Weekly Update: April 11 – 30

Featured Events:

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Trips Apps Due

Service & Justice Trips are week-long trips (except 5 day local Omaha trips) during Fall and Spring break on which students serve and learn with one of several community partner hosts across the country. During the trip, you will engage in a variety of service experiences, learn about local social justice issues, and have a blast getting to know other Creighton students. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

Pipeline to Prison

Pipeline to Prison is an event that includes a screening of the movie “Pathway to Prison” and discusses prison legislation. NE Senator Bob Krist will be the guest speaker at this event. There will also be a panel for questions and answers following the film. Panelists include Kevin Lytle: VP of Programming for The Leadership Institute for Urban Education, Diane Amdor: Legal Counsel for Nebraska State Judiciary Committee, Dr. Rebecca Murray: Department Chair of Creighton School of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Justin Wayne: OPS School Board President, Attorney and Creighton Law Alumni, and Tracy Hightower: Representative of Nebraska Innocence Project and Partner at Hightower-Reff LLP. This event will be from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Harper Auditorium. Sponsored by: Student Innocence Project Society (SIPS) and CCSJ.

Events this week:

3rd Annual Workers Appreciation Banquet
Empowerment Network Monthly Meeting
OTOC’s Environment and Energy Presentation
Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Participant Apps Due
Asian American in Films: Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded
Justice For Our Neighbors: Omaha Clinic Volunteers Needed
Pipeline to Prison
Holy Thursday Mass
36th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice
inCommon Neighborhood Pick Me Up
Earth Day Omaha

Events More than One Week Away:

Earth Week

Service, Faith, Justice, and Diversity Opportunities:

Friday, April 11th
3rd Annual Workers Appreciation Banquet

This annual banquet organized by Justice Without Borders is one way to show appreciation for the Creighton workers and everything they do around campus. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to cook, greet guests, serve food, set up, clean up, and even just come and eat with the wonderful guests. Everyone is welcome to volunteer including students and faculty. The event will be in Skutt Ballroom from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Please fill out this document to get involved or email Haley Warren if you have any questions.

Saturday, April 12th
Empowerment Network Monthly Meeting

Please join us this Saturday at the Empowerment Network Community Meeting at North High School, Viking Center located at 4410 N. 36th Street. This month’s topic will be “Block-by-Block: Building Safe and Strong Neighborhoods in North Omaha.” Presentations will be given from the North Omaha Neighborhood Neighborhood Alliance, the Northeast & Northwest Precinct Advisory Groups, Adopt-A-Block/Village Stakeholders, and Omaha Police Department. Networking, breakfast, and table displays will begin at 8:45 am. Empowerment Network Update will be at 9:30 am, followed by presentations and major announcements at 10:00 am. This event is open to the entire community and more information about the Empowerment Network can be found here.

Monday, April 14th
OTOC’s Environment and Energy Presentation

Omaha Together One Community has created a new Environmental and Sustainability Research and Action Team. One of the actions this team has already undertaken is to learn about the Omaha Public Power District’s Stakeholder process where OPPD is asking for public input to determine their future energy production. OTOC has invited Omaha Public Power District officials and environmental experts to present on this topic on Monday, April 14th, from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm at First United Methodist Church room 112 located at 7020 Cass Street. If you care about clean energy in general and/or if you wonder what is going to happen to the very old OPPD coal plant in North Omaha, you will want to be at this meeting. Visit OTOC’s website for more information.

Fall Break 2014 Service & Justice Participant Apps Due

Service & Justice Trips are week-long trips (except 5 day local Omaha trips) during Fall and Spring break on which students serve and learn with one of several community partner hosts across the country. During the trip, you will engage in a variety of service experiences, learn about local social justice issues, and have a blast getting to know other Creighton students. Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on April 14th.

