The Big Flood – disaster capitalism in the good life

Extreme weather events are becoming increasingly more intense. So is the exposure of infrastructural rot in their wake. As seen before with hurricanes Katrina and Harvey and superstorm Sandy, a path of destruction reveals the inequities a capitalistic system creates and protects; however, the latest example of climate crisis isn’t thousands of miles from home. The argument of “it’s their own fault for living in … Continue reading The Big Flood – disaster capitalism in the good life

An Uphill Battle: grad students at UNL trying to unionize

Graduate students at UNL and across the country are facing poverty-level wages at the hand’s of their universities. Mark Honey caught up with Unionize UNL member Levi about what their organization is doing to combat this issue. Mark Honey: When and why did you start this campaign? Levi: It started last spring/late winter, if not a little bit before. It came out of a couple … Continue reading An Uphill Battle: grad students at UNL trying to unionize

Queerniverse Burlesque shakes it up on stage

By Arlo Wyatt Queerniverse Burlesque is a local burlesque troupe formed in Omaha. They’re POC-centered, body positive, LGBTQIA+ inclusive, and they’re taking the local performance art scene by storm. “It became a living organism, and it’s been growing and changing, and now our focus is specifically POC, queer, trans, non-binary individuals who want to perform in different mediums – whether that’s performance art, dancing, singing, … Continue reading Queerniverse Burlesque shakes it up on stage

March Madness, For Better or for Worse

A season review with reflection, and a post-season preview for the local basketball programs. By Phil Gillen It happens every year, right after February Fever. Millions of people who paid little to no attention to college basketball for the previous four months suddenly become heavily invested, setting up bracket pools, betting untold amounts of money on game outcomes, and searching hungrily for underdog narratives and … Continue reading March Madness, For Better or for Worse

Craft beer, prison pipelines and recall elections — March legislature update

by Triumph staff. The Triumph is making public life easier and keeping tabs on the legislature so you don’t have to. Here are updates on what we’ve found most important. Recent News LB 57 – Unicameral unanimously voted in favor of Senator Adam Morfeld’s bill to allow Airbnb and other short-term rental companies into the state, preempting any city-level attempts to ban the companies. Opponents … Continue reading Craft beer, prison pipelines and recall elections — March legislature update

Pete Ricketts’ former field director revealed to be Neo-Nazi

Warning: Disturbing images posted by Bressman are shown in this post. Governor Pete Ricketts’ former state field director Bennett Bressman is a Neo-Nazi, according to a report by Antifa Nebraska.  The anti fascist network found this information by combing through infiltrated alt-right Discord chats released by the media collective Unicorn Riot. Bressman, 22, posted comments on Discord under the handle “bress222” and made multiple references … Continue reading Pete Ricketts’ former field director revealed to be Neo-Nazi

Last Chance

Continued from “No One Left to Speak Out” and “Last Words” from the December and January issues. By Bao Hu Yi Anthony stared at the package on his coffee table, and wondered exactly how long he’d been staring at it. He checked the time on his phone: it was 12:17 pm. It had probably been about an hour, but he wasn’t sure. He was sitting … Continue reading Last Chance

Ending Slavery? Or Hiding It Behind Bars?

By Mark Honey Slavery would be formally ended in Nebraska if a newly introduced amendment to the state constitution is passed. State Senator Justin Wayne of northeast Omaha introduced the bill. The state’s constitution still today reads, “There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in this state, otherwise than for punishment of crime…” “I hope one hundred percent of my colleagues support this amendment,” … Continue reading Ending Slavery? Or Hiding It Behind Bars?

Legislature Considers Changes to Schools’ Property Tax Funding

By Evan Carlson How we fund our schools matters. In her book Cutting School, American Studies scholar Noliwe Rooks comments on the dangers of one such source of funding — property taxes. “Because public schools are funded mostly by local property taxes, wealthier communities have the resources to spend more for school buildings, teaching supplies, administration, extracurricular programs, and technologies,” she states. As such, the … Continue reading Legislature Considers Changes to Schools’ Property Tax Funding

Medical marijuana, conversion therapy and more — bills to watch in the 2019 Legislature

by Triumph staff. Prison + Crime LB 176, sponsored by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers would eliminate certain mandatory minimum penalties for felony crimes. This would allow these felons to be eligible for parole. LB 83, by Sen. Justin Wayne. This bill would allow felons to vote immediately after serving their sentences or completing parole. Currently, felons are barred from voting for two years after completion. … Continue reading Medical marijuana, conversion therapy and more — bills to watch in the 2019 Legislature