Reminder!!

Freedom Fund Reception scheduled for Sunday, September 27, 2020 – Rockville Hilton Hotel  3:00 – 6:00 pm        $30.00 per person – wonderful o’dueroves served – Invited speaker – former NAACP President/CEO                                         
newly re-elected Congressman – Kweisi Mfume

Honoring our scholarship recipients, community awards, Act-So extravaganza!!  

Souvenir journal is in process as well.  Please get your ads in as soon as possible.

Thanks
FFD committee

Montgomery County Board Vacancie

Please Note that the BCC Application Process is Online!!! 

County Executive Marc Elrich is committed to representation on all of the County’s boards, committees, and commissions that is reflective of, and responsive to, our County’s residents. Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns, and viewpoints are presented. 

You may access information regarding boards, committees, and commissions, including instructions on how to apply, through the following link: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/boards/index.html . Please read carefully application instructions on that page, where you will also find a link to all vacancy announcements. 

Currently, there is a valuable opportunity to serve on the following: 

  The deadline for application is June 24, 2020.

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Please Note that the BCC Application Process is Online!!!  

Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, genders, geography, disabilities and ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Members of these boards must complete training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act and basic parliamentary procedure. Members are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, County boards, committees, and commissions will meet virtually by video and/or teleconference until further notice. 

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Contact:  Beth Gochrach, 240-777-2528
For Immediate Release:June 3, 2020 

Elrich Seeks Applicants for Library Board 

County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill four public vacancies on the Library Board. All the incumbents are eligible to apply for reappointment. 

The 12-member advisory Board works with the Director of Public Libraries to provide community input to the County Executive on matters affecting the public library system. 

Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended. The Board currently meets virtually by video- and teleconference the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. When in-person meetings resume in the future, the Board will meet in Rockville. Each Board member serves as liaison to assigned Library Advisory Committees, which may involve additional meetings each month. 

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Contact:  Beth Gochrach, 240-777-2528
For Immediate Release:  June 3, 2020 

Elrich Seeks Applicants for Local Management Board for Children, Youth and Families (Collaboration Council) 

County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies for private sector members on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, which is designated as the Local Management Board for Montgomery County. The three incumbents are eligible to apply for reappointment. 

The Board of this quasi-public nonprofit corporation is comprised of nine private sector members and 12 members representing public child-serving agencies. Private sector applicants may be advocates for services to children, youth and families, providers of services for children and families (employees of private non-profit agencies that receive County or Collaboration Council funding are ineligible), parents of children who receive or have recently received services of the type funded by the Local Management Board, individuals between 18 and 25 years old, business owners and managers, leaders of civic and community service organizations, or leaders of religious organizations. 

The primary function of the Board is to oversee and govern all aspects of the Collaboration Council’s programs, management and finances to ensure the implementation of a local, interagency service delivery system for children, youth and families in collaboration with families, service providers, policy makers, community leaders, and others. The Collaboration Council is responsible for assessing community needs, identifying priorities, targeting resources, and monitoring service delivery to ensure that children and families get the services and support they need.  Current focus areas include: the building and expansion of quality out-of-school time programs; maintaining infoMONTGOMERY, an online human services resource database; ensuring that youth are provided with equitable opportunities to successfully re-engage in educational and employment pathways, diverted from the juvenile justice system with appropriate programs, treated fairly in school settings; and assisting families of children with intensive needs to access cross-agency services. 

Members serve three-year terms without compensation. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, June, September, and November from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Board currently meets virtually by video- and teleconference. When in-person meetings resume in the future, the Board will meet in Rockville. Members are expected to serve on committees of the Board. 

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Contact:  Beth Gochrach, 240-777-2528
For Immediate Release: June 3, 2020

Elrich Seeks Applicants for Rustic Roads Advisory Committee

 County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee for owners/operators of commercial farmland. One incumbent is eligible to apply for reappointment. All members must be Montgomery County residents. 

