Redistricting determines if residents have fair representation in government and whether their representatives will reflect their interests. District lines can keep a community together or split it apart, thus leaving it without a representative who feels responsible for its concerns.
Join us as we urge the Panama Buena Vista School District to choose maps that will better serve the students in the area. The current maps that are being proposed are unacceptable and do not offer proper representation and equity for the surrounding community. Hold the school board accountable, fight for fair maps tonight 3/29/22 @ 5pm Panama Buena Vista School District 4200 Ashe Rd Bakersfield.
Vecinos Unidos Bakersfield Chapter invites you to support their community-led map for the Bakersfield City School District redistricting process. The map was developed in partnership with experienced demographer Jesus Garcia and is based on fair lines that consider equity indicators like: Voting Rights Act districts, COVID-19 impacts, and socioeconomic factors.
We are asking for your support in providing a public comment to the Bakersfield City School District Board of trustees to support the redistricting map designed by parents and community members that represent their communities.
How YOU Can Join:
ATTEND:Tuesday January 25, 2022 @ 6 p.m. PDT at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA 93305 to submit your public comment in person.
PUBLIC COMMENT TEMPLATE:
My name is ______ I am a parent/student/community leader/ staff, teacher, etc. I support the Vecinos Unidos map. This map will allow for an equitable representation and opportunity for my community to elect leaders of their choice and bring resources to our students. Selecting a community map will be essential for the next 10 years. (Provide an example where you reside and the resources/ changes you hope to achieve)
Thank you for your support and dedication to these redistricting efforts!
Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 521, Central California Coalition for Equitable Redistricting (CCCER), Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE) Central Valley Leadership Round Table (CVLRT), Cultiva de Salud, Central Valley Progressive PAC, Central Labor Council (CLC), Communities for a New California (CNC), Strength Based Community Change (SBCC) and Central Valley Partnership marched to demand for fair representation, fair funding, and fair resources. Please join us in these efforts as the #Fight4FairMaps is not over! Demand that the Board of Supervisors choose equity for all communities. Don’t let them divide us!
Creating fair district lines is the most important way to reclaim the voting power that’s been taken from us. It’s very likely that if you live in the Central Valley, elected representatives are being allowed to choose the voters in their district, rather than allowing the voters to elect their representatives in a fair & lawful election. This unlawful practice of gerrymandering has disenfranchised underrepresented communities and diluted our voting power.
We stress the importance of voting as it is the grand equalizer, but when Gerrymandering is involved your vote is suppressed. Gerrymandering in combination with voter suppression laws have silenced the voices of disenfranchised communities.
The situation is dire. Redistricting happens every 10 years after the census, where officials adjust district lines to ensure fair representation for federal, state, and local areas. No matter what, where or who, we all want what’s best for all communities.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation, in partnership with community leaders and other organizations, has come together to form the Equitable Maps Coalition and have painstakingly created Equitable Maps and districts that comply with the Voting Rights Act.
Join us in DEMANDING redistricting commissions adopt the Equitable Coalition Map throughout the Central Valley, especially in Kern, Fresno, Tulare & Kings County. Demand that your elected representatives know where your community is and what is important to you and those in your community by giving public comments at your local redistricting hearing.
Are you interested in helping your community? You can: Complete the Community of Interest Surveys Help us collect Community of Interest Surveys Provide public comment to support your communities
For more information, please contact Eliana at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit doloreshuerta.org
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