NEW YORK -- At 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 30, NYC Census 2020 will partner with several community-based organizations across New York City to host a live virtual town hall and telethon #QueCuenteMiGente Telethon as a call to all Latinx and Spanish-speaking New Yorkers to fill out the census, which determines the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal dollars every year for education, housing, healthcare, transportation, and more, as well as each state's number of seats in Congress.
The livestream will also feature performances from artists and presentations about important issues impacting Latinx New Yorkers. Throughout the telethon, a Spanish-language hotline will be promoted to encourage the audience to call and ask any questions anyone has about the 2020 Census.
This is critically important for the Latinx community in New York City, for there is significant evidence that the Trump Administration's unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the census resulted in widespread fear and the generation of misinformation and disinformation, the purpose of which was to suppress Latinx and immigrant participation in the census.
Key neighborhoods of focus for the telethon and NYC Census 2020 include North Corona, East Elmhurst, Cypress Hills, East New York, Sunset Park, and the East Bronx.
What: A Spanish-language digital town hall and telethon to serve as a call to all Latinx and Spanish-speaking New Yorkers to fill out the census.
When: Tuesday, June 30, 6 PM to 8 PM
Where: Streaming on the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Facebook Live Feed https://www.facebook.com/nycimmigrants/
Additional sponsors: Make the Road New York, Commonpoint Queens, Organización Juventud Ecuatoriana, New York Hall of Science, Queens Museum, and Hunger Free America.
NYC Census 2020 is a first-of-its-kind organizing initiative established by Mayor de Blasio in January 2019 to ensure a complete and accurate count of all New Yorkers in the 2020 Census. The $40 million program is built on four pillars: (1) a $19 million community-based awards program, The New York City Complete Count Fund, empowering 157 community-based organizations to engage historically undercounted communities around the 2020 Census; (2) an in-house "Get Out the Count" field campaign supported by the smart use of cutting-edge data and organizing technology, and a volunteer organizing program to promote a complete count in each of the city's 245 neighborhoods; (3) an innovative, multilingual, tailored messaging and marketing campaign, including a $3 million commitment to investing in community and ethnic media to reach every New York City community; as well as (4) an in-depth Agency and Partnerships engagement plan that seeks to leverage the power of the City's 350,000-strong workforce and the city's major institutions, including libraries, hospitals, faith-based communities, cultural institutions, higher educational institutions, and more, to communicate with New Yorkers about the critical importance of census participation. Through close partnerships with trusted leaders and organizations across the five boroughs, this unprecedented campaign represents the largest municipal investment in census organizing nationwide and will build an enduring structure that empowers New Yorkers to remain civically engaged.