Calling all Texans!
You have seen or heard the news that some of the state's 36 congressional districts violate either the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act. We need your help this week!
CALL TO ACTION FOR APRIL 10. While we wait for Representative Cindy Burkett, Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, to call current bills proposing redistricting reform in Texas to committee for discussion – the same thing is happening in Congress. HB 1102 for Redistricting Reform would establish an independent, multi-party citizen redistricting commissions to draw open and transparent statewide district maps after each decennial census. This bill has an almost identical status to the Texas bills: waiting to be heard by committee.
THIS WEEK please call your Congressional representative and ask for their support for redistricting reform. There are two parts to this: (1) support of Congressional HB 1102 and (2) inform them that the Texas House of Representatives is not calling redistricting bills to discussion despite 3 Texas Congressional districts ruled in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The reason for the delay is frankly unacceptable.
POINTS TO CONSIDER:
- Any legislator considering statewide office should want to demonstrate any interest in a fair, transparent democracy that serves the needs of all Texas citizens, rather than a system that carves up communities for the benefit of one party.
- We believe creating an independent redistricting commission is such an important and necessary first step towards restoring the public’s faith in our representatives and the political process.
An interesting bit of backstory to HB 1102: it has 50 Democratic Representatives as sponsors for the bill. From Texas: Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Rep Beto O’Rourke (D-TX-16), and Rep Marc Veasey (D-TX-33). Of the 435 Representatives, 192 are Democrats. Only 50 believe in redistricting reform?!
LOOK UP YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE:
Texas House Committee on Redistricting Chair: Cindy Burkett, 512-463-0464 or 972-278-7276, Twitter: @CindyBurkett_TX, email: email@example.com