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  • OTOC leaders Ask City Council to Invest in Improving Housing in Older Neighborhoods

      On Tuesday, July 31st, twenty OTOC Leaders attended the City Council Budget Hearing. Six leaders testified before the Council, emphasizing 6 priorities surrounding the issue of housing and revitalization of Omaha neighborhoods. Below is a list of these priorities.   OTOC Slides and Testimony from Budget Hearing 1) Puts $1.1 million in the budget for demolition […]

  • Stand with Immigrants

      Beyond the Migrant Crisis Headlines Issue Cafe:  Thursday July 12 at Urban Abbey 90 individuals crammed into Urban Abbey to hear speakers from OLLAS at UNO, Immigrant Legal Center, and Nebraska Appleseed discuss the root causes, laws, and lasting solutions surrounding immigration.  Cristián Doña-Reveco from OLLAS at UNO began the presentation with a detailed analysis of […]

  • Fall House Meetings Happening Now!

    House Meeting Materials for Fall 2018 What_is_House_meeting_2018 A House-Meeting-Planning-Form House Mtg Script for Leaders Fall 2018 HM sign in sheet 2018 House Meeting report form Hints-for-Hosts OTOC Action Teams August 2018 Contact OTOC at 402-344-4401 or otocfornebraska@gmail.com to get assistance planning your house meeting campaign in your congregation.

  • June Issue Cafes at Urban Abbey

    A few months a year, the Urban Abbey, a coffe shop/bookstore/Methodist Congregation partners with OTOC as community partners. As community partners in June, OTOC receives 10% of the coffee bar sales in the month as well as hosts learning opportunities at the Abbey. This June was OTOC’s second Urban Abbey month of the year, and […]

  • Now it’s up to You- Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska

    Initiative 427 has been approved to be on the November ballot! Thanks to all the OTOC volunteers that gathered over 3,500 signatures in the summer during the ballot initiative. The work isn’t over yet! We still need your help for voter turnout and voter support for initiative 427 that would expand Medicaid in Nebraska. Resources: […]

  • OTOC leaders speak up about silence from Nebraska Senators and Representatives

    OTOC Immigration and Refugee Action Team leaders Kathleen Grant and Jeanne Schuler have published an op-ed in the Omaha World Herald calling on Nebraska’s senators and congressional representatives to take action for mothers and children who are facing poor treatment and separation. To read their article in the Omaha World Herald, click here. Attorney General […]

  • Organizer Joe Higgs presents at Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series at Metro Community College

    Lead Organizer Joe Higgs and Project Intern Greta Carlson spoke as part of the Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series (SLPS) at Metro Community College about how to use organizing for environmental sustainability. Over 100 faculty, staff, and students watched the webinar in universities across the state of Nebraska. The presentation taught about how leaders can use […]

  • Pay Day Lending Reform has small victory this Legislative Session

    The OTOC Predatory Pay Day Lending Action Team has worked on reforming predatory lending in the last year by informing community members about the debt trap that often happens when people take out predatory loans, and by promoting LB 194, Senator Tony Vargas’s pay day lending reform bill that was introduced to the Nebraska Unicameral […]

  • Housing Action Team explores substandard rental housing in Omaha at Urban Abbey

    Nearly 40 people attended a discussion at Urban Abbey, focused on the problems of substandard rental units and what can be done about them. OTOC’s Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Team sponsored the event and attendees included landlords, renters and interested citizens. The evening started out with Dennis Walsh, a Housing team member, who gave a […]

  • Spring training reaches leaders new and old

    OTOC Lead Organizer Joe Higgs and other leaders are teaching about leader development in congregations this spring. The trainings revolve around the importance of including justice in our institutional missions, developing leadership in our institutions, and tools for creating relationships that lead to leadership development. The trainings reached 78 different leaders, including those who were […]