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NAACP OPPOSES SENATE REAPPORTIONMENT PLAN

 NAACP OPPOSES SENATE REAPPORTIONMENT PLAN
 ATLANTA, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The NAACP in a letter to Senate


Reapportionment Chairman, Sen. Eugene Walker, expressed opposition to the Senate-passed reapportionment plan.
 Speaking on behalf of the NAACP, the Southeast Regional Director Earl T. Shinhoster said, "Our analysis of the proposed Senate plan, with 11 majority Black district and two 'influence' districts, indicates to us that this is inadequate and unacceptable and does not meet the requirements of the Justice Department."
 The letter to Sen. Walker follows: February 7, 1992 The Honorable Eugene Walker Chairman, Senate Reapportionment Committee Georgia General Assembly Legislative Office Building 320-A Atlanta, Georgia 30334 Dear Senator Walker:
 Re Senate Reapportionment Plan
 The United States Department of Justice's rejection letter of the Georgia reapportionment plans for the House, Senate and congressional districts, should provide ample guidance to the senate and house committees seeking to draw fair legislative districts. After reviewing the work of the senate and house committees, the NAACP is concerned that the state has yet to explore the full range of alternative plans before it, and the senate plan as passed by committee still falls short of the requirement of the United States Department of Justice.
 From the outset of the reapportionment process the NAACP has maintained one focused objective, that is, to ensure that African American Georgians are afforded the maximum opportunity to elect candidates of their choice from the maximum number of majority Black districts possible to be drawn. Our analysis of the proposed senate plan with eleven majority Black districts and two "influence" districts, indicates to us that this is inadequate and unacceptable and does not meet the requirement of the Justice Department.
 The NAACP urges you and your colleagues to simply - Do The Right Thing. Alternate plans have already been drawn showing that fifteen or fourteen majority Black districts can be drawn. Why should Black Georgians settle for eleven majority Black districts? The answer to this question is critical. Please before going forward, we urge you to ensure that minority voting strength is not minimized, but maximized in the senate plan.
 As we are writing this letter, we have just learned that the full senate has voted on a Senate Plan which does in fact increase the number of majority Black districts from eleven to thirteen, which is commendable. However, we understand that this still fails to meet all of the Justice Department's objectives, particularly in the Metro Atlanta counties and also in southwest Georgia. The NAACP is still concerned and remains opposed to any plan that does not maximize Black voting strength. Very sincerely yours, /s/ Earl T. Shinhoster Regional Director cc: Mr. Edward Brown
 Gov. Zell Miller
 Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard
 Reapportionment Committee
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 /CONTACT: Earl T. Shinhoster, Southeast regional director NAACP, 404-688-8868/ CO: National Association For the Advancement of Colored People ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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