Urgent: Community action needed on redistricting — event Sept. 24

Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas City Council are holding an important open meeting at City Hall this Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
 
As you may remember, Plan 3 was the best map, not only for folks living in far East Dallas, but the entire City!  Even though the Redistricting Commission submitted another Map (Plan 16) to the Mayor for Council approval, recent media attention has created a firestorm of controversy and the Mayor wants to hear what citizens in Dallas have to say about other Plans submitted to the Redistricting Commission.  
 
The Ferguson Road Initiative is still strongly SUPPORTING Plan 3 for the following reasons:
 
·         This map removes the Ferguson Road corridor from South Dallas.
·         Creates a District mainly made up of residents living along and adjacent to the Ferguson Road corridor as well as Samuel Blvd and I-30 east of Dolphin Road.
·         Gives voters in far East Dallas the ability to elect their own representative to the City Council and thereby address the pressing needs of our community!
 
TO EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED AT CITY COUNCIL FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS, PLEASE USE THE FORM BELOW AND EMAIL BEFORE 5:00 P.M., Thursday, September 22, 2011 TO THE FOLLOWING:
 
Mayor Mike Rawlings and All City Council Members by going to www.dallascityhall.com then;
 
1.    click on Government at the top of the tool bar,
2.    click on “Email Contacts” in the first section (under Mayor and City) at the end of the list of Council Members,
3.    click on the “Email the Mayor and All Council Members at one time” link
4.    Paste your remarks supporting Plan 3 in the comment area provided
 
If you are unable to email then please send a letter or fax to:
The Honorable Mayor Mike Rawlings
1500 Marilla Street, Room 5EN
Dallas, TX 75201-6093
FAX 214-670-0646
 
Note:  Letters from FRI and the Claremont Neighborhood have been mail, but we need to flood the council with emails, faxes, and letters!
 
Cut and paste the following:
Dear Mayor Mike Rawlings and Honorable Members of the Dallas City Council:
My name is: __________________________________
My Address is: ________________________________ (Street Number & Name, City & Zip)
I live in far East Dallas, a long forgotten and underserved area; I strongly support Redistricting Plan 3 for the following reasons:
 
· It meets the criteria for compactness of the Districts
· Preserves Communities of similar/like interests and needs
· Provides eight minority districts
· Provides two minority coalition Districts
· Uses highways, major streets, railroad tracks, and creeks as boundary lines for each council district.
 
We will need a good showing at City Hall this Saturday so please;
 
SAVE THIS DATE and JOIN OTHERS AT CITY HALL ON:
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 AT 3:00 P.M.
 
More information regarding speakers and car pooling will be emailed as we get more information from City Hall.
 
Please email your confirmation to: [email protected]
It is very important that FRI track and document the number of emails and letters sent to the City.  We do not trust the City to track this for us!  Please let Susan Walker know the following:
 
·         I sent an email supporting Plan 3
·         I sent an email supporting Plan 3 and will be joining others at City Hall on September 24
·         I would like to be part of the Car Pooling to City Hall on Saturday, September 24

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