IFCL has shared information and its redistricting displays at additional events since Western Yearly Meeting.
The first was a presentation at Fairfield Friends Meeting August 27, and the second was a public forum on redistricting reform presented by The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting at Franklin College September 19.
Both events were well-attended. Although coordinators of the Franklin forum expected 75 to attend, they were thrilled when the number approached 200 and required more chairs to be set up.
The forum included speakers Paul Helmke (Professor, IU Bloomington School of Public Environmental Affairs, former Republican mayor of Fort Wayne and former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors), Luis Fuentes-Rohwer (Professor, IU Bloomington School of Law, with teaching and research interests in voting and redistricting legislation including gerrymandering cases) and Julia Vaughn (Policy Director, Common Cause Indiana).
State Senator Greg Walker R-District 41 also attended the Franklin event. Following the three presentations discussion focused on the need for redistricting and the importance of public pressure to encourage Indiana lawmakers to address redistricting legislation. Senator Walker agreed to continue to study the data and information regarding redistricting issues and to listen to those who had views about it.
Anyone interested in planning similar events for their communities should contact IFCL members who will help make connections with people who could help provide valuable information and promote group interaction about an important bipartisan topic that affects all Hoosiers.