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Thousands march to end family separation

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Thousands marched on D.C. to protest the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVThousands marched on D.C. to protest the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tens of thousands of protesters descended on the nation’s capital Saturday for the Families Belong Together March, chanting “Save Our Children” and objecting to President Trump’s family separation policy for immigrant parents.

“We’ve seen the state of our nation and decided we must take action,” said Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts, one of many speakers at the event. “Life is about making choices … we face a million choices every day, but some choices are just daunting.”

Speaking from a stage at Lafayette Square, Dyrdahl-Roberts, a former employee with the Montana Department of Labor, explained that he resigned from his job in February when instructed to pass along information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would “be used to deport people,” adding that he “couldn’t do it and live with [himself],” and “just follow orders.”

In April 2018, the Trump administration implemented a “zero tolerance” policy for migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, directing ICE and Customs and Border Protection officers to separate children if the detainees are parents. On June 20, Trump signed an executive order suspending the policy, and a federal court halted the practice through a nationwide injunction on June 26.

Amid concerns of continued separation of parents from children at the border and wanting to reunite families, the ACLU, MoveOn, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights organized the March, which drew an estimated 30,000 attendees.

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“How much blood?”

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Local high school students join protest at White House demanding gun control 

Local high school students join the protests at the White House Wednesday. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKLocal high school students join the protests at the White House Wednesday.                   PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAK  Hundreds of County high school students walked out of class at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday en route to the U.S. Capitol, where they rallied in favor of gun control.

After walking to the nearest Metro Station, classmates came together at Union Station to show their outrage against the National Rifle Association and to demand something be done to stop school shootings.

At Montgomery Blair, students said that while school officials did not sanction the protest, they took no action to stop it.

As the students streamed out of the school, Assistant Principal Dirk Cauley addressed them through a megaphone, warning them to follow their police escort and stay on the sidewalks.

Besides Blair, high school students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Richard Montgomery, Northwood, Einstein, Wootton, Oneness Family Montessori School in Kensington among others marched up First Street to the Capitol, where they heard short speeches by Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) and Jen Pauliukonis, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence.

“It’s ridiculous how they are not making this into a big enough deal,” Blair sophomore Griffith Wacht said. “We are doing this to show them they can’t get away with it,” he said, referring to Congressional inaction concerning gun control.

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Women’s March draws record crowd

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Womens March on WashingtonHuge crowds show up at the Mall to protest.       PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands marched on the nation’s capital Saturday in support of women’s rights and gender equality. 

“We understand that a year ago Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in and immediately began turning the clock back on women’s rights, worker’s rights, LGBT rights, and our fundamental values of inclusion, opportunity and tolerance,” said Takoma Park resident and current Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speaking to a crowd gathered around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Perez, who served one term on the Montgomery County Council, urged people to stand up for progressive beliefs and to “organize, mobilize and vote for Democrats.”

Marking the one-year anniversary of the 2017 presidential inauguration, the march drew thousands from around the region and country, many of whom held signs, to protest the actions and rhetoric of the Trump administration.

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Hundreds protest Trump's immigration ban at BWI

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BALTIMORE – More than 800 people headed to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban immigration from select countries and all refugees.

Hundreds of protesters waved signs and shouted about Trump’s executive order and the people who are barred from entering the country for the next three to four months: noncitizens from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen as well as refugees.

Marc and Marybeth Leblanc, residents of Brunswick, attended the protest with their two young children.

“We feel that it is important to speak out,” Marc said.

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Protests of Trump's immigration ban at Dulles

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DULLES – Sunday the message was clear.

“Immigrants are welcome here,” protesters chanted at Dulles International Airport Sunday afternoon.

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order that barred refugees from war-torn Syria and blocked nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Syria for 90 days, people gathered to protest at international airports across the country Sunday.

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Maryland delegation takes on Democratic convention in upheaval

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13680785 1299385890079454 1255167274195815338 nSen. Bernie Sanders spoke about party unity at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. PHOTO BY PAUL SCHWARTZ 

PHILADELPHIA – While Democrats planned on sending out a message of hope and unity during their convention, it was anything but, as loud boos echoed out through the conventional hall signaling that the party is still reeling from upheaval.

On the Friday before the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks published about 20,000 emails from the Democratic Party that showed the key party leaders – including the Democratic Party Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – favored former Secretary State Hillary Clinton over rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for the presidential nomination.

After the revelations that members of the Democratic Party favored Hillary Clinton, Wasserman-Schultz resigned as chair, but that did not stop ardent Sanders supporters from holding up signs in protest and booing speakers.

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County continues the bus depot blues

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ROCKVILLE -- School buses will remain parked at the Shady Grove Bus Depot for at least the remainder of the year as the Montgomery County Council considers permanent alternatives for relocating the buses.

Council members said Tuesday they still need Jeremiah Park, the county-owned property at the Shady Grove site, for parking more than 400 school buses owned and operated by Montgomery County Public Schools.

County Council President Nancy Floreen (D) then instructed staff to prepare a resolution for next week declaring there is still need for the Jeremiah Park site.

"I was very pleased that they feel that way but it does not take the problem off the table," said City Council member Virginia Onley. "It still doesn't take the problem away."

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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.

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