For Immediate Release March 12, 2013
The Redistricting Press Conference will take place Wednesday, March 13th, as the city of Berkeley faces one of the most dramatic redistricting processes in 27 years.
This press conference marks a historical moment in UC Berkeley history. The redrawing of city districts will create a district that represents the student community and provide Berkeley students with a voice on Berkeley City Council
BERKELEY, Calif.—Students will now have a voice on local affairs with the redrawing of Berkeley City Council districts to create a district that better represents the student community.
With a population of 27,000 undergraduate students alone, UC Berkeley represents more than one quarter of the city’s population. Despite this large community, students’ voices have been silenced by blatant gerrymandering through districts intentionally designed to split up students.
Now that Measure R has reformed our redistricting rules, we can solve this problem. In order to provide students a voice City affairs, the ASUC’s Office of External Affairs is proposing a map that will undo the current gerrymandering and draw a student district for Berkeley City Council.
The Redistricting Press Conference will take place on the steps of City Hall, MLK Civic Center, 2180 Milvia St on Wednesday, March 13 at 9:30 am.
The map we will submit has been endorsed by the ASUC and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. Our new map will keep neighborhoods together in one district and will represent each neighborhood’s voice more fairly on Berkeley City Council.
Speakers at the press conference will include Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, ASUC-EAVP Shahryar Abbasi, ASUC President Connor Landgraf and ASUC-EAVP Candidate Safeena Mecklai.
More information at www.facebook.com/BerkeleyStudentDistrict
The ASUC External Affairs Vice President’s office works as the official branch of UC Berkeley’s student government to advocate for students on the local, state, and national levels.