Justice and Gerrymandering: Why Redistricting Reform Matters

Carol Kuniholm (chair and co-founder of Fair Districts PA) will explain the redistricting process and its impact on social policy in Pennsylvania with additional insights into New Jersey and national redistricting efforts. She will demonstrate how the current process undermines democracy, suggest a solution, and offer ideas on how all citizens can support and encourage change. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to break into small groups to learn more about what’s happening in their area and ways they can get involved.

All are welcome.

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Please register.
Walk-ins accepted, but we might not have materials for you.

A Hearing on Gerrymandering in Pa. Commonwealth Court

Map of the U.S. congressional districts in Pennsylvania.

This week, Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the democratic process. On Wednesday, October 4, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court will hold a hearing challenging the constitutionality of the state’s congressional district maps. Petitioners in this case, which include the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters and individual citizens from across the state, claim that their votes have been rendered meaningless by maps intentionally drawn by state legislators to favor Republican outcomes. Proponents of redistricting reform are calling on Pennsylvania voters to show their support by packing the courtroom for the 10:00 a.m. hearing and the ensuing press conference. [Read more…]

Fighting to Make Our Votes Count

Carol Kuniholm addressing the press at the Pennsylvania Capitol, with supporters of redistricting reform behind her.

Now that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has returned from summer recess, advocacy groups, like Fair Districts PA and March on Harrisburg, are intensifying their fight for redistricting reform. Explaining the importance of their mission, Carol Kuniholm, chair of Fair Districts PA, said at a recent press conference in Harrisburg:

For the first time in generations, many of our fellow citizens are questioning the underlying premises of democracy itself. … We feel our votes no longer count and our voices are no longer heard. When we look for causes, we see our gerrymandered districts and our lack of choice at the polls.

[Read more…]

Redistricting Forum: Let’s End Gerrymandering in PA

The Fair Districts PA (FDPA) Montgomery County Volunteer Committee has invited FDPA speaker Dr. Mark Schafer to address the public at an open meeting. Dr. Shafer will explain Pennsylvania’s redistricting process, demonstrate how it undermines democracy and then offer a solution to the problem.

This event will also have an American Sign Language Interpreter.

Contact Information
Leslie DiNapoli
LPDiNapoli@gmail.com
610-613-8610

Meeting With Sen. Daylin Leach and Fair Districts PA

We must persist, resist, learn, and change things with the elections in 2017, 2018 and beyond. Sen. Daylin Leach is an excellent, progressive, knowledgeable speaker, and Fair Districts PA is the force behind fair redistricting in Pennsylvania.

Agenda

  • State Sen. Daylin Leach
  • Importance of 2017 elections, what you can do and information on voting
  • Our group: organization, communication, how to be most effective, questions and discussion
  • Fair Districts Presentation

Please arrive at 1:10 so that the meeting can start promptly, and please donate a few dollars to the fire house upon arrival to thank them for letting us use the space.

Street parking available: Montgomery Avenue, Tregaron Road, Bangor Road, Bentley Avenue

How to Make Your Vote Count: Redistricting in PA

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) speaker Dr. Mark Schafer will discuss the history of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, its impacts on various communities and FDPA’s proposed plan for reform. Redistricting reform is a non-partisan issue, and reforms that have passed in other states have had the support of voters across party lines.

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who believe that in American democracy, elections should represent the will of all the people, not just the politicians, and should provide citizens with meaningful choices in electing representatives. To achieve this goal, FDPA members want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it into the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Contacts

Partisan Redistricting in PA: Its Causes and a Solution

The Havertown-Area Community Action Network (HCAN) is sponsoring an educational program on the dangers of gerrymandering and on how to reform Pennsylvania’s redistricting process. Dan Loeb, a speaker for Fair Districts PA, will conduct the presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A session.

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who believe that in American democracy, elections should represent the will of all the people, not just the politicians, and should provide citizens with meaningful choices in electing representatives. To achieve this goal, FDPA members want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it into the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Gerrymandering Teach-in

Educational program by Andrea Kalb of Fair Districts PA on how the current redistricting process in Pennsylvania undermines democracy and creates partisan gridlock, and on the current proposal to fix this problem.

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who believe that in American democracy, elections should represent the will of all the people, not just the politicians, and should provide citizens with meaningful choices in electing representatives. To achieve this goal, FDPA members want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it into the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

A Proposed Solution to PA’s Gerrymandering Problem

This meeting is being hosted by DELCO PA Indivisible in order to greet new members, receive organizational updates and learn from guest speaker Debra Ciamacca from Fair Districts PA. Debra’s presentation will explore the extent of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, discuss the problems it causes and offer a solution.

This event is open to anyone interested in joining us as we stand together to reclaim and re-envision our constitutional democracy through ordinary, courageous and non-partisan acts of resistance.

Fair Districts PA is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Gerrymandering

You are invited to a discussion on gerrymandering led by Fair Districts PA. We will explore the problem in Pennsylvania, its impact on democracy and a proposed solution.

Contact
Suzi Harris
suziharris@verizon.net
302-299-0253

Fair Districts PA is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.