Unequal Justice Juvenile Detention Numbers Are Down, But Bias Persists – Part 1

Juvenile justice reform in Neb. has long been a hot topic of debate, study and legislation. A labyrinth of statutes, jurisdictions, agencies and rules makes navigating the system difficult. Youth committing even minor offenses can face detention, probation or diversion depending...
Posted On 23 Mar 2018

Heartland Worker Center Speaks Out Against Bill that Would Leave Out Legal US Residents

A bill proposed by Senator John Murante of Gretna would remove the counted number of non U.S. Citizens, based on the U.S. Census; this would include legal U.S. residents living in the state of Nebraska from being counted when legislative boundary lines are determined. Past...
Posted On 23 Mar 2018

Having attained personal and professional goals, Lopez now wants to help other Latinas

When new UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies community engagement coordinator Alina Lopez appears at public forums and school assemblies to tout OLLAS academic programs and scholarships, she speaks from experience. This 2017 magna cum laude University of Nebraska at...
Posted On 16 Mar 2018

Heartland Dreamers have their say in nation’s capitol

Self-described social justice warrior, activist and community organizer Amor Habbab-Mills cannot sit idly by while lawmakers decide her fate as a Dreamer and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. With President Donald Trump’s deadline for Congress to...
Posted On 16 Mar 2018

Black and Brown Legislative Day, 2018

Omaha, Ne Tuesday, February 27th, 2018-The Second Annual Black and Brown Legislative Day was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals (ULNYP), Black Men United, Coalition for a Strong Nebraska, along with several other community groups...
Posted On 16 Mar 2018

Perez finds home away from home in York

It seems like destiny now to Brianna Perez, the ex-York (Neb.) College softball standout and recent Nebraska Greats Foundation recipient. She dreamed of playing on a national stage. Instead, she eded up 1,500 miles from home at tiny, private York in southeast Neb., where she...
Posted On 09 Mar 2018

The Up and Coming Mexican Elections

This year Mexico will have federal and state elections. On July 1, Mexicans will elect President, 500 representatives for the lower house, and 128 senators. Mexicans will also elect governors for the States of Guanajuato, Jalisco, Chiapas, Morelos, Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz,...
Posted On 09 Mar 2018

Temporary Protected Status Cancelled While DREAMers Still in Limbo

TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status. Shane Ellison, Deputy Executive Director and Legal Director, explained, “TPS is a form of protection created by Congress that is designed to offer refuge to nationals of certain countries where the conditions pose a danger to personal...
Posted On 02 Mar 2018

Theater Collaboration Speaks Volumes to DREAMers

When Wai Yim’s character was a child, his parents sought a new life in the United States. One where they could leave their blue-collar jobs and work towards the American dream. When their two-year visas were about to expire, they had to make a choice. They could go back to a...
Posted On 02 Mar 2018

A heart for humanity and justice for all

Like many young Omaha professionals, Gabriela Martinez is torn between staying and spreading her wings elsewhere. The 2015 Creighton University social work graduate recently left her position at Inclusive Communities to embark on an as yet undefined new path. This daughter of El...
Posted On 23 Feb 2018