Monthly Archives: April 2012

NDAA forum highlights: Shahid Buttar (BORDC)

Bill of Rights Defense Committee executive director Shahid Buttar began with a stark statement of his own: “At the moment, the right to trial and due process have effectively been statutorily suspended.  We enjoy them because of the pleasure of … Continue reading

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NDAA forum highlights: Councilmember Q&A/remarks

Councilmember Seth Grimes was on hand for the forum, as was Councilmember Kay Daniels-Cohen.  Before the meeting, Mr. Grimes had indicated he might not stay long so he could get home sooner.  So he was offered a chance to go … Continue reading

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NDAA forum highlights: Heather Hurlburt (National Security Network)

National Security Network executive director Heather Hurlburt led off her remarks with a breaking news bulletin: parents were ahead at half time by one point in the Takoma Park Elementary School parents-staff basketball game. Turning serious, Ms. Hurlburt immediately put … Continue reading

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Lively forum airs NDAA issues

Impassioned, knowledgeable speakers and a lively, engaged audience — including two Takoma Park city council members, Seth Grimes and Kay Daniels-Cohen — made for a very successful NDAA forum last night at the Takoma Park Community Center. Thomas Nephew welcomed … Continue reading

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NDAA forum welcome by Thomas Nephew: “A civil liberties emergency”

Welcome to the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition forum on the military detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012. Our motto is “protecting civil liberties everywhere by protecting them at home.” And we try to live … Continue reading

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Activists advocate NDAA resolution, present petition signatures

MCCRC activists returned to Takoma Park City Council this evening to argue for the NDAA resolution, update Council on the ACLU endorsement, and present a list of 104 Takoma Park residents supporting the resolution. Jim Kuhn led off with a … Continue reading

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Maryland ACLU endorses proposed Takoma Park NDAA resolution

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is adding its formidable voice to a chorus of support for the MCCRC’s proposed Takoma Park NDAA/AUMF resolution. ACLU-MD legislative director Melissa Goemann notes: The ACLU of Maryland is proud to work with … Continue reading

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MCCRC Asks Congress to End Racial Profiling

Racial profiling occurs whenever law enforcement agents use race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin as a factor in deciding whom they should investigate, arrest or detain, except where these characteristics are part of a specific suspect description. Singling people out … Continue reading

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SAALT policy director Priya Murthy endorses NDAA resolution at Takoma Park city council meeting

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is one of the pre-eminent civil rights groups in the country, working on behalf of the 2.7 million Americans (2008 Census data) with ancestry from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives  — … Continue reading

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Takoma/Silver Spring Voice editor Eric Bond to moderate April 26th NDAA forum

The independent newspaper Takoma/Silver Spring Voice is one of the hubs of community life in Takoma Park; its editor Eric Bond is a respected community reporter who frequently chairs local political and educational events. So when we thought about who … Continue reading

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