GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy On Its Head
Documentary on Redistricting Reform
The Community Idea Stations and OneVirginia2021 are joining forces to produce a statewide public television documentary, OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting. This one-hour documentary will bring awareness to the impact of gerrymandering, and explore how Virginia can progress from a system where legislators create their own districts toward a system that makes sense for true representative government.
Gerrymandering is the deliberate manipulation of legislative district boundaries for political gain. In Virginia, both Democrats and Republicans have engaged in this practice to distort the electoral process, promote the party in power, and turn competitive districts into non-competitive ones. The Washington Post has called ending gerrymandering “the biggest ethics issue facing the state.”
OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting will examine the historical context and consequences of gerrymandering through a multi-partisan lens that includes Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians and the Tea Party. The documentary will explore the impact on communities and individual lives by including testimonials from strategists, political consultants, and map drawers, and by incorporating interviews with the men and women in politics who have the most to win - and perhaps lose - through reform.
“Gerrymandering is the enemy of representative government. It deliberately manipulates the system to take away from voters the very choice that should be a hallmark of our system,” says program producer William Oglesby. “We hope with this documentary to help citizens understand that this isn't the way it has to be; that the voters have a right to choose their representatives rather than the representatives choose them.”
In the fall of 2013, a diverse group of citizens came together to seek reform of the redistricting process in Virginia. From that meeting, a new coalition emerged to end gerrymandering. Now called OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting, the organization brings together individuals from all over Virginia who believe that state and congressional districts belong to the citizens of this Commonwealth and not to any legislator, political party, or special interest. The coalition focuses on creating a fair process that includes an amendment to the Virginia Constitution establishing an impartial commission – independent of the General Assembly – to draw legislative district lines. The commission would use objective, nonpartisan criteria, invite public participation and be fully transparent. To get this real, lasting change, OneVirginia2021 urges all Virginians to become part of this important effort.
Lucas will be in a scene featuring Patrick Henry discussing early Virginia congressional districts
Coming to a theatre near you!
OneVirginia2021 is working on additional showings of GerryRIGGED and would love your help! If you’re interested in showing this and having a conversation about redistricting reform, please email them at email@example.com.
check out www.onevirginia2021.org/GerryRIGGED/ or more information!
The summer season of public performances began during America's Bicentennial and continues today. These performances occur each Sunday in the summer beginning Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.
The Anniversary Performance takes place on the Sunday closest to March 23rd, the anniversary of the day on which Henry delivered his speech. The Veterans Day Performance takes place each November on the Sunday before Veterans Day. There is also a public performance as part of Court End Christmas. Court End Christmas is an annual Richmond tradition when many sites located in and near downtown Richmond throw open their doors to celebrate the coming holiday.
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For more information and public performance dates, go to www.HistoricStJohnsChurch.org
"St. John’s Church Foundation has been presenting historical reenactments of the Convention at its original location since 1976. Actors in period attire portray nine delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington."
"Lucas Hall, who works for Virginia Repertory Theatre and also acts in theatre, film, and television, takes his various roles in the production to heart. “I am a huge history buff and an actor, so this marries my two loves,” says Hall, who started with the reenactment in 2006 with the filming of ."
Check out the full article by Joan Tupponce here
The Parsons' Cause - Prelude to Revolution
Lucas will be portraying the role of Samuel Gist.
Here's more about Samuel Gist www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Gist,_Samuel
The "minds and hearts of the people" began to change in Hanover County Virginia on December 1, 1763. It was at the old Hanover County Courthouse when an obscure country lawyer named Patrick Henry challenged the authority of the Church of England, and the King of England. In the "Parsons' Cause" as Henry's case became known, Patrick Henry thundered against the King's disavowal of a law passed by the Virginia House of Burgesses. In addition to thrusting Patrick Henry into the forefront of the Colonial legal and political circles, the Parsons' Cause established part of the foundation of the coming American Revolution.
The Virginia Capitol Foundation, in partnership with Tim Reid & New Millennium Studios, produced this orientation film titled "Keepers of the Flame" which premiered October 25, 2012.
Lucas played Carter Braxton, a delegate to the 2nd Virginia convention of 1775, at the convention where Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me Liberty or Give me Death!" speech.
"High in the Appalachian Mountains and under a full moon, a timeless evil rises. An awakened predator whose savagery and ferocity are matched only by its insatiable appetite. Consumed by its legendary bloodlust, the creature begins the hunt for its oldest and most dangerous prey: Man. Special Agent Jack Driscoll has seen this before. The beast is his obsession and his nightmare. Now, he and his new partner must race against the rising moon to save a group of unsuspecting campers. Outmatched and unarmed, the frightened group must rally themselves to survive the night. As their numbers dwindle and their strength wanes, the group scrambles to answer the only question that will save their lives; how do you kill the unkillable?" - IMDB plot summary for The Feeding