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Redistricting Texas

Opportunity was snatched away from Dallas County Latino communities when Texas Republicans redrew congressional maps

Dallas-area Latinos hoped their growing numbers would finally translate into political clout this year through the creation of a new congressional district anchored by their communities. Instead, their neighborhoods were splintered between numerous white-majority districts.

Joseph Mata and Angie Pérez dance at the Ledbetter Eagle Ford Community Organization’s senior program held at the Jaycee-Zaragoza Recreation Center in West Dallas on Nov. 4, 2021.
Seniors gather to eat and dance at the Ledbetter Eagle Ford Community Organization’s senior program held at the Jaycee-Zaragoza Recreation Center in West Dallas on Nov. 4, 2021.

Generations of community

Henry Martinez organizes boxes of produce at a food distribution site in West Dallas on Nov. 4, 2021. Martinez is the executive director of the Ledbetter Eagle Ford Community Organization, which hosts food distributions of produce and non-perishable items to locals in the Ledbetter Eagle Ford area.
Henry Martinez points to his relatives on a sign at Campo Santo de Cemento Grande, a cemetery made for Trinity Portland Cement Company employees in West Dallas on Nov. 4, 2021. The cemetery, which now sits behind an AT&T company building parking lot, is preserved by the Ledbetter Eagle Ford Community Organization.
Henry Martinez talks with Al Mendez about the unexpectedly long line at a food distribution in West Dallas on Nov. 4, 2021. Martinez is the executive director of the Ledbetter Eagle Ford Community Organization, which hosts food distributions of produce and non-perishable items to locals in the Ledbetter Eagle Ford area.

Opportunity lost

Henry Martinez at Campo Santo de Cemento Grande, a cemetery made for Trinity Portland Cement Company employees, in West Dallas on Nov. 4, 2021. Martinez is the executive director of the Ledbetter Eagle Ford Community Organization, which hosts food distributions of produce and non-perishable items to locals in the Ledbetter Eagle Ford area.

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