While there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census, many undocumented residents are still hesitant to be counted, to be seen, and have their voices heard. To galvanize these communities to claim their fair share of resources, SOMOS VISIBLES was originally planned to be brought into neighborhoods as part of Art+Action’s COME TO YOUR CENSUS campaign—including during Acción Latina's bi-monthly community art event Paseo Artistico. The project was also to be part of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' art & civic experience Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America?, which is now being reimagined online through a series of activities and conversations. During these planned activations, the artists would engage in dialogue about how the Census impacts our most vulnerable, and gift a free art sweatshirt to anyone who completed the Census.
This Tuesday, the artists will adapt their work for the current moment, showing us how to transform this message of visibility from sweatshirts to face masks used as personal protective equipment (PPE) that healthcare professionals, essential workers, and citizens around the world are using to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many of our healthcare and essential workers are immigrants or undocumented, and now more than ever we need to ensure they count. Join Acción Latina, YBCA, San Francisco's Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), and Art+Action, as the artists walk us through the steps to make your own face mask while addressing the question of visibility for our undocumented communities.
Read more about SOMOS VISIBLES—made possible through the generous support of Levi's—and the artists' work here. To receive a SOMOS VISIBLES sweatshirt, send proof that you've taken your 2020 Census before October 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATINO CENSUS WEEK OF ACTION #LATINXSCOUNT
National Latino Census Week of Action, led by NALEO Educational Fund, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Voto Latino, highlights that an accurate count of Latinx—now the nation’s second largest population group and one out of every six Americans—is critical for our country’s economic, social and civic well-being. The Latinx have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging their families, communities, and neighborhoods—and depriving them of funding for healthcare, food assistance, public transportation, child care and senior centers, schools, affordable housing, and more.
¿Sabían que el Censo del 2020 determina si los abuelos, padres e hijos, incluso si los bebes recibirán sus partes justas de los fondos federales para el cuidado de salud, la asistencia alimentaria, el transporte público, los centros para el cuidado de niños y de ancianos, las escuelas, la vivienda pública y más? Estos son recursos que todas las familias necesitan para llevar una vida sana y exitosa.
Completa esta encuesta confidencial de 9 preguntas por internet, por teléfono o por correo, para que tú y cada persona de tu domicilio, sin importan su estado migratorio, puedan destinar $20,000 a tu comunidad durante los próximos diez años. Cuando completas el Censo, también proteges tu voz, tu poder de voto y tu representación igualitaria en el gobierno.
Completa tu Censo y díselo a todo el mundo. www.ComeToYourCensus.us
NEW CENSUS DEADLINE TO ENSURE ALL OUR COMMUNITIES' NEEDS ARE MET
RESPONSE PERIOD EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2020
Responding to the various obstacles that the current global context presents,the U.S. Census Bureau has announced that wewill now be given until October 31, 2020 to participate in the 2020 Census—to claim resources and political representation that will sustain our communities for the next decade.
Tell everyone you know to complete their Census atwww.My2020Census.gov or call 844.330.2020 (English); 844.468.2020 (Spanish); 844.478.2020 (Tagalog); or 844.398.2020 (Cantonese).
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About Art+Action Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched a city-wide arts-driven campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. In partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—our Headquarters and a Lead Partner—and ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), we're galvanizing communities to participate in the Census to receive their fair share of resources and political representation.