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 conditions prisoners live in...
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OTOC meets with 9 area senators in anticipation of 2019 Unicameral session

OTOC leaders are meeting with Omaha-area Unicameral senators. In October, we hosted a Candidate Accountability Session for candidates from districts 6, 8, 12, and 20. (Click here to learn more). Those candidates committed to meeting with OTOC leaders to follow up on their commitment to action. Leaders are now following up with the victors from those districts, plus other area senators about...
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Issue cafes educate about refugees, mental health, and housing

Improving Rental Housing in Omaha Seventy-five diverse community leaders met on Nov. 27 to learn about and discuss the state of affordable, quality housing. OTOC leaders presented some solutions like a rental property and landlord registration, a housing ombudsman, an inspection pilot project, and , the most effective, a rental property inspection ordinance. The lively group had a good...
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225 OTOC leaders meet with Unicameral Candidates from 4 Districts

Over 225 OTOC and community leaders from 25 congregations and community organizations met with 7 candidates for the Nebraska Unicameral on Monday, October 22.  OTOC leaders told compelling stories about five issues which they are working on through OTOC Action Teams. They asked candidates for specific commitments on: Adopting a state law requiring rental property registration & inspection if...
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375 leaders get commitments from Congress & OPPD Candidates on September 18

The Omaha World Herald reporter opened his story about the evening by observing: "Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Democrat Kara Eastman faced questions Monday on immigration, health care and a changing climate in front of a standing room-only crowd of more than 350 people."  In fact, nearly 400 people signed into the 2018  OTOC Accountability Session with candidates for US Congress and OPPD at St....
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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 for Omaha City Council to urge Congress to act swiftly on behalf of...
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