Dismantle the Political Empire

  It would be a gross understatement to say our political system is simply broken. To its core, our political system is morally, fiscally and socially corrupted and diseased. Both political parties in our two-party system have chosen to reinforce colonialist white supremacy at each level of every branch of government. And while there have […]

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On the Protest Lines

Flash grenades bursting, helicopters hovering overhead and armored trucks roaming the streets. Heavily armed forces pushing through thick, smog-like tear gas while snipers watch from above. The scene may sound like an old war story but it’s a description of Omaha, Nebraska on May 30, 2020  as people gathered to commemorate George Floyd, who had been […]

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‘We Thrive in Middle Spaces’

The Union for Contemporary Art, though still shuttered due to COVID-19, is celebrating Pride into the coming month through a new North Omaha community billboard project, We Thrive in Middle Spaces, beginning July 6 and running through August 2. With support through the Equality Fund of the Omaha Community Foundation, the UCA has commissioned artist/illustrator […]

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Remember When We Used to Laugh at Stuff?

Living inside the Friedrich Nietzsche wet dream that is 2020, humor seems as unreasonable as physical contact with a stranger. The bar for comedy has officially been lowered to “something that doesn’t make us weep while pondering systemic injustice or our own mortality.” This is great news for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire […]

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Live Music Returns

Please be aware that venues may have their own rules for attendees, on top of any CDC guidelines and directed health measures (DHM) in place. If you aren’t ready to head back out for live shows, remember you can help support small venues and bands who have gone without work for months by buying their […]

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Nothing Else Matters If We Don’t Get This

Omaha’s  number one problem⁠—really America’s, if not the world’s⁠—is oppression. Specifically oppression writ-large in our community by racism and systemic inequities. Omaha wants to promote our equity, diversity and inclusiveness. So we’d better get very real about our past, our history and the work we’re doing in the present to create the future we say we […]

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Where Do We Go from Here?

  By Chris Bowling The overgrown weeds wave in the summer breeze as cars pass worn stoops and handrails that lead to nowhere. Years ago, in the empty lots of patchy grass along North 24th Street, there would have been homes and businesses in the predominantly Black area of Omaha. Maybe kids would be playing […]

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