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Church pastors urging Latino organizations not to boycott census

October 19, 2009 | 10:09 am

Pastors representing 1,200 Latino evangelical churches in Southern California speak out today against calls to boycott the 2010 census by some Latino evangelical and political organizations.

The boycott call, launched to protest the lack of progress on immigration reform, has Latino leaders worried that it could dissuade some from participating in the decennial count, which is used to apportion political representation and allocate $400 billion in federal funding.

But the massive Latino evangelical network, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California, has organized a yearlong game plan to encourage census participation under the motto, "We call count in God's eyes: Make yourself be counted."

The network was formed in 2006 to organize for immigration reform and now is championing the census. The campaigns represent the first time most of the pastors have taken political action in what many say illustrates the awakening power of the Latino evangelical movement.

--Teresa Watanabe

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