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2022

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RISE & Shine - Lincoln

The Mill at Telegraph

Come out to learn more about RISE's 2022 Policy Agenda and what the legislature is doing to address the overcrowding and understaffing crisis in the correctional system - to include the Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Initiative and building a new prison. Learn how you can get involved in policy and advocacy!

RISE & Shine ONLINE! via Zoom

Thursday, February 3, 2022
8:00 am9:00 am
Zoom

Join us for RISE & Shine Online! Hop on every Thursday between 8 and 9am and say hello!

Come out to learn more about RISE's 2022 Policy Agenda and what the legislature is doing to address the overcrowding and understaffing crisis in the correctional system - to include the Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Initiative and building a new prison. Learn how you can get involved in policy and advocacy!

Request the Zoom link under the Related Links below!

RISE & Shine - Omaha

Friday, February 4, 2022
8:00 am9:00 am
The Bike Union | 1818 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102
US

Come out to learn more about RISE's 2022 Policy Agenda and what the legislature is doing to address the overcrowding and understaffing crisis in the correctional system - to include the Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Initiative and building a new prison. Learn how you can get involved in policy and advocacy!

Coalition for a Strong Nebraska: Winter Policy Webinar Series

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm
Winter Policy Webinar Series

Join the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands for a webinar to explore if and how the legislature will address issues impacting Nebraska's prisons in the 2022 legislative session.

Panelists include:
- Sen. Terrell McKinney
- Jasmine Harris, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, RISE
- Dominique Morgan, Executive Director, Black and Pink, Inc.
- Sam Petto, Communications Director, ACLU of Nebraska

Nebraska's 3rd Annual Day of Empathy: Virtual Attendance

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
12:00 pm3:00 pm
Virtual link to come!
3rd Annual Nebraska Day of Empathy

Join us VIRTUALLY for Nebraska’s 3rd Annual Day of Empathy on Tuesday, March 29th at 12pm.

Click this link to register http://thedreamcorps.org/NebraskaDOE

This year’s event is a hybrid format where we will have a small group of individuals sharing their stories of perseverance with invited senators over the lunch hour. We’ll also discuss introduced legislation and the impact for people who are justice involved.

Following that we will have voting rights and interacting with senators and the legislative process workshops from 1:15p to 2:50p.

If you want to join us at the capitol to lobby your senator, please reach out to jharris@seeusrise.org for more information.

We will also have digital calls to action you can participate in that day, so watch our social media for posts on how to get involved!

Violence, Justice & Reform Summit

Saturday, April 2, 2022
9:00 am12:00 pm
Violence, Justice & Reform Summit

Featuring RISE Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Jasmine Harris.

Violence, Justice & Reform Summit
Solutions to Close the Gaps

Issues & Solutions: Discussions & Actions

an opportunity to engage with community leaders and advocates working together to provide changes in our community.

RISE Presents a Community Viewing of “The First Step” and Panel Discussion

The First Step Act documentary viewing in Omaha, Nebraska presented by RISE

Join RISE for a special showing of the documentary, "The First Step" followed by a panel discussion led by RISE Director of Policy & Advocacy, Jasmine Harris, MPH, CHES.

Panelists:
Senator Terrell McKinney
Senator Steve Lathrop
Senator John McCollister
Henry Cordes - OWH Journalist
Kandia Milton - Policy Director at DreamCorps JUSTICE

Following the film we'll discuss the importance of bipartisanship in policy efforts, compare the federal legislation with LB920 proposed legislation and how we continue to move this very important work forward.

6pm: Documentary film will start
7:30 Panel discussion begins

About "The First Step":
In a divided America, progressive activist and political commentator Van Jones controversially works across party lines on landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. Attempting to be a bridge builder in a time of extreme polarization takes Van and a coalition of unlikely allies deep into the inner workings of a divisive administration, internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities.

*Tickets Required*

Continuing the Conversation: The Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Thursday, September 15, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm
Continuing the Conversation: The Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Sign up today to join RISE for a community conversation about lessons from the Nebraska Justice Reinvestment Initiative and how we move forward. Learn more about the process, the legislation, and how to get involved.

Register with the link below!

UNO for Human Rights Week Featuring Jasmine Harris

Human rights are central to debates around voting rights in the U.S. While the U.S. constitution has been amended over time to protect voting rights, challenges to voting rights are ongoing and pose threats to human rights, particularly for disenfranchised voters. Join a panel of voting rights experts at UNO for Human Rights Week and Constitution Week as we discuss these threats to voting rights and what community groups are doing to take action.

Light snacks will be provided.

Event sponsored by UNO's Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights, College of Public Affairs and Community Service's School of Public Administration, and Women and Public Policy Week.

Panelists include:
- Heather Engdahl, Voting Rights Director, Civic Nebraska
- Liliana Falcon, Community Organizer, Elevate Omaha and UNO Student
- Jasmine Harris, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, RISE
- Jane Seu, Immigration Fellow, ACLU of Nebraska

Moderated by Dr. Jodi Benenson, Associate Professor, School of Public Administration

Voter Registration Deadline at Agencies, DMV offices, and online

Friday, October 21, 2022

Voter Registration Deadline For In-Person Registration at Election Commission Offices

Friday, October 28, 2022

Nebraska General Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
8:00 am8:00 pm
Find Your Polling Place: https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/voterview/

Official list of all candidates and issues on the Nebraska 2022 General Election Ballot:
https://www.votedouglascounty.com/elections/2022/General/G22Candidates&Issues.pdf

Telling Your Story: A Virtual Workshop for Testifying at the Nebraska Legislature

Thursday, December 8, 2022
6:00 pm8:00 pm
Zoom

Telling your story can lead to powerful change. Join the Nebraska Civic Engagement and RISE on December 8th for an interactive virtual workshop covering legislature basics and crafting testimony. Attendees will learn how to organize their experiences into a compelling story to push issues forward during the legislative session.

Register at https://forms.gle/RXx4m4REExx464kY7

Use and share this guide before heading out to the polls on election day!

Know your voting rights if you or a loved one is detained in jail in Nebraska.

Know the voting rights for the formerly incarcerated of Nebraska.

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