Georgia AAPI and Latino Census Complete Count Committees to host joint press conference post Supreme Court Decision on Citizenship Question

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2019

Norcross, Georgia – The Supreme Court of the United States, will make their decision in regards to the controversial addition of a Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census. That decision will likely be released on June 17th or June 24th. Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta (co-chairs, GA AAPI CCC),  Latino Community Fund, and GALEO (co-chairs GA Latino CCC) will hold a press conference on the day the decision is released to provide an explanation of the supreme court decision and next steps for Georgia’s AAPI and Latino communities.

Our organizations have joined legal action and actively advocated against the inclusion of the question for a year as it is an attempt to effectively erase the voices and power of immigrants and communities of color. We are hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the findings of three different lower court judges and protect the basis of our representative democracy. Regardless of the decision, we will not be deterred from having our communities counted.” said in a joint statement from the signing organizations. Georgia has one of the highest AAPI and Latino population growth in this nation. A complete count in the 2020 Census will ensure critical funding and representation for our families over the next decade. Census data are crucial to allocating seats in Congress, drawing accurate election districts and ensuring equitable distribution of federal funds for a wide range of vital social service programs. We are collectively committed to ensuring our growing communities are accurately counted and secure the dollars, political representation, and power they deserve.

WHO:                       Gigi Pedraza, Executive Director, Latino Community Fund

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, GALEO

          Karuna Ramachandran, Deputy Director, Advancing Justice – Atlanta

Victoria Huynh, Vice President, Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)

WHEN:        June 17, 2019 at 1:45 PM EST

                       OR

                      June 24, 2019 at 1:45 PM EST

WHERE:      Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

5680 Oakbrook Parkway, Suite 148

Norcross, GA 30084

CONTACT:  Karuna Ramachandran, kramachandran@advancingjustice-atlanta.org, 404.585.8446

                      Jerry Gonzalez, jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta (AAAJ-Atlanta)  s the first and only legal advocacy nonprofit dedicated to the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Our mission is to protect and promote the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy advocacy, legal services, organizing & civic engagement, and impact litigation.

Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc Center for Pan Asian Community Services(CPACS) is a private nonprofit located in Atlanta, Georgia. Our mission is to promote self-sufficiency and equity for immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy.

Georgia Association for Latino Elected officials (GALEO)  – GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) supports Latinx-serving nonprofits in Georgia with advocacy, program development, technical assistance and grant making. Our mission is to be a catalyst for investment, collaborative work, and positive narrative with and within the Latinx/Hispanic Community in Georgia.

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