Former President Barack Obama has set his eyes on taking on partisan gerrymandering, announcing a new initiative on Monday that is meant to combat the issue.
According to the website, Redistricting U is a “free, in-person organizing training initiative,” which sends trainers to cities across the country to train volunteers and “give them the tools to impact the redistricting process in their state, hear from them on how to best make change in their communities, and empower them to be leaders in the movement for fair maps.”
“I’ve always believed that training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I made it a priority in my 2008 campaign and throughout our larger movement for change in the years since,” Obama said in a statement on the website.
“The movement for fair maps will determine the course of progress on every issue we care about for the next decade. And we can’t wait to begin organizing when the redistricting process starts in 2021. We need to build this movement from the ground up – right now.”
The initiative is part of the All On The Line campaign, which touts itself as being on a mission to end gerrymandering.
According to The Hill, the initiative began after Organizing for Action, which is a group formed by former Obama aides collaborated with the National Redistricting Action Fund, which was founded by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder.