Why Alabama’s Congressional Maps May Need to Be Redrawn, Again

Why Alabama’s Congressional Maps May Need to Be Redrawn, Again

Emily Cochrane at The New York Times writes that Alabama’s congressional map has been in limbo since June, when the Supreme Court ruled that it violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act and undercut the power of Black voters. The state’s Republican supermajority has since redrawn a new map that fulfilled the justices’ order to create a second majority-Black district, and three federal judges will now decide if the requirements are met. Republicans chose to increase the percentage of Black voters in one of the state’s six majority-white congressional districts to about 40% from about 30%. Cochrane writes that the verdict could have far-reaching implications, as several other states confront similar redistricting challenges.


Barrels of Drinking Water for Migrants Walking Through Texas Have Disappeared

Valerie Gonzalez for AP reports that in the midst of one of the worst heat waves on record, barrels of water placed in the South Texas desert for migrants traveling on foot had vanished. This route is more than 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, and is used to avoid a Border Patrol checkpoint on a busier highway. In some cases, migrants have already traversed mountains and deserts for several weeks to avoid cartel violence and are extremely susceptible to dehydration and heat strokes. While the mystery of the barrels’ disappearance remains unsolved, volunteers plan to replace the missing stations in the coming days. With the exception of white evangelical Protestants, majorities of all religious groups support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


Meet the Gen Zers With a Plan To Take the Fight to MAGA Country

At the Washington Post, Greg Sargent describes the new political action committee launched by gun safety advocate David Hogg and Kevin Lata, Democratic Rep. Maxwell Frost’s 2022 campaign manager. The group, called Leaders We Deserve, plans to recruit young candidates for state legislative seats — largely in red states. Sargent notes that Gen Z has come of age amid high polarization, watching state legislatures escalate the culture-wars with anti abortion laws, limits on transgender care, and restrictions on classroom discussion of race and gender. PRRI finds that younger Americans’ views diverge from older Americans across numerous issues; Americans 18-29 are notably more likely than other age groups to say they will only vote for candidates who share their views on abortion (31%, compared with 23% among those 65 and over).


A Throng of Interfaith Leaders To Focus on Combating Authoritarianism at Global Gathering in Chicago

David Crary for The Washington Post reports that more than 6,000 people representing a diverse array of religions and belief systems are expected to convene in Chicago starting Monday for what organizers bill as the world’s largest gathering of interfaith leaders. Past gatherings of the Parliament of the World’s Religions have drawn participants from more than 80 nations and speakers and presenters will represent people of a wide range of faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Baha’i, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Indigenous religions, and paganism, among others. The focus of this year’s program will be on climate change, human rights, food insecurity, racism and women’s rights. Crary notes that the event is not ideologically all-encompassing as some, such as conservative Catholics, evangelicals and Muslims, have not embraced the movement.


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Read PRRI’s full report “Religion and Congregations in a Time of Social and Political Upheaval” here.