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Muslim Community Center Town Hall speakers report on #MuslimBan executive order, offer toolkit to resist

An emergency town hall convened at the Muslim Community Center this Sunday at noon gave two speakers — Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and Khaled Bhartoum, a law professor at  University of Detroit Mercy School of Law … Continue reading

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Muslim registry teach-in advises calling Congressmembers *now*

On Saturday afternoon of December 17, over a hundred audience members attended an informative forum at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church titled “Registration Revived? A Teach-In on Resisting Muslim Registries.” Speakers at the event — organized by the Muslim … Continue reading

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Bystander Intervention Workshop equips participants to help targets of bullying, bias

What do you do when you see someone being hassled or worse because of their identity or views? On Thursday evening, December 15, an audience of about eighty people attended a workshop led by MCCRC activist Kit Bonson at the … Continue reading

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Local gang victim seeks help from PGPD – instead betrayed to ICE

On the evening of Sunday, December 4, a large “Takoma Park Mobilization”* assembly at Piney Branch Elementary School heard a moving request by resident Gabrielle Tayac on behalf of “Antonio” (not his actual name).  The undocumented 18 year old Honduran … Continue reading

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I support REFUGEES IN MARYLAND because…

Show your support! Download our template, write in your own reason, take a picture and send it to us at mococivilrights@gmail.com. We’ll add it to the slideshow and post favorites in future blog posts about this issue. Thanks!

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Thomas Nephew on refugee resolution: “maybe Gov.Hogan did something for us to be thankful for”

Last week I spoke for a pro-refugee resolution similar to one adopted by the Chicago City Council less than two weeks ago. I fact-checked its assertions and found one after the other to be true: 7 million displaced Syrians 4 … Continue reading

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Takoma Park City Council passes resolution welcoming Syrian refugees 6-0

A Takoma Park City Council resolution “affirm[ing] its duty and willingness to welcome our Syrian neighbors” in the face of “one of the worst refugee crises since World War II” passed by 6-0 last night.*  The resolution text was changed … Continue reading

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Nancy Abbott Young: “as Sam’s daughter, as a proud American of Syrian descent… I salute this Resolution”

My name is Nancy Abbott Young. My father was Sam Abbott, Mayor of Takoma Park, who among many other things, fought to establish Takoma Park as a Sanctuary City providing refuge & asylum for refugees fleeing Central America and South … Continue reading

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Guest post – Reaffirm our humanity by welcoming Syrian refugees

Half or more of our country’s governors – including Governor Hogan in our home state of Maryland – have proclaimed that they will refuse to accept Syrian refugees. Their reasoning: one of the Paris bombers slipped in with the refugee … Continue reading

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A letter to my Governor: Our problem is not Syrian refugees – it’s us.

I wrote this letter as a response to the Governor of my home state of Maryland–Larry Hogan–who requested that federal authorities cease any additional settlements of refugees from Syria in Maryland. — Elsa Lakew Dear Governor Larry Hogan, You don’t … Continue reading

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