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It Is a Climate Emergency - But There Is Hope

11/28/2018
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Be prepared to worry. Then take action. Montgomery County, Maryland climate activists Jody Peltason (Takoma Park Mobilization - Environmental Committee / MD Leads on Climate), Herb Simmens (Climate Mobilization MoCo / Author of "A Climate Vocabulary of the Future" and Jim Driscoll (Climate Mobilization MoCo) share the horrific nature of the climate emergency and why (and how) we must act urgently to save the planet for our children, grandchildren and ourselves.

Duration:00:59:34

Vision Zero - Ped, Bike, Traffic Safety - with Kristy Daphnis

11/20/2018
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October 2018 - In this first episode of 'View from the Civic Fed', Kristy Daphnis, committee member of the Pedestrian Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee in Montgomery County, discusses Vision Zero, how to make streets safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers, and organizing civic associations around this effort.

Duration:00:43:57

Drug Decriminalization & Legalization in Maryland

11/14/2018
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Veronica Wright, member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in Montgomery County, Maryland, discusses the case for decriminalizing and legalizing drugs including:

Duration:00:51:02

Bill Conway - Candidate, County Council, At-Large

6/18/2018
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Hear Bill's Views Regarding: AGRICULTURAL RESERVE TRANSFERABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS BIO FINANCING OF CAMPAIGN CLIMATE COUNTY CLIMATE EMERGENCY RESOLUTION ELECTRICITY SYSTEM ADDRESSING THE SCHOOL BUS FLEET EMISSIONS DICKERSON INCINERATOR / POWER PLANT THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING TO Zero WASTE PRIORITIES: JOBS ARE TRANSCENDENTLY IMPORTANT GOOD JOBS FIRST OUTLOOK ON TAX SUBSIDIES FOR CORPORATIONS CULTURE OF EVIDENCE / CLIMATE OF CIVILITY ACHIEVEMENT...

Duration:01:30:23

Andrew Friedson - Candidate, County Council, District 1

6/15/2018
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BIO Grew up / educated in Montgomery CountyWorked for State Comptroller / Scrutinized ContractsAdvised on State Pension SystemOn Board for Maryland College Savings System ON STATE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY / STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC ISSUES Revenues growing more slowly despite increased taxesFederal Government Not Growing As BeforeWorkforce is AgingEarners to Non-Earners is Out of WhackOnly way out: lift up wages / create jobs40% of Children Eligible for Free and Reduced MealsMore people are leaving...

Duration:01:14:51

Ana Sol Gutierrez - Candidate for County Council - District 1

6/14/2018
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You’ll Learn About: SAFE ACT Taking a second attempt to protect immigrants that are living in fearEnsure people can approach police in confidence to report a crime or report a crime against themselvesOn lack of support from Ike Leggett and the County Council ANNAPOLIS Not friendly to progressivesOn experience introducing a bill to create a statewide bank ON PUBLIC FINANCING OF CAMPAIGNS AS A GAME CHANGER ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BUDGETS ON THE WINDFALL OF TAX REVENUE COMING TO...

Duration:01:29:28

Helga Luest - Candidate, State Delegate, District 18

6/14/2018
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You’ll Learn About: BIO Elected at age 18 to Democratic Party County Committee SeatFacilitating Social ChangeFounded Witness Justice / Ran it for 14 yearsAs a crime victim; recognized there were many gaps in publicly funded programs / systemsFederal Advocacy work (Addiction Treatment, Jail Diversion, Addressing Trauma for Crime Survivors)Led to advocacy for addressing trauma for a lot of issue FINANCING CAMPAIGN So far all funding from private citizensOn systemic bias to support...

Duration:01:27:54

Dalbin Osorio ​- County Council Candidate, District 1

6/13/2018
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You’ll Learn About: Residents Don’t Know About County Services On Non-Profits Offering Integral County Services / Needing More Funding On the Precipice of an Economic Collapse in Montgomery County Need to generate more revenue - We’ve expanded to fast - Infrastructure is behind development / schools overcrowded County Should Not Be In The Alcohol Business On Taxes Not Being Spent for Declared Intent Campaign Finance Not taking public financing - Funding for...

Duration:01:36:59

Ron Franks - D18 Candidate for State Delegate

6/13/2018
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Ron addresses the following: Criminal Justice SystemMore rehabilitation neededCash Bail SystemTRUST Act (To Protect Immigrants)EducationSchool Construction FundingKirwin CommissionRestorative JusticeAffordable HousingFinancing of His CampaignNot seeking PAC moneyWill refuse contribution from companiesWork on County Executive Advisory BoardsBudgets Should Reflect PrioritiesOn Tax EquityEnvironmentMove to 50% Renewable Energy for ElectricityLegalize MarijuanaSenior Residents / Livability /...

