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Redistricting

A statement by Brennen Center for Justice, http://www.brennancenter.org/content/section/category/redistricting/

The epidemic of gerrymandering poses a growing threat to our democracy. It’s an open secret: more and more legislative districts reflect calculations by those in power about how they can best preserve that power, and fewer and fewer give meaningful representation to communities of voters. Incumbents carve the citizens of their state into districts for maximum personal and partisan advantage, and democracy suffers: neighborhoods are split, competing candidates are drawn out of contention, groups of voters are ‘cracked’ or ‘packed’ to manipulate their voting power. We like to think that voters choose their politicians-but in the redistricting process, politicians choose their voters.

Well-designed redistricting systems, in contrast, can help ensure that elected public servants actually serve their public. Moreover, they can inspire public confidence in both a process and an outcome recognized as fair.

** A Minneapolis workshop on November 17:

Redrawing the Boundaries: A Redistricting Workshop for Minnesota Citizens, Grassroots Organizers & Policy Advocates

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Location: University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

*If you are traveling from more than 60 miles outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul, you are eligible for a small travel stipend. Please contact Leah Rush at the Midwest Democracy Network for more information.
Fee: Free, including lunch

RSVP: Space is limited, so please register soon

Redistricting is the process of drawing the lines that create the political subdivisions for our electoral process. If this process is done openly and fairly it works as an effective part of our democratic process, if not, it creates a structure that limits the ability of Minnesota’s citizens to hold their elected officials accountable and responsive to community needs.

The Minnesota Democracy Network is holding this workshop to inform, educate and empower advocacy, grassroots and direct service organizations to be a part of both redistricting reform and community engagement around redistricting.

This important meeting will also discuss the Campaign for Accountable Redistricting (CAR) and opportunities for funding and participation with the CAR.

Morning plenaries:

  • Redistricting 101 with the Brennan Center’s Myrna Perez
  • Voting Rights Act – Gerrymandering with the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund

Afternoon policy track breakout sessions:

  • Minnesota Mapping Project – explore the impact of redistricting criteria George Mason’s Dr. Michael McDonald
  • The Minnesota Legislature & Redistricting – dive into the principals and possibilities for meaningful redistricting reform with Common Cause’s Mike Dean

Afternoon grassroots track breakout sessions:

  • The Broken Social Contract – engaging underrepresented communities in the
    redistricting process
  • Messaging – how to talk about redistricting to the redistricted
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