Can you email your HISD board member today about the redistricting plans? Ask the board to 1) provide more time before a final vote on a redistricting plan and 2) draft a plan that keeps historically underrepresented Black, Hispanic and immigrant Southwest Houston communities together?

Becca Carballo at the Houston Chronicle wrote about the redistricting plan here at​. CVPE member Maria Benzon has a great quote in the article.

Talking points (put this in your own words and no need to include all of the points). Introduce yourself and explain why representation matters.

  • We are asking that the HISD Board 1) provide more time before a final vote on a redistricting plan (delay until Feb) and 2) draft a plan that keeps Southwest Houston communities together.
  • The Southwest Houston neighborhoods of Gulfton, Sharpstown, Mid-West, Westwood, and Braeburn are home to large Asian, Black, Hispanic, and immigrant communities. These communities have been historically underrepresented and under-resourced.
  • Redistricting Plans A and D fall short of fairly representing these Southwest Houston communities, going against one of the Board’s redistricting criteria, maintaining communities of interest and neighborhoods. Under both Plans A and D, Southwest Houston - a clear community of interest - is split among District V, VI, and VII.
  • Minority voting strength is diluted by being split among three more affluent districts (V, VI, and VII).
  • Any new redistricting plan should keep historically marginalized Southwest Houston communities within a single district. Plans A and D would divide them.
  • Redistricting will affect communities’ representation for the next ten years. We urge the Board to take more time to get the map right.
  • And we urge the Board to draft a plan that would keep Southwest Houston within a single district.

Here are the board emails.​ Pick one or two to write to.​ [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

The HISD Board is also voting on the 2023 Board president on Thursday. You can watch the board meeting at



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