02/16/2017

PennFuture Announces Endorsement Of Fair Districts PA

HARRISBURG, PA. – Today, PennFuture announced that it is endorsing the mission of Fair Districts PA.  Fair Districts PA seeks to reform the ways that legislative districts are drawn.  The members of Fair Districts PA believe Pennsylvania needs to reform its redistricting rules and make the process of drawing districts impartial, transparent and accountable - promoting competitive elections and partisan fairness so our government truly is of, by and for the people.

Founded in 1998, PennFuture is a statewide environmental advocacy organization leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. PennFuture is protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.  Since its founding, PennFuture has achieved significant legal and policy victories that reduce pollution and protect the environment. The organization has provided millions of dollars in pro bono legal services, setting critical precedents and enforcing environmental laws across the commonwealth.  

President & CEO Larry Schweiger said: "We believe that redistricting reform is an essential element of our mission to protect the environment of Pennsylvania.  Under the current system, legislative districts are drawn in ways that divide communities and make our legislators less accountable to the public.  Too often, politicians choose their voters rather than voters choosing their legislators."

Carol Kuniholm, Director of Fair Districts PA, said:  "We are delighted to welcome PennFuture as one of the many groups and organizations endorsing Fair Districts PA. They have done great work protecting the environment of our state.  With PennFuture's help, we will get the word out to the environmental community that ending gerrymandering is vital to their cause."

About Fair Districts PA
Founded as a project of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Common Cause PA and other good government groups from across the state, Fair Districts PA is a coalition of citizens and organizations dedicated to reforming the process of drawing state House, state Senate and Congressional districts in Pennsylvania.  These efforts include drafting and supporting legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ensure fairly drawn legislative districts.

CONTACTS

Fair Districts PA                    PennFuture
Carol Kuniholm                     Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications
info@fairdistrictspa.com        rex@pennfuture.org
717-234-1576                        412-456-2372
www.FairDistrictsPA.com       www.pennfuture.org