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  • Mercyhurst student wins DTL People's Choice award

    DTL Staff

    Logan Ford of Mercyhurst University

    Logan Ford of Mercyhurst University | Image Credit: Photo by Rutan Productions
  • Draw the Lines reveals, hails its statewide winners at Capitol event

    DTL Staff

    The scene in the PA. State Capitol rotunda during Draw the Lines PA's awards event for citizen mappers in September. | Image Credit: Photo by Rutan Productions
  • State Runner-Up, Youth: Jack Rosenthal, Allderdice HS

    The statewide youth runner-up in fall 2018, Jack Rosenthal, received his award from Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh. | Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
  • Commentary: Give the 'Pa. Plan' for redistricting reform a chance

    Chris Satullo

    David Thornburgh of the Committee of Seventy
  • Meet us at the Capitol this Tuesday

    DTL Staff

    Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh speaks at the Feb. 6 Draw the Lines PA awards event.
  • Act 48 training

    Teachers: Need Act 48 hours. Draw the Lines offers free one-hour trainings on our project-based civics and STEM curriculum.

  • Bell Ringer: Important issues that impact my life

    This 5 minute opening activity leads to a short discussion about how gerrymandering prevents action on issues that impact students' lives.

  • Video Analysis - 3-2-1 Notes

    This three-minute video gives students the very basics on gerrymandering.

  • PA Redistricting Reform Commission releases report

    After months of traveling the state hearing testimony from hundreds of Pennsylvanians, here's what they recommend.

  • Puzzle: Put PA Back Together

    What did PA's old congressional map look like? A wooden puzzle for students to put together brings to life the crazy shapes these districts become.

  • Opening discussion and in-class videos: Gerrymandering explained

    Grab students attention with an important question. Then introduce redistricting and gerrymandering with one of these short videos.

  • The United States Census

    The census is foundational for representative democracy. Why is it so important to be counted?

  • Make your voice heard

    Whether its on gerrymandering or another issue, this lesson teaches students how to be active citizens.

  • Video: Amanda Holt, Pennsylvania's citizen mapper

    This five-minute video demonstrates the power of one person to make a difference by drawing a map.

  • What if the gerrymander had bit James Madison?

    DTL Staff

    James Madison | Image Credit: WashingtonPost.com
  • Teacher's Tale: Jason Burke of Abington Heights H.S.

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    Jason Burke in his classroom at Abington Heights High School near Scranton.

    Jason Burke, human geography teacher at Abington Heights High School near Scranton, talks gerrymandering. | Image Credit: Linda Breitstein
  • Video: Roman Catholic High's John Corrigan share the strenghts of DTL lessons

    Teacher John Corrigan of Roman Catholic High School tells a school assembly why he brought the Draw the Lines program to the school. | Image Credit: Linda Breitstein
  • Role playing as political consultant

    Student handout that simply and graphically demonstrates what gerrymandering is and does.

  • Review the Draw the Lines competition rules

    All finished maps are eligible for the Draw the Lines mapping competition, to win the $5,000 grand prize or many smaller awards.

  • Teacher-led discussion: Why redistricting impacts your life

    First, ask students about what political issues do they care about. Then pick one, and as a class trace out why Pennsylvanians aren't getting what they want out of Harrisburg or Washington.

  • Flashes of Insight

    Which values are most important when drawing a map? This popular activity gets students to think about the motivations for why voting districts have their crazy shapes.

  • View mapping demos

    There are two ways to get oriented to the DistrictBuilder mapping tool: a written User Guide, and an instructional video.

  • Connect the Dots teaching materials

    Teacher's guide and student handout leads students through role-playing activity to teach how legislators make districts and courts can overturn them.

  • A guide to valuable resources on gerrymandering

    DTL Staff

    Students can dig deep into the implications of Gerrymandering in our curated list of some of the best online materials.

    Image Credit: Slate.com
  • What to do to get Act 48 credit

    These are the steps for Pennsylvania teachers who want to get development credit under Act 48 for Draw The Lines Pa work.

  • Exercise uses imagination to demystify gerrymandering

    Takes the intimidation factor out of gerrymandering by making it like finding dragons in clouds overhead. Materials include a teaching guide and student handout with the outline of some of Pennsylvania's most notorious gerrymanders.

  • Understanding the census exercise

    Two-part lesson guides students through the basics of a census, why it is necessary, and whether people feel comfortable participating in it. Includes video resources. Includes reflective writing and group work.

  • Option A: Finish a nearly completed starter map

    The quicker way to complete a map. Start with a nearly complete template, and as a class or individually, students can complete PA's final few districts.

  • Option B: Draw maps as individuals or small groups

    Students can start from scratch and draw an original map of PA. Mapping usually takes 3-5 hours, so give your students time.

  • Under construction: Complete DTL impact survey

    Once students have completed the unit (however far you got is fine), we ask that they complete DTL’s short survey to help us understand the impact this project is having.

  • Homework: Ask someone

    Students can strike up a dialogue with family or friends... what do they know about gerrymandering?

  • SCOTUS' call on gerrymandering does not undo or thwart progress that PA has made

    Chris Satullo

    Activists express their views outside the Supreme Court on the day of the hearing. | Image Credit: NBC News
  • What comes next after Map Day

    Chris Satullo

    How the judging of maps and awarding of prizes will unfold.

  • DTL finds a warm welcome in Northeast PA

    Chris Satullo

    Jason Burke, human geography teacher at Abington Heights High School near Scranton, talks gerrymandering. | Image Credit: Linda Breitstein
  • ICYMI: The hits just keep on coming; court tosses the Ohio congressional map

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    The Ohio State Capitol in Columbus
  • ICYMI: A huge ruling against gerrymandering in Mich.

