Action Alert: Comment on California Redistricting Maps

Thank you to EPIC for the following information

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Comments Needed On Draft Redistricting Maps: Good But Could Be Better!

California is redrawing its federal and state legislative maps (including losing one congressional seat!). That means that your legislative district might change. The Citizen Redistricting Commission has released its first draft maps. And here’s the good news: they are largely what we have asked for! The draft maps draw together the North Coast from Marin through Del Norte and help preserve our voting power. The draft maps aren’t perfect though. The Karuk Tribe wants the Commission to recognize its ancestral territory and preserve it within the North Coast as well. Please email the Redistricting Commission and let them know you support keeping Karuk ancestral territory in the same district.

While environmental and climate justice advocates have been building a policy agenda for years, we currently do not have the political power in California to act on these solutions at the rate and scale required. The 2021 redistricting process is a unique moment to make key structural change: not only for the next legislative session, but for this final decade leading to the 2030 climate deadline.

While the maps are good, there is still room for improvement. The Karuk Tribe has requested that the Redistricting Commission preserve their ancestral territory within the North Coast district. You can read their letter to the Commission here. The Karuk Tribe, who are leaders in the movement to protect the Klamath and restore its historic fisheries, recognize that their attention is drawn to the West, as they work to restore the river. We want to amplify their concern and let the Commission know that they should be down together towards the mouth of the Klamath to the maximum extent possible. This should be an easy fix, as the low population density means that it could be added without much difficulty, but to raise this to the attention of the Commission will require a loud voice.

Please use the template below or visit this page to draft your message to the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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Email Template:

To: derric.taylor@crc.ca.gov, pedro.toledo@crc.ca.gov, VotersFirstAct@crc.ca.gov

Dear Commissioners,

As someone who cares deeply about the North Coast, I thank you for preserving it in the recent draft maps. As climate change impacts the wild and rural Northern California coast, it is important to recognize the interconnectedness of communities along the coast and protect their voting power by preserving the North Coast as a community of interest through redistricting.

While I support the draft maps, I have one request: the Karuk Tribe has requested to be drawn in towards the coast. The Karuk Tribe lives along the Klamath River, with their ancestral stretching from western Siskiyou County through northeastern Humboldt county. The Tribe has been active in attempting to fix the social and environmental damage done to the Klamath River and that work has drawn their attention west.

I ask that you preserve the Karuk’s ancestral territory as a whole in the unified North Coast legislative districts. The low-population of western Siskiyou County means that this change does not require significant alteration to what is an otherwise workable map for the North Coast. If it is not possible to draw the whole ancestral territory west into the North Coast, the Karuk Tribe requests that as much of their ancestral territory be drawn into the North Coast legislative district.

Thank you,

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