Square+Fair is a Non-Profit Corporation Organized for the Purpose of Ending the Gerrymander
The practice of drawing election districts for partisan advantage is almost as old as the United States. The name “gerrymander”, used to describe it, was created in 1812 in Massachusetts, when Governor Gerry drew a district that resembled a salamander. The twin passions of politicians who gerrymander are love of power and hatred of democracy. Historically Democrats were as guilty as Republicans (Gerry was a Democrat). Today it is practiced mostly by Republicans for the simple reason that they control government in more states.
Good citizens of a democracy accept that sometimes they will lose elections, and also accept that the winners have good intentions, even if there are serious disagreements about policy. Good citizens of the United States are urged to contact their representatives and to ask them to vote for laws that will put redistricting beyond partisan politics. Districts should be drawn to be as compact as possible, taking into account political and natural geographic boundaries.
This is the initial public notice of Square+Fair. As our plans to petition legislatures for non-partisan district maps are not yet finalized, no donations are being accepted at this time.
Dan Kravitz, President
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
This charitable organization has been organized and is incorporated under the Maine Corporations Act and shall be operated exclusively for the charitable, educational or scientific purposes within the meaning of §501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of the 1986 (the “Code”) as the same may be amended from time to time.
Within these purposes, the purposes of the Corporation shall include the development and promotion of an objective and non-partisan method to end gerrymandering of voting districts by drawing voting districts in as compact a manner as possible, taking into account political and geographic boundaries, ideally composed of squares enclosing an appropriate number of citizens.
In furtherance hereof, but not by way of limitation, the Corporation shall be organized and empowered to do everything necessary, proper, advisable or convenient for the accomplishment of the foregoing purposes, and to do all other things incidental to them, or connected with them, that are not forbidden by law, the Articles of Incorporation or these Corporate Bylaws; provided, however, that the Corporation shall not engage in any transaction, or do or permit any act or omission, which shall operate to deprive it of its tax exempt status as a Corporation described in §501(c)(3) of the Code.