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Slay the Dragon with Kate Compton Barr

Slay the Dragon with Kate Compton Barr
Gerrymandering. It influences elections and sways outcomes. It has become a hot-button political topic and symbol for everything broken about the American electoral process. But there are those on the front lines fighting to change the system. We can be them.

FLIP NC and N.C. Senate candidate Kate Compton Barr are thrilled to present “Slay the Dragon,” an inspiring documentary about fighting gerrymandering in North Carolina, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The evening will begin with a meet and greet with Democratic N.C. Supreme Court Justices Allison Riggs and Anita Earls. Following the film, the justices will answer questions about the critical role our courts play in securing our state’s democracy. You will leave this event feeling fired up and ready to help spread the word! It's vital that we defend Justice Riggs' seat this November and break the supermajority in our state legislature.

About “Slay the Dragon”

After the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. The result is one of the greatest electoral manipulations in U.S. history, one that poses a fundamental threat to our democracy and exacerbates the already polarized atmosphere in Congress and state houses across the country. 

Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment, it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, fueled by the elimination of corporate campaign contribution limits and the availability of vast amounts of personal information. 

The effects of this audacious plan have continued to bear fruit. But voters fed up with cynical efforts to sidestep the will of the majority, have begun fighting back. In one example, a grassroots movement led by a young woman with no political experience gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures to put an anti-gerrymandering initiative on the ballot in Michigan.

The award-winning documentary “Slay the Dragon” shines a light on this timely issue, and follows a handful of citizens’ groups, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally, as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system. 

Ticket proceeds benefit Kate for NC Senate and Riggs for our Courts.
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