Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter is working hard to make sure the African-American community does not get counted out of the results of the 2010 United States Census.
Last month, the census forms were delivered to every resident in the United States and Puerto Rico. For the African American community, it is important to be counted so issues and concerns that impact it are addressed appropriately and to the fullest.
Prior to the census launch, Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter’s Social & Political Action (SPA) Committee has been promoting Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s “Don’t Be Counted Out” census awareness campaign. E-mail blasts, text messaging and social media were used to raise awareness among its members and residents of the Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha communities about the 2010 Census. In addition, the SPA committee conducted community outreach about the 2010 census. Its activities have included information tables at various high traffic locations such as local grocery stores and school events. The SPA and Delta Sigma Theta’s Mental and Physical Health Committees collaborated together during Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter’s annual “Women’s Day”/“Delta Sigma Theta Census Awareness Day,” on February 27. U.S. Census resources and educational information were made available to members and guests to encourage their participation.
“If we don’t get counted, then we run the risk of losing congressional seats and be locked out of having state & federal funding to help our community,” said Kim Eubanks, the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter Co-Chair for Delta Sigma Theta’s Social & Political Action Committee.
“And Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is doing its part to make sure our community has its say,” added her Co-Chair, Julie Jackson.
Founded at Howard University in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has more than 200,000 members and 900 chapters in the United States, Germany, Korea, Japan and the Virgin Islands. The sorority provides community service around five key areas: educational development, economic development, mental and physical health, international awareness and social and political action.