Unity Maps for NYC

By Newsday Staff

Newsday

Jan. 24, 2012

LatinoJustice PRLDEF proposed the "Unity Map," a joint effort with The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Institute for Latino Policy, and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. The map redraws district lines to take into account New York City's Asian-American, Latino, and black populations.

According to the map's sponsors, by preserving both traditional and emerging neighborhoods within congressional districts, all three communities of color achieve fair representation.

The Unity Map unites splintered Asian-American communities in Eastern Queens with all of Flushing and Bayside within one congressional district.

The Asian-American communities of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst are kept within one congressional district, as are the communities of Manhattan's Chinatown and Brooklyn's Sunset Park.

For New York City's 2.3 million Latinos, the Unity Map achieves three Latino majority districts compared to the current one, while preserving the existing two congressional districts for the city's 2.2 million black residents

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