Conversations about gerrymandering are happening all over the place right now! Which is excellent because it's the root of the mess that's become of our political system!
SHOW UP (THIS THURSDAY 2/23)
Representative Cynthia Ball is hosting a Town Hall Meeting: Redistricting Reform in NC. Panelists include Jane Pinskey, Director of NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform at Common Cause, and Mitch Kokai, Senior Political Analyst at the John Locke Foundation. Registration starts at 6:30pm, Program starts at 7pm. Hosted at Beth Meyer Synagogue, 504 Newton Road, Raleigh 27615.
Democracy for Sale movie showing at Western Presbyterian Church, 7pm and the nursery will be open! NC local Zack Galifianakis investigates allegations that the current state government was put in power by moneyed interests and has thus carried out a program that only benefits its backers: cuts to education, healthcare spending and environmental protection; lowering of taxes for the wealthy and corporations; and the passage of laws designed to roll back access to the ballot.
Getting to the bottom of NC’s gerrymandering crisis, By Stephen McCallister (photo credit above from this article)
On March 2-3, Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center, and Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS) are co-hosting a daylong conference highlighting efforts around the country to end the undemocratic practice of drawing legislative districts for political advantage, also known as “gerrymandering.” Panel discussions will feature leaders of national and state advocacy campaigns to reform our broken redistricting system. Ahead of their publication in Election Law Journal, winners of Common Cause’s “Gerrymander Standard” writing competition will discuss their innovative ideas to create a judicial standard for measuring political gerrymanders.
Breakfast and lunch are included. Attendees are also welcome to join us for a reception following the conclusion of the program on the first day. The registration fee is $50 (space is limited). Location: Duke University, Rhodes Conference Room- Sanford Building, Durham, NC 27708
Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, March 3, 2017 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
A broad coalition of citizens from across the state will unite on Wednesday, March 1 at the NC Legislature (16 W. Jones Street in Raleigh). The Citizens Lobby Day is being organized by the nonpartisan NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform. Check-in will start at 9:00 a.m. at the 1300 courtyard inside the NC Legislative Building. (It’s okay if you can’t make it by 9:00 – our staff will be there to greet you throughout the morning.)
Please RSVP by completing the form here. After you complete the form, our staff will contact you to provide you with our Citizens Lobby Day toolkit and help connect you with your legislators.