For Immediate Release: December 14, 2021
Lake Charles, LA– On Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at the Tritico Theater at McNeese State University, legislators will continue the Redistricting Roadshow at 5:30 P.M. CST. This is the final stop on the roadshow in 2021. This is an opportunity for legislators to hear comments and testimony from the public about the redistricting process.
Political Redistricting happens every 10 years after the census and is an opportunity to draw new political district boundaries based on population changes. The goal of redistricting is to create equitable and competitive political districts. Historically, Louisiana communities of color have had little say in the way their communities are mapped or represented. Despite the state being over ⅓ people of color, only 1 of 6 Congressional districts are represented by a person of color.
Community members can attend the Redistricting Roadshow to learn more about the redistricting process, testify about communities of interest, and express how they would like to see political districts drawn in their area.
“We have watched communities show up and testify about what they want across the state this year,” says Ashley Shelton, CEO of Power Coalition. “It is important to keep this momentum going and remember that our legislators represent us and our communities. We need to hold them to the values we elected them to represent and ensure that there is equity in the redistricting process.”
The Roadshow will go around the state over the next four months before the Special Redistricting Legislative Session in February 2022.
The dates for the Roadshow are as follows:
January 5: Orleans Metro/New Orleans
January 11: Bayou Region/Thibodaux
January 20: Baton Rouge
For more information about redistricting and how to get involved, visit powercoalition.org/redistricting.
Janea Jamison, Director of Programs for Power Coalition, email@example.com,