Author Archives: Thomas Nephew

MCCRC appeals WMATA denial of request to document bag searches are “random”

[SIGN OUR PETITION AGAINST BAG SEARCHES] Today, MCCRC continued to press our “PARP” (public access records process) with the regional transit authority WMATA, appealing the agency’s 2/24/16 administrative decision that the first six elements of our request could not be … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Van Hollen, Raskin, Flowers, twenty other MD candidates respond to MCCRC/Peace Action questionnaire

Twenty three candidates for Senate and 3d, 6th, and 8th Congressional District Representative seats have responded to a 13 part questionnaire circulated by MCCRC and Peace Action Montgomery.  The questionnaire and links to election pages and candidate questionnaire pages can … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MoCo Delegate Dumais puts FOP at the table, scuttles key police accountability measure

Police accountability efforts were set back on Monday when House Judiciary Chairman Joseph Vallario and vice chair Kathleen Dumais (D-15, Montgomery County) attended a key Criminal Justice subcommittee hearing.  Despite not normally being members of the subcommittee, the two conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Peace Action Montgomery, MCCRC send issues questionnaire to 3d, 6th, 8th CD and Senate candidates

Peace Action Montgomery and MCCRC have issued a questionnaire with 11 peace, justice, and civil liberties questions for candidates to federal public office seeking Montgomery County voter support. The questionnaire was sent to 30 Senate candidates, and 5, 11, and … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MCCRC joins “Activism is not Terrorism” national letter urging investigation of FBI

MCCRC is among over 60 civil rights and civil liberties groups co-signing a letter to Congress expressing concern over revelations of FBI and DHS surveillance of nonviolent protest groups and movements, and calling on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marijuana Policy Coalition to lobby Annapolis today

The Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland is organizing a “Lobby Night” in Annapolis from 5 to 8 pm on Monday, March 7, to advance the goal of “taxing and regulating cannabis in Maryland.” For an overview of the policy benefits … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Please ask these MoCo delegates to sign the Syria refugee letter!

The campaign to get Maryland state senators and delegates to join an open letter endorsing the settlement of Syrian refugees is proceeding apace. As of tonight, 39 delegates and senators have signed! That honor roll includes 19 Assembly members from … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

MCCRC supports Del. Smith’s HB521bill restoring SWAT team reporting

On February 23d, MCCRC submitted written testimony in support of HB521, a bill sponsored by Delegate Will Smith (D-20) that would require Maryland police departments to annually report detailed data about their SWAT (special weapons and tactics) team deployments. The … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Marylanders show up in Annapolis for police reform – sheriffs, chiefs agree #NoRec23

Over a hundred advocates of police reform descended on Annapolis on Tuesday to press their case for real police reform and against measures like “Recommendation 23” — packing brutality hearing boards with members favorable to the accused — that would … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

BORDC/DDF’s Sue Udry: FBI iPhone demand seeks “crow bar” into our lives

[Yesterday, activists held a protest in Washington DC against the FBI’s efforts to compel Apple to help break the encryption of an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. MCCRC supported the demonstration with email alerts, and BORDC/DDF … Continue reading

Posted in Post | Tagged , | Leave a comment