2021 Redistricting: What Can Geographers Do?
After 10 years with our country’s current congressional and state district maps, the time has come to redraw the lines through the process of redistricting. States alone have the power to redraw legislative districts using decennial census data. This undertaking is inherently geographic, and yet geographers are sorely lacking from the process at every level. Because each state has a different process for redrawing their maps, identifying a chance to get involved can be tough for anyone to navigate, let alone professional and academic geographers pressed for time.
That’s why the AAG is launching our virtual Redistricting Panel Series this September, to equip geographers with the tools and knowledge to take action in their states as the maps are drawn. By activating our collective power as a community and pressing to have a geographer in the room in every state, we can set new expectations this year and show why geospatial thinkers are indispensable.
When it comes to the fight for fair redistricting, there is no one better equipped than a geographer. Understanding the composition of communities based on shared geographic factors is a deeply powerful perspective to offer. When deployed for the good of equity and access, that perspective is essential to drawing an honest map. You do not have to be a GIS expert to contribute that powerful perspective. These are your districts, they will be your representatives, and you deserve to be at the table.
September 2021 – AAG Redistricting Panel Series
The AAG’s virtual Redistricting Panel Series is centered around one key word — “action.” Geographers will walk away from these session panels with the state specific background, process knowledge, and the grassroots organization connections needed to step up and get involved. These panels will include geographers, redistricting experts, community organizers, and more.The project’s Organizing Committee is currently building out the “panel in a box” template for our in-state hosts to deploy, creating a simple and streamlined way to replicate strong panels all over the country.
(Dates and registration links coming soon)
- North Carolina
For more information, contact:
Our Redistricting Panel Series Organizing Committee Members:
- Song Gao, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Ken Martis, West Virginia University
- Nick Quinton, Florida State University
- Rick Sadler, Michigan State University
- Jim Thatcher, University of Washington, Tacoma
- Rebecca Theobald, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs