Hi students, we still have time to encourage other New Yorkers!

From surveying you, our own students (and receiving the confirmation of completion of the Census Questionnaire), we found the following results. The results are really great compared to the NYS and NYC response rates. (As of 6/25/20 from Response Rates)

Total PopulationPositive ResponsePercentage
US Adult Literacy28026494%
New York City52.7%
New York State57.1%

We would like to applaud your active participation. However, it’s a still long way to go for NYC’s active participation. Please tell three people (family and friends) to get counted by completing the Census Questionnaire because we can self-respond until 7/31. After that, Census takers will start visiting people’s places of residence.

How the Census Benefits Your Community

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

from Why We Conduct the Decennial Census
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Today Is Juneteenth!

Today is a special holiday in the United States. Read the article below and watch the video above to learn more about Juneteenth and then when you’re ready take the quiz to test your understanding! (Remember when watching videos you can slow it down by going to the Settings and changing the Playback Speed!)

From CNBC.com:

Juneteenth is a 155-year-old holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery in the U.S. It is celebrated on June 19 (the name is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”) because on that date in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas and informed slaves that the Civil War had ended and slavery had been abolished.

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Daytime Staff Say Goodbye (For Now…)

Congratulations to Daytime Students of 2020! It’s been been quite a year! Here are our daytime staff members with a special message – and below you can see who speaks when in the video:

0:00 – Hello from Leanne, our Program Associate

0:19 – Jon, Assistant Director

1:12 – Mayra, Literacy Zone Coordinator

1:47 – Lucian, Director

3:49 – Chris, Counselor

4:42 – Jinhee, Program Coordinator

5:04 – Naima, 0A & 0P Teacher

6:33 – Faye, Counselor

7:01 – Joe, 3A & 3P Teacher

8:05 – Simon, 2A & 2P Teacher

8:46 – Wendy, Culture Club Teacher

9:49 – Dehbia, 1B & 1C Teacher

10:33 – Sunjoo, 1A & 1P Teacher

11:35 – Benson, Counselor

12:09 – Hans, CCR-A & CCR-P Teacher

13:02 – 👋🏼 Bye-bye!

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Breonna Taylor

In addition to George Floyd, you may have heard the name Breonna Taylor in connection with recent Black Lives Matter protests. Read the brief summary of her case in English and traditional Chinese below, courtesy of Send Chinatown Love:

Justice for Breonna Taylor | Traditional Chinese/English

請點擊此連結了解更多關於布倫娜·泰勒(Breonna Taylor)、連署請願以及個人捐款等相關事宜

今天(六月五日)是 Breonna Taylor 的二十七歲生日。她曾是位受褒揚的緊急醫務人員,更想當上護士。

Today (6/5) is Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. She was an award-winning EMT and had aspirations of becoming a nurse.

三月十三日,她與男朋友 Kenneth Walker 在家裡,突然聽到有人闖入。

On March 13, Breonna and her boyfriend, Kenneth, were in bed when they heard people entering their house.

一群便衣警察,也沒敲門,就破門而入。他們聲稱有搜索令,懷疑 Breonna 的家中藏著一名毒販 Jamarcus Glover 的毒品或現金。Glover 當時已早被警方逮補。

According to the search warrant, police believed a suspected drug dealer named Jamarcus Glover – who did not live with Breonna – was keeping drugs or money at her house. Glover was already in police custody at this time.

The police were not in uniform. According to Breonna’s boyfriend and neighbors, they did not knock. They simply forcibly entered Breonna’s house.

Breonna 的男朋友第一時間誤認便衣警察為入侵者,打 911 報警,並拿出槍射中一名警察的腿。他的槍是合法持有,當地的法律也允許個人向入侵者開槍。

Her boyfriend, thinking they were intruders, called 911 and pulled out a gun. He shot at one officer’s leg. Kenneth has a license to carry a gun and lives in a state where it is legal to shoot at intruders if they are breaking into your home.

記住,當時警方也沒穿制服,也沒敲門解釋自己為警方。

Remember, the cops were not in uniform, and neighbors and Kenneth say that they did not announce themselves when entering.

警方的反應則是開槍 20 多發,射死 Breonna Taylor。子彈更波及隔壁的公寓,裡面住著一名孕婦與五歲小孩。

The officers responded by shooting more than 20 times, fatally striking Breonna. Bullets also flew into the adjacent home, where a pregnant woman and a five-year-old were sleeping. 

後來,警方指控男朋友 Walker 殺人未遂(最後並未起訴)。Breonna 的家裡則沒搜出任何毒品。到今天,沒有任何人為了 Breonna 的死而被起訴。Breonna 還活著的話,今天是 27 歲。

The police charged Walker with attempted murder (the charges were since dropped). No drugs were found in their house. As of today, no one has been charged with Breonna’s murder.

Click here to view Black Lives Matter vocabulary translated into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Nepali, and Arabic.

And Spanish too!

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