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North Carolina Redistricting with Geographers: Local Knowledge & Community Considerations 

September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

North Carolina Redistricting with Geographers: Local Knowledge & Community Considerations 

September 15th, 2021 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm ET 

Registration: https://aag-redistrictingpanels.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/31/sessiongallery/2536
  

The North Carolina criteria for redistricting says that “local knowledge of the character of communities and connections between communities may be considered in the formation of legislative and congressional districts.” This panel will discuss how community considerations factor into the process, the avenues for communities to voice their interests, and how the lack of racial data inclusion might affect this criterion. Panelists will explore how community considerations function in the redistricting software, how we measure racial justice in relation to community consideration, and how we can take action in upcoming redistricting public hearings to get involved as new districts are drawn. When it comes to the fight for fair redistricting, there is no one better equipped than a geographer. 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.