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 7,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.
Top posts for 2015 (views)
- (479) SB0566 and LEOBOR reform in Maryland — what is it, why is it needed?
- (335) Takoma Park City Council passes resolution welcoming Syrian refugees 6-0
- (188) Civilian Review Boards: activist and association views
- (173) Law Enforcement Officers “Bill of Rights” reform hearings: a report — and next steps
- (172) Police body cameras: eyes on us, not on them?
- (158) Coalition for Justice and Equality marches on Annapolis on Martin Luther King Day
- (141) Police reform town hall builds resolve for Annapolis March 12 action
- (138) Wheaton Mall “#BlackLivesMatter” die-in set for New Year’s Day (12/30/14)
- (116) ACLU MD Briefing Paper: at least 109 deaths in Maryland police encounters
- (113) Maryland body camera legislation — on its way to “worse than nothing”
- (106) Proposed Syrian refugee resolution for the city of Takoma Park
Obviously, #BlackLivesMatter and police reform issues predominated in 2015, followed by a late year focus on pushing back against the not-so-hidden Islamophobia revealed by our governor’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees. We’re proud of the organizing, reporting, and writing done during the 2015 legislative session; particular shout-outs go to Elsa Lakew, organizer of several actions in the early part of the year, and Fran Pollner, a stalwart participant in town hall planning and a great reporter during the 2015 legislative session in Annapolis.
We plan to take up in 2016 where we left off in 2015: keeping after police reform in Maryland, and re-engaging with issues like indefinite detention, surveillance, and criminalization and marginalization of dissent. We hope you’ll join us — our next meeting is this Tuesday in Silver Spring, see the “Upcoming events” sidebar for details.