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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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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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Sign up with “Maryland Welcomes Refugees”

MCCRC and Peace Action Montgomery are collaborating to build a network of volunteers committed to welcoming refugees — Syrian or otherwise — to our county and our state. To join that effort, just add your name and contact information to … Continue reading

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MCCRC joins ACLU-MD, CAIR, 36 other organizations in letter to Governor Hogan on refugees

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition was proud to join 38 other Maryland civil rights and other groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Maryland (CAIR), in a letter urging Governor … Continue reading

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MCCRC joins national coalition in concerns about federal law enforcement profiling guidance

MCCRC has joined a national coalition in praising progress but identifying continuing concerns about important federal anti-profiling guidelines released in December.  From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announcement: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and … Continue reading

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Press release, Rep. Mark Pocan: Pocan & Massie Introduce Legislation to Repeal PATRIOT Act

Legislation would end NSA Dragnet Collection of Personal Communications Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act. The legislation would repeal dragnet federal surveillance laws, while overhauling the NSA’s … Continue reading

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Video: March 12 MCJE police reform rally in Annapolis

Here is a video playlist of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality (MCJE) March 12 rally in Annapolis preceding the House Judiciary Committee hearings. * The playlist is in the order that people spoke. To navigate to the desired … Continue reading

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SB0566 and LEOBOR reform in Maryland — what is it, why is it needed?

The centerpiece of coalition police reform efforts in Maryland this year is overhauling the so-called “Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights” (acronym LEOBOR or LEOBR) statute.*  The main vehicle for doing so is SB566 (“Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights … Continue reading

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Speakers at this Friday’s town hall

We’re honored to have a wonderful group of speakers for this Friday’s event, “Police Abuses in Maryland: hear the stories, act for reform.” First, details about the event: WHERE: Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD (map), … Continue reading

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