Man examines map mounted on an easel showing proposed redistricting changes

Redistricting

Redistricting will determine political representation for the next ten years. During this process, the lines and boundaries of governing bodies are redrawn so that each district is roughly equal in population size based on the most recent census data. 

How this shows up in our communities 

Redistricting is carried out at all levels of government—from local school boards and city councils to state legislatures and the United States House of Representatives. Black communities have an important role to play in the redistricting process to ensure that their voices are heard, their needs are addressed, and their rights are protected. 

In advance of the post-2020 redistricting cycle, we’re working to make sure the public knows the process of redistricting and how they can participate. We are also litigating a prison gerrymandering case, which leads to underrepresentation. Learn more about current litigation

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New podcast released

Later this year, states will begin drawing the districts that will determine the allocation of political power and representation for the next ten years. However, a practice known as prison-based gerrymandering threatens the principle of “one person, one vote” and risks unfairly diluting the political power of Black and urban communities, while inflating the power of white, rural ones.

On this episode of Justice Above All, Thurgood Marshall Institute Senior Researcher Kesha Moore talks to the Executive Director of the Abolitionist Law Center, Saleem Holbrook, and Cara McClellan, Assistant Counsel at the Legal Defense Fund, about the inherent racism surrounding prison-based gerrymandering and how it continues to feed the prison industrial complex.

Civil Rights Organizations Release Redistricting Guide to Support Black, Latino, and AAPI Communities’ Participation in Crucial Process

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