BOSTON – The Drawing Democracy Coalition issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of the first set of 2020 Census data – state population counts which will be used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today’s data showed that Massachusetts’ population has grown to 7,029,917, compared to 6,547,629 in 2011, and confirmed that Massachusetts will hold onto all nine of its Congressional seats.
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Yesterday was a BIG day! The U.S. Census Bureau released the first set of data from the 2020 Census: state population counts that determine Congressional apportionment. The good news is that Massachusetts’ population grew to more than 7 million people, compared to 6.5 million in 2010, and we will hold on to all nine of our Congressional seats. This is only the second time in 50 years that we didn’t lose a seat, which is important for ensuring all residents have the representa
By Suzanne Brock, President, LWV of the Cape Cod Area The League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area reports that Massachusetts has started the 2021 process for dividing the commonwealth into congressional, state legislative and Governor’s Council districts. Read more from the Cape Cod Times. Want to write your own letter to the editor? Check out our LTE toolkit!
And, we’re off! Last week, the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting held the first public hearing of the 2021 redistricting process. The State Senators and Representatives on the committee listened to advocates from the Drawing Democracy Coalition as we made the case for why the process must be transparent, fair, and focused on ensuring equitable representation for communities of color, low-income residents, and immigrants. Check out the legislature’s new redistricting we
BOSTON – At Wednesday’s virtual public hearing held by the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, advocates from the Drawing Democracy Coalition urged lawmakers to ensure a transparent, fair process that equitably represents communities of color, low-income people and immigrants in Massachusetts. Speakers testified to the need for multiple public hearings across the commonwealth that lift up the voices of those in historically underrepresented communities, robust engagemen
In April 2021, Northeastern University School of Law released their report: Where We Draw the Line: Exploring the Massachusetts Redistricting Process and its Implications for Systemically Disenfranchised Communities. You can download and read the report below.
Well, you can play a part in shaping it! The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association walks us through how redistricting works and the impact in will have on all of our communities in this new video. Check it out!
Whether you’re new to the Drawing Democracy community or you’ve been with us from the start, we wanted to express our appreciation for your commitment to ensuring a transparent and fair redistricting process in Massachusetts. We have a lot of work ahead of us in the coming months, but we know that with your partnership, we can achieve fair maps that equitably represent BIPOC communities, low-income people and immigrants.
So how can you help? Here are the most important actio