Asian Americans in Film: Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded

Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded is a 30-minute documentary that explores media stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women. This film challenges its viewers to consider how images of exoticism and docility socially and psychologically impact Asian American women. “Reloaded” looks at the past 25 years of Asian and Asian American women in U.S. visual media to explore what’s changed, what’s been recycled, and what we can hope for in the future. A brief discussion will follow the film with an expert panel of Creighton faculty and staff as well as KETV news reporter Chinh Doan. Refreshments provided. This screening will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Harper Center room 3023. Co-sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Lieben Center for Women.

Tuesday, April 15th
Justice For Our Neighbors: Omaha Clinic Volunteers Needed

Justice For Our Neighbors – NE is seeking volunteers for their next Omaha clinic. Working together, we are able to welcome the many immigrant neighbors into our community and provide them with much needed legal services. Each volunteer is paired with a client (or two, depending on the availability of volunteers) to serve as his/her host from welcoming through consultation and debriefing. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 2:00 pm for a brief volunteer update with Shane.To help them plan the staffing, please rsvp if you are able to join us by emailing clinics@jfon-ne.org.

Pipeline to Prison

Pipeline to Prison is an event that includes a screening of the movie “Pathway to Prison” and discusses prison legislation. NE Senator Bob Krist will be the guest speaker at this event. There will also be a panel for questions and answers following the film. Panelists include Kevin Lytle: VP of Programming for The Leadership Institute for Urban Education, Diane Amdor: Legal Counsel for Nebraska State Judiciary Committee, Dr. Rebecca Murray: Department Chair of Creighton School of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Justin Wayne: OPS School Board President, Attorney and Creighton Law Alumni, and Tracy Hightower: Representative of Nebraska Innocence Project and Partner at Hightower-Reff LLP. This event will be from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Harper Auditorium. Sponsored by: Student Innocence Project Society (SIPS) and CCSJ.

Thursday, April 17th
Holy Thursday Mass

Join the St. John’s Parish and Creighton University communities as we begin the celebration of the Easter Triduum with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm in St. John’s Church. Classes after 5:00 pm will be cancelled on Thursday as well as any classes Friday, April 18th until Monday, April 21st at 5:00 pm in celebration of the Easter season.

Friday, April 18th
36th Annual Good Friday Walk for Justice

This Stations of the Cross walk will start at St. Mary Magdalene Church located at 19th and Dodge Streets at 1:00 pm. The walk will continue to the Federal Courthouse, Douglas County Jail, Douglas County Courthouse and City/County Building. It is estimated to end around 2:30. All are welcome to join. Sponsored by Holy Name, Holy Family, Sacred Heart, and St. Pius Catholic Churches; Creighton Prep, Duchesne, Marian, Mercy, Roncalli, and Skutt Catholic High Schools; Creighton University Center for Service and Justice; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; and Archdiocesan Office of Missions & Justice.

Saturday, April 19th
inCommon Neighborhood Pick Me Up

The Neighborhood Pick Me Up includes working outside from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 1340 Park Ave. Starbucks is willing to donate $10 for every volunteer that comes out to support inCommon, up to $2500. Learn more and RSVP by emailing inCommon.
If you are interested in knowing more about their work, check out their website.

Earth Day Omaha

This free event features exhibit booths, children’s activities, demonstrations and short speaker sessions, plus live music from top local bands and food from area vendors. All activities are designed to educate and inspire attendees to live green and healthy at home and at work. This event will be from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Elmwood Park located at 808 S 60th Street. For more information visit Earth Day Omaha’s website.

Upcoming Events:

Earth Week
April 21 – April 25

A number of events related to caring for our environment will occur during this week including Dust off Your Bike (April 22), Green WAC (April 23), Growing Cities documentary screening (April 24), and We Matter Walk (April 25).

Please Note:
Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to ccsj@creighton.edu with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

A 20 minute training on Creighton’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy is now required of all student doing community service with our office or on your own. Please click here to find an upcoming training that works for you.

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