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Promoting Social Justice

Eliminate the Lifetime Ban on SNAP Benefits for Drug-related Convictions

 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps recipients buy food which raises the nutrition levels among low-income households. Current Nebraska law bans those convicted of certain felony drug offenses from ever receiving SNAP benefits. Nebraska has no similar ban for those convicted of other felonies, including assault and robbery. The  law disproportionately affects Black Americans and their families. LB 121 would remove this ban and hopefully remove a barrier to successful reintegration into society for those convicted of these drug felonies and help reduce hunger for their families.  LB 121, introduced by Sen. Megan Hunt, has support, it has moved out of committee and could be voted on early next year in the Unicameral. It is receiving support from groups such as the ACLU and the Omaha Police Department. Click here to find out how you can help get this important Bill advanced and passed.

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Decline To Sign Campaign

A ballot initiative is underway to amend the Nebraska constitution to make it harder to vote. Currently, petitions are circulating across the State to gather enough signatures to put this Voter Restriction Amendment on the ballot in November, 2022. Click here for more information about the ballot initiative and talking points you can use to email, text and phone family and friends to encourage them to DECLINE TO SIGN these petitions. 

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Felony Disenfranchisement in Nebraska 

In Nebraska, a person convicted of a felony loses their right to vote and following completion of their sentence, they must wait an additional two years before their right to vote is restored. We are encouraging the First Unitarian community to support passage of LB 158 to restore the voting rights of persons convicted of a felony immediately upon complete of their sentence. Click here for more information about LB 158 and what you can do to address this injustice.  

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Next Side With Love Team Meeting 

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30pm online.

 

Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/j/93009580832

 

Are you looking for opportunities to reflect our UU values in the community, planting local seeds to build a more compassionate world? Join us and many other groups working to end Felony Voter Disenfranchisement in Nebraska, end Nebraska’s Lifetime Ban on Snap Benefits for drug felonies and stop the Voter Restriction Amendment circulating in Nebraska. Join us as we map out a strategy for how best to engage on these issues, and others, when the Nebraska Unicameral reconvenes in January. 

 

 

 

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What is the Side With Love Social Justice Team?

What is the Side With Love Team? Side with Love Social Justice Team has a mission to create more pathways for members to live our values through civic engagement with local, national and international issues. Mindful of our status as a Welcoming Congregation, and the overwhelming congregational vote in support of Black Lives Matter, Side with Love (Social Justice) Team is initially focusing on anti-racism and equity for LGBTQIA+ people, with a deep commitment to hold ourselves accountable to the marginalized communities who are most adversely affected by the current systems we are working to change. We also intend to build on the success of First Unitarian's UUtheVote project to increase participation in the democratic process.

Our Side with Love team is part of a denomination-wide Side with Love campaign to organize and elevate the voice of UUs across the country to build more just, democratic and sustainable communities. (Go here to learn more about the national campaign https://sidewithlove.org.) Side with Love (Social Justice) Team intends to be a vehicle to promote awareness, as well as offering a mix of study and action, around the issues our church community is most passionate about. Action may include letter writing, lobbying, testifying at legislative hearings and participating in public demonstrations.

First Unitarian’s 501(c)(3) status allows member participation in non-partisan, issue-related activities, as long as we don’t engage in any type of political campaigning for candidates. While church policy permits the team to take positions on its own behalf, the Side with Love (Social Justice) Team will take care not to speak about any issue in the name of First Unitarian Church, unless the congregation has voted to take a public stand in accordance with our church bylaws.

How to get involved:

Please contact sidewithlove@firstuuomaha.org