The Baltimore County Coalition for Fair Maps

Fight for Fair Maps in Baltimore County

We deserve fair maps that protect the freedom of voters to choose their representatives–not the other way around!

Baltimore County is now 30% Black and 47% non-white, but to protect their own re-elections, the council is proposing that 6 of 7 districts remain dominated by white majorities & pluralities for the next 10 years (see the Council map here). That’s a violation of the Voting Rights Act, according to the ACLU of Maryland and Baltimore County chapters of NAACP!

If you agree that the people of Baltimore County deserve fair maps that provide fair representation on the council, on our school boards, and on our commissions–let the Baltimore County Council know before they vote on December 20!

  1. Endorse our statement of demands, below, and share it with your networks. The bigger our coalition is, the more powerful we can be.
  2. Write to the Baltimore County Council. They need to hear that their constituents want fair maps.
  3. Share our content on social media to amplify our demands. Twitter. Facebook. Fair Maps social media assets.
  4. Recruit your friends and neighbors to endorse the coalition. Here are flyers which can be printed for distribution.
  5. Attend the youth-led Black Lives Matter rally at Patriot Plaza in Towson (401 Bosley Ave) on Saturday December 18 at 1 pm. We’ll be there speaking out for fair maps!
  6. Leave a comment on Baltimore County Council Chairman Jones’ video, “Why Baltimore Co. Council Can not create two African American Majority Districts,” which he has been using to misinform the public about the legal, moral, and practical necessity of fair maps in Baltimore County. Even a simple “I disagree and many others do too” will help neutralize the effect of this video. *Be sure NOT to use hyperlinks in your comment, otherwise it will be deleted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azRDq4FIZ7A&t=32s
  7. Sign up on Monday to speak at the conclusion of the Council meeting on any subject, including FAIR MAPS. Speaker registration is open on Monday from 11 am – 5 pm.
  8. Keep sending email, FB posts, and tweets in favor of FAIR MAPS and against the Council’s map. How about some letters about the outrageous process they call a public meeting? Send email to countycouncil@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Statement of Demands

The people of Baltimore County deserve a fair map that protects our freedom to elect representatives that truly represent us! 

As the County Council redraws the district map, we urge them to adhere to the following criteria, which have already been met by multiple maps submitted to the Council by Randallstown NAACP, ACLU of Maryland and others.

By meeting these criteria, we are confident that the Council can create a fair map for the people of Baltimore County. 

To create a fair map the County Council should:

  1. Create three districts in which racial minorities comprise the majority, in compliance with the Voting Rights Act. 
  2. Keep neighborhoods intact, as required by the County charter.
  3. Proceed with transparency, so that the public can meaningfully engage in the process. That means the Council must:
    • Create multiple maps for public comment, not just one.
    • Make the redistricting mapping tool public, not exclusive to Council or commission members.
    • Release proposed maps in computer-accessible machine-readable form, so members of the public can analyze it, not just the Council.

This statement is endorsed by:

