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National Phonebank to Stop Gerrymandering in VA

Organizer: RepresentUs

Right now, politicians in Virginia pick their voters instead of the other way around. In fact, Virginia is one of the worst gerrymandered states in America. If you are tired of self-serving politicians drawing districts to ensure their hold on power, now is the time to act. The Virginia State House is considering an amendment to end partisan gerrymandering and return power to the voters… but they could just as easily do nothing and keep the corrupt status quo. That's why they need to hear from thousands of Virginia voters. It's the last opportunity to make a difference before voting districts are redrawn in 2021.

Join RepresentUs members across America for the national phonebank to pass an anti-gerrymandering amendment in Virginia. We'll call Virginia voters and connect them to their local representatives to show them that voters are putting this issue front and center.

Location: Virtual

Citizen Lobby Day to End Gerrymandering in VA

Organizer: RepresentUs

Represent Virginia will meet with politicians in person to demand action in a Citizen Lobby Day. Join the lobby day and show politicians that the people demand action.

Right now, politicians in Virginia pick their voters instead of the other way around. Virginia is one of the worst-gerrymandered states in America, allowing self-serving politicians to ensure their re-election by making safe districts that were drawn or influenced by political appointees and insiders. This is our last opportunity to stop gerrymandering before voting districts are redrawn in 2021. If we don't win now, we'll have to wait another 10 years to fix Virginia's corrupt status quo.

Location: Suntrust Building, 919 E Main St., Richmond, VA

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Barack Obama and Eric Holder are the faces of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is waging a mostly partisan fight against partisan gerrymandering.

State court races eyed by Democratic group central to gerrymandering fight

The campaign operation backed by Barack Obama and Eric Holder is expanding its sights.

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee was created by the former president and his attorney general to elect more Democratic legislators who could help the party in the coming nationwide remapping of congressional districts. Now it's growing its ambitions to include some judicial elections.

The first target is a pair of Supreme Court contests in Ohio. That's because winning both this fall would tip the partisan balance of the court, and those justices are likely to end up deciding the lines for the 15 House districts that the seventh largest state is likely to have in the coming decade, one fewer than today.

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Civil rights groups sound alarm about a coming census undercount

Staffing cutbacks, poor planning and inadequate outreach by the federal government all threaten an undercount of minority group members, the poor and rural Americans in the coming census, leaders of civil rights groups are warning Congress.

After failing a decade ago to count more than 1.5 million African-Americans and Latinos, as well as 50,000 American Indians and Native Alaskans, the Census Bureau's planned reduction of local offices and field workers for the enumeration this spring has sparked fears that the 2020 undercount will be even more significant — and with lasting consequences.

Such inaccuracies could result in several congressional seats being given to the wrong states, and billions of dollars in federal aid being wrongly allocated for the next decade, the civil rights advocates told a House panel on Thursday.

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