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Updates on Memorial Day 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic; and tomorrow is a deadline for some voters.

2020Talks - May 25, 2020 


Overseas service members and people with physical disabilities will be able to vote online this year in West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Election security experts have some concerns.

Public News Service - MD: Social Justice

Maryland officials need to do more to protect the state's prison population during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Maryland ACLU. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Public Health experts are calling for states to take extra precautions for prison populations during the coronavirus outbreak. Now, prisoners' rights groups say Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's call to use incarcerated people to make protective equipment for others shows disregard for

Foot traffic in American Chinatowns has dropped more than 50 percent since January over fears of contracting the coronavirus. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Nationwide panic over the coronavirus has sparked a rise in racist incidents against Asian-Americans in the United States. In a press conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to call the infection "the Chinese virus" and argued it wasn't a racist term. But Linda J

Many prison-reform groups say solitary confinement is torture while corrections officials say it's a valuable safety tool. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Addressing concerns over the impact of solitary confinement, Maryland lawmakers are looking at two bills introduced this week aimed at reforming how state prisons use it. One House bill would prohibit releasing incarcerated people directly from segregation to the street. Another w

Maryland joins a growing number of states that have enacted

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A new ban-the-box law that aims to help formerly incarcerated people avoid employment discrimination starts Saturday in Maryland. Under the law, private employers with at least 15 full-time workers can't require applicants to check the box on job applications that asks if applica

Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice is calling on Maryland officials to stop what they see as excessive practices by ICE. (Casa de Maryland)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Outrage over Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices in Maryland has spurred immigrant rights groups to host a rally this coming Sunday in Howard County calling for state officials to cut ties with the federal agency. The protest will feature immigrants' personal stories ab

The Colored Methodist Protestant St. John's Chapel of Baltimore County, where Howard Cooper, who was lynched in 1885, is said to be buried in an unmarked grave. (D.J. Cashmere)

By DJ Cashmere Broadcast version by Diane Bernard Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media-Maryland News Connection Collaboration ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- According to family lore, George Armwood was a happy, quiet, and hard-working young man. He could often be heard whistling and was said to have a beautifu

Gov. Larry Hogan's State of the State speech asked lawmakers to help reduce violent crime in Baltimore. (governer.maryland.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Addressing violent crime in Baltimore is the most important challenge facing Maryland today, according to Gov. Larry Hogan. In his sixth State of the State address Wednesday, the Republican leader called on lawmakers to pass tough-on-crime bills to deal with shootings and murders

The national average of state prison populations that are African-American is 32%, according to a new report. (Adobe iStock)

BALTIMORE -- While racial disparities in imprisonment in the U.S. have decreased overall, Maryland's is on the rise, according to a new report. More than 70% of the state's prison population is black, compared with about 30% of the state population. This is the highest percentage of imprisoned A

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