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BREAKING NEWS + HOPE


VICTORY: A Federal Court Orders the 2020 Census to Continue Through October 31





We're writing with breaking news. Positive breaking news, for once.
 
A federal judge just barred the Trump administration from ending the 2020 Census early—blocking the current administration's efforts to skew congressional representation, redistricting, and critical community funding for the next 10 years.

The administration's plan to end the Census early would have cost our communities literally BILLIONS of dollars of federal funding. Undercounting has real consequences both for individuals and their communities, with each person counted directing $20,000 of federal tax dollars to the top 55 federal programs, including Head Start, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as many other essential programs that will help our communities recover from COVID-19.


This was also an effort to ensure that Trump could control Census figures to reallocate seats in the House of Representatives (for the next decade!)—to create a whiter, less urban and presumably more Republican population base for distributing House seats—and redraw thousands of political boundaries nationwide.
 
The Census will now continue through October 31. This is a victory for our communities!
 
Thank you to EACH AND EVERY ONE of you that make up our incredible nationwide community for your efforts to mobilize everyone you know to fill out the simple, confidential, 9-question Census. We have earned this additional month! 

We'll be back to you soon about the month ahead for Art+Action's 'Come To Your Census campaign (in the SF Bay Area, Texas, Florida, and beyond). In the meantime, look out for our digital mobile billboards that are spending the day in critical neighborhoods around San Francisco, and please continue to encourage your communities to fill out the Census TODAY at my2020Census.gov or by calling 844-331-2020.

Hundreds of thousands of households are still not counted, which means that BILLIONS of dollars will not reach these communities for the next decade! So, if that isn’t incentive enough to encourage everyone you know to fill out the Census, Art+Action will mail out free prizes to anyone who sends us proof of Census completion
 
Thank you again for your solidarity + energies.
 
Onwards,

Art+Action



Billboard artwork Make Sure You Count by Caroline Ryan
 



Create HOPE: Sanctuary City Project's DIY Stencil Workshop

Completing your Census + voting are more than civic duties–they’re acts of hope.






Completing the 2020 Census is an act of hope.

Your Census participation won’t just help our communities survive and thrive today—it will help them for the next decade—supporting them to recover from COVID-19 and face the challenges ahead. Completing the Census brings critical funding to our hospitals, healthcare, first responders, essential emergency services, affordable housing, nutrition programs, food assistance, schools, child care, public transportation, road repair, and more—for the next 10 years.

Usher in your weekend with some hope, and join artist Chris Treggiari of Sanctuary City Project (SCP), as he demonstrates how to make a stencil to create your own window or protest sign with supplies from around your house. 

Sanctuary City Project, led by Treggiari and Sergio De La Torre, serves as a public print shop where visitors can engage in dialogue while creating protest posters around topics of sanctuary, immigration, and self-empowerment toward political action. For Art+Action's 'Come To Your Census' campaign, they created a series of prints, including these "WHO COUNTS IN AMERICA?" posters which can be downloaded here from our Census Toolkit, distributed in your community, and posted to your social media channels.

Watch the DIY HOPE video HEREAfter you're done making your stencil, go see, SCP's Banners, on view at Berkeley Art Center through November 8.
 



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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 the Ford Foundation, and in partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, 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.
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