A Note From President Barack Obama
I believe training is at the heart of organizing.
In a few short weeks, the final data necessary for redistricting will be released by the Census Bureau. This will be the moment when the redistricting process is fully underway across the country. And we need to be prepared.
That’s why All On The Line is bringing back Redistricting U trainings. Starting next week, you can join my friend Mallory and her team for a series of training sessions on grassroots advocacy tactics, the mapping process, and how to tell the story of the impacts of redistricting in your community. It’s like summer camp for fair map defenders.
Here’s the thing map manipulators don’t want you to know — they are counting on your apathy. They don’t want you to know how the map drawing process works or how to make your voice heard when a commission or legislative committee asks for public input.
All On The Line understands that harnessing the power of the grassroots will be key to achieving a successful map drawing process. It’s why A.G. Holder and I are so supportive of this movement — positive change is possible and we can secure fair maps across the country.
If you’ve been with this movement for a while, you’ll know my approach to creating change is simple: respect, empower, include. Training programs like the Redistricting U Summer Sessions embody those values. There is no greater agent for change in your community than you — we just want to make sure you’re empowered in the redistricting process to make an impact.
If you’re able to contribute to this effort, I appreciate your support. And if you’re interested in joining one of these trainings — or even better, attending sessions on all four topics — I want to make sure you’re one of the first to register. And you can do so here.
As I’ve said before, I believe that activism will prevail over cynicism. We must be ready to get involved in the redistricting process in our states. If we can achieve fair maps, the bounds of what is possible will fundamentally change.
— Barack Obama