After the chaos of the last year, we have the chance to take care of each other. Because of our communities’ (valid) lack of trust in systems, it can be easy to overlook opportunities to ensure our folks are granted the resources and support they are owed. Redistricting is one example.
Having our communities be part of how district maps are drawn is one of the ways that we can hold the government accountable for erasing us by showing them that we exist and will demand the resources we are owed.
The congressional representation we have relies on district maps. They determine the electoral power of a specific community and the ability for each community to be represented by people who share their experiences in life. Our most vulnerable communities have been displaced due to a public housing crisis exacerbated by the pandemic and left behind. When district maps are redrawn without consideration for the community, funding could be moved away from supporting the creation of infrastructure needed for our folks to survive and thrive.
Redistricting maps impact all types of policy decisions, such as housing, education, public transportation, and jobs. The maps should be done with us, not for us. When we come together to name what we need from these district maps, we can lean into our power to imagine and push for the changes our communities deserve so that our families, and future generations grow.