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Welcome to Nebraskans Unafraid!

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.

Special FEARLESS Guest on Monday, July 20

Join FEARLESS on Monday, July 20, 7 p.m. Central Time, as we hear from Spike Eickholt, the lobbyist for both the Nebraska ACLU and the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.

Via Zoom, Spike will talk about effective ways to approach legislators to discuss legislative changes.

If you wish to attend, send an email to nunafrd@gmail.com with 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.

Have a FEARLESS July

FEARLESS will continue to meet by phone and online this month.

Lincoln’s FEARLESS group is gathering by conference call at 7:15 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, July 9. If you are interested in sitting in on that call, send us an email at nunafrd@gmail.com, and we will forward your request for the credentials to Lincoln’s FEARLESS leadership.

The Omaha-area FEARLESS meetings are at 9 a.m. Central Time on Saturday, July 11 and at 7 p.m. Central Time on Monday, July 20.

On Saturday, we will have an update on the new nonprofit corporation Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc., which will raise funds to support FEARLESS, among other initiatives. The July 20 meeting will have a special guest — more about that in a later post.

If you wish to attend either Omaha-area meeting, send an email to nunafrd@gmail.com with 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(s). We apologize but this process is necessary for the safety and security of individuals who attend FEARLESS.

We Don’t Throw People Away Because They Made a Mistake

Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc. Wants Everyone to Be Safe

We don’t throw people away because they made a mistake.

That is a founding principle of Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc., a new non-profit organization based in Omaha, Neb.

Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc. exists to help people who are disadvantaged or whose safety is threatened because of a previous contact with the criminal justice system. These individuals often have difficulty reintegrating into their communities. Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc. works to overcome obstacles to reintegration. Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc., supports safe communities, and believes that the right to feel safe in their homes and persons extends to all — including those who have had a previous contact with the criminal justice system.

People who come through the criminal justice system are parents, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends. They are for the most part just like anyone else. They made mistakes and they paid for them. 

These individuals can become productive and valuable members of our communities if they can find decent places to live, earn decent incomes and maintain their family and social networks. All too often, however, people who have been through the criminal justice system are persecuted long after they have completed their sentences. 

They have trouble finding housing and jobs, and their families are shunned or targeted for violence.

Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc., will raise funds that will be used to help these people in the areas of housing, employment and personal safety and security. Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc., will use donated funds to support these initiatives:

  • Supporting the operations of Nebraskans Unafraid and FEARLESS;
  • Building a legal war chest to underwrite legal challenges to unjust laws and to fight systemic injustice;
  • Providing microgrants to support people in finding housing and employment;
  • Providing microgrants to people to buy home safety equipment — cameras, monitoring services, legal personal protection items;
  • Delivering public education about how to create public policy that reduces violence in our communities;
  • Raising capital funds to underwrite a short-term housing facility where people coming out of prison can live in a dignified way that will foster their return to their communities as productive tax-paying citizens.

Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc., has applied for tax-exempt status. Until that designation is granted, gifts to Safe and Just Nebraska, Inc., are not tax deductible. However, if you are moved to make a gift to one of the above-listed initiatives, you may do so at this link.