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    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM (CST)
    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Austin, TX

    Join the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for our 2019 African American Legislative Summit!! This year theme is "The Fierce Urgency of Now: State of Black Lives in Texas"

    by Texas Legislative Black Caucus

    Date And Time

    Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 8:00 AM –

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019, 2:00 PM CST


    Location

    Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

    701 East 11th Street

    Austin, TX 78701

    CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM by Monday, February 4, 2019 

    Schedule of Events

    Sunday, February 24th ( All Day at the Sheraton)

    9:00 am-5:00 pm Registration at the Sheraton Hotel

    1:00pm-4:00 pm Gospel Scholarship Brunch

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm Founders Reception

    Monday, February 25th

    8:00 am-4:00 pm Registration at the Sheraton Hotel

    6:00 am-8:00 am Continental Breakfast at Sheraton

    9:00 am-10:00 am  Opening Session: Welcome and TLBC Legislative Agenda

    10:15-11:30 am  Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    • The State of Texas HBCUs

    • The Pipeline: Juvenile Justice Reform

    • The Silent Killer: Mental Health in the Black Community

    • There Goes the Neighborhood: The impact of gentrification on communities of color

    12:00 pm-2:00 pm Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel

    3:00 pm-4:15 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    (Sheraton Hotel and Capitol)

    • The Black Dollar and Community Development: Roundtable Discussion with TAAACC and TLBC Members regarding HUB

    • Where’s the Village: How suburban flight crippled the community relations

    • Broken Families, but new chances: Investigation into Family Violence and finding the correct homes for our children

    • The Power of Now!

    • 2020 Census/Redistricting

    7pm-10pm  Chair’s Gala with Outstanding Texan Award

    Tuesday, February 26th

    10:00 am Resolutions on House floor

    11:00 am-5:00 pm Advocacy Day

    (Organizations visiting legislators offices and attending committee hearings)

    12:00 pm-2:00 pm  Historical Lunch on the South Lawn

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tlbc-2019-african-american-summit-the-fierce-urgency-of-now-state-of-black-lives-in-texas-tickets-54170498419?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Atlanta, GA

    Vino & Voting

    by League of Women Voters of Georgia

    Date And Time

    Thu, February 28, 2019

    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST


    Location

    Barcelona Wine Bar

    240 North Highland Avenue Northeast

    Atlanta, GA 30307


    Description

    Please join us for a conversation about the future of voting and elections in our state. This is a great opportunity to learn about Election Protection, Redistricting Reform, and the Democracy Act Bill set to drop in February. Enjoy a glass of wine while listening to our guest speaker Sean Young, Legal Director of the ACLU. RSVP now to reserve your seat - don't miss this opportunity to get involved and to protect our democracy.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vino-voting-tickets-55230800812?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    • 1 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Atlanta, GA

    Playing the Long Game" FDGA Orientation for Citizen Lobbyists

    by Fair Districts GA

    Date And Time

    Fri, March 1, 2019

    9:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST


    Location

    307 Coverdell Legislative Building (CLOB)

    18 Capitol Square SW

    Atlanta, GA 30334

    Description

    Improve your ability to communicate with legislators about redistricting reform and SR 52, the Democracy Act. This orientation will be held on March 1, 2019 at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB) from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. Topics will include the following presentations:

    *Talking with Legislators and Making Effective Use of Ropeline Conversations: Advice for Citizen Lobbyists--Representative Bee Nguyen

    *The Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee—Senator Jen Jordan

    *Advocating for Support: the Democracy Act Pledge—Stephanie Ali, ACLU-GA

    *Joining an FDGA Citizen Lobbyist Team: the FDGA Adopt-a-Legislator Program--Pat Byrd, FDGA

    *Q&A Discussion

    Please arrive by 8:30 AM for check-in and registration. The program will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. We hope to see you there!