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    The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing
  • A new contest is coming! 6 great reasons to make your own map

    Chris Satullo

    Indiana County youths start their map on District Builder | Image Credit: Susan Wheatley
  • Delone Catholic students, teachers honored for model engagement

    DTL Staff

    DTL project director Chris Satullo talks redistricting with student mappers from Delone Catholic High School. | Image Credit: Amy Worden
  • PA redistricting panel launches statewide listening tour

    Chris Satullo

    Jordi Comas speaks at Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission meeting in Williamsport, as Commission Chair David Thornburgh takes notes. | Image Credit: Don Henry
  • DTL's spring mapping competition at a glance

    Chris Satullo

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    Draw the Lines mapper experiments with redistricting
  • Philip Hensley, Honorable Mention, Adult-East

    Philip Hensley, a political consultant and lifelong resident of Delaware County, speaks about efforts to end gerrymandering, after getting his award as statewide adult champion. | Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
  • ICYMI: The big N.C. and Md. cases go back to the high court

    Chris Satullo

    Activists express their views outside the Supreme Court on the day of the hearing. | Image Credit: NBC News
  • Episode 1: Dude, Who Stole My Seat? Jason Altmire Hunts Answers

    Jason Altmire was the chief victim of the Pennsylvania’s Great Gerrymander of 2011. In this episode, he explains how he lost a seat in Congress after three terms through diabolically subtle line-drawing, aimed at setting him up to lose his own party’s primary. He also lays out vividly how gerrymandering is causing the slow death of the center in our national politics.

  • Lawmakers praise Roman Catholic High mappers for model engagement

    Chris Satullo

    Roman Catholic High student Colin Long explains how he did his award-winning map as fellow honoree Derek Nguyen looks on | Image Credit: Linda Breitstein
  • Episode 2 — For the Love of Mike: Bryan Miller Fights Back

    Gerrymanders aren’t just wacky lines on a map. By empowering ideologues and special interests, they thwart the commonsense solutions to tough issues that are favored by strong majorities of Americans. Gun violence protection is one such issue. Meet Bryan Miller, whose quest to redeem the murder of his brother Mike led him to big successes in one state capitol, but defeats and frustration in another. The difference between the two buildings, just a hundred miles apart: gerrymandering.

  • Episode 3: From Ratf***ed to Unrigged: David Daley Discovers Hope

    David Daley wrote the book on how gerrymandering undermines democracy. He gave it a profane title and a depressing epilogue tinged with despair about America’s future. He’s got a new book now. In it, he joyfully details how the final chapter of his earlier book is being proved wrong. Let Daley take you on a journey across America to meet the everyday heroes whose savvy, DIY activism is spreading the fire of reform.

  • Episode 4 — Gerrymander Never Knew What Hit It: Ben Geffen Saves America

    OK, we exaggerate somewhat. But Ben Geffen was a key player on the legal team that won the first court case that overturned for good a notorious 2011 gerrymander. Geffen’s tale takes you behind closed doors to learn how a band of determined citizens and public-interest lawyers stunned political insiders. They used a novel legal theory to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to toss out the state’s notorious, “Donald Duck kicks Goofy” congressional map. The new map put in its place then fueled the “blue wave” of the 2018 mid-terms.

  • Episode 5 - From Snowball to Avalanche: Carol Kuniholm Steps Up

    When Carol Kuniholm stood up in a Philadelphia church on frigid evening in January 2017, she didn’t feel she was about to launch a movement. She just felt deep stage fright. Then, she started talking. And, with every word she told that packed sanctuary, the gerrymander got a little less secure in his lair. If you can slay the gerrymander in one of America’s most reform-allergic states, you can do it anywhere. Kuniholm hasn’t finished the quest yet, but she’s not done trying.

  • Episode 6 — And a Child Shall Lead Them: Kyle Hynes Schools His Elders

    There's never been a competition quite like it before. When Draw the Lines PA set out to prove that regular folks could draw election maps better than the political pros, many scoffed. Other shrugged. They hadn’t met Kyle Hynes, a 15-year-old from the place known as Happy Valley, who knows more about the Voting Rights Act than plenty of congresspeople. Hynes won $5,000 for his congressional map of Pennsylvania, one of 318 entered in the biggest public mapping contest in the nation’s history. He’s a walking, talking rebuke to the notion that only expert partisans can draw election maps.

  • Media statewide take note of DTL initiative and its honored mappers

    Chris Satullo

    David Thornburgh, CEO of the Committee of Seventy, speaks at the event.

    Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh speaks at the Feb. 6 Draw the Lines PA awards event.
  • Spring entry deadline extended to May 31

    Chris Satullo

    The extra time will help high school teachers use DTL as a classroom resource.

  • We're roaming PA again, making maps and mischief

    DTL Staff

    We're holding a bunch of events to explain gerrymandering and show you our cool digital mapping tool.

    Poli Sci student Amanda Patino with her Personal PA map. | Image Credit: DTL Staff
  • Why I see gerrymandering as a sin that people of faith should oppose

    Rev. Jarrett Kerbel

    Rev. Jarrett Kerbel is rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and a member of DTL's east regional steering committee.
  • Big news from VA: Lawmakers approve independent redistricting commission

    Chris Satullo

    Brian Cannon, executive director, OneVirginia2021 | Image Credit: Community Idea Stations
  • Teacher's Tale: Thomas Baldino, Wilkes University

    Chris Satullo

    Thomas Baldino has been teaching political science and American government for four decades, including 28 years at Wilkes University.

