Q&A with Mia Birdsong

The author and activist spoke at Legal Aid of Nebraska’s virtual 2021 Friends of Legal Aid Luncheon and Equal Justice Partner Awards in September.
The Reader picked her brain on paths to equity post-pandemic.

Feature by Chris Bowling. Published in The Reader.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Frankenstein Friday

You’re invited to do the Monster Mash with today’s news: The president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations visits Omaha to support Kellogg’s workers, a Christian student organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln files a lawsuit in federal court against UNL, and a report from the ACLU of Nebraska says almost two thirds of state law enforcement agencies with many multilingual residents don’t have policies for officers communicating with those whose English proficiency is limited.

Harper’s Index Facts of the Day

  1. Percentage change in the number of babies named Alexa since the launch of the Amazon product: −79
  2. Minimum number of children named Alexa who have legally changed their names because of it: 4

Source: 1. Social Security Administration (Woodlawn, Md.); 2. Human Alexas (Atlanta)

For nationwide COVID-19 case and
vaccination trends, click here.

Around Omaha

Around Nebraska

  • “You could smell it when you walked in”: Running water returns to the Nebraska State Penitentiary, but the situation brings to light concerns about an aging facility. State Sen. Terrell McKinney, who visited the Nebraska State Penitentiary during the outage, offers a description of what conditions looked like without running water.
  • Ratio Christi, a Christian student organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, files a lawsuit in federal court against UNL. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the lawsuit alleges that UNL discriminated against the organization’s views by denying a $1,500 funding request to bring a University of Notre Dame philosophy professor to campus.
  • According to a report from the ACLU of Nebraska, almost two thirds of state law enforcement agencies with many multilingual residents don’t have policies for officers communicating with people whose English proficiency is limited.
  • A proposal for the state’s largest solar energy installation moves forward.

Reed Moore’s Thing To Do: 
Rocky Horror Show

This year, there will be six performances from
Friday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Event Pick by Efren Cortez. Published in The Reader.

As the delta variant spreads through the community, remember to get fully vaccinated and mask up — even if you’re fully vaxxed — before going to shows.
Check out local guides here.

The Daily Funny

Comic by Ted Rall. To see more comics, click the image.

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