Census 2020 #MakeBrooklynCount
Census 2020 will shape the next ten years of our lives. In 2010, Brooklyn was the most under-counted large urban area in the country, with a response rate of 54% in comparison to an average of 76%. Check out our census presentation to learn more.
March 12-30 —> Every household will receive a letter from the U.S Government with a code to fill the census out online
April 1 —> Census Day! Please encourage everyone to fill out the Census by this date
Please join us on March 1st, from 6-8 p.m., at the Brooklyn Commons Cafe (388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217) to help us plan our census and voter outreach activities from now through the November 3rd.
DOWNLOAD census flyers to print and post in you neighborhood HERE.
New Law Alert: 16 and 17 year olds can now pre-register to vote! Future voters should use the new voter registration forms available HERE.
#RESTORE THE VOTE
Those of us who attended BVA’s #restorethevote forum and/or have researched this topic know and understand that New York’s voting laws are steeped in racism. And to uphold these laws, more than a century later, without any reflection on why they were passed and if they are still needed does a disservice to all New Yorkers. Nowhere in our constitution does it state that a person loses their citizenship when convicted of a felony. Instead, the restrictions to felony enfranchisement are by operation of political calculations that we have the duty, and the right, to question.
While we at BVA are advocating for universal voting, where losing the right to vote becomes the exception (like in instances of election fraud) rather than the rule. We understand that not everyone is ready for such transformational change (six million people across the nation have lost their right to vote) and that opinions will not change in a day. Therefore, if you are not supportive of universal voting, we challenge you to first, engage with your individual understanding of this issue and formulate your reasons for non-support, and second, to share your opinions and work with us as we explore our advocacy in this area. We want to hear all voices as we work towards our goal of establishing a more just democracy. Want to learn more?
View or Download our one-sheet on felony disenfranchisement.
Check out The Sentencing Project. HERE.
The New York Times op-ed “Tell Me Again Why Prisoners Can’t Vote.” HERE.
2016 article from The Atlantic: Polls for Prisons. HERE.
Whether you support universal voting or you are not ready, BVA has 2 goals regarding felony disenfranchisement:
- To gather information on whether your representative supports codifying Governor Cuomo’s executive order granting a conditional pardon to people on parole, thereby restoring their right to vote and/or universal voting and
- To demand that the state legislature pass legislation codifying Governor Cuomo’s executive order
Please also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you receive an answer to these questions of wish to learn more or discussion felony restoration.