A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS EXTENDED THE CENSUS DEADLINE.
STOPPING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM ENDING THE ONCE IN A DECADE COUNT A MONTH EARLY –
SO NOW – INSTEAD OF THE CENSUS ENDING SEPTEMBER 30TH – AMERICANS HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 31ST TO FILL OUT THEIR CENSUS FORM.
HOWEVER – THE CITY IS TAKING NO CHANCES – MAKING A FINAL PUSH TO GET EVERYONE COUNTED
MONICA MORALES IS AT JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER IN THE BRONX – WHERE THE FOCUS IS ON GETTTING MEDICAL WORKERS.
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A NEW YORK CITY CENSUS TEAM HAS SET UP SHOP RIGHT HERE ON PELHAM BAY PARKWAY –
TO MAKE SURE THESE WORKERS KNOW – EVERYONE COUNTS
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Sibyls Nash is very busy and on her break.
She’s a Ekg technician at Jacobi hospital.
Nash admits – SHE FINALLY FILLED OUT THE CENSUS – because the 2020 census table was RIGHT outside her hospital Friday,
Sibyls Nash-Jacobi hospital-12:05:40 “I think everyone needs to be counted. We need the money in our community and I order to get it we have to be counted.”
The City hopes to catch hospital workers like Nash who are procrastinating or don’t have the time, BY setting up outside eleven pubic hospitals across the city over the next few weeks. It’s an initiative called “Count the Heroes.
Deputy director of the nyc census office-Amit Singh bagga-11:38:35-“We need as much support for our healthcare system as we can get, that ties directly back to the census.”
Late Thursday, A federal judge ruled the census must stay open through October, but the federal government plans to appeal.
STATE SEN JAMAAL BAILEY} 620 even though we got a good ruling today on the census, so we still have to act like its the fourth quarter in the ballgame
The city agrees, don’t wait. Its results are used to determine how much money New York City gets from Washington for everything from housing, hospitals, roads, bridges, and schools – AND ALSO DETERMINES HOW MANY SEATS NEW YORK GETS IN CONGRESS.
Peter mills works at Jacobi hospital, and filled out his census.
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Mills was surprised by just how easy it was to do and didn’t realize it could have such a big impact.
Peter mills-Jacobi-12:16:41 “I took a look at it and it wasn’t that hard to fill out.”
“Our hospital needs the funding.”
Out of 1.5 trillion dollars the federal government distributes every year, it breaks down to about $2700 per person in New York State, thats according to common cause, a research non-profit.(Fullscreen)
Federal health programs directly impacted by the census include:
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC)
and Head Start.
Deputy director of the nyc census office-Amit Singh bagga-11:40:05 “The state of New York gets 73 billion dollars a year. 11:40:03 “These are the programs that are underfunded and our families and neighbors will not get to access.”
It just takes a few minutes. If you haven’t filled it out your census yet, go to pix11.com/monica
you’ll find everything you need to know, including a link that takes you directly to the census form.
In the bronx monica morales pix11 news.
Black Voters Script
Bed Stuy where we are was one of the hardest hit communities during the pandemic.
It’s one of those neighborhoods where we saw black and brown people getting sick and dying at higher rates than people who frankly look like me.
Many voters we found see the 2020 election as a platform for addressing some of this inequality including the voting advocacy group Black Voters Matter.
> the future is right here we need the kids to be able to look up to and the world we’re living in right now is kind of sad.
>> Black Lives Matter understand that what we are looking forward to this new understand… you would not want this done to you
It’s understanding, particularly from young black voters that’s driving decision making this November.
It’s something we heard echoed by LaTosha Brown with Black Voters Matter, which tries to drive African American turnout through registration, advocacy and even legal action.
LaTosha >>> WHEN WE’RE TALKING TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEY SAY WE DON’T BELIEVE IN THE PROCESS WE DON’T TRY TO EVANGELIZE THEM WE SAY WELL TELL ME WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT, AND AS WE TALK THROUGH WE TRY TO SAY HOW VOTING IMPACTS THAT
President Trump did not appear to show much empathy for people of color when asked about growing up white and wealthy during a phone interview with journalist Bob Woodward for his upcoming book.
“It put me and I think lots of White, privileged people – in a cave and that we have to work our way out of it to understand the anger and the pain, particularly, Black people feel in this country? Do you see?”
“No. You, you really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you, wow. No, I don’t feel that at all.”
But Brown says that pain, particularly historic voter disenfranchisement, is being felt now more than ever because of the pandemic.
Polling places in black neighborhoods have been reduced because of COVID.
And policies of that last few years in some states have purged voters from the rolls and required exact signature matching— which can make mail in voting more difficult.
LaTosha >>> IRONICALLY 80% OF FOLKS DROPPED OFF FOR EXACT MATCH ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR SO IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK AND QUACKS LIKE A DUCK IT MUST BE A DUCK THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE’RE SEEING SYSTEMIC STRUCTURAL RACISM
We’ve seen a push for change power structures lately especially following the killing of George Floyd.
Brown says this is not just about criminal justice reform and never has been.
LaTosha >>> AT THE END OF THE DAY WE CARE ABOUT WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE CARES ABOUT WE WANT TO WORK JOBS TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES WE WANT QUALITY EDUCATION AND WE WANT SAFETY
HENRY: We had a much longer sit down with LaTosha Brown this morning, really diving into some of the recent history of voter suppression and the issues around this election.
So we’ve got a longer clip at PIX 11 dot com.
In BedStuy, Henry Rosoff, PIX 11 News.