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December 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Park Trail Named After Confederate General Jeb Stuart Renamed

About six months ago, the Montgomery County Council requested a review to find all county streets and facilities named after Confederates, so they can ultimately be renamed. On June 15, the council sent a letter to local leaders asking the county to identify all county-owned streets and public facilities that are currently named after Confederate […]

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October 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Daryl Davis, Black Musician Who Works With KKK Members, Honored in Strathmore Exhibit 

Strathmore in North Bethesda is offering a campus-wide outdoor nighttime exhibit called “Monuments: Creative Forces” through Oct. 25. The purpose of the exhibit is to challenge norms about who monuments are made for, according to the music center. Australian artist Craig Walsh honors six artists who are alive and actively contributing to society. Video portraits […]

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September 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Public Safety Task Force Will Focus Work in Five Areas

Montgomery County’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will break up much of its work into five categories before presenting recommendations next year. In late June, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced he was creating the task force. Members will discuss racism in policing and examine how to fix policies that impact certain groups disproportionately in […]

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September 24, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Elrich’s Public Safety Task Force Meets Thursday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s public safety task force is scheduled to meet Thursday at 6 p.m. The virtual meeting will be streamed live via Facebook and will be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The group, known as the Reimagining Public Safety task force, was established to develop recommendations for changes to the […]

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September 18, 2020 | Clara Longo de Freitas

Jawando Receives Threatening Comment on Social Media

Less than a month after reporting a racist, threatening comment on Instagram, Councilmember Will Jawando received another threat on social media. Jawando was going to participate in a virtual town hall Thursday night about alternatives to having police in school, he told MyMCMedia. The user made the threatening comment on a post promoting the virtual […]

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September 17, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich, Council Express Support for Gayles in Wake of Article Detailing Racist Messages Received

Montgomery County Council and County Executive Marc Elrich released a joint statement supporting Dr. Travis Gayles after he opened up to Bethesda Beat about being targeted by racist messages. Gayles, who leads Montgomery County’s coronavirus recovery efforts as the County Health Officer, started receiving the racist vitriol by residents frustrated with his response to covid-19. […]

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September 2, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Wants Montgomery County Police to Avoid Thin Blue Line Mentality

Montgomery County’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force met for the first time Monday to introduce goals for the group.  73 members were on the virtual meeting and Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined as well. He shared his own experience with police profiling and how his privilege is something not everyone has. “I had an […]

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August 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

57 Years Later, ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ March on Washington Kicks Off

Protesters continuing to push for racial justice took to the National Mall Friday for the March on Washington. Friday marked the 57th anniversary of a seminal moment in Civil Rights history. On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march to demand civil rights for Black people. It was there he delivered his iconic […]

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August 27, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Jawando: Instagram Determined Racist Comment Did Not Violate Community Guidelines

Councilmember Will Jawando recently reported a racist, threatening comment made by an anonymous user on Instagram in response to a photo Jawando shared of his toddler-aged son in front of a “Black Lives Matter” sign. After reviewing Jawando’s report, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it did not remove the comment—which spelled out the n-word […]

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August 14, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Some Concerned Over Lack of Muslims on Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee

In November 2019, the Montgomery County Council passed a racial equity and social justice bill in hopes of helping combat institutional inequity.  The bill established the 15-member Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee. The committee was established to advise County Executive Marc Elrich, the council and county agencies about equity issues and make recommendations […]

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