Week of Action: Leading Redistricting Lawsuit Plaintiffs To Join National Bus Tour and Make Stops In Tampa Bay and Southern Florida As Statewide
‘We Draw The Lines’ Tour Continues
Florida – Throughout the week of September 12th, the leading plaintiffs in the current redistricting lawsuit fighting back against Gov. DeSantis’ unconstitutional maps are joining a national bus tour, We Won’t Black Down, and making four back-to-back stops in Tampa Bay and South Florida as part of their ‘We Draw The Lines’ statewide tour. As the plaintiffs challenge Florida’s new congressional maps in court, they are on a statewide tour to educate and mobilize Black voters ahead of the November election.
This week of action includes stops in:
September 12th - Polk County
September 13th- Pinellas County
September 14th - Hillsborough County
September 15th - Miami-Dade County
At each of these voter education events, the leading plaintiffs will provide attendees in the counties listed above with a presentation that will dive into their district's history and examine the former congressional map and the map in question. Additionally, these groups will update attendees on the current legal redistricting landscape and inform everyone about the critical election law changes including vote by mail, and voter registration deadlines for the November midterms.
The ‘We Draw The Lines’ tour is focused on education and highlighting racial equity to ensure that Florida’s Black population is truly represented and that state lawmakers are responsive to the needs of their communities.
Thursday’s stop in Miami-Dade county helps kick off Hispanic Heritage month.
“The vibrant diversity of our South Florida communities has always been reflected in the competitive and tough elections our candidates for Congress had to run. Governor Ron DeSantis has taken steps to dilute the power of our votes and put our future political power at risk. By treating our Latino communities as pieces of a partisan gerrymander chess board, he has proven that he won’t stop at eliminating the voices of Black Floridians. Latino communities must unite with Black communities and demand voting rights to defend and expand democracy”, states Andrea Mercado, Executive Director of Florida Rising.
WHAT: Statewide ‘We Draw The Lines’ Campaign With Leading Redistricting Lawsuit Plaintiffs Makes Next Stops In Central West & Southern Florida
WHO: Black Voters Matter
League of Women Voters of Florida
WHEN/WHERE: All events will be held 6:30-8:00pm ET
Monday, September 12: Polk County Stop
African American Heritage Museum
585 E Summerlin Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Tuesday, September 13: Pinellas County Stop
Historic Manhattan Casino Event Hall
642 22nd Street S
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Wednesday, September 14: Hillsborough County Stop
Empire Event Space
12811 N Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Thursday, September 15: Miami-Dade County
Coven Conference Center at Florida International University
3000 NE 151st St
North Miami, FL 33181