Friday, February 26, 2010

Volunteers Needed for Community Event to Build for 2010 Census

A coalition of activists is calling for volunteers to join them tomorrow, February 27, for census canvassing in the Lower 9th Ward.

Activists say $400 Billion in funding is at stake in this census, and communities of color are the most at risk at being undercounted. The organizers invite concerned residents to "Come and learn how our community can protect its voting rights and get its fair share of Census dollars!"

Sponsored by Moving Forward Gulf Coast in partnership with the Lower 9th Ward Village Community Center, Lower 9th Ward Complete Count Committee, Semeaj Consulting, Urban League, VOTE, Neighborhood Partnership Network, and Puentes of New Orleans, organizers promise a day of "community action to make sure our communities are included in the upcoming 2010 Census. So community by community lets join together to do ALL WE can to be in that number and ensure we get the resources and funding for a just recovery for our communities!"

Volunteers are needed to canvas the Lower Ninth Ward from 11am to 1pm. If you are interested, meet at the Lower 9th Ward Village Community Center. From there, volunteers will canvass the neighborhood with Census Surveys and assist community members in completing ten short questions.

Organizers are especially seeking any Lower 9th Ward community members available to walk with student volunteers.

Orientation and canvassing begins at 11:00am at Village Community Center, 1001 Charbonnet St, in the Lower Ninth Ward.

From 1:00pm to 3:00pm, there will be a community event and entertainment, featuring speakers, live entertainment, secondline, a DJ, and free food.

See also this video by Moving Forward Gulf Coast.

For more information, contact Trap Bonner at 504.382.9772, or Please RSVP to

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