MD

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

Neo-Nazi band "Horna" may have played Sat, April 6 at Filipino Cultural Center in Oxen Hill, MD

"Satanic Black Metal" band Horna with multiple neo-Nazi members had announced a few days before the April 6 show date that they were playing in Baltimore at Diner Latino after being run out of Oxen Hill, MD and Ashburn, VA. Shows have been cancelled in Houston and LA over their neo-Nazi connections

Update Apr 7:There is a report on Twitter that Horna announced hours before showtime that they were actually playing at the Filipino Multicultural Center in Oxen Hill, MD. This was one of the venues that had previously cancelled.

Toll lanes (Lexus lanes) proposed for Beltway on MD side and I-270

The MD State Highway Administration has announced a "traffic relief" plan for the Beltway and I-270 that has been reported elsewhere to include widening both roads and making all of the new lanes "variable-toll" lanes that are meant to ensure the wealthy can bypass traffic congestion. States have learned the hard way that widening roads doesn't reduce congestion, so the focus now is paid bypasses for the rich.

"Climate Wave Rally" in Annapolis promotes MD "Clean Energy Jobs Bill" on first day of session

On the 9th of January, environmental groups rallied near the MD State House for passage of the "Clean Energy Jobs Act," which would mandate that 50% of MD's electricity come from renewable sources other than trash incineration within ten years. After being re-elected, Gov Hogan claimed to "have a purple surfboard" to "ride the blue wave" so protesters asked him to trade in his purple surfboard for a green one.

Video-Gov Hogan asked to "trade in his purple surfboard" for a green one, and why states must lead when Federal government will now

Maryland Board of Public Works DENIES permit for Potomac Pipeline

On the 2nd of January, MD kicked off the year with a resounding rejection of the Trump agenda of more fossil fuels and more global warming. On this day the Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously voted to DENY Transcanada subsidiary Columbia Gas a permit needed to build the Potomac Pipeline under the Potomac River.

Protesters outside MD Governor Hogan's house against the Potomac Pipeline ten months ago (2-15-2018)

Mother of three facing deportation takes sanctuary from ICE in local church

On the 11th of December, Rosa Gutierrez refused a demand from ICE to self-deport, instead taking sanctuary in Cedar Lane Church in Bethesda, MD. Rosa has three children and has cited concern for their welfare as her reason for defying ICE's demand to leave the US. For years she put up with an ankle monitor and repeated ICE checkins, only to ICE demand that she leave anyway.

Photo by SanctuaryDMV

Charles County residents may have DEFEATED proposed Dominion compressor station

Residents of both Accokeek, MD and Cove Point, MD may have just won a major victory. In the face of unrelenting, "not one step back" community opposition, Dominion Energy is claiming to have thrown in the towel on building a crucial fracked gas compressor station in Charles County, MD near Accokeek. While this has yet to be entered into the court docket of a related lawsuit, it would be foolish for Dominion to publicly state they have cancelled the compressor station if they still intend to build in Charles County.

Clarksville, MD hosts one of many global Rise for Climate events

On the 8th of September, one of a great many Rise for Climate events around the world was held at Clarksvile Commons in Clarksville, MD.

Video calling out MD Governor Hogan's fake "Green Governor" position and explaining what solar cooperatives and community solar installations are.

Luke Kuhn compares fossil fuel lobbying funds to "grand jury subpoena from Hell"

Police harass Indymedia journalist at home in wake of Unite the Right II #shutitdowndc

On the evening of August 16, an Indymedia journalist was harassed at home by police. There was one Montgomery County, MD white police SUV and two dark unmarked cars. Four cops were visible. One or more approached the house, saying they wanted help identifying others shown in a Daily caller sting video targetting counterprotesters against Unite The Right II. The journalist refused to cooperate.

Update: The poster of the Daily Caller video which triggered the harassment has been identified as Benny Arthur Johnson of NW DC.

This is all the camera could do in the dark. The cops are faintly visible to the left of the cars, two of their three cars are in this shot

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