International Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

Today is a day of celebration in the transgender community—International Transgender Day of Visibility. I grew up in a small, rural town and I had no idea what transgender was until I was well into my teens. I didn’t know any transgender people and our only representation in media was on television shows like the Jerry Springer Show or movies like Ace Ventura Pet Detective where we were made fun of, especially Black trans women and other transgender women of color. Visibility in those days came at the expense of ourselves, we were the butt of the joke, we were … Continue reading International Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

The MoCo Local Podcast – Repealing LEOBR and Montgomery County Community Solar

Repealing LEOBR and Montgomery County Community Solar In this Episode, Vito takes a look at how repealing the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights is going in Maryland and how Community Solar didn’t quite get the start we needed in Montgomery County. EPISODE 1 NOTES 2:30 – Quote from Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher via Maryland Matters 3:05 – MGA Committee Meeting Video 3:36 – ACLU MD Tweet 3:57 – Will Jawando Tweet 7:13 – ZTA 20-01 bill 8:26 – Letter from Kumar Barve to Council via The Seventh State 9:03 – Mike Tidwell quote from Washington Post 9:38 & 10:51 – … Continue reading The MoCo Local Podcast – Repealing LEOBR and Montgomery County Community Solar

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Pandemic likely contributed to overdose fatalities in Montgomery County, Maryland

Opioid-related deaths in Montgomery County increased 34% through the first quarter of 2020. Experts attribute the increase to pandemic related stressors and lack of access to treatment due to pandemic shutdowns. According to preliminary data provided by the Vital Statistics … Continue reading Pandemic likely contributed to overdose fatalities in Montgomery County, Maryland

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Members of MCPS SRO Workgroup Call Process “Incredibly Flawed” in letter to County Council

UPDATE: The Board of Education has asked the SRO Workgroup to reconvene given the concerns raised by 6 members of the workgroup. The Workgroup was tasked with seeking out community input and will reissue their recommendations in May. However, they … Continue reading Members of MCPS SRO Workgroup Call Process “Incredibly Flawed” in letter to County Council

Updates: Montgomery County Restaurant lawsuit against indoor dining ban will be heard Wednesday

The lawsuit against Montgomery County’s most recent indoor dining ban brought by the Restaurant Association of Maryland with several local restaurants signing on as Plaintiffs will be heard on Wednesday. Despite contact tracing data showing that many cases within Montgomery … Continue reading Updates: Montgomery County Restaurant lawsuit against indoor dining ban will be heard Wednesday

Montgomery County Restaurants join Restaurant Association of Maryland’s lawsuit against Montgomery County

According to Bethesda Beat reporting, 35 restaurants in Montgomery County have signed on to the lawsuit brought forth by the Restaurant Association of Maryland. RAM successfully reversed a similar order in Anne Arundel County so they have moved to reverse … Continue reading Montgomery County Restaurants join Restaurant Association of Maryland’s lawsuit against Montgomery County

Maryland SNAP Recipients can now use their EBT card to purchase groceries through Instacart

In October, Aldi and Instacart announced that they would begin accepting grocery orders for SNAP recipients through Instacart’s app. If you receive SNAP benefits in Maryland, you can now use the service. You will need to have a debit or … Continue reading Maryland SNAP Recipients can now use their EBT card to purchase groceries through Instacart