Individuals
Anne George, Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee
Sonia Shah, Allies for Democracy
Peta Richkus, Indivisible Towson
Danny Golombek, Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club
Ryan Coleman, Randallstown NAACP
Danielle Singley, Randallstown NAACP
Cheryl Gottlieb, Together We Will–Baltimore area
Sheldon H Laskin, Baltimore County Progressive Democrats and Jews United for Justice
Rose Kinder, Towson resident
Dara Friedman-Wheeler, Allies for Democracy and Be the Change Baltimore
Colleen Ebacher, Allies for Democracy
Carla Johnson, Indivisible Towson
Silvia Golombek, Allies for Democracy
Victoria Vestrich, Indivisible Towson
Fergal Mullally, Indivisible Towson
Crosby King, Indivisible Towson
Kathleen Dott, Resident, Baltimore Co. Council District 3
Daryl Yoder, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Baltimore County
Tom Glancy, Indivisible Towson/Allies for Democracy
Donna DeLeno Neuworth
Danyell Smith, Black Women for Positive Change, Baltimore/Central Committee 
Ann-Marie McGowan
Joanne Antoine, Common Cause Maryland
Patty Mochel, Green Towson Alliance
Crystal Peters, Lutherville
Sheila Ruth, MD State Delegate 44B
Alan Eason
Jason Prenoveau, Rodgers Forge Neighbors for Equity
Elizabeth Prenoveau, Rodgers Forge Neighbors for Equity
Joe Adams, Indivisible Towson
Sharon Davlin, Indivisible Towson
Liz Scarito, Baltimore County Progressive Democrats
Marc Rubin, Baltimore County Progressive Democrats
Liz Entwisle, Allies for Democracy
Erin Goley, Rodgers Forge Neighbors for Equity
Gwendolyn Adams, Owings Mills Overlook
Alejandra Ivanovich, Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee and Amigos of Baltimore County
Bonnie Smith, Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club
Joy Brown, Indivisible Towson
Charles Sydnor
Samay Kindra
Nina McHugh, Democratic Central Committee
Susan Radke
Samantha Paschke, Pikesville
Ricarra Jones, 1199SEIU
Barbara L. Hopkins, Esq.
Beth Bone Miller, Green Towson Alliance
Elizabeth Johnson, Baltimore County resident
Ann Snoeyenbos, Green Towson Alliance
Mark Weaver, Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club
Dana Vickers Shelley, Pikesville resident
Sandy Gurchik, The Penthouse Condos
Robin Harvey, Baltimore County resident
Laurence Fogelson, Towson resident
Marie Grant, Resident, Baltimore County Council District 1
Ty Ford, Baltimore County resident
Jean Cushman, Baltimore County resident
Aletheia McCaskill, Candidate for the 44Bth District
Becky Bass, Baltimore County resident
Kelly Buchanan, Baltimore County resident
Jackie Regales, Baltimore County resident
Connie Bailey, Baltimore County Resident – Catonsville
Markell Kelly, Baltimore County resident
Ericka McDonald, League of Women Voters Baltimore County
Rovan Wernsdorfer, SURJ
Tracy Miller, Baltimore County resident, District 2
Linda Dorsey-Walker, Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee
Ron Lambert, Allies for Democracy
Benjamin Lawrence, resident, Pikesville
Melanie Gibbons, Baltimore County resident
Rebecca Scharf, Indivisible Catonsville, Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club
Margaret Henn, Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club
Lauren Jones, Baltimore County resident
Andrew Miller, Pikesville resident
Eric Ford, Hilltop Community Association
Julia Graham, Baltimore County resident
Dawna Cobb, Baltimore County resident
Nora Miller Smith, Baltimore County resident
Claude Guillemard, Timonium resident
Lauren Jones, Baltimore County resident
Andrew Miller, Pikesville resident
Terri Hill, MD State Delegate District 12
Bryen Glass, Lochearn Improvement Association
Ian Miller, Catonsville Youth Organizer
Elihu El, Baltimore County Progressive Democratic Club
Dottie Towsley, Retired Baltimore County Public School Teacher
Donald Nelson, Insure Our Future
Lisa Lubomski
John Geist
Robbie Leonard
Katie Ireland
Lynn Handy
Bronwyn Bates
Melissa Badekar
Michael Kurman
Tina Johns
Kathleen Gulbin


Organizations
ACLU of Maryland
Allies for Democracy
Amigos of Baltimore County
Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club
Common Cause Maryland
Green Towson Alliance
Indivisible Central Maryland
Indivisible Towson
League of Women Voters of Baltimore County
Lochearn Improvement Association
Our Revolution Baltimore City/County
Randallstown NAACP
SEIU 1199 – United Healthcare Workers East
Showing Up for Racial Justice–Baltimore County
Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club
Together We Will, Baltimore

-for the Baltimore County Coalition for Fair Maps

Press releases from the Baltimore County Coalition for Fair Maps

Background:
Why we need fair maps

Remarks by Robert Latshaw, Baltimore County Redistricting Commission, in response to criticism of district map by ACLU/NAACP. Public hearing 10/26/21

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