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Media Advisory


Advocates for Children of New Jersey's Kids Count Coordinator, Alana Vega, will participate in the following press call organized by the NJ Institute of Social Justice. Below is their media advisory.

CONTACT:  Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | 917-273-7088) | ewgreenberg@njisj.org

Press Advisory: Ahead of August 7 deadline, Senator Booker, New Jersey Civil Rights Leaders Oppose Citizenship Question on Census 2020

Public Comment period is open until August 7

When: Tuesday, July 24 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Where: Press call. Please RSVP to New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Communications Director Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg at ewgreenberg@njisj.org or 917-273-7088 for call-in information.

What: On July 24 at 12:30 PM, Senator Cory Booker will join New Jersey civil rights leaders on a press call to condemn the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  The public comment period is open until August 7.

In March, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with the support of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice, announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask for citizenship status. Adding an untested and unnecessary citizenship question is a blatant attempt at intimidation and will certainly lead to an undercount in the nation’s urban areas and communities of color. A number of states, including New Jersey, and civil rights organizations have already sued to ensure there is no citizenship question.

Joining Senator Booker on the press call will be:

  • Ryan Haygood, President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  • Johanna Calle, Director, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
  • Sara Cullinane, Director, Make the Road New Jersey
  • Amol Sinha, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
  • Jesse Burns, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of New Jersey
  • Inge Spungen, Executive Director, Paterson Alliance
  • Alana Vega, Kids Count Coordinator, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
  • Scott Novakowski, Associate Counsel, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice




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