Enter the “She Is Me” Student Video Contest

Are you or do you know a student who is passionate about democracy, the right to vote , and advocating for issues you believe in? If so enter the “She Is Me” student video contest that will allow you to use your voice, be eligible to win a VISA gift card, and recognition at the 8th District Judicial Conference in August 2020.

Eligibility

Students in elementary, middle and high schools in the Omaha Metro area.

Categories for Submission

  • Elementary : 1st – 6th Grade
  • Middle School: 7th – 8th Grade
  • High School : 9th – 12th Grade

Contest Requirements

  • Video no more than 2 minutes discussing the theme.
  • Must include a quote/slogan about why democracy matters to you.
  • Video must be provided in AVI, MOV, or MPG format.
  • Video must not be more than 10 MB.
  • Limit one entry per team. Teams cannot be comprised of more than 3 members.
  • Video should be creative, entertaining, and address the theme.

Voting

Judges will be comprised of members of the League of Women Voters Greater Omaha and UNO Faculty.

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Persuasiveness/Inspiration
  • Best Theme/Quote

Prizes Include

  • Gift Card to First Place Winner in each category.
  • Certificates to 2nd and 3rd Place winners.

Timeline

Submissions are due by no later than 5 p.m. Central on May 21st, 2020.

Winners will be announced in early August 2020 and will be recognized at the 8th District Court Judicial Conference in August 2020.

How To Participate

Record and upload your video telling us why you are passionate about voting and using your voice and how you will continue the legacy and tell your story. Complete the submission form and upload your video via the form at the bottom of this page in an acceptable file format. **Note: You will also be required to consent to a photo/video release when completing this form.

More Information

For questions about the contest, contact Toni Monette, League of Women Voters Nebraska, Voter Services Co-Director, at toni@lwvgo.org.


Dine & Discuss on Feb. 24: Learn About the 2020 Census

United States Census 2020

Monday, February 24th
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
AIM Building, 7th floor
1905 Harney St., Omaha

Surprising information on the Census and training to LWVGO members and friends presented by Census representatives Joel Cota and Maria Valentin. Lilia Fransicony is our representative on the Complete Count Committee (CCC). We will also hear from her, as well as Hannah Young, CCC coordinator.

Find out why the League is taking action & offering volunteers at the libraries to help citizens complete the census online.

This presentation will suffice as a training for LWVGO members who sign up to volunteer at the libraries.  It is critical that every citizen be counted!

RSVP to candide@lwvgo.org.

Making Democracy Work: Read the 2019 LWVGO GOTV Annual Report

In 2019, the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha’s Get Out the Vote (LWVGO GOTV) team organized 376 volunteers to complete more than 1,600 volunteer hours, and registered more than 1,200 new Nebraskan voters.

Learn more about all of the team’s many accomplishments in our annual report image, shared below.

Read/print the full report here: 2019 LWVGO GOTV Annual Report.

You can help continue this important work in 2020 by making a donation, requesting voter registration for your group or event, and/or by volunteering with LWVGO GOTV team!

Action Alert: Support LB 996, Being Debated Feb. 18

LB 996 will be debated on the floor of the Unicameral on Tuesday, Feb. 18.  League of Women Voters supports this bill introduced by Senator Tom Brandt.  LB 996 will boost rural broadband internet in Nebraska communities which currently have slow or no internet.
 
Please call your state senator at 402-471-2311 and ask for your senator’s office.  As their constituent, ask them to support LB 996 and provide reliable fast internet to all Nebraskans.  School children should not have to drive to McDonald’s to get the internet they need to do homework and employees should not have to use their workplace internet to take care of necessary personal business.
 
Let’s help our neighbors with the federal funding to cover the digital divide!
-Sherry Miller, VP Action

Join Us for an All-Member Meeting Feb. 27

LWVGO is hosting an all-member meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the UNO Community Engagement Center, Room 231. Join us for a fun, informative evening!

Agenda:
6:00p to 6:15p — Networking
6:15p – Introductions of the Board
6:25p – President’s goals for the organization and a State of the Organization
6:45p – Q & A
6:55p –  Board Announcements / Volunteer Requests
7:15p – Q & A
7:25 – Closing (Membership Committee)

Go Vote, Omaha: 2020 Census in Nebraska

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, MaryLee Moulton and Lila Franciscony talk to Hannah Young and Heather Engdahl about the 2020 Census and Nebraska’s effort, Census Counts. Hannah is the Public Policy and Strategic Partnership Manager with the NonProfit Association of the Midlands and Heather is the Census Director of Nebraska Counts with Civic Nebraska.

For more information about the census and how you can get involved, go to the Nebraska Counts website at nebraskacounts.org.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

Centennial Celebration Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Note: Some events are sponsored by the League and others are events in which we are participating. Additional details will be posted closer to events. Contact MaryLee Moulton at marylee@lwvgo.org with questions.

February 10-14, 2020 

League of Women Voters of Nebraska Historical Panels on Display – Nebraska’s Road to Suffrage , Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda, 1st floor, Lincoln.

