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The one with the mall, it's complicated

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Courtesy of Seph Lawless, photojournalist and author of, "Abandoned Malls of America: Crumbling Commerce Left Behind".

We start our conversation talking about The Center Mall, one of the first indoor malls in America. The Center Mall is unique to Omaha, but the concept of the American mall was blooming all over the US during the revolutionary decades of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. As the birth of the mall coincided with the beginning of the American civil rights movement, we have a conversation about what the status of the mall can tell us about society as whole.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Ortega of Omaha Public Radio (KIOS 91.5 FM)

In February of this year, The Global United Methodist Church strengthened their ban on same-gender marriage and LGBTQIA clergy. This stance is reflected in the Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline and was affirmed by the highest court of The Church in April.  

 

Civil Rights Advocate Speaking to OPS Students

Nov 16, 2017

Over the next couple of days, students in three OPS elementary schools and one middle school will be hearing from a woman who was involved in political activism when she was their age or younger. Omaha Public Radio’s Deborah Newcombe has more.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The president of the University of Nebraska system is working to deal with racism on campus and improve the college experience for all students.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An opinion released by a state judicial ethics committee says Nebraska judges and court officials cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriages unless they refuse to perform all marriages.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage could be good news for businesses that serve couples, from wedding planners to divorce attorneys.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln's mayor has approved extending health insurance and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of city workers.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A civil liberties group is asking a judge to order Nebraska to recognize same-sex marriages while the group's legal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman says Nebraska will defend itself against an expected legal challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Citing recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, a civil liberties group will again challenge Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would bar Nebraska employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity has stalled in the Legislature.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would bar Nebraska employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation is still facing a filibuster.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would protect Nebraskans against job discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance in the Legislature.

Dedication ceremony Friday for new OPS middle school

Jul 30, 2013

A dedication ceremony this Friday marks the opening of Alfonza W. Davis Middle School.

Powerbroker Screens at Film Streams

Feb 18, 2013

Film Streams is partnering with the Urban League of Nebraska to present a special documentary called “The Powerbroker” this Thursday.

Sokolof Lecture focuses on civil rights movement

Nov 1, 2012

The relationship between the Jewish and African-American communities, and their roles in the civil rights movement, is the topic of a lecture Thursday at UNO.

Omaha City Council passes LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

Mar 13, 2012

The Omaha City Council has approved an ordinance banning discrimination in the workplace and all public places against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Councilman Ben Gray sponsored the ordinance. It passed on a city council vote of four to three. The vote came one week after a three-hour public hearing, where supporters and opponents made their case as to why the ordinance should, or shouldn’t, pass.