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NAACP extends outreach efforts to include voting registration, Census response

NAACP extends outreach efforts to include voting registration, Census response

Emily Ness
Updated: June 03, 2020 08:51 PM

Since its inception, the NAACP has played a pivotal role in supporting community members during difficult times. Now, in addition to providing face masks during the pandemic, the NAACP is encouraging people to fill out voter registration forms and the Census. This took place at their most recent mask distribution at Life House Wednesday.

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"It is hard to say enough about the NAACP and the importance of working for racial justice, educating for racial justice, talking about racial justice. The voices of black, Indigenous, people of color. The work is just critical. It always has been. It's really critical now,” Lynn Goerdt, Volunteer with the NAACP said.

"We’re really excited that the NAACP has been spreading out and doing these giveaways all over the city and we’re really excited to be the cite for the Downtown giveaway,” Mary Cowen Bantle, Program Manager at Life House said.

The NAACP has been distributing masks to members of the community for weeks.

"We have over 1,000 today, but during the previous seven distributions, we had about 3,000,” Abbey Delisle, Member of the NAACP’s Health & Equity Committee said. "As we know, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everybody, but it is especially affecting those most vulnerable—those with a lower socioeconomic status and black, indigenous and people of color and those who are homeless so the NAACP started these mask distributions."

Most recently, the NAACP has also begun registering people to vote.

“Voting is very powerful and its really important and every election is important, but we have a particularly important election coming up in addition to a local election,” Goerdt said.

The Census too is important to the NAACP because it determines funding for schools, community centers and other public spaces. Historically, minorities have been undercounted so the NAACP has begun helping collect Census responses.

"Its a way to be counted, its a way to be named and numbered and identified and then with that, resources can be obtained for the community so its really important to participate in the census,” Goerdt said.

The NAACP plans to host another mask distribution on Saturday. They welcome anyone who needs a mask to attend.

"We will have kids come get them for their moms and their neighbors. We have people come get them for their elderly relatives and people in their neighborhood and we will give a mask to anybody and everybody who needs one,” Goerdt said.

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