November 15, 2021

Rally in Support of the “Unity Map” Redistricting Plan for New York City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media Advisory

November 15, 2021 

Contacts: 

Sarai Bejarano⏐Manager of Traditional & Digital Media⏐LJ⏐212.739.7581⏐sbejarano@latinojustice.org
Imani Dawson⏐Communications & Media⏐CLSJ⏐646.389.9520⏐ idawson@clsj.org
Stuart Sia ⏐Communications Director⏐ AALDEF⏐ 212.966.5932 ext. 203⏐ssia@aaldef.org

**Media Advisory for Tuesday, November 16th**

Rally in Support of the “Unity Map” Redistricting Plan for New York City
Community joins AALDEF, CLSJ, and LatinoJustice in Support of the Unity Map Coalition Redistricting Plan

New York, NY The UNITY MAP COALITION, a coalition of the leading legal voting rights advocacy organizations representing people of color in New York City, will be standing alongside community members in support of its proposed redistricting plan for New York City on Tuesday, November 16 at 2:00 pm at the Southeast corner of Crown Street and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn (across the street from the Independent Redistricting Commission’s Brooklyn hearing site). 

In contrast to the competing and conflicting partisan maps proposed by the NYS Independent Redistricting Commission (“IRC”), the Unity Map demonstrates that fair and equitable districts for all New Yorkers are possible, ensuring that all communities, particularly those most vulnerable, have full and fair political power and representation.

The Unity Map Coalition is a consortium of preeminent voting rights organizations representing communities of color: the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY; and LatinoJustice PRLDEF.  The Coalition has once again come together to draw and advocate on behalf of a redistricting plan for New York City that recognizes and reflects the electoral strength of New York’s communities of color and ensures that the voting rights of Black, Latino, and Asian residents are protected.  

Unity Map Coalition partners will call on the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission to adopt the Unity Map, and will then testify in support of their redistricting plan during the IRC’s Kings County hearing.

WHO: LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

WHAT: Rally in support of the Unity Map Coalition redistricting plan for New York City

WHEN: Tuesday, November 16th at 2:00 pm EST

WHERE: Southeast corner of Crown Street and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11225

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About the UNITY MAP COALITION

The Coalition has been at the forefront of nonpartisan redistricting to protect communities of color for the last three decades.  During the last Redistricting cycle in 2010-11, the Coalition successfully advocated for the adoption of its historic Unity Map for the 2010 Redistricting Congressional districts in NYC, the State Senate and Assembly, and the New York City Council. This Coalition rewrote redistricting history in NYS and serves as a model for the nation of collective advocacy and power sharing by diverse racial and cultural communities within a jurisdiction.  

About AALDEF

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a New York-based national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all. AALDEF focuses on critical issues affecting Asian Americans, including immigrant rights, voting rights and democracy, economic justice for workers, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence.  To learn more about AALDEF, visit www.aaldef.org.

About The Center For Law And Social Justice At Medgar Evers College
CLSJ’s mission is to address racial justice issues by providing quality legal advocacy, conducting community education campaigns, facilitating research and building organizing capacity on behalf of New Yorkers of African descent and the disenfranchised. To learn more about CLSJ, visit www.CLSJ.org.

About LatinoJustice

LatinoJustice PRLDEF works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. For nearly 50 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout the country. To learn more about LatinoJustice, visit www.LatinoJustice.org.

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