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Knowing Your Rights and Leveraging Your Power as a Worker

By: Alexis Steele, Immigrant Worker Attorney for Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska

Immigrant workers present a unique subset of workers in the United States. On one hand, immigrant workers make notable contributions to the American economy. More than three quarters of our agriculture workers and almost one third of construction workers are foreign-born, with the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) describing immigrant workers as 16.1% of the American labor force. On the other hand, immigrant workers tend to be more vulnerable to labor abuse because of language barriers, cultural aversion to turning to authorities for help, and unfamiliarity with their rights as workers.

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Ellison Testifies Against LB 505

LB 505: Anti-Refugee/Anti-Asylee Bill Violates Federal Law

March 2, 2017 — Today our Legal Director Charles Shane Ellison testified on behalf of JFON-NE against LB 505. This anti-refugee and anti-asylee bill declares a state of emergency and would require data compilation from refugee resettlement agencies to be publically published.
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#LightTheWay for refugees and immigrants!

Join our friends at Light The Way on Presidents Day, February 20, 2017, to #LightTheWay for refugees and immigrants!  Participants will silently line both sides of Dodge St. at dusk (5:30- 6:30 p.m.) with candles, lights and welcome signs to show that #NebraskaWelcomes #refugees and #immigrants.

Light The Way is a peaceful nonpartisan event, open to the public, to show refugees and immigrants that they are welcome in our communities.

The uplifted torch held by the Statue of Liberty represents hope, refuge and hospitality to those fleeing persecution and war. It is essential that we stand firm and fight for the rights of refugees and our shared American values. America is better because of the hardworking and contributing refugees we resettle here. They are customers in our stores and businesses, small business owners who pay payroll taxes, and our neighbors who give to local churches and charities.

Light The Way is a collaboration of many individuals and groups in Omaha, not formally sponsored by any group. As Nebraska’s largest refugee resettlement and service agency, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is hosting an event page to connect supporters of refugees and immigrants. Go to Light the Way for more details about the event.

If you are unable to join the main event, please turn on a porch light and/or your headlights in solidarity.