A FORM OF ACTIVISM + RESISTANCE:
COMPLETING YOUR 2020 CENSUS
Here, which Miguel Arzabe created for Art+Action’s COME TO YOUR CENSUS campaign, is an homage to the cultures of resistance to oppression that continue to exist in the Bay Area. A nineteenth-century colonial engraving of a California Native American is recontextualized and reclaimed by weaving in the 1960’s raised fist symbol for black power and self determination.
Political change starts with political power, and everyone—especially those of us who are most marginalized—needs to claim their power by completing the 2020 Census. By participating, you declare “We are here, and we stand together”—giving us the visibility we need to demand real change for our communities.
The Census brings money, resources, and political representation to your community. When you fill out your Census, each person in your household (including you) brings $20,000 into your community over the next ten years. An accurate count secures critical funding for our hospitals, healthcare, first responders, essential emergency services, affordable housing, food assistance, schools, child care, public transportation, road repair, and more. Your participation determines your state’s power in the electoral college. An undercount could cost your state one of its seats in the House of Representatives (which would go to another state for the next decade!). When you complete the Census, you protect your voice, voting power, and equal representation in government.
This 9-question confidential survey takes 10 minutes to do—online (at my2020Census.gov) by phone (844-330-2020) or by mail. Everyone has the right to safely participate through October 31. Yes, everyone—citizen or not—even babies count. And despite what you may have heard, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
Now, more than ever, it’s time to resist erasure and claim your fair share.
It’s time to come to your Census.
Photograph of artwork in situ in San Francisco's Mission District by David Elliott SOCIAL MEDIA CAPTION TO POST MIGUEL ARZABE'S 'HERE' ON YOUR CHANNELS
Whether it’s putting money into schools and community food programs, protection from discrimination, or freedom from violence, our communities deserve to be made whole. The 2020 Census is a tool for change—use it!
Direct federal funding to your community TODAY by filling out the Census online (at my2020Census.gov) , by phone (844-330-2020) or by mail—and each person in your household (including you), whether a citizen or not, brings $20,000 into your community over the next ten years for these vital resources. Plus, an undercount in the 2020 Census could cost your state one of its seats in the House of Representatives (which would go to another state!)
Artwork by @Miiguel.Arzabe for @artandaction.us ' #ComeToYourCensus campaign
powered by @sf_immigrants + HQ'd at @ybca
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About Art+Action Art+Action—a coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched a multilingual arts-driven campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. Ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), and in partnership with trusted institutions and messengers including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—our Headquarters and a Lead Partner—we've launched a campaign comprised of artist commissions, public programming, community events, exhibitions, and performances to galvanize communities to participate to receive their fair share of resources and political representation for the next decade.