NEW JERSEY- Leaders from faith and community-based organizations, higher education institutions, law enforcement, state, and local government officials, and business leaders have come together to form New Jersey’s Interfaith Action Movement (I AM).

I AM is led by Rev. Derrick L. Green, Senior Adviser for Diversity, Faith, Urban and Regional Growth for New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy.  Rev. Green points to the mission of I AM “to address the spiritual, social and economic needs of underserved and marginalized communities” as the push behind this effort.  “One of the ways to help the underserved is to be counted.” The  diverse, action-oriented coalition is coordinating a state-wide strategy to peak awareness of the U.S. Census specifically focused on hard to count (HTC) populations  within the state of New Jersey. The I AM efforts centerpiece is a series of  successful, informative Census Family Reunion Sundays,  both  webinars and live events,  which have been happening during the month of September   in advance of the new Census deadline of September 30, 2020.

The honorary co-chairs for Census Family Reunion Sundays are Mildred C. Crump, President, Newark City Council, Tency A. Eason, Vice President, Orange City Council and Kaleem Shabazz, President, Atlantic City Council.

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On  9/27/2020,    I AM   will be hosting another  Census Family Reunion Sunday park event  filled with many activities for everyone including a live DJ, free ice cream, games, dancing, giveaways, voter registration and 2020 Census support and assistance.  The event  will be held at Orange's Monte Irvin Park coordinated  by Reverend Eyesha  Marable, Pastor of Mount Zion AME Church, Millburn and partner the Community Improvement Association of the Oranges  from 3:30-5:30pm.  It is not too late to be counted!

Media Contact: Sherrill Austin  Email: communityimprovement@verizon.net

General Inquiries: Contact Elder Pamela B Jones, Director of Communities in Cooperation, Email  cicdirector@yahoo.com

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