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Tom Devine, '80's Know Your Rights Presentation
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Public "Know Your Rights" training

When: Monday, February 12, 2018
7:00 PM
Where: Montgomery County Executive Office Building, Lower Lobby Auditorium
101 Monroe St.
Rockville, Maryland  20850
United States

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Tom Devine and John WhittyTom Devine, '80, (at right, on left) Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project and Director of UDC Law’s whistleblower protection clinic, will lead a Know Your Rights training for the Montgomery County Civic Federation on Monday, February 12 at 7 pm at the Lobby Level Auditorium of the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville Maryland.  


At the behest of the Civic Federation, Tom and John Whitty, ’17, (on right, at right) have been investigating whistleblower claims of sexual predation by County School personnel.  Tom will speak at the Civic Federation’s “Annual Program on Transparency and Accountability of the Montgomery County Government.  See


The meeting is open to the public - doors open at 7:00 pm. 
Press Contact: MCCF 2nd Vice President Danila Sheveiko (301)254-6862


Some background on the alleged MCPS child sex abuse cover-up:


Jennifer Alvaro of Bethesda Named MCCF’s Community Hero for December (video here and here)

For protecting children from sex abuse in Montgomery County Public Schools.


Federation Calls on Superintendent of Schools to Lift Veil of Child Sex Abuse Secrecy

MCCF unanimously adopted resolution last month.

Is Maryland Proving to Be a Safe Haven for Child Sex Predators?

Senate bill aims to protect those who fail to report child sex abuse.


About the Montgomery County Civic Federation:

The mission of the Montgomery County Civic Federation, Inc. is to preserve and improve the quality of life for all current and future residents of Montgomery County, Maryland.  The Federation is composed of Delegates from civic associations, non-profit groups, and local municipalities that represent approximately 150,000 residents of Montgomery County.  Since its founding in 1925, Federation volunteers have committed themselves to providing an effective citizen voice to government policy makers, both elected and appointed:


The Birth of the Montgomery County Civic Federation

By Charles Wolff, Past President

"The Montgomery County Civic Federation was fully born on November 30, 1925 when the first official delegates from 18 civic associations assembled and elected Oliver Kuhn of Alta Vista as the first MCCF president and Frank Hewitt of Silver Spring as vice president. The president stressed that MCCF must be nonpolitical and said it was "formed of both Republicans and Democrats, … acclaimed by Socialists and indorsed by Prohibitionists"."


The pearl in the county oyster

By Paula Bienenfeld, Past President

"Civic Federation leaders were instrumental in developing and passing our Home Rule Charter, which was approved by the voters in 1948 after lengthy debate and fierce arguments.  The adoption of the Charter allowed for the Council form of government, and Montgomery County was the first in the state to do so.  One of our past presidents, Julius Unverzagt Hoke, was instrumental in the successful lawsuit that resulted in the 1964 Supreme Court decision Maryland Committee for Fair Representation v. Tawes. The resulting decision required Maryland to realign legislative districts to in line with the population."


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