Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

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Petition, coalition letter: Van Hollen, Delaney wrong on NSA
In July, a bill forbidding expenditures on unconstitutional, dangerous NSA surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden narrowly failed in Congress.  Unfortunately, two Montgomery County Congressmen -- Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) and John Delaney (MD-6) -- were among those voting to let warrantless, wholesale, dragnet electronic surveillance continue. 

Please add your voice to our petition expressing deep disappointment with both Congressmen.  The petition also urges them to co-sponsor and vote for legislation prohibiting bulk collection of our communications metadata under the PATRIOT Act and FISA Amendments Act, providing for review of violations in a real, public court, and investigating those responsible for the surveillance programs revealed so far.

Join us at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Sun Sept 9, 10:30-6:30
We'll be gathering petition signatures at the Takoma Park Folk Festival as well, and could use your help!  Please contact us at and let us know when you can join us and for how long.  The festival is at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road.

Coalition sends message to Congressmen
MCCRC is also proud to join a broad coalition signing a letter expressing "profound disappointment" with both Congressmen's votes.  Organizational co-signers included ACLU of Maryland, ACLU of Montgomery County, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Maryland Chapter, CASA de Maryland, Defending Dissent Foundation, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Pax Christi Montgomery, Peace Action Montgomery, Progressive Neighbors, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and Veterans for Peace DC Area Chapter 016.

Protecting your online privacy: PRISM-Break
When your Fourth Amendment rights are under attack, it's important to fight back.  There's still a lot you can do to secure your online privacy -- whether against government, corporate, and/or criminal intrusions.  To help you make informed email, encryption, browser, and other software choices, we recommend the "PRISM-Break" web site and our own blog series by Bill Day, "Protecting Your Online Privacy."

Thanks for all you do!

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