October 12 Youth Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday, October 13, 2011 the Montgomery County Council hosted its second-ever Youth Town Hall Meeting.

Well over 100 teens packed the Council chamber, wanting to be heard. The main topic of concern:  the proposed teen curfew.  In the months since the County Council Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett first proposed the curfew, he has been forced to radically retool the bill, essentially rewriting the original and submitting new legislation with numerous changes and exemptions.  However, regardless of the changes, youth of the county remain opposed. 

For a thorough report of what happened at the meeting, read this account by the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.

Statement and question by Stand Up to the MoCo Curfew co-founder Leah Muskin-Pierret (Sound for video improves at 39 sec mark).

Leah Youth Town Hall.m4v

See press coverage of the meeting....

--> October 13 - WAMU: Teens Challenge Montgomery County Council on Curfew
Photo by Matt Bush

A proposed teen curfew in Montgomery County has prompted many young people to bring their concerns to local lawmakers, and teens got the chance to question the plan in person at a special meeting of the Montgomery County council Wednesday night.

Before the meeting even started, it was clear that council members knew what they were getting into. Marisa Cleary of Rockville High School posed the first question.

"I would like the council to explain why they believe they can override the Constitution of the United States of America," she said. "I refer to the 5th amendment in the Bill of Rights."

--> October 13 - NBC Washington: Teens Challenge Proposed Curfew

--> October 13 - WJLA: Teens speak out against curfew in spirited town hall meeeting