Takoma Park resident alleges civil rights violation during meeting

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takoma park logoTAKOMA PARK — A Takoma Park resident claims that his civil rights were violated on the evening of Wednesday, July 25 during the City Council’s weekly meeting.

Byrne Kelly, 63, says three Takoma Park city employees violated his civil rights when they did not allow him to set up a table in the atrium of the Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, where the Takoma Park City Council regularly holds its weekly meetings.


CASA sues Trump administration over DACA repeal

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The immigrant advocacy organization CASA de Maryland along with eight other groups and more than a dozen individuals announced on the afternoon of Oct. 5 they are suing the federal government over the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has given work status to undocumented immigrants who came to the Unitized States as minors, known as "dreamers."

Named in the lawsuit are President Donald Trump, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and four government agencies — U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection — and their department heads.

A legal team that includes Arnold & Porter LLP, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and the Civil Rights Clinic of the Howard University School of Law is joining them in the legal action.


Panelists answer questions about hate crimes

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CHEVY CHASE — An energized group of concerned residents, law enforcement, and members of civil rights organizations filled the Jane E. Lawton Community Center on Wednesday night, Sept. 27, gathering for a public forum to discuss the rising number of hate incidents in the community.

The attendees were given information about what to do in the event they or their families are confronted with a hate or bias incident.

Joel Rubin, a member of the Chevy Chase Town Council, moderated the forum. Rubin organized the gathering in reaction to anti-Semitic fliers that had recently been placed outside the front doors of several houses in the usually quiet neighborhood.


African American groups rip on brutality report

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April 5, 1985

Two groups representing black policemen this week blasted Rockville’s official account of last summer’s fracas between two city officers and three Lincoln Park residents.

The Montgomery County NAACP asked the National Black Police Association (NBPA) and the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to review a report of the incident written by Rockville Police Chief Jared Stout.


Letters to the Editor – November 24, 2016

Exercising Civil Rights 

To the editor;
I don't normally read the Sentinel, but today I picked a copy up at the Rockville Senior Center.
I was surprised at some of the vile and inaccurate comments from some readers. I have lived in Rockville since 1959 and watched seven children graduate from Richard Montgomery H.S.


Prayer at the Pump urges White House visitors to honor LBJ’s civil rights legacy

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IMG 20160727 1144001South Carolina church parishioners joined Pray at the Pump members to remember former President Lyndon Johnson in front of the White House July 27.  PHOTO BY DEBORAH BAILEY  

A Rockville resident and others urged White House visitors to offer gratitude to the late president who preceded President Barack Obama in America’s fight for civil rights.

Prayer at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman joined Silver Spring residents Tyman and Arnelle Hardy in front of the White House with parishioners from South Carolina’s Kingdom Church Ministry July 27 to sing, pray, and remember President Lyndon Johnson for his role in signing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.  

“This is an extension of our Pray at the Pump Movement.  We’re hoping that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will find a way to recognize President Johnson.”  Twyman said.


Welcome to the Mizzou Nightmare


5641956dc46188e85b8b4590Nothing is more infuriating than ignorance. Nothing is more unacceptable than hypocrisy.

So imagine the combination of hypocritical ignorance.

That describes the scene at my alma mater – The University of Missouri this week.

In a nutshell the infuriating and unacceptable actions occurred among protesters at Mizzou who were angry about racial problems on campus.


What culture?

PencilPaperSo, I walked into a little shop I’ve frequented for years to purchase an item. Inside the shop I found the usual clerk. I hadn’t seen her in years and I commented on how nice her hair looked. I asked if she had decided to dye it a different color. I remembered her hair as being darker.

She told me her hair was curly and lighter and fuller because of her chemotherapy. Turns out she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. However, she was looking on the bright side of her life. Her prognosis was good, she had a new hair color and she wanted breast reduction surgery anyway.


Judge rules against police in Civil Rights case

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mocopoliceROCKVILLE – In a move some court watchers say could have far-reaching repercussions for the Montgomery County Police, Circuit Court Judge Steven Salant threw out the evidence obtained in a raid on a Damascus home in January and said the police had violated a local family’s civil rights.

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