Author Archives: Thomas Nephew

Guest post: Montgomery County electronic voting finally gets a real paper trail

Voting is one of the most fundamental civil rights — but electronic systems used by Maryland and Montgomery County have been vulnerable to abuse. Now new systems, to be deployed in April, promise improvement. Guest author Robert Lanza explains. I … Continue reading

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Police reform coalition responds in detail to Annapolis recommendations

Last summer, in the wake of the Freddie Gray unrest in Baltimore, a “Public Safety and Policing Work Group” (PSWG) of Annapolis legislators was convened to belatedly acknowledge some need for police reform, following the all but complete denial of reform … Continue reading

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Take it to Annapolis! Citizen lobbyist packets for Raskin Syrian refugee letter available

State senator Jamie Raskin’s letter endorsing Syrian refugee settlement is making waves in Annapolis! Already, 18 delegates and senators — including the whole District 20 team representing Takoma Park and Silver Spring — have joined Senator Raskin to urge Governor … Continue reading

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Senator Raskin circulates pro-Syrian refugee letter in Annapolis – you can help

The Syrian refugee crisis hasn’t gone away, of course — nor has the urgency of confronting fearful and often Islamophobic commentary about accepting those (and other) refugees to our country. So State Senator Jamie Raskin has penned a strong letter … Continue reading

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Annapolis MLK evening rally, die-in highlight police accountability agenda

About two hundred activists braved a bitterly cold evening on Martin Luther King Day in Annapolis’s Lawyers Mall — directly in front of the Maryland State House — to send the message to the Maryland legislature that police accountability reform … Continue reading

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Coalition: MD police reform recommendations “an important start” – but #23 is very bad

On Monday the Maryland legislature’s Public Safety and Policing work group issued 23 specific recommendations for police reform (reprinted in full at the end of this post).  Many of the recommendations — which will be featured in a bill or … Continue reading

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Takoma Park, America says “Close Guantanamo!”

As promised, MCCRC activists showed up at the Takoma Metro station this evening, distributing flyers about Guantanamo and collecting signatures to our petition asking the Montgomery County area Congressional delegation to do something about Guantanamo — investigate the Pentagon for its … Continue reading

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Mo Co area congressional delegation: investigate Pentagon footdragging, close Guantanamo!

MCCRC activists will be at Takoma Metro station tomorrow evening distributing flyers about Guantanamo, reading from Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s “Guantánamo Diary” and asking supporters to pose with “Close Guantanamo!” signs like the one on the right. We’ll also be collecting … Continue reading

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Police reform now! MLK Day rally, press conference, and die-in at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis

WHEN: 7pm-9pm, rain or shine, Monday January 18 (Martin Luther King Day) WHERE: Lawyers Mall, Annapolis, across from the State House WHAT: Press conference Rally and speakers Die-in on the plaza, with signs remembering victims of police violence HOW: carpool … Continue reading

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MCCRC issues FOIA request about MTPD bag searches

[SIGN OUR PETITION AGAINST BAG SEARCHES] The Metro Transit Police Department recently announced that it was resuming the practice of assigning bag search units to random Metro stations for random bag searches of persons seeking to enter the WMATA Metro … Continue reading

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