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Brennan Center for Justice and National Urban League Partner on Redistricting

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and the National Urban League today announced a strategic collaboration to educate and empower historically underserved urban communities on redistricting issues in 2011.

February 26, 2011

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The Bren­nan Center for Justice at New York Univer­sity School of Law and the National Urban League today announced a stra­tegic collab­or­a­tion to educate and empower histor­ic­ally under­served urban communit­ies on redis­trict­ing issues in 2011.

With each Census cycle, more legis­lat­ive districts reflect soph­ist­ic­ated calcu­la­tions executed far from the public eye. The result­ing districts split cohes­ive communit­ies and produce legis­latures that neither mean­ing­fully repres­ent constitu­ents, nor reflect the diversity and views of the public. In contrast, an open and trans­par­ent redis­trict­ing process can help ensure that elec­ted public servants actu­ally serve citizens.

The Bren­nan Center and the National Urban League will team up to educate local Urban League affil­i­ates and other community and grass­roots groups, and to bring the public back into the process and to advoc­ate success­fully for their communit­ies to be repres­en­ted in the process.

“The National Urban League’s mission is to empower communit­ies to improve their economic condi­tions,” said Marc H. Morial, Pres­id­ent and CEO of the National Urban League. “Empower­ment neces­sar­ily includes taking part in the elect­oral process at all levels. Through this collab­or­a­tion, the National Urban League will educate and inform our communit­ies. The use of webinars and our online plat­forms shows how the National Urban League is at the cutting edge of using innov­a­tion to reach our goals”.

“The histor­ic­ally under­served communit­ies the Urban League repres­ents are among the most commonly margin­al­ized by the redis­trict­ing process,” said Michael Wald­man, Exec­ut­ive Director of the Bren­nan Center. “Giving communit­ies the tools to under­stand and engage in the line-draw­ing process will help assure that those communit­ies are recog­nized, preserved and repres­en­ted in our govern­ment.”

The Bren­nan Center will part­ner with the National Urban League’s national staff on a series of regional webinars open to community and grass­roots groups and their members inter­ested in learn­ing more about redis­trict­ing. The webinars will explain the redis­trict­ing process and provide inform­a­tion about how community groups and lead­ers can engage in the redis­trict­ing process.

The sched­ule of webinars is as follows:

South­east Region: March 2, 2011, 2:00 PM EST/1:00 PM CST (Alabama, Arkan­sas, Flor­ida, Geor­gia, Kentucky, Louisi­ana, Mary­land, Missis­sippi, North Caro­lina, South Caro­lina, Tennessee, Virginia West Virginia).

West­ern Region: March 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST (Alaska, Arizona, Cali­for­nia, Color­ado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wash­ing­ton, Wyom­ing).

Midwest­ern Region: April 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EST/1:00 PM CST (Illinois, Indi­ana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wiscon­sin).

North­east Region: April 22, 2011, 2:00 PM EST (Connecti­cut, Delaware, Maine, Massachu­setts, New Hamp­shire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont).

Please visit the follow­ing link to register and obtain inform­a­tion about the webinars:
http://www.iamem­powered.com/article/2011/02/22/web-based-census-redis­trict­ing-train­ing

For more inform­a­tion, please contact:
Madura Wije­w­ardena at the National Urban League, mwije­w­arde­na@nul.org, (202) 629–5753
Erika Wood at the Bren­nan Center, erika.wood@nyu.edu, (646) 292–8319

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