BNHR Launches 2020 Census Campaign: ‘We Count because We Count’/‘Contamos porque Importamos’
El Paso, TX/Southern New Mexico—On Monday, April 1st, at 1 pm the Border Network will launch ‘We Count because We Count (Spanish: ‘Contamos porque Importamos’)’—a community-centered, inclusive effort to count every Borderlander in the 2020 Census.
In ‘We Count because We Count’ BNHR members will work with families, friends, and neighbors, teaching about the 2020 Census, training on the four ways (paper, internet, phone, in-person) to respond, and overcoming barriers of language and fear. We will work alongside partners in the U.S. Census Bureau, UTEP, and the El Paso and Dona Ana Complete Count Committees—this is an effort of the whole community, because our whole community counts.
April 1st, Census Day, marks one year before the 2020 Census. During this time, we will educate, train, and mobilize communities to assert themselves so their existence is recognized, communities represented, and well-being respected. We will safeguard the privacy of all persons. And we will ensure the Census meets its constitutional mandate to count ALL persons.
No matter who we are, no matter where we live, what language we speak, what our job is, or where we came from, ‘we count because we count’.
Institutions and organizations interested in collaborating with ‘We Count because We Count’ by hosting educational forums and trainings, providing volunteers, or with material support, can contact BNHR Census Coordinator Teresa Sotelo (email@example.com or 915-422-4822) or BNHR Census Field Organizer Irma Cruz (firstname.lastname@example.org or 915-222-6265).
WHAT: BNHR’s ‘WE COUNT BECAUSE WE COUNT’ 2020 CENSUS CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
WHEN: MONDAY, APRIL 1st (CENSUS DAY) AT 1 PM
WHERE: BNHR OFFICE (2115 N. Piedras Street)
The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.