In support of a sweeping Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality (MCJE) police reform legislative agenda in Annapolis, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition will be hosting a town hall next week titled “Police Abuses in Maryland – hear the stories, act for reform.”
WHERE: Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
WHEN: Friday, February 27th, 7-9 pm
(click here to RSVP at the Facebook event page)
Confirmed speakers include:
- Marion Gray-Hopkins (mother of police shooting victim Gary Hopkins)
- Oludipe Comfort Olubunmi (mother of police shooting victim Emmanuel Okutuga)
- Darlene Cain (mother of police shooting victim Dale Graham)
- Delegate David Moon (D-20)
- Sara Love (policy director, ACLU Maryland)
- Rion Dennis (executive director, Majority Minority Foundation)*
- Dr. Menna Demessie (senior policy analyst, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation)
- Elsa Lakew (#BlackLivesMatter and MCCRC activist)
- Leighton Watson (Howard University Student Assoc. president)
- Tomas Alejo (“Identity” youth center director) (or designated alternate)
More about each speaker can be found here.
The town hall will take place the day after critical Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearings on police reform legislation supported by MCJE and MCCRC.
So come prepared learn about how those hearings went, and come prepared to call, text, email and/or tweet selected Annapolis legislators about reform bills like SB0566 (law enforcement officer ‘Bill of Rights’ (LEOBOR) reform) and SB0653 (state prosecutor for police-involved deaths).
Watch this space for updates on speakers and co-sponsors.
EDITS: 2/19: Mr. Dennis is no longer an NAACP Regional Field Director. We mistakenly indicated otherwise, and regret the error. 2/20: ACLU Montg. County and HandsUpCoalition DC added as co-sponsors. 2/25: added links to subsequent posts about speakers and Maryland Senate committee hearings.