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Page 8                                                                      The Fayetteville Press July/August 2018 Edition






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                          2020 CENSUS OFFERS BIG BENEFIT — $988 PER PERSON

                                                            COUNTED, EXPERT SAYS                                                        prompted El Pueblo to join the Mexican American Legal Defense
                                                                                                                                        and Education Fund’s lawsuit against the Trump administration.
                                                                                                                                             At the briefing, skeptics of the lawsuit’s potential to suc-
                                                  By Khalil Abdullah, Special to Trice Edney News Wire from Ethnic Media Services       ceed believe that, regardless of the court’s ruling, the trust between
                                                                                                                                        immigrant communities and the federal government has been ir-
           RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Like a massive Atlantic
      wave quietly swelling, then forcefully breaking on the shores of the                                                              reparably damaged.  Cynics went one step further, arguing that the
                                                                                                                                        purpose of adding the citizenship question was to politicize the
      Outer Banks, controversies about the 2020 Census are disrupting                                                                   immigration debate.
      North Carolina’s status quo well before the final count results two                                                                    “People aren’t stupid,” one attendee said.
      years from now.
             “I feel an undercount coming,” said Octavia Rainey, “a                                                                          Chavi Koneru, executive director of North Carolina Asian
      national undercount, as well as one in North Carolina, certainly one                                                              Americans Together, said that adding the citizenship question will
      in Raleigh because of an undercount of the Black community and                                                                    make her organization’s job harder to convince people to partici-
      other minorities.”                                                                                                                pate because some, particularly non-citizens, will wonder if they
             Undercounts occur for a variety of reasons and they mat-                                                                   will become a target.
      ter because federal money and its subsequent disbursement to states,                                                                   “Asian Americans have been the fastest growing racial group
      counties and cities, flow as a result of the collective responses to that is displacing low- and middle-income residents, often African Americans, with new homeowners and renters,  in North Carolina,” Koneru said, but the breadth of its diversity
      those individual census inquiries.                “mostly White,” she says.                                                       includes “20 different ethnicities, including several significant refu-
             The costs of nonparticipation will be high, according to  “Where is the money?” Rainey pointedly asked, referring to the current underfunding of the cost of  gee populations from Southeast Asia.” The net result is a vast
      Dr. Rebecca Tippett, founding director of Carolina Demography at counting.                                                        range of cultural and societal experiences where understanding the
      the Carolina Population Center at UNC Chapel Hill.  “The estimated  Typically, funds are available to hire locals to assist in the door-to-door canvassing to reach those who  objectives of the Census and its functions can be misunderstood.
      average loss in federal dollars, annually, for every individual missed otherwise would be missed or those who failed to respond to other forms of outreach.  Consequently, Koneru explained that the myth “that all
      in North Carolina is $988.  Those people are still showing up in  Rainey detects a growing disquiet among African Americans in the promises of the better quality of life  Asian Americans are affluent and well-educated” is a misconcep-
      programs and they still need to be served.”  Unfortunately, by law, Census revenue is supposed to bring.  Such allocations funnel money to schools, hospitals, clinics and infrastruc-  tion that underestimates the very real needs for services that will
      people who don’t respond to the Census cannot be added in later ture, but Rainey said people often don’t think they have benefited enough from the $16 billion funneled to North  not be delivered to those in need unless there is an accurate count
      through estimated counts, Tippett said.           Carolina due to 2010 Census results.                                            from the Census.
             The Census Bureau uses HTC, Hard to Count, as short-  That sense of unease is shared by Wanda Hunter, who, like Rainey, is an African American born and  North Carolina’s population growth will likely result in the
      hand to designate subsets of the population that often present ob- raised in Raleigh.  “The same attitudes stop people from voting: ‘How is this going to help me,’ or ‘It never  addition of another seat in the House of Representatives, bringing
      stacles that impede census accuracy.  Rural communities, communi- changes anything,’ are the same attitudes that are going to make it hard to get people to participate in the Census,”  the state’s total to 14 members.  As the Census is used to reappor-
      ties where English is the second language, or those that lack access to Hunter said.  “And how are they going to count those people who lost their homes to gentrification, the people  tion congressional districts and redraw district lines inside states,
      the Internet at a time when self-reporting over the internet is being who are living in a homeless shelter or under a bridge?”    Carolina Demography Director Tippett explained that political
      allowed for the first time, are among examples of areas likely to have  Hunter worked as a school food server before providing bookkeeping services to Blueprint NC,  power and the allocation of federal dollars are only two of the
      diminished Census participation.                  another NC Counts Coalition member.  She said that learning that the number of homeless children in Raleigh’s  critical outcomes of the Census count.
             “In North Carolina, 16 percent of African Americans, 17 public schools is on the rise has been especially upsetting.            Another is the private sector’s use of Census data to make
      percent of Latinos and 14 percent of Asians live in Hard-To-Count  Hunter is now financial manager of the organization’s Raleigh office and has been demanding police  decisions about expansion, for example, by taking into consider-
      areas, according to the Census Bureau,” wrote Adam Sotak in a 2017 accountability, an issue that has been in the spotlight lately.   “I’m a single mother with three children.  I want my  ation the size and education of a potential workforce or a state’s
      article on North Carolina’s stake in the Census.  children to know that I was on the battlefield for them,” Hunter said.  She has been insistent about the need for  capacity to underwrite the cost of supporting needed infrastruc-
             Sotak, the public engagement director for NC Child, a African Americans to vote to reach their social and political goals and understands the importance of them being  ture.
      children’s advocacy organization, attended a recent media briefing on counted in the Census.  Full participation, however, will be difficult to achieve, she believes, partly because of the  Stacey Carless, born and raised in Raleigh by a Jamaican
      the Census held in Raleigh and sponsored by the Leadership Confer- pressing demands of daily survival.                            immigrant family, reminded attendees that the first Census in 1790
      ence Education Fund in partnership with Ethic Media Services and  And now, if a question about one’s citizenship status is added, she fears that many Latinos and Asian  was exclusionary in intent and by design.  Indians were not counted
      the N.C. Counts Coalition. The event brought together media from Americans will not participate as well.  Rainey and Hunter support advocates from Latino and Asian American  and African Americans in bondage were counted only as three-
      North Carolina’s diverse communities with advocates and experts on communities who oppose adding the question about U.S. citizenship on the next Census form.  fifths of a person.
      Census issues.                                         “We’ve really seen an increase in fear [in our communities], an increase in the experience of hostility under  Carless, the executive director of NC Counts Coalition and
             Octavia Rainey, a Raleigh native, is a reporter for The the current administration,” said Angeline Echeverria, executive director of El Pueblo Inc. that works to improve  a lawyer, is dedicated to bringing as many North Carolinians into
      Carolinian, an African American-owned newspaper that has been conditions for Latinos in Raleigh’s Wake County.                    the Census as possible.  Despite all the challenges the expanding
      championing its readers’ concerns for nearly 80 years.  Her perspec-  “We know that there are always challenges in getting community members who live in mixed-status  coalition faces, she reminds everyone that come April 1, 2020,
      tive on the Census is informed by her battles to preserve home families, who might have friends and family members who are undocumented, to participate in anything that the  there will be an enumeration.
      ownership and to promote affordable housing. She has strongly held government is initiating, including the Census,” she said.          “Those who are not counted are essentially invisible,” she
      opinions about the city’s failure to contain the wave of gentrification  But adding the untested question into an anti-immigrant climate racheted up by the administration,  said. “We can’t let that happen.”