    Image Credit: Rachel Franklin Photography
  • The Superb Six: Hail to our 3 state champion mappers and the 3 runners-up

    Chris Satullo

    State College and Drexel Hill rocked the house in Harrisburg as Draw the Lines named its 2018 champion mappers

  • The Teacher's Tale: Julia Fuhrman, Delone Catholic

    Chris Satullo

    A Catholic school teacher embraces DTL as a lesson in D.I.Y. democracy

    Julia Fuhrman teaches at Delone Catholic H.S. | Image Credit: Hanover Studio of Photography
  • Yes, it's mapping time again, Pennsylvania

    Chris Satullo

    Draw the Lines launches it's second citizen mapping competition.

  • Michael Waxenberg, Honorable Mention, Adult-East

    Michael Waxenberg (upper right) and his family with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (upper left) | Image Credit: Michael Waxenberg
  • Penn State class relied on taco power to finish its winning map

    Chris Satullo

    Professor Christopher Fowler
  • Judging the maps: How we did it

    Chris Satullo

    Justin Villere, DTL's chief of staff, hard at work evaluating maps

    Justin Villere, DTL chief of staff, hard at work evaluating maps
  • ICYMI: Maryland backs citizen mapping as U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear cases

    Don Henry

    As the Supreme Court becomes more conservative, some fear that key weapons in the fight for fairer districts could be struck down.

  • ICYMI: DTL in the news and the 'empire' strikes back

    Chris Satullo

    In several state capitols, elected officials continue to try to thwart or undo redistricting reforms that voters just approved.

    The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City | Image Credit: Associated Press
  • Team Concerned Citizens for Democracy, Concerned Citizens for Democracy, Honorable Mention, Adult-East

  • Jessica Forsell of Doylestown

    Jessica Forsell of Doylestown believes more competition in politics will lead to more responsive government and a more civil public square.

    Jessica Forsell of Doylestown
  • ICYMI: Bipartisan ire foils N.J. Dems' gerrymandering scheme

    Chris Satullo

    A grassroots uprising by both red and blue sources made Trenton power brokers back off a distinctly partisan redistricting "reform."

    The New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton
  • Maps are in; judges now begin weighing which ones are the best

    Chris Satullo

    Image Credit: DTL Staff
  • The Mapper's Tale: Eric Stahl of Washington, D.C.

    Chris Satullo

    When Eric Stahl of Washington, D.C., sat down with DistrictBuilder to create his DTL map, he already knew a bunch about redistricting. But he still faced some surprisingly hard choices as he tried to craft a map that favored the compactness goal.

    Eric Stahl
  • Rules for the PA Congressional Mapping Competition for Fall 2019

    Everything you need to know about how the DTL competition

  • ICYMI: That didn't take long; partisan squabbling over new redistricting panel begins

    Chris Satullo

    Last Wednesday, Gov. Wolf named David Thornburgh, CEO of the Committee of Seventy and leader of Draw the Lines PA, to head a new advisory panel tasked with suggesting redistricting reforms. The commission is already caught in a partisan crossfire, as Republican leaders take aim.

    Photo: David Thornburgh
    David Thornburgh | Image Credit: DTL Staff
  • The Mappers' Tale: The Waxenberg Family of Lords Valley

    Chris Satullo

    Michael Waxenberg of Pike County got really interested in gerrymandering during the Pennsylvania court case last winter. He was the head geek in his family, but when he enlisted his daughters to help do a Draw the Lines map, one of them asked the genius question that showed the Waxenbergs the path to their map.

    Michael Waxenberg (upper right) and his family with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (upper left) | Image Credit: Michael Waxenberg
  • DTL's Thornburgh to head governor's new redistricting reform panel

    Chris Satullo

    David Thornburgh will chair panel on redistricting reform.

    Photo: David Thornburgh
    David Thornburgh | Image Credit: DTL Staff
  • The Mapper's Tale: Rachel Matto of Manheim Township

    Chris Satullo

    Student mapper Rachel Matto worked hard to keep populations equal and avoid county splits on her map, but said that overall it was 'fun and simple.'

    Rachel Matto, student mapper from Lancaster County
  • Maneuvering to undo Clean Missouri reforms has begun

    Chris Satullo

    Missouri lawmakers are already making noises about trying to overturn the will of the voters who overwhelming approved the Clean Missouri reform package at the polls.

    Missouri State Sen. Dave Schatz | Image Credit: The Missouri Times
  • Photos: Saving democracy one pizza at a time

    DTL Staff

    On a miserable, rainy night, 30 people turned out at the Media-Upper Providence Library to learn how to map a new course for legislative districts.

    Image Credit: Linda Breitstein
  • The Mapper's Tale: BJ Ellis of Shillington

    Chris Satullo

    A mapper from Berks County talks about how hard he found it to do the map he wanted without splitting county lines.

    Image Credit: Kevin Patrick Robbins
  • ICYMI: SCOTUS back in the gerrymandering headlines

    Don Henry

    In Maryland an inter-party brawl is developing over the appeal, while racial concerns are at the center of the Virginia case.

  • What the mid-terms meant for reform in PA

    Chris Satullo

    An analysis of how the mid-term election results in Pennsylvania affect the quest to slay the gerrymander.

  • How to host a DTL mapping party

    Chris Satullo

    Here's how to make fixing democracy fun. Draw the Lines offers its guide to hosting a raucous mapping party at your home.

    The Put PA Back Together Challenge engrosses a participant at our State of Young Philly event. | Image Credit: Linda Breitstein
  • Dave Davies of Philadelphia

    A journalist who has spent decades trying to move democracy out of backrooms.

    Photo: Dave Davies shares his story.
    Dave Davies | Image Credit: PWPVideo
  • ICYMI - Barnstorming, quelling a 'blue wave' and Better Boundaries

    Chris Satullo

    A review of the week's news about DTL and the issue of gerrymandering.

