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CROWD: Community Redistricting Organizations Working for Democracy
March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mar 10-12, 3-6 PM CT – Central Texas
Please note that this training will occur over a 3 day period. Please feel free to attend this session even though it is outside of your region.
The CROWD Academy initiative developed by Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) is designed to expand our capacity to educate citizens about the upcoming redistricting process and equip them with the knowledge and tools they will need to meaningfully engage in the process. This project is necessary to address the enormous potential blow to voting rights for voters of color due to the loss of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Without the notification element and the extra time afforded by the pre-clearance process that Section 5 provided, we must equip and support communities across the state to both act as the “eyes and ears” notification system lost after the Shelby decision, and to engage meaningfully in the redistricting process, from demystifying the process to producing, analyzing and advocating for maps. Our goal is to give community leaders the tools they need to lead the engagement around redistricting in their community.
In this training, you will learn about redistricting law, the nuts and bolts of redistricting, how to organize and mobilize around redistricting, how to use map-drawing software, how to communicate to different audiences about redistricting, and how to engage in the legislative redistricting process. Each CROWD Academy participant will also receive a Handbook, a comprehensive resource for redistricting education and engagement.
The CROWD Academies will serve as a springboard for partners to build and strengthen their base of leaders that are committed to civic engagement and power-building in the redistricting process at every level. To that end, the Academies will offer participants (Scholars) training and tools for engagement after they walk out the door.