17
 09/02/2016 Omaha KMTV News, Fox 42 and Omaha World Herald  Diapers in Detention
12/11/2015 Omaha KMTV News Hundreds show up at meeting discussing electric rate hike
11/24/2015 Omaha World Herald In candlelight vigils
11/17/2015 WOWT, Channel 3, Fox 42 and Omaha World Herald New Ordinance Aimed at Cleaning Up Abandoned, Vacant Properties & related stories
02/17/2014 Lincoln Journal Star Local View: Immigration reform good for Nebraska business
02/8/2014 Omaha World Herald Fasting keeps immigration reform in spotlight, Los Angeles activist says in Omaha
11/7/2013 Omaha KMTV News Fix immigration so everyone has a place around the table for thanksgiving
8/12/2013 Omaha KETV News Group seeks long-term solutions for Omaha’s vacant homes
5/1/2013 Omaha KETV News Group asks Candidates to pledge funds for House Demolitions
4/4/2013 Lincoln Journal-Star Capitol crowd urges support for immigration reform
8/15/2012 Omaha World Herald OTOC Celebrates $500,000 more for demolition of condemned buildings!!!
4/16/2012 Omaha World Herald House hopefuls talk jobs, health care
3/14/2012 Omaha World Herald Midlands Voices: Prenatal care is moral imperative
2/08/2012 Lincoln Journal Star Interchurch Ministries to host vigil regarding prenatal care coverage
12/6/2011 Omaha World Herald Senators talk immigration policy
10/26/2011 Omaha World Herald Council OKs fee increases
10/05/2011 El Perico Un llamado para una reforma importante
09/27/2011 Omaha World Herald OTOC keeps focus on immigration
06/14/2011 Omaha World Herald Immigration, housing top concerns
11/03/2010 Fox 42 News Group of 500 Helps Empower Local Citizens
10/31/2010 & 11/1/2010 Various Media Omaha Together, As One Community (Condensed version of the article)
09/17/2009 Fox 42 News Community Group Misses Police Auditor Funding
09/14/2009 Omaha World Herald Rally backs Suttle budget
08/16/2009 Fox 42 News City Council Prepares for Heated Budget Meeting
05/11/2009 Omaha World Herald Grass-roots group turns out to encourage voters
05/09/2009 WOWT Channel 6 Last push to the polls
05/09/2009 KETV Channel 7 Group urges high voter turnout Tuesday
04/11/2009 Omaha World Herald Vokal to drop auditor proposal
04/03/2009 Fox 42 News Omaha Together One Community Holds Forum to Discuss City Issues
03/30/2009 Omaha World Herald Suttle in agreeable mood for forum
03/29/2009 Omaha World Herald Mayoral forum scheduled for today
03/08/2009 Fox 42 News City Council Votes to Delay Police Auditor Decision
10/27/2008 Omaha World Herald Rally aims to mobilize foes of ban on affirmative action
10/26/2008 Omaha World Herald OTOC leaders to rally opposition to Initiative 424
08/21/2008 Omaha World Herald Midlands Voices – It’s smarter to invest more in Sun Dawgs
08/13/2008 Omaha World Herald Some on Council question more money for Sun Dawgs
07/19/2008 Omaha World Herald Summertime success – Sun Dawgs
01/11/2008 Omaha World Herald Service called a start to combat violence

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