** Action Alert **
Contact Your Legislators and Local Newspaper to Say:
Make Redistricting Open to the Public
Redistricting is officially underway, following the State’s receipt of 2010 Census data last week. The Michigan Redistricting Collaborative has sent a letter to all legislators and has been meeting with editorial boards to gain their support for a more open redistricting process that includes public access to draft maps and opportunities for citizen involvement. The Detroit Free Press published an editorial last week saying that lawmakers should allow the public to give feedback about proposed districts and explain how and why decisions about redistricting are made. (http://www.freep.com/article/
We need you to add your voice to the call for a transparent redistricting process. We’re asking you to contact your legislators and write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper this week. If you can only take one action, that will be helpful too. Then, as a last step, let us know who you’ve contacted.