DETROIT, Oct. 13, 2021 —  State Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) gathered with members of the Detroit Caucus, labor leaders and faith leaders to speak as one voice against the current redistricting draft maps put forth by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC). The maps carve up the state’s largest city, and between the Michigan House and Senate districts, the new maps would go from 17 majority-minority districts to zero.

“I have immense pride living and representing Detroit in our state Capitol,” Johnson said. “The current redistricting maps would take Black and brown people out of the equation. For too long in our history, African-Americans have been shut out of politics. We can not allow this to happen again. While I understand the commission is trying to end gerrymandering, we must hold them accountable to ensure Black Detroiters still have a voice in the Legislature.”

Johnson urges Detroiters to look at the draft maps and attend the ICRC public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the TCF Center, 1 Washington Blvd. and again from 5-8 p.m. to voice their opinions.