Legislative Update: Be an Advocate

Here at Nebraskans for Civic Reform we want to improve civic health in Nebraska and that includes encouraging Nebraskans to interact with their elected officials. But we know sometimes that can seem daunting, especially when it comes to something as complex as the state budget.

So what do you do?

Well first, you check out our Advocate Toolkit. It has information on how to take action, how the legislature works, and tips on contacting your senator. Once you’re ready to be an advocate, you need to decide what you’re going to advocate for. … Might we suggest voting rights? (Check out our Voting Rights Advocate page!)

Take advantage of nonprofit resources when preparing to contact your senator. Most organizations, including NCR, publish research and talking points to help advocates learn about the bills and take action. Another option is to attend a training or presentation. Joining email lists is a great way to get an alert when a big bill is about to be debated. (Pssssst…Sign up for NCR’s Voting Rights Advocate list!)

Here are some more organizations and events to help you take action on an issue you’re passionate about:

State budgets and taxesOpenSky Policy InstituteCheck out their upcoming presentations on the state budget:

  • Omaha: 4/24 at 3pm in the Andersen Hospitality Room at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center (6705 Dodge St.)
  • Lincoln: Thurs. 4/27 at 8am in the downstairs conference room at Blue Cross Blue Shield (1233 Lincoln Mall)

Economic Justice, Immigration, HealthcareNebraska Appleseed

  • Civics Academy: Wed. 4/26 at 5:30pm at The Bay (2005 Y Street, Lincoln NE)
  • Health Care Rapid Responders Training: Tues. May 2, 6pm at the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (6400 South, University Drive North, Omaha NE)

Criminal Justice Reform, Civil RightsACLU of Nebraska

Redistricting, Campaign Finance ReformCommon Cause Nebraska

Happy Advocating!

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