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#MakeBrooklynCount: Funding Community Organizations Is Key To Avoiding A 2020 Census Disaster

Don't miss our NY Daily News op-ed on why our elected leaders must get critical Census 2020 funding out to trusted local messengers today

 

New York state and city governments have turned the 2020 Census into a slow moving train with no conductor. Given the major challenges tied to this Census—including the likely inclusion of a citizenship question that recent evidence indicates was explicitly designed to suppress the count in cities with large immigrant communities—we are desperately behind where we should be, and, what’s worse, there’s little sign that officials in Albany or City Hall are worried.  

There is, however, an easy solution on how to get this done that has little to do with government and bureaucracy and everything to do with community-based organizations stepping up and leading the way.
 
The clearest way forward is for governments to distribute the funding equitably according to “hard to count” populations, prioritizing the top 500 census tracts in New York state that are at-risk for undercount. And New York City is where this funding really counts: nearly half of the hard-to-count tracts are in Brooklyn, a quarter in Queens, and 10 percent in the Bronx. 
 

Spread the word today: share our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke’s op-ed in the NY Daily News on Facebook and Twitter, and contact your elected officials directly to tell them to Make Brooklyn Count!


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Cecilia Clarke

President & CEO
The clearest way forward is for governments to distribute the funding equitably according to “hard to count” populations, prioritizing the top 500 census tracts in New York state that are at-risk for undercount. And New York City is where this funding really counts: nearly half of the hard-to-count tracts are in Brooklyn, a quarter in Queens, and 10 percent in the Bronx.