Latinx & Black Leaders Advocate for “Fair Maps for Latinxs in Milwaukee” At Common Council Committee Public Hearing

A Virtual Press Conference Will Follow the Judiciary and Legislation Committee Meeting on Monday, 1/10 at 3:00 p.m. CST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/10/22

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WHAT: The City of Milwaukee Judiciary and Legislation Committee public hearing on redistricting is being held this afternoon in response to community pressure that secured a mayoral veto and a unanimous Common Council vote to uphold the Mayor’s veto on previously proposed aldermanic maps. This hearing is an opportunity for greater community input on the proposed Common Council district maps based on the 2020 Census. Voces de la Frontera and allied organizations are advocating for fair maps that reflect the growth and movement of the Latinx community and align with voting rights principles. 

Following the hearing, Latinx and Black leaders are holding a “Fair Maps for Latinxs in Milwaukee” virtual press conference today, Monday, January 10th at 3pm. Leaders from Voces de la Frontera, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will respond to the committee’s action in the meeting and speak to the need for a third Latinx majority or near majority aldermanic district.

A diverse group of community organizations have come out in support of the maps proposed by Voces de la Frontera, including LULAC, the NAACP, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA), the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS), and Wisconsin Voices.

WHEN: Monday, January 10th, at 3:00pm CST.

WHERE: The virtual press conference will take place on Zoom, register here.

The virtual press conference will also be streamed via Facebook live at facebook.com/VocesdelaFronteraWI

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera
  • Jaime Alvarado, representative from League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Clarence Nicholas, President of the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP

Background: The results of the 2020 census showed that Milwaukee’s Latinx community grew dramatically over the past ten years, representing close to 20% of the city population. Like federal and state redistricting legislation, local governments rely upon the decennial census to draw new district boundaries reflecting population movements and to create electoral  districts which allow voters belonging to racial minority groups to elect candidates of their choice and thereby have a fair and equal voice in government.  

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CONTACT: Anna Dvorak, 414-469-0118, anna@vdlf.org