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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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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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Lois Wessel on refugee resolution: “offering them what others offered my mother”

Seventy-five years ago, a German Jewish teenager who had been sent to safety in England in 1939 on the Kindertransport arrived in New York where she was reunited with her parents. After a brief stay in New York, the three … Continue reading

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MCCRC “Freedom to boycott” testimony

I’m Thomas Nephew, from Takoma Park, MD and I’m here on behalf of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition. I’m here to speak against the growing trend to use public agencies and institutions to stigmatize, penalize, and sometimes criminalize nonviolent, … Continue reading

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MCCRC supports “Freedom2Boycott” campaign at Maryland legislative priorities hearing

Yesterday evening MCCRC’s Thomas Nephew joined other speakers from a new “Freedom To Boycott” campaign (freedom2boycott.com) urging legislators from Montgomery County to keep Maryland’s hands off the “BDS” (boycott, divestment, sanction) movement against Israeli policies — and protect all nonviolent … Continue reading

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