From the Executive Director of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project:
Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12 at 1p, the Judiciary Committee of the MD House of Delegates will hold a hearing on HB 307, a measure to create the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The primary sponsor for the bill is Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D, District 21, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties).
The proposed Commission would be authorized to investigate racially motivated lynchings in the state, hold public hearings to take testimony from families and community members and “make recommendations for addressing the legacy of lynching that are rooted in restorative justice.” It is believed that the Maryland panel would be the first state Commission of its kind in the country. You can learn more about the legislation here:
Although more than 50 legislators from both parties have signed on as co-sponsors, there is opposition and its passage is by no means assured.
A similar effort in 2016 never made it through the committee. But the political and social landscape has changed considerably since then and there is reason to hope this landmark legislation can succeed. Delegate Peña-Melnyk has been a heroic champion for this cause. But if this bill is going to move on, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
If you are able to attend the hearing on Tuesday, please come and show your support for the measure.
If you are unable to attend the hearing, please contact your Delegate and ask him or her to support this critical bill.
If you are uncertain who your Delegate is, you can find out here:
Look for and click “Who represents me?” under the Legislator List – By Name banner.
Thank you for your help and your support for this vital cause.
Maryland Lynching Memorial Project