    NOTE on registration: Attendance is free; just select the "Free General Admission" ticket. If you can make a donation to help FDGA with events and other support for advocates for redistricting reform, you can select the "Help FDGA Fight Gerrymandering" donation ticket. Whatever choice you make, we value your participation in this work.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playing-the-long-game-fdga-orientation-for-citizen-lobbyists-tickets-54928594906?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    • 1 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Pittsburgh, PA

    Reclaim the Power of Your Vote: Learn about PA Redistricting Reform


    By Draw the Lines PA and Fair Districts PA


    Date And Time

    Fri, March 1, 2019

    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST


    Location

    Biddle's Escape

    401 Biddle Avenue

    Pittsburgh, PA 15221

    Description

    Please join us at Biddle's Escape on March 1st to learn about gerrymandering and how you can help to stop it! There will be beverages, food, and experts to speak with about gerrymandering. Additionally, you will have the chance to enter a competition and win a cash prize!

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reclaim-the-power-of-your-vote-learn-about-pa-redistricting-reform-tickets-54936279892?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    • 1 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Pittsburgh, PA

    Slay the Gerrymander Happy Hour & Reclaim the Power of Your Vote

    by Draw the Lines PA and Fair Districts PA

    Date And Time

    Fri, March 1, 2019

    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST


    Location

    Biddle's Escape

    401 Biddle Avenue

    Pittsburgh, PA 15221


    Description

    Reclaim the Power of YOUR VOTE!

    Join Fair Districts PA and Draw the Lines PA for a fun, fact-filled Happy Hour at Biddles Escape

    Enjoy good conversation, light bites and beverages, and a few games for a chance to win prizes!

    Learn about:

    How gerrymandering can affect your access to fair representation.

    Advocacy efforts and steps you can take to address redistricting reform in PA as we gear up for 2021, the census, and redrawing of district lines.

    A new citizens’ advocacy effort that allows PA voters- YOU- to learn how to draw your own state voting districts using digital mapping software, and…

    Mapping competitions that that give you a chance to win cash prizes AND save democracy!

    Special Guest Speakers:

    Will Anderson, Small Business Owner, B-PEP Planning Council, PA Workforce and Development Committee

    Anna Fisher, Associate Professor of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University and Fair Districts PA spokesperson

    Rachel Colker, Western PA Coordinator, Draw the Lines PA

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Join Us!

    Special Thanks to Biddles Escape for hosting this important event.

    Learn more at:

    www.drawthelinespa.org

    www.fairdistrictspa.com

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/slay-the-gerrymander-happy-hour-reclaim-the-power-of-your-vote-tickets-54936279892?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    • 3 Mar 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Charleston, SC

    Ensure Your Vote Counts: Community Forum

    by League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area

    Date And Time

    Sun, March 3, 2019

    2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST


    Location

    Charleston County Main Library

    68 Calhoun Street

    Charleston, SC 29401

    Description

    With aging and broken voting machines, legislative districts drawn to protect incumbents, and political campaigns awash in secret contributions, South Carolina voters sometimes question whether their votes matter. How can we improve our election system and restore public confidence?

    Come hear experts define these issues, learn how citizens can equip themselves to demand fair election systems and practices, and ask your questions to our distinguished panel:

    Representative Peter M. McCoy, Jr., S.C. House, District 115; Chair, House Judiciary Committee

    Joseph L. Debney, Director of Elections, Charleston County

    Dr. Duncan Buell, Professor of Computer Science, University of South Carolina; nationally-recognized expert on voting technology and security

    Lynn Teague, Vice President, Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of SC

    In the next year South Carolina will purchase a new voting system to replace the current decades-old system. How do we advocate for a system that will ensure secure, accurate, re-countable, transparent and verifiable elections?

    Also, learn how proposed legislation would put an independent committee in charge of redrawing district lines, instead of politicians drawing the lines and choosing their voters, resulting in gerrymandering.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ensure-your-vote-counts-community-forum-tickets-55721547649?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pittsburgh, PA

    Gerrymandering 101

    by AAUW North Hills Pittsburgh Branch

    Date And Time

    Tue, May 14, 2019

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT


    Location

    La Roche College, Zappala College Center (Ryan Room)

    9000 Babcock Blvd.

    Pittsburgh, PA 15237

    Description

    The AAUW North Hills Pittsburgh Branch is hosting a public education program on reforming Pennsylvania’s redistricting process. Fair Districts PA Suzanne Broughton will represent Fair Districts PA and Rachel Colker will represent “Draw the Lines.” PA’s current redistricting process and its undermining of democracy will be explained. And a solution to the problem will be offered. Suzanne will also discuss the legislation in Harrisburg and FDPA’s strategy going forward.

