Voting and Advocacy Guide to 2024 Legislative Session

Repost from MD 4 Safe Tech Saturday, February 10, 2024 Summary of legislation (download pdf version here) What you can do: HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY HB 505 / SB 682 increases oversight of the political activities of public utilities. The bill a) expands the list of political activities that public utilities cannot charge to their ratepayers and b) requires utilities to report political expenditures to the public service commission (PSC). Public utilities often rent out […]

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The International Declaration on the Human Rights of Children in the Digital Age: Invitation to sign.

Please consider signing and sharing (ASAP) The International Declaration on the Human Rights of Children in the Digital Age.  https://www.thechildrensdeclaration.org/The Declaration will be delivered in person to the United Nations on World Children’s Day, November 20, 2023. We encourage everyone to sign but will be highlighting to the United Nations the legal, health, and scientific experts, as well as child advocates. That said, signatures from the general public are essential. So please everyone sign on! 

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Take 1 Minute Action to Strengthen Cell Tower Rules! (By 3/31/23)

20 years ago. March 25, 2003. That was the last time the County updated its rules for reviewing cell tower applications. And the process is notoriously opaque and residents are largely excluded from participating. Thankfully, the County Executive is now proposing to revise these outdated regulations. Click here BEFORE the deadline this Friday, March 31, to urge the County Executive to propose meaningful reform in how the County reviews applications — and bring greater transparency […]

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FCC’s recent big loss in court proves what residents warned all along: Montgomery County Council can’t trust the FCC’s safety standards from 1996 for wireless radiation to protect our families.

Council will be rushing a ZTA 22–01 zoning vote on Oct. 25th to outrun a Nov. 1st zoning deadline in this year of an election. Use the 1-minute email tool to quickly send emails to the entire Council to oppose cell towers near homes–ZTA 22-01.

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Mark your calendar! Oct 11 (New date) Rally to Stop Cell Towers 30 Feet From Homes Meet at 11:30 am, Tuesday, Oct. 11th

UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY: NEW DATE DUE TO WEATHER “No Cell Towers 30 Feet from Homes!” – Residents to Rally At Montgomery County Council Building Oct. 11th at 11:30 am Mark your calendar! Oct. 11th (new date) Rally to Stop Cell Towers 30 Feet From Homes ***RALLY RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER*** Check back on this webpage (https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-zta-22-01) for updates to our Rally plans to stop the proposed ZTA 22-01! Meet at 11:30 am, Tuesday, Oct. 11th […]

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Thrive Montgomery 2050 accelerates deployment of 5G –– Tell the Council to Hit Pause –– and Add Equity

We are sharing this August 16th article and Action Alert by Montgomery Countryside Alliance (mocoalliance.org) Thrive 2050: What it Says, What it Will Do, and Why We Have to Hit Pause OF NOTE related to the proliferation of close-proximity small cells from that article, please find this linked PDF: Thrive’s Sweeping Changes (PDF) “Thrive’s Proposed Policies Would Bring Sweeping Changes to Montgomery County Thrive’s proposed policies and those in its companion documents including Attainable Housing […]

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Election Alert: Electronic touchscreen ballots divide candidate choices up via second screens not available unless clicked

A problem has already been reported with voting on the touchscreen for (some) races with multiple candidates in that the voter has to view two screens to see all of the names of candidates running for that position. When there’s a split screen, make sure to click again to see the second screen. Many of the candidates themselves are unaware of these screen issues. David Lublin of Seventh State has also alerted that the electronic ballot divides the candidates on two pages […]

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URGENT: Act Now to Give the Public a Voice in Licensing of Wireless Facilities on Poles

The County recently released a draft Pole Attachment License Agreement (PLA) that would provide authorization for companies to attach wireless facilities on or in existing or replacement County-owned streetlight poles. Because a licensee can request authorization to attach to any streetlight pole, the PLA poses significant impacts for residents and County at-large. The PLA was released on the Transmission Facilities Coordination Group (TFCG) web page with little or no public notice and only three weeks […]

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MCPS Students’ Personal Data Is Used for Race-based Profiling & Profits

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students, 5 years ago, local parents discovered something fishy about Naviance, the online college and career readiness platform MCPS kids use starting in 6th grade: Naviance profiles kids using their personal information (yours, too) and sells it. We brought this to the attention of MCPS. Repeatedly. Meeting after meeting, nothing happened. Now the nation knows, thanks to a 1/22/22 investigative report in The Markup. Schools in Europe, where privacy laws are much stricter, replaced […]

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Wireless Safety Standards Should Protect People and Wildlife – Take Action – Join EHT’s Campaign

U.S. safety limits for wireless radiation have not been reviewed for over 25 years. In August, a landmark federal court ruled that the FCC did not adequately review all the evidence when the FCC refused to update its 1996 wireless radiation exposure limits. The court ruling states the FCC did not respond to research indicating numerous harmful effects from long term exposures, especially for children. Furthermore the FCC was found to have “completely failed” to […]

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