Tag Archives: islamophobia

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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Legislative forum Q&A gets answers on SWAT, trial boards, profiling, immigration enforcement, surveillance

A legislative forum hosted by Progressive Neighbors last Sunday, January 8, at Silver Spring Civic Center yielded insights into state and county civil rights and civil liberties issues during audience questions. SWAT reporting, civilian trial board participation Thomas Nephew (MCCRC) … Continue reading

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[UPDATED: NSEERS is dead!] Report your phone calls to Congress about ending NSEERS here

[UPDATE, 12/22/16: CNN reports “Obama administration ending program once used to track mostly Arab and Muslim men: “President Barack Obama’s administration said Thursday it was ending a dormant program that once was used to track mostly Arab and Muslim men.”The … 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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One vigil, divisible, with liberty and justice for some

Last Friday night, a decent, heartfelt response to the horror and grief of the San Bernardino mass killings was transformed into a pep rally for a disquieting information gathering and intervention program — connecting clergy and law enforcement — called … 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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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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Thomas Nephew on refugee resolution: “this – not fear, not hostility — is who we are”

My name is Thomas Nephew, I’m a member of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition. I’m here to applaud all of you, especially our new mayor Kate Stewart, for your willingness to consider a resolution that would express support for … Continue reading

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Proposed Syrian refugee resolution for the city of Takoma Park

As is well known, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently asked the federal government to “cease any additional settlements of refugees from Syria in Maryland until the U.S. government can provide appropriate assurances that refugees from Syria pose no threat to … Continue reading

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Video: Saqib Ali (CAIR-MD) speaks at Defending Dissent forum

Former Maryland Assembly Delegate Saqib Ali (now government affairs director of CAIR-MD) addressed the audience about the civil liberties challenges faced by American Muslims.  He shared some of the questionable work products of the “Demographics Unit” of the NYPD’s Intelligence … Continue reading

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