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 lending in Nebraska by permitting lenders to make...
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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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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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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 OTOC action teams hosted four great Issue Cafes to learn more about...
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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 in 2017 and didn’t make it out of committee until 2018....
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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 the trash system? 1. It really affects the environment-...
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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 this legislative session after the previous...
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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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