January 10, 2023

Unity Map Coalition Calls for the Rejection of the IRC Redistricting Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media Advisory

January 10, 2022 

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 January 11th**

Unity Map Coalition Calls for the Rejection of the IRC Redistricting Plans

AALDEF, CLSJ, and LatinoJustice Call on New York State Legislature to Adopt Unity Map 

NEW YORK – The UNITY MAP COALITION, a coalition of the leading legal voting rights advocacy organizations representing people of color in New York City, is set to respond to the Independent Redistricting Commissions competing plans and the New York Legislature’s vote on the same.  

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 comprehensive 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.  

In contrast to the maps proposed by the Independent Redistricting Commission, 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.

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

WHAT: Press Conference responding to the New York Legislature’s vote on the IRC’s redistricting plans

WHEN: Tuesday, January 11 at 2PM EST

WHERE: Virtual via Zoom:
https://bit.ly/3r6I0qa

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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. 

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