Greenlining Institute Announces Community Redistricting Workshops

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Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Michelle Romero, Greenlining Institute Redistricting Fellow, 510-926-4016; 408-550-3121 (cell)

As New Census Data Kicks Redistricting Into High Gear, Meetings Aim to Help Low-Income Californians and Communities of Color Be Heard

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – As part of The Greenlining Institute’s statewide campaign to ensure that California’s low-income communities and communities of color are heard as legislative district lines are being drawn, the institute is sponsoring a series of community meetings around California. The meetings are starting as new census data is released, enabling the nuts and bolts work of redistricting to begin.

“These meetings are designed to educate our communities about what redistricting is and what’s at stake,” said Greenlining Institute Redistricting Fellow Michelle Romero. “A newly-created Citizens Redistricting Commission is about to determine where the lines are drawn and whether we will have a voice in Sacramento and Washington D.C.  It’s important that our communities get involved in this process to ensure we are fairly represented.”

The list of meetings now scheduled, suitable for inclusion on events calendars, is below. Each will include a 30 minute educational/informational segment, followed by small group break-out sessions aimed at helping community members learn to identify and advocate for the interests they care about.

All are welcome, but those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Michelle Romero at [email protected] or 510-926-4016. More information about Greenlining’s redistricting efforts is available at http://www.greenlining.org/initiatives/redistricting.

FRESNO: Thursday, March 10, 5 p.m.
Sunnyside Regional Library, Fowler Room
5566 East Kings Canyon Road,  Fresno, CA
Refreshments provided

BAKERSFIELD/KERN COUNTY: Tuesday, March 22, 5:30 p.m.
Beale Main Library, Founders/Tejon Room
701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
Refreshments provided

EAST BAY AREA: Wednesday, March 23, 6 p.m.
The Greenlining Institute
1918 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Refreshments provided

SAN DIEGO: Saturday, March 26th. Exact time TBA.
City Heights Recreation Center
4380 Landis Street, San Diego, CA
Refreshments provided

SOUTH LOS ANGELES: Wednesday, March 30, 12 Noon
Please call or email for exact location.
Light lunch provided

Additional meetings will be scheduled shortly. For information, please email [email protected].