By Jennie Rodriguez
El Concilio will hold a workshop today on redistricting and its importance to the Latino community.
The Berkeley-based Greenlining Institute, a public policy and research advocacy group that promotes diversity, will conduct the workshop at 5:30 p.m. at 224 S. Sutter St.
Jose Rodriguez, director of El Concilio, a multiservice organization, said the workshop is important because preliminary boundary lines are expected to be made public June 10, two weeks before the California Citizens Redistricting Commission visits Stockton to seek local input on the process.
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Rodriguez said the workshop gives residents an opportunity to learn about the process before the first map is created. He also expressed concern that district lines might be drawn in a way that dilutes Latino voting strength.
“Despite California having the largest Latino population, we’ve been very slow to get resources,” Rodriguez said. “What we’d like to see is more districts where Latinos have a better chance to be elected into Congress.”
Redistricting takes place every 10 years, following the U.S. Census Bureau count. The citizens commission is scheduled to be in Stockton on June 24.