Today: On "Teach-In Tuesday," NYC Census 2020 to Hold 60+ Events Across All Five Boroughs

Editor's note: Interviews with city officials, NYC Census 2020 Citywide Partners, and members of City Council are available upon request.

February 11, 2020

NEW YORK - On Tuesday, February 11th, NYC Census 2020 and its partner organizations will hold more than 60 civil rights-style teach-ins across all five boroughs to educate New Yorkers and encourage participation in the 2020 Census. This joint City-and-community activation represents a distinct evolution of the City's investment in community organizing and the building of a citywide civic engagement infrastructure.
The teach-ins, many of which will be conducted by local organizations presenting information in linguistically and culturally competent ways, will cover the critical importance of the census and how this year's Census will determine resources and representation for neighborhoods across New York City for the next ten years.

Teach-in Tuesday is part of the field strategy for the Complete Count Campaign, a historic and unprecedented partnership between a mayoral administration, the City Council, CUNY, and 157 community-based organizations across all five boroughs, as well as the city's three library systems, labor unions, and civic and private institutions of many types. With funding of $40 million, New York City's proactive response is the nation's largest municipal coordinated census campaign.

In 2010, the City's initial self-response rate was approximately 15 percentage points less than the national average. This approach is a first for municipal government anywhere, and is designed to leverage census participation as an opportunity to significantly increase civic participation, especially in historically undercounted communities.

New Yorkers can easily sign up for a teach-in in their neighborhood by visiting

Select events during "Teach-in Tuesday" are open to press. They include:

11:00 AM: Press Conference and Census Teach-In with Chinese-American Community in Flushing, hosted by MuseConnect New York, in collaboration with NYC Census 2020 and Census Citywide Partner Chinese-American Planning Council
Press Conference Speakers: NYC Census Director Julie Menin, MuseConnect Founder and Board Chair Pauline Haung
Teach-in Presented by: Amy Torres, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
Location: 133-32 41st Road (Frame Place / Main Street), Flushing, NY 11355
Contact: Isabel Urbano,, 650-580–1896

5:30 PM: NYC Census 2020 Teach-In, hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library, in collaboration with RiseBoro Community Partnership
Speakers Include: NYC Census 2020 Field Director Kathleen Daniel
Location: Brooklyn Public Library Flatbush Branch, 22 Linden Blvd (Flatbush Ave / Bedford Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11226 (Flatbush)
Contact: Isabel Urbano,, 650-580-1896

7:00 PM: NYC Census 2020 Teach-In, hosted by Garifuna Community Services
Speakers Include: Juan Rosa, Northeast Director of Civic Engagement for National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund (Census Citywide Partner), Leslie Arzun, Isha Sumner
Location: Evangelical Garifuna Church of the Bronx, 344 Brook Ave (E. 141st Street / E. 142nd Street), Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven)
Languages Spoken: Spanish, Garifuna
Contact: Gabriela Martins,, 407-923-8642

7:00 PM: NYC Census 2020 Teach-In, hosted by the Islamic Circle of North America
Speakers Include: Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, NYC Census 2020 Campaign Manager Jon Green
Location: 166-26 89th Ave (Merrick Blvd / 168th Street), Jamaica, NY 11432
Contact: Sona Rai,, 585-530-7484

7:30 PM: NYC Census 2020 Teach-In and Mill Basin Civic Association Meeting, hosted by Mill Basin Civic Association
Speakers Include: NYC Census 2020 Field Director Kathleen Daniel, Mill Basic Civic Association President Paul Curiale
Location: Mary Queen of Heaven School,1395 E 56th St (Entrance on E 56th, south of Avenue M), Brooklyn, NY 11234
Contact: Isabel Urbano,, 650-580-1896