Black Lives Matter

July 24, 2020 | Samantha Subin

‘No Justice, No Peace’: Visuals From Black Lives Matter Protest in Gaithersburg

Black Lives Matter protestors gathered in Gaithersburg July 23 demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and other victims of police brutality. MyMCMedia covered the protest on social media. Here are some visuals: Passing Brown Station Elementary School. @mymcmedia pic.twitter.com/t9CU5O5ST9 — Maryam Shahzad (@maryam_mcm) July 23, 2020 Protestors are escorted by a police car. “No […]

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July 24, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

State Del. Wilkins: ‘The Robert White Case is Really Part of a Pattern in Montgomery County’

As of Thursday, a petition to reopen the investigation into the Montgomery County police officer, Anand Badgujar, who shot and killed an unarmed black man on June 11, 2018, has received more the 740 signatures. MyMCMedia spoke to Del. Jheanelle Wilkins, who has publicly expressed her support for the petition. Wilkins called the investigation into Robert White’s […]

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July 17, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Silver Spring Gets ‘Black Lives Matter’ Street Mural

Montgomery County officially has its first “Black Lives Matter” street mural. Here’s a look at photos MyMCMedia’s Tchad Moore took at the new mural on Philadelphia Avenue in Silver Spring:

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July 14, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Sandy Spring Slave Museum Takes Financial Hit As County Wrestles with Racist History

Since 1988, visitors of the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery have learned about Sandy Spring’s Quaker history and its ties to the underground railroad. The museum has been temporarily closed since March because of the coronavirus and it hasn’t hosted any in-person tours. Its closure comes at a time when Montgomery County […]

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July 14, 2020 | Tori Bergel

‘The Fight Isn’t Over’: Gaithersburg Students Plan Black Lives Matter Protest for July 23

“The fight isn’t over.” Students from Gaithersburg High School are emphasizing this point as they prepare to protest for Black Lives Matter on Thursday, July 23. The event is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Diamond Farm Park at 857 Quince Orchard Blvd. here is a protest planned by our own gburg students!! Be […]

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June 26, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich: Outside Consultant Will Help Montgomery County Reimagine Policing

County Executive Marc Elrich announced at a news conference Thursday that Montgomery County will hire an outside consultant to conduct a full review of the police department. Elrich says the consultant will serve as an independent task force that could launch as soon as Aug. 1 and will do a “top to bottom review” of […]

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June 26, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Walter Johnson Graduates Organize BLM Protest for Saturday

For weeks Matt Garfinkel and Nat Tilahun wanted to find a way to support the Black Lives Matter movement in Montgomery County. “We felt like we couldn’t not do something,” Garfinkel said in an interview with MyMCMedia. “We really had to speak up.” So, the Walter Johnson High School graduates organized a protest for Saturday, […]

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June 25, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Almost Half of MCPS Students Arrested Were African Americans

Forty-five percent of the Montgomery County Public School students arrested on school premises during the 2018-2019 school year were African Americans although they make up about a fifth of the student body. According to a report by the Maryland State Department of Education, 163 Montgomery County students were arrested during that time. Of that total, […]

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June 23, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Public Libraries Offering ‘No Holds’ Antiracist E-Books, Audiobooks

Literature about the Black experience is having a moment and Montgomery County Public Libraries is making more anti-racist books available to the community. Now on the app Overdrive, Montgomery County’s digital eLibrary consortium, several e-books and audiobooks about the Black experience have been made available without any wait time. Antiracist Books Available on Overdrive with […]

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June 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPD Begins New Policy Requiring Officers to Intervene When Witnessing Excessive Force

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) implemented a new policy on Thursday that requires officers to “stop or attempt to stop” other officers they witness using excessive physical force, according to MCPD Chief Marcus Jones.  “This is a win for this county,” Jones said. “It gets the officers to understand what the community is demanding […]

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