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Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms will be on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College on Wedensday, January 11, for a special free screening of GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head, a documentary examining the impacts of gerrymandering, the practice of manipulating electoral boundaries to favor one political party or class. The event is being hosted by OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting, a leader in advocating for fair redistricting in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The organization is structured to reflect a commitment to education and advocacy, with a multi-partisan approach that includes Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Leslie Caughell, VWC Assistant Professor of Political Science, has also been involved in planning the event. Students in Caughell’s Winter Session “American Politics” course are exploring non-partisan reform efforts underway to address partisan gerrymandering and will be attending the event. This free screening will take place in Pearce Hospitality SUite in the Jane P. Batten Student Center at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. A discussion will follow the screening.