“Unbelievable.” “Ridiculous.” “That map doesn’t make sense.” These words were uttered from the crowd of onlookers who attended a press conference organized by the African-American Redistricting Collaborative. Stakeholders gathered in front of the California African American Museum in Exposition Park to voice their opposition to the redistricting maps proposed by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
At the press conference, current and former African-American political figures from federal, state, and local government voiced their outrage of the proposed maps which would cut out African-American political representation by dividing the African-American population in the 33rd, 35th, and 37th Congressional Districts.
Political figures expressed how redistricting plans would transfer the California African-American Museum and Leimert Park to unrelated districts such as Tujunga Canyon.
“If you don’t speak up, you will be left out,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Our descendants fought, bled, and died to have a right to participate in the political process and we are not going to start sitting down now.”
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is scheduled to release a final version of the map for public input and review Friday, July 29. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is made up of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four individuals who are not registered with either party.
Contact the California Citizens Redistricting Commission by writing, emailing, or faxing the commissioners:
Citizens Redistricting Commission
901 P Street, Suite 154-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 651- 5711