June 2021 – Now that a new Mayor and new City Council members have been elected and sworn in, we have a renewed opportunity to get the map making in the hands of our friends and neighbors so that our neighborhood associations are not jigsaw puzzled apart.
The June 10th story in the new Fort Worth Report covers our efforts in the creation of an Independent Commission to draw new maps, not the city council or city manager’s office.
The first training session on the new map software for residents interested in drawing City Council district boundaries will be at
6 p.m. June 24
at Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods.
818 Missouri Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
You will be able to register for the FREE training here: Eventbrite Tickets
Where lines are drawn will determine
Fort Worth political power for next decade
by Rachel Behrndt May 26, 2021 at fortworthreport.org
Redistricting is not a spectator sport, but the outcome is much more important than most games.
The arduous process usually involves lawyers, math, geography and all the things that might make people tune out of a conversation. But for Fernando Florez, it is the difference between securing fair representation for Hispanics in Fort Worth – and maintaining the status quo. The redistricting process, which occurs every 10 years, has kept his attention since the 1990s.
“We’re a minority-majority city now,” Florez said. “We need a City Council that better reflects the population.”
Florez is a member of Citizens for Independent Redistricting Fort Worth. He said the redistricting process as it stands creates barriers to minorities securing adequate representation.
“I have seen how it is and the top priority is not about fair representation but it’s about city council members typically wanting to create districts where they can get elected,” Florez said.