500 people attended Celebration of Community 2017 at Kaneko

Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) helped OTOC leaders prepare for their 8th Annual Celebration of Community which took place on Saturday, April 1 at Kaneko (1111 Jones St).full house framed by heads

This annual OTOC event brought together 500  OTOC and community leaders for an evening of good food and desserts, great music and a terrific silent auction with over 300 items for any budget.

 

Music

Kyle Knapp–Acoustic Folk

 St. Benedict the Moor Gospel Choir

 Juan Carlos Veloso–Spanish Ballad

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Tasty Food and Desserts
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300+ Silent Auction items

    Fabulous art of Jun Kaneko Admiring Art

 

IPL unwraps Holiday Campaign

The need is greater than ever for leaders who can work in their communities to spark conversations on difficult issues and to work to reach real solutions to problems.

You can do something to help fill that need — donate to the Institute for Public Leadership during its Holiday Campaign and your tax-deductible contribution will immediately get put to work. The IPL Board has set an ambitious yet reachable goal of $20,000 for the Holiday Campaign.Your donation, large or small, can help reach that goal by Dec. 10.

With your support, IPL  can continue to empower diverse and emerging communities by developing leaders with skills training, research and organizing support. IPL, with its affiliate organization Omaha Together One Community, then helps those leaders act for justice and the common good.

With your support, IPL can continue efforts such as

  • Training refugees to be leaders in their communities on the rights and responsibilities of being tenants
  • Working with Omaha and neighborhood leaders on projects such as the Land Bank to make our city a better place to live
  • Organizing forums where citizens can get information on issues
  • Bringing together diverse communities with events like the Interfaith Solidarity Service and Refugee Culture Night

Donating is easy. You can click on the button below that will take you to the secure online donation site or you can mail a check to Institute for Public Leadership, 3624 Lafayette Ave., Omaha, NE, 68131-1363.

 

 

Join us for August 4 Interfaith Solidarity Service

IPL has teamed up with OTOC and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance to organize an Interfaith Solidarity Service on Thursday, August 4th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church (3647 Lafayette Ave).

To let us know you are coming, click on this link.

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This will be an evening that will include song, reflection and prayer from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith communities in Omaha. Leaders from diverse congregations will gather together to reflect on our common humanity, appreciate our different faith traditions and customs and re-commit to working together toward creating a peace-filled community for all families.

The Interfaith Solidarity Service will be led by Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El Synagogue, Rev. Jan Peterson of Augustana Lutheran Church, Rev. Tony Sanders of Koinonia House of Worship and IMA, Rev. Marshall Johnson of St. Luke United Methodist, and other clergy and lay leaders.

Following the service, there will be refreshments and an opportunity to create new friendships in the Church Hall. Please let us know you will be attending by clicking this link.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, August 4

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Augustana Lutheran Church

3647 Lafayette Ave.

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
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    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
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Leaders learned about how to work to keep repeal of the Death Penalty in the upcoming referendum
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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

IPL is helping OTOC leaders organize Feb 27 Issues Conference

IPL is helping Leaders of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) organize  an Issues Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at First United Methodist Church.  OTOC and Community leaders will lead eight interactive workshops that will focus on issues affecting Omaha families. Each workshop will end with practical Next Steps that we can take to make progress on the issue.

There is no cost to attend, but to register for the Issues Conference, please click on the link below:

Link to OTOC registration form

The OTOC workshops include:

Session 1

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OTOC leaders at the 2014 Issues Conference briefly explained their workshops to 150 people who attended

  • Death Penalty: supporting repeal of the death penalty in the November referendum
  • EPA Clean Power Plan after the Supreme Court Intervention: How to advance clean power in Nebraska while the CPP is on hold due to the Supreme Court action. Duane Havorka and OTOC leaders will lead this information discussion and generate strategies.
  • Mental Health: filling the gaps in behavioral health services in Omaha
  • ­Violence in the Community: seeking potential solutions for neighborhood safety

