Gerrymandering and Redistricting RRT

Team Co-Leaders:
Tanis Shaw – tanisg213@gmail.com
Stephanie Horst  –  horstsd@hotmail.com
Betsy Schott – eashott@aol.com

Gerrymandering has been identified as a major obstacle to democracy, and Pennsylvania is one of the most gerrymandered states in the union.

RESOLUTIONS & ENDORSEMENT TEAM MEETING:
Sunday, May 21 @ 4 p.m.

Click Here If you want to join this team.  Please email ruffoa@me.com for meeting details.


To learn more about the gerrymandering issue or to support redistricting reform, consider attending one or more of the following:

EVENTS:

Monday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m.  Manheim Township Meeting. Please consider attending this township meeting and show your support for  redistricting reform.  Manheim Township Municipal Building, 1840 Municipal Drive Lancaster, PA 17601   For more details/information, contact Alex K. Rich and Stephanie Horst

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.  Lancaster City Council will vote on the resolution to support Senate Bill 22 (SB22) and House Bill 722 (HB722) at City Council Chambers, 120 N. Duke Street (City Hall Annex – Marion Street Entrance). If you’re unable to attend Lobby Day (also May 9 ~ see below), please consider attending this meeting to show your support!

May 9, 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Fair Districts PA (FDPA) Lobby Day, the Capitol Building, Harrisburg. The event will begin in the capitol rotunda with legislators from 11–11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and legislative visits. For more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ac0v8EvU0o0JVlWEGIfhqB6_0403AJe0-UGbKAJaC18/edit?usp=drive_web

May 15, 5:30 p.m. Voters Should Choose Their Politicians, Not the Other Way Around (FDPA speaker), Lancaster Public Library, 145 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

OTHER RESOURCES:

What you can do
ATTEND A TOWN HALL:

Senator AumentCoffee and Conversation May 3 from 9-11 a.m. West Earl Township Building, 157 West Metzler Road in Ephrata
**If you are going, please email ruffoa@me.com for info on his viewpoint of PA Senate Bill SB22.

Manheim Township:  May 8, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m.  (See details above under “Events.”)

Senator Scott Martin:Look for announcements for a telephone town hall on May 15, and Coffee and Conversation events in Quarryville and Paradise in May and June. http://www.senatorscottmartinpa.com/

Request: If you live in Manheim, Marietta, or Mt. Joy, please show up at meetings and voice your support for a resolution to approve the proposed redistricting-reform Senate Bill 22 (SB22). For more information, please contact the individual identified below to support this effort and get involved:

Manheim Borough: Email Elaine Olson olson.rn@gmail.com
Marietta Borough: Email Bill Dazall ardatirion@gmail.com
Mount Joy:Email Grace and Brian Heiland

CHALLENGE:

Who has read PA Senate Bill 22 (SB22)?
If you have, send one question you want Fair Districts PA to answer to ruffoa@me.com.
If you haven’t…please do! You can find it here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0022

Then write a letter to your legislators asking them to support the bill.Check out Amanda Holt’s web site that describes Lancaster County’s municipal divisions and how the gerrymandered drawing of districts creates a complex, non-contiguous mess:http://amandae.com/2011/10/06/redistricting-lancaster-lancaster-county/

OTHER NEWS: On April 18th in Harrisburg, Representatives Steve Samuelson (Democrat, Northampton County) and Eric Roe (Republican, Chester County) shared the co-sponsor memo for House Bill 722, a joint resolution to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish an independent citizens commission to draw State Senate, State House and Congressional districts.  Now is the time to call your state representative and state senator and ask him/her to sign on as a co-sponsor of this bipartisan legislation!