Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy New Year! 2015 in review

Happy New Year!  There’s still time for a quick look back at 2015, an active one for MCCRC. Here’s an excerpt from the WordPress blog summary: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about … Continue reading

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Freedom2Boycott: email your Annapolis delegation today!

The “Freedom2Boycott” coalition is a “coalition of groups and individuals advocating for free speech rights in the State of Maryland in support of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) that promote social justice in Israel/Palestine.”  It was formed by Saqib Ali … Continue reading

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Sign up with “Maryland Welcomes Refugees”

MCCRC and Peace Action Montgomery are collaborating to build a network of volunteers committed to welcoming refugees — Syrian or otherwise — to our county and our state. To join that effort, just add your name and contact information to … Continue reading

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Comfort Oludipe, MCPD Chief Manger in Germantown public meeting next Tuesday

Comfort Oludipe  –“Mama Emmanuel”, the mother of Emmanuel Okutuga, slain in 2011 by Montgomery County police — will hold a press conference in Germantown next Tuesday, followed by a community conversation with Chief Thomas Manger of the MCPD and other … Continue reading

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One vigil, divisible, with liberty and justice for some

Last Friday night, a decent, heartfelt response to the horror and grief of the San Bernardino mass killings was transformed into a pep rally for a disquieting information gathering and intervention program — connecting clergy and law enforcement — called … Continue reading

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Legislative hearing — or legislator hectoring? Del. Kramer vs. Freedom2Boycott

Freedom2Boycott in Maryland has released excellent, point by point answers, by chairperson Alison Glick, to Maryland Delegate Ben Kramer’s questioning of Peace Action Montgomery’s Whit Athey at the November 18th “legislative priority hearing” in Rockville. As such, the statement serves … Continue reading

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I support REFUGEES IN MARYLAND because…

Show your support! Download our template, write in your own reason, take a picture and send it to us at mococivilrights@gmail.com. We’ll add it to the slideshow and post favorites in future blog posts about this issue. Thanks!

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Thomas Nephew on refugee resolution: “maybe Gov.Hogan did something for us to be thankful for”

Last week I spoke for a pro-refugee resolution similar to one adopted by the Chicago City Council less than two weeks ago. I fact-checked its assertions and found one after the other to be true: 7 million displaced Syrians 4 … Continue reading

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Takoma Park City Council passes resolution welcoming Syrian refugees 6-0

A Takoma Park City Council resolution “affirm[ing] its duty and willingness to welcome our Syrian neighbors” in the face of “one of the worst refugee crises since World War II” passed by 6-0 last night.*  The resolution text was changed … Continue reading

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Nancy Abbott Young: “as Sam’s daughter, as a proud American of Syrian descent… I salute this Resolution”

My name is Nancy Abbott Young. My father was Sam Abbott, Mayor of Takoma Park, who among many other things, fought to establish Takoma Park as a Sanctuary City providing refuge & asylum for refugees fleeing Central America and South … Continue reading

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