Session 2

  • Neighborhoods and Housing: determining property tax values, abandoned property
  • OTOC and OPPD: organizing within OPPD to assure a sustainable, smart energy future
  • Refugees and Immigrants: advocating for fair treatment of immigrants and refugees
  • Health Insurance for Working Poor: using Medicaid funds to insure workers in the coverage gap

The schedule for the Issue Conference is:

  • 8:30 am to 9:00 am               Gathering and registration, coffee, juice and light snacks
  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am                Meeting information and short training on organizing
  • 9:40 am to 10:30am               Issues Workshops Session 1
  • 10:40 am to 11:30 am           Issues Workshops Session 2
  • 11:40 am to Noon                   Report back and next steps
  • 12:00 Noon                             Adjourn and go organize

IPL and OTOC hold Summer training series attended by over 90 leaders

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Karen McElroy and Gloria Austerberry of the OTOC Housing Team teach about Action by discussing their work to increase demolition funds

IPL worked with leaders of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) to hold three summer training sessions about the principles and practices of community organizing. Over 90 people over 35 congregations and community organizations attended at least one of the sessions and average attendance was over 50 for the three sessions which occurred on the 2nd Monday of June, July and August. The final training session was led by IPL Director Joe Higgs and several OTOC leaders including Carol Beaty, Kevin Graham, Gloria Austerberry and Karen McElroy. The final session focused on:

Developing a Core Team of Leaders: How you identify and develop a team of leaders in your own church or organization so you can work with them for the common good.

Preparing for a listening campaign: How can we organize a series of small group meetings to listen carefully to the issues that affect the families in our congregation and community? OTOC plans to engage in a listening campaign this Fall and will hold a meeting in each member institution to review the work of OTOC Action Team and determine if there are new issues and new leaders who want to work for the common good. 

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Rev. Marshall Johnson helped lead two of the three sessions on principles and practices of community organizing

OTOC is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation and leaders who are active in OTOC member institutions are welcomed to go to regional and national training programs in community organizing.

 

 

The next IAF National training program scheduled is set for:

Monday, Nov. 16th at 3:30 p.m.

Until  Friday, Nov. 20th at 12:00 noon

Loretto Spirituality Center Littleton, Colorado

Cost is $700 for room and board for those staying at the Spirituality Center

 Seminars for Leaders involved in Organizing

IPL is  affiliated with the Interfaith Education Fund which organizes educational seminars with leading academics about topics that are relevant to leaders involved in community organizing. The next scheduled seminar is February 5 and 6 in Dallas, Texas with two leading theologians:

Charles Mathewes is Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where he teaches religious ethics and religious thought. He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition and A Theology of Public Life, The Republic of Grace, and Understanding Religious Ethics.

Luke Bretherton is a Professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics at the Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity. His recent work has focused on faith-based organizations, the church’s involvement in social welfare provision, community organizing, the treatment of refugees, and fair trade.

Contact the IPL office is you are interested in attending either of these great opportunities to learn.

 

IPL After Work Gathering draws 140 people and together we raised $23,000

Thank you so much for your great support to the Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) during OmahaGives. May 20 was a bit cool and dark outside but the McLaughlin-Gomes home was warm, lively and full of 140+ friends who attended our After Work Gathering.Photo of historic home

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Over 140 people came between 5 and 8 pm to celebrate OmahaGives with IPL…and over 180 gave on line

Over 180 people contributed to IPL during the day, and over 110 people gave during the last 8 hours, helping IPL win one of only 15 participation awards given to the mid-sized organizations with the most donors!!!

Together we raised over $23,000 so that IPL can continue our work providing leadership training to emerging leaders from refugee and immigrant communities, school parents and leaders of OTOC member institutions. Thanks

Here is how your contributions to IPL came in

$16,893 from 182 on line donors

$   3,600 from IPL Board and friends in Extra Bonus $$ to boost your gift

$     690 Cash and checks contributed at the After Work Gathering

$   1,500 Participation Award from Mutual of Omaha

$ 22,683

$500    Expected matching dollars from Omaha Community Foundation

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Thanks for your great support to Institute for Public Leadership

Attached is a pdf of a brochure about the leadership training by IPL which we made available last evening. We would love to hear from you if you want to learn more and participate in this ongoing work to improve our community.

