Across the country states have been addressing their re-districting needs in recent months, redrawing voting maps that will fairly reflect new Census statistics from the 2010 Census.
The latest figures showed that the population in Texas grew by 4 million people, giving the state 4 new congressional seats. The plan drafted by the three-judge panel would give minorities the majority in three of those congressional districts.
Ninety percent of the population growth in Texas during the last 10 years has actually been growth in the minority population and of that, 65% has been Latino. It seems obvious that any decision rendered by the court would reflect these changes in population.
We need to bring full attention to the importance of this decision and how it will impact voting for the next 10 years.
We must be vigilant in guarding our voting rights. We can never condone attempts to suppress the voting power of any American citizen.
For this reason, The Hispanic Institute (THI) will be holding a rally for Fair Re-districting in the state of Texas at the United States Supreme Court this upcoming Monday, January 9, 2012. The rally is scheduled for 12:30pm in front of the United States Supreme Court.
I invite you to join us.
Gus K. West is the Board Chair and President of The Hispanic Institute (THI), and co-Chair of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP). He has been involved with governmental and political life for more than 20 years, beginning with serving the Nevada State Assembly as Assistant Sergeant At Arms, and then the City of Las Vegas as a Senior Management Analyst. Mr. West later went on to serve at the United States Department of Commerce in the Administrations of Economics and Statistics, Economic Development, and International Trade. Find out more about The Hispanic Institute (THI) at thehispanicinstitute.net.