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Free movie Tuesday, Feb 26 at Electric Maid
In connection with our "Question Zero Dark Thirty" campaign, please join us as we screen the short documentary “Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever” on Tuesday, February 26, 7:00pm at the Electric Maid Community Exchange on the DC/Takoma Park border (268 Carroll St. NW; map), a block from the Takoma Metro station.  You can let us know you're coming and invite friends using our Facebook event announcement or by forwarding this email. 

In just twenty minutes, the movie presents a compelling case against torture, both as a moral outrage and as a practical failure.  The documentary “describes the torture practices of the U.S. government since 9/11, portrays the lasting effects on the survivors of torture around the world, and offers perspectives from a variety of faiths.” The documentary will be followed by a discussion of the film led by the president of NRCAT, Linda Gustitus -- a professor at American University and a former chief of staff to Armed Services committee chairman Senator Carl Levin.

Fight the NDAA: support the "Maryland Liberty Preservation Act"
On Thursday, Feb 21, MCCRC activists joined ACLU, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), and P.A.N.D.A (People against the NDAA) to advocate passage of HB558 ("Maryland Liberty Preservation Act") out of the House Health and Govt. Operations Committee. The bill would prohibit state and county agencies or the MD National Guard from “knowingly aid[ing] an agency of the United States in the detention of a person” under the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. 

We believe committee delegates were receptive to statements by so many diverse constituents, but would benefit from hearing from more of us.  To send a sample email letter to any of the Montgomery County delegates on the committee -- Delegate Bonnie Cullison (Dist.19, Aspen Hill), Delegate Ariana Kelly (Dist.16, Bethesda/Glen Echo),  Delegate Kirill Reznick (Dist.39, Laytonsville), or all three -- click the email link, personalize the message if you like, and send it.  Thanks!

[More here: Broad coalition battles NDAA at Annapolis hearing.]

Free Screening of "Better This World," March 26
Free Admission (donations welcome) on Tuesday, March 26, 7:00pm at the Electric Maid Community Exchange (see above for location).

Winner of multiple documentary film awards, "Better This World" follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor -- an informant for the FBI, who manipulated and entrapped them in order to discredit the protesters and justify a massive, militarized police crackdown at the convention. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, "Better This World" goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

Thanks for all you do!

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