The fight for fair maps is on🥊 and we need you! Our time to speak to the Texas House is THIS Monday, 10/4, at 9AM.
🙋 In-person testimony is allowed!
💻 Virtual testimony is allowed!
📝 Written testimony is allowed! Image
🙋 To testify in person, you can register and speak at the Capitol Extension Auditorium, E1.004. Image
💻To testify over Zoom, register at the link below.
‼️ YOU MUST REGISTER 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE if you want to testify virtually! The cutoff is 9AM Central on Sunday, 10/3.…
📝 To testify in writing, submit up to 3000 characters of your redistricting-related frustration at the link below!
🤷 Wondering what to say? You don't have to be an expert! Let's talk about the map.
📈 You know how people of color made up 95% of the TX population growth last decade?
😠 This new map creates *fewer* districts where Black and Latinx people make up a majority of eligible voters. Image
🔎 If you want more info, you can read more about the maps in the @TexasTribune!…
🗣️ You can say that you think the maps should represent Texans of color, and this one doesn't.
🗣️ You can zoom in on your district on the map. If the map breaks up your community, talk about that!
🗣️ You can even call for a more transparent mapping process.
To fight gerrymandering with us:
📢 Testify in person, by Zoom, or in writing
🗓️ Sign up for Zoom testimony by 9AM on Sunday 10/3 (link below)
🗺️ Let the House know that this map doesn't represent Texas communities!…

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