November 27, 2020         
Wondershare FamiSafe: The Most Reliable Parental Control App   •   Outstanding Korean Products Introduced on TradeKorea Webpage - Food & Beverage   •   Papuan Pastor Questions BBC Reports on Indonesian Palm Oil Company Korindo   •   Majority of Americans Expect to Buy Gifts This Holiday Season Despite Tumultuous Year, but Many Cut From the Gift List According   •   MANSCAPED™ Named Official Sponsor of Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic   •   SONTIAN's Exhibition at Automechanika Shanghai 2020 is Packed With 100+ Free Samples and Live Streaming Available to All Automot   •   Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Reveals Details of Hall Of Trivia on HQ App   •   Comcast RISE Awards Over 700 Black-Owned, Small Businesses with Marketing and Technology Resources and Makeovers   •   Outstanding Korean Products Introduced at TradeKorea Webpage - Beauty & Fashion   •   Indigenous Land-Based STEM Education - The Classroom of the Future   •   Narconon Latin America Helps Community Stay Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic   •   Because Apes Are Hairy Too, MANSCAPED™ Supports the San Diego Zoo!   •   F-LANE: Accelerating Female Empowerment globally in times of COVID-19   •   Enough is Enough: Ontario Engineering Community Committed to Uprooting Systematic Biases   •   CTA Releases "What We Heard" report on Phase II of its Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations   •   Vehicle Retail Sales Decline due to Quirky Sales Calendar; When Adjusted for Selling Days, Retail Sales Stable   •   “KISS THE GROUND” Wins Its 25th Film Festival Award to Date   •   Minister of Justice hosts virtual forum on Diversity on the Bench   •   iHeartMedia and Podimo Partner to Translate and Adapt Widely Popular Podcasts For Listeners Globally   •   Michaels is Calling On #DifferenceMakers to Creatively Spread Holiday Cheer
Bookmark and Share

MALDEF Unveils Texas Redistricting Plans

SAN ANTONIO, TX – MALDEF, along with other partners in the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force, unveiled initial proposed Texas congressional redistricting maps at the State Capitol in Austin.

The maps are part of two non-partisan redistricting plans focused on ensuring fair electoral opportunity for Texas Latinos; the plans present Latino opportunity districts that MALDEF and its task force partners believe are required under the federal Voting Rights Act. The plans do not make political decisions about how districts should be drawn in other areas of the state.

“The maps presented today demonstrate that additional Latino-majority congressional districts can and should be created to provide a fair opportunity to Latino voters,” stated Nina Perales, MALDEF Director of Litigation. “Latinos composed 65% of the state’s growth over the past decade and at least two Latino majority congressional districts are required under the federal Voting Rights Act,” continued Perales.

The U.S. Census reported that in 2010 there were 9,460,921 Latinos living in Texas. These plans are a critical recognition of that fact. The plans create a new congressional district based in Hidalgo and Starr Counties in the Rio Grande Valley, making it possible for voters in those fast-growing counties to elect their chosen representative.

Similarly, the plans propose the creation of a new majority Latino congressional district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There are more than 1.3 million Latinos in that area, representing thirty three percent of Dallas and Tarrant County residents. Yet there are currently no majority Latino congressional districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. These plans will afford Latinos the opportunity to elect their preferred candidate in the North Texas region.

MALDEF and its task force partners respected communities of interest in these new redistricting plans by unifying counties and neighborhoods with common characteristics. The districts unite populations with substantial economic and social commonalities; ensuring that the millions of Latinos who make up the communities represented will have a strong and effective voice in Congress.

In 2006, MALDEF successfully argued before the Supreme Court in LULAC v. Perry that the Texas congressional redistricting plan diluted Latino voting strength and violated the Voting Rights Act.

Speakers at the event included, Nina Perales, MALDEF’s Director of Litigation; Luis Figueroa, MALDEF Legislative Staff Attorney; Roberto Alonzo, Texas State Representative; Joey Cardenas, Texas LULAC President; Larry Perez, State Commander of the American GI Forum of Texas; Lydia Camarillo, Vice President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project; Domingo Garcia, former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem; and Paul Jimenez of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.


STORY TAGS: MALDEF , Texas , redistricting , Hispanic News, Latino News, Mexican News, Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Latina, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News