Sunday, December 10, 2023

Local Jewish center to host gerrymandering event

NEWPORT NEWS — The United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula will host a dinner and movie screening about gerrymandering on Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

USJ hosts a series of community events throughout the year known as “Lunch & Learn” where the public can enjoy a meal and learn about a variety of different topics, including gerrymandering.

The event is free for UJC members and $12 admission for the general public.

According to Merriam-Webster, gerrymandering is the division of an area into several voting districts to benefit a political party and put the opposing party at a disadvantage.

The 2016 documentary film, GerryRIGGED, will be shown at the event.

GerryRIGGED was created in partnership with the Community Ideas Stations, a public broadcasting media company that serves parts of Virginia, and OneVirginia2021, a local nonprofit that aims to educate the public about gerrymandering and advocates for the redistricting of the state.

See the GerryRIGGED trailer below:

After the film screening, there will be an interactive discussion with one of the co-chairs of OneVirginia2021.

The Lunch & Learn: Dinner event will be at the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, 401 City Center Blvd.

For information, visit the UJC community calendar or the gerrymandering event Facebook page.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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