The deadline to complete the census is quicky approaching and as we've mentioned, New York's count is lagging behind where it was ten years ago. That's also true for communities of color which are seeing low response rates. The census is crucial because it helps determine how much money the state receives from the federal government and how representation in Congress is apportioned.
Debora Brown-Johnson, the president of the Albany NAACP, is working to make sure communities of color are counted in the Census as it is scheduled to end early this year.
But that's a challenge amid the COVID pandemic as gathering places like churches and other centers of a community have had limits placed on how many people can gather.
I spoke with Brown-Johnson about the challenges she's facing and how they are working in the final weeks to count everyone.