Bethlehem, August 24, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh) and Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) will take part in a panel discussion this Friday in Bethlehem on congressional and state legislative redistricting reform.

Prior to the panel discussion, a segment of the documentary film, ‘Gerrymandering the Movie’ will be shown. The Jeff Reichert film explores the secret deals that go down to define and redefine the nation’s congressional districts.

Part of the “Fourth Friday Films” series, the event is set for this Friday, August 26 at 7:15 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center Street, Bethlehem, 18018.

The public is welcome to attend the free event.

“Gerrymandering has corrupted our political process and led to much of the polarization and gridlock that has plagued both Congress and our state legislature,” Boscola said. “I have introduced a bill (Senate Bill 484) that would ban politicians from the process and establish an 11-member independent citizens’ commission to redraw district lines.”

Parker, who introduced similar legislation (House Bill 1835) in the House of Representatives, added, “Redistricting reform is a critical issue that must be at the core of any government reform initiative. If we don’t take action soon, we can anticipate another decade of this jaded system that has already eroded public confidence in our elective and political processes.”

Joining Boscola and Parker on the panel will be: Janet Little (moderator), president of the Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters, Carol Kuniholm of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, and Barry Kauffman from Common Cause PA.

Advocates from across the state have formed a coalition called Fair Districts Pennsylvania.  The group seeks to make redistricting reform a top priority in Pennsylvania.  The advocate coalition has endorsed both Boscola and Parker’s bills.

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Public is welcome to attend this free event