Working For Justice

The 44th Annual Nebraska Ecumenical Legislative Briefing Day will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Open to people of all faiths, the event is designed to help participants understand the issues before the Nebraska Unicameral, where attendant bills related to those issues reside in the legislative process, and which state legislators are sponsoring them.

 

The day is made up of workshops (of which participants may choose three) run by subject matter experts. Topics include (in alphabetical order):  After Prison - Then What? Children's Issues, The Power of Faith In Addressing Climate Change & Care for Creation, March for Our Lives/School Safety, Advocating & Educating for Nebraska's Behavioral Health System of Care, Public School Funding, and Redistricting Reform: Is It Needed in Nebraska. In addition, we have slated a workshop called Breaking News, recognizing that issues heat up after we've set our agenda. This allows us to add a topic at the last minute.

 

In addition and new in program format this year, we have a hands-on workshop called Advocacy & Issues. There, a 5-minute presentation on writing your legislator will be presented, along with two mini-presentations on issues that are not specifically on the Unicameral's horizon but are elephants in the room - Racial Injustice and Immigration. After these presentations (which should last no more than 25 minutes in total), you are encouraged to sit down and write a postcard to your senator regarding any one of the issues presented during the morning sessions. We will provide the postcards and the stamps, and we will mail them for you.

 

The day typically starts with rolls and coffee during check-in and includes a full lunch. Child care is available at no cost. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who register in advance. We encourage all attendees to register so we know how much food to prepare, but walk-ins the day of the event are also welcome. We anticipate that 2019 registration will open in late October or early November of this year.

 

To see a video of our 2017 event, click here.

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