Census 2020 is right around the corner and there is a lot at stake in New Jersey. Our roads, environment, healthcare, housing, food, schools, social services-- all depend on billions of federal dollars. In fiscal year 2016, New Jersey received more than $22.7 billion. Our proposed budget is $38.6 billion. Our communities may also be affected by cuts in political representation if everyone is not counted. If we ALL are not counted, the whole state will suffer.
The New Jersey effort is led by the State Complete Count Commission and the US Census Bureau. Wind of the Spirit, as a member of the New Jersey Counts Coalition Steering Committee, is spearheading Morris County efforts. We have identified, prioritized and are formulating plans and preparing to take action to educate and engage each of our historically Hard-to-Count communities — including our Black and African-American, Asian and Latino populations, children 0-5, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, non-English speakers, renters, veterans, seniors-- and coordinating with other efforts around the state.
The 2020 Census comes with an additional set of potential challenges in collecting the data. It will be the first digital census that will use a system that is raising privacy, cyber security and access concerns. Depending on a Supreme Court decision expected this month, it may include a citizenship question that is expected to hinder participation in our immigrant communities.
We need your help—This invitation has been sent to municipalities, elected officials, social service and faith based organizations, libraries, and others we have identified who can help get out the count of our Hard-to-Count populations. We must all work together to unite our communities and activate our best human potential and capacity for goodness and respect and engender trust. Many among us are trusted entities with well-established relationships and frequent contact with residents of our hard-to-count communities and some who speak our hard-to-count communities’ languages. We all play a critical role that will help New Jersey to achieve a fair and accurate Census 2020 count. All are welcome. We hope to see you on June 26th!
CENSUS 2020 MORRIS COUNTY: HOW WILL WE GET OUT THE COUNT?
Please join us for this community resource education and organizing meeting and learn how you can help—
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Where: Morristown United Methodist Church-on-the-Green, 50 South Park Place
We also ask you to please mark and share our Facebook event page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/2306205373034558/
For more information and to RSVP: please respond to this email at [email protected] ,or you may contact Brian Lozano at (973)295-7893 or Missy Elias at 201-220-4495
Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center