Duration:01:24:01

Meredith Wellington - Candidate, County Council, District 1

6/12/2018
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Hear about Meredith's priorities including:

Duration:01:02:49

Judge Forum - Circuit Court - Montgomery County

6/10/2018
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The ACLU of Montgomery County hosted a forum for all 2018 candidates for Judge of the Circuit Court of Montgomery County on June 6, 2018. Seven judges appointed by Governor Larry Hogan and one contender discussed: should the public affirm all seven seated judges or elect Marylin Pierre, a candidate for the judgeship (unseating one of the appointed judges)?

Duration:02:36:49

Shruti Bhatnagar - Candidate for County Council

6/8/2018
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Candidate Forums On Community / Civic Involvement Kensington Heights Civic AssociationPTA PresidentFounding Member: Maryland Welcomes RefugeesMCPS Teacher and Parent Volunteer in SchoolsWork on Health Care Committees Schools People move to MoCo for our SchoolsInequities / lack of resourcesNeedy populations in certain schools (Free and Reduced Meals Schools)Needs of English Language LearnersSpecial Learning Needs Require Specific SolutionsGrowing by 2500 students / year Immigrant...

Duration:01:40:59

Craig Carozza-Caviness - Candidate, County Council At-Large

6/8/2018
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You’ll Learn About: Experience Real Estate AgentInsurance Consultant (Series Six) Priorities EducationPay Teachers MoreClose Achievement GapPublic SafetyTransportationAffordable HousingLocal EconomyRaise RevenueProgressive ActionGreen Culture Financing Campaign Taking Public FinancingRestricting any Donations?Yes to PACs, Not Yet ReceivedNRA - NoHasn’t had the need to refuse donations yet Teacher Pay Raising teacher pay means a better school system / more attractive countyAfter School...

Duration:01:00:33

Jeff Waldstreicher - Candidate for State Senate - District 18

5/21/2018
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Education - it defines our community Health Care Supports single payer systemTough given the representative reality in the MD state legislatureState needs to step up due to the cancellation of the federal mandate Politics - a marathon; sometimes outside events can accelerate things Trump Administration Maryland should be a leader pushing back against the Trump administration Support of the SAFE Act Planned Parenthood The largest provider of mammograms for women in Maryland (and the...

Duration:01:19:04

Bill Cook - Democratic Candidate for District 1 County Council

5/16/2018
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Links to stuff from the interview: Lessig talk on money in politicsExclusion of Bernie Supporters from Local News Broadcast On Reckless Development & Money In Politics Has favored developersHas not favored residentsHas created a lot of problemsOvercrowded SchoolsBroken Water MainsDwindling Affordable HousingHave not been collecting impact taxesWhy? - many candidates are funded by real estate developers On Support / Work for Bernie Sanders On Money in Politics Money is the root of...

Duration:01:19:15

Evan Glass - County Council Candidate - 18 Jan 2018

5/14/2018
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On January 18, 2018, I sat down with Evan Glass who covered: Montgomery County is HUGE 1.1 million people5.5 billion budgetYet - education received, varies (need to close the achievement gap)Metro needs to work and safety is in questionHow do we pay for this stuff?Expand tax base by bringing more economic development to the countyMore businesses means more tax revenueOn dedicated funding for metro / and how to get revenue for thatExpanding the tax baseScience gateway in White OakAnchors:...

Duration:01:06:07

Jim McGee - Candidate for County Council - District 1

5/3/2018
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Democratic candidate for county council District 1 Interview You’ll hear Jim’s thoughts on: How to organize the county to be more livable, navigable, etc..Building infrastructure and then developingCitizen input in the zoning / land-use planning processPublic Financing of CampaignsPedestrian and bicyclist safety focusShortening trips - co-locating commercial / residentialMontgomery County’s Climate Emergency Declaration - the number one issue facing all of us - Jim says Translating it to...

Duration:01:29:39

Racial Equity and Immigrant Rights - County Executive Forum

4/30/2018
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Here candidates for Montgomery County Executive describe their stances on immigrant rights and racial equity. Candidates: George Leventhal Rose Krasnow Bill Frick Marc Elrich David Blair Rober Berliner

Duration:02:20:09

Emily Shetty - D18 Candidate

4/30/2018
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Bio Democratic Party Involvement / Central Committee WorkImmigrant ParentsAttorney / Health Care ExpertPedestrian Safety Experience Governor Hogan Negatives of expanding / privatizing 495 and 270 (and the executive’s rush to do this)The Hogan administration is proceeding, quicklyCommunity, health impactsPlaying politics with education money Maryland Budget / Revenue Picture Mid - long term situation is toughMust increase revenue baseSmall business supportLegalize MarijuanaConsider equal...

Duration:01:22:26

Marylin Pierre

4/27/2018
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You'll learn about: Inspired by Thurgood MarshallRunning to achieve more diversity on the bench - outside the current appointment systemNeed for More Attention to Juvenile Law in Montgomery CountyJudgeships in Montgomery County8 people running for 7 positionsMarylin the only one who wasn’t appointed7 judges are running to retain their appointed seatsThese judges are appointed by the GovernorJudges must run during the first election after appointment to retain their seatsTheir seats are...

Duration:01:31:56