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Omaha World Herald

The Omaha City Council has passed a resolution brought by newly-reelected Mayor Jean Stothert that condemns discrimination and hate and calls for Omaha leaders to be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The resolution is largely symbolic, as it enacted no policy changes. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the resolution drew praise, but also criticism from some who said city leaders need to do more than offer lip service to combating discrimination.

Insurance company Mutual of Omaha has announced it will replace its longtime corporate logo, which features a depiction of a Native American chief. The move comes as corporations and sports teams face increasing pressure to dump nicknames and depictions that reference American Indians amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice. The company is in the process of creating a new logo.

Omaha city leaders are discussing police reform.  City Councilman Ben Gray says there should not be a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to reform, and officials must consider options that would best serve Omaha.  City Councilwoman Aimee Melton says police leadership has worked to improve the department.  Melton noted that de-funding the police department and making wholesale changes could set Omaha back in its progress.

Nebraska lawmakers will hold two hearings next week to hear public input about law enforcement and racial equity in the state. Members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will convene Monday at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha’s Aksarben Village. They’ll meet Tuesday at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications office in Lincoln. Both events will be live-streamed online and on television by NET, the state’s public television service. Sen.