The Road Tour kicked off, and they’re counting in Alaska - The 2010 Census is underway! In February and March, forms will appear in mailboxes; and in April, census workers will begin rapping on doors.
At the BL Show, we’re planning to cover it as only we can – with a crowdsourcing, interactive project. We call it '10 Questions that Count.' In the next couple of months we’ll roll out a new website for your stories: about being counted, why you’re hard to count, and how you define your community. We’ll focus on the 10 questions the census asks - but we also want to know what question you’d want to ask everyone in the country.
Why are we covering the census? Well, it’s a massive undertaking that determines how $400 billion per year in federal funding gets allocated. It also has the potential to redistribute seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. And this year the Census Bureau is making a huge effort to reach people who are hard to count and to make the census seem friendly, like a big group picture we can all be in:
How are we going to cover it? On air and online, it’s an opportunity for us to have conversations about how we live now, how our lives have changed over the past ten years, and how we identify ourselves in ways our government can’t define.
When do we get going? On March 10th, we’ll have a special show in the Greene Space, partnering with Feet in Two Worlds to talk about the challenges of counting a city with so many first-generation Americans.
Meanwhile, interesting things have already been happening around here. We got our hands on one of the solicitation letters from the Republican National Committee, which looks a whole lot like what a census form might…
The flurry of stories surrounding that mailing is only the beginning of what’s sure to be an interesting year.
How can you help? Please comment below about what you’d like to see covered on the show! And then for a chuckle, watch this census-themed sketch with Christopher Walken.
And stay tuned...