THERE WILL BE NO MEETING OF OMAHA FEARLESS ON Saturday, September 12.
The purpose of the Saturday meeting is to provide an alternative for people who are unable to travel to the FEARLESS meeting on the third Monday of the month. But since we’re meeting on Zoom, there’s no need for a second meeting until we actually start meeting in the real world.
That said, we have a great speaker for our September 21, 2020 FEARLESS meeting. Laurie Jo Reynolds will be our guest. She will discuss some principles and practical tips on effective messaging and how we can tell our stories and be heard without misunderstanding. She is Associate Professor of Public Art, Public Policy and Media at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Coordinator of the Chicago 400 Alliance, a grassroots organizing campaign working with people on registries who are experiencing homelessness in Chicago.
FEARLESS will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 21, on Zoom.
If you wish to attend September’s FEARLESS online, send an email to email@example.com 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.
An Omaha man came home over the weekend to find a bright orange notice on his door, letting him know that the Nebraska State Patrol had been there to confirm his residence for the sex offense registry.
The notice says, “You must contact the Investigator/Trooper named below as soon as possible.” (See the accompanying image of one of the notices).
If you receive a notice like this, you are not required to respond to it.
If you are on the registry, you are already confirming your address with law enforcement when you check in once, twice, or four times a year, as required by law. Nothing else is required.
What if one of these cards is left on your door, and a gust of wind blows it away before you see it? What if some passing kid swipes it? Are you going to be held accountable because someone left a piece of paper where you might or might not see it?
These compliance checks HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH PUBLIC SAFETY AND THEY WASTE YOUR TAX DOLLARS.
There is no public safety or law enforcement value in these compliance checks.
It is aggressive policing to identify law-abiding people as registrants with bright orange doorhangers when only a few months ago, the murder of a registrant was celebrated in Omaha.
No wonder some community members are pushing to defund the police. If law enforcement has money and time to spend on pointless exercises like this, they can make do with a reduced budget.
The Nebraska State Patrol is conducting unconstitutional warrantless searches of the homes and possessions of registered individuals.
Such searches were declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf in 2012 (read his ruling here).
“They come to the door, demanding to search. (They) look in the garage, check vehicles, and check out everything we are required to report,” one person with knowledge of the practice told Nebraskans Unafraid.
People who are no longer under supervision (off paper) are not required to open the door to law enforcement and they can refuse a warrantless search.
Nebraskans Unafraid does not provide legal advice, so those who still report to probation or parole should ask a lawyer how to proceed. If a lawyer would like to offer guidance on this issue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.