For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Baton Rouge, LA– CEO and founder of Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ), Ashley Shelton, released the following statement ahead of the Redistricting Special Session scheduled Today, June 15, 2022: “This moment is an important one for the people of Louisiana. They have been standing up and speaking throughout this process. They ensured representation in the 2020 Census. There was unprecedented participation in the 2021 redistricting process from communities throughout the state. They gave endless testimony at the redistricting roadshows and the redistricting special session. The fight for fair representation in Louisiana has been a journey, but the people have used their voice clearly to demand change. I urge the legislators to do what is right for the people. We know transformational change is a marathon, not a sprint. The people have been patient. The Chief U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick voted in our favor on the merits of African Americans being able to elect candidates of choice. Fair representation can and should be met now.”
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Marissa Hogan, Communications Associate
Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ) is dedicated to supporting and coordinating civic and voter engagement across Louisiana. We are guided by values of justice and racial equity and work with our partners to build an integrated civic engagement strategy that amplifies the voices of those who have historically been ignored, and organize them into a unified movement. PCEJ focuses on building power in traditionally marginalized communities, particularly Black and Brown communities, by equipping people with the knowledge and information they need to find their voice and learn where and when to use it.