The Omaha, Nebraska Police Department has decided to follow the lead of other reactionary departments around the country in pursuing protesters who confronted the fascist Donald Trump campaign in recent weeks. On May 6th, there were three key arrests of protesters who were challenging the quick appearance by Donald Trump before he made his way to Eugene, Oregon. While the Trump campaign supporters shuffled into the venue they hurled racial epithets at the protesters of color, and when the police came in they decided to go after the people of color while leaving their white comrades untouched.
As the Unified for Our Rights campaign says, which was created to confront the attack on the protester’s right to confront oppression, this is a matter of free speech as much as anything.
Just a few days ago, the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) released a letter in regards to the “Omaha Eppley Three” arrests.
FYI – “Omaha Eppley Three” is the arrests that were made during the Trump Rally/Protest on May 6th. These 3 black activists were arrested while our fellow white activists were given a chance to stand down. The trump supporters were allowed to spit on and shove protestors while using racial slurs.
The OPOA specifically named Tan Oliver and is threatening to pursue legal actions against her and anyone who supports her.
This is a threat to our FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!
“To suppress freedom of speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker”
– Frederick Douglass
We will not continue to go unaware, unheard and underestimated. We need to make it known that we will not sit down and shut up.
The march is going to be going from the Gene Leahy Mall on the Douglas St. side and then march to the Police Station on this Saturday, June 4th.