Category Archives: Post

Next Community Meeting: Oct. 4 at Rockville High School

We’ve been growing in size and activity, we are up county and down county, fighting to protect our rights and liberties, and those of our most vulnerable neighbors. Come get involved! General Meeting Wednesday, October 4 7 pm Rockville High … Continue reading

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Big Brother is Watching (Your Tweets)

While attention has been paid to the military-grade equipment that finds its way to local police departments, less emphasis has been placed on examining how police are constantly monitoring (and storing) information they find on social media. Police across the … Continue reading

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MoCo Turns Out to Resist Surveillance of Our Youth

Over 120 people came together on a hot muggy Sunday afternoon in August to learn about our government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs in Montgomery County, MD, and around the country. Continue reading

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The Trump Effect

How does the national political discourse affect us locally? In regard to hate crimes in Montgomery County, the evidence is disturbingly clear: nearly one-third of last year’s incidents occurred after the presidential election (see chart).  That’s a 167 percent increase … Continue reading

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Victory for Rockville’s Fostering Community Trust Ordinance: Lessons Learned

On June 19, Rockville became only the third city in Maryland to pass an ordinance limiting the role of its local police in enforcement of federal immigration law, following Takoma Park in 1985 and Hyattsville earlier this year. After nearly … Continue reading

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Letter to Congress: Do Your Job and Curb Domestic Spying

It’s time for Congress to act! Over two dozen civil rights and civil liberties groups sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee asking for common sense reforms to curb improper spying on law-abiding Americans and to “enhance protections of … Continue reading

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The Proliferation of License Plate Readers

A little noticed surveillance technology, designed to track the movements of every passing driver, is quickly proliferating on Maryland’s streets. License plate readers (LPRs), mounted on police cars or at fixed locations like on road signs and bridges, use small … Continue reading

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Activists weigh in on Takoma Park police chief selection process — join us online and next Thursday!

MCCRC, ACLU-Montgomery County, and other activists joined the discussion of the Takoma Park Police Chief selection process during a Takoma Park City Council meeting (video forthcoming) held Wednesday evening in the Recreation Center on New Hampshire Avenue. Why is this … Continue reading

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Asian American Groups Support Rockville’s “Fostering Community Trust” Ordinance—Council Meeting June 19

A coalition of organizations, including several Asian and Pacific American groups as well as the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition, will attend the Rockville City Council hearing on Monday, June 19 in support of the “Fostering Community Trust” ordinance introduced … Continue reading

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Youth-police panel: student arrest rates in MoCo schools much higher than in MD or US

On Monday night I was honored to be part of a panel, convened by the remarkable Montgomery Blair High School student activist Alix Swann, on the topic of “Youth Police Interactions.” Panelists included: Eddie Ellis (One By 1, Inc) Minister … Continue reading

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