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Organizing Across Cultures

“We work to improve the quality of life of Latino/a immigrant workers by promoting leadership development, workers’ rights, and civic engagement through information sharing, training, and organizing,” said Sergio Sosa, Executive Director of Heartland Workers Center.

Sosa, a native of Guatemala, founded the Heartland Workers Center (HWC) in January 2009, along with Latino/a workers, social and...

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Queen of Cultural Collaboration

“My favorite thing is collaborating. I like to see the arts organizations in Omaha do things together,” enthused Betsye Paragas, Director of Community Relations for Opera Omaha.

Over the course of her career, Paragas has worked for many arts organizations including the Omaha Children’s Museum and most notably, the Omaha Community Playhouse. She thought she was leaving there to retire, but...

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Kris Denton:

“It is vital not only for our students to see what is available in our community but it’s also vital for the community to see how fantastic our kids are,” said Kris Denton.

Denton knows how important education and community are. The Omaha North graduate now works with kids from the same neighborhood she grew up in, first as a 5th grade teacher at Minne Lusa and now as a teacher and Magnet...

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At Age 5, the Maha Music Festival Is All Growed Up

Was this year's Maha Music Festival a success?

The concert, held last Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, drew 5,100 people. If that number seems light -- especially compared to your typical CenturyLink Arena concert -- consider that you cannot hear any of the bands that performed at Maha on your local FM radio. None. They don't call it "indie rock" for nothing.

Tre Brashear, one...

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Mousetrap’s Back, But Don’t Call it a Reunion

For regular readers of this column, a quick synopsis of who/what is punk rock band Mousetrap:

To use the word “seminal” to describe their impact on the Omaha music scene would be an understatement. Almost every significant Omaha band I’ve interviewed -- whether they play punk, hard rock or even singer-songwriter stuff -- has name-checked Mousetrap as an influence. That includes all of Saddle...

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Making community

More than 600 folks turned out Saturday for the 16th Annual Community Block Party hosted by Apostle Vanessa Ward and her husband Keith Ward. As usual this multi-generational celebration of community in a northeast Omaha neighborhood once known as Death Valley went off without any trouble.

During this street festival-reunion-revival Apostle, cordless mic in hand, is everywhere preaching her...

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Staying With The Family

It was 1881 when Nebraska first placed ungovernable boys and girls in a new red brick State Industrial School in Kearney with the intent of reforming them. It was not until 1892, that 57 girls were moved from Kearney to a new Girls Industrial School at Geneva.

Though programs and institution names have changed over the years, the basic plan for addressing juvenile delinquency hasn’t. In...

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In Memoriam

Special to The New York Times

If you're a devotee of public television then chances are you saw the work of the late nonfiction filmmaker Gail Levin. The Omaha native and longtime New York City resident died July 31 in a NYC hospice care facility at age 67 after a long fight with breast cancer.

Outside Ken Burns and Errol Morris, documentary filmmakers are rarely household names. Levin...

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