Occupy Omaha adopted a nondiscrimination clause at its regularly scheduled General Assembly Wednesday night, Dec. 14, 2011. It was added to the agenda early in the meeting and was voted on just after 10pm, after about 15-20 minutes of discussion. With the act of adopting the nondiscrimination clause, Occupy Omaha put itself light years ahead of the Omaha City Council when its comes to civil rights. The clause itself contains 15 protected classes. Way to go, Occupy Omaha!!!
Here is the nondiscrimination clause adopted by Occupy Omaha in its entirety: We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, and/or bullying against a person based on their actual or perceived race, religion, familial status, physical attributes, physical and mental ability or disability, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender expression, gender identity, and political affiliation or beliefs.
During the discussion it was decided to also dictate were the clause would go as part of the proposal. It will appear on the Occupy Omaha website, newsletters, media and anything else dealing with any Occupy Omaha event sanctioned by its General Assembly.
The nondiscrimination clause was proposed to the General Assembly by local activist and Occupy Omaha member Ken Riter and was previously written by Mika Covington of Forward Equality and OccupyEquality Nebraska.