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Kimara Snipe: South Omaha has demonstrated the true power of a united neighborhood

By Karlha Velásquez Rivas *This is a translated version of a Spanish story that ran in El Perico. The conversation originally took place in English and has been edited for length. Kimara Snipe is a Communications Manager and Youth Specialist at the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table and a library specialist at the Omaha Public Library […]

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Kimara Snipe: South Omaha has demonstrated the true power of a united neighborhood

By Karlha Velásquez Rivas *This is a translated version of a Spanish story that ran in El Perico. The conversation originally took place in English and has been edited for length. Kimara Snipe is a Communications Manager and Youth Specialist at the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table and a library specialist at the Omaha Public Library […]

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County Board Debates Rent Assistance, Earmarks Utility Help Funds

Tensions flared as commissioners clashed on how to dole out funds as well as whether to increase the allotment from $10 million to $35 million. They also earmarked $4 toward utility assistance as MUD and OPPD plan to end moratoriums on service disconnects. By Chris Bowling The red light glared as the clock ran out, […]

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From clothing to masks: Latina seamstresses join the fight and make masks for CHI Health

By Karlha Velasquez Rivas The pandemic has brought many issues. While some can’t work, others have found a way to earn a living during the crisis that rushed in like an avalanche… and are making masks. Facemasks have become one of the ways to avoid the spread of the novel Covid-19 virus, which is why […]

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The use of nicotine-containing products in times of COVID-19

By Marcela Carvajal We are living in a time when information in the media related to the prevention of tobacco use and other nicotine-containing products has been relegated to the background. With the increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases worldwide, substantially affecting our community in Nebraska, it is critical to report on the measures that have […]

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Tickets and Arrests: Black and White Drivers Face Very Different Outcomes from Traffic Stops

By Chris Bowling Data from the Nebraska Crime Commission show black people overrepresent traffic stops and arrests and searches resulting from those stops. In press conferences following protests for the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and the killing of James Scurlock in downtown Omaha, city officials pined for an end to civil unrest as […]

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The fate of Dreamers is in jeopardy due to uncertainty over DACA

By Karlha Velasquez Rivas The situation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is on the table. The Supreme Court has the power to eradicate or keep the program alive, a program that, since being created back in 2012, has benefited over 800,000 immigrants with the opportunity of getting a job. The uncertainty of Dreamers and […]

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Crisis Behind Closed Doors: How the Pandemic Has Impacted Children’s Mental Health and What it Could Mean for Our Future

By Chris Bowling I hate the coronavirus. Truer words could not define the country and world’s feelings at this moment; however, they rarely appear so succinct and blunt. But that’s exactly what Bonnie Sarton Mierau hears during weekly counseling sessions with kids at the Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska in West Omaha. They say […]

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The daily struggle at Plaza de la Raza is no more

By Bernardo Montoya Isidoro de Jesús Cortez arrived at the planters of the Plaza de la Raza, as he’s done every morning, right in the heart of South Omaha. For the last seven years, this 62-year-man full of life, arrives at this location, like many others, to see what luck has in store for him as he searches for a place to work at.    He can wait for many hours or even days until someone offers […]

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