Nebraskans Unafraid(NU) is a grass-roots organization that works to make our communities safer. We believe the right to safety extends to registered people and their loved ones. We oppose Nebraska’s state-sanctioned violence against groups of people. We work to change the draconian laws that incite violence, deprive people of their jobs, homes and family lives. We educate the public about how to achieve safe communities.
Nebraskans Unafraid’s initiatives include FEARLESS, monthly gatherings for Registered People and their loved ones, where they can connect with others who are in similar circumstances and learn about how to survive and thrive despite the public-shaming registry. Through our Compassion Initiative outreach, we provide support and referrals to help Registered People find jobs, housing, spiritual support and social contacts.
Because a homeless man had no address, he is jailed and dies.
On March 4, Hector Rodriguez was sent to Rikers Island in New York because he failed to log his address with state’s sex offense registry — even though he had been homeless for years.
Rodriguez died June 21 on his jail bed, while struggling to breathe during a severe asthma attack, according to Correction Department records and a family lawyer. He was 60 years old and had contracted COVID-19 in April, the lawyer said.
For criminal justice reform advocates and even one city group that represents victims, Rodriguez’s death behind bars underscored what they called outmoded and unjust restrictions people convicted of sex crimes must comply with after being released from prison.
FEARLESS will meet online as scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, July 20. Our guest speaker, Spike Eickholt, will be with us next month — on Monday, August 17.
He had a conflict this coming Monday and had to postpone.
Eickholt is the lobbyist for both the Nebraska ACLU and the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.
If you wish to attend FEARLESS online, send an email to email@example.com the date of the meeting you wish to attend in the body text, your full name and a physical mailing address that we can verify. When we have verified your information, we will send you the sign-in credentials you will need to attend the meeting. We apologize but this process is necessary for the safety and security of individuals who attend FEARLESS.