Onondaga Historical Association, OHA_B2_287
Carlos Lavezzari's "Testimony Submitted to the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment," Syracuse, New York, June 7, 1991.
When and in what city was this testimony given?
Why does ANCLA welcome the opportunity to give input to the commission?
What kind of growth has there been in the Latino population of Syracuse since 1980?
What ethnic Latino groups live in Syracuse?
What is ANCLA recommending?
Research the history of racial redistricting using the Resources listed below. Stage a debate between students representing both points of view regarding this policy.
Locate a map of the congressional districts in your community. Do they reflect the ethnic or racial population distribution?
English Language Arts: The Historical Challenge recommended above will give students experience with public speaking.
Math: Using the information the document gives regarding the latest census and the percentage of growth, figure out the numbers of Latinos living in Onondaga County, and also in Syracuse, prior to 1980.
Christopher M. Burke. The Appearance of Equality: Racial Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Supreme Court. Columbus: Ohio State University, 2000.
Bernard Grofman, Lisa Handley, and Richard G. Niemi. Minority Representation and the Quest for Voting Equality. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
David M. Hudson. Along Racial Lines: Consequences of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.
Robert Richie and Steven Hill. Reflecting All of Us: The Case for Proportional Representation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.