From Omaha to Scottsbluff: Our I-80 Experience


Community Organizer, Kinzie Mabon, recaps her weeklong road-trip with Policy Organizer Shannon Casey and conversations with voters across Nebraska.

Road trip!! Shannon and I recently returned from our weeklong road trip, making stops in Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, Gothenburg, and Scottsbluff.

Although we were working, we took the time to be the coffee snobs we are and check out local coffee spots before heading to our community conversations. For the record, in my not so humble opinion, Cappuccino & Company in Scottsbluff is one of the best coffee shops in the state.

Kearney 2
Community conversation in Kearney

Mochas in tow, we headed to our events, ready to engage in some real conversations with people about voting, language accessibility, and voter education in their communities. Believe me, it was a blast– we met some very charismatic characters who were sure to keep us on our toes. Living out of hotels and coffee shops for a week was exhausting, but the people we were able to meet and speak with were amazing. I am definitely looking forward to future trips out west! (Hopefully with less snow!)


Community conversation in Scottsbluff
Community conversation in Scottsbluff

The energy in the rooms during our community conversations was palpable. As one attendee in Scottsbluff put it, “It’s great to be able to share our voices in rural Nebraska, instead of leaving everything up to the Mother Ship of Lincoln and Omaha!”  The entire room erupted in laughter and helped set the stage for the great discussion that followed.

Through spotty wi-fi, questionable truck stop restrooms and the occasional missed exit on the highway, we managed to build a team of absolute rockstars ready to get things done. That’s worth more to us than all the Mocha cappuccinos in the world!

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