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Congressional Redistricting

February 28, 1997


Nawal El Saadawi

renowned human rights activist, feminist, psychologist and writer.

A Federal Court this week outlawed a mostly Hispanic district in
New York City, saying the district was unconstitutional because
race and ethnicity were the dominant factors used to draw it. The
ruling by a three judge panel in Brooklyn comes in the wake of a
landmark 1994 Supreme Court decision that said minority districts
amounted to a form of "political apartheid" and violated the rights
of white voters.

African-American, Asian-American and Latino legislators — who are
already under-represented in most elected forums throughout the
United States — denounced the ruling as a blow to representative
democracy. Congress member Nydia Velazquez, whose district was the
subject of the ruling, is the 10th Congressional lawmaker to face
redistricting since 1994.

New York City.

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