Pitiful Parade and more — #NebDems News

Well, while taxpayers are out an estimated $90 million for Trump’s pitiful, ego-feeding July 4th “Salute to America” parade, kids are still being held in squalid conditions at U.S. border camps and almost everything associated with the administration is rotting from the head down.

Speaking of the parade, the waste was everywhere, complete with seven military flyovers — including one the planes used as Air Force One, which costs $200,000 and hour to fly, according to the Washington Post.

That could have bought a lot of extravagances for those imprisoned kids — such as soap, toothbrushes and — gasp — beds.

“We are running along our southern border a desert-bound gulag of what are indeed concentration camps, if that phrase has any meaning at all,” penned Esquire’s Charles Pierce.

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Speaking of those kids, see our recent blog on Helping Families at the Border and Families in Nebraska.

Also, on Friday, July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty is having a “Vigil to End Human Detention Camps,” that will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Lights for Liberty is a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

They are partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

See details about the Lights for Liberty events planned in Lincoln, Omaha, Grand Island and Wayne.

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Congratulations to Richard Register for being elected the NDP’s First Associate Chair last weekend at the SCC meeting in Scottsbluff.

Register, who has been serving as chair of the NDP’s Finance Committee, will replace Frank LaMere, who held the spot until he succumbed to cancer last month.

Register edged out Preston Love Jr. by a 34-33 margin on a third ballot.

“As the close vote demonstrated, our party has great respect for Preston Love and his many years of service,” Register said. “I hope that I can live up to the memory of Frank LeMere.”

Said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb: “Our party honors the service and legacy of Frank LaMere and welcomes Richard to his new position on the NDP leadership team. We have work to do in order to transform the political landscape of our state. Richard brings years of service to both the community and the party. Let’s now go get things done.”

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The 2019 Helen Boosalis Luncheon, hosted by the Nebraska Democratic Women’s Caucus, will be held on August 9 at 11:30 at the Lincoln Station Great Hall. This year’s theme, “Women. Vison. Change.” focuses on the forward movement of Democratic women in our state.

Proceeds from the luncheon fund scholarships for Nebraska women who are continuing their education, active in their communities and implementing progressive politics. The funds will also support candidates in Nebraska.

Get more information and purchase tickets here.

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We leave you this week with a rendering by Steve Benson on Trump’s meeting last weekend with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inside the demilitarized zone that has divided the Korean peninsula for 66 years.

–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director

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IMPORTANT DATES

July 12: Lights for Liberty events 

July 30-31: Democratic Presidential Debates

Aug. 8: Helen Boosalis “Inspiring Women” Luncheon

Aug. 22-24DNC Summer Meeting in San Francisco

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