Go Vote, Omaha: Conflict Resolution

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, Debbie Ford, host and a League member, speaks with Mary Lee Brock, Assistant Professor of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University about Conflict Resolution and Conflict Engagement.

For more information, see the Office of Dispute Resolution website.

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.

We’re Hiring: LWVGO Offering 1 Paid Internship

Please note: Submissions for this position are now closed. LWVGO is considering applications and will be in touch with candidates.

We’re looking for an administrative intern for 20 hours per week at $15 per hour. Read more about the position and how to apply below.

About the Position

LWVGO Purpose: The League of Women Voters of Omaha, a non-partisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Accountability:  This position reports directly to the Vice President of the League of Women Voters Greater Omaha. This administrative position is the only paid staff person for LWVGO and requires a great deal of self-motivation and accountability.

Hours: 20 hours per week primarily Mon-Fri/regular schedule flexible/TBD. Salary range: $15 per hour/no benefits. Responsibilities to begin immediately and ending in December, 2019—with chance of extension.

Job Location: The League office is located in the AIM building at 1905 Harney Street. This position’s work location can be flexible, but at least 10 hours a week must be spent in the office during pre-scheduled hours.

Essential Responsibilities

This position will assist the League Directors with their various duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to the following:

  • Assist with general office duties, including correspondence, filing, responding to phone calls and emails
  • Assist with the preparation of materials for promotion, board meetings, presentations
  • Attend events and speak on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha
  • Attend board meetings and perform secretarial duties when required
  • Assist with preparation and distribution of the League materials
  • Help organize diversity and recruitment efforts
  • Utilize technology for organization, communication, website maintenance, and resource utilization
  • Assist with grant administration and follow-up reports
  • Assist with membership and fundraising initiatives
  • Assist with clerical and support services for ongoing and adopted projects
  • Track and manage voter services requests and data
  • Coordinate our collaborative and partnership efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Clearances

  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to operate proficiently a personal computer, windows office, fax machine, printer, projectors, and copier
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software, including Microsoft Excel, Word & Publisher. Knowledge of software such as Adobe applications desirable
  • Passion for voting rights and civic engagement

About the League

  • The LWVGO serves the Omaha metropolitan area. The League is non-partisan and its members are of all genders. The LWVGO does not endorse political candidates. We do not label ourselves as liberal or conservative. We do not strictly side with Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or any political party.
  • The League is political, and although the LWVGO does not endorse political candidates, we do take a stand on issues that arise in the political arena that affect us all. The organization as a whole supports or opposes laws. The deciding factors in deciding to oppose or support laws is directly influenced by whether or not the implementation of specific laws will hurt or help the communities we live in. The LWVGO follows the policies and programs set forth by the national League of Women Voters. If there is no specific policy or program on a given issue, we initiate a study. Only after this study has been completed, do we support or oppose an issue.
  • The LWVGO’s largest focus is to educate those in the community on how government works and how we can all be involved in it. We offer voter information on our website to make it as easy as possible to understand who is eligible to vote, how they can register to vote. We also pride ourselves on our ability to provide the community with un-biased information on candidates; what they stand for and against. We do this so that voters are informed and ready to vote on Election Day. League members and volunteers are also trained and equipped to speak on a number of topics.
  • The League’s ultimate goal is to see democracy in action! The LWVGO wants everyone to be informed and know how to take part in the democratic process. We aim to increase voter participation, educate citizens on the voting process, and see those around us actively taking part in government. Our ultimate goal is to see individuals around us standing up for what they believe in and taking action in the political arena by voting and advocating for what they feel strongly about.

During the tenure of this position, anyone accepting this job cannot be affiliated with any candidate campaigns, or political issues other than those issues that are formally endorsed with a position by the LWVGO.  

How to Apply

To apply, or for more information, please email cover letter and resume to:

Rebecca Langle, Vice President
League of Women Voters Greater Omaha
vicepresident@lwvgo.org

Join Us April 29 for Dine & Discuss: Nebraska Farmers Union

Dine and Discuss with Graham Christensen, Secretary of the Nebraska Farmers Union

Graham will be speaking about the effect of the trade dispute on Nebraska Farmers as well as the impact of recent flooding. 

Please join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 29 at Valentino’s on 108th & L St. If you’d like to eat, the cost of the buffet is $14.14. Drinks are included (wine and beer are extra). However, you do not have to dine to participate in the discussion.

