Revolutionary Action Party headquarters serves as north Omaha community hub
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - If you need food, clothes, internet and more, the Revolutionary Action Party Headquarters is a one-stop shop for north Omaha residents.
The group, known widely for its controversial political demonstrations and anti-police protests, has landed in muddy waters with Omaha Police on several occasions. But one of its members reminded the public Thursday that its repertoire includes grassroots efforts to support North Omaha financially and economically.
“If you really really need some clothes at 3 o’clock in the morning, we’re not gonna turn you down,” Bear Alexander joked, although 7 a.m.-11 p.m. would be ideal.
If you need one of its 9,000 items of clothing for an interview, fresh produce for your family, bag lunches, or women’s health products, it’s yours any time — and all of it is free.
Alexander is an organizer for the Revolutionary Action Party — a group of young, black community activists with a very specific goal.
“RAP’s whole premise is feeding, clothing the community, and bringing information to the community,” he said. “Our love for our community can be misconstrued as hatred for the system.”
Alexander isn’t shy about the group being political in nature, often calling out elected leaders and law enforcement for actions it disagrees with while making a call to action to dismantle those same organizations. But he says the grassroots work they do on a day-to-day basis fills a much-needed gap.
“Why do we have clothing programs? It’s because of the negligence and irresponsibility of our government and we’re going to highlight that,” he said. “But we’re also going to take care of our community members and remind them that we’re family.”
Neighbors on the same street at the community hub say it’s been a godsend.
“It’s hard to ask for help,” Kaylee Waterman said.
Waterman says north Omaha needs a space that’s embedded in the neighborhood, where residents don’t have to feel ashamed to ask for help.
She supports the group by donating from time to time, but she also said she lost her job recently and she knows if she needs anything, she won’t be judged.
“They’re respectful, they’re nice. they’re good to talk to,” she said.
The RAP house is also multi-purpose. Alexander said it has computers and internet for parents and kids along with books and other resources. He said it’s meant to be a space where north Omaha residents can come if they just need encouragement.
Now that the organization has a fully functioning headquarters and it’s more established, Alexander hopes the relationship with those who use them becomes the same way.
Pride gets in the way, and ego gets in the way and people are kinda shy asking for help,” he said, “and that’s where we just get acclimated in the community. We build that trust.”
Revolutionary Action Party headquarters is located at 2411 Emmett Street in north Omaha.
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