Gerrymandering Book Author Spoke Against Republican Strategy

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Gerrymandering expert and book author David Daley spoke in Plymouth Meeting ahead of the Nov. 7th local elections. Daley is the author of Rat F**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy. In “Rat F**ked” (a colorful slang term for political sabotage), Daley documents the GOP’s insidious strategy to redraw the electoral maps in the United States to guarantee a Republican majority in the House of Representatives through 2020. [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.

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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…]

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

How to Solve PA’s Gerrymandering Problem

Join Fair Districts PA on MARCH 30 at Bryn Mawr College to learn more about gerrymandering and how you can help change things.  Pennsylvania’s current redistricting rules let politicians pick their voters, not voters their legislators.  Carol Kuniholm will discuss the history of gerrymandering in PA, its impacts on various communities, and Fair District PA’s proposed plan for redistricting 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 hopes to create an independent citizens commission for drawing district boundaries in time for PA’s 2020 redistricting.

RSVP to attend on March 30, 7pm at Bryn Mawr College, McPherson Auditorium, 150 N. Merion Ave.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1875790289371967/

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.

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.

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.

Redistricting 101: A Conversation With Fair Districts PA and Rep. Mary Jo Daley

You are invited to a joint town hall meeting with Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA and State Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) to discuss redistricting reform in Pennsylvania. This event will provide information about gerrymandering and the possibility for reform. It will also offer attendees the opportunity to interact with others working for change.

Rep. Daley was a primary sponsor of HB 1835, the redistricting reform bill supported by Fair Districts PA in the 2017-2018 legislative session. She believes that under the current system, politics often plays too large a role in redistricting decisions, explaining:

Redistricting reform is one of the most important topics we have to deal with in the legislature because it affects nearly every partisan vote we face in session. Too often, the party in power has too much influence on drawing political boundaries, and the process becomes nothing more than gerrymandering.

I hope to see as many people as possible at the town hall – our voices on the matter can help make a difference.

Contact
Maria Teresa Dispenziere, Chief of Staff
610-832-1679
mdispenziere@pahouse

Fair Districts PA is a non-profit 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.