February 12, 2020

LWVNE Lobbying Day and Luncheon Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters, Lincoln 

For reservations go to https://lwvne.typepad.com

March 6, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m 

Women Lead 2020: Claim Your Power (LWVNE will be participant)

Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center

Contact: Katie Pfannenstiel, kabp@unl.edu

April 25, 2020 

LWVNE Annual State Meeting, Seward

Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of LWVNE

May 3, 2020

LWVGO Annual Meeting, AIM Building, Omaha

Centennial Celebration Honoring Longtime Members 

July 4, 2020

Seward “America’s Small Town 5th of July City “ 4th of July Parade & Exhibition

LWVNE, LWVGO,  LWV Lincoln/Lancaster, LWV Hastings & LWV Seward will be marching to commemorate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment and the Founding of the League of Women Voters. The LWVNE historical banners will also be on display in the exhibition hall.

Join us and march! 

July 11, 2020

Freemont Days Suffrage Tea, Freemont

Join the LWV a we participate in this celebration of the suffragists who made the 19th Amendment possible.

July 12, 2020

Freemont Days Parade, Freemont

Join the LWV as we march to Celebrate our 100th Anniversary.

August 5-7, 2020
Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference (Private Event)

Judicial Conference Celebrating the 19th Amendment. LWVNE will be joining Leagues from the states of AR, IA, MO, MN, ND & SD to put on an exhibit for the conference. League members may be able to attend as exhibit hosts.

August 5-7, 2020

League Event in conjunction with the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference TBD

September 25, 2020

League will be participating in the Omaha Girls High School Leadership Conference 

LWVGO Road Trip to Celebrate the LWV Centennial

Sign up to join road trip to Iowa to celebrate LWV Centennial!
LWVNE co-presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom are organizing a road trip to Iowa on Feb. 13-14, 2020, to celebrate the centennial of the founding of the national League of Women Voters and participate in events leading up to the 100 th anniversary of the 19 th Amendment. Those interested in participating in the road trip to Iowa—which will include stops in Charles City, Mason City and Ames—should email lindabduckworth@gmail.com or dianne.bystrom@gmail.com as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 2, 2020. Reservations for the block of rooms being held at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City on Feb. 13, 2020, are also due by Jan. 2. Members can make their reservation at the Historic Park Inn by calling 641-422-0015 and asking for a room in the LWVNE block. The website for the Historic Park Inn—the last Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built hotel in the world—is:
Duckworth and Bystrom will help organize carpools for the road trip, based on the emails they receive from those interested in participating. The trip will include a tour of suffrage leader and LWV founder Carrie Chapman Catt’s Girlhood Home in Charles City on Feb. 13, a stay at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City on Feb. 13, and participation in the Iowa 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Committee’s kick-off events at Iowa State University in Ames on Feb. 14. The Iowa kick-off events on Feb. 14 include a lecture by Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote; a performance of The Yellow Rose of Suffrage, a one-woman play about Catt by Iowa State theatre professor emerita Jane Cox; and presentations on such topics as suffrage in the South, the role of women of color in the women’s suffrage movement, women’s political participation from 1920-2020 and the history of voting rights. Carpools will depart from Omaha by 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 13 to arrive in Charles City by noon. Participants will gather for lunch in downtown Charles City before a tour of Catt’s Girlhood Home. After the tour, participants will depart for Mason City, a 40-minute drive from Charles City, to check in at the Historic Park Inn. Efforts are underway to schedule a conversation, perhaps over dinner, with a local retired educator who is writing a book, Amazing Women of Early Mason City, about suffrage leaders from Mason City, including one with Omaha ties. On Feb. 14, the LWVNE road trip will depart around 9:30 a.m. for Iowa State University in Ames, a 90-minute drive.

Events celebrating the founding of the national League of Women Voters on this date in 1920 and the upcoming 100 th anniversary of the 19 th Amendment on Aug. 26 will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a screening of an excerpt from a new documentary on Catt produced by Iowa Public Television. Weiss’ lecture is scheduled for 1-2:15 p.m., followed by the Yellow Rose of Suffrage from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Two concurrent sessions will be held from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:15 p.m., with presentations on “Suffrage in the South,” “Women’s Political Participation: 1920-2020,” “Iowa Stories,” including women of color in the suffrage movement; and the “19 th Amendment as Voting Rights History.” According to organizers, all concurrent session presentations will address diversity and inclusion. The Iowa kick-off will end with a reception from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. with suffrage displays, including “Missing Faces and Silenced Voices: African-American Women’s Involvement in the Iowa Suffragist Movement,” a suffrage “selfie” station and suffrage songs.”Although the events at Iowa State continue until 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, carpools can be organized to leave Ames earlier that day,” Bystrom said. “Anyone interested in participating in the road trip should email Linda or me to let us know when they wish to leave Ames on Feb. 14. It is most important that those interested in the road trip make their room reservation at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City on Feb. 13 by Jan. 2″. The League of Women Voters of Nebraska will hold its Legislative Day at the Nebraska State Capitol on Feb. 12, 2020, paving the way for a road trip to Iowa on Feb. 13-14.

For more information please contact: lindabduckworth@gmail.com or dianne.bystrom@gmail.com

Sign Up for LWVNE Legislative Day – Feb. 12

Don’t Forget to Sign up for Legislative Day

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to lobby the legislature for fair redistricting.

Featured luncheon speaker:
Steve Dunbar
Professor Emeritus, UNL Mathematics Department

“Neutrality and Fairness in Redistricting”

LEGISLATIVE DAY at the State Capitol, First Baptist Church, and Governor’s Mansion

To sign up, go to lwvne.typepad.com.