    Creed's Seafood and Steaks in King of Prussia, which is part of the legend of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. | Image Credit: crusaderjournal.com
  • Completing your first map

    You've toured the functionality of DistrictBuilder and know what you have to do. Time to draw a map.

  • Lawrence Husick of Tredyffrin Township

    How did Lawrence Husick's Passover table combine with Ben Franklin's challenge to produce an anti-gerrymandering champion? (Video)

    Photo of Lawrence Husick at a Story Slam in Philadelphia.
    Lawyer Lawrence Husick is a public speaker for Fair Districts PA. | Image Credit: PWPVideo
  • DistrictBuilder Pro Tip Videos

    These short videos will give you a leg up on drawing your congressional map.

  • The Mapper's Tale: Douglas Campbell of Philadelphia

    Chris Satullo

    One of the first Pennsylvanians to finish a map on DistrictBuilder gives a wealth of tips on how to make the tool work for you.

    Douglas Campbell of Philadelphia
  • Lesson 1: Redistricting in the United States

    In this lesson you will: explore how shifts in population determine the way representation is apportioned and explain how voters are apportioned in voting districts.

  • Mark Schweiker of Langhorne

    Mark Schweiker, former governor of Pennsylvania and a Draw the Lines PA committee co-chair, talks about who inspired him to public service and his concerns for democracy.

    Mark Schweiker, former Pennsylvania governor.
    Mark Schweiker, former Pennsylvania governor. | Image Credit: Creative Commons
  • Lesson 2: Redistricting in Pennsylvania

    Students will learn to read and analyze a secondary source on Pennsylvania’s voting lines, think critically about motivations and incentives when legislators draw the maps, simulate the legislative and commission process and map their own.

    Photo of many PA redistricting maps
    Illustration of many redistricting maps
  • Lesson 3: How to Gerrymander a Map

    Students will be able to define “gerrymandering,” examine and analyze the impact of gerrymandering, participate in a simulation to understand how gerrymandering works and influences on politics.

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  • ICYMI: DTL barnstorming tour attracts media attention

    The Draw the Lines Team

    The week in media, with coverage of DTL's launch and updates on redistricting reform in Missouri, Michigan and Virginia.

  • ICYMI: The latest on redistricting

    Chris Satullo

    A surprising proposal in Pennsylvania, a legal setback in Missouri and a stubborn effort in Wisconsin top the list.

  • Chris Satullo of Philadelphia

    At least once before he dies, Chris Satullo would like to see democracy in his adopted state work the way his Dad taught him it was supposed to work.

    Chris Satullo is DTL's project director | Image Credit: Philadelphia Junto
  • Mariam Sayeed of Pittsburgh

    Mariam Sayeed believes voters' choices on who should represent our communities become crucial when it comes to decisions about education, health care and safety. She's begun to understand how these decisions are affected by gerrymandering.

    Mariam Sayeed
    Mariam Sayeed
  • DTL launches with statewide barnstorming tour

    Chris Satullo

    Draw the Lines PA launches this fall with a new website, a new mapping tool and a 20-plus event barnstorming tour of the state.

  • David Thornburgh of Philadelphia

    The leader of Draw the Lines traces its roots to the inspiration he finds in the Jimmy Stewart films he's loved since his youth.

  • Linda Breitstein of Bala Cynwyd

    As a child of Jewish refugees who barely escaped from World War II with their lives, Linda Breitstein grew up witnessing how precious the right to a meaningful vote could be.

  • DTL launches initiative with statewide barnstorming tour

    Chris Satullo

    The statewide civic education and engagement project launches new website and mapping tool, while announcing a 20-plus event tour of the state this fall.

  • Meet the members of the Draw the Lines PA team

    Young, old or somewhere in the middle, they're united by a passion to foster democratic engagement.

  • The national state of play on redistricting reform

    Chris Satullo

    From coast to coast, from state to state, a grassroots push for election redistricting reform is bearing fruit

  • Jill Family of Camp Hill

    A 1989 Time magazine cover depicting George Washington with a tear running down his cheek, headlined "Is Government Dead?" helped inspire Professor Jill Family to play a leading role in Draw the Lines.

    Dr. Jill Family
  • How to make a 'Slay the Gerrymander' cocktail

    Every good reform initiative deserves a signature cocktail. Meet the 'Slay the Gerrymander.'

  • DTL‘s Eastern Steering Committee

    A former governor and a Philly stalwart take the reins of a group as varied as the region it represents.

    Photo of DTL Eastern Steering Committee Co-chairs Sharmain Matlock-Turner and former PA Gov. Mark Schweiker.
    Sharmain Matlock-Turner co-chairs DTL's Eastern Steering Committee along with former PA Gov. Mark Schweiker.
  • DTL‘s Central Steering Committee

    A former state senator and a faith leader chair a group with members from Altoona, Reading and points in between.

    Photo: Mike Brubaker co-chairs Draw the Lines PA's Central Region Steering Committee along with the Rev. Sandra Strauss.
    Mike Brubaker co-chairs Draw the Lines PA's Central Region Steering Committee along with the Rev. Sandra Strauss.
  • DTL‘s Western Steering Committee

    A former judge and a former U.S. attorney lead a group full of civic and educational leaders.

    Photo: Maureen Lawly-Green co-chairs DTL's Western Steering Committee along with Frederick Thieman.
    Maureen Lawly-Green co-chairs DTL's Western Steering Committee along with Frederick Thieman.
  • DTL announces steering committee, chairs

    Chris Satullo

    Prominent Pennsylvanian, from businesses, civic organizations and education, ensure that DTL represents the whole state.

