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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Statement by MML President Ryan Spiegel

Systemic-Racism

Statement by MML President Ryan Spiegel regarding racial injustice with the unanimous support of the Executive Committee - June 9, 2020

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, along with so many others throughout our nation, are a tragic reminder of the terrible legacy and ongoing effects of systemic racism.  The Maryland Municipal League condemns racism, bigotry, and hatred in all forms.  We are committed to the values written into the U.S. Constitution that express freedom, justice, and equality, which should be at the heart of every level of government in America, especially the municipal governments that are closest to the People.  

MML is proud of its diverse leadership and membership and of the hard work that municipal government officials and employees do everyday throughout Maryland, but the work to meet the promise of America comes up short for many.  We will continue working to support the 157 cities and towns of Maryland and the 1.5 Million Marylanders who live in them, providing a platform for education, research, and sharing of experiences as municipalities confront the realities of society’s racial disparities and both conscious and unconscious biases – whether in education, housing, criminal justice, health, jobs, or other aspects of American life.  We explicitly stand against anti-blackness.

MML is there for our members who are working to invest in improvements and reforms to local government operations, to acknowledge the good things that municipalities and their personnel are already doing, and to ensure public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic while protecting the right to peaceably assemble.  In solidarity with our members and with all who have worked to end racism and discrimination, MML also regularly endeavors to improve its own organizational operations to align with these principles.  

We encourage any of the mayors, councilmembers, or other municipal officials in Maryland to reach out to us if we can be of assistance in your efforts to connect, share, educate, learn, and better our communities as we Reimagine a Tomorrow in which no one is subjected to fear, violence, or other disadvantage simply because of the color of their skin. 

The following municipalities have endorsed this statement:

  • Town of Barnesville
  • Town of Bel Air
  • Town of Berlin
  • Town of Betterton
  • Town of Brentwood
  • Town of Brookeville
  • Town of Burkittsville 
  • Town of Cambridge
  • Town of Cecilton
  • Town of Chesapeake Beach
  • Town of Cheverly
  • Section 3 of the Village of Chevy Chase
  • Section 5 of the Village of Chevy Chase
  • Town of Chevy Chase
  • Chevy Chase Village
  • City of College Park
  • Town of Colmar Manor
  • City of Cumberland
  • Town of Delmar
  • Town of Eagle Harbor
  • Town of Easton
  • Town of Edmonston
  • Town of Elkton
  • Town of Fairmount Heights
  • City of Frederick
  • Village of Friendship Heights
  • City of Frostburg
  • City of Gaithersburg
  • Town of Galena
  • Town of Garrett Park
  • Town of Glen Echo
  • City of Hagerstown
  • Town of Henderson
  • Town of Highland Beach
  • City of Hyattsville
  • Town of Keedysville
  • Town of Kensington
  • Town of La Plata
  • Town of Landover Hills
  • City of Laurel
  • Town of Leonardtown
  • Town of Morningside
  • City of Mount Rainier
  • Town of Mountain Lake Park
  • City of New Carrollton
  • Town of North Beach
  • Village of North Chevy Chase
  • Town of Port Deposit
  • Town of Princess Anne
  • Town of Queen Anne
  • Town of Riverdale Park
  • Town of Rock Hall
  • City of Rockville
  • City of Salisbury
  • Town of Smithsburg
  • Town of Snow Hill
  • Town of Sykesville
  • City of Takoma Park
  • City of Taneytown
  • Town of Thurmont
  • Town of Union Bridge
  • Town of University Park
  • Town of Upper Marlboro
  • Town of Walkersville 
  • Town of Washington Grove
  • City of Westminster 
  • Town of Woodsboro

IF YOUR CITY/TOWN WOULD LIKE TO ADD YOUR MUNICIPALITY NAME TO THIS STATEMENT, PLEASE NOTIFY FELICIA BANUELOS AT FELICIAB@MDMUNICIPAL.ORG

MML has put a page together on the link below with some resources we hope you will find helpful, and please know that we are always here if you need to contact us for any additional information. 

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