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April 22, 2021

Take Action Philly Event on Redistricting and Gerrymandering Will Discuss How Citizens Can Impact the Process

The May 4 virtual forum will feature experts from local public interest legal organizations, Villanova, the University of Pennsylvania and the NAACP.

2021 is critical for our political future: state and federal legislative districts will be redrawn, and the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a harmful constitutional amendment that would give legislators, for the first time, power to draw districts for electing state appellate court judges.

This free virtual event is open to the public and will focus on how redistricting works in Pennsylvania; how redistricting can result in political and prison gerrymandering, and the potential impact of House Bill 38, the proposed constitutional amendment that would create representative districts for Pennsylvania appellate court judges.

Speakers will also discuss what citizens can do to ensure that district lines are drawn fairly and in a way that allows us to elect members of Congress and a state legislature who respond to voters.

WHAT: Take Action Philly Presents: Redistricting and Gerrymandering: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

WHEN: Tuesday, May 4, 4-5:30 p.m. (ET)


  • Welcome: Wesley Payne, Esq., Chancellor-Elect, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Moderator: Khalif Ali, Executive Director, Common Cause Pennsylvania
  • Speakers:
    Benjamin D. Geffen, Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Center
    Deborah R. Gross, President and CEO, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
    Rory Kramer, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Criminology, Villanova University
    Seth Kreimer, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    Cara McClellan, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

WHERE: Zoom session – attendees and media must register in advance. Registration will close 60 minutes prior to the start of the event and only registered attendees will receive the webinar ID and password immediately after registration closes.


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