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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Its Coming and Its Important

The 2010 National Census. 

Here are Five Myths about the Census.

For us here in Lowell, one of the key questions is if the Commonwealth will lose a seat in the US House of Representatives,  which will trigger not only a redistricting, but also the danger of even more extreme Gerrymandering.  If those people on Beacon Hill have time on their hands they should be finding a non-partisan way to redistrict the Commonwealth.

Regards  —  Cliff

  And, the practical result of that would be for the Sixth District, our district, to get broken up like we were Chelmsford, into several other districts.  That would not necessarily be good for this part of the Merrimack River Valley.


The New Englander said...

There is going to be a census community powwow at the library on the 24th. I will post the details..I've got 'em in my inbox somewhere..

C R Krieger said...


Regards  —  Cliff

Jack Mitchell said...

I have heard two rumors about minority participation in the census, here in MA.

1) A Hispanic radio celebrity is urging fellow Hispanics to not participate in the Census.

2) A community leader is urging Brazilians to only participate, IF the government is willing to increase opportunities for under served groups. It seems that the Brazilians are catching on to the political mojo behind the Census. They are willing to barter.

In regards to CD5, it may be wise to take the Brazilian approach.

PS. The loss of CD5 is not a sure thing. It is a talking point because Tsongas is the junior Rep and GOPers like to suggest that Dems only think in terms of tenure.

C R Krieger said...

Maybe.  Who is going to bargin with whom?  Who is going to make the promises?  Who is going to execute?  I think minorities are only hurting themselves.  This is not Europe in the 1930s.

On the other hand, the current Congressional District 5 may be safe, thanks to William dela Hunt.  Developments I had not fully considered when I wrote the original post have made themselves obvious.  Specially, if Dr Amy Bishop has torpedoed Mr dela Hunt's run for re-election, then the seat will be occupied by a new person, who may not have the clout to save that particular district.  Stranger things have happened.

Regards  —  Cliff

The New Englander said...

CSP Community Forum Presents:
"How can the 2010 Census help our community and how can our community help the 2010 Census?”

Who?: The Community and Social Psychology (CSP) graduate students at UMass Lowell invite you to engage in discussion about hot topics in Lowell.

What?: Join us for a community discussion about the 2010 Census! We will discuss what the Census is and why it is important to our community.

When?: Wednesday, February 24th 2010 from 7:00-8:30pm

Where?: Pollard Memorial Library

401 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA. 01852

Why?: This particular forum is to discuss the 2010 Census and how it supports our community and why we should support it back, however, these forums are also meant to be a space to connect community members and facilitate more communication between organizations in Lowell.

Jack Mitchell said...

Many illegals are scared to be counted. I can understand their hesitancy.

I don't know who would be bargained with. ACORN?