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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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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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Worker speaks out about conditions inside packing plant

Paying for her coronavirus test, inhaling noxious chemicals and enduring a continued lack of transparency. That’s the experience of one employee inside one of Nebraska’s hardest-hit meatpacking plants who says employees are still afraid of the coronavirus’ spreading despite protections put in place. “I never had a fever,” said Roberta Cáceres, a fake name to […]

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Worker speaks out about conditions inside packing plant

By Karlha Velásquez Lee el artículo en español en El Perico.comP Paying for her coronavirus test, inhaling noxious chemicals and enduring a continued lack of transparency. That’s the experience of one employee inside one of Nebraska’s hardest-hit meatpacking plants who says employees are still afraid of the coronavirus’ spreading despite protections put in place. “I […]

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“We’re Not Even Close”: Protections for Plant Workers Continue to Lag as Workers Fear Increased Infections

Photo illustration of an N95 mask. Photo from Unsplash. By Chris Bowling/ The Reader The cars lined up outside the church under wispy clouds and cool Spring weather, idling over the faded cement parking lot. Jose Gayatan turned off the ignition to his Ford F-350 van, pulled the mask over his face and walked toward […]

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UNMC Launches Survey for Meatpacking Plant Workers

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health is conducting a survey of meat packaging plant workers to explore their perceptions and concerns related to coronavirus, COVID-19, a statement from the institution says. The survey is aimed at meatpacking plant workers, is completely anonymous and can be filled online, in English or […]

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Disparities Appear In Census Self Response, but Pandemic Allows More Time to Close Gaps

A map of Census self-response rates among census tracts in Douglas County. Map created by the U.S. Census Bureau. By Chris Bowling / The Reader Nearly two months since mailers went out, Nebraskans are filing their Census surveys with the best of them, ranking fourth in the nation in percentages of citizens who’ve already self responded. However, […]

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2020 Douglas County Candidate Profiles

Click to access the full 84-page Candidate Profiles 2020 Guide. The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and Heartland Workers Center have compiled this statewide resource for Nebraska voters.  More info about voting:   Vote411.org   See Content Guide below. CONTENTS: U.S. Senate (p. 2) U.S. Nebraska House of Representatives District 2 (p. 8) Legislature District 05 (p. […]

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“All of Us” Research Program Needs Us

By Athena Ramos How many times have we noticed that a medical treatment is successful for some people, but for others it doesn’t work even though it’s the same medical condition? Do you know who your ancestors were and what are your risks for certain health conditions? To answer these and other questions, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a research […]

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