More From Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez’s remarks on Legislative Redistricting

Posted on April 17, 2010 by

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In support of our continuing efforts in support of reforming the redistricting process, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action will be posting on its website, http://phillyada.org, video from its winter forum addressing the issue of legislative redistricting. The first video consists of remarks given by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.

Addressing Philadelphia’s Councilmanic districts, Councilwoman Quiñones-Sánchez stated that she believes the past redistricting process was “about disenfranchising communities and neighborhoods – Frankford, Oxford Circle, Rhawnhurst – all of those communities of interest are disenfranchised in this process.”

Addressing Philadelphia’s Councilmanic redistricting that will occur in 2011, Councilwoman Quiñones-Sánchez states in the video, “I think we have a wonderful opportunity to re-engage the civic community in this process.” She continued by stating “I believe where we can have major impact with very little effort is at the city level.”

Councilwoman Quiñones-Sánchez also called attention to the redistricting of Philadelphia’s ward system. Emphasizing the need to redraw Philadelphia’s ward maps, she stated, “Philadelphia has not restructured its ward and division process since 1965. We have wards that only have 10 divisions and we have wards that have 50.”

The video was made on January 29, 2009 at a community forum hosted by the Philly ADA addressing the subject of legislative redistricting. Rep. Babette Josephs, Rep. Josh Shapiro, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and WHYY’s Chris Satullo served on the forum’s panel.

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