    • This event’s goal is to raise the public’s awareness of the importance of redistricting reform.

    • This program offers a tour of the issues, history, and the state of play now in Pennsylvania with a rundown on how Draw the Lines connects to reform efforts. The program will be interactive.

    • Local elected officials will be invited to attend.

    • Fair Districts PA Speaker: Suzanne Broughton

    • Draw the Lines Speaker: Rachel Colker

    • The event is free & open to the public. Coffee/tea and light snacks will be offered.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gerrymandering-101-tickets-56933854692?aff=ebdssbdestsearch



    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Baton Rouge, LA

    Awakening: Voting Rights & Redistricting Summit

    March 14th, 2019

    Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA

    Background

    AWAKENING is a series of summits aimed to engage Louisiana citizens in important conversations around the most pressing policy issues. Summit outputs support a policy think tank for elected officials interested in progressive policies impacting communities of color. Working group organizations as of 12/29/18 include the Louisiana Institute of Public Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization; the Louisiana State NAACP, an organization that fights to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminate race-based discrimination; and Prophetic Voices, a coalition of concerned clergy who seek to galvanize the faith community to address and help generate solutions for the religious and socio-political concerns of communities whose voices are ordinarily ignored and/or silenced.

    Schedule as of 12/29/18

    Location: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Panel: Voting Rights & Redistricting in the 21st Century: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

    Confirmed Participants as of 12/29/18

    Moderator: Alejandro “Al” Perkins: Undergraduate degree in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1999 and Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center (SULC) in 2004. After a two-year judicial law clerkship for the Honorable Judge Wilson Fields at the 19th Judicial District Court, joined Hammonds, Sills, Adkins and Guice law firm. Al is a litigator specializing in complex litigation, general liability, workers’ compensation, labor and employment, education law and insurance defense and as of January 2013 he is the youngest partner of the firm.

    Panelist: Jay Augustine: A faith-based leader in social justice, he is the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown New Orleans, the birthplace of African Methodism in the Deep South and the author of “Sometimes Seeing is Believing: Reflections on Faith & the Black Family Because of the Obamas,” published in Mr. President: Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama (2016) and The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law Religion & the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement (2014), a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Civil Rights Movement.  


    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Nashville, TN

    Listen and Learn: How to Make a National Impact with Rita Bosworth

    by Sister District Nashville

    Date And Time

    Thu, March 21, 2019

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT


    Location

    TN Democratic Party Headquarters

    319 Plus Park Blvd

    Suite 202

    Nashville, TN 37217

    Description

    Rita Bosworth Meet and Greet

    Join us for our third event of 2019, a conversation with Rita Bosworth, the founder and executive director of Sister District Project! Her journey as an organizer is inspiring, and the work she has done to link activated democrats throughout the country has given hundreds of people the chance to make a difference in important tight elections. She will be discussing Sister District’s 2019/2020 Last Chance Strategy, the organization’s strategic plan to help secure state legislative elections integral for 2021 redistricting.

    There are just three states holding state legislative elections this year and it is going to be as important as ever to elect progressive leaders to build Louisiana, Mississippi, and Virginia into the great states they have the resources and heart to be.

    Learn how you can pitch in to help elect Democrats in critical 2019 races! A meet & greet and networking potluck will be held immediately after. Bring your favorite food or drink to share!

    By registering for this event, you agree to join the Sister District Nashville's and Sister District national's mailing lists. Collectively, you can expect just 1-4 substantive, action-oriented emails per month. You can unsubscribe at any time.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/listen-and-learn-how-to-make-a-national-impact-with-rita-bosworth-tickets-56858880442?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • Providence, R.I.

