150 Community leaders attend Feb 27 Issues Conference

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150 Community Leaders listened and learned at Issues Conference

IPL helped OTOC leaders organize an Issue Conference on February 27 at First United Methodist that was attended by 150 people from 41 congregations and community organizations. IPL helped OTOC leaders prepare eight different workshops. Twenty five to 40 people attended each of the leader lead workshops.

All of the workshops invited those present to take “next steps” to improve our community. Five of the workshops were organized by leaders of existing OTOC Action Teams and these leaders distributed information to participants about what they have learned about the issues they are working on together.  The Five existing OTOC Actions Teams are:

  • Housing and Community Revitalization
  • Health Care for the Working Poor
  • Support for Immigrants and Refugees
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Improving Behavioral Health Care in Omaha and the State
  • Portia Cavitt leading housing
    Leaders discussed how to improve housing in older areas

    For a copy of some of those handouts, click on the link below:

OTOC Workshop Resources

 

Three other workshops addressed new problems which OTOC leaders may choose to work on in the future:

  • Violence in the Community
  • Retaining the Repeal of the Death Penalty
  • Organizing to educate customers about OPPD and how the decisions made by the OPPD Board will impact our climate and our smart energy future.
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Leaders learned about how work for Clean Power in Nebraska
Marylynn Felion Death Penalty
Leaders learned about how to work to keep repeal of the Death Penalty in the upcoming referendum
Mary Spurgeron
Leaders continue to organize for health insurance for working poor
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OTOC leaders want to educate customers about the important decision that the OPPD Board will make in the future
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Leaders discussed how to advocate for fair treatment of immigrants and refugees who come to Omaha