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Annapolis anti-NDAA bill hearing Thursday, Feb 21

 On Thursday, February 21st, at 1pm, there will be a hearing in Annapolis on the “Maryland Liberty Preservation Act of 2013” (HB 558).  The bill, sponsored by Delegate Don Dwyer (R, District 31, Anne Arundel County), would prohibit “an agency of the State, a county of the State, an employee of the State or a county acting in an official capacity, or a member of the Maryland National Guard or the Maryland Defense Force, on official State duty, to knowingly aid an agency of the United States in the detention of a person in accordance with” the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.

MCCRC activists will travel to Annapolis and attend the hearing to support the bill and submit oral and written testimony.  Join us!  Contact  to let us know you’re coming or click “Going” at the Facebook event announcement; car pooling is possible.  The Health and Government Operations Committee hearing will be held at 1pm in the Health and Government Affairs Committee room 246 of the Lowe House Office Building (6 Bladen Street, Annapolis; map).  Each person will have 3 minutes to testify, and one can also submit written testimony of greater length.

[More information here (parking, shuttle, testimony).]

Free Screening of "Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever" at Electric Maid community center, Tuesday, Feb 26
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), across 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.  As a discussion guide puts it, 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. 

[More information here.]

7pm "Zero Dark Thirty" leafleting at Regal Majestic theater, Feb 20,22-24
We will be handing out leaflets about our February 26 event and about "Zero Dark Thirty" to theatergoers and passersby outside the Regal Majestic Theater  (900 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring; map) on Wednesday, February 20, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (February 22-24) from 7 to 8pm.   Join us!  Contact  to let us know you’re coming.

Thanks for all you do!

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