Regarding the recent article about the lawsuit over the
I was one of hundreds in attendance when the law was heavily debated in the State House. Over the last year,
The lawsuit alleges that attorneys and volunteers who conducted a "painstaking line-by-line" review of signatures and found they "fell far short." I believe this case must be heard. It would be a tragedy for our democracy if a small group of people were to overturn a hard-fought and won victory for young children of immigrants.
However, as I hold one eye to the lawsuit, I will put the rest of my energies toward organizing a strong constituency in the event of a 2012 ballot initiative. The Maryland IAF has experience in doing successful referendum campaigns. We were a major player on the statewide handgun campaign in 1988. And across the nation, the Industrial Areas Foundation is known for our ability to mobilize large numbers of people. Organizing people power is what we do well. We did so in order to build the multi-racial support to help ensure the passage of the
Rev. Paul W. Johnson, Takoma Park