CaribID Questions Whether NYS Governor Patterson is Playing Politics With the Census Grant
Census grant deadline of
suddenly announced in a press statement on
Youth Core, which have been leading the Census education effort among this
bloc with their own resources since 2008, have been dismissed from among the
grant awardees of the
This despite the fact that based on CaribID’s advocacy a congressional and
senate bill was introduced in April and May of 2009 to call for a Caribbean
American origins category on U.S. Census forms.
And that CaribID is the main group at the forefront of leading the push
through partners in the media, churches and groups in
nationally, to educate
Yet funds have been allocated to two
background or track record in publicly raising the Census as a concern since
their existence, but have now expressed interest given the fact that there is
a two million carrot at stake. And the governor’s office has failed to look at
track records on this issue and handed the carrots to these groups.
that this bloc is the most undercounted across the city.
“The decision is an insult and an outrage and begs the question as to the
transparency of this grant application process,” said
of CaribID. “Were applications even reviewed or studied based on
organizations’ track record on this issue or was the decision made based on
groups that are supporters and cronies of the governor?”
The CaribID founder added that the decision smacks of the complete and
continued dismissal of the Caribbean American bloc, even by the U.S. Census
itself. To date, said Persaud, no
been allocated a slice of the
the 2010 Census.
“It’s a double whammy,” said Persaud.
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