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  • Spanish Leadership Formation

    80 Hispanic leaders from more than 21 different institutions gathered for a two-day leadership formation on June 21 and June 22. Sponsored by the Institute for Public Leadership, Omaha Together One Community, Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Inter-faith Education Fund, these participants learned how to connect one’s faith to relational organizing practices. The leadership […]

  • Relationship buildings aids passage of American Dream and Promise Act in House

    The American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6, passed in the House of Representatives on June 4 The bill passed with a 237-187 vote. Only seven republicans supported the bill, including our Omaha-area representative, Don Bacon. OTOC and TPS leaders have continually met with him, attended town halls, and called countless times to build a […]

  • Environmental Sustainability Efforts for Garbage Contract with City Council

    *Hopefully* Final Vote on August 27 The City Council is considering new bids from Contractors FCC and West Central Sanitation. OTOC does not have a preference for which company is chosen, but prefers a third year-round cart for yard waste.Contact your city council representative and ask them to ensure no yard waste makes it into […]

  • IPL & OTOC Leaders collaborate with the National TPS Alliance of Nebraska at First United Methodist Church-Omaha

    IPL & OTOC Leaders collaborated with The National TPS Alliance of Nebraska Saturday April 6th for a bilingual workshop at First United Methodist Church. The event hosted over 75 people who were inspired by live testimonies of real TPS holders. Temporary Protected Status is an immigration status given to those who can not return to […]

  • City Council voted for Proactive Inspection Policy

      April 9 City Council Vote-City Council Passes Ordinance for Proactive Rental Inspections but Mayor Stothert Promises VETO City Council voted 4-3 for a proactive rental inspection system that would start in 2020. They passed “Amendment C” proposed by Gray, Jerram, and Festeresen. This ordinance will require all properties to register, and begin a 10-year cycle […]

  • Author Richard Rothstein to speak with OTOC and Community Leaders

    Monday March 25 & Tuesday March 26 with Richard Rothstein Author of New York Times Bestseller The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of how Our Government Segregated America  Events: Monday March 25–sponsored by Creighton University 7:30 pm  Speaking at Harper Center at Creighton University 602 N. 20th – Free Parking Garage on Cass St. RSVP at https://excellence.creighton.edu/ColorOfLaw   Tues. […]

  • OTOC Testifies Before City Council in Favor of Proactive Inspections

    On Tuesday, OTOC leaders joined tenants, nonprofits and landlords to testify in support of proactive inspections in Omaha. In front of a packed house at City Hall, OTOC leaders Karen McElroy, Rosie Volkmer, Gloria Austerberry, Dennis Walsh, Susan Kuhlman and Paul Romero laid out a comprehensive narrative that covered the background information of the problem […]

  • OTOC Leaders Testify against Payday Lending expansion at State Legislature

    Rod Kuhlmann (left) of Holy Name Church and Kevin Graham of First United Methodist Church presented testimony on behalf of the OTOC Payday Lending Action Team to the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee of the Nebraska State Legislature on Mar. 12, 2019, at the State Capitol. Kuhlmann testified against LB 379, which would expand payday […]

  • Celebrating 9 members of the Omaha Community who represented Nebraska at the 2019 TPS Summit in Washington DC

    Friday February 8th, Missioning Prayer and Despedida (Send-Off) This past Friday, over 100 leaders from OTOC and the TPS Alliance of Nebraska gathered to hold a Prayer Service that celebrated both culture and faith for the 9 members of the Omaha community who are representing Nebraska at the TPS Summit in Washington DC from February […]

  • Solitary Confinement a mental health issue in Nebraska- Advocacy needed

    OTOC and community members heard from Doug Koebernick about Solitary Confinement in Nebraska and the harmful affects concentrated isolation has on mental health. The evening started with a few minutes of the Frontline documentary Last Days of Solitary which shows the Maine solitary confinement system and the changes they’re made. The film really shows the inhumane […]