Pride Month celebrates the LGBT community and the progress the community has made towards full equality. Omaha is the site of the Heartland Pride event on June 30th.
Staff and volunteers from One Iowa will have a booth at the event. Communications Director Molly Tafoya says the group will share information and talk with attendees about the impact the organization has had on equality issues. She says one of the things that makes Iowa so unique is their leadership in the movement for LGBT equality in the Midwest.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa is combining its annual Veteran’s Welcome Home Event with its Veterans Freedom Music Festival on June 23rd. Public Affairs Officer Will Ackerman says the VA united the two events for two reasons.
He says the celebration offers the community a day to come out and honor the state’s veterans who have served and sacrificed for their freedoms. Additionally, Ackerman says the event gives the state’s veterans a chance to learn about their benefits.
The City of Omaha recently honored the Empowerment Network, the Deer Park Neighborhood Association and neighborhood advocate Jeannie Dickes with Community Excellence Awards.
Mayor Suttle says the awards recognize the hard work these recipients have done in helping to improve the quality of life in Omaha’s older neighborhoods. He says over the past several years, the number of neighborhood associations and the projects they are taking on has grown substantially.
The community was invited to attend an Open House with The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this afternoon in Omaha.
The NRC held the event to address community members one on one about their concerns regarding the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant. OPPD operates the nuclear plant, which was shut down in April last year because of flooding along the Missouri River.
The May Press Club featured Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell, Chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee and Carolyn Rooker, Executive Director of Voices for Children in Nebraska.
The two talked about the changes the legislature has made dealing with the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children in Nebraska. Senator Campbell guided the legislation through the Unicameral. Rooker is an advocate on child welfare issues. She says nationally there are three main things the child welfare system strives to do.
Douglas County is replacing two vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas or CNG ones.
In April, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to replace two high mileage vehicles with CNG vehicles. Chairman Marc Kraft says CNG vehicles are more efficient and run cleaner than gas or diesel vehicles.
He says the vehicles pay for themselves within 2 ½ to 3 years after purchase. Kraft says the purchase is part of Douglas County’s efforts to find environmentally friendly solutions.
The Malcolm X Birthday Celebration features three days of events this week.
Walter Brooks is the Administrative Director for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. He says the festivities kick off Thursday night with a program called “Verbal Gumbo.”
The evening features spoken word artists and live music at the House of Loom. Brooks says that’s followed by a presentation from a dynamic African-American motivational speaker on Friday called “Mental Liberation.”
The guest speaker Friday is Nationally-acclaimed poet and author Basheer Jones.