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                                                                                                           Powerful Protection from Chicken Soup
                                                                                                                (Taken from “The Kitchen Table Book”)



                                                                                                       Sometimes  old  wives’  tales  aren’t  just  tales.  For  example,
                                                                                                  chicken soup has been scientifically proven to help you fight off

                                                                                                  the miserable symptoms of a common cold. It has not one but three
                                                                                                  weapons to help put you on the road to recovery.
                                                                                                       When a cold virus attacks, virus-killing “hit men” called neu-
                                                                                                  trophils gang up and fight back. But instead of just killing the
                                                                                                  virus, they also trigger inflammation in your airways. This can

                                                                                                  cause a chain reaction that stirs up cold symptoms and makes you
                                                                                                  miserable. Stephen Rennard, a lung disease specialist at the Uni-
                                                                                                  versity of Nebraska Medical Center, tested various chicken soups

                                                                                                  and  discovered  the  secret  to  their  powerful  defense.  The  soup
                                                                                                  causes fewer neutrophils to gang up, which translates to less in-
                                                                                                  flammation and milder cold symptoms.
                                                                                                       The protein in chicken contains compounds that act a little
                                                                                                  like medicines. For example, cysteine is an amino acid unleashed

                                                                                                  while  chicken  is  cooking.  This  amino  acid  is  similar  to
                                                                                                  acetylcysteine – a mucous-thinning drug used against bronchitis.
                                                                                                       Research shows that sipping this soup hot can help clear up

                                                                                                  congestion, keep you hydrated and ease the pain of a sore throat.
                                                                                                  Both the steam and the liquid from the soup can help you heal.
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