    Mark Schweiker, former Pennsylvania governor.
    Mark Schweiker, former Pennsylvania governor. | Image Credit: Creative Commons
  • Yaasiyn Muhammad of Philadelphia

    Yaasiyn Muhammad hopes that Draw the Lines PA helps create a generation of young people who are more aware of the nuances of state government and are encouraged to push for reform.

    Yaasiyn Muhammad
    Yaasiyn Muhammad
  • Salomon Moreno-Rosa of Philadelphia

    Salomon Moreno-Rosa credits his fifth-grade teacher with inspiring him to recognize the importance of public service.

    Salomon Moreno-Rosa
  • Ruling in N.C. case throws election into confusion

    Chris Satullo

    North Carolina and Pennsylvania are both up there in the listing of "America's worst gerrymanders." Now, North Carolina is following Pennsylvania's example in having its congressional map ruled illegal shortly before an election.

  • Terms of Use

    By using Draw The Lines PA, you are entering into a contract with Committee of Seventy, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, headquartered at 123 S. Broad Street. Under that contract, you must abide by the terms outlined in this document.

  • Rachel Colker of Pittsburgh

    Rachel Colker is leading Draw the Lines PA' efforts in western Pennsylvania because she recognizes gerrymandering is at the root of growing political dysfunction.

  • Kathleen Pavelko of New Cumberland

    Kathleen Pavelko joined Draw The Lines PA to be part of the effort to return fairness to a process essential to our democracy.

    Kathleen Pavelko
  • Corinna Wilson of Camp Hill

    Corinna Wilson has been working for decades, as a lawyer and a journalist, to make government more transparent, and is Draw the Lines PA's Central PA Coordinator.

    Corinna Wilson
    Corinna Wilson
  • Myra Gehret Forrest of Gilbertsville

    Dr. Myra Gehret Forrest, a former school district superintendent, believes that the practice of gerrymandering is not just unfair but 'un-American.' She's backing Draw the Lines because she believes education is the key to a solution.

  • Paula Duda Holoviak of Sugarloaf

    Paula Duda Holoviak never lost the excitement about grassroots political participation she learned from her father at a young age.

  • Justin Villere of Philadelphia

    Justin Villere is leading Draw the Lines PA to provide Pennsylvanians of all ages the tools to lead us out of the wilderness and towards a more perfect union.

  • Barbara Adams of Philadelphia

    Inspired as a child by JFK, Barbara Adams thinks gerrymandering is a fundamental structural problem in our democracy needing to be fixed.

  • Kitsy McNulty of Pittsburgh

    Kitsy McNulty is working toward reforming redistricting so that people check their partisanship at the door in favor of designing fair representation for all.

    Kitsy McNulty speaks at a DTL event at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. | Image Credit: Rachel Colker
  • Dan Mallinson of Middletown

    As a state politics scholar, Dan has an interest in helping his students understand how the ways in which district lines are drawn shape who has a voice in government, and thus power.

  • Kathleen Doherty of Mechanicsburg

    This educator believes Draw the Lines PA provides an opportunity for lifelong learning about good citizenship.

  • Bob Trumpbour of Duncansville

    Bob Trumpbour's research focuses on how big sports stadiums get built, which has him interested in the political processes involved in that - including how political lines are drawn.

  • Committee of 70 deplores Harrisburg inaction on redistricting

    Chris Satullo

    The Committee of Seventy strongly rebuked Harrisburg lawmakers for their inaction and deceptiveness about the constitutional amendment on redistricting.

  • Our partners helping Draw the Lines

    Draw the Lines PA is working with dozens of partners from the fields of education, civic engagement and human services.

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  • Validating and submitting your map

    You've completed your Draw the Lines map. Here's how to submit it to the competition to win money.

  • A Catholic school teacher embraces DTL

    Chris Satullo

    Julia Fuhrman is an 18-year veteran social studies teacher at Delone.

    Julia Fuhrman teaches at Delone Catholic H.S. | Image Credit: Hanover Studio of Photography
  • Draw the Lines Podcast

    Chris Satullo

    Students will enjoy this engaging podcast's real-world examples of how political gerrymandering hurts representative democracy.

    Chris Satullo, project director at Draw the Lines Pa., shows citizen mappers the basics of District Builder | Image Credit: B) Don Henry (copyright Field)
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  • Mission Story Slam 2: Saving Democracy

    An evening of story telling about what people do to uphold their sense of how democracy should work. Lawrence Husick won the judges' prize for best story.

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    Barney is the best beagle in the world. Also softest ears.

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    Primer Stories graphic illustrating Chris Satullo's "The Line Dance" essay about gerrymandering.

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    A blank template with prompts encouraging users to complete a Hometown Portrait for Draw the Lines PA.

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    Imagine if you sliced a pizza like Pennsylvania was redistricted.

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  • Harrisburg, we have a problem

    In this cartoon, a paint brush is being used as a broom over a map of Pennsylvania.

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  • News & Brews with WITF

    An engaged group of 50 or so central Pennsylvanians learned about gerrymandering and the Draw the Lines project in an event hosted by WITF public Media in Harrisburg.

  • The Path to Redrawing PA’s Districts

    Draw the Lines presented at Gannon University about the solution to gerrymandering and efforts to draw fair and more representative voting districts. The discussion was led by Rachel Colker, Western Regional Coordinator of DTL, and Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA.

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  • Gerrymandering 101

    Draw the Lines PA joined the Carnegie Library in leading an interactive and informational discussion of gerrymandering. We covered the history of gerrymandering, the state of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, explained the mission of Draw the Lines, and offered connections to reform efforts.

  • Draw the Lines PA Mapathon

    The DTL team joined Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to show the engaged audience how DTL works and a test drive to our free mapping tool. Join Draw the Lines to compete regionally and statewide for big prizes!

