Statement regarding today's Supreme Court Rulings on 2020 Census and Gerrymandering

Press Release
July 27, 2019

Sarah Hersh, 510-550-8170/510-759-2921

California League of Conservation Voters Statement on Today's Supreme Court Rulings

Oakland, CA – The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) issued the following statement in response to today’s rulings from the Supreme Court on the census and redistricting.

The statement from CLCV Chief Executive Officer Mary Creasman follows:

“The census is a tool to determine power in the form of money and resource allocation from government, and our voice in our elections. The Trump administration’s intent with trying to force a citizenship question onto the census was to scare people into not participating. Unfortunately, their work to spread fear and misinformation has largely been accomplished.

Today’s ruling to exclude the census question was only a momentary victory. This is not over; it’s delayed. And the Supreme Court has signed on to supporting gerrymandering, another tool to eliminate political power and voices from Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Both the census and decisions regarding redistricting will have very real impacts in the fight against climate change. Decades of research show that Black, Indigenous, and people of color disproportionately support environmental action and leadership. These are also the people and communities most affected by the impacts of climate change.

We won’t be able to take the bold action needed on climate change unless everyone has a voice. Make no mistake, this power grab by the Trump administration is about controlling the future.”

The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. See more press releases.

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