For Immediate Release: October 15, 2018
Contact: Heidi Uhing, Communications Director, huhing@aclunebraska.org, 402-476-8091 ext. 104

LINCOLN, NE—A recent Facebook post and intake to our legal team concerning a lactation space at UNL’s Beadle Center just feet away from a toilet has prompted the ACLU of Nebraska to send a letter to the Chancellor Ronnie Green requesting immediate investigation and correction. These newly reported concerns come after the release of an ACLU of Nebraska report exploring breastfeeding rights on Nebraska college campuses which identified UNL’ s lactation policy as a model policy.

The ACLU surveyed all Nebraska institutions of higher education to examine their policies and procedures on student lactation and whether they meet best practices and legal standards to support parenting students in higher education. 

The UNL policy was initially identified as a sound model because it applies explicitly to both students and staff, is easily accessible on the website, and clearly establishes lactation spaces and the availability of refrigeration on campus. However, the lactation space depicted in these photos at the Beadle Center calls into question the adequacy of other lactation spaces listed on UNL’s website.

“Breastfeeding is a personal choice for each individual woman to make for herself and her family. The law and common sense tell us that a bathroom is not an appropriate lactation space. Notwithstanding potential health and safety concerns of pumping in restrooms, lactating students and employees should not be forced to hide in a bathroom to pump,” Scout Richters, Legal and Policy Counsel at ACLU of Nebraska. "Women who do breastfeed must be supported  in schools, college campuses, on the job and in other public spaces, because breastfeeding is a civil right, a gender equity  concern, and a reproductive justice issue," Richters said.

Additional Breastfeeding Materials:
https://www.aclunebraska.org/en/news/pumped-back-school-supporting-breas...
https://www.aclunebraska.org/sites/default/files/field_documents/breastf...

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Sexual Assault Survivors, Allies to Demand Senators Oppose Supreme Court Nominee

 
WASHINGTON — Sexual assault survivors and activists from Alaska, Nebraska, West Virginia, Colorado, and Maine will descend on Capitol Hill Thursday, to share their stories directly with senators and join the call for their senators to vote “no” on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
 
Advocates will meet with the offices of Sens. Deb Fischer, Cory Gardner, Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito, Ben Sasse, with more than 100 Alaskans who flying in to meet with the offices of Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. As part of their participation in the day of action organized by the American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations, the activists will also participate in a rally at 12:30 pm today where recording artist Milck is expected to perform. Activists will march from Brett Kavanaugh’s current courthouse, the US Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court.
 
“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, in a courageous act of civic duty, came forward and told her members of Congress about her sexual assault at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh,” said Jodie Morgenson, a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska. “Now it’s my turn to fulfill my civic duty and urge Senators Fischer and Sasse to not let Dr. Ford’s voice, and the voices of many more women like her, go silenced.”
 
Thursday’s activities are part of an ongoing advocacy campaign that includes nearly 30,000 constituent calls to senators urging opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination; a rally in Boston that drew thousands of activists for Senator Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) visit to the city; and grassroots organizing from ACLU affiliates nationwide. The campaign also includes a seven-figure TV ad buy in Nebraska, Colorado, West Virginia, and Alaska with spots running through the end of the week.
 
“Together, the power of the people saved health care protections for women, won the net neutrality vote in the Senate, initiated the Mueller probe, and held Trump accountable for his family separation crisis,” said ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir. “These same people are now joining forces to demand their senators stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. If senators fail them here, America will remember in November.”
 
The national campaign comes after the ACLU’s national board took the extraordinary step of suspending its organizational policy of not supporting or opposing candidates for political or judicial office, choosing to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination. The board’s decision marks the fourth time in the organization’s 98-year history that it has chosen to oppose a nominee to the Supreme Court. Most recently, the organization did not endorse or oppose the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch.
 
“Standing against sexual assault isn’t partisan,” said Shakir. “We, like the vast majority of Americans, worry about what this nomination will do to the administration of justice in this country. Senators should be concerned as well.”
 
 
The Nebraska delegation includes women from Lincoln, Omaha, Greater Nebraska, experienced professionals and students. To connect with one of the 25 courageous and patriotic Nebraska survivors who are visiting Senator Fischer and Senator Sasse’s offices today, please contact ACLU of Nebraska Communications Director: huhing@aclunebraska.org
 
CONTACT:
Abdullah Hasan, ahasan@aclu.org , 646-905-8879
Mia Jacobs, mjacobs@aclu.org, 201-919-0333

 

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