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New York Counts 2020 Presents at African Communities Together

Before an engaged crowd of approximately fifty immigrants and descendants from a wide spectrum of African countries, New York Counts 2020 gave a census talk to members of African Communities Together (ACT) in Harlem. ACT, soon to celebrate its 5th year anniversary, is led by a charismatic executive director, Amaha Kassa. 

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The group's three prong approach focuses on immigration, language access, and jobs. Census 2020 was the main topic, followed by a presentation on the Civilian Complaint Review Board and advocacy for an African immigrant who died on the job whose employer tried to falsely claim he was a homeless person accidentally struck by one of its sanitation trucks.

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Diminishing political representation posed by an undercount in the Census was the threat that linked all the topics of the evening to a group that knows all to well how the lack of political representation at the federal and local level has threatened the lottery visa system under which many African immigrants come to the U.S., Temporary Protected Status, the Muslim Ban, police brutality, and workplace justice. After the census talk and discussion, ACT members unanimously voted to join New York Counts 2020!

Elizabeth Plum