CITY OF ATLANTA: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Launches ATL Counts Ahead of Census 2020
City of Atlanta issued the following announcement on April 4.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms launched ATL Counts Census 2020 – a year-long effort to educate and mobilize Atlanta residents for the upcoming decennial Census. This citywide campaign has an aggressive mission to reach, teach and count every person living in the City of Atlanta. The U.S. Constitution mandates every person living in the United States be counted every 10 years. This includes all ages, races, ethnic groups and citizenship status, including non-citizens. An accurate count is critical to ensure Atlanta receives its fair share of public resources to support everything from Head Start to public transportation.
“This is more than just a count,” said Mayor Bottoms. “The Census is about representation of each resident and ensuring our communities are reflective of the Atlanta we see every day. We have put together a team that represents the diversity of all Atlantans to ensure no one is left behind. I am confident that with everyone working together, we can get to an accurate count.”
Congressman John Lewis will join Mayor Bottoms to serve as Co-Chair of ATL Counts and help lead a diverse group of corporate and civic partners who have been identified to serve on the Atlanta Complete Count Committee.
This group, in coordination with the U.S. Census Bureau, will implement a strategic action plan to ensure the city’s most difficult-to-reach populations are counted – an aggressive 80% Census form return goal has been set.
“An accurate census count is very important to the future of Atlanta,” said Rep. John Lewis. “Census information is used to determine how much the federal government will contribute to the city’s efforts to build better roads, better schools, better transportation, fund food assistance programs, fire management programs, small business development programs and much, much more. I applaud the Mayor for working to ensure that the federal government gets this done in our city and get this done right.”
Additionally, targeted outreach will be conducted, and specialized subcommittees will be established to further ensure every person is counted from newborns to college students; from the Southside to Northside; from our immigrant communities to our homeless population. With the help of the Complete Count Committee, Atlanta will count everyone.
Atlanta Complete Count Committee Members include:
James Alexander, Mercy Housing
Chris Bauman, SEIU
Randy Beall, North Georgia Building Trades
Mark Becker, Georgia State University
Andrea Boone, Atlanta City Council
Preston Brant, Office of Human Services
Helen Butler, Coalition for the People's Agenda
Kimberlyn Daniels, WorkSource Atlanta
Nancy Flake-Johnson, Urban League of Greater Atlanta
Chris Gilmore, Emerging 100
Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO and GA Latino CCC
Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality
Howard Grant, Atlanta Housing
John Haupert, Grady Hospital
William Hawthorne, Mayor's Office of Equity
Denise Hendricks, Headline News
Doug Hertz, Atlanta Committee for Progress
Rev. Bettye Holland Williams, Concerned Black Clergy
Raphael Holloway, Gateway 24/7
Alvin Huntspon, Lost N Found Youth
Tim Keane, Planning Department
John Lewis, US Congressman
Rohit Malhotra, Center for Civic Innovation
Michelle Maziar, Welcoming Atlanta
Dr. Margaret Mckenzie, Atlanta Public Schools
Erika Mitchell, Atlanta School Board
Eduardo Munoz, Atlanta Youth Representative
Amol Naik, Mayor's Office of Resilience
Elizabeth Omilami, Hosea Feed the Hungry
Jeff Parker, MARTA
Alicia Phillip, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
Terry Ross, Community Representative
Dr. Victoria Seals, Atlanta Technical College
Joyce Sheperd, Atlanta City Council
Doug Shipman, Woodruff Arts Center
Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity
Mohammad Tomeh, Al Farooq Masjid of Atlanta
Anibal Torres, Latin American Association
Sara Totonchi, Southern Center for Human Rights
Tene Traylor, Kendeda Fund
Charnette Trimble, Community Representative
Jackie Watson, Caribbean American Chamber
Dov Wilker, American Jewish Committee
Phillana Williams, Office of Entertainment
Marilyn Winn, Women on the Rise
Chaka Zulu, Celebrity & Entertainment
The ATL Counts Census 2020 campaign headquarters will be located at Dunbar Recreation Center (477 Windsor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312), in the heart of the Mechanicsville community. A number of transportation options are available for accessing the community-based center, including free parking on-site. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information about ATL Counts Census 2020, visit www.ATLCounts.org.
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