By Team AOTL
Lekha is a Jewish South Asian woman who grew up in small-town North Carolina. She has a law degree from Duke University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing graduate school, Lekha decided to use her skills and experiences to make a difference in her home state, and especially to lift up the experiences of people of color.
Lekha left academia and started volunteering and following redistricting in the courts and state legislature. She joined the All On The Line team in 2019 to continue fighting for fair maps in North Carolina.
What does All On The Line mean to you?
All On The Line means ordinary citizens have the tools to fight and make sure their voices are included in the process that determines whether or not they’re fairly represented.
Why are you fighting for Fair Maps?
Fair maps means elected officials actually represent the views of North Carolinians. It means Medicaid expansion, reproductive freedom, clean air and water — so many things we all need that have been taken away or prevented by extreme gerrymandering.
Why should people get involved with All On The Line?
All On The Line has a unique reach and point of view. Our volunteers are leaders in their communities, and we’re not afraid to get tough with legislators who enable gerrymandering.
Which district in your state is the wackiest?
There are so many! But I want to nominate my Congressional district — I used to live in Chapel Hill, but when I moved 26 miles away to Raleigh, I actually drove through a completely different district (NC-05) and then right back into the same one I used to live in while in Chapel Hill (NC-04). Now, that is just weird! And having districts that wrap around like that, that pick and choose pockets of voters and break up communities that should stay together is problematic.
Now that you’ve heard Lekha’s story, we want to hear yours! Drop us a line or and follow us on social! We’re at @allontheline on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Want to get involved in the fight for fair maps in North Carolina? Join us here!