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Montgomery county residents and local groups question police practices in Silver Spring shooting death of Robert White

News from: Black Lives Matter DC-Direct Action Pod; Jews United for Justice, Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, Inc.; Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition; Progressive Action Montgomery County; Showing Up for Racial Justice Montgomery County; Silver Spring CHEER; … Continue reading

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When police kill a neighbor. We have to ask why

On June 11, Robert White was shot dead by a Montgomery County Police officer. He was just walking through his own neighborhood when accosted by the officer. He was unarmed. And Black. We don’t know the full story of what … Continue reading

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Why is Maryland Even Thinking About Going Backwards on Criminal Justice Reform?

Today, the Maryland House Judiciary Committee will debate SB 122, the Comprehensive Crime Bill.  SB 122 is a dangerous bill that increases penalties and prison time for a number of offenses by creating mandatory minimums. We know that this is an ineffective … Continue reading

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CAIR, MCCRC Jointly Condemn Distribution of Hate Literature to Montgomery County Homes in Maryland 

Yesterday several homes in Silver Spring found a racist/Islamophobic/homophobic “comic book” on their doorstep.  The comic books looked like they might be suitable for children, but were actually dripping with ignorance and hate. We joined with our allies at CAIR … Continue reading

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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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