California Black Census & Redistricting Hub

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The California Black Hub

The California Black Census and Redistricting Hub, known as “The Black Hub,” was an initiative that aimed to elevate Black voices and promote equity, representation, and belonging in the redistricting process. The project brought together grassroots organizations, Black demographers, researchers, and policy experts from esteemed institutions to collaborate and advocate for fairness and equity in redistricting.

What Is Redistricting?

Redistricting is the process of determining political district boundaries. The Black Hub recognized the importance of Black communities being accurately represented and fought against systemic racism in politics. We emphasized the need for community engagement and oversight to prevent gerrymandering, which often marginalized Black communities and diluted their political power.

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Our Voice. Our Communities. Our California

The Black Hub sought to uplift the following values in the redistricting process:

Values In The Redistricting Process
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Our Aim To Empower

We aimed to empower those impacted by systemic racism and prioritize the needs of all Californians affected by racial inequities. The project sought to create a redistricting map that would accurately count and represent Black residents, provide opportunities for representation by elected leaders who reflect their communities, and enable Black communities to advocate for their fair share of government resources.

Our Supporting & Technical Partners

The Black Hub formed a powerful network of partners, including academic and technical institutions such as the USC Equity Research Institute, Catalyst California (formerly Advancement Project California), UC Berkeley Othering and Belonging Institute, and UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. These partners provided research, technical expertise, legal support, and demography knowledge to develop equitable redistricting maps.The California Black Census and Redistricting Hub Project convened an unprecedented delegation of grassroots organizations united with Black demographers, researchers, and policy experts representing some of the nation’s most esteemed institutions. We are committed to collaborating with stakeholders, decision-makers and uplifting community voices to empower equity and fairness in the decennial redistricting process.

USC Equity Research Institute
USC Equity Research Institute
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UC Berkeley Othering And Belonging Institute
UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center For African American Studies
Advancement Project California
Advancement Project California
By empowering and elevating the voices of those most impacted by systemic racism, we empower and elevate the voices of those who must be a part of the solution.
- Ca Black Hub

THE BLACK HUB COALITION

The Black Hub coalition consisted of over 30 Black-led and Black-serving grassroots organizations throughout California. The coalition engaged, educated, and mobilized Black communities, addressing issues related to systemic racism in housing, education, criminal justice, immigration, and economic policies. Emerging as one of the leading voices for BIPOC communities in the redistricting process, the Hub engaging nearly 500 community leaders and residents in 51 community conversations to identify key communities of interest and submitted a 300+-page map submission to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. After leading the My Black Counts campaign during the 2020 census count, The Black Hub coalition focused on codifying the data and analysis of hard-to-count Black communities in California to ensure fair representation in the redistricting process.

The voices of Black communities must be recognized, protected, and uplifted in every phase of our democracy, including redistricting.
- Ca Black Hub

Our mighty coalition of over 30 Black-led and Black-serving grassroots organizations representing California!

Statewide partners

ACCE
Alliance Of Californians For Community Empowerment
BAJI
Black Alliance For Just Immigration
BWOPA
Black Women Organized For Political Action
AME Church
AME Church – 5th District

bay area partners

FIERCE
Building Blocks For Kids
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Oakland Rising
RYSE Center
RYSE Center
Safe Return Project
Safe Return Project
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Lift Up Contra Costa

San Diego Regional Partners

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Alliance San Diego
PANA
Partnership For Advancement Of New Americans
PILLARS
Pillars Of The Community
We embrace the opportunity to develop a process and product that unites and represents us all.
- Ca Black Hub

CENTRAL VALLEY REGIONAL PARTNERS

CBWHP
California Black Women’s Health Project
FEOCFSS
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission/ Fresno Street Saints
TCVUI
The Central Valley Urban Institute
FAFOSJ
Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
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Sacramento ACT
TCVUI
The Central Valley Urban Institute

INLAND EMPIRE REGIONAL PARTNERS

San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

BLU Edu Fou
Blu Educational Foundation
COFPE
Congregations Organized For Prophetic Engagement
Starting Over
Starting Over Inc.
TFCF
Time For Change Foundation

LOS ANGELES REGIONAL PARTNERS

BWFW
Black Women For Wellness
SNNI
Special Needs Network Inc.
LABWC
Los Angeles Black Workers Center
CC
Community Coalition
New Way Of Life
A New Way of Life
PILLARS
Pillars of the Community

Overall

Throughout their work, The Black Hub made significant strides in advocating for fair and just representation of Black voices in the redistricting process, promoting community empowerment, and raising awareness about the importance of equitable redistricting.

To read more about the work of the Black Hub, click below and enjoy our Final Report and Time Capsule.

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The California Black Census and Redistricting Hub, known as “The Black Hub,” was an initiative that aimed to elevate Black voices and promote equity, representation, and belonging in the redistricting process. Click the link below to learn more about the Redistricting Hub.