Citizen Lobbying Day

Join us in Harrisburg as we lobby for our bills. If you are a first-time lobbyist, we will train you and pair you with an experienced March on Harrisburg citizen lobbyist as we hop from meeting to meeting, navigating the Capitol and encouraging legislators to cosponsor our bills, and in some cases, sign on to a risky legislative maneuver.

Register for the September 25th citizen lobbying day here.

Supreme Court Stays Court-Ordered Texas Redistricting. What Does It Mean?

Original gerrymander cartoon by Elkanah Tisdale, "Boston Gazette," March 26, 1812.

Original gerrymander cartoon by Elkanah Tisdale, “Boston Gazette,” March 26, 1812.

The case challenging redistricting in Texas, Veasey v. Abbott, has been around since 2011. Congressional districts set after the 2010 census were alleged to be discriminatory against minorities and hence illegal under the federal Voting Rights Act. Plaintiffs won, and new districts were drawn and approved by the federal district court.

But in three elections since then, plaintiffs argue that the new districts have proven still to be discriminatory. The federal district court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and ordered the districts redrawn in time for the 2018 election. The case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. [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…]

Fundraiser for Daylin Leach

As you are well aware, the 2018 elections are critical. The Democrats must take back the House. One way to do that is to help elect State Sen. Daylin Leach to Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. Because of gerrymandering, there are only a few flippable districts — and we must help the candidates running for office in those districts. Even if you don’t live in PA 7, your help is needed. So join us in supporting Daylin Leach onĀ September 10 from 4-6 pm.

RSVP and make your contribution online here. To mail your contribution, download the response form, and mail it, along with your check, to Daylin for Congress, P.O, Box 631, Wayne, PA 19087.

Questions? Contact Vanessa.

Gerrymandering: The Theft of Our Democracy

Drawing voting district lines to benefit a particular political party, or gerrymandering, threatens the American democratic process. As explained by Michael Pollack, local political activist and executive director of March on Harrisburg, gerrymandering “creates geographically bizarre districts with single-party monopolies; it rejects competitive elections; and it encourages hyper-partisanship and well-funded fringe candidates.”

Concerned about the impact of gerrymandering on the electoral process, a group of mathematicians in Boston, called the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG), has been studying redistricting from a geometric and computational perspective. Supported by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, MGGG is committed to training mathematicians on the quantitative aspects of redistricting, enabling them to serve as expert witnesses and consultants on this issue. The group also collaborates with experts in other fields and endeavors to educate the public about the dangers of gerrymandering. [Read more…]

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Lawsuit

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania will be filing a lawsuit in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

The League, with individual plaintiffs from each of the 18 congressional districts, is challenging the loss of representation caused by the partisan gerrymandering of our congressional district map.

All involved in the suit hope for timely redress of our existing distorted lines. All also agree that the ultimate goal is an independent redistricting commission ensuring a permanent solution to the current conflict of interest.

Redistricting efforts have had some great coverage lately. Two highlights we’d love for you to watch and share:

from PennLive: It’s time to fix PA’s broken redistricting system

from Fox43: Pennsylvania Divided: Gerrymandering in the Commonwealth

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to work to restore a representative democracy where every vote counts and every voice is heard.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint, but we are well on our way.

March on Harrisburg: Civil Disobedience

We will be lobbying, protesting and performing pragmatic and creative nonviolence at the Capitol. The goal is to have our bills on banning gifts to legislators, ending gerrymandering and establishing automatic voter registration (AVR) moved out of committee and onto the floor for a successful vote.

To join this civil disobedience movement, register here.