Wednesday, December 25, 2019

All On The Line

You've been chosen for our December focus group. As we wrap up 2019, we want to now your priorities in the fight for fair maps.

As President Obama said, we know gerrymandering is standing in the way of making progress on the issues we care about. We have a plan to end map manipulation and the grassroots power to fix it. But we need your help: we're asking key supporters for input on their priority issues.

Click this personalized link to begin your focus group survey →

Politicians in state legislatures are using the power they've gained thanks to manipulated maps to cater to special interests instead of voters -- putting everything from Medicaid to reproductive health care to gun violence prevention on the line. We'll be using these survey results to inform our 2020 programming.

Tell us what's on the line for you by taking this survey and we'll make sure you're getting updates and action alerts on the issues you care about most.


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When we launched the National Democratic Redistricting Committee with the support of President Obama in 2017, it was because American voices were being silenced by a problem that had flown under the radar for far too long: Republican gerrymandering that manipulates voting districts and creates an unfair political playing field.

President Obama and I are making this fight one of our top priorities because our democracy and the civil rights of every American are under siege. We are taking on this structural reform because it's vital to the long-term health of our democracy and can be the key that unlocks progress on so many issues we all care about.

I deeply appreciate your support of All On The Line. Today I'm asking you to join the NDRC and double down on your fight against gerrymandering.

We need your help to fully execute our multi-pronged strategy, which includes directly supporting candidates who will fight for fair maps in office, reacting to legal decisions, passing redistricting ballot initiatives, and building a nationwide grassroots movement. Will you add your name to join the NDRC today?

Since we launched in 2017, the NDRC has made an enormous impact in the battle against gerrymandering. Between 2017 and 2019, we helped win governor's races in ten states, flip eight state legislative chambers from red to blue, and break Republican supermajorities in four more. Five states have adopted reforms to make the redistricting process more fair.

We've adjusted our strategy after key judicial rulings, including Supreme Court rulings in Gill v. Whitford and Rucho v. Common Cause. And we've gotten every major Democratic presidential candidate to sign our Fair Districts Pledge.

But with one year left until 2021 redistricting, we're entering a critical phase of our work. What happens this year will determine whether all Americans have access to fair elections, or whether we get stuck with manipulated maps for another decade. And Republicans aren't sitting idly by while we fight for fairness -- Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Scott Walker, and other GOP heavyweights are doing everything they can to lock in gerrymandered majorities for the next decade.

So we need you with us, Sula. The work we're doing right now is crucial to the future of our democracy and every issue we care about.

Will you add your name to join the NDRC in our fight for fair maps and fair elections?

All On The Line is the grassroots advocacy campaign supported by the National Redistricting Action Fund.

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 I'm the States Press Secretary at AOTL. I know Katy reached out to you earlier this week about ways to get involved in the movement for fair maps. She also wrote an op-ed in the Ohio Capital Journal on gerrymandering's impact on our everyday lives.

This line perfectly illustrates what we're up against: "We are less safe because the legislature refuses to take action on a common-sense gun reform bill with popular support. And voters are unable to vote them out of office because of the way district lines were manipulated."

This is exactly what Katy was talking about when she told you that she's watched voters lose their influence over elected officials because of the rigged maps they drew in 2011.

Can we count on you to make a donation to our Grassroots Advocacy Fund? We can hold elected officials accountable, but only if we have the support and resources made possible by grassroots donations.

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When AG Holder shared Katy's op-ed on Twitter, he said that gerrymandering allows legislators to simply ignore the will of the people without any political consequence. It's time to change that.

Hey there!

As the Ohio AOTL State Director, I believe deeply in the democratic process and the power of our vote. But in the last 10 years, I've watched voters' influence over our elected officials lessen because of the rigged maps they drew in 2011.

President Obama understands this. He said that our grassroots efforts are crucial to ending gerrymandering and securing a path for progress in the next decade. That's why I -- and the other AOTL State Directors -- are reaching out. We know you need to have the lay-of-the-land in key target states so that you also understand the importance and urgency when we share opportunities to get involved!

Here are three ways you can join this fight right now:
Successfully building the All On The Line movement will mean a shift towards progress in state and national politics for the next decade. You are essential to that success.

No matter what issue brought you to the political table -- fighting for access to affordable healthcare, working to prevent gun violence, addressing climate change, or reforming the criminal justice system -- it's all on the line during this redistricting process.

President Obama believes that investing in this movement at the state level is our best chance at achieving fair maps. You can answer his call by supporting our State Plan Strategy Fund.

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Our system is broken -- here in Ohio and in states across the country. But we can fix it and put the power back into the people's hands by fighting for fair maps.

Thanks for being part of this movement!
-- Katy

Katy Shanahan
AOTL Ohio State Director

All On The Line is the grassroots advocacy campaign supported by the National Redistricting Action Fund. 


