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Latino Group Protests Dallas City Council Redistricting

By Steven Pickering, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Protestors gathered at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday morning to call for changes to the new map for Dallas City Council districts. They’re calling it “Occupy City Hall,” although they have no official ties to the “Occupy Dallas” protest.

The demonstration was organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). They are upset with the new map for Dallas City Council districts.

“I believe it does an extreme injustice to the Latino community, which is now the largest ethnic group in the city of Dallas,” said former City Council member Domingo Garcia. He predicts that the new district lines would reduce Hispanic representation on the City Council, as the city’s Hispanic population is growing.

KRLD’s Steven Pickering Reports:

“We don’t want anything above and beyond fair representation,” Garcia said. “The lines that were drawn were done, in our opinion, to protect incumbents… and not to fairly apportion the districts according to population.”

Garcia said that the protest group wants the City Council to bring the issue back for another vote. If they do not, Garcia said, they would be willing to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and file a lawsuit in federal court.

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