FEARLESS Will Meet But Guest Will Join Us Later

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 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.

Resources on the Damage Done by Registries

Books, podcasts, blogs and journalists — there are dozens of information resources out there for anyone interested in learning more about the corrosive damage done by sex-offense registries.

Now, a listing with many of these resources is available at the blog Notes from the Handbasket.

In addition to keeping track of this listing, you might want to just bookmark the blog — its posts are on-target and cogent and worth your time.


Registry Failures

Nebraska’s fear-mongering public-shaming sex offense website fails in ways almost too numerous to count. But we have categorized some of them. Here is today’s reminder:

If you find that you have a neighbor listed on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website, and your neighbor lives with her or his family, holds a job and leads a productive life, that person probably is no more dangerous than you yourself are. Under no circumstances should you buy into typical popular news media stories about sex offenders. News media and law enforcement work together to scare you. The tactic backfired in Lincoln, Neb., when law enforcement invited news media to tag along while they went around to harass people who were convicted of sexual offenses.

A 22-year-old mom who stayed for the weekend at a childcare provider’s home with her young toddler was cuffed in front of the child and hauled off to jail. This is how the Nebraska sex-offense website protects children? By ripping young moms away from their children for technical violations?

The example also typifies news media gullibility. They excitedly report it when a “registered sex offender” reoffends. The fact is, that’s news because it is so rare. Neither law enforcement nor news media will report on the vast majority of registrants who never reoffend but continue to be subjected to state-sanctioned hatred and violence from law enforcement.

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.