A community response
for Montgomery County, Maryland to end profiling, brutality,
and other misconduct by police.
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SSJC Taking Action
#Justice4Finan Protest and Vigil, May 24, 2020
Over 100 vehicles and people arriving on foot to protest the unjust and inexcusable killing of Finan Berhe on May 7, 2020.
Updates and Press Releases
- SSJC Urges Elrich NOT to Sign Contract With FOPOn June 25, six members of the Silver Spring Justice Coalition wrote to County Executive Marc Elrich asking him not to sign the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the MCPD police union. The six groups are: ACLU of Maryland, Montgomery County Chapter; Defending Rights & Dissent; Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition; Progressive Montgomery; Racial JusticeContinue reading “SSJC Urges Elrich NOT to Sign Contract With FOP”
- SILVER SPRING JUSTICE COALITION TO COUNTY EXECUTIVE MARC ELRICH: DEFUND THE POLICE, INVEST IN COMMUNITIESThe Time for Studies and Task Forces Is Over, Coalition Says (Montgomery County, MD) – The Silver Spring Justice Coalition (SSJC) and its member organizations are calling for County Executive Marc Elrich to revamp the County budget by making large cuts in the police budget in order to fund services that County residents greatly need.Continue reading “SILVER SPRING JUSTICE COALITION TO COUNTY EXECUTIVE MARC ELRICH: DEFUND THE POLICE, INVEST IN COMMUNITIES”
- Take Action: Tell Marc Elrich to Defund the Police, Fund Our CommunitiesOn June 25, County Executive Marc Elrich held a press conference during which he acknowledged deep problems with policing in the county. He cited alarming statistics on racial profiling and police harassment of Black young people. He recognized that the deaths of Robert White and Finan Behre are what happens when “the only tool inContinue reading “Take Action: Tell Marc Elrich to Defund the Police, Fund Our Communities”
HOW IT BEGAN: ROBERT LAWRENCE WHITE
On June 11, 2018, a Montgomery County police officer accosted, pursued,
and then shot and killed Robert White, an unarmed Black man strolling
in his own neighborhood. SSJC began as a community response to
Mr. White’s needless death and to the department’s conclusion that the
officer’s actions were lawful and justified.
The coalition draws from throughout Montgomery County, including
neighbors of Robert White, community members, faith groups, and civil and human rights organizations.
We envision a state and county where community and individual needs for safety are met while harm by police is eliminated.
We aim to create a paradigm shift in police-community engagement.
Race, class, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and mental health status must never again put people in Montgomery County at risk of state-sponsored discrimination and violence.