MONDAY, JAN 18: MCJPA Coalition to hold MLK Rally, Press Conference and Die-in to Demand Police Accountability
Contacts: Meredith Curtis, ACLU of Maryland, 443-310-9946, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susana Flores, CASA, 301-379-7461, email@example.com
ANNAPOLIS, MD - After a series of police killings across the nation and in Maryland, concern about police practices has dramatically increased. At 7 p.m. on Monday, January 18, activists from across the state will join the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability for a rally, press conference and die-in in Annapolis to call on legislators to work to pass strong police accountability legislation in 2016.
The positive votes and recommendations released on Monday by the Maryland Public Safety and Policing Workgroup are a step in the right direction, but there remain important areas that need improvement to ensure real accountability, especially in communities targeted by racially biased over-policing.
WHAT: Rally, press conference and die-in to reclaim the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and to demand strong police accountability legislation be passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2016.
WHO: Individual activists from across the state and representatives of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability, which includes 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Black Church Center for Justice and Equality, CASA de Maryland, Color of Change, Council on American Islamic Relations, Jews United for Justice, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Prince George's People's Coalition, Progressive Maryland, UUs for Liberation from Racism, and more.
WHEN: Monday, January 18, 2016 from 7-8 PM
WHERE: Lawyers Mall, Annapolis, MD 21401
Learn more about the MCJPA coalition: https://www.facebook.com/mdcje/