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Meaningful SWAT reform at risk in Annapolis — here’s how to help

Action alert: Help enact meaningful SWAT reform in Maryland! Visit this state web site: SWAT Team Reporting – SB 447. Then click and download the last SWAT statistical report to be issued, FY 2014 SWAT Data Report.(Please do both.) Believe it … Continue reading

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Activist gets Rockville PD complaint form corrected

After reading our report about police department transparency compliance failures in Montgomery County, activist John Appiah-Duffell decided it might as well be him to challenge the City of Rockville about its police department’s own failure.  The Rockville PD had not … 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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MCCRC supports Del. Smith’s HB521 bill restoring SWAT team reporting

On February 23d, MCCRC submitted written testimony in support of HB521, a bill sponsored by Delegate Will Smith (D-20) that would require Maryland police departments to annually report detailed data about their SWAT (special weapons and tactics) team deployments. The … Continue reading

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MCCRC testimony on HB257 historical location data bill by Del. Moon

MCCRC submitted written testimony today in support of an “admirably succinct” bill, HB257, by Delegate David Moon (D-20, Montgomery County) that would address a major loophole in Maryland electronic surveillance law: the ability to view historical location data. By adding … Continue reading

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Legislative hearing — or legislator hectoring? Del. Kramer vs. Freedom2Boycott

Freedom2Boycott in Maryland has released excellent, point by point answers, by chairperson Alison Glick, to Maryland Delegate Ben Kramer’s questioning of Peace Action Montgomery’s Whit Athey at the November 18th “legislative priority hearing” in Rockville. As such, the statement serves … 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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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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Syrian refugee resolution supported at Takoma Park city council meeting

Several activists and citizens outlined their support for a pro-Syrian refugee resolution at the Takoma Park City Council meeting on Monday night. For their part, councilmembers said that their resolution will go beyond words to action in encouraging refugee settlement … Continue reading

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