Optional RSVP by emailing office@lwvgo.org or by phone at 402-344-3701.

Money in Politics in Nebraska

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, MaryLee Moulton, host and member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, speaks with Kate High, member of League of Women Voters of Lincoln and Lancaster County, about her reports on Money in Nebraska Politics. Links to the reports are available on the League of Women Voters of Nebraska website.

Money in Politics Report Part 1

Money in Politics Report Part 2

LWVUS position on Money in Politics

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.

Action Alert: Urge Your Senator to Vote No on LB 700

This is an Action Alert to contact your state senator and urge him or her to vote NO on LB 700. Please see the information below in a letter sent to the senators and plan to use one or two of the points when contacting your senator. 

The language of the bill would require wind energy companies to completely remove all concrete base material when decommissioning, rather than just the first four feet, which is standard practice nationwide.
It is on the legislative agenda for Monday, April 15, but may not come up for debate until Tuesday.

If you choose to send an email to your senator, make it short and succinct.  Vote NO on LB 700; it’s anti-clean energy and it’s anti-business.

– Sherry Miller, President, LWVNE

Nebraska Senators:  

The League of Women Voters of Nebraska urges you to vote No on LB 700.  
Nebraska ranks third in the country for wind energy potential, yet falls far behind in how much is actually produced.  In the two years since legislation lifted major barriers to wind energy, wind energy has already added hundreds of jobs, attracted new companies to our state that value sustainability and broaden our property tax base. At the same time, wind farms bring added income to agriculture producers who face difficult years due to tariffs and weather conditions.

LB 700 specifically targets wind energy development with unduly harsh restrictions related to decommissioning requirements.  These restrictions target clean energy, an industry that could be far more beneficial to Nebraskans.  It is an unwelcoming statement that closes the door to potential investment in a resource that we are rich in—wind.

The League urges you to vote No to LB 170 and leave the regulations regarding wind energy to the counties.  

Respectfully,
Sherry Miller, President, League of Women Voters of Nebraska

Learn About the Effort to Restore Voting Rights to Nebraskans with Felony Convictions

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, Krystal Fox, LWVGO Co-President, speaks with Nebraska State Senator Justin Wayne (Omaha, LD 13) and Brad Christian-Sallis, Voting Rights Policy Organizer for Civic Nebraska, about Sen. Wayne’s bill LB 83. LB 83 would provide for the restoration of voting rights upon completion of a felony sentence or probation of a felony. The bill was heard in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on March 6, 2019.

Contact Sen. Justin Wayne at jwayne@leg.ne.gov or 402-471-2727.

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.


Go Vote, Omaha! Faith Community Response to Climate Change

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, Barb Thompson, host and a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, speaks with Rev. Kim Morrow, Senior Associate of Verdis Group, about the Faith Communities’ Response to the threats posed by climate change.  

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.

League of Women Voters Urges Support for HR4

March 21, 2019

TO:               Members of the U.S. House
FROM:         Chris Carson, President
RE:               Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R. 4

The League of Women Voters strongly urges you to support and pass HR4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, to modernize and repair the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

The legislation responds directly and responsibly to the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder and subsequent decisions by state and local jurisdictions to implement discriminatory practices connected to our elections. This legislation will update the coverage formula for preclearance to ensure it is based on contemporary acts of discrimination and provide mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) outlawed racial discrimination in voting and established procedures to protect equal access to the vote for every American citizen. But in 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the key provision of the VRA that triggered careful review of voting changes in political jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination in voting before they could take effect. Since that decision, politicians in states, counties, cities, and towns across the country have passed laws and adopted practices that discriminate against voters of color and language minorities — making it harder for them to register and more difficult to vote and has shown the continued need for these protections.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act would accomplish three major goals:

1)    It re-establishes preclearance coverage for states and localities with a pattern of discrimination in voting with a contemporary look back period.
2)    It provides preclearance nationwide for political subdivisions with substantial minority populations for a limited number of voting changes based upon evidence of historic discriminatory, such as changes to election methods, changes to the qualifications to vote, and deviant polling location consolidation.
3)    It provides for greater transparency and public notice for late-breaking voting changes just before an election, changes in polling resources, and use of demographic and electoral data. 

For decades, ensuring that all eligible Americans have equal access to the ballot is a long-standing value supported by all sectors of our country. It is a value that has united our nation for more than 50 years and is why the League of Women Voters urges you to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act.