Since February, Kendrick Cunningham and All on the Line, an organization founded by former Attorney General Eric Holder and former President Barack Obama, have been working to prevent the Historic Southwest Corridor community of interest from being further gerrymandered by NC Republicans. Kendrick firmly believes that taking into consideration the characteristics of 'communities of interests' should be the prioritized criteria that determines how we redistrict throughout our city, state and nation.  A community of interest is a group of people that share common interests or passions. In order to create a more representative government that works for all people, voting precincts and voting districts should be made compact using communities of interests.

Representable Map of the Historic Southwest Corridor

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The Historic Southwest Corridor is geographically referenced as communities enclosed in by I-77, Brookshire Blvd, I-85 and the Billy Graham Parkway. People in the Historic Southwest Corridor gather at Camp Greene Park, Enderly Park, Southside Park, Revolution Park, the West Blvd Library, the YMCA on West Blvd, the Arbor Glen Rec, the Shops on the 1500 block of West Blvd, the shops on Wilkinson Blvd, the Bette Rae Thomas Rec, Seversville Park, the Wallace Pruitt Rec, and the shops at Freemorewest. These communities were built in the 50s and 60 and service black working families as a place of affordability. Many residents in this community are working family households that work in hospitality and logistics. Since 2016, much of our community has been bought and redeveloped. Many long time residents are being displaced, facing homelessness, and are housing insecure.

As you can see in the representable map above, this corridor is currently diluted by being split into four house districts. This makes it hard for residents in a historically disenfranchised community to collectively come together or collectively gather responsive elected officials that will focus on transforming their community. Any further electoral splits in this community will exacerbate this problem and make it harder for residents to champion the community they envision. There is a likely possibility that disparities will continue to grow in this corridor from a further dilution.

Charlotte Redistricting Maps B and C Clearly Splits the Historic Southwest Corridor Community of Interest

If you pay close attention to maps B and C, they split the Historic Southwest Corridor Community of Interest by moving precincts 23, 24, and 81 into district 2. By splitting this community of interest, districts 6 and 7 will become more favorable for Republicans by 1.4%. Even the consultant providing the maps, Mac McCarley, said that map options B and C will perpetuate housing segregation patterns, split communities and would be a “bad move” for the Charlotte City Council to adopt these options. Maps B and C do not follow the importance of the first order of principles that guides 2021 Charlotte redistricting. Those maps do not follow neighborhood boundaries in the Historic Southwest corridor, nor do they follow the boundaries of areas containing residents sharing similar interests.

This makes it hard for residents in a historically disenfranchised community to collectively come together or collectively gather responsive elected officials that will focus on transforming their community. Any further electoral splits in this community will exacerbate this problem and make it harder for residents to champion the community they envision. There is a very likely possibility that disparities will continue to grow in this corridor from a further dilution. This is why Team Cunningham stands firmly against Charlotte redistricting maps B and C because they will continue to dilute the interest of this black, working family community of interest in order for Republicans to clench on to what diminishing power they have in our city.

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Map A will keep the City of Charlotte in compliance with redistricting and will not split the vote of historic, black working family communities. Map A will not maintain or increase republican advantage in districts 6 and 7. Map A will also make district 6 more favorable for Democrats.

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Map B will "maintain and increase" Republican advantage in districts 6 and 7 at the cost of splitting the vote of historic, black working family communities. Map B will perpetuate patterns of housing segregation. Map B is described as a "bad move" for the Charlotte City Council to adopt this map by the consultant providing the maps. Precincts of interests: 23, 24, 81

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Map C will "maintain" Republican interests in Districts 6 and 7 at the cost of splitting the vote of historic, black working family communities. Map C will perpetuate patterns of housing segregation. Map C is described as a "bad move" for the Charlotte City Council to adopt this map by the consultant providing the maps. Precincts of interests: 23, 24, 81

The Charlotte City Council Must Not Split the Historic Southwest Corridor Community of Interest between Two Representatives

Brookshire Blvd and Rozzells Ferry Road are physical boundaries that distinguish how residents travel between Districts 2 and 3. Residents in Precincts 23, 24 and 81 will rarely cross these physical boundaries on a day to day basis (outside of work) into District 2 because there are places we play and consume at located relatively closer to us on our side of Brookshire Blvd. We have a more relative relationship with development decisions in district 3 than those made in district 2 due to these physical boundaries.

Join the Next Step Democratic Coalition in Standing Against Splitting Historic, Black Working Family Communities

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OCTOBER 18, 2021 AT 3:00PM VIA FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE

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