R959 Fall 2018 Making Every Vote Count: Why Virginia Needs Fair Redistricting Reform
Wednesday, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 19
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Michael Martin
OneVirginia2021 volunteers present a screening of the documentary “GerryRIGGED,” followed by an in-depth discussion of the why, the how, and the why now of fair redistricting reform, including pending court cases at the state and national level. OneVirginia2021 is a multi-partisan, largely volunteer, organization working throughout the Commonwealth to talk with fellow Virginians about gerrymandering and the improvements that fair redistricting reform can have on our ability to govern ourselves successfully. Specifically, OneVirginia2021 is advocating for the adoption of an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that will establish an independent, impartial commission to apply a fair and transparent process in drawing political districts after the 2020 census.
Mike Martin joined the Fairfax Local Action Group of OneVirginia2021 in 2017. Since then he’s collected petition signatures, marched in Richmond and Washington, DC, lobbied state and federal legislators, trained volunteers, led public discussions and presented the mathematics of gerrymandering.