In their fervent bid to encourage Caribbean and other nationals to participate in the 2020 Census, Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie and Assembly Member Diana Richardson recently hosted the first gathering of a Census Complete Count Committee at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College.
Myrie, who represents the 20th Assembly District in Brooklyn, said the Complete Count Committees are volunteer committees established by local governments, community leaders and organizations to “increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.”
“A lot of the problems our community faces, from the lack of resources for affordable housing, the lack of resources for education, and so much more, can be traced to our being undercounted in the Census,” said Myrie whose parents hail from Costa Rica and who traces his roots to Jamaica, adding that “10 years of our community’s future will be determined by less than 10 questions.
“A lot of people ask me what the solutions are to the problems our community faces,” he continued. “If there’s one thing we all need to do to address our problems, it is to get everyone counted in the 2020 Census.”
Originally published in Caribbean Life on October 21, 2019.