For more information about IPL go to our website at iplomaha.org

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IPL Hosts May 20 “After Work Gathering” as part of OmahaGives

Learn about IPL at  After Work Gathering

Over 50 Board Members and friends of Institute for Public Leadership are inviting friends, colleagues and family to attend an After Work Gathering on Wednesday, May 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the historic home of Mac McLaughlin and Heather Gomes located at 38th and California.

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Historic Home of Mac McLaughlin and Heather Gomes where we will hold After Work Gathering on May 20

You are invited to Drop in for Conversation, Appetizers and Spirits.

Lat May, over 100 guests enjoyed the beautiful home of Mark Hoeger and Jane Erdenberger and the pleasant Spring weather.

The IPL Board invites you to come learn about IPL’s leadership development with Omaha’s immigrant & refugee families, school parents and members of OTOC member congregations.

 

Please consider a donation of any size to IPL, a tax-deductible 501(c)3 organization. If you cannot attend, please donate by check or at iplomaha.org from May 1st- through Midnight of May 20th.

 

In 2014, Board Vice President Ken Reed Bouley told the guests about the work of IPL

To give to IPL, go the IPL home page  donation page, click on the OmahaGives logo or click on the following link:

Link to IPL giving page on Omaha Gives

 To see pictures of the 2014 After Work Gathering, click on the pdf below:

Photos from IPL After Work Gathering on May 21

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IPL organizes Refugee Women Leadership Academy

IPL held our first session of the Refugee Women Leadership Academy with 22 refugee women and their allies on Thursday, April 25th at Augustana Lutheran. Tanya Good, Nurse and Care Coordinator at Florence Clinic, discussed women’s health issues and accessing care when you lack insurance.

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Refugee Women and allies talk to Tanya Good

This session and each of the upcoming sessions will begin with time for making new friends over a dinner from one of the refugee cultures. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion led by an Omaha woman who is an expert in the topic and interested in helping refugees succeed. Each session will end with discussion about how the women can take this information back to their communities and work together to make changes in policies and laws that would benefit women and their families.

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Kareni Women enjoy new friends & dinner

Child care and interpretation will be provided for those who register by calling 402-344-4401 or by email at iplomaha@gmail.com.

The next three sessions will all be at Augustana Lutheran (3647 Lafayette Ave) from 6:00 to 7:45 pm :

Thursday May 7 –How to resolve conflicts in the best way
Thursday May 21—Housing and how to deal with landlords
Thursday, June 4 –How to use Consumer Credit, Credit Cards and buying a car

Food for the night
Great Nepali food from Druk LLC Restaurant

300 people attend lively Refugee Culture Night

Despite heavy snow fall, over 100 young adults from ten refugee communities shared their dance, song and music with a lively and diverse audience of over 300  people on Saturday, November 15 at the 3rd Refugee Cultural Night.

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Burundian Choir sang and danced

The dance performances ranged from highly stately traditional dances by the ethnic groups from Myanmar to a very upbeat traditional dance number by young women from the Acholi community of South Sudan.  Performance included the traditional leaping dance of the Darufuri men as well as sizzling contemporary dance numbers by Bhutanese youth who were dancing to Nepali tunes.

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Darfuri leaping dance
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Rhakang perform stately dance
Acholi Community
Acholi youth in fun dance
Kachin community
Kachin youth enjoy traditional dance

            

There was great ethnic food before including Noodles from Mynamar, Mandazi from Burundi, Namkin from Bhutan and tapioca from Burma. Generous sponsors and those who donated at the door helped raise $3000 which was distributed to the groups to help them continue their cultural education and performances.

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Time for making new friends
Mixed group of kids dancing a final dance
And time to “bust a move” at the end