The National Equality Action Team (NEAT) wants to make sure you are counted! In cooperation with the National LGBTQ+ Task Force and others in the LGBTQ+ and social justice movements, NEAT is activating its national remote phone bank infrastructure and volunteers to call hard to reach counties in the U.S. to help people - especially people of color - complete their census.
Unfortunately, the US Census doesn’t count everyone. Every decade hundreds of untold numbers of marginalized people are left out of the count. This includes low-income people, people of color, LGBTQ+, and children, while rich and white communities are overcounted. The purpose of the Census is to count every single person living in the country in order to allocate funds for programs such as Medicaid, public housing, and food stamps, as well as to make sure our elected officials are representing the same number of people.
“We’re excited to partner with NEAT so Queer the Census coalition volunteers can help bring funding, decision making power, political representation, and civil rights enforcement back into our local communities, especially during this pandemic. It’s especially important now to remind folks that the Census helps to fund programs like Medicaid and determine where hospitals are built,” said Victoria Kim from the National LGBTQ+ Task Force.
“This is such an exciting partnership,” exclaimed Brian Silva, Founder and Executive Director of NEAT. “Expanding to do Census work really shows that the opportunities for our “Bank Program” (phone bank) and Field Collaborative are endless!”
We need to be counted in order for our communities to get access to federal funds for programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and public housing, have representation in our state, local, and federal government, and to better enforce our civil rights. You can join this campaign today and volunteer to make calls from home at www.theNEAT.org/Census