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Civic Salon: TO BE COUNTED – A 2020 Census Tour


March 31 - April 4

Featuring music from iconoclast singer-songwriter Martha Redbone; poetry from NSangou Njikam; and stories from community members like YOU!

Public Forum is taking our Civic Salons on the road!

The 2020 Census is coming, and the results will determine how political and economic resources are distributed on a local, state-wide, and federal level for the next decade. But in a climate of divisiveness and fear, what does it mean to stand up and be counted?

Join Public Forum as we travel throughout all five boroughs of New York City hosting gatherings and sparking conversation in YOUR community! Civic Salon: TO BE COUNTED - A 2020 Census Community Tour will feature free food, music, poetry, and conversation. Members of the NYC 2020 Census Bureau will be present to answer your questions. Hear from your neighbors as they share their visions for the future, and learn how taking 10 minutes to answer 10 simple questions could impact the next 10 years in your community.

March 31 - April 4



Free and Open to All!
Please RSVP as space may be limited.

Kick-Off Event:

  • Sunday, March 22 at 12:00pm - Joe's Pub -- Featuring poet and activist Staceyann Chin - CANCELLED

2020 Census Tour Stops:

  • Tuesday, March 31 at 5:00pm*: - CANCELLED
    Mott Haven Library, The Bronx
    321 East 140th St
    The Bronx, NY 10454
    RSVP on Eventbrite

  • Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00pm*: - CANCELLED
    Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn
    158 Buffalo Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11213
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  • Thursday, April 2 at 6:00pm*: - CANCELLED
    Queens Public Library – Central Branch
    89-11 Merrick Blvd
    Jamaica, NY 11432
    RSVP on Eventbrite

  • Saturday, April 4 at 1:00pm*: - CANCELLED
    Faber Park Field House, Staten Island
    Richmond Terrace & Faber St
    Staten Island, NY 10301
    RSVP by email




Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone

Martha Redbone is a Native & African-American vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her music gumbo of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as a Native and Black woman and mother navigating in the new millennium, Redbone gives voice to issues of social justice, bridging traditions from past to present, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit. 

Photo by Christine Chambers