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Reacting to Commerce Dept’s Appeal to SCOTUS to Block Secretary Ross’ Deposition

On Thursday, October 11th, members of New York Counts 2020 assembled outside the Manhattan Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan to protest the Commerce Department’s appeal to the Supreme Court to block Secretary Ross’ deposition.

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Liz OuYang opened the press conference, detailing the Commerce Dept’s repeated efforts to stop Ross’s deposition, starting with Judge Furman, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and finally twice at the Supreme Court. “You cannot use the Supreme Court to hide from the truth!

Afua Atta-Mensah, Executive Director of Community Voices Heard followed, “When people can’t do things fair, they sneak. They hide. They change the rules. And that’s exactly what the Secretary of Commerce is seeking to do.”  To roaring applause and cheers, Atta-Mensah ended with, “On November 5th, we ask all of you to come with us to the courthouse, to watch, to listen, to bear witness, and to organize with us for a fair count across the country.”

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Ashley Portillo, Coordinator of Health Programs at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services and Jorge Vasquez, Co-Chair of New York Counts 2020’s Advocacy Committee and Associate Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF spoke as well.

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The citizenship question, is one of many tactics by the current Administration to primarily target the Latino community and its growing voting power.

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Other New York Counts 2020 member organizations that were represented at the press conference included SEIU 32BJ, Center for Law and Social Justice-Medgar Evers College, NAACP-New York Branch, Chinese American Planning Council, MinKwon Center for Community Action, Asian American Federation, as well as college students from Columbia University’s Post 9/11 Immigration Policies course.

Media outlets in attendance included NPR and Univision.

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Elizabeth Plum