Mobile, Alabama (WKRG) — Mobile NAACP, stand-up mobile, and other local activist groups discuss how the upcoming Special Congress as the state redistricts congressional districts after presidential elections will affect mobile residents I gave a presentation to help you understand. court ruling in June.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s current congressional districts violated the Voting Rights Act, prompting the state to rewrite congressional district maps and create second major-minority constituencies. asked to be included.
We currently have one in the state.
Attendees at the presentation, such as Reggie Weaver, believe that adding one more precinct will help black representatives vote, and believe the Supreme Court’s ruling was a victory for the black community.
“We black people have been fighting for decades, especially in Alabama,” Weaver said. “But more importantly, when you think about all the challenges we face, not just voting rights, voting affects every part of our lives.”
One of the conference attendees, Sharella Dowdy, is one of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case. She explained that the overall goal during the special session was to redistrict the mobile portion of District 1.
“The goal is to take over Mobile, because Mobile is now a black-majority city,” Dowdy explained. “If you get Pritchard and Montgomery, you should be a black belt. That’s the goal most of the time.”
Mobile NAACP chapter president Robert Cropton believes the Supreme Court ruling has given black voters an opportunity to make their voices heard.
“If you have discriminatory racial boundaries, you can’t have anyone,” Cropton said. “Gerrymander District. So again, this is a level playing field and everyone is excited. will undoubtedly be given.”
Weaver, Dowdy and Cropton are going to Montgomery for the special Congress on July 17, hoping to see a map that better represents black voters.
“We hope to see maps that match what people want,” Cropton said.
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