FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–June 16, 2020

Power Coalition’s Juneteenth Week Continues with a Census Day of Action & Virtual Collegiate Kickback

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice continues our Juneteenth Week of Action on Tuesday, June 16, with a Census Day of Action and virtual collegiate kickback.

NEW ORLEANS, LA | June 16, 2020—As part of our Juneteenth Week celebration, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice (PCEJ–http://powercoalition.org) will be leading a Census Day of Action on Tuesday, June 16, which will culminate with a virtual collegiate kick back event on Zoom featuring DJ Retro. We’ll be following that up with a day of action and learning to support striking sanitation workers in New Orleans.

“The Power Coalition is providing more than $100,000 to church groups and grassroots organizations across the state to get the word out about how important Census participation is to the future of our communities,” said PCEJ Census Director Janea Jamison. “Your power starts with being recognized as an individual, and it’s the first step to political representation. Census data determines how our political maps are drawn at the local, state, and federal level, and those maps are vital parts of how we reimagine our systems and create pathways to justice, liberation, & freedom.”

In the evening, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., we’ll be hosting a fun virtual kickback for college students, co-hosted by students from Dillard University and LSU, featuring DJ Retro. This will be an opportunity for students to gather online, relax, have fun, and do a little dancing. Register at bit.ly/CollegeKickback.

People can sign up to do volunteer Census outreach via phone banking or text message outreach at powercoalition.org/censusvolunteer, and you can learn more about our full Census campaign at powercoalition.org/count-me-in-census-2020. And be sure to fill out your Census at my2020census.gov.

The Census day of action is one of several events, digital meetings, and actions that the Power Coalition is organizing during this year’s week of Juneteenth. On Wednesday, June 17, we will join striking sanitation workers for a walk-along from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to help educate the communities they serve about why they’re striking. We will meet in the Winn-Dixie parking lot at 701 Chef Menteur Hwy to start the walk. Later that evening, at 6:00 p.m., we will hold space for a listening session with the workers so they can continue to share their stories. Register at: bit.ly/StandWithSanitation.

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice works to build voice and power in traditionally ignored communities, with a focus on communities of color. We are a coalition of groups from across Louisiana whose mission is to organize in impacted communities, educate and turn out voters, and fight for policies that create a more equitable and just system in Louisiana.

What: 

Census Day of Action

Virtual Collegiate Kickback

Sanitation Workers Walk-Along

Sanitation Workers Listening Session

When: 

June 16–all day and at 6:30 p.m.

June 17–11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Where:

June 16–powercoalition.org/censusvolunteer & bit.ly/CollegeKickback

June 17–701 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70126 & bit.ly/StandWithSanitation

Contacts:

Ashley Shelton, Executive Director, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, (225) 802-2435, ashelton@powercoalition.org

Peter Robins-Brown, Communications Director, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, (504) 256-8196, prb@powercoalition.org