Gerrymander Gazette: Gone Suin’ Edition

July 20, 2021

Trainings and Events

  • CHARGE Trainings
    • How Redistricting Organizers Can Lay the Groundwork for Litigation: July 22nd, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET. Register here.
    • Learn how to use Representable, a free community mapping program created by Princeton Gerrymandering Project: July 23, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET Register here.
  • Join Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), Common Cause, and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) on Wednesday, July 21st, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET, to get a sneak peek of what happens behind the scenes in the redistricting process. Learn the best practices around oral and written testimony from former redistricting commissioners and state legislators, in an interactive workshop. All are welcome! Register here.
  • The Colorado Redistricting Commissions are coming to a town near you… are you ready to participate? Join Colorado Common Cause as we walk you through the ins and outs of community redistricting, how to view and evaluate the preliminary maps and, most importantly, how to provide your feedback to the commissions. These sessions will be held weekly on Mondays at 7pm MT and Thursdays at noon MT through the end of August. So, find your closest hearing on the Commission Hearing Schedule and choose the session that works best for you! These sessions will be held via Zoom. RSVP to receive the call-in details. Sessions will be held on July 22 at noon MT, July 26 at 7:00 pm MT, July 29 at noon MT, August 2 at 7:00 pm MT, August 5 at noon MT, August 9 at 7:00 pm MT, August 12 at noon MT, August 16 at 7:00 pm MT, August 19 at noon MT, and August 23 at 7:00 pm MT.
  • New congressional and state legislative voting districts will be drawn in North Carolina this year. Learn what you can do to push back against gerrymandering and speak out for fair maps! Join Common Cause North Carolina for an engaging, empowering and interactive virtual workshop for the Wilson community on July 22 at 6:00 p.m. Register here. 
  • From Mi Familia Vota Texas: Join us for our second training on CommUNITY MAPS on Thursday July 22nd at 4:30-6 PM CST! We will go more in depth about what is required for the redrawing of district maps and practice creating a district map using our communities of interest in Texas! Register here.   
  • Mapping Mondays and Testimony Thursdays with Fair Count in Georgia! Come join us on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm ET to learn about redistricting and how to make sure your voice is heard in the redistricting process! On Mondays we will focus on drawing community maps and on Thursdays we will help you build out testimony for redistricting public hearings. Register for Mapping Mondays here and Testimony Thursdays here.
  • Join APIAVote and local partners as we lead a state-specific redistricting training for Arizona residents on July 24. Register here. 
  • Florida Redistricting: Join Equal Ground on Thursday July 28th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET for the Partnership Organization Redistricting Staff/Super Volunteer Training, a live training on Florida’s redistricting process. Click here to register. For more information about Equal Ground and On-Demand Training around Florida’s redistricting process visit this link.
  • Join Common Cause New Mexico, in collaboration with the ACLU of New Mexico, in urging lawmakers and the New Mexico Citizen Redistricting Committee to prevent prison gerrymandering before district maps, that will be effective for the next 10 years, are drawn. Find the petition here.
  • Fair Districts Ohio is hosting a webinar “Redistricting: Prepping for Public Hearings” on August 2 at 7:00pm. Register here. 
  • The New Mexico Citizen Redistricting Committee invites you to participate in the redistricting process. They will hold seven meetings from August 2 to August 12, open to the public. Find meeting dates, times, and details here. 
  • The Ohio Council of Churches is hosting a webinar “Bring the Power Back to the People: Map Drawing and Redistricting Reform” on August 10 at 7:00pm. Learn more here. 
  • Fair Districts Ohio is hosting “Drawing the Lines: A Forum on Community Mapping in Northeast Ohio” on August 10 at 7:00pm. Register here.


Job Announcements

  • Redistricting Demography Mapping Specialist job opening at Common Cause. Location: Los Angeles, CA. Working directly with Common Cause redistricting staff and allies across the country, the Mapping Specialist will bolster community leaders’ engagement in 2021’s redistricting session by providing demographic mapping support. Apply here.
  • The law firm of Strumwasser & Woocher (SW) is inviting applicants to apply to serve as the racially-polarized voting consultant for California’s redistricting process. The California’s Citizens Redistricting Committee (CCRC) has engaged SW, along with voting rights expert David Becker, to serve as voting rights counsel to the CCRC during the redistricting process. Application due July 23, 2021. Final engagement of the consultant will be subject to the approval of the CCRC. View the full invitation and apply here.
  • Fair Districts Ohio is seeking a GIS Technology Liaison who can to help facilitate the Ohio Redistricting Competition by providing technical assistance to GIS related technologies. Learn more here.
  • The Redistricting Data Hub is currently looking for high quality people to join our team and support nonpartisan redistricting efforts across the country this cycle. We are hiring for a full-time training coordinator, a data validation fellow, and a writing fellow. Position descriptions and further details can be found on our website. And if you know someone great who is looking for work, please forward them this opportunity!
  • The City of Brentwood in Contra Costa County (CA) is accepting applications until August 2 for its hybrid redistricting commission. Apply here. 

This newsletter has been produced by Common Cause and compiled by Dan Vicuna. Subscribe to the Gerrymander Gazette here. For more information or to pass along news, contact Dan Vicuna.

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