We’ve now uploaded several excerpts of Monday’s Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board meeting, where the proposed youth curfew ordinance was discussed. The clips can be played in sequence as a playlist, or viewed individually. At this point, they include:
- Thomas Nephew (MCCRC): statement to the board
- Leah Muskin-Pierret (Montgomery Blair High School; Stand Up To The Montgomery County Curfew): statement, interview
- Jim Zepp (JRSA): statement, interview
- Darian Unger (CAB board member): meeting comments and interview
Below are the post-meeting interviews with Jim Zepp, Leah Muskin-Pierret, and Darian Unger.
Jim Zepp is a director of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA).
“Debating the pros and cons of a curfew is actually a distraction; what we really need to be doing is convening all the stakeholders here in Downtown Silver Spring… and talking about how we can manage a successful downtown Silver Spring entertainment district.”
Leah Muskin-Pierret is a Montgomery Blair High School student and co-founder of “Stand Up to the Montgomery County Curfew.”
“[Tonight’s meeting] was slightly better than last meeting in that the first half was still an infomercial — it tends to run that way — but by the second half there was some dissent being heard.”
Darian Unger is a member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.
UNGER: “One of the amendments [to the ordinance] includes an exception for those exercising their First Amendment rights… Could you enumerate those?”
AIDE: “…any First Amendment rights — your worshiping, your religious service… political protest… any of your enumerated First Amendment rights.”
UNGER: “I’m waiting for assembly to come up.”