Drawing The Lines

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“Nothing will produce Bad History more directly nor brutally, than drawing a Line.”
–Thomas Pynchon – Mason & Dixon

Right now, across the country, our two major political parties are gearing up for a once-a-decade war whose winner will control Congress for the next ten years, and possibly more… Democrats and Republicans collude to keep these skirmishes private so that they can maintain total control over the ultimate political weapon: the ability to directly determine the outcome of elections. Why bother stuffing ballots when they can just draw districts?

A new film, Gerrymandering, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process of how lines get drawn and fundamentally alter the fabric of our democracy. Here’s the trailer:

Heather and Dan from our Board managed to sneak a peek at the full film through our friends at New Roosevelt Institute last week. Stay updated on the film as it gets distributed here and check out NRI’s positions on redistricting here. Read a Q&A from the film’s Tribeca FF premiere here.