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2014 Election News: Proposal 1 – What Does It All Mean?

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Heading into the election, Black Westchester will post valuable information that we feel you should know about. On November 4th, voters will go to the polls to vote for races including the Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, State Senate and State Assembly. What voters need to know is they will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment that will change the way legislative districts are drawn, Proposal 1 on the back of the ballot.

“This proposal is a fatally flawed plan that will lock in partisan control of redistricting into the state constitution.” H.“Scottie” Gourdine-Coads, Chair Civic Engagement NAACP NYS & Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President said in a statement. “Its commission will be made up of members chosen by party leaders to protect their own interests, not the interests of the community. This means that minority communities in places like Hempstead and Central Islip and other communities throughout the State of New York will continue to be divided to lessen their power. It also means that the current status quo in Albany will be a fixture for the next 50+ years!”

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“If you want to see the minimum wage increased, the DREAM ACT passed and more funding for our public schools, not charter schools, then we need to change the way Albany is run. The way to do that is to change the way elected officials get elected. We need a real reform plan that does not consider districts drawn to favor incumbents and prevent challenges. All Prop 1 does is require that the already broken system will continue for years and decades to come. We can’t stand for that!” Dukes & Gourdine-Coad continued in the statement.

Gerrymandering has blocked progress on our issues in New York for decades, it has given us a dysfunctional Congress and helped the radical rightward tilt in state houses across the country. Progressives should vigorously oppose Prop 1. 

If you want to see the minimum wage increased, the DREAM ACT passed and more funding for our public schools, not charter schools, then we need to change the way Albany is run go to the polls on Tuesday, November 4th, the NAACP NYS conference strongly urges voters across the state to reject this amendment and vote no on Proposal 1 on November 4th “flip your ballot over and VOTE NO on Prop 1!”

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