THURSDAY at 6 p.m. MT: Haaland to Participate in African American Complete Count Committee’s Statewide Virtual Town Hall on the Census
May 7, 2020
Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm MT, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) will participate in the African American Complete Count Committee’s Statewide Virtual Town. The online gathering will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube bringing together performers, community leaders, and elected officials to encourage the African American community to participate in the 2020 Census. As a member of the House Committee, Haaland has pushed to ensure every person in New Mexico is counted to ensure proper resources for the state.
“The Census is critical to ensuring our communities get their fair share of resources for hospitals, schools, roads, broadband internet, and programs our families rely on. I encourage everyone to tune into the Virtual Town Hall to learn more about why participation in the 2020 Census benefits all New Mexicans while listening to fun, local entertainment,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland, a featured speaker in the Virtual Town Hall.
Who: Congresswoman Deb Haaland, African American Complete Count Committee
What: Statewide Virtual Town Hall on th Census
When: Today, Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm MT
Where: Facebook Live
“The African American community has been consistently one of the most undercounted groups in both New Mexico and nationwide,” said Pameyla Herndon, member of the African American Count Committee and moderator of the Virtual Town Hall. “It’s important for every New Mexican to be counted, and we are proud to be hosting this opportunity to educate the public about just how important participation in the 2020 Census is to all of our communities.”
In the 2010 Census, the African American population was undercounted by more than 800,000 people. “When communities are not accurately counted, their unique needs may not be fully represented or prioritized,” says Herndon.
The African American Complete Count Committee was specifically designated by the State of New Mexico to promote African American participation in the 2020 Census, and is composed of local African American leaders.
The 2020 Census determines how billions of federal dollars are distributed to essential infrastructure like public schools, hospitals, roads, and more. It’s estimated that New Mexico will receive over $7.8 billion over the next decade, but only if every person is counted in the census. Businesses, governments, and other organizations use census data to plan growth and expansion.
To watch the live stream of the Virtual Town Hall, visit the Census 2020 AACCC on Facebook or the Welstand Foundation page on YouTube.