NJ Immigrant Trust Directive

The NJ Office of the Attorney General has launched their “Immigrant Trust Directive,” a set of rules designed to strengthen trust between local law enforcement officers and immigrant communities.

The Immigrant Trust Directive put out a series of videos explaining the new rules and policies. You can watch them below. You can also read a summary of the Directive here.

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How Your Faith Community Can Become a 2020 Census Partner

In many ways Paterson is a community of faith and you, our faith leaders, are some of our most respected and trusted voices. You know how to reach your congregation and members, and you play an essential role in their well-being. This is why it is so important that you join the campaign for a complete count in the upcoming U.S. Census, and become a 2020 Census partner.

Paterson Interfaith March for Peace and Unity, photo courtesy of Kate Albright

The United States Census Bureau has created a fact sheet describing how faith leaders and faith communities can partner with the Census to ensure an accurate count in their communities. Please read the sheet, or visit 2020census.gov/partners to learn more about how your congregation can help to make sure that everyone in Paterson Counts!

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for Census worship weekend, March 27-29, 2020!

How Can NJ Get a Complete Count in 2020? Ask Nonprofits and Philanthropy Organizations

The New Jersey Complete Count Commission has been working with nonprofits and philanthropic organizations from all around the state to get the word out about the 2020 Census. According to NJ Spotlight, members of the New Jersey Council of Grantmakers have already pledged over $1 million toward outreach and awareness campaigns surrounding the upcoming Census. In a conference this week, lawmakers asked organizations to contribute even more to fund initiatives such as multilingual training materials for children and families, and laptop stations at houses of worship.

Much of the outreach is focused on the controversial citizenship question that may appear on the 2020 Census. State and nonprofit representatives are urging every single household to complete the Census form regardless of citizenship status. An inaccurate count can lead to a reduction in state and local government funding, which may force cities to eliminate community services and programs for children and families.

How to Handle the Citizenship Question

NALEO Educational Fund, the nation’s leading nonprofit, non-partisan organization for Latino civic engagement, has published a comprehensive guide to the debate surrounding the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The guide, written primarily for community leaders and stakeholders, explains the potential outcomes for the decision that the Supreme Court will make about the citizenship question and how to respond to each scenario.

For more information and resources in English and Spanish, visit www.hagasecontar.org.

Securing Our Children’s Future

A complete census count is essential for providing necessary resources for children—especially Latino children— says MomsRising.org, a grassroots activism and education blog for women.

In 2010, nearly half a million Latino children under the age of four were not counted. If these children are not counted in the 2020 Census, it could have serious effects on their schools and educational resources, fair representation in Congress, and the enforcement of civil rights policies that affect underrepresented communities.