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Redistricting, Gerrymandering and the Battle for Power

Join Michael Li, Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, and Rabbi Dara Frimmer as they discuss how the results of our recent Census could change the balance of power in the U.S for years to come.

States have begun redrawing their Congressional maps to account for changes in population.  This exercise in redistricting will determine the number of seats allocated to each state in the U.S. House of Representatives. Experts point to an “almost irresistible temptation” to gerrymander districts to dominate elections and win--or maintain--a majority in the House at any cost. This is especially true for single-party controlled states.

Learn why this upcoming process particularly invites abuse and could leave communities of color with fewer protections than at any time since the 1960s. Michael Li will discuss the weaponizing of redistricting and the critical need for passage of the For the People Act (HR1/S1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Michael Li serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on redistricting, voting rights, and elections. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Li practiced law at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas for ten years. He was the author of a widely cited blog on redistricting and election law issues that the New York Times called “indispensable.” He is a regular writer and commentator on election law issues, appearing on PBS Newshour, MSNBC, and NPR, and in print in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Roll Call, Vox, National Journal, Texas Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and San Antonio Express-News, among others.

This is a Temple Isaiah Civics in the Synagogue event.

Sunday, May 16, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM

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