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Monday, September 17, 2018 12:20 pm

Redistricting activism workshop set for Oct. 6

Journal Gazette

The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting will have an activist training workshop in Fort Wayne on Oct. 6.

The free workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1505 Bethany Lane. A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required by contacting Julia Vaughn at jvaughn@commoncause.org before Oct. 4.

The coalition advocates for legislation that would establish an independent panel of citizens to draw state legislative and congressional districts every 10 years, a process currently conducted by the Indiana General Assembly. The coalition says an independent panel would put a halt to partisan gerrymandering, where legislators draw districts to give clear electoral advantages to the candidates of one political party. The next round of redistricting in Indiana will be in 2021.

Workshop sponsors are Advancing Voices of Women, Common Cause Indiana and the League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne. Coalition members include Common Cause Indiana, League of Women Voters of Indiana, Hoosier Environmental Council, Citizens Action Coalition, ACLU, NAACP, Indiana Farmers Union, Jobs for Justice and Moral Mondays.