Hispanic activists, groups flex political muscle this redistricting seasonPhoto courtesy of GALEO
A coalition of civil rights groups joined the redistricting fray last week with its own proposed set of political maps.
The Unity maps were done to give lawmakers an example of new district maps that reflect the state’s growing racial diversity. The maps were created by the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund.
The maps, the coalition said, would give voters of color a chance to elect candidates of their choice “without partisan or racial gerrymandering,” which occurs when electoral districts are drawn to prevent racial minorities from electing their preferred candidate. Built into the coalition’s maps was a majority Latino/Hispanic district created in northern DeKalb County and western Gwinnett County.