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The recent death of congressman John Lewis marks the passing of a civil rights generation. But, Lewis was heartened by the Black Lives Movement and its protesters. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Kirkland Hall, local activist and former president of the Somerset County Branch of the NAACP, about what lies ahead in the wake of Lewis's death.

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Protests over the death of George Floyd have continued for weeks as many local jurisdictions begin to approve police reform measures. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist Steve Plotkin observers these demonstrations are part of the American tradition.

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Several hundred protesters marched in Salisbury this week as part of the nationwide demonstrations that have taken place over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with protesters about issues ranging from their reaction to the cell phone video to what they believe must be done to curb police abuse.

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The large demonstrations that have gone on for more than two weeks now over the death of George Floyd who died after a white officer placed a knee on his neck. And, many political figures have joined those protest. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot who has announced his intention to run for governor talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his reaction to Floyd's death and movement that it has created.

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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has now apologized for how it handled the player's protest over police abuse against African Americans. Mike Lurie is an east coast sports writer and a commentator of Delmarva Public Radio. He reflects on the issue of race and the world of sports. (Part 2)

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With the wave of protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer Delmarva Publid Radio's Don  Rush talks with Charolotte King, chair of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, about the impact on the nation. (Part 2) Interview was conducted before charge was upgraded to second degree felony murder against Derek Chauvin and abettng counts filed against three other officers who were involved in his death.

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Salisbury University will be implementing new initiatives to up diversity and inclusion.

The move comes after racist language was found in a building last November.

The incident spurred anger by university students who felt the institution had not done enough to deal with the issues.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that University President Charles Wright announced the creation of a new position do focus on diversity on campus.

In addition, a special task force will be formed that will be made up of students, faculty, staff and community leaders.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A group of Maryland government employees and union members rallied Wednesday in Baltimore to protest what they say is the governor's refusal to fill thousands of vacant government positions.

A Maryland Department of Legislative Services study showed more than 2,600 unfilled state job vacancies. It shows unfilled corrections positions rose from about 2% in 2013 to about 17% in 2018.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Protesters rallied outside the Roanoke police department to decry comments by the city's police chief that critics believe are insensitive to rape victims.

The Roanoke Times reports that about a dozen people attended the protest Saturday.

Protesters were responding to comments made by Chief Tim Jones at a City Council meeting last month. Asked about an increase in reported rapes, Jones told the council that "all too many young women put themselves at risk when alcohol and social behavior goes bad."

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — High school students could skip classes to attend political protests under a proposal up for debate in a Maryland public school district.

The Washington Post reports that Montgomery County's school board is expected to approve the proposal as early as January.

The proposal is considered to be one of very few in the country that would allow students to take up to three excused absences per year to participate in protests or other forms of civic engagement during the school day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - State workers in Maryland are demanding Gov. Larry Hogan's administration provide better working conditions, including pay and staffing increases.  

The Washington Post reports hundreds of workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 3 protested outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis Wednesday night. The union represents more than 20,000 state workers and has repeatedly criticized Hogan's administration for issues including staff shortages.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Capitol Police say two people have been arrested outside of Maryland Rep. Andy Harris' office during a protest, and the congressman's office says Harris bruised his wrist as protesters tried to force a door open.

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Tens of thousands marched and rallied across the country on Saturday to protest the immigration policies of the Trump administration. In Washington D.C. they gathered at Lafayette Park where Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with some of the protesters.

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Holding signs declaring “Families Belong Together” around 30 protesters stood out on the side of the road on Concord Pike last night outside Fairfax Shopping Center in Delaware.

They were demonstrating against the Trump administration’s policy of splitting up families who cross the border seeking asylum or illegal entry.

The group called Indivisible Highlands and Beyond decided Sunday to hold the protest.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of cars slowed down to read the signs and some even honked in support of the demonstration.  

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Less than two weeks after her termination for "insubordination" roiled one of Delaware's biggest Catholic schools and set up a confrontation with the diocese, the principal of the all-girls academy has been reinstated.

News outlets report Cindy Mann was reinstated Tuesday as head of Padua Academy.

Mann was fired March 16, setting off protests. Students refused to attend class, while parents marched to the rectory to try to demand answers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Five clean-water activists have been arrested at the Maryland State House after protesting a planned pipeline that would carry natural gas under the Potomac River and C & O Canal.

They were arrested Wednesday after blocking an entrance to the Capitol.

