The ACLU of Texas and the League of Women Voters of Texas, along with the Office of State Sen. José Rodríguez, will co-host a Citizen Training on Redistricting in Texas this weekend.
The training will start with sign-in at 9:15, with the program running until noon Saturday (Nov. 23, 2019) at the Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center, 901 Virginia.
Senator Rodríguez is scheduled to speak at 9:30 a.m.
The training is meant to help community members prepare testimony for Texas House Redistricting Committee hearings set to begin in January, 2020.
“During the redistricting process, new district lines are drawn that impact the power of your vote and how you are represented in the Texas Legislature and in the U.S. Congress. We need people to watch when these new maps are drawn to guard against gerrymandering,” said Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas.
“Our very democracy depends on a fair and open redistricting process, which can only be achieved with full and active participation by the general public.”
“Redistricting is an integral component of our political system, especially given it only happens once every 10 years,” State Sen. José Rodríguez said. “We have an opportunity in the next legislative session to combat the partisan gerrymandering that already exists in our state by drawing fair maps.
“Informing citizens about the impact redistricting has on our communities, and empowering them with information, is crucial to holding those creating and voting on these maps accountable,” Rodríguez added.
To register for the training, click here. Members of the public may contact Xochitl Rodriguez, 915-351-3500, for further information.