Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Silver Spring women among first to marry.
The long-awaited enactment of Maryland’s Civil Marriage Protection Act on Jan. 1 saw a number of same-sex marriages across the state, including the union between two Silver Spring women. The wedding of Ruth Siegel and Nina Nethery was one of a number of same-sex ceremonies profiled in a recent Washington Post story about New Year’s Day weddings. The couple’s ceremony began virtually as soon as the law took effect, at 12:02 a.m., with each participant wearing a baseball cap that read either Bride One or Bride Two. Nethery explained the importance of marriage to her. “When we have an argument, I always think about splitting up and leaving. But I’ve been married before and I remember this phenomenon. It changes your perception on how you …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Will 'We are the 99%' echo down through the ages, or has the movement's day come and gone?
Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the first demonstration held by the Occupy Movement, a loosely organized coalition of protestors opposing socioeconomic inequality and what they view as the outsized influence of corporations. On Sept. 17, 2011, Occupy supporters first gathered in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, tipping off a monthlong series of sit-ins, rallies, and marches across the country and around the world. In November, one group of Occupy protestors briefly passed through College Park and University Park, en route from New York to downtown Washington, D.C. While the movement has largely disappeared from the headlines over the past year, the question remains: did it have any lasting impact on our politics? If so, do you …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sen. Paul Pinsky was arrested at the White House while protesting the Keystone pipeline plan.
Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky (D-Dist. 22) was arrested outside the White House on Friday afternoon. Pinksy, who represents part of Prince George’s County, and about 150 environmental activists were arrested while protesting the Keystone pipeline project. If the plan is approved it would transport crude oil through the continental United States—connecting the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Texas coast. "I think we're taking the wrong direction," said Pinsky, who was reached by phone after being released from U.S. Park Police Headquarters in Anacostia Park. "We should be going for clean energy, wind and solar." For years scientists have told us we can't rely on fossil fuel and urged us to reduce our carbon emissions…
Monday, February 28, 2011
Many signs show support of the students at Northwestern High School.
Hyattsville residents gathered to make signs to be used in a protest at Northwestern High School on the morning of March 1. The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its anti-homosexual stance and for picketing at the funerals of soldiers, has said that it will send a group of people to protest outside of the school from 9 to 9:30 a.m. A group from Hyattsville is scheduled to gather at the University Hills Duck Pond about 7:30 a.m. before organizing and then walking down Adelphi Road to the school.
These signs will be used to show solidarity for the Hyattsville school.
Some residents and members of area churches gathered Sunday night to make signs that will be used in a counter-protest on the morning of March 1 at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. The counter-protest is in response to a planned protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for its anti-homosexual stance and for protesting the funerals of fallen soldiers. Residents from Hyattsville are planning a similar sign making event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tonight at Hyattsville Elementary School.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The top Prince George's County news from the Patchwork on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Thanks for coming back to our daily PatchCast. Here's what happened in the towns around you since Tuesday, as seen and heard by our team of Patch reporters. Hyattsville/Riverdale Park: Anti-Gay Church Set to Protest at Northwestern High School College Park: County Liquor Board Approves Barking Dog Greenbelt: Violence Is Hot Topic Amongst Greenbelt Students Bowie: Bowie Teen Impressive in ‘Sound of Music’