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Mt. Carmel Peace and Justice Ministry hosts talk on gerrymandering


On Monday, March 2, the Peace and Justice Ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church welcomes Tony Crocamo from Fair Districts PA, who will speak about how gerrymandering, in Pennsylvania and across the country, has muted voters’ collective voice.

His talk, titled “The Shape of Our Democracy: Why Redistricting Reform Matters,” begins at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hall, 209 E. State St., Doylestown, across the street from the church.

Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, statewide coalition of individuals and organizations who have been working toward securing an impartial redistricting process in the state.

Thanks in part to their efforts, a statewide poll shows that 67% of registered voters support the establishment of an independent commission responsible for drawing legislative district lines to replace the current system. In the same poll, 72% of voters indicated that they believe that the system now in place allows party leaders to put party interests above voter interests.

Crocamo will outline the state of the current electoral map of Pennsylvania and how everyone can work toward a new system in which every vote counts.

As he said, “When I was 19 years old, I was a combat infantryman in South Vietnam. I saw young men die for our country.

“While I cannot tell you what each man believed he was fighting for, I can tell you that not one Vietnam casualty, or any of the war dead from WWII, Korea, Desert Storm, the ongoing War on Terror – no one has ever given his or her life to give one political party or another an unfair advantage in elections.”

The public is invited to attend the talk. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact: Barbara Ford at 215-348-2741.