Tuesday, September 28, 2021


Does North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's criminal-justice reform go far enough? Plus, Congress is running out of time to prevent a shutdown and default, and Oregon tackles climate change.


The nation's murder rate is up, the Senate votes on raising the debt limit, the DEA warns about fake prescription painkillers, a new version of DACA could be on the way, and John Hinckley, Jr. could go free next year.


A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

Nebraska Black Leaders Launch Anti-Racism Toolkit


Thursday, June 11, 2020   

LINCOLN, Neb. -- With demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer well into their second week, civic organizations in Nebraska are offering resources for individuals who want to end state-sanctioned violence against people of color.

Ashlei Spivey, an American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska board member and founder of I Be Black Girl, says the effort is likely to be more marathon than sprint. But she believes the time to eliminate systemic racism has finally arrived.

"I think people are just really ready for things to change and to see actual impact," she states. "And a lot of young people are demanding that now, and I think that's what's needed, and will ultimately lead to the change that we want to see."

A new toolkit, available at ACLU of Nebraska's website, includes tasks people can take right now -- such as contributing time and money to organizations working to end racism -- as well as long-term policy solutions in the Nebraska Legislature.

The barrier for entry into the work is fairly low. Spivey says the toolkit includes book recommendations so that people can get started on their own and at their own pace.

The online resource was created by Spivey and other black leaders. But Spivey says people that have not felt oppression and violence based on the color of their skin need to do the work because it's not enough to be handed information, check the box, and feel like you're done.

She says people from all racial identities will need to find their own blind spots, educate themselves, and make plans to hold each other accountable.

"And it's not the role of anyone who is experiencing oppression, who is experiencing harm, to then teach the person that is perpetuating the harm and the oppression how not to do it," she states.

As Nebraskans continue to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the toolkit also includes tips for advocating while practicing safe social distancing and from the comfort of your couch.

Spivey says she hopes the resource will be an outlet for anyone looking for positive ways to contribute to building a better world, but not sure where to begin.

get more stories like this via email

Public schools need to minimize arrests at schools by using emergency mental-health teams instead of police officers to address behavioral incidents at school, according to a Sentencing Project report. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As a Northern Virginia school system transitions away from using police officers in schools, a new report suggests COVID stimulus …

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In five weeks, voters in many Iowa cities will cast their ballots for local elections, and the Secretary of State's office is …

Social Issues

AURORA, Colo. -- School districts across Colorado had to get creative to ensure families could access critical meals during pandemic-related closures…

Companies behind a proposed natural-gas plant for Wisconsin hope to break ground by 2025. (Adobe Stock)


SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Legal proceedings continue involving a proposed natural-gas plant for northwestern Wisconsin. The plans have been approved by state …


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Draft rules are out for a program designed to confront climate change in Oregon, but organizations say it does not go far enough to …

West Virginia families have struggled to find and keep work, pay rent and bills, and care for kids and older relatives, and anti-poverty advocates say the pandemic has made things worse. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers are slated to vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday…

Health and Wellness

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A veterinary drug doctors call unsafe for treating COVID-19 has caused the deaths of two people in New Mexico, according to the …

Social Issues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed sweeping criminal-justice reform into law this month that is meant to hold police more …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021