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    Chris Satullo is DTL's project director

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    Kitsy McNulty speaks at a DTL event at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

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  • Redistricting by Citizens

    Amanda Holt, the citizen mapper who challenged the 2011 PA statehouse gerrymander and won, joined with the Draw the Lines PA team to explain how citizens can make a real difference.

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  • Eat Pizza. Save Democracy.

    Wilkes students showed off their creative and puzzle-making chops at an event that helped them learn the connection between issues they care about and gerrymandering.

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  • Maps draw UPenn students on Constitution Day

    Sept. 17 was Constitution Day and Draw the Lines PA honored the nation's founding charter by joining with UPenn professor Ken Stief to talk about how gerrymandering subverts the Framers' vision. We let folks test drive our DistrictBuilder tool and get ready to draw their own maps.

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  • All for All Summit

    Draw the Lines PA joined an interactive gathering on the role of immigrants in entrepreneurship and the local economy. The panels discussed the intersection of immigrant inclusion with local politics, the arts, and more.

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  • David Thornburg and Chris Satullo

    Chris Satullo, project manager of Draw the Lines PA, and David Thornburgh, CEO of the Committee of Seventy.

  • Sharmain Matlock-Turner and PA Gov. Mark Schweiker.

    Sharmain Matlock-Turner co-chairs DTL's Eastern Steering Committee along with former PA Gov. Mark Schweiker.

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  • Mike Brubaker co-chairs Draw the Lines PA's Central Region Steering Committee along with the Rev. Sandra Strauss.

    Mike Brubaker co-chairs Draw the Lines PA's Central Region Steering Committee along with the Rev. Sandra Strauss.

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  • Maureen Lawly-Green co-chairs DTL's Western Steering Committee along with Frederick Thieman.

    Maureen Lawly-Green co-chairs DTL's Western Steering Committee along with Frederick Thieman.

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  • Data Day 2018

    Data Day was a family-friendly community fair held at the library. Draw the Lines explored the data in your everyday life, and how you can affect change through that data!

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  • Chris Satullo, Ken Stief at UPenn Mapathon

    DTL Project Director Chris Satullo and UPenn's Ken Stief discuss the importance of legislative redistricting with Penn students.

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    Activist Amanda Holt helps lead a discussion with citizens about how they can play a part in legislative redistricting.

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  • Activist Amanda Holt helps lead a discussion with citizens about how they can play a part in legislative redistricting.

    Activist Amanda Holt helps lead a discussion with citizens about how they can play a part in legislative redistricting.

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  • Bar Games for Democracy: State College

    A small but highly engaged contingent of Happy Valley residents gathered at State College's Liberty Craft House to get an in-depth lesson in how to draw election maps on DTL's District Builder tool.

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  • All for All powerpoint

    Attendees watch slides during the event.

  • All for All panel

    Panel members stressed the importance of collaboration in helping underrepresented populations and immigrants strengthen their voices in redistricting and other electoral issues.

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    Wilkes University students at Eat Pizza, Save Democracy

  • Teacher Happy Hour

    A few southeast PA teachers joined Draw the Lines PA to learn how to take part in the Mapping Competition (where mapmakers can win up to $5,000) and for a happy hour and tutorial on using the free platform and curriculum in their classroom.

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  • State of Young Philly-Slay the Gerrymander:Bar Games for Democracy

    An engaged group of young Philadelphians, including some new transplants to the city, joined Draw the Lines PA to learn about how to slay the gerrymander.

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    Illustration of many redistricting maps

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  • Kutztown University: Eat. Play. Save Democracy.

    Come for fun, food and information about how to slay the gerrymander. Play games like the Put PA Back Together Challenge (shown) that teach how bad maps happen and how to fix them. Test drive our mapping tool and get ready to compete for prizes of up to $5,000.

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  • Lunch & Learn: Draw the Lines PA | Civics Education and Digital Mapping

    Draw the lines looks forward to demonstrating our mapping platform, called DistrictBuilder, and a custom curriculum designed by PA teachers, in-line with the PA Standards Aligned System. Join us to learn how to #slaythegerrymander!

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    Lawyer Lawrence Husick is a public speaker for Fair Districts PA.

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    Lawrence Kusick speaks at Story Slam

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  • Raise a Glass and Draw the Lines Happy Hour for Democracy

    Joined by a passionate group of attendees, the Draw the Lines team was pleased to explain how current redistricting processes perpetuates gerrymandering, and how PA's citizens themselves can #slaythegerrymander. Led by Project Manager, Chris Satullo, attendees enjoyed drinks, food and interactive activities at Knob Hall Winery in Gettysburg, PA over a stimulating discussion about DTL's newly launched mapping initiative and contest. We thank everyone who attended for their engagement and willingness to try our free mapping tool, DistrictBuilder.

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    Sophie White explains her civic convictions at a story slam event in Philadelphia.

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    Sophie White talks about her civic background at a story slam in Philadelphia.

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    Davie Davies looks at Philly's Democratic Party machine to illustrates how important transparency is to a functioning democracy.

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    Creed's Seafood and Steaks in King of Prussia, which is part of the legend of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania.

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  • Slay the Gerrymander: Bar Games for Democracy

    A lively crowd gathered at the Station Tap House to be reassured that the battle to slay the gerrymander is far from over - and to get introduced to a new weapon in the fight, the DistrictBuilder digital mapping tool. And an astonishing time was turned in by a team that pulled off the Put PA Back Together challenge.

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  • Raise a Glass and Draw the Lines - Happy Hour for Democracy

    Join us in Middletown, in partnership with PSU-Harrisburg's political science department, for a Bar Games for Democracy.

  • David Thornburgh explains mapping tool.

    David Thornburgh, president and CEO of Committee of Seventy, guides users through the basics of DTL's mapping software.

