Will New York Politicians Get to Pick Their Voters? Why Redistricting Matters

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT
Virtual Meeting - Register by 10/19
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The exceptional 2020 Census and the memorable 2020 calendar year are both thankfully drawing to a close. But looking forward, the first nine months of 2021 will be crucial in shaping political representation in New York for the next ten years. The state faces the loss of one (possibly two) congressional districts, significant population shifts within the state, and a first-time-ever redistricting process driven by an “independent” Commission. Beyond a full, fair and equitable 2020 census count, redistricting is just as important to our democracy.

Although few people associate New York with the term “gerrymandering”, it is a fact that Albany legislators of both parties have historically used the redistricting process to benefit incumbents at the expense of communities-of-interest. Join us, along with the New York State Census Equity Fund, and an expert panel to discuss the challenges ahead, and consider opportunities for engaging communities in redistricting.

  • The New York redistricting timeline and redistricting commission procedures
  • Advocates and nonprofit coalitions engaging in map-making to influence how the Commission draws its maps
  • Ways philanthropy can support redistricting work, including: public education; public gatherings; map-making workshops; legal challenges to discriminatory maps; and assessment of the Commission’s proceedings for improving redistricting in 2031.


Opening Remarks


Designed for

All interested funders in grantmaking roles, with an emphasis on policy and advocacy. What to expect: presentation followed by full group discussion.


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM  Program

Registration is required by October 12th. Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to the program. 

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Guests of Collaborators: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number. Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org. ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

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