Oct 142020
 

Christopher Ambrose (left), Brian Cannon (right) and Bob McGrath (below)

Christopher Ambrose, an opponent of the proposed constitutional amendment #1 on this year’s ballot, and Brian Cannon, a proponent of the amendment spoke at the October 14, 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. Both men agreed on the problem: The need to remove the legislators from the drawing of district lines while each had a different vision of how to get there.

Brian Cannon (Fair Maps VA) supports the amendment. He believes that this is a “good government” issue and agrees that it is not perfect. He believes that there is a hybrid commission of one-half legislators and one-half citizens that are evenly balanced by parties, is transparent and makes racial gerrymandering illegal. This amendment has a lot of support from independent organizations who have fought for redistricting reform around the country.

Christopher Ambrose (Fair Districts VA) opposes the amendment. From his perspective the amendment trades one type of gerrymandering for another. His ideal is to get legislators totally out of the process. His objections include that though judges pick citizens for the commission, but they are picked from a list provided by legislators. His compromise would be to have some legislators on the commission. New Jersey passed a similar amendment and results have been the incumbents there have an advantage and voter turnout is diminishing.

The two spoke at the Wednesday October 14, 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV board member and past president, Bob McGrath.

Jan 072018
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call producer Dan Gould takes a look back at three stories from our 2017 archives that are even more relevant today. Karim Ginena talks about being Muslim in Charlottesville, Brian Cannon talks about ending gerrymandering in Virginia and Nikuyah Walker gives her eye witness account of the events of August 12th and talks about her successful run for Charlottesville City Council. Ms. Walker became mayor of the City of Charlottesville on January 2, 2018.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wake-Up Call: OneVirginia2021

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Jun 252017
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Dan Gould talks with Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 and filmmaker Bill Oglesby about gerrymandering, the practice of drawing district lines to favor the election of specific politicians in Virginia and around the country. Also, GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy On Its Head a OneVirginia2021 film directed and produced by Oglesby in cooperation with Comunity Idea Stations.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.