  • David Thornburgh, president and CEO of Committee of Seventy, guides users through the basics of DTL's mapping software.

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    The Put PA Back Together Challenge engrosses a participant at our State of Young Philly event.

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  • Eat. Drink. Save Democracy.

    Join Draw the Lines Team, including Chris Satullo, for food, drinks, and friendly competition to #slaythegerrymander! Get ready to use the same mapping tools politicians use to draw election maps in our statewide competition. Learn how you could win up to $5,000 for drawing a map (in 3 different competition categories: High School, College, and Adult). This is a nonpartisan civic engagement effort that welcomes individuals from anywhere along the political spectrum!

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    The winning map warns of "hillbilly hordes" and "Maryland speed traps" (in an LOL kind of way.)

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    Project Leader Chris Satullo takes the DTL mapping tool out for a spin.

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    Fair District PA's Jessica Forsell, far right, proudly display some of the evening's most popular swag.

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    Amanda Holt co-hosts event.

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    At Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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  • Amanda Holt

    Amanda Holt's one-woman fight to slay the gerrymander became one of the inspirations for Draw the Lines PA.

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    At Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA.

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    At Indiana University, where Steelers clearly rule.

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  • FDPA Lobby Day, 2018.04, Capitol Harrisburg

  • Fair Districts PA Town Hall

    Before the 2019-20 legislative session, FDPA is convening a Town Hall in Harrisburg to discuss various reforms to how Pennsylvania runs its government, and how to advocate for those reforms in Harrisburg and across PA.

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    Missouri State Sen. Dave Schatz

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  • Justin Villere demonstrates

    DTL Chief of Staff Justin Villere gives a test drive of the online mapping tool.

  • Playing flashes of insight.

    So maybe it's not Cards Against Humanity, but Flashes of Insight offers a fun way to understand the competing values at play in drawing legislative districts.

  • Drawing a personal PA.

    Drawing their own Personal Pennsylvania, folks at the Media event come to understand the communities of interest that make up legislative districts.

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    Project Manager Chris Satullo seems about to get clicked by Draw the Lines' trademark yellow pointer. Satullo and his team have logged thousands of miles across the state showing Pennsylvanians how to make a difference, one map at a time. Fair District Pa.'s Harold Floyd, unthreatened by the pointer, organized the event.

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    Refreshments are definitely served at DTL events.

  • DTL offers support

    Don't know your GIS from your GPS? DTL offers as much help as required to successfully complete a map. Chief of Staff Justin Villere (center) is a one-man help desk.

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    Utah welcome sign.

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    David Thornburgh

  • Satullo, Holt, Thornburgh

    Amanda Holt served as an inspiration for the formation of Draw the Lines PA, which was started by David Thornburgh, right. Chris Satullo serves as project director.

  • Justin Villere

    DTL's Chief of Staff, Justin Villere traveled the state providing hands-on help to Pennsylvanians interested in contributing their own district maps.

  • Rachel Matto

    Rachel Matto, student mapper from Lancaster County

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  • The Waxenberg Family of Pike County

    Michael Waxenberg (upper right) and his family with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (upper left)

  • Duquesne University visit

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  • Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda

    Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

  • Draw the Lines PA Awards Ceremony

    Join Draw the Lines PA as they announce winners of the statewide district mapping content. Prizes up to $4,500 will be awarded.

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  • Mappers around the state submitted redistricting plans.

  • Women tackle connect the dots.

    The Connect the Dots game made it fun to learn about "cracking" and "packing."

  • Personal Pennsylvania

    Drawing "Personal Pennsylvanians" help mappers understand "communities of interest" and the "softer" elements of redistricting. Hundreds were submitted at events across Pennsylvania.

  • Mapping takes concentration.

  • Chief of Staff Justin Villere

    Chief of Staff Justin Villere criss-crossed the state helping people learn to use the DistrictBuilder tool.

  • Mapping and food.

    Folks rarely went hungry at DTL events during the fall competition.

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    Jessica Forsell of Doylestown

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    The Forsell children do the DTL puzzle

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    The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City

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    The DTL judges pored over a lot of spreadsheets

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    Students at Delone Catholic High School in Adams County

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    John Fournie, Delone Catholic

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    Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh speaks at the Feb. 6 Draw the Lines PA awards event.

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  • Slay the Gerrymander: Games for Democracy-Mapathon

    Go beyond just talking about election maps. Let's draw some together.

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  • The Changing City

    Come for fun games, stay to help fix democracy by starting your own map. You can enter it into our DTL competition to win up to $5,000.

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    Kyle Hynes, a sophomore at the State College Area High School, was the state youth champ.

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    The statewide youth runner-up in fall 2018, Jack Rosenthal, received his award from Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh.

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    Team Penn State accepts award as state higher ed champ from Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh (Back row, third from left).

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    Blyden Potts was statewide runner up in the adult division.

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    Philip Hensley, a political consultant and lifelong resident of Delaware County, speaks about efforts to end gerrymandering, after getting his award as statewide adult champion.

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  • Eat Pizza and Save Democracy

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    Join us for a Draw The Lines PA legislative Map-a-Thon on the IUP campus! Free lunch and help will be provided to get you started on your own congressional maps.

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    Come learn how to draw your very own congressional maps as part of the Draw The Lines PA educational and engagement initiative and contest. Cash prizes up to $5,000 for winning maps.

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    Join us for a Draw The Lines PA legislative Map-a-Thon on the IUP campus! Free lunch and help will be provided to get you started on your own congressional maps.
  • Eat Pizza, Save Democracy

    Yes, we know this is a photo of a hamburger, but pizza will be served at the Eat Pizza, Save Democracy event at Penn State Harrisburg on March 19 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The event is open only to members of the Penn State community (students, faculty and staff) and is free.

