2nd Biennial Political Convention

November 12, 2017

Abbie Kretz
Senior Organizer


Over 400 people attend the Heartland Workers Center’s 2nd Biennial Political Convention

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – Heartland Workers Center hosted their 2nd Biennial Political Convention on Sunday, November 12, 2017, from 3-6 p.m. at the Stockyards Exchange Building.

The theme was Imagining Change and more than 400 community leaders from Schuyler, Nebraska City, West, North, and South Omaha and Young Nebraskans in Action (YNA), a program organized by high school and college students, attended.

Community members, funders, public officials, and other non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity and Nebraska State Civic Engagement Table agreed to take action and work together on issues that most affects these communities. The issues include immigration, especially with pending uncertainty around DACA and TPS, housing, cleaner and safer streets and parks, and increasing the voter turnout in the midterm elections in 2018.

A member of the precinct around Sts. Peter and Paul Precinct stated, ““Even though we have lived on the same street for years, we don’t  know each other or know each other's needs. People don't understand that by coming to these meetings, it changes you and others.”

“It was wonderful to see all of these neighborhood leaders in a room and that they are dealing with similar issues and that validation is powerful” said Kali Baker from the Omaha Community Foundation.  “This was just the tip of the iceberg of all the organizing work that has been done to bring everyone together,”

“It's amazing to see other communities come together, like Schuyler, who are also organizing themselves. Also seeing the political officials listening and seeing what people want to change and I’m excited,” said Schuyler City Council representative, Barbara Raya.

Javier Arizmendiz, the Treasurer from the Latino Committee of Schuyler said, “A community changes when you [as an individual] change.”.

Executive Director Sergio Sosa thinks that of the more than 400 people in attendance, they came wanting change and left understanding that they are the change. “I think the public officials are now thinking about the community in colors and that people are being their own protagonist of their own lives. I think the Heartland Workers Centers showed collective power can be built,” Sosa said.