In the spring of 1812, a drawing of a dragon-like creature with a forked tongue was published in the Boston Gazette newspaper. Its body encompassed a stretch of land from near Boston up the New Hampshire border, then hooking left to the ocean. Read more from WBUR and listen to Boston Public Radio
Map approved by Senate today includes changes to strengthen representation for BIPOC voters in Brockton BOSTON – The Drawing Democracy Coalition is celebrating the creation of six majority-minority Senate districts, including three that are new, following Senate passage of the map proposed by Redistricting Committee Co-Chair Senator William Brownsberger. In response to advocacy from Drawing Democracy and its partners, the first draft of the Senate map was revised to create a
For Boston’s communities of color, the redistricting process for the Massachusetts House and Senate offers a chance to advocate for better representation. Under maps expected to be approved Wednesday, the state Legislature would add 13 new majority-minority districts — districts in which the larger share of population is not white — in the House and three new ones in the Senate, resulting in a total of 33 House districts and six Senate districts that are majority-minority. Re
House Democrats and Republicans came together on Thursday to approve a plan that would recast the boundaries for all 160 House districts, strengthening opportunities in places like Worcester, Lawrence, Brockton and Chelsea for candidates of color to win seats over the next decade. Read more from State House News Service via the Eagle Tribune.
Revised House map strengthened majority-minority status of New Bedford’s 11th Bristol District following Coalition’s advocacy BOSTON – The Drawing Democracy Coalition is celebrating the creation of 33 majority-minority House districts in Massachusetts following the State House’s approval of the new House map. In response to advocacy from Drawing Democracy and its partners, Redistricting Committee Co-Chair Mike Moran revised his initial map to strengthen majority-minority rep
After days of pressure from advocates — and facing the prospect of a lawsuit — Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday moved to reshape their proposed map of state legislative lines to carve out a new Brockton-based state Senate district where the majority of residents would be people of color. Read more from the Boston Globe.
After soliciting feedback over the past week on draft redistricting maps for the Legislature, House and Senate leaders on Tuesday finalized revised plans that would add a sixth majority-minority Senate district that covers Brockton and strengthen the majority-minority status of House districts in New Bedford and Framingham. Read more from State House News Service via WWLP.
Senate has greater flexibility to keep communities of interest together and empower communities of color BOSTON – As the deadline for finalizing Massachusetts’ redistricting maps rapidly approaches, the Drawing Democracy Coalition is outlining a legal rationale for the State Senate to join Brockton, Randolph, Stoughton and Avon into one district. Yesterday, Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston (LCR), a steering committee member of the Drawing Democracy Coalition, sent a letter to
Advocates on Monday said the Massachusetts Legislature may be violating voting rights law by refusing to draw a majority-minority state Senate district based in Brockton, New England’s only majority-Black city. They said they are “keeping all legal options on the table.” Read more from the Boston Globe.
Advocates and residents on Friday pressed legislative map makers to consider redrawing newly unveiled state Senate districts encompassing Brockton and Haverhill, arguing that the lines, as proposed, could dilute the political power of each of the cities’ growing minority populations. Read more from the Boston Globe.
During the last redistricting process in Massachusetts, the state Legislature reconfigured the Seventh Congressional District to create the “strongest majority-minority congressional district in the state’s history,” as lawmakers called it at the time. Read more from the Boston Globe.
Voting rights advocates knocked the Senate redistricting proposal as “overcautious.” A state representative with eyes on a seat in the other chamber slammed the potential split of Haverhill as “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” And in the most visible sign yet that internal dissent is rumbling, a member of the Senate called for her colleagues to just hit pause and reconsider its map. Read more from State House News Service via WWLP.
Most members of the Massachusetts Senate would see their constituency shift under a draft redistricting map that would craft two new districts where non-white residents outnumber white residents. Read more from State House News Service via WWLP.
In an increasingly diverse state, House leaders presented a map on Tuesday with new boundaries for all 160 House districts that would increase opportunities for minority candidates to win election to the Legislature by creating four new incumbent-free districts centered in Chelsea, Brockton, Lawrence and Framingham and increasing the number of districts with a majority minority population by 13 beginning with the 2022 elections. Read more from State House News via WBUR.
Working to reflect a rapidly diversifying state, Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday proposed substantially redrawing state legislative districts to dramatically increase the number of so-called majority-minority districts in both the Massachusetts House and Senate. Read more from the Boston Globe.
Massachusetts lawmakers who must draw new district lines for all 200 state House and Senate seats unveiled new proposed maps Tuesday that they said would help strengthen the political clout of Black, Hispanic and minority voters. Read more from the Associated Press.
Massachusetts is the birthplace of the term “gerrymander,” and that’s exactly how critics of the 4th Congressional District describe its boundaries. The 4th splits Fall River and runs some 50 miles north to include several of Boston’s wealthiest suburbs. Read more from the Public's Radio.
Senate map falls short for Boston and Brockton BIPOC communities, relies too heavily on Citizen Voting Age Population BOSTON – The Drawing Democracy Coalition is today applauding newly proposed State House districts for increasing representation for BIPOC, immigrant and low-income communities in Massachusetts, but they are also pointing to missed opportunities on the Senate side. The overarching concern with the Senate map is that it relies too heavily on Citizen Voting Age P
As you drive south on Route 28, the first indication that Lawrence has become Andover is the trees. Pockmarked roads smooth over, widening onto single-family homes with rich, green yards. Billboards and awnings hawking auto repairs and credit in Spanish and English give way to a car dealership offering Cadillacs. Instead of telephone poles covered in posters, there is a wealth of mature, canopied trees. Read more from the Boston Globe.