Building Community, Building Citizenship

Citizenship 1Data from the most recent U.S. Census tells us that ten percent of Omaha’s total population is foreign-born.  71.6% of these individuals are not United States citizens.  Since this figure emerged as a bit of a surprise, Deirdre Routt and I decided to explore the relationship between citizenship and community.  Does a higher percentage of citizenship equal a more inclusive community?  Is there something happening in Omaha that functions as a barrier to citizenship?  Are these issues as intertwined as we suspect or are we assuming a relationship that isn’t valid?  Does citizenship matter? More

Unemployment East of 72nd Street

Unemployment 3Purpose

When we looked at the ACS (American Community Survey) 5-year estimates, Omaha’s unemployment rate is highest east of 72nd Street.  Eight zip code areas are above the national unemployment rate of 6.7%.  Many areas are two or even three times higher than Omaha’s unemployment rate of 4.0 %.  We hope to identify issues that prevent the unemployed from finding jobs and work towards a better economy for Omaha east of 72nd Street. More

Accepting Gifts

Everything is an OfferWe recently completed two days of facilitator training which involved some intense, messy, and difficult work.  Training continues to be invigorating and draining at the same time.  Since we’ll be going back for more training in a few weeks, I’d like to reflect on how facilitator training has changed me in ways I didn’t expect.

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