Obama Announces Initiative To Combat Republican Gerrymandering
Former President Obama on Monday announced a new initiative in a campaign to combat Republican gerrymandering ahead of the 2020 elections.
“Training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I’ve always made it a priority – from my 2008 campaign until now,” Obama said in a tweet announcing Redistricting U, part of the All on the Line campaign.
Redistricting U will send trainers throughout the country to offer free, in-person instruction and help to volunteers involved in the redistricting process in states.
According to the campaign’s website, the initiative is being pushed to empower individuals to “be leaders in the movement for fair maps.”
“The movement for fair maps will determine the course of progress on every issue we care about for the next decade,” Obama said. “And we can’t wait to begin organizing when the redistricting process starts in 2021. We need to build this movement from the ground up – right now.”
Obama said that “rethinking the way we draw our congressional districts” is vital to American democracy, adding that partisan gerrymandering had made political debates more extreme.
Training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I’ve always made it a priority – from my 2008 campaign until now. And it’s why I’m proud to announce @allontheline’s in-person training initiative, Redistricting U. Join us: https://t.co/yrWJ50wSdE pic.twitter.com/HiKvGd2XyE
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2019
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