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Monthly general meeting, Tue Apr 4 7-9pm, Richard Montgomery HS

Our monthly general meetings have grown exponentially!  We now have well over 100 people coming to our monthly general meetings so they can take part in our five working groups on immigration, anti-Islamophobia, police accountability, surveillance and bystander intervention trainings. Montgomery County is not taking Trumpism lying down!

Please join us!
When: Tuesday, April 4, 7-9 pm
Where: Richard Montgomery High School cafeteria
250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
Guest Speakers
  • Je’Nan Hayes and Carlitta Foster Hayes.  Je’Nan is the Watkins Mill H.S. student who was not allowed to play in her team’s championship game because she wears a hijab. She is joined by her mother Carlitta.
  • Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, a leading advocate on civil rights for Muslims and Arab Americans.
  • Brandon Anderson, developer of a Facebook app to collect data on police encounters to measure who is being stopped by police, and how they are treated.
After hearing from our speakers, we’ll break into working groups and get down to business!
  • Immigration: working to pass the Maryland Trust Act and a Community Trust ordinance in Rockville.
  • Islamophobia: hosting a teach-in on April 9 in Takoma Park and building a campaign against a county program that promotes Islamophobia.
  • Police reform: pressuring the county to add a civilians to police trial boards and working towards statewide SWAT reform.
  • Surveillance: hosting a teach-in on personal digital security in May and lobbying in Annapolis and the County Council to restrict surveillance
  • Bystander Intervention Training: hosting workshops on the principles of nonviolence and de-escalation, followed by interactive scenarios for responding to community harassment.
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Teach-in on Islamophobia: What is it and what can we do about it? Sun Apr 9 3-5pm Takoma Park

Co-sponsored by MCCRC and Takoma Park Mobilization
When: Sunday, April 9, 3-5 pm
Where: Piney Branch Elementary School
7510 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
  • Dr. Maha Hilal,  Organizer, Witness Against Torture, Steering committee member of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition.
  • Ms. Ramah Kudaimi, Board member, Washington Peace Center, Steering committee member of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, Co-founder Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum.
  • Ms. Sue Udry, Executive Director, Defending Rights & Dissent, Co-founder, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.
A free ticket is required for entrance. Space is limited. Get your free ticket from EventBrite at

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Don't let up: stand up for Rockville sanctuary ordinance, Mon Apr 3, 7pm

The mayor and city council of Rockville are considering an ordinance that would prohibit most collaboration between local police and federal immigration authorities. A recent tragic rape notwithstanding, the rising numbers of immigrants in our county over the last 25 years are correlated with a steady drop in crime in Montgomery County.

Your voice is needed. Three things you can do:
  • Show up in person at the next mayor and council meeting, Monday, April 3, and offer oral testimony during the "community forum." The anti-immigrant crowd is expected to turn up; we need to be there in larger numbers. If you want to speak, call the city clerk at 240-314-8280 to get yourself on the schedule. Let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing to this Facebook event, and share the event with your friends and family!
  • Email the Rockville mayor and council at -- even if you've already done so. They need to know that you still strongly support this ordinance.
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Bystander Intervention Training, Mon Apr 10, 7pm All Souls Church

Join us to learn how to step up and be supportive when fellow community members are facing harassment and hate speech. This interactive training will provide a grounding in the principles of nonviolence and de-escalation, followed by interactive scenarios.
When: Monday, April 10, 7-9 pm
Where: All Souls Church,  1500 Harvard St NW (at the corner of 16th St.) in Washington, DC 20009 (three blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro station).

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Check our calendar for details about our actions -- and check our "Progressive Montgomery" calendar for other important events around the area. We'll be in touch!
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