workshops

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2019 Workshops

 

Session 1 - 9:30-10:25 am

Session 2 - 10:30-11:25 am

Session 3 - 11:30 - 12:25

 

ADVOCACY & ISSUES (Session 3)

Speakers: "Black Lives Matter," by Dr. Wayne M. Reynolds; "Immigration," by Andrea Paret; "Why and How to Write Our Senators," by Ruby Thelander

Offered in a hands-on format, participants will hear three "mini-presentations" on issues that are "hot topics" but are NOT linked to any specific legislation. Following the presentations, participants are invited to write to their senators. You are not limited to voicing your opinion on one of the topics heard in this session but on any topic related to one of the workshops you've attended today. We will provide all of the supplies, including the stamps, and if you drop your letter in a container we will make available, we will do the mailing.

 

AFTER PRISON - THEN WHAT? (Sessions 2 & 3)

Speaker: Ruth Karlsson, Executive Director, Released and Restored

Our speaker will discuss legislation related to enabling former prisoners in Nebraska to enter the world and be successful.

 

BREAKING NEWS! (Sessions 2 & 3)

Speakers: Rev. Carol Windrum & Tim Fickenscher

Since we plan the Ecumenical Legislative Briefing Day the summer before the legislative session starts, often there are  issues that come up after our plans are complete. This workshop, currently open-ended, will be used to address one or more of these issues. Stay tuned for more information.

 

CHILDREN'S ISSUES (Sessions 2)

Speaker: Juliet Summers, J.D., Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice, Voices of Children in Nebraska

Ms. Summers will discuss what needs to be done in the legislature for the children of Nebraska.

 

THE POWER OF FAITH IN ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE & CARE FOR CREATION (Session 2 & 3)

Speaker: Kenneth Winston, Counsel, Sierra Club & Bold Nebraska, and Rev. Penny Greer, Board Chair, Interfaith Power and Light

Our speakers will address the continuing concerns about climate change and how it affects all of us, especially since we are in an agricultural economy and thus dependent, at least in part, on the weather for the economic health of our state.

 

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES/SCHOOL SAFETY (Sessions 2 & 3)

Speaker: Isabel Bousson, Founder, Nebraska March for Our Lives

Ms. Bousson, a Senior at Lincoln East High School, has been working with our state legislature on possible actions that need to be taken to keep our students safe.

 

ADVOCATING FOR & EDUCATING FOR NEBRASKA'S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM OF CARE (Sessions 1 & 2)

Speaker: Annette Dubas, Executive Director, Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations

Do we hide them away in mental health institutes or do we leave them, often homeless, on the street? What are the alternatives? How do we address the problems of mental health in our communities? The title of this workshop pretty much says it all.

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING (Sessions 1 & 2)

Speaker: Ann Hunter Pirtle, Executive Director and Founder of Stand for Schools

Our speaker will discuss the use of our taxes and how we may ensure that our public schools are well funded, with an emphasis on upcoming state legislation.

 

REDISTRICTING REFORM: IS IT NEEDED IN NEBRASKA?
 (Sessions 1 & 2)

Speaker: Sherylyn Miller, President, League of Women Voters, Kate High, Treasurer, League of Women Voters

These speakers will discuss this difficult topic and how we may ensure that, when redistricting is done, it is done fairly.