Independent Citizen's Commission for Redistricting Is the Answer

RECEIVED Wed., Aug. 13, 2003

I was at the rally at the Capitol last Saturday, getting signatures on a petition showing grassroots support for an independent citizen's commission for redistricting. We got hundreds of signatures and tons of enthusiastic response! Why does The Austin Chronicle continue to ignore this very newsworthy grassroots solution by the people? Your paper claims to be an alternative paper. If this were true then you would stand up for the people, not just political parties. The major papers in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, San Angelo, Waco, and Victoria, among others, have all reported that support of a citizen's commission is a viable and realistic solution to our redistricting problem. This is a solution that people of all political stripes are endorsing. It crosses the two-party divide and is endorsed by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and Campaigns for People. I work with Independent Texans, an affiliation of independent voters who are working on nonpartisan solutions to politics and putting the people back into the process. We have an online petition that people all across Texas are signing. This is a major grassroots alternative that is growing in strength and numbers. If you want more information go to
Misty Lizarraga
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