North Carolina public hearing information on new maps

It’s finally here! We knew for a couple of weeks that the North Carolina redistricting committee would hold public hearings on the newly proposed state maps to replace the gerrymandered ones they drew in 2011, but they didn’t tell us when and where until this afternoon. Below are the details, rules, and some talking points if you are so inclined to speak (and you should!!)

Racial gerrymandering is a form of oppression. After the horrific and ugly events witnessed in Charlottesville, we encourage you to speak up for your community and others whose votes were diluted as a result of racial gerrymandering.

Public hearings will be held at the following sites at 4 PM on August 22 regarding proposed legislative maps:

Hudson, NC:

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

2855 Hickory Blvd, Building B, Room 104 (75 seats)

Hudson, NC 28638

Charlotte, NC:

Central Piedmont Community College

112 Charlottetowne Ave, Hall Building, Rooms 215/216 (about 45–55 seats)

Charlotte, NC 28204

Fayetteville, NC:

Fayetteville Technical Community College

2817 Fort Bragg Road, General Classroom Building, Room 108 (66 seats)

Fayetteville, NC 28303

Jamestown, NC:

Guilford Technical Community College

601 E Main St, Medline Campus Center, Room 360 (25–30 seats)

Jamestown, NC 27282

Weldon, NC:

Halifax Community College

100 College Dr, Building 100, Room 108 (125 seats)

Weldon, NC 27890

Raleigh, NC:

Legislative Office Building

300 N Salisbury Street, Room 643

Raleigh, NC 27603–5925

Washington, NC

Beaufort County Community College, Building 9, Room #935 (Seats 59)

Washington, NC

5337 US Hwy 264 East

Below are the rules for speaking at public hearings:

  1. Speakers need to sign up on the “Speaker Sheet” in order to speak.
  2. Speakers will have up to 3 minutes for presentation to the Committee.
  3. Registration for speaking will begin at 3:00 pm at each hearing site, and will close at 6:30 pm at each hearing site.
  4. Speakers will be called according to the order of registration.
  5. If a speaker is not present when called, the speaker will be skipped at that time. Time permitting at the end of all registered speakers, those skipped will be allowed to speak.
  6. The presiding chair, at the chair’s discretion, may change these guidelines.

Here are the key points from DemocracyNC. You can read further here.

  1. A sham redistricting process — whereby Republicans in the NCGA again draw gerrymandered maps — is insulting.
  2. We will be suspicious of your maps because it is an illegal legislature, assembled under unconstitutional maps.
  3. Racial gerrymandering is white supremacy. Period.
  4. North Carolinians demand reform!

If you’d like to read further about the most recent redistricting committee hearing, you can find a post on ways that NC could be gerrymandered again from Kill the Bill here.