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    Transparency

    Fair Count has launched two game-changing redistricting tools aimed at driving a fair, transparent redistricting process in Georgia: A public-facing online mapping program that lets anyone compare official maps, community maps, and existing maps to each other in real time, and hundreds of Community of Interest (COI) maps submitted by engaged Georgians

    Map Comparison Tool

    • Fair Count, in partnership with the Center for Urban Research at The City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate Center, spearheaded by Steven Romalewski, Director of Mapping Services, has released Redistricting & You, a publicly accessible mapping site allowing users to see, in granular detail, the proposed maps as they relate to existing maps. Use the tool now at https://georgia.redistrictingandyou.org/.

    COI Maps

    Redistricting 101

    What Is Redistricting?

    Redistricting is the process of redrawing the lines of districts that determine who represents us in government. It typically takes place after the census and affects all jurisdictions that use districts, including state legislatures, county commissions, city councils, and school boards. The lines may be redrawn to account for population shifts, but they can also be redrawn at other times for other reasons – and in a few states, for no reason at all. Redrawing the lines can have a substantial impact on how different communities are grouped together and on communities’ access to resources and services.

    In Georgia, the majority party in the General Assembly controls almost all aspects of the redistricting process. Learn more HERE.

    What Are Fair Districts?

    Fair districts are the result of a redistricting process guided by transparency, bipartisanship, and public input. Maps with fair districts reflect the will of voters, allow for competitive races, and equitably represent communities of color.

    Fair districts are also the antidote to gerrymandering.

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    Trainings

    Mapping Mondays
    Virtual – Mondays, 7pm ET
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    Write-In Wednesdays
    Virtual – Wednesdays, 7pm ET
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    Submit Written Testimony

    You can submit written testimony supporting fair districts to Georgia’s Joint House and Senate Redistricting at any time. Click HERE to add your voice.

    Need help being heard? Attend a Write-In Wednesdays training and we’ll show you how to take a stand against politicians dividing our communities. 

    Mapping Tools

    Community mapping is an important tool for defining your community before politicians get the chance. Making a map says, in no uncertain terms, that you don’t want your community divided and that your voice can be heard now and in future fights against unfair maps.

    You can get live help drawing a map at a Mapping Monday, where we’ll walk you through using mapping tool Representable to draw the lines the way they should be drawn.

    Fair Count’s preferred community mapping tool, representable is a free, open-source, and user-friendly way to map your community.

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    A free web app for creating, viewing, analyzing, and sharing redistricting maps for any state

    A free, public web tool for districting and community identification

    Data, tools, and training that can be used for community-of-interest and mapping work

    A free web app sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center

    Resources

    Take a stand for fair districts with the tools below, or attend a training like Mapping Mondays or Write-In Wednesdays to learn how you can make a difference.

    Toolkits

    Black Churches Redistricting Toolkit

    Get your faith institution involved in redistricting!

    ELECTED OFFICIALS REDISTRICTING TOOLKIT​

    Get your constituents involved in redistricting!

    Videos

    Write a Letter to the Editor

    Past Public Hearings

    Monday – August 30, 2021 *
    Georgia State Capitol (Room 406)
    206 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334

    WATCH
    * “Educational meeting”; public comment disallowed

    Wednesday – August 11, 2021 *
    Savannah Rapids Pavilion
    3300 Evans-To-Lock Rd., Martinez, GA 30907
    WATCH
    * Previously scheduled for Monday, August 30; rescheduled on August 3

    Friday – July 30, 2021
    Virtual
    WATCH

    Thursday – July 29, 2021
    Mercer School of Medicine, Auditorium
    1550 College St., Macon, GA 31207
    WATCH

    Wednesday – July 28, 2021
    Columbus State University, Cunningham Center
    3100 Gentian Blvd., Columbus, GA 31907
    WATCH

    Tuesday – July 27, 2021
    Albany State University, West Campus Theater, Building J
    2400 Gillionville Rd., Albany, GA 31707
    WATCH

    Monday – July 26, 2021
    College of Coastal Georgia, Southeast Georgia Conference Center
    3 Mariner Way, Brunswick, GA 31520
    WATCH

    Rescheduled to Monday, August 30
    Wednesday – July 7, 2021
    Savannah Rapids Pavilion
    3300 Evans-To-Lock Road, Martinez, GA 30907
    CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

    Tuesday – July 6, 2021
    Athens Technical College, Building F Auditorium
    800 US-29, Athens, GA 30601
    WATCH

    Wednesday – June 30, 2021
    Dalton State College, Gignilliat Hall, Room 144
    650 College Dr., Dalton, GA 30720
    WATCH

    Tuesday – June 29, 2021
    South Forsyth High School (cafeteria)
    585 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, GA 30041
    WATCH

    Monday – June 28, 2021
    Georgia State Capitol (Room 341)
    206 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334
    WATCH

    Tuesday – June 15, 2021
    Virtual
    WATCH

    What Is Redistricting?

    Redistricting is the process of redrawing the lines of districts that determine who represents us in government. It typically takes place after the census and affects all jurisdictions that use districts, including state legislatures, county commissions, city councils, and school boards. The lines may be redrawn to account for population shifts, but they can also be redrawn at other times for other reasons – and in a few states, for no reason at all. Redrawing the lines can have a substantial impact on how different communities are grouped together and on communities’ access to resources and services.

    In Georgia, the majority party in the General Assembly controls almost all aspects of the redistricting process. Learn more HERE.

    What Are Fair Districts?

    Fair districts are the result of a redistricting process guided by transparency, bipartisanship, and public input. Maps with fair districts reflect the will of voters, allow for competitive races, and equitably represent communities of color.

    Fair districts are also the antidote to gerrymandering.

    How Can I help?

    • Attend events held by Georgia lawmakers and make it clear we want fair districts that respect communities, equity, and the voices of voters – written testimony can be submitted HERE at any time. Events are being held in advance of a legislative special session planned for later this year, prior to the 2022 midterm elections.
    • Attend a training like Mapping Mondays or Write-In Wednesdays and contribute directly to standing against gerrymandering – redistricting tricks like stacking, packing, and cracking.
    • If you’re a faith or elected leader, download one of our toolkits for help getting your community involved in a process that will affect them for the next 10 years.

    Redistricting will change the districts that determine the resources our communities get and who represents us for the next TEN years. You CAN influence the fight for fair districts, get others involved, and tell politicians not to divide our communities for their own political gain.

    What If I have More questions?

    We hold virtual Office Hours every Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, we’re happy to send over more information, or we can schedule a one-on-one meeting! Pick an option below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can:

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    Contact the Faith Team

    We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have. Use a button below to send a message directly to a member of the Fair Count Faith Team:

    Taressa Thompson

    Faith & Technology Associate

    Shun Tucker-Allen

    Faith Coordinator

    What If We don't Need these Resources?

    If your faith institution already has church management software but you want to help, please spread the word! Additional resources are attached below. We know faith institutions play a critical role in their communities, and we’re grateful for your partnership! You can help by:

    Texting five pastors and sharing information about the F.A.I.R. Program

    Sharing our Winter Retreat video, which showcases how faith institutions can benefit from the Faith App.

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