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National Census Day was April 1, 2020. Even though this observance falls on April Fool’s Day, the Census is no laughing matter. A lot is at stake and we need your help to Make North Carolina Count! A complete and accurate population count in the 2020 Census is critical to shaping our state’s future for the next decade. Due to COVID-19 and its affects on our present infrastructure, it is apparent that more than ever we’ll need access to data and many community programs and services that could help facilitate a faster recovery within our state.

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Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Influence of COVID-19 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month typically filled with silent marches, fund-raisers and other events to bring attention to the needs of survivors and the resources that are available to them. Due to COVID-19, rape crisis centers and domestic violence service providers have postponed fund-raising events resulting in a significant loss of financial resources used to pay staff who are vital to helping youth and adult victims within the community.

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Did you know the globe you used to learn the seven continents of the world was created by a woman? How about the windshield wipers you use during a rainy commute or the fire escape you walk through in case of an emergency? All these inventions were created by a woman and that’s not all! Did you know Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to hold federal office in the U.S. or that Mae Jemison was the first black woman to travel into space?

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