Not content to take up its proper role in the 2010 Census as a non-invasive TNSOL [Targetted Non-Sheltered Outdoor Location], Loaves & Fishes has determined that it will add coercion to the mix, which is sure to make an expected undercount of Sacramento's homeless population that much greater.
Rather that benignly, non-invasively offering a location where homeless people could fulfill their obligation to report data for the 2010 Census to Census Bureau workers, Loaves & Fishes has decided to act as Big Mommy and stick in their big snorting nose. L&F's inveigling action is sure to scare off many homeless people who will understandably feel that their privacy is being invaded.
A flier, worded as follows, has been distributed to homeless denizens of L&F's Friendship Park the last couple days:
Reporting of Census data is solely the responsiblity of those reporting ― adult citizens and others living in the United States. The circumstance at Loaves & Fishes is surely a unique one where use of coersion is employed: "Fill out the datasheet, or you won't eat or bathe, you homeless dog!" Census reporting at gunpoint by an organization that has no business meddling!ATTENTION
On Tuesday, March 30th 2010 Loaves & Fishes will be hosting the 2010 U.S. census, the census is vital to our area receiving funding for many homeless programs. At this time we are asking all who come to Loaves and fishes to participate. Because you are a citizen and you count!
On this date Friendship Park will be closed to those who do not participate... Census staff will be set up in the cul-de-sac to assist you in completing the census. Once you've completed the census you will be given an admission ticket to Friendship Park and to access services at Loaves & Fishes. I.e.; lunch, showers telephone etc.
We apologize for any inconveniences, this may cause.
It should be known that the official Census Date is April 1, and NOT March 30.
While the Census Bureau happily collects data given before the official date [How else could they hope to gather data from over 300 million Americans?], the obligation to report is by May 1 relating to one's circumstance on April 1 — but the sooner the better.
Homeless citizens, like all other Americans, have no legal obligation to report early. Nor should many of us report before the April 1 Census date, since, in many cases, homeless people's living circumstances can change day-by-day.
The logo of the 2010 Census appears in the upper-right of this blogpost. Must I point out that it reads "It's in Our Hands," and NOT "It's in Our Hands with Loaves & Fishes twisting your arm and reading over your shoulder"?