Hundreds of Alabama children are expected to attend a rally on Tuesday, April 2 in Montgomery emphasizing the importance of counting all children in the state’s 2020 census. The rally will be held on the lawn of the state capitol building at 11 a.m.
The rally will be hosted by VOICES for Alabama’s Children, a statewide nonprofit organization that works to ensure the well-being of Alabama’s children.
The event will emphasize the potential loss in federal assistance Alabama could face if not all citizens are accurately accounted for. Programs that could potentially lose federal aid include those that support health, safety, education and overall quality of life for children statewide.
Participants at the rally will encourage state legislators to provide adequate funding and resources to ensure a complete count of people in the 2020 census.
Gov. Kay Ivey, Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh, Speaker of the Alabama State House Mac McCutcheon and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange are expected to speak at the rally and join rally goers for lunch on the state capitol grounds after the event.
In addition to children and their parents, the rally will also include pediatricians and other advocates.