Thursday, February 9, 2017

For Immediate Release: Omaha Police Department: Release the Audio: Demonstration Fri Feb10,2017

January 9, 2017

Katie Huerter
(402) 312-1188

Omaha Police Department (OPD): Release the Audio
Community group asks OPD for answers

Tomorrow, Friday, February 10,2017, concerned citizens and members of Omaha’s chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) will again ask the Omaha Police Department (OPD) for greater transparency and accountability following a recent officer-involved shooting that left two injured.  The group will gather outside OPD’s offices at 505 South 15th Street between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

It has been just over a week since Monroe “Trey” Evans III was shot at 12 times by OPD Officers Jill Schillerberg and Matthew Skradski while he was walking near his family’s home in Dewey Park. The incident also left Officer Schillerberg injured, though we were relieved to hear she had a quick recovery. Trey, however, remains hospitalized at Nebraska Medicine, where doctors say if he survives, he will be permanently paralyzed from the nine gunshot wounds that riddled the 20 year-old’s body.

OPD has since concluded the use of force was justified, and though this may well be the case, important questions still remain about what transpired on the afternoon of January 31. With tensions high around the country, Omaha has an opportunity to lead the way in terms of improving police-community relations by promoting transparency and accountability.

To that end, we are asking that OPD immediately release all video and/or audio footage that was captured. It is our hope that this will shed some light onto why Trey was handcuffed and on the ground--having committed no crime--when he allegedly fired a weapon at Officer Schillerberg. In addition, we ask that OPD make public a detailed plan and timeline for the complete implementation of body cameras for all officers. Lastly, we ask OPD to create a policy to notify the next of kin when an individual is injured or killed by police so that no other family has to endure the pain and confusion the Evans family has. Thank you, and please join us.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

First they came for the Latinos, Muslims, women, gays, poor people, intellectuals and scientists and then it was Wednesday... Day #5 of Trump's Authoritarian Regime

First they came for the Latinos, Muslims, women, gays, poor people, intellectuals and scientists and then it was Wednesday...

The ground is shifting quickly under our feet. We have a daunting task ahead of us, but WE CAN FIGHT and WE WILL WIN. So raise your voice. Connect with your communities. Support each other to act with Courage. Rest and do some self-care as needed along the way. Take care of yourselves. This is about to be a long ass fight. 

An executive order will be signed today banning the issuance of visas to citizens of 6 or 7 Muslim-majority countries. This racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Arab order, will ban refugees seeking safety from wars the US continues to wage. 

Additionally, Trump's new Muslim Registry, per his Executive Order, is similar to #NSEERS which Obama just dismantled last month. Today, Muslims from #Syria#Yemen#Somalia#Sudan#Iraq, and #Iran are on the new list. With more likely to be added soon. This means students from the listed countries who leave the US, may not be allowed back in. If you have a visa and haven't used it yet, it's void.

Trump may have the presidency, but not by the will of the people. One person speaking out can make a difference. Many people speaking out together make a movement. And that's what we're building together. No matter what happens next, there is one thing I can promise you: tomorrow will bring an opportunity for you to make a difference.

As Trump issues Executive Orders targeting Muslims, Arabs, refugees and immigrants, we must pledge to resist in every way possible. We’ll put our hearts, souls, and bodies on the line to stop these hateful and racist attacks. We all belong here. We will love, defend, and protect one another.

We are Ready to Fight and We Will Fight Against All Injustice, Against All Intersecting Systems of Oppression and For Each Other, With Each Other and Alongside Each Other Until We Ourselves Finally Bend the Moral Arc of the Universe Towards Justice Once and For All!

The ground is shifting quickly under our feet...

From Abed Ayoub, Legal/Policy Director at ADC

1. The Executive Order signed by Donald Trump will list 6 (predominantly Muslim) countries where travel/immigration to the US will be banned. There will be an option to add more at a later date. Similar to NSEERS.  These countries are: 

- Syria

- Yemen
- Somalia 
- Sudan
- Iraq
- Iran 

2. It is advised that students from the listed countries not leave the US. They won't be permitted back in.

3. We do not know what happens to visa holders from those countries who are currently in the US.

4. People from listed countries who have visas, but haven't travelled to the US, won't be allowed in. Their visa is void. 

5. The ban will extend to spouses of US citizens who are from one of the listed countries, and have pending applications to US. 

6. The EO will call for what's known as a "values test." This is an ideology test. Will ask applicants about religious beliefs.

7. Some questions on value test:

- Do you support Sharia law?
- Have you believe in beheadings? 
- What is view on homosexuality?

8. The EO coming after the ban will focus on the wall, and increasing deportations.