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Escape From Maryland: An activist's story

I write this as one of many thousands of US residents driven from their homes by full-on, hard authoritarian government response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the 30th of March, Maryland Governor Hogan imposed one of the most severe stay at home orders in the entire US, brazenly threatening residents with prison if they left home for any but a few reasons. With hours until it went into effect, I hurredly packed up the things I care about the most and escaped from MD with hours to spare.

Luke's observations on the "toilet paper zombies" stripping store shelves

Your favorite antifa Luke on the toilet paper crisis. "Toilet paper zombies" seem to think they will benefit from a 6 month stockpile of toilet paper against a possible 2-week quarantine. Coronavirus does NOT cause diarrhea folks!

Luke sings about "Toilet Paper Zombies" 17 sec

Impeachment Eve protests in Olney and all over the US

Dec 17 was the night before the House votes to impeach Donald Trump. All over the US people turned out for protest rallies demanding he be impeached and removed. One of the rallies was in Olney, featuring, Rep Sarbanes, Senator Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen.

Huge impeachment march in Times Square 10 sec video by Joshua Potash

Impeachment rally in Olney (Photo by Dana R Fisher)

Sunrise HoCo Climate Strike

Howard County Youth leaders rally at the George Howard Building to call for a #GreenNewDeal.

Opponents of Potomac Pipeline/Rockwool hold 2nd "Hands Across the Potomac" event

On the 13th of October, opponents of Transcanada's Potomac Pipeline and of the toxic Rockwool plant being build across from a school in W Va held the second "Hands Across the Potomac" event on the bridge from Shepherdstown, W Va to MD. TransCanada subsidiary Columbia Gas lost their first attempt at Federal eminent domain of MD parkland to build this pipeline but has appealed to the 4th Circuit.

Video: Hands Across the Potomac spans bridge from Shepherdstown W Va to MD 1 min 57 sec

Anti-migrant hate rally in Rockville draws huge counterprotest

On the 13th of September, an anti-migrant hate rally (some participants in MAGA hats) in front of the Montgomery County Council's offices drew a much larger counterprotest. The hate rally was demanding Montgomery County hold jail inmates for ICE detainers, which is not the current practice. The hypocrisy of the far-right was on full display, as they defied police orders to stay off the steps of the building.

HD Video: Big counterprotest opposes Rockville anti-migrant hate rally 2 min 36 sec

The reality of the far-right's campaign in Montgomery County

Tisha B'Av Protest Against Howard County Contract with ICE

Never Again Action, Jews United for Justice, Truah, CASA and other human rights activists marched to the Howard County Detention Center and risked arrest protesting Howard County's contract with ICE.

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According to a Jews United for Justice Facebook post, "County Executive Ball has already indicated a willingness to "reexamine" the intergovernmental service agreement (IGSA) that Howard County has with ICE."

Opponents of W Va Rockwool plant erect mock factory inside Lowes

On the 20th of July, residents of W Va, Virginia, Maryland, and DC opposing Rockwool's planned factory in W Virigina built a mock Rockwool factory inside the Lowes hardware store in Gaithersburg. The mock plant was built from Rockwool's own product and was no more welcome there than the real one is in W Va across from an elementary school.

HD Video-erecting a mock Rockwool factory inside Lowes 3 min 14 sec

Eminent domain suit in Federal court against MD for rejected Potomac Pipeline draws protest

On the 30th of May, water protectors opposing the TransCanada/Columbia Gas "Western Panhandle Extension" or Potomac Pipeline gathered at the Western MD rail trail near the proposed river crossing. MD's Board of Public Works voted unanimously to deny an easement for the pipeline to cross state-owned land in January. TransCanada's subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission has responded with a lawsuit seeking federal condemnation (eminent domain) of MD owned land so it can be turned over to them to resurrect the Potomac Pipeline.

HD Video: Highlights of the rally and a tour of the trail near the planned fracked gas pipeline 2 min 57 sec

HoCo Green New Deal townhall

MEDIA ADVISORY / FOR PLANNING PURPOSESDATEContact: Iris Zhan, Hub Coordinator, hocosunrise@gmail.com, 410-917-3337 TITLE: Howard County Green New Deal Town Hall run by the youth Columbia, MD As climate change becomes a more urgent issue for Americans, the Green New Deal has never been more alive, which is why we are building grassroots momentum for the Green New Deal and discussing the opportunity the Green New Deal could bring for Howard Count

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