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Prison-Based Gerrymandering Ends In New York!

Prison-Based Gerrymandering Ends In New York!

CITIZEN ACTION OF NEW YORK Coalition Praises Lawmakers for Ending Prison Gerrymandering Budget Action Will Bring Greater Fairness to Drawing Lines for Legislative Districts Albany, NY — The Coalition to End Prison-Based Gerrymandering, a coalition of over 70 statewide policy, advocacy, civil rights, good government and community organizations, thanked lawmakers today for passing...

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New York: End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

New York: End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! We need a massive groundswell of grassroots support right now into the State Capitol to end prison-based gerrymandering. Click the ‘take action’ button below right now to send a message to your State Senator and Assemblymember right...

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End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

End Prison-Based Gerrymandering Our democracy depends on equal representation. That’s why it’s simply unjust to continue counting incarcerated individuals as residents of their places of confinement, instead of their home communities as required by the New York State Constitution. The result is significant underrepresentation for urban communities and communities of color across...

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What Is “Gerrymandering?”

What Is “Gerrymandering?”

Governor Elbridge Gerry The term “prison-based gerrymandering” is used to describe the practice of using prison populations to draw political districts. By counting prison populations as residents of the district in which they are incarcerated, the voting power of communities where prisons are located is inflated at the expense of other communities. The word gerrymander was coined by a...

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Do You Know What’s On the Census Form?

Do You Know What’s On the Census Form?

The Census form says, “Do not count anyone in a jail or prison… Leave these people off your form, even if they will return here…” How would you feel if your loved one is being used for political representation in the same area that they are incarcerated and not counted in their home communities? The Warren Court Did you know landmark civil rights cases in the 1960s...

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