The Coalition of Color is disappointed in yesterday’s hasty move by the Boston City Council to pass another map that fails to address equal opportunity for people of color to elect candidates of their choice. The map passed was the best that could move under the flawed and anti-democratic process dictated by the chair, but it is still unacceptable. The Coalition strongly urges Mayor Menino to veto this map. Further, the Coalition calls on the City Council and the City Council President to replace Redistricting Committee Chair Bill Linehan with a new chair who can restart and reenergize the redistricting process in order to deliver a map that will not gerrymander, will not crack District Two, and will not pack District Four.
The Jackson-O’Malley map is an improvement over the prior, deeply flawed map passed by the council with respect to District 2, but it does not address the unlawful packing of residents of color into District 4. District 4 remains nearly 95% people of color, thus diluting the potential impact of minority votes elsewhere. This second map vote is akin to a double-fault in tennis and Boston would benefit from a map that truly puts the city “in play” for people of color. We thank Mayor Menino for his previous leadership and the Coalition strongly urges him to veto this map to send a strong message to the city council to make a good-faith effort to address his concerns and the legal issue of minority voter dilution as outlined in his September 6th letter to the council.
Coalition Members: Asian American Resource Workshop, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston Chinatown Resident Association, Castle Square Tenants Organization, Chinese Progressive Association & Chinese Progressive Political Action, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Oíste, Project HIP-HOP, MassVOTE, NAACP Boston Branch, South Boston en Acción, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
The Boston City Council redistricting process has been much more contentious than the very successful (and widely acclaimed) state process. This statement just came out:
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