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Marching for Science to deny the deniers

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IMG 3359Protesters descend on Washington, D.C. in support of science PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZWASHINGTON, D.C. — Virginia resident Michael Griffith has always loved rocks. 

“I’ve been a rock hound ever since I was a little kid,” said Griffith. 

Although Griffith, age 56, never completed his geology degree, he continues to value the science. He said that enduring interest brought him to the March for Science on Saturday. 

“It is an uphill climb to convince the powers that be that this is important,” Griffith said.

He attended the March in 2017, during which he said it was pouring rain.

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Four local religious communities take part in interfaith rally prior to march

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Three hundred people from three churches and one synagogue in Bethesda gathered Friday night for song, prayer, camaraderie and a Mexican dinner on the eve of Saturday’s March For Our Lives.

Members of Congregation Beth El, Bethesda United Methodist Church, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church, who most recently joined together in an interfaith gathering following the suicides of two area high school students, reunited for Friday night’s interfaith event to talk about their feelings on gun control and school safety as well as make friends and find ways to get to the march demonstration in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Greg Harris of Congregation Beth El explained that participants came “to advocate together. This is the essence of what it means to be a resilient community.”

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Protesters confront Sen. Cardin at town hall

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ROCKVILLE – Protesters assembled outside a town hall to voice their opposition to legislation sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin.

"There's a long track record of Cardin, among other people in Congress, of supporting policies that don't recognize the humanity of Palestine," said Benjamin Douglas, 33, who led the protest.

The protest was part of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement which aims to change Israel's West Bank settlement and embargo policies through international pressure. They gathered Thursday at a town hall focused on health care with Sen. Cardin at the Johns Hopkins Rockville campus.

Douglas, who works as a lawyer, said he was there to specifically protest a bill primarily sponsored by Maryland's senior U.S. Senator.

"The specific catalyst is Senator Cardin's role as a primary introducer and primary sponsor of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act which actually seeks to criminalize certain forms of boycott, divest, sanctions movement," Douglas said. "The intent is to intimidate civil society and promote investment even in things the U.S. government considers illegal like settlement in the West Bank," he added.

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Protesters Swarm D.C.

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Hundreds of thousands protest against Trump and for climate, jobs and justice

Peoples March 3Protesters show up in the District for the second time in as many weeks for the Climate March. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV

WASHINGTON – Thousands of marchers descended on the nation's capital Saturday chanting, "This is what democracy looks like" in protest of the current Trump administration's policies on the environment, economy and civil rights.

"I am here fighting for environmental justice because families and communities like mine carry the burden of climate change, yet their voices are erased from the broader fight," said Johana Vicente, 24, an organizer with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters from Silver Spring and one of the speakers at the event.

"For me it is personal. It is personal because my mom was diagnosed with asthma after a few years of being in this country," she added. "I am in this fight for because I want an environment where our communities can go outside and not worry about where they will be able to breathe or not."

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Local activists see hope in Dakota Access Pipeline decision

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The December 4 announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota would be rerouted sparked rejoicing from activists throughout the area who had declared solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Tribe’s months-long protest against the project. Numerous activists, including a number of military veterans, traveled to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where a portion of the pipeline was slated to cross.  The protesters objected to potentially hazardous effects on the environment and of the lands, which are sacred to the Native American population. Protesters refused to leave the land, at times leading to tense confrontations with local law enforcement.

Michelle Alexander, a media specialist at Richard Montgomery High School who has been involved in Native American rights activism for many years, was overjoyed when she heard of the decision.

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Taking a knee for the National Anthem in MoCo football

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The Colin Kaepernick national anthem protest has reached Montgomery County.

During the NFL preseason, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

Instead, Kaepernick decided to take a knee to protest racial inequality in our society.

Last Friday night at Gaithersburg High School, the Watkins Mill football team knelt during the national anthem to show support for Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in American society.

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State Democrats and Republicans clash over congressional gun violence sit-in

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After nine of Maryland’s 10 congressional members participated in the June 22 Democratic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives, some Republicans decried the move as a “stunt.”

The three Republican candidates running for the House districts that include Montgomery County all said they opposed the sit-in, though they varied on what to do to prevent future mass shootings.

Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), protested Republican leaders not calling for a vote on any gun control bills after four of those bills died in the Senate.

Local Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-8), John Delaney (D-6) and John Sarbanes (D-3) all joined their Democratic colleagues on the House floor last week, along with Sens. Ben Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D).

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