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December 8, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

New Legislation Aims to Bring More Affordable Housing Near Transit Corridors

Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando discussed the “More Housing for More People” initiatives during a virtual media briefing on Tuesday. The two-related proposals aim to address the affordable housing challenges in the county. The first proposal would help set standards regarding rent increases at properties within one mile of Metro, Purple Line, and MARC stations […]

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November 17, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

photo of school children and school resource office in school hallway

Bill Introduced to Remove Police Officers from MCPS Schools Has Sparse Support

Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer introduced a bill Nov. 17 to eliminate the school resource officers program and instead use the money to hire school counselors and pay for after-school activities and mental health-oriented programs. A public hearing to eliminate police officers in the school is set for Jan. 12, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. […]

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November 17, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know Today, Nov. 17, in Montgomery County

It is Tuesday, Nov. 17, and it is National Transgender Awareness Week. The week aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by the transgender community. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County: 1. Council in Virtual Session: Montgomery County Council meets virtually at 9:30 a.m. The agenda includes recognizing NIH researcher Dr. […]

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November 16, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Jawando, Riemer to Discuss Legislation on Tuesday to Remove School Resource Officers

Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer will speak to members of the media at noon Tuesday about their legislation proposing the removal of school resource officers from Montgomery County Public Schools. The media briefing will be live-streamed on the Montgomery County Council’s Facebook page. It will feature comments from former MCPS students; Avery Smedley, an […]

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November 12, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

Council Enacts Bill to Prevent Workplace Discrimination and Promote Fair Screening

Montgomery County Council unanimously enacted Bill 35-20 on Nov. 10, an expansion of the previous bill, Ban the Box. This new legislation prohibits background checks into certain types of arrests and convictions until after a conditional offer of employment has been extended. The council enacted the Ban the Box bill in 2014, which prohibited employers […]

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November 5, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Commission for Women to Host Covid-19 Listening Tours

The Montgomery County Commission for Women will host a series of virtual listening sessions during the month of November. According to a press release, these virtual sessions will allow women in the county to share how they’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The tours will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with […]

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October 21, 2020 | Nicolle Schorchit

Jawando, Riemer’s New Bill Would Remove Police Officers From Schools

Two Montgomery County councilmembers said they planned to introduce a bill in the next six weeks that would dismantle the school resource officer program. Under this program, police departments in the county place officers in the schools and allow them to respond to school-based incidents. Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer attended a MoCo Defund […]

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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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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 24, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Jawando to Host Virtual Policing Town Hall September 10

Councilmember Will Jawando is hosting a “Reimagining Policing in Montgomery County” virtual town hall on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The town hall includes the following speakers: Dr. Elaine Bonner-Tompkins and Natalia Carrizosa, both analysts with Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO); Dr. Rashawn Ray, a sociology professor at the University […]

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