Register via Eventbrite (free): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/citizen-training-on-redistricting-tickets-74717420817. Lunch will be provided.
The League of Women Voters, the Houston Area Urban League, and the Texas Civil Rights Project invite you to take part in a Citizen Training on Redistricting aimed at mobilizing our community for the Texas Legislature’s upcoming public input hearings.
We will be hosting a Community Training to help community members prepare testimony for the House Redistricting Committee’s hearings. Our invited guest speaker will be Carroll Robinson from Texas Southern University. The event will be broken down into three sections:
• 10:00-11:00 A citizen training to familiarize community members with the current redistricting process and the criteria used to draw district maps;
• 11:00-11:30 Breakout sessions for citizens to work on preparing testimony;
• 11:30-12:00 Lunch
• 12:00-1:00 Mock Committee Panel to practice giving testimony.
If you would like to get a head start on preparing your testimony, please check out the Redistricting Tool Box and Testimony Guides: www.fairmapstexas.org/events
Texas is beginning the process for the 2021 re-drawing of state and federal legislative districts. Starting in the fall of 2019, the Texas House Redistricting Committee is planning Public Input Hearings for the 2021 redistricting.
Hearings are tentatively scheduled for:
• Houston (North): Tuesday, October 22, 2019, late afternoon/evening;
• Houston (South): Wednesday, October 23, 2019, late afternoon/evening;
• Montgomery County /Conroe - Wednesday, May 6th, mid- morning;
• Fort Bend County/Sugar Land – Thursday, May 7th – start time: mid- morning;
Official Committee Hearing Notices can be found here: https://capitol.texas.gov/Committees/MeetingsHouse.aspx
Public comments at the Committee hearings will be used to assist the Legislature when it draws district boundaries. The focus of public testimony is to provide suggestions about improving the redistricting process and information about a region’s unique geographic and demographic characteristics from those residents most familiar with their own neighborhoods. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. This ensures that your voice is heard by your elected leaders across all kinds of government decisions.