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  • Urban Abbey events in February encourage Leaders to get politically active

          Urban Abbey hosted three different Issue Cafes in the Month of February for OTOC Leaders and community members learn more about relevant issues happening in Omaha. Michael O’Hara from the Sierra Club (pictured left) spoke about the logistics of the city’s upcoming solid waste policy. Why do we need to care about […]

  • Warm Energy at Feb. 12 Steering Committee Meeting

    On Monday night, February 12, fifty people representing the OTOC Steering Committee packed the meeting room at First United Methodist Church.  Following the opening prayer and introductions of all attending, Convener, Cheri Cody, set the framework for the gathering.  She noted that the work that OTOC engages in used to be referred to as “the […]

  • Pay Day Lending house meetings make a difference

    Leaders from OTOC’s Predatory Lending Action Team have been leading house meetings about LB194, a Nebraska Unicameral Bill that would put some regulations on predatory pay day lending (see below for details about LB194). The house meetings are focused on Legislative District 8, where Senator Burk Harr was just appointed to the Banking committee for […]

  • Support for TPS Holder and Dreamers

    On Monday January 8th, Homeland Security announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans will end on September 9th, 2019.  Over 200,000 Salvadorans and their families are now at risk, so it is now up to Congress to find a legislative solution. OTOC calls on Congressmen Bacon and Fortenberry, Senators Fischer and Senator Sasse to get […]

  • OTOC 2017 Delegates Congress

    An enthusiastic room of 215 people from thirty five member congregations, solidarity members and guest congregations filled the Parish Hall at St. Pius X Catholic Church on November 13th for OTOC’s 2017 Fall Delegates Congress. They arrived eager to learn how OTOC can become a stronger organization with a more powerful voice for the common […]

  • Immigration, Mental Health, and Predatory Lending Advocacy at City Council

    In the past two months, OTOC Action teams have been present in city council meetings to testify on different issues. OTOC adds support to City Council Resolution to tell Congress to act swiftly for DACA Dreamers On October 17th, Jean Reiner of St. Stephens and the Immigration and Refugee Action Team testified about a Resolution […]

  • OTOC is growing relationships, awareness and solidarity with Salvadorans with Temoprary Protected Status

    OTOC leaders have been working with Omaha’s Salvadoran people who are recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), an immigration status given in 2001 because of the major earthquake in El Salvador. These families have been living and working in Omaha since then, renewing their TPS status every eighteen months. Now their immigration status is threatened […]

  • OTOC officially endorses the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan in response to climate change

    OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team (ESAT) is committed to educating and promoting solutions to climate change. At the September 11, 2017 OTOC Steering Committee Meeting, ESAT presented the Citizens’ Climate Lobby plan for reducing CO2 emissions. It is a plan for federal legislation termed Carbon Fee and Dividend.  The Steering Committee came to a consensus […]

  • OTOC Leaders stand in solidarity as DACA program is threatened

    OTOC Leaders attended the Stand with DREAMers press conference in Lincoln on Tuesday. President Trump has cancelled the DACA program which now puts an expiration date on DACA recipients’ documentation, unless congress passes something like the Dream Act into legislation soon. OTOC stands with immigrant and refugee families. We offer our heartfelt support for so […]

  • OTOC leaders attend seminar with Glenn Loury, race and economics expert

    On August 15 and 16th, OTOC leaders Mark Hoeger and Karen McElroy and IPL Executive Director Joe Higgs joined community leaders from across the United States in Houston, Texas to discuss how to work across race and class lines in these polarized times.  Karen, Mark and all of the eighty leaders and organizers present in […]