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Advocacy Update from The Center: Redistricting

Advocacy Update from The Center: Redistricting

We’ve now entered the final months of Redistricting and we want to make sure you’re fully informed on how you can get involved over the coming weeks. The Center continues to advocate for strong empowerments districts at the state, county, and city level for our LGBTQ community to ensure we are not divided and disempowered.

City of San DiegoOn Saturday November 13th, the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission voted to adopt the Preliminary Redistricting Map. This is not the final map but does serve as the base for conversations ahead of the final map adoption on Wednesday, December 15th. Between now and then, you’ll be able to join the conversation on Tuesday, November 23rd at 5PMWednesday, December 1st at 5:30PM, and Tuesday, December 7th at 5:30PM. Although the Preliminary Map empowers the LGBTQ community in District 3, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure our neighboring communities are equally represented. We have the ability to make a difference if we make our voices heard! Please plan to attend the above listed Redistricting Commission meeting and share the following talking points:

  • My name is ____, my pronouns are____, and I live in the ____ neighborhood. I'm calling tonight to ask that the Commission maintain District 3 as currently shown in the Preliminary Map and make the following changes:
    • Please move UCSD into D6
    • Please move the Qualcomm neighborhood into D7
    • Please move Mount Hope and part of Mountain View into D9 to increase the Latinx vote
    • Please move Rolando Park and Redwood Village into D4

County of San DiegoSimilarly, on Saturday November 13th, the County of San Diego Redistricting Commission put forward Draft Maps 13ADraft Map 13B and Draft Map 14. The Center has been participating in the Redistricting conversation with various stakeholders in the County and we have been providing the Commission with data to guide their process so far. The next opportunity to have your voice heard will be Thursday December 2nd at 5PM with the final vote taking place on December 9th. Please plan to attend the above listed Redistricting Commission meeting and share the following talking points:

  • My name is ____, my pronouns are____, and I live in the ____ neighborhood. I'm calling tonight to voice my support of Draft Map 14 as it empowers the LGBTQ Community of Interest in Hillcrest and its surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Additionally, Draft Map 13B divides and disempowers San Diego’s LGBTQ Community of Interest by splitting the heart of our community in half. The Commission cannot move forward with a map that uses the 163 as a dividing line.
  • Thank you!

State of CaliforniaOn Wednesday November 10th, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission released their draft maps. Please take a moment to fill out the Community Input Form, choose “Feedback on Commission's Draft Maps” and write Congressional Draft Map to make sure your voice is heard! You’re welcome to use our sample statement or craft one of your own:

  • I fully support the Congressional map alternative that EQCA presented on November 17th and I respectfully urge the Commission to unite the LGBTQ community in a district that runs along the I-8 corridor. This map alternative connects Downtown to the LGBTQ+ communities in Balboa Park, Hillcrest, North Park and South Park to immigrant and refugee communities in City Heights to the BIPOC communities in La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley. We share similar values and concerns and have long worked together to elect candidates of choice who will champion our intersectional civil rights interests.

Questions or want additional information? Please reach out to our advocacy team at advocacy@thecentersd.org. If you’d like to receive updates about redistricting and The Center’s Civic Engagement work, please sign up to become a Center Advocate today. We’re all in this together!