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"Building the movement for fair maps is essential to protecting and expanding progress in the next decade... Our ability to make progress will always be rooted in our commitment to organizing. As we head into the new year and the next decade, I hope you'll do your part to help strengthen the foundation for this movement."
-- President Obama

Sula, we are one year and one week out from 2021 -- the year every state in the nation starts the redistricting process.

All On The Line is in a building phase right now. We're building our network of organizers, empowering volunteers in their communities, and testing out advocacy tools.

It's critical that we hit our end-of-year fundraising goal to ensure we have the budget to strengthen these efforts in 2020. Will you make a donation before we close the books on 2019?

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As President Obama said, building this movement is essential if we want to make progress during the next decade. Without a strong organizing structure in place ahead of 2021, we could end up in the same place we did after 2011 -- facing obstruction from politicians elected in gerrymandered districts.

We set an end-of-year fundraising goal of $100,000. Here is a personalized link to direct your donation to that goal:

Thanks for your support,
-- All On The Line

All On The Line is the grassroots advocacy campaign supported by the National Redistricting Action Fund. 


Villa-Lobos Recital at Americas Society
Emmanuele Baldini (violin) and Pablo Rossi (piano)
Presented by the Consulate General of Brazil, Americas Society and Naxos Records 

Friday, January 10,  7:30 pm
Pre-C0ncert Talk @ 7:00 pm)
Americas Society (
680 Park Avenue)
Free Event  - RSVP 

Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin  by Heitor Villa-Lobos
(1887-1959),  featuring Italian 
violinist Emmanuele Baldini and Brazilian
pianist Pablo Rossi. Pre-concert talk with Villa-Lobos biographer, Rodrigo Alzuguir.


 Sonata Fantasy No. 1 'Désespérance' (1913)

Sonata No. 3 (1920)

I. Adagio non troppo
II. Allegro vivace scherzando
III. Molto animato and finale

Sonata Fantasy No. 2 (1914)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro finale

Born in Trieste, Italy, Emmanuele Baldini was awarded several prizes from international competitions. He was concertmaster of the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, and the Orchestra del Teatro “Guiseppe Verdi” di Trieste. Since 2005, he has been concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP), Brazil, where he lives. Baldini´s conducting highlights include concerts at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and  Teatro del Sodre in Montevideo.

Brazilian pianist Pablo Rossi won the first Nelson Freire National Competition for New Brazilian Talents in 2003. He has won more than ten competitions and given more than eighty recitals, as a member of the Keyboard Charitable Trust. He has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Kremlin, the Chamber Orchestra of Auvergne, the Symphony Orchestra of Kirov and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP), among others. Recently, Pablo has played at Carnegie Hall in New York, St. Maria Perivale in London and Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro. 
Rodrigo Alzuguir is a Brazilian musician, writer, researcher and published author. In 2014, his biography about the composer Wilson Baptista, one of the samba pioneers, was awarded the Jabuti Prize, the most prestigious prize in Brazilian literature. He is currently working on a biography about Heitor Villa-Lobos that will be published in 2020.
Copyright © 2016, Consulate General of Brazil in New York       

Gratitude support former President Obama


I can't thank you enough for your support of All On The Line. You are one of the millions of Americans who are sick of the gridlock and destructive policies caused by gerrymandering.

With the support of President Obama and Attorney General Holder, All On The Line is building a grassroots movement that will work in specific states to achieve fair maps. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee complements this work by taking on the electoral, legal, and reform pieces of a national strategy to end gerrymandering.

Our work at the NDRC includes:
  • Electing Democrats who will be at the table during redistricting,
  • Defeating map-manipulating Republicans,
  • Reacting to gerrymandering court decisions,
  • And supporting ballot initiatives that reform the redistricting process.
The NDRC's work is an essential component of a comprehensive national strategy to ensure fair maps. And that's why I'm asking you to support us today. Will you chip in?
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Since its launch, the NDRC has been instrumental in breaking loose Republican control of the redistricting process in Wisconsin, Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, and more -- but we still have a long way to go. 2020 could be an extraordinary year for us, but we'll have to defeat entrenched Republican opposition. They've seen our successes and are digging in to keep their manipulated maps. In the past few months:
  • Well-funded groups like the Republican State Leadership Committee, Scott Walker's National Republican Redistricting Trust, and the American Legislative Exchange Council have taken steps to keep the maps manipulated,
  • Republican politicians in Michigan, New Hampshire, and North Carolina have attempted to block progress on fair maps,
  • Scott Walker (who the NDRC helped defeat in 2018) has undertaken a media campaign against the NDRC and A.G. Holder,
  • And Republicans from the White House down have attempted to use demographic data inappropriately to rig the maps in 2021.
It's a lot to be up against, Sula. But we've shown what we can do with a committed grassroots team. And with your help, we'll make 2020 our best year yet and help end Republican gerrymandering once and for all.

Will you pitch in to help us do it?

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