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NAACP Gets City Council To Hold 2 Additional Hearings On Philadelphia Redistricting

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After threat of a lawsuit by the local branch of the NAACP, Philadelphia City Council has agreed to expand the number of hearings into how the city will be redistricted in accordance with the latest census.

Jerry Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, says he was dismayed to learn that there would only be one redistricting hearing — and it would be held in Council chambers (see previous story).

In a letter to City Council president Anna Verna, he urged Council to hold five hearings, in the neighborhoods that would most affected: Northeast, Northwest, South, North, and center city Philadelphia.

Mondesire had threatened a lawsuit to get more access.

“We have a way of rattling cages,” he told KYW Newsradio today.  “We were prepared to go to court if necessary, but they agreed to expand the hearings.”

The compromise, he says, is at least two more hearings.

“The first hearing will be August 16th, here at City Hall, then there will be one in Kensington and one in Northwest.”

Most of the city’s growth has been in the eastern part of the city, from South Philadelphia to the Northeast.  There have been population losses in West and Northwest Philadelphia.

New Council district lines must be redrawn by September 9th, giving each of the ten districts about 152,000 residents (see related story).

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • sammysamples

    What right do they have to bully more hearings. The only thing more hearings will accomplish is more of a waste of taxpayers money for these hearings. Redistrcting should be based on the quantity of people not their skin color.

  • Francis Graff

    Keep rattling them Jerry. I intend to do the same, if I am elected. They sneak around the halls , get behind closed doors, whisper in each others ears, and I am fed up. I battled to get on the ballott and won this week. I tried in May, however , was challenged by a person on the behest of an elected state rep. and sitting councilman. Well “I’m Back”. I personally obtained 800 signatures from voter’s all around the city. My legs and knees are feeling the pain, but not my ideals. I served Philadelphians for 30 years plowing snow and fixing potholes, and I always told it like it was. I never hid the truth from the people who paid my salary. If every person whom I did something to help their lives a little better, would vote for me, I would get more votes than the Mayor. So, if I fixed your pot hole, or got you to work on the Schuykill or I-95 during and after a blizzard, help me now to carry on for you. Frank Graff Ex PennDot Manager of Phila.

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