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Now more than ever: stand up for Rockville sanctuary ordinance, Mon Mar 27, 7pm

The mayor and city council of Rockville are considering an ordinance that would prohibit most collaboration between local police and federal immigration authorities. However, the council is under pressure from anti-immigrant forces, both from within and outside Rockville, fueled in part by the alleged rape of a Rockville High student. Such an attack is terrible. But it must not overshadow that the rising numbers of immigrants in our county over the last 25 years are correlated with a steady drop in crime in Montgomery County. Despite the fact that the proposed ordinance protects from deportation any undocumented victims who report crimes to law enforcement and denies that protection for perpetrators of violent crime, the opposition is falsely claiming that the ordinance protects immigrants who commit violent crimes.

Your voice is needed more than ever. Two things you can do:
  • Show up in person at the next mayor and council meeting, Monday, March 27, 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. If you reference the incident at Rockville High School, obviously please do so with sensitivity to the young victim. The opposition unfortunately thinks it's acceptable to exploit this girl's trauma to advance its own agenda. We are better than that.

Call your delegates NOW, urge them to support the Maryland Trust Act

 The Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act (SB 835 / HB 1362) protects local law enforcement in our state from becoming tools of federal immigration authorities, and prevents Maryland from participating in any national religious registry. HB1362 will be voted on in the House today.

Call your delegates NOW -- this morning! -- and urge them to vote for HB1362.  If you don't know your delegates, find out who they are here.  If you do, here's an alphabetized list.  In either case, click the names of delegates to get their phone number.

Petition: No high school rules against Je'Nan Hayes' right to wear her hijab

Gaithersburg, Maryland's Watkins Mill High School girls basketball team made it to the regional finals this year for the first time. Every girl on the team got a chance to play in the championship game -- except Je’Nan Hayes. Why?  Because the referee wouldn’t let her take the floor because she was wearing a hijab.

It turns out there's an obscure rule prohibiting the wearing of head coverings, unless a student seeks and is granted a waiver by the state. The rule is rarely enforced, and neither Je’Nan nor her coach had ever heard of it until the championship game (which was played in Prince Georges County, which uses different officials from those used in Montgomery County).

It’s time to change that rule. It stigmatizes students, forcing observant Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and others to ask for permission from the state to be allowed to play sports while wearing religious garb. Ostensibly, the rule is in place for ‘safety’ reasons, but there is no evidence that any religious head covering, including the hijab, create any safety hazard whatsoever.

Sign our petition to the National Federation of State High School Associations demanding that this outdated rule be rescinded.
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