LatinoLines, a new coalition of Philadelphia's Latino leaders and activists, is champing at the bit to fix what it calls the "illegal" gerrymandering of the city's 7th Council District.
"It's election season and we want to let everyone know who's running that the Latino growth in this city is serious," said the group's leader, former Councilman at large Angel Ortiz. "We're not going anywhere and we're going to keep on growing." He said that the coalition will propose a new Council district, as well as two state House districts to the respective legislative bodies. The Latino populations have grown in the areas, according to the 2010 census figures.
Ortiz was accompanied by other members, including Nilda Ruiz, president of Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha, and Patricia DeCarlo, executive director of the Norris Square Civic Association.
Gerrymandering is the drawing of district lines to gain or retain an electoral advantage.