2011 in review

What the heck — WordPress.com prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog,  have a look.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,400 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

Top viewed stories were:

[Home page] 2,913
Taborn: bag search refusers will “be observed” 776
Bag search opposition press conference at WMATA building 315
Successful “Creeping Shariah” myth forum 259
The kids are all right — and they don’t want a Montgomery County youth curfew 208
Statement by Thomas Nephew at bag search press conference, 3/3/11 176
Bag search opponents swamp Metro Riders Advisory Council meeting 155
A response to the Washington Post 142
[“About” page] 138
With NDAA looming, MCCRC activists pay the Obama campaign a visit 110
Know Your Rights, Know The Law: Metro Bag Search Symposium 110
WMATA board refers RAC recommendations against bag searches to committee 95

Obviously, the bag search issue was the main one drawing readers, and we haven’t forgotten about it.  But we can’t make a legal challenge happen without a legal challenger, so:

  • If you are stopped at one of the bag search stations (which tend to last for only about an hour or hour and a half), please contact the ACLU-NCA at 202-457-0800 and tell them what happened.
  • If you see a bag search in progress also contact us at mococivilrights@gmail.com, or “tweet” the news of when and which station it’s happening at with the hashtag #bagsearch” and #wmata.
  • You can also help us by monitoring Twitter reports for such messages.

The list above shows that Metro bag searches weren’t the only issue we took on in 2011; we helped successfully oppose misguided youth curfew and loitering/prowling proposals, we staged a very successful, informative forum on the Islamophobic myth of “creeping Sharia,” and we took our objections against ominous, unconstitutional indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA to the Obama campaign itself.  We’re also proud to be hosting a terrific “Protecting your online privacy” series by Bill Day.

With your help — in petitions, in letters to the editor, in person — we’ve attended local meetings and protested at local sites when it counted, speaking up for civil liberties and civil rights in Montgomery County.  Thanks for reading this blog, and thanks for being a part of our efforts!

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2 Responses to 2011 in review

  1. martinezee says:

    The wordpress annual report just crashed my browser! doh… I was able to look at it again after restarting though! :-)

  2. Sorry about that! — I don’t know what happened, it hasn’t done that to me.

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