North Carolina's redistricting process is underway, and the stakes are high! Your input is urgently needed; join our partners at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in learning more about this process and how you can participate:
- The #MapOurFuture Tour brings North Carolina redistricting experts to your county for in-person and virtual events. Together, we'll talk about the issues that matter most to you, the resources you need, and help shape a collective vision for fair districts that serve your community.
- “Testimony Tuesdays” takes place every Tuesday on Facebook Live, offering pointers for how to provide testimony / public input, which helps to both promote a fair and just process and serves to build a record for future advocacy and litigation. Sign up here!
Please see our Voting Rights Activism Guide for concise, up-to-date information about how to get involved and what to do, and visit our list of trusted resources for ongoing learning and engagement.
Voting Rights are more important than ever in 2021, as the year brings both opportunities and threats. CJJ is working across the state to take on these challenges, partnering with voting rights organizations such as Democracy North Carolina, You Can Vote, Common Cause, All On The Line NC, Reclaim Our Vote, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and the League of Women Voters. Our goal is to engage CJJ members and create a community of CJJ activists working on the most important voting rights initiatives of our lifetime.
Our current work focuses on:
Redistricting: CJJ is helping to set the stage for redistricting reform in the future and, for this year, working to create the fairest maps possible. Ultimately, a key goal is to determine who is best to draw districts.
Access to the ballot: CJJ supports voting rights legislation and opposes legislation and policy that suppress voting. We also advocate for increased participation of disenfranchised and under-represented North Carolinians in elections.
Civic engagement: CJJ Voting Rights’ efforts aim also at demystifying our government, supporting CJJ members and the broader community to increase their advocacy skills, take effective action, and mobilize citizens to vote.
To join your local chapter's voting rights working group, please sign up below or contact our local team leaders directly:
- Ron Katz, CJJ-West Voting Rights Team Leader (also available by phone: 828-768-4559)
- Marilyn Hartman, CJJ-Durham/Orange County Voting Rights Team Leader
- Cole Parke, CJJ-Wake County Voting Rights Team Leader
- Linda Levy, CJJ-Charlotte Voting Rights Team Leader
- If you live outside of one of our established chapters, please contact Debbie Goldstein!
And for the next time you get to cast your ballot, Rabbi Laura Novak Winer created a prayer for voting:
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, shemeyzpeh me’itanu l’asok b’avodat exrachut ha-medina
Blessed are we who engage as citizens, upholding our values of freedom and justice and exercising our power to choose our leaders.