Monday, August 1, 2011

"several hundred signatures" collected opposing youth curfew

Youth Curfew Petition, July 30
Volunteers collect signatures in downtown Silver Spring last Friday night.

Opposition to the county's proposed youth curfew continues to grow as petitioners collected signatures against the legislation last weekend.

On Friday, JUTP learned that the National Youth Rights Association was organizing a protest on Ellsworth Drive, the site of a stabbing four weeks ago that prompted County Executive Leggett to propose a curfew. In reality, it was a petition drive, and ten volunteers were out collecting signatures, including NYRA executive director Alex Koroknay-Palicz and high-school senior Abigail Burman, one of four Montgomery County teens who are leading opposition to the curfew. An early count of the signatures shows about several hundred names, Burman says, adding, "I would say that it went quite well."

The County Council held a public hearing on the proposed curfew last week and will take it up in their Public Safety committee in September. For more information, check out the "Stand Up to the MoCo Curfew" Facebook group or visit

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