    Providence, R.I., will host the first of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others.

    To find out more about the other cities and seminars, click here. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you.

    In 2½ days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:  

    • What’s the legal landscape for redistricting?
    • What technology is available for redistricting?
    • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
    • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
    • How do you involve the public in the process?

    http://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting/redistricting-seminar-providence.aspx 

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 27 Oct 2019
    • Columbus, OH

    Columbus, Ohio, will host the second of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others.

    To find out more about the other cities and seminars, click here. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you.

    In 2 1/2 days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. 

    Expect answers to:  

    • What’s the legal landscape for redistricting?
    • What technology is available for redistricting?
    • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
    • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
    • How do you involve the public in the process?

    http://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting/ncsl-redistricting-seminar-columbus-oct-24-27-2019.aspx 

    • 6 May 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 10 May 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Las Vegas, VA

    Las Vegas will host the third of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others.

    To find out more about the other cities and seminars, click here. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you.

    In 2½ days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:  

    • What’s the legal landscape for redistricting?
    • What technology is available for redistricting?
    • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
    • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
    • How do you involve the public in the process?

    http://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting/ncsl-redistricting-seminar-las-vegas-may-6-10-2020.aspx

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 27 Sep 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Portland, Oregon

    Portland, Ore., will host the fourth of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others.

    To find out more about the other cities and seminars, click here. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you.

    In 2½ days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:  

    • What’s the legal landscape for redistricting?
    • What technology is available for redistricting?
    • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
    • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
    • How do you involve the public in the process?
    http://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting/ncsl-redistricting-seminar-portland-ore-september-24-27-2020.aspx


    • 15 Jan 2021
    • Washington, DC

    Washington, D.C., will host the last of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others.

    To find out more about the other cities and seminars, click here. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you.

    In 2½ days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:  

    • What’s the legal landscape for redistricting?
    • What technology is available for redistricting?
    • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
    • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
    • How do you involve the public in the process?
    http://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting/ncsl-redistricting-seminar-washington-dc-january-2021.aspx


Past events

21 Feb 2019 Redistricting Town Hall
19 Feb 2019 League Legislative Day
16 Feb 2019 NC Environmental Redistricting Tour
12 Feb 2019 A Conversation with Eric Holder
12 Feb 2019 The Citizen’s Role in the Process of Deciding Who Represents Us
4 Feb 2019 Redistricting Reform: Best Practices for a Fairer New Jersey
30 Jan 2019 LWV Arlington Day of Action
16 Jan 2019 League Day at the Statehouse
14 Jan 2019 The Mathematics of Gerrymandering and Fair Voting
11 Jan 2019 2019 Maryland Legislative Session Policy Orientation
10 Jan 2019 Terminate Gerrymandering Summit and Fair Maps Incubator Launch
8 Jan 2019 Fair Districts GA Orientation to Lobbying Against Gerrymandering
5 Jan 2019 Everything You Need To Know To Advocate For Redistricting Reform
3 Jan 2019 Redistricting 2021 and How You Can Impact It
29 Dec 2018 Redistricting and Gerrymandering Webinar
13 Dec 2018 Fair Districts for New Jersey Day of Action
12 Dec 2018 Gerrymandering 101: Protect Your Vote
9 Dec 2018 End Gerrymandering: Get caught up on the action
7 Dec 2018 Line In The Street: A film about gerrymandering
7 Dec 2018 Triple Play: Election 2018, Census 2020 and Redistricting 2021
6 Dec 2018 Hedrick Smith's "The People vs The Politicians"
15 Nov 2018 2018 Virginia Political Forum
15 Nov 2018 Census 2020: What Does It Mean For Staten Island?
14 Nov 2018 Santa Clara County GIS Day 2018
2 Nov 2018 Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook
15 May 2018 Citizens’ Public Hearing on Fair Maps
8 Nov 2017 Conference on Redistricting Reform at Harvard
7 Aug 2017 A Geometry of Redistricting Workshop at Tufts University

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