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Defending Dissent forum: Thu Apr 18 7pm Wheaton Library

What effect has the “The War on Terror” had on free expression and grassroots political organizing in Maryland and across the United States since 9/11?  Come to a public forum sponsored by Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition and hear from citizen organizers working to advance their causes and protect their rights.

Wheaton Regional Library
11701 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD (map)
Thursday, April 18, 7pm

The right to profess our own beliefs — religious, political, or otherwise — and to dissent from those we can not agree to is critically important.  The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition will use the forum to start a “Rapid Response Network” to defend that right: a coalition of civil liberties, peace, and other groups ready to work together for people targeted for their beliefs by local, state or federal agents.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Kit Bonson (MCCRC) – Overview of civil liberties issues on a national scale and introduction of other speakers
  • Saqib Ali (CAIR-MD) – Police profiling and pre-emptive prosecution/entrapment of Arab/Muslim communities as well as other targeted communities/groups
  • Megan Jenny (Chesapeake Climate Action Network) – Harassment/prosecutions of environmental activists
  • Max Obuszewski (Baltimore Nonviolence Center) – Maryland State Police infiltration of MD activists and similar events since then.
  • Sue Udry (Defending Dissent) – Drawing the connections between movement experiences; future directions and coalition goals, especially regarding MCCRC’s “Rapid Response Network” in case local activists or others are targeted by local, state or federal agents
You can read more about our great speakers here.

Thanks for all you do!

Thomas, Kit, Sue, Martine, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition