Statewide Indigenous coalition kicks off 2020 Census Week of Action in California September 7-12

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2020 California Census Indigenous Peoples Day is September 10

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Native People Count California

The Native People Count California (NPCCA) campaign, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), and Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) will kick off an unprecedented statewide Indigenous Week of Action for the 2020 Census in California from September 7-12.

On September 10, Native People Count California, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, and Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project will celebrate the 2020 California Census Indigenous Peoples Day. Other themed days throughout the week include the following:

Tribal/Urban Week of Action Activities

Monday, September 7: Labor Day Holiday, Blessings/Songs, Recognizing Migrant Workers

Tuesday, September 8: Blessing/Songs + California Native Vote Project Hosted Event

Wednesday, September 9: Tribal Call-In Day!

Thursday, September 10: 2020 California Census Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday, September 11: 9/11 Remembrance

Saturday, September 12: Essential Worker and Native Census Hero Appreciation

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Week of Action Activities

Monday, September 7: Labor Day Recognition

Tuesday, September 8: #FaithfulCensus. Teach-in for pastors and clergy

Wednesday, September 9: Queer Trans Pacific Islanders (QTPI)

Thursday, September 10: 2020 California Census Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday, September 11: Honoring service members, essential workers, and organizations who have provided food distribution and PPE

Saturday, September 12: #YouthfulCensus + Dance party

United We Count! 2020 California Census Indigenous Week of Action flyer.
United We Count! 2020 California Census Indigenous Week of Action flyer.(Image: Native People Count California)

The new deadline to complete the 2020 Census is September 30. Native People Count California, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, and Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project encourage everyone to complete the Census TODAY by mail, phone (858) 285-7539, or online at www.my2020census.gov.

Our grassroots partnership recognizes that Indigenous peoples are considered “hard-to-count” under the Census. Our partnership allows us to engage all of our communities with a strong, clear, and unified voice and amplify our efforts to provide an accurate count of Indigenous peoples, including urban and rural Native Americans and Indigenous migrant communities in the 2020 Census.

Visit www.nativepoeplecountca.org for more information about how you can participate in next week’s activities.

About Native People Count California

Native People Count California is the official California complete count – Census 2020 tribal media outreach campaign. Launched in January 2020 – the Native People Count California campaign is a collaboration between the Governor’s Office of the Tribal Advisor, the California Complete Count – Census 2020 office, and Tribal Media Outreach Partners NUNA Consulting Group, LLC, California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. (CIMC), and the California Native Vote Project (CNVP). Native People Count California was created with the belief that the 2020 Census is an integral piece to upholding the fiduciary responsibility by the United States federal government to Tribes and its delegated authority to state and local governments.

About Empowering Pacific Islander Communities

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities is a national organization based in Los Angeles and was established in 2009 by a group of young Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) leaders who recognized the urgency to address the growing needs of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families. With experiences ranging from grassroots organizing to higher education administration, these young leaders identified an immediate need to build a strong and unified advocacy voice for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders; a need for data that serve as testament to the needs of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families; and a need for a pipeline of strong leaders who can be advocates and influencers in, and on behalf of, the community. 

Since its inception, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities has rooted its work in advocating on behalf of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families; building partnerships within and outside the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community; creating tools and resources to support organizational and community capacity; and developing leaders and advocates. Empowering Pacific Islander Communities is fiscally sponsored by Community Partners.

About Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project

The Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) unites indigenous leaders and allies to strengthen the Mixtec and indigenous immigrant community in Ventura County, estimated at 20,000 people. Most are strawberry farmworkers, and many speak primarily their indigenous language. Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project’s majority-indigenous staff builds community leadership and self-sufficiency through education and training programs, language interpretation, health outreach, humanitarian support, and cultural promotion. We organize the community to advocate for shared concerns. Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project reaches approximately 6,000 individuals each year. Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project is also the founder and home of Radio Indigena, out of Oxnard, California, a radio station with programming in indigenous languages such as Mixteco.

Read about the recent and exciting partnership announcements:

2020 Census Outreach brings Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project in Statewide Indigenous Coalition Partnership with Native People Count California

Native People Count California Announces Partnership with Empowering Pacific Islander Communities in California 2020 Census Outreach

United We Count! 2020 California Census Indigenous Week of Action. EPIC, NPCCA, MICOP.
(Image: Native People Count California)
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