April is around the corner, and with it Massachusetts will receive the Census Data that will officially start the redistricting process. MassVote, together with a wide array of organizations including ONE Massachusetts, is gearing up to ensure that all the diverse voices of our communities are heard through the redistricting process taking place this year in Massachusetts.
It is essential that historical lessons from previous redistricting processes make a difference this time around when launching and conducting the redistricting process that considers the clout of communities of color. We have to be sure that all communities, particularly those representing people of color, are represented at the table when going through this process. As active members of a democracy, we must get involved and fight for the rights and fair representation of our communities.
As Cheryl Crawford of MassVote said in a communication she sent today to all MassVote members, “State House and State Senate leaders have made a good start at reaching out. But better lines depend on you getting involved.”
Consider making a donation to the Drawing Democracy Project to ensure that communities of color are educated about the process and get involved in it. If you would like to learn more what other organizations are doing about this effort, please contact Avi Green at MassVote.
We will keep you updated about further developments with this process and ways on how you can get involved. In the meantime, please consider hosting a free training to educate your friends and neighbors about the redistricting process.