Invitation to Media Briefing on Redistricting

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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

League of Women Voters, National Assoc. of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Other Groups Will Update Press at Luncheon Briefing Jan. 24

With California’s first-ever Citizens Redistricting Commission beginning work on drawing legislative and congressional district lines — a process that will affect California and national politics for the next decade — organizations working to bring grassroots input into redistricting have come together to brief the media on the nuts and bolts of this unique process, with an emphasis on issues affecting underrepresented and minority communities.

The briefing, sponsored by the Redistricting California Alliance, will take place from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. A light lunch will be served. Seating is limited, so please RSVP early to Michelle Romero, [email protected].

Moderated by Tunua Thrash of The Greenlining Institute, panelists will include: Chris Carson, Redistricting Program Director, League of Women Voters of California; Eugene Lee, Voting Rights Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Rosalind Gold, Sr. Director of Policy, Research, and Advocacy, National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Questions that will be discussed include:

  • How have Props. 11 & 20 changed the redistricting process?
  • Who are the Citizens Redistricting Commissioners and what will they do?
  • How will the commission address hot-button redistricting issues such as non-citizens and prisoners? How do we count them and why does it matter?
  • How does redistricting differ from reapportionment?
  • How can the public participate? (tools and resources available to the public will be shared)
  • What does the Voting Rights Act have to do with redistricting?
  • Who can I contact for interviews on redistricting issues?

The briefing is in conjunction with the RedistrictingCA Conference, being  held Jan. 25th. For information on the conference, visit  www.commoncause.org/redistrictingCA. Members of the Redistricting California Alliance include the  African American Redistricting Collaborative, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, California Common Cause, California Forward, Center for Governmental Studies, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, League of Women Voters of California, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, Rose Institute for Government Studies, The Greenlining Institute and The Redistricting Group at Berkeley Law.