The Rustic Roads Advisory Committee consists of seven voting members. Its duties include promoting public awareness of the Rustic Roads Program and reviewing and commenting on the classification of rustic roads, development proposals that affect rustic roads, and executive regulations and policies that may affect the Program. 

Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended. The Committee currently meets virtually by video- and teleconference at least six times per year; usually the fourth Thursday evening of each month at 6:00 PM. When in-person meetings resume in the future the Committee will meet in Rockville. 

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For COVID-19 Information and resources, visit: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COVID19

We Are Done Dying - NAACP Campaign

Betty,

If the indefensible murder of George Floyd was not already enough, last night we watched in horror as our people were shot at, tear gassed and beaten.

Enough. We are done dying.

This moment calls for us to unite around the outrage we feel and fight for the justice we demand. And that’s exactly what the NAACP is doing. We will not rest until we see these officers charged and convicted for the murder of George Floyd. We will not stop until everyone from the White House to the streets of the Twin Cities knows: We are done dying.


You can join the fight now by supporting the NAACP. Your gift will be put to work immediately pursuing justice in this case and demanding change to the systemic racism that led to this tragedy and to the countless others that tear apart the Black community every day.

The murder of George Floyd by police is an unspeakable tragedy. But sadly, police brutality against the Black community is a continuous and ever-present danger. It comes out of the systemic racism and prejudice ingrained in the fabric of this nation for decades and is currently being refueled and reinvigorated by the President.

Leslie Redmond, President of NAACP Minneapolis, demands justice at the frontlines.

After last night’s tragedy, President Trump tweeted that “THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd” and that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

That is a disgraceful and dangerous statement. The only people dishonoring the memory of George Floyd – indeed of all the black men and women whose lives are needlessly taken – are those who support the brutality perpetuated against our people.

We must hold all involved criminally accountable for the death of Mr. Floyd. And we must do it now.

Please add your voice to this call for justice. Stand with the NAACP today.

The uprising spreading across this country from Minneapolis to Louisville and beyond is born of the hate, bigotry and racism felt by our communities every day.

What we’re seeing isn’t reactionary violence, it’s Black communities coming together and declaring once and for all that we are done dying.

Last night, in the midst of peaceful protests, rioters with their own agenda have become the national focal point. But we can’t afford to lose sight of what’s really important: justice for George Floyd and for all black men and women who have needlessly lost their lives.

I know there’s a lot of anger, sadness, frustration and confusion out there. But I also know that if we can channel those emotions, if we can focus our pain, we can create change. I hope you will decide today to join with us in our demand for justice, change and a more equal America.

In Solidarity,

Derrick Johnson
@DerrickNAACP
President and CEO
NAACP

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Statement on the Montgomery County NAACP on the Shooting of Finan Berhe

The Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP is deeply saddened  by the May 7, 2020 police-involved shooting of Mr. Finan Berhe.

We commend the Montgomery County Police Department for the immediate release of the body camera footage of this tragic incident.

The body camera video of the incident depicts Officer Cohen discharging his weapon within seconds of arriving on the scene.  Although the officer issued several warnings to Mr. Berhe, the video clearly shows that Mr. Berhe is in an agitated state and possibly suffering from a mental health crisis. Instead of employing de-escalation techniques, Officer Cohen continued to loudly yell commands to drop a knife.

In the failure of the officer to employ de-escalation techniques, this incident is reminiscent of the 2018 shooting death of Robert White.  

It is disheartening that after two years, many discussions, and county legislation geared toward improving community-police interactions, we are must once again witness a police-involved killing of a Black male.

The Montgomery County NAACP calls upon the Montgomery County Police, the County Executive and the County Council to 1) immediately increase de-escalation training; 2) release the recording of the 911 call that lead to this incident; 3) issue all reports required by the LETT Act, and 4) appoint civilians to the Policing Advisory Commission.

While no action can bring back Mr. Berhe, the political leadership of this county must act to prevent future tragic incidents.