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Week of Action: Leading Redistricting Lawsuit Plaintiffs To Join National Bus Tour

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

Equal Ground

Florida Rising

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



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