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Gerrymandering for Social Justice

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You’ve probably heard of “Gerrymandering”, it’s the political practice of setting district boundaries to benefit one party over another. Gerrymandering has been going on since the earliest days of America, and is named for Elbridge Gerry, the governor who signed a bill creating a misshapen Massachusetts district. Gerry was a Founding Father: signer of the Declaration of Independence, reluctant framer of the Constitution, congressman, diplomat, and the fifth vice-president.

Both Republicans and Democrats use Gerrymandering for political advantage. When Democrats go about the business of reshaping districts they do so in the name of “fairness” and “equality”, or some other social justice terminology.

Enter “All On The Line”, or AOTL. AOTL is the latest incarnation of Obama for America, Barack Obama’s community organizing group, which is the driving force behind the National Redistricting Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Their goal is to redraw key districts across America to benefit Democrats and seize control of our nation’s government.

Their chosen battleground for this effort is the court system, where they will seek to win cases to reshape districts in the name of social justice and equality, arguing that current district boundaries are racially oppressive.

And so it begins in Alabama.

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