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Line In The Street: A film about gerrymandering (Snow Date)
December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
“Line in the Street,” a documentary film about gerrymandering, focuses on the ongoing political and legal battles in Pennsylvania, one of the most heavily gerrymandered states in the country.
“Line in the Street” follows the two-pronged fight against gerrymandering: redress through the courts and reform through the state legislature.
The legal challenge, brought by the League of Women Voters PA and 18 Pennsylvania voters, made the argument of challenging gerrymandered maps on state constitutional grounds. This landmark case reversed gerrymandered congressional maps on the general principles of the state constitution.
The activists in the reform movement proposed a non-partisan citizens’ commission as a solution to partisan gerrymandering of congressional and state house voting districts. The film follows the conflict between the citizen groups calling for legislative reform and entrenched politicians defending the indefensible.
Yet, despite legislators’ refusal to move bills out of committee or even to meet with activists, something new is in the air: Citizen awareness has caught on and citizen activism is growing at an unprecedented rate in the Keystone State.
What happened in Pennsylvania could happen anywhere. And that could shift the power balance on a national level.