The protesters urged Gov. Larry Hogan to stop the 3.5 mile project while he still can.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of Baltimore students have marched on City Hall to protest gun violence and call for stricter gun control legislation weeks after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 dead.

The Baltimore Sun reports students from multiple high schools walked out of class Tuesday, chanting "Grades up! Guns down!" during a 5-mile (8-kilometer) march to the plaza outside City Hall, where Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa offered support.

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Delaware high school students are planning a walk out for March 14th to protest gun violence.

The march comes on the heels of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead.

Ellen Schlecht, a sophomore at Ursuline Academy, told the Wilmington News Journal that it was time “to take a stand and change our community.”

The paper reports that students at around 20 Delaware schools are organizing walkouts for the one month anniversary of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two brothers arrested during a Maryland gun ownership rights protest last week have filed a lawsuit against police.

The Baltimore Sun reports Jeff and Kevin Hulberts' lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore accuses Capitol Police of filing charges in "retaliation" for speaking to journalists. The Hulberts were arrested on Feb. 5 after police asked them to leave a public sidewalk.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says a clearer policy is needed on acceptable locations and expectations for people who protest around the State House.

Del. William Folden, a Frederick County Republican who is an active police officer, expressed the need for policy clarifications during a news conference Monday with House Republicans and advocates for gun rights in Annapolis.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Some University of Baltimore students are speaking out against their scheduled fall commencement speaker: Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

A crowd of students filed into a courtyard near the school on Monday, holding protest signs that read "support public schools #neverDeVos" and "We are DeVos-stated."

University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke sent a letter to the student body explaining why he believes she is a good choice.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is reeling from criticism inside and out for defending the right of white supremacists to march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After the death of a counter-protester at the rally, some critics said the ACLU had blood on its hands, and a leader of the organization in Virginia resigned.

The furor has set off soul-searching inside the ACLU and an announcement that it will no longer stand with hate groups seeking to march with guns.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach police say two people were arrested at an anti-Sharia law demonstration.

Police say the event on Saturday was mostly a quiet display of people expressing their First Amendment rights. But two participants were arrested toward the end of the event at Mount Trashmore for assault and disorderly conduct.

About 40 people gathered at the event.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds gathered at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Sunday to protest an executive order banning refugees from entering the United States.

Protesters carrying signs chanted, "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here."

On Sunday, social media reports said crowds were spilling out of the international terminal. Protesters held signs that read, "Welcome home," and "No Ban, No wall," among many others.

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Officials from Delaware also joined a protest against the executive order.

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This Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump with see a contingent of Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff Mike Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is sending 25 of his deputies to provide security for the ceremonies.

But he told the paper that he did have some concerns given the tens of thousands of protesters expected to show up even though he believes they will be peaceful.

Lewis was a prominent local supporter of Trump during last year’s presidential election.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of high school students left campus and took to the streets to declare their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala says Montgomery Blair High School officials expected a protest in the football stadium Monday morning and about 800 students attended. Most returned to class, but she says some left the Silver Spring campus.

Onijala says the group joined students from nearby Northwood High School. She estimates that there were 200 to 300 in the group.

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With the election of Donald Trump who once questioned the birthplace of the first black president Barak Obama black churches in Delaware consoled their flocks.

The Reverend Donald Morton with the Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral in Wilmington urged his congregation to pray for the nation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he said was fearful for what Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency would mean for the black community.

He told the congregation, “You’ve got to pray that God keep him from doing the things he says he’s going to do.”

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of protesters displeased with Donald Trump's election as president have marched through Baltimore to the stadium where the Ravens were playing a football game.

Protesters marched downtown to the Inner Harbor and then to the M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were hosting the Cleveland Browns for Thursday Night Football.

The protest brought traffic to a standstill but was otherwise peaceful.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say 10 people were arrested as hundreds marched through Richmond to protest the election of Donald Trump and many blocked highway traffic.

Media outlets report that hundreds of people gathered around Monroe Park on Wednesday night, blocking streets near Virginia Commonwealth University. Online video showed marchers chanting "No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA" and carrying banners reading "Not my president."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Twenty-three environmental activists are facing misdemeanor trespassing charges after holding a protest outside Gov. Terry McAuliffe's mansion.

The activists were on the final day of a three-day protest calling on McAuliffe to oppose proposed natural gas pipelines and push for stricter state requirements related to disposing coal waste byproduct.

They were cited with trespassing Wednesday after blocking the gate to the governor's mansion. 

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