ICYMI: The Future of New York Depends on YOU.

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Census 2020:  Time is Running Out!
Census Ends on Friday, October 16th at 5:59AM.

The 2020 Census has been a tumultuous process, mired by the coronavirus pandemic, politics, and changing deadlines (see WCC President & CEO Carole Wacey’s take in Queens Chronicle).

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Census could be cut short, potentially jeopardizing congressional seats and essential federal funding for everything from schools and health care, to programming for women and girls.

As of this moment, households can still respond online at 2020Census.gov, by calling 844-330-2020, or by responding to an enumerator at their door. Please encourage everyone to complete the 2020 Census NOW, before it’s too late.
You still have time to complete the census. Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020.

In New York State, 63.9% of residents have responded to the census so far. A low response means that New York will lose congressional seats and essential federal funding for everything from schools and health care, to programming for women and girls. For every New Yorker who is not counted, the state will lose $3,750 per resident, per year, for the next ten years.
As one of the states hardest hit by the pandemic, it’s vitally important that we secure federal funding for New York to build more equitable communities in the future. As of today, it is not too late to participate, and we encourage all New Yorkers to get counted and spread the word!

  • Complete the Census TODAY. If you haven’t already completed the census, you can view the questions ahead of time so you know what to expect, and share with your family and friends who may have concerns about what will be asked.
  • Get the word out in your networks by sharing the WCC 2020 Census page. Feel free to share the post below on your social media channels to encourage participation: “It is not too late to respond to the 2020 Census. Census data is used to determine funding for schools, housing, health care systems, and so much more! Learn more about the 2020 Census here: https://wccny.org/census2020/

Vote in 2020: What is Your Voting Plan?

In this unprecedented year—with a pandemic upending healthcare, elections, and educational systems around the globe—there are many ways to ensure your voice is heard. What is your plan for voting on or before November 3rd? There are three main options for New Yorkers—select the one that feels most comfortable for you and spread the word that voting is safe and more important than ever.

Absentee Voting: Request Ballot by October 27th

Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting by absentee. Fill out the application completely and submit the request to your local election office by Tuesday, October 27th at the latest. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete and return it (and remember a stamp!). You can track your absentee ballot here.

  • Too late to return your ballot by mail? You can drop it off at any polling place within your county of residence on Election Day.

  • Attention Brooklyn voters! If you received a ballot envelope listing the wrong person, do not return your ballot. Instead, wait to receive a corrected absentee ballot packet and instructions, according to the New York City Board of Elections.

  • Mistakes to avoid: Here are seven common mistakes to avoid when casting your absentee ballot.

Early Voting: October 24th to November 1st  

If you’re concerned about long lines on Election Day, you can cast your ballot early—from October 24th to November 1st.

  • Find your poll site here. Please be aware that some early voting poll sites are different from Election Day poll sites.

  • Provisional ballot: If poll workers cannot locate your registration, you are entitled to vote by provisional ballot, which can be checked against the statewide registry to confirm your registration. Always ask poll workers to double check the poll book for your name.

In-Person Voting on Election Day: November 3rd 

The New York Board of Elections is working to ensure that all polling sites will be as clean and safe as possible, and the CDC has issued guidelines for election polling locations. Be sure to wear your mask and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces to stay healthy when voting.

  • Sign up to get out the vote with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and help share information about voter registration, vote by mail, and early voting. Join NYIC in mobilizing voters through phone and text banks!
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Share Your Voting Plan with WCC

Do you have a voting plan?
Let’s make our voices heard during this unprecedented election and help raise awareness about the different ways New Yorkers can exercise their right to vote.

Tell us:

  • How will you be casting your ballot — absentee, early, or in person on election day?
  • Where and when will you vote?
  • Post on your own social media channels and tag WCC, or share your voting plan with us at info@wccny.org and we’ll share it on our platforms.

Be sure to include a photo of yourself holding up a sign that says “I vote because…” Your sign could say “I vote because our future depends on it,” or “I vote because I believe in democracy.”

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Our City, Our Vote

WCC is a proud member of the Our City, Our Vote (OCOV) Coalition, which is currently fighting for the passage of New York City Council’s Intro. 1867. The bill will expand voting rights for municipal elections to nearly one million immigrant New Yorkers.
Our President and CEO, Carole Wacey, recently wrote about the importance of the legislation in the New York Daily News: “Immigrant New Yorkers have already built this city’s culture, education system, and economy—making up 46% of our city’s workforce. It’s time we let them help build our democracy, too.”

You can read the full article here

On September 16th, WCC participated in the OCOV Day of Action to encourage New York City Council Member to immediately schedule a hearing and pass this crucial piece of legislation.

Learn more about the legislation and its impact here

  • Encourage your elected officials to support the campaign and legislation through this fast and easy tool that emails your Council Member directly.
  • Contact your Council Member and ask them to schedule a hearing.

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Table Talk is an online speaker series that focuses on different topics related to civic engagement and offers opportunities for attendees to take action on issues important to them.
If you have attended our Table Talk events, we want to hear from YOU. Please take this 30-second survey about Table Talk events to help us develop more inclusive, exciting, and impactful content.

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Echoing all who care about equity and justice in our country, WCC was saddened to hear about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18th.

Our President and CEO Carole Wacey released the following statement about the iconic justice:

“WCC sends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and all of those who knew and loved Ruth Bader Ginsburg personally. She was a civil rights icon, a trailblazer, and an American hero, whose work remains integral to the fight for gender equity. May she rest in power now, knowing that those who she inspired will build on the seminal work she began during her lifetime. We stand in awe of her achievements.”
PARTNER NEWS

PowHer New York, a statewide coalition committed to securing economic equality for all New York women, is encouraging everyone who cares about justice to take part in the PowHer the Vote 2020 Campaign—a non-partisan initiative to amplify the call for racial and gender justice during the 2020 election season.

Every Wednesday at 2 PM between now and Election Day, PowHer New York is hosting social media rallies and pushing candidates to make gender and racial justice a cornerstone of their platform. The PowHer New York Roadmap has more information about how to create inclusive and intentional gender equity in New York. Read it here.

BOARD/SUPPORTER/
STAFF NEWS
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Board Member Dayanna Torres recently moderated a panel called “Latinas Running for Office: The Challenges of Grassroots Campaigning.”

The discussion featured candidates for elected office in New York City: Ischia Bravo, candidate for City Council District 15; Pierina Sanchez, candidate for City Council District 14; Nathalia Fernandez, candidate for Bronx Borough President; and Dianne Morales, candidate for New York City Mayor. They discussed the challenges of fundraising requirements, the issues they care about, and their motivations for participating in the political landscape. The panelists encouraged people to get involved in all areas of civic life.  You can check out the event here.

 ICYMI: WCC ON BRONXNET

On October 15th, BronxNet TV hosted WCC’s Program and Policy Manager Lea Giddins and Board Member Dayanna Torres (and Bronx native). Lea and Dayanna discussed voting, the 2020 Census, and the future of WCC’s Civic Matters programming.

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