HPTA attended the first meeting of the new Redistricting Committee on July 26th , 2017. To show support for redistricting reform, we filled a coffin with images of the 28 illegal racially gerrymandered NC legislative districts from 2011. We offered up the idea that Democracy was DEAD in those districts, a fact that is really something to mourn. HPTA issued the following statement:
Death by Gerrymandering:
The Lost Districts
We have gathered here this day, July 26th, 2017, at the North Carolina Legislative Building, in memoriam of the twenty-eight North Carolina voting districts that were lost during the 2011 redistricting. These districts suffered the cruel fate of illegal, racially-biased gerrymandering. True democracy is DEAD for those that dwell there, and, strictly speaking, for all the citizens of the State of North Carolina.
However, a new hope is rising. Today, as the Redistricting Committee comes together at this time, we believe the process of healing can finally begin. New life and fair democracy can return to each of the twenty-eight districts, but ONLY if the legislators of the General Assembly remain true in their avocation. We, the citizens, must remain ever vigilant.
We call for Representative David Lewis to voluntarily step down from the Redistricting Committee. His direct role in creating the illegal districts in 2011 should well disqualify him from ANY involvement in the process, let alone leading the House Redistricting Committee as its Chairperson.
We call for redistricting to be taken out of the hands of legislators. Their long history of biased districts has destroyed the democratic process. The best remedy is to enact an independent, impartial, nonpartisan commission for redistricting that also allows transparency and public input.
FAIR DISTRICTS = FAIR ELECTIONS
END GERRYMANDERING NOW