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Remapping Bay State Voters

Remapping Bay State Voters
 

Black and Latino groups waged a court battle against Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran in 2004. They argued that in 2001, Finneran and legislators carved up voting districts so that voters of color were consolidated in discrete, unrepresentative blocs, diluting their voting power and influence. A three-panel judge ruled that it was a clear effort to gerrymander (a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965) and an opaque process that illegally undercut the voice of key constituent groups.

Fast-forward to the 2012 election cycle. Massachusetts is losing a Congressional seat, sitting representatives are looking to bolster power and re-up on another term, and a complicated and contentious redistricting process is once again underway. This time, activists on both sides are calling constituents, holding meetings, roughing out new maps, and shedding daylight on a process that historically has been shrouded in secrecy.

We spoke with State Rep. Dan Winslow in January about the redistricting process. Today we continue the conversation with Alejandra Saint Guillen, Executive Director of Oiste, a Latino civic education organization; and Kevin Peterson, founder of the New Democracy Coalition, and a member of the Mass Black Empowerment Coalition.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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