Marches in Brooklyn encourage residents to fill out 2020 census
Elected officials and community members took to the streets in Brooklyn Sunday to spread the message about the importance of filling out the 2020 census.
The census march started at Brookdale Hospital was one of two marches that happened in the borough. The other started over in Sunset Park with both ending at Grand Army Plaza. The goal was to get as many people as possible to fill out the census.
Using a microphone to help spread the word, and marching alongside a band, elected officials and the community said they marched through neighborhoods that have low census response rates to encourage more people to fill it out.
Right now, the overall self-response rate for the city is 54%, with Brooklyn being the borough with the lowest rate at 51%.
Officials said that without a complete count of residents, the city is at risk of losing federal money for schools, hospitals, transit and other critical programs.
State Sen. Zellnor Myrie said that with this march he's hoping to increase those response rates.
"Brooklyn not only has some of the lowest census tracts in the city, but we have them in the state and in the nation. Black and brown communities have suffered the most. We need the most resources," Myrie said.
The deadline to complete the census for the decade is Oct. 31.