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Indivisible activists to rally at the General Assembly this afternoon for new electoral maps

Progressive activists with the Indivisible movement will rally and address the media at the General Assembly this afternoon as they work to push the General Assembly to adopt constitutional electoral maps. This is from a press release announcing the event:

“NC Voters to Descend on State Legislature to Demand: Follow the Constitution. End Racial Gerrymandering! New Maps! Fair Maps! NOW! Special Election in 2017!

A week after the conservative-led US Supreme Court ruled and 5 days after Gov. Cooper called for a Special Session to redraw NCGA districts, an unconstitutional General Assembly has done nothing to correct their illegal racial gerrymandering that was designed to dilute the voice of African-American voters

RALEIGH — Concerned citizens will hold a media availability on Monday outside the General Assembly after legislative leaders decided to ignore Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for a special session to redraw racially-gerrymandered electoral maps.

WHAT: Press conference and citizen mobilization on unconstitutional NC General Assembly to demand end to racial gerrymandering and to demand: New Maps! Fair Maps! NOW! And a 2017 special election

WHO: Indivisible NC, a grassroots network of North Carolina voters committed to defending our democracy to make sure our government is responsive to the public interest, not special interests

WHEN: 4:45pm, Monday, June 12th

WHERE: Outside the NC General Assembly, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC

“When even a conservative-led U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed that North Carolina’s General Assembly is racially gerrymandered, it’s time for people responsible for this discrimination to stop their stonewalling, draw new maps, and hold an election in 2017,” said Heather Hazelwood of IndivisiblesNC and Together We Will North Carolina. “Not only have the politicians subverted democracy with a corrupt redistricting process, but they’ve also tried to pack as many African-American voters into as few districts as possible to dilute their political voice. This discrimination must be corrected immediately. This discrimination is corrected with new district maps and an election in 2017.”

“As an African-American voter who was forced to cast my ballot from a racially gerrymandered district in 2016, I feel manipulated,” said Jasmine Johnson of Raleigh. “When even the Supreme Court agrees that the politicians here at the legislature stacked the deck against African-Americans, we have to ask. How much longer can this legislature be allowed to drag their feet and go about their business without having to face voters in fair districts? I hope the judges overseeing this case can hear our frustration.”

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