    This is a photo of a map a thon event sponsored by Draw The Lines PA with free food and games
  • Slay the Gerrymander Happy Hour

    Come learn about gerrymandering and redistricting reform with the experts! There will be light bites, bar games, and chances to win prizes!

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    Philip Hensley (center) with PA. Rep. Mike Zader (left) and Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh.

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  • Teacher's Tales

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  • The Winners

  • Slay the Gerrymander: Games for Democracy-Mapathon

    Over 20 people joined the Draw the Lines Pa team for dinner, games and discussion about how to #slaythegerrymander.

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  • Slay the Gerrymander: Games for Democracy

    Residents of Kendal Crosslands want to prove that citizens, of all ages, including senior citizens, are fully capable of drawing election maps.

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  • Draw the Lines – Student Meet-up

    Student groups join Draw the Lines to learn how to slay the gerrymander and possibly win up to $5,000.

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  • West Chester Library saw a good crowd for the Mapathon.

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    Connecting the dots at the Exton branch of the Chester County Library, with Fair Districts PA.

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    Talking to others is a key ingredient of drawing a strong redistricting map. (At West Chester County Fair District Games for Democracy/Mapathon at West Chester Library.)

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    'Playing' with the Flashes of Insights cards highlights the competing goals at play in effective redistricting.

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    Connecting the yellow and green dots illustrates "cracking and packing" -- techniques that can lead to unfair gerrymandering.

  • Rev. Jarrett Kerbel

    Rev. Jarrett Kerbel is rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and a member of DTL's east regional steering committee.

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    At Biddle's Escape in Pittsburgh, Will Anderson, small business owner, B-PEP Planning Council, PA Workforce & Development Committee and guest speaker at the event.

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    Marisa Nowicki, DTL Western PA regional winner in adult category (more about her in on the website) speaks to the crowd about her mapping journey and encouraged others to participate.

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    Ben Stern (right), Coro Fellow working with DTL, demonstrates DistrictBuilder to an interested attendee.

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    Event emcee Evelynn Hawkins, political activist and long-time local radio personality for many years on WDUQ, and now WZUM Pittsburgh Jazz.

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    Western Region Coordinator Rachel Colker.

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    DTL Chief of Staff Justin Villere with students at West Chester University.

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    West Chester University.

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    DTL's Chief of Staff Justin Villere leads a discussion with West Chester University students.

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    Students competed to see how fast they could assemble a puzzle of Pennsylvania cut into the state's heavily gerrymandered district, which was invalidated by the courts.

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    West Chester political science students debate which values should go into a redistricting map, using our "Flashes of Insight" exercise.

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    Political science students at West Chester University.

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    A 'Personal Pennsylvania.'

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    Poli Sci student Amanda Patino with her Personal PA map.

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    Students at West Chester University discuss what their priorities will be when they draw their maps.

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    DTL Chief of Staff Justin Villere meets with students at West Chester University.

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    A West Chester University student attempts to reassemble Pennsylvania from a puzzle cut into the shapes of its highly gerrymandered districts, which were invalidated.

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    West Chester political science students debate which values should go into a redistricting map, using our "Flashes of Insight" exercise.

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    Project Director Chris Satullo, left, demonstrates Pottstown residents Luke Johnson and Rose Raymond.

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    At a Mapathon at the Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, aspiring mappers try to put Pennsylvania back together again. Not an easy task when the pieces are badly gerrymandered voting districts.

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    Games for Democracy goes on the road to Pottstown.

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    PA youth trying to put Pennsylvania back together

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    Play games, learn about an important part of your democracy, and then participate yourself.

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    Team Wilkes with Rep. Pashinski, our Fall 2018 Higher Ed runner-up

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    Make a mistake or have a question?

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    Roman Catholic HS regional honoree D'kai Duncan, with Rep. Mary Isaacson and Committee of Seventy President David Thornburgh

  • Roman Catholic High School Awards Ceremony

    Draw the Lines is recognizing honors students from Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High School for the work they did drawing congressional maps in Fall 2018.

    Roman Catholic HS regional honoree D'kai Duncan, with Rep. Mary Isaacson and Committee of Seventy President David Thornburgh
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  • Bar Games for Democracy

    Join Draw The Lines PA and Fair Districts Lancaster County in slaying the gerrymander at a happy hour (free food, cash bar) at Lancaster's after work hot spot, Tellus 360. Learn about redistricting and try your hand at the Draw The Lines PA legislative mapping contest with prizes up to $5,000.

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  • Slay The Gerrymander Event

    Join Draw The Lines PA, the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library and the Hamlin Public Library for a free event with food on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about redistricting, how to draw your own legislative maps, and enter the contest with prizes of up to $5,000.

    McKean County residents try to put PA back together at a Draw the Lines PA event at Port Freeze restaurant in Port Allegany. | Image Credit: Chris Satullo
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  • Draw The Lines PA Map-A-Thon

    A free map-a-thon with food at the Firehouse Restaurant in Harrisburg open only to The Harrisburg Harrisburg Internship Semester interns at the PA State System of Higher Education. Learn more about redistricting and the Draw The Lines PA legislative mapping contest.

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  • Map-A-Thon

    Gettysburg College hosts Draw The Lines PA, a civic educational and engagement initiative with a legislative mapping contest. Learn how to map and about the contest, which has cash prizes up to $5,000. Lunch provided. Open to members of the Gettysburg College community only.

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  • Save Democracy, Eat Pizza

    Games were played, pizza and beer served and all left knowing more about gerrymandering and election redistricting. And most importantly, everyone left ready to draw their own congressional district map and enter it into the Draw the Lines competition.

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