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MoCo students share concerns with County Council at Youth Summit

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SILVER SPRING — In a room full of Montgomery middle-school and high-school students, Hailey Gordon, 15, a sophomore at Watkins Mill High School, said she is frustrated with her teachers. 

“It just frustrates me a lot because what I want to do, people make it seem like it’s not really possible,” said Gordon. “I just want to make art and sell it to people, but I’m always like, told that’s it kind of like you’re going to want another plan because that’s probably not going to work [well] for you or not going to work at all,” Gordon said when asked what makes her frustrated in school.

Montgomery County Department of Recreation hosted its fifth annual Youth Summit at the Silver Spring Civic Center for middle- and high-school students to share their experiences, complaints, and concerns with County Council members and other local officials during a town hall-style meeting. One by one, students from different schools, ages, and backgrounds discussed what was troubling them. Issues ranging from bullying and underqualified teachers to cafeteria options were all discussed by the students.

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Hundreds attend Raskin pre-rally

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postersPosters at the Silver Spring Civic Center PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKHundreds of people, ranging in age from those too young to walk to Dr. Anne Riley who described herself as “83 years old and still marching,” packed the Silver Spring Civic Center Saturday morning for pre-rally event prior to the national March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. 

The event, led by U.S Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), offered attendees a chance to gear up for the day’s march. Those who preregistered and paid $20 left the 90-minute rally and climbed aboard one of more than 25 buses that took them to the march in D.C.

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Maryland Congress members speak out against Trump in Silver Spring town hall

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SILVER SPRING – Members of Congress representing Montgomery County appeared at a town hall meeting to express their concerns Sunday about President Donald J. Trump’s choices on various issues, from healthcare to Syrian refugees.

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) as well as Congressmen John Delaney (D-6), Jamie Raskin (D-8) and John Sarbanes (D-3) spoke on a number of topics before taking questions from constituents in the audience. They said they did not believe Trump’s decisions and remarks on current challenges facing the U.S. coincided with community interests. 

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Raskin leads protesters to Women’s March

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Jamie Raskin election night 11-8-16Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) making his victory speech on election night Nov. 8. FILE PHOTO  

WASHINGTON – On Saturday morning, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) gave a familiar speech in a familiar place.

Just as he did the night he won the Democratic primary in May, Raskin gave his stump speech to an enthusiastic crowd packed into the Silver Spring Civic Center.

“We are the heirs to the civil rights movement, and the women’s movement, and the LGBT movement, the environmental movement, the labor movement, the peace movement, the human rights movement,” Raskin said. “And we’re not going to allow a cabinet of billionaires and bigots and bullies take away everything that we built.”

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Local Olympians honored in ceremony by county council

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MPI-0150Roger Berliner, Ashley Nee, Jack Conger, Katie Ladecky, Gabe Albornoz all celebrate the county’s participation in the Olympics. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Local Olympians stressed the importance of inspiring children to reach for their athletic dreams at a ceremony honoring their lofty feat at the Rio Olympics – seven gold medals.

A young local swimmer found that very inspiration in Bethesda Olympian Katie Ledecky’s awe-inspiring four gold medals at the summer Olympics, dedicating herself to her beloved sport year-round.

Like millions of Americans, Ellie Pearson and her family sat inside in August and watched the games in Rio de Janeiro, but Ledecky’s achievement had a special impact on her.

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Progressives Rally

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Raskin and Warren call for 'Resistance and Revival in Dark Times'

MPI JR-0192Incoming Congressman Jamie Raskin holds hands with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

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