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.
- Patricia Swann, Senior Program Officer, New York Community Trust
- Elaine Frazier, Board Chair, Capitol Area Urban League
- Samuel Wang, Professor of Neuroscience, Princeton University and Creator, Princeton Gerrymandering Project
- Jeff Wice, Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow, New York Law School and Director, New York Census & Redistricting Institute
- Meaghan Winter (Moderator), Author, ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States
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
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