When partisan dominance can defy the popular vote and lock down years of control, it's clear this is no longer just a problem for progressives -- it's a problem for our democracy as a whole. How do progressives begin to turn the tables in this climate?
Texas Republicans had a strategy to circumvent the Obama Department of Justice to implement their partisan gerrymanders for Congress and the state legislature. They had a strategy that turns out to have backfired badly.
At the tail end of two weeks of travel, I'm a little too tired to put together coherent thoughts about the trip and the state of things, so I've pasted below some videos I shot along the way with my phone.
Part of the allure of making this film was the possibility of traveling the country, meeting different folks, investigating different situations. The film may be called Gerrymandering, but our real subject was America.
As the Census Bureau prepares to report the reapportionment count, a new challenge awaits the Latino community: redistricting. Redistricting is the redistribution of power, and power is not given away, it is taken
This is really the moment to be actively involved in redistricting reform. There are battle lines being drawn that will determine what our legislative bodies look like over the course of the next decade.
In the few months since Gerrymandering premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Jeff Reichert Gerrymandering" has rocketed to the top of my most frequently Googled phrases. Like all filmmakers I am a nervous parent.