“Every person counts in the eyes of God and every person must count in the eyes of the government,” says Pastor James Perkins, who calls all people of faith to get counted in the 2020 Census to ensure Black communities have the resources they need to thrive.
Rev. Dr. James Perkins, of Detroit’s Greater Christ Baptist Church, wants to see a real investment in Black people’s lives — in schools, healthcare, food programs. As a person of faith, he believes that everyone deserves the support they need to live healthy, safe, and dignified lives and knows the census is key to building Black communities.
As an expanding and downloadable series of video stories, quote graphics, and infographics, ‘Stories for Change’ helps census digital organizers keep their focus on getting people counted by employing authentic storytelling as a powerful organizing tool.
‘Stories for Change’ is a joint initiative of NextDayBetter and Census Counts. It features census advocates connecting census participation to a wide spectrum of advocacy, including racial justice, immigration, disability, labor, and faith. Each featured storyteller speaks directly to their communities on the opportunity the 2020 Census presents to claim the funding, resources, and political power they deserve.
When people see themselves in the census, when they understand the future they could build with more resources and more political power, they get counted. ‘Stories for Change’ is made possible with the collaboration of community organizations such as Arab American Institute, Arab Resource Organizing Center, The Arc, and Faith in Public Life.