California Black Census & Redistricting Hub
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.
Our Voice. Our Communities. Our California
The Black Hub sought to uplift the following values in the redistricting process:
BASED ON CA REDISTRICTING HUB 2021
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.
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.
REDISTRICTING HUB 2021 IN THE MEDIA
Our mighty coalition of over 30 Black-led and Black-serving grassroots organizations representing California!
bay area partners
San Diego Regional Partners
CENTRAL VALLEY REGIONAL PARTNERS
INLAND EMPIRE REGIONAL PARTNERS
San Bernardino & Riverside Counties
LOS ANGELES REGIONAL PARTNERS
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.
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.