racism

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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July 15, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

In PBS Newshour Appearance, Montgomery College President Discusses COVID-19 and Racism

Montgomery College President, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, spoke with PBS Newshour about the challenges her community college students face with online learning and the impacts of current racial issues. She expects that enrollment will increase in the fall with many students changing their college plans due to COVID-19. “If I look at my enrollment for summer, […]

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July 15, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Holy Cross Students are Latest in Growing List Detailing Stories of Racism

The Academy of the Holy Cross students join others, including those at Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, in sharing personal experiences with racism at their school, on Instagram. The account, “blackatahc,” is “an anonymous space for black members of the AHC community to share their stories,” according to the account’s […]

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