Author Archives: Thomas Nephew

MCCRC supports Maryland marijuana reform efforts

The drug war in general and the criminalization of marijuana use in particular have been costly, oppressive failures throughout the United States, Maryland, and Montgomery County.  While the potential and actual harms of substance overuse and abuse cannot be denied, … Continue reading

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MCCRC bids adieu to Kit Bonson

Kit Bonson was one of the founders of MCCRC — along with Sue Udry, Martine Zee and Thomas Nephew — in the wake of the FBI raids on the midwest activists in September 2010.  At the time, we came together … Continue reading

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2013 in review

Here’s the WordPress.com 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take … Continue reading

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Banner drop at Fort Meade: “Save America – Close the NSA”

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, two carloads of activists drove to the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade to demonstrate against the U.S. surveillance state. They unfurled banners over US-295 with a simple message: Save America – Close the NSA. [videography, … Continue reading

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MCCRC advocates lifesaving police car AEDs — arguing tasers make them obligatory

On Monday evening, MCCRC activist Thomas Nephew joined Mike Mage (ACLU Montgomery County) to advocate for Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez’s MC17-14 local bill, which (as stated) would require MCPD and other police forces in the county to deploy automated external … Continue reading

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Surveillance & Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the US (panel discussion)

Ahead of next week’s continuation of the Georgetown Law Surveillance & Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the US panel series, we’re posting video of the first of three panels on the subject, a September 24th discussion of the Church Committee and … Continue reading

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Now that was an EPIC crypto-party

Better late than never: here’s a report back from the “crypto party” hosted by Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Public Citizen on Friday, October 25th in the offices of Public Citizen in connection with the “Stop Watching Us”rally against … Continue reading

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MCCRC delegation lobbies Senator Mikulski for real surveillance reform

A Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (MCCRC) delegation met Friday morning with staff from Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office to discuss Mikulski’s position on the ongoing NSA scandals and urge her to support real reform.  The delegation included Thomas Nephew (MCCRC), … Continue reading

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Stop Watching Us Coalition “Lobby Day”: a report back

[by Martine Zee] Last Friday, I joined dozens of other activists for a “Stop Watching Us Lobby Day” dedicated to opposing NSA mass surveillance.   We were thrilled to learn that the coalition had booked 55 appointments with Congressional Members … Continue reading

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Thousands join weekend DC rally demanding “Stop Watching Us!”

On a beautiful fall afternoon, demonstrators from around the country marched to within shouting distance of the Capitol to demand that the U.S. government “Stop Watching Us.” Many MCCRC activists, supporters, and friends were there, too, of course, and several … Continue reading

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