Stand and Be Counted | 2020 Census
The New Mexico Black Leadership Council is active with the 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee. The 2020 Census is about justice. Census Justice. The Census determines who gets what when. Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States... according to their respective Numbers.”
It wasn’t until 1868 with the ratification of the 14th Amendment that all blacks in the United States were considered to be whole persons and citizens and therefore eligible to be included in “the respective numbers” of the Census. The United States has a long history of supporting injustice as it relates to the distribution of resources. New Mexico has a lot riding on who gets what when. Regardless of who you are, what you look like, who you love, where you live, and how much money you have, spending 10 minutes to complete the 2020 Census is the most important thing you will do for yourself this year. Bob Marley wrote “Get Up, Stand Up. Stand Up for Your Rights.”
To borrow from Reggae Master Marley’s lyrics, the 2020 Census is about Justice and if we are to achieve it we must Get Up. Sign Up and Respond to Get Our Rights. Do it for your ancestors like Fannie Lou Hamer and countless others, do it for your community so that you can increase the respect you get from your respective numbers and do it for yourself. Respond to the 2020 Census for your ancestors, for your community – FOR YOU!