Former President Barack Obama returns in the political arena by announcing a new initiative to fight partisan gerrymandering, although Republicans say the efforts are really about helping Democrats, Fox News informed.
The “Redistricting U” program, which is part of the “All on the Line” campaign, is aimed at recruiting and training individuals to take up the fight against drawing congressional districts base on partisan interests.
“Training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I’ve always made it a priority — from my 2008 campaign until now,” Obama tweeted Monday. “And it’s why I’m proud to announce @allontheline’s in-person training initiative, Redistricting U.”
However, republican party members accused Democrats of making it sound like they want fairness but all they really want is hope to place their party in a better position.
“If anyone tells you that @EricHolder is ‘fighting against gerrymandering’ and for ‘fair maps,’ just look at the form his organization filed with the IRS,” former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted last week. “The truth: their mission is to ‘FAVORABLY POSITION DEMOCRATS FOR THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS’.”
The program “Redistricting U” was opened in February after Obama merged his organizing for Action group with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Redistricting Action Fund.
According to “All on the Line’s” website, “Redistricting U” will be “sending dedicated trainers to cities across the country to train volunteers, give them the tools to impact the redistricting process in their state, hear from them on how to best make change in their communities, and empower them to be leaders in the movement for fair maps.”
The organization goals are aimed at impacting the redrawing of congressional districts, which will take place in 2021 following the collection of data in the 2020 census. They warn against “rigged electoral maps drawn with surgical precision by politicians to preserve their party’s political power and silence the will of the people.”