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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2020

Contact: Jamal Watkins / jwatkins@naacpnet.org / 443.285.2283 

Elana Needle / eneedle@unidos.org / 201.248.9724 

NATIONAL RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS JOIN TOGETHER TO MAP HARDEST TO COUNT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR FOR THE 2020 CENSUS AND TO DISTRIBUTE 1,350 FREE ARC GIS LICENSES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ESRI 

Washington, DC – A broad-based collaborative of racial equity organizations are uniting to support a shared goal of a complete count of all communities of color through the 2020 Census. The groups – Advancement Project, National Office (AP), Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Demos, Faith in Action (FIA), National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Urban League (NUL), Race Forward and UnidosUS – today announced their collective project called “Mapping the Count” #MapTheCount through a week of action hosted by a shared data and analytics hub. 

The groups have been partnering with the ESRI organization based in California, who has generously donated 1,350 Arc GIS Licenses and a central online hub for the mapping project. Networks like the State Voices organization will work with the Anchor Collaborative to distribute the licenses to their members in states. 

The “Mapping the Count” Week of Action starts on February 24th and ends on February 28th. This action-packed week will include: 

  • Important discussions around what our communities can do to prepare for the Census by using tools and resources 
  • Trainings on the launch of our new “Mapping the Count” tool that will revolutionize the ability to count harder to reach communities 
  • A social media discussion through a twitter townhall, activating and engaging millennials and generation Z and highlighting multiracial collective actions to ensure a complete count  

For more info visit www.makemyfamilycount.org/mapthecount 

SCHEDULE 

Monday, February 24, 2020 

  • Mapping the Count – Report and User Guide Release and Free License Distribution Launch  
  • Mapping the Count – Twitter Town Hall, 7pm-8pm (#MapTheCount) – featuring: 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 

  • Advocacy Call to Action  

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 

  • Two Webinars (One Generation Z and Millennial focused and one General Community Focused) 

Thursday, February 27, 2020 

  • Two Webinars (One Generation Z and Millennial focused and one General Community Focused) 

Friday, February 28, 2020 

  • Faith In Numbers 
  • Featuring Faith in Action  

For updates, to sign up for a webinar or request a license please visit makemyfamilycount.org/mapthecount

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Advancement Project National Office, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Demos, Faith In Action, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Congress of American Indians, National Urban League, Race Forward and UnidosUS are a collaborative of nine leading national racial equity anchor organizations supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Together we work to promote racial equity, advance racial healing, and ensure that all children, families and communities have genuine opportunities to reach their full potential. 

Faith in Action, formerly known as PICO National Network, is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. The nonpartisan organization works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 46 local and state federations. For more information visit www.faithinaction.org.

 

Faith in Action is a 501c(3). Faith in Action and its affiliates are non-partisan and are not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office.

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