More than 25 NAACP members and other guests filled rooms in Prince George’s County and Howard County this September to learn more about preemption understand how preemption can hurt their health and quality of life, while sparking spirited conversation.
The town halls were facilitated by LOCAL Maryland, a coalition of state advocacy organizations committed to protecting the ability of local elected officials to pass laws that support healthy families, a clean environment and good jobs.
A discussion held at the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP Convention at Ocean City on Oct. 26, brought in more than 50 attendees and members that wanted to make a difference. Successful meetings in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County garnered significant interest in November.
Gerald Stansbury, President of the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP wanted the audience to know exactly how preemption can specifically hurt is constituents. “It’s important for people of color to understand that preemption affects things we need like housing, safety and health,” said Stansbury. “It takes away the power of community. It takes your voice away. We need to start the conversation about preemption. This is our cause. We need to be on the front lines.”
Monica Young, representing Prince George’s County councilmember Jolene Ivey sat on the panel and emphasized how preemption affects local government. “Preemption impacts our ability to create laws that impact our community. Who knows you better than your state legislators? It’s important that your local legislators are able to work with you directly to know your needs.”