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Baltimore Peace and Justice Advocates to Demand that Gov. Hogan Bring the Maryland National Guard Home from Washington, D.C.
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2020
WHO: The Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Baltimore Peace Action, the Communist Party USA Baltimore Club, Maryland Peace Action, the Peoples Power Assembly and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland object vehemently that Governor Larry Hogan has acquiesced with President Trump’s call for federal troops and National Guard units to be sent to Washington, D.C. to quell the protests. In the past Gov. Hogan has distanced himself from Trump and his abhorrent policies. But more recently, despite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plea not to send the Maryland Guard to D.C., Hogan disregarded her message.
WHAT: As part of the demand to remove Maryland National Guard troops from Washington, D.C., there will be a protest. The lead banner will state “HOGAN: Don’t Give Trump MD Nat’l. Guard.” It is expected that the car caravan and marchers who planned a demonstration at Baltimore Police Headquarters will join this demonstration. The attack on the First Amendment by the Trump administration is expected to continue and to worsen. The Constitution must be protected, and concerned citizens must speak out against creeping fascism.
WHEN: Saturday, June 6 starting at 3:30 PM
WHERE: by the Fifth Regiment Armory, Howard and Preston Streets in Baltimore
WHY: The Trump administration, including the Department of Justice [sic] and the Department of Defense [sic] are facilitating this attack on the First Amendment. This may be a prelude of more to come. If Trump loses the election, will he refuse to step down? Now is the time to act as the illegal and unconstitutional behavior of the federal government will only worsen.
The groups involved in this protest call on Governor Larry Hogan to rescind his deployment of Maryland National Guard troops to the District of Columbia. The deployment authorization came from the Governor after a request from the Pentagon. However, it was made without consultation with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The unprovoked tear gassing of peaceful demonstrators at the White House shows that the Trump Administration is not only prepared but already has used military force against activists who were peacefully gathering to urge an end to racism and police brutality. Gov. Hogan has placed the Maryland National Guard in an untenable position. Will members of the Guard use tear gas or shoot rubber bullets or toss concussion grenades at people exercising their constitutional right to protest? Will members of the Guard be asked to obey an illegal order? It is very likely that many members of the Maryland National Guard support the goals of the protesters.
It is shameful that Gov. Hogan did not refuse to act on the request from the Trump Administration, as Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia did. The demonstrators at the Armory hope to inspire onlookers to contact the Maryland governor’s office and to ask him to bring members of the Maryland National Guard home. Any support for the policies of the Trump Administration is fraught with danger.
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