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I’ve written about marijuana before on sofreshandsogreen.com and why not? Marijuana is green, but I’ve also written about the mass incarceration of young Blacks and Latinos and how that skews the census funding dollars in the neighborhoods they come from that would make their communities better places to live in. In the past few months it’s good to see more and more reporting in the media examining mass incarceration rates, the cost to the taxpayers, the cost to poor, Black and Latino communities, and the high murder rate involved in the so called “War On Drugs”.
A low response rate could have very serious consequences for our city, for each person who is not counted in the census, the city loses about $3,000 in federal aid every year, money that could be spent on services our communities all want and need. ~NYC mayor Mayor Bloomberg
Less than 50% of Brooklyn has filled out their census forms and that means the census will be knocking on their doors in May. Seems like the first thought for people has been “it’s gotta be those damn immigrants.” To be fair the surrounding boroughs didn’t fair that much better, only clocking in at Continue reading
I recently filled out my census, albeit late, but I saw something that upset me on the census form. No, it wasn’t the word Negro, that’s the least of my problems here. My issue is in the very first part of the questionnaire where it clearly states “Do not count anyone in a nursing home, jail, prison, detention facility, etc., on April 1, 2010.”
The census form then states these persons may be counted twice so they should be left off your form. My issue here is that persons in prisons are counted as residents where they are incarcerated so they’re not counted where they’re from. Continue reading
Are you Unemployed all non void? Looking for a job? Want to make a difference and/or a buck? The census is hiring. Continue reading