OMAHA, NE – Tuesday, February 27th, the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals and community partners will sponsor the 2nd Annual Black and Brown Legislative Day. The main focus of this event is to help engage persons of color in the legislative process to increase civic engagement.
People who register for the event will have a pre-event training session on February 20th, where they will receive education on how bills become law, how to identify and engage legislators on important issues, and what testifying at committee hearings entail. Participants will then travel to Lincoln the day of the event to put those newly learned skills to use. The group will convene at their meeting location in the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) building for breakfast and a skills refresher before heading over to the State Capitol to speak with senators, watch the floor debate, and attend committee hearings for legislative bills. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn the legislative process and advocate on issues that affect communities of color by helping empower them to bring their concerns to Nebraska Senators about legislation that affects them.
“With this year’s Black and Brown Legislative Day, we want to make sure we have a greater impact by not just engaging our young professionals, and older adults, but by getting our youth involved as well,” states Jasmine Harris, the ULNYPs Civic Engagement Committee Co-Chair. “If we can start educating our youth at an early age around this process, they will more than likely be more civically involved in their communities and know that they can help create the change they want to see.” Juniors and seniors of the Omaha Public Schools’ Leadership group Omaha Student Voice Council, which is a forum for student self-advocacy, leadership development, counteracting bullying and discrimination, and increasing civic engagement and voting awareness, will be participating in this year’s event. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. For Omaha participants, transportation will be provided. A charter bus will leave the Urban League of Nebraska (3040 Lake St.) at 8:00 AM and will leave Lincoln at 2:30 PM to ensure arrival back at the Urban League no later than 3:30 PM.
Partners for the event include ACLU of Nebraska, Black Men United, Civic Nebraska, Coalition for a Strong Nebraska, and more. The spirit of this event is purely educational Interested individuals may register for the event by searching “Black and Brown Legislative Day” on Eventbrite.com. If you have questions please contact Jasmine Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 915-2996.