Like so many other communities across the country, Washington DC activists took to the streets to protest the killing of George Floyd and the systemic killings by police of people of color. In early June 2020, President Trump tear-gassed activists so that he could do a photo op at St. John’s church. The next day, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan agreed to provide National Guard troops to areas in Washington DC.
In contrast, the Governors of New York, Virginia and Delaware refused to send their Guard to DC.
Peace Action Montgomery created a social media campaign with paid ads targeting Maryland National Guard communities about their options. We got a reach of 2,500 readers . Maryland Peace Action and others held a protest at the National Guard Armory in Baltimore and Jean Athey (the Executive Director) got a letter published in the Baltimore Sun.
Within a few days, the Governor issued orders to return the National Guard.