LET’S MAKE A LOUD ECHO FOR CENSUS 2020!
Updated: Jun 3
MONDAY MATTERS - MAY 4TH, 2020 |
As a candidate for Arkansas’ House District 96, every Monday I am going to interrupt
my routine to stop and reflect on values and issues that I believe are important to you and me – but which cannot be fully realized in the absence of collective energized action.
I take guidance from select words of Ady Barkan, which he shared through his recent
memoir Eyes to the Wind, written as he was confronting ALS – a disease without mercy:
My voice is weak.
But when we come together,
Our voices echo so loud.
CENSUS 2020 – IMMIGRANTS AND CITIZENS:
For our kickoff “Monday Matters”, how loud of an echo can we generate in our encouragement to every contact we have to participate in the Census 2020 AND to encourage their extended list of contacts to do the same?
WHO SHOULD RESPOND TO THE CENSUS? EVERY SINGLE RESIDENT OF NWA
Whether a citizen of the United States or a non-citizen immigrant (with legal or non-legal
immigration status), every resident needs to be counted. The information is not shared with Law Enforcement or ICE and it is kept confidential for 72 years pursuant to Federal law.
You know Census 2020 is ongoing. Recently the Census Bureau has begun mailing letters to
residents of Northwest Arkansas reminding them of their legal obligation to respond to the
Census, the outcome of which provides a guide to how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year. In our own area, we are told by the NWA Business Council that every uncounted resident means a loss of approximately $3,300 each year for the next 10 years; even a 1% undercount in 2020 may result in more than $185 million in lost funds over a 10-year period for Washington and Benton Counties alone. We cannot let this happen.
In Arkansas 22% of kids under the age of 25 are at risk of being missed in the Census 2020.
DIRECT ACTION NEEDED:
If we care about the future of our younger generation – kids and young adults, we need to
intentionally and energetically utilize whatever communication formats are available to us to
reach out to every contact we have and encourage participation in Census 2020 – and get them to do the same with their contacts. Please help me echo this message far and wide.
If you have specific ideas how I as a candidate for public office can do more, let me know!