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 …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Students are seeking to have the chain removed from the university's College Park campus.
Some 850 people have signed onto a petition seeking to bar Chick-Fil-A from the University of Maryland's College Park campus, the Washington Blade reports. The push follows comments made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy this summer against gay marriage, including the statement that people seeking to broaden the legal definition of marriage were "inviting God's judgment on our nation." Cathy's remarks—as well as contributions made by the chain to groups that oppose gay marriage—tipped off a series of protests and boycotts of the restaurant. Others have rallied around Chick-fil-A, defending the eatery's stances and dining at the restaurant in droves to show support. Organizer Kyle Milligan, who posted the petition on Change.org, told the …
Monday, February 28, 2011
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’
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Karen DeSha, mother of Justin DeSha-Overcash, joined with others to raise awareness about county's homicide count.
Karen DeSha, the mother of Justin DeSha-Overcash, the 22-year-old University of Maryland student who was shot to death in his home after an attempted robbery went awry, joined with others today outside the Prince George's County police headquarters to voice her concern about the 16 homicides in the county since Jan. 1, according to an Associated Press (AP) story on TBD and WTOP websites. DeSha, along with other picketers, held signs for each of the victims with their names, ages and the days they died, according to the story. Police spokesman Cpl. Clinton Copeland said Monday that DeSha is not a new face around the station. Shortly after her son was killed, DeSha arrived at PGPD headquarters to protest Deputy Chief Kevin Davis' assertion …