District maps define our political representation, impacting policy decisions about vital aspects of community health including housing, education, and policing. These maps are created after every census and last 10+ years. Typically, district maps are redrawn without consideration for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. This results in critical funding and opportunities being lost. We cannot afford to be left out of the story.
As Minnesota’s population grows, new district lines need to be drawn. This process can keep people with common interests together or split them apart to dilute their political power and voice. Depending on where the district lines are split, this can make it harder for us to elect a representative who shares our values and who will advocate for our interests over party and self interests. As maps are redrawn, it’s important that communities of interest are a foundational principle.
Currently, we are working with the OurMapsMN Campaign, a multiracial, grassroots effort committed to a BIPOC community-focused, accessible, and transparent redistricting process in Minnesota.
Along with our effort with the campaign, we have joined as a plaintiff, with Common Cause MN and OneMN.org, in pending redistricting litigation to ensure that Minnesota’s growing BIPOC communities are accurately and fairly represented in the new district maps. Litigation hearings will be set throughout October (see dates below). We are excited to be a part of this effort, leaning into our collective power to plant change in order for future generations to grow.
All in-person public hearings will be remotely viewable via Zoom and the final public hearing will be held via Zoom. For Zoom links and details, see the panel’s webpage.
If you want to write to be included in hearing testimony, use this template.
Written statements must be received no later than Friday, October 29, 2021. To send a letter, you can:
Deliver it to a public hearing;
Send it by mail to Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel, c/o Christa Rutherford, Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155;
Email it to StateRedistrictingPanel@courts.state.mn.us.
Are you interested in being involved in this work? Contact Monica Hurtado at email@example.com