It's Census time! Every 10 years, the U.S. government conducts a national survey by sending a short questionnaire to every household in the country.
Filling out the Census is crucial, particularly for communities of color. If you and your family and your friends are NOT counted, it will mean less for your community in terms of federal funds, political representation, public infrastructure, and private investment. All this is determined by the Census count.
That is why the NAACP is launching a major nationwide mobilization - Yes We Count -- to identify hard-to-count neighborhoods.
It's going to be a big push, and we can't do it alone! We need NAACP supporters to take our online pledge, promising to:
1) Fill out the Census form when you receive it
2) Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same
You are also invited to join the NAACP Census mobilization to educate people on the importance of Census participation. In the months ahead, thousands of NAACP volunteers will be canvassing more than one hundred target neighborhoods. We've also set up an innovative mobile phone messaging network to open up lines of communication with these neighborhoods and ensure that everyone has a voice. You can be part of this Yes We Count campaign through your local NAACP unit.
Remember, when families do not participate, their communities lose resources and power. Yet low-income families and communities of color-those who stand the most to benefit from the Census-are often less likely to participate. And that's where you come in. Spread the word. Take the Yes We Count Pledge. Together, we can make sure that everyone is counted.Sincerely,
Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO
PS: Visit the Yes We Count campaign homepage for all the background and downloads you need to help this crucial effort.