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Grassroots Coalition Calls on Rhode Island Leaders to Eliminate Prison Gerrymandering

Today, more than 20 statewide organizations sent a letter to the members of Rhode Island’s Special Committee on Reapportionment, urging them to end the harmful practice of prison gerrymandering. With a single vote, the committee can immediately enact this change so the data can be updated before drawing new district maps.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases New Format of Data for a More Participatory Redistricting Process

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release population data from the 2020 Census in an easy-to-use format for Americans who want to advocate for fair maps in this year’s redistricting cycle. The new format of the data will be made available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and will be key to increasing participation in the ongoing redistricting efforts.

Diverse Coalition of Community Organizations Call for Fair and Transparent Redistricting Process

Today, a coalition of more than 20 community organizations sent a letter to the state’s Reapportionment Commission outlining a list of demands to achieve a fair and transparent redistricting process.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2020 Census Demographic Data to Kick Off Rhode Island Redistricting 2021

We are advocating for a process that prioritizes opportunities for meaningful public input, public access to the redistricting data used by mapmakers in Rhode Island, and a mapmaking process conducted in the public interest.

Census Bureau Releases Congressional Apportionment Data

Under the leadership of the statewide Complete Count Committee, Rhode Islanders worked hard to ensure that every resident was counted in the 2020 Census, including people in communities that are traditionally hard to count. That work is reflected in today’s announcement.

Common Cause Rhode Island Congratulates former Gov. Gina Raimondo on her Confirmation as U.S. Commerce Secretary in Time to Oversee Final Stages of the Census

Common Cause Rhode Island worked with Secretary Raimondo on Census 2020 outreach in Rhode Island. She spoke up early with concerns about then-President Trump’s effort to unconstitutionally exclude undocumented immigrants. She worked to raise awareness of the Census Bureau’s end-to-end test which was held in Providence County in 2018. She formed Rhode Island’s first-ever statewide “Complete Count Committee” to ensure that all Rhode Islanders would be included in 2020 Census data — including members of communities that are traditionally “hard to count.” And she included money in her state budget to help fund outreach efforts. 

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