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Hidalgo County breaks out the megaphones in scramble to salvage census push

Coaxing census participation was going to be hard enough in some of Texas' poorest communities. With coronavirus restrictions, organizers turned to driving sound trucks around colonias on the border, but now even that won't be possible.

Marco Lopez, who works with La Union Del Pueblo Entero, L.U.P.E., installs a megaphone on to his vehicle to drive around colonias, unincorporated neighborhoods that lack basic services such as street lights, proper drainage, paved roads or waste management. Due to the coronavirus, COVID-19, they cannot be visiting the residents in person to remind them to fill out the census form, and that is why they are going around the colonias announcing it with a megaphone.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
Liliana Ruiz, arranges used items in a garage sale that she is having outside of her house in a colonia in Edinburg.  Ruiz says that she called the census phone number to get her family counted. March 25, 2020.
Marco Lopez, who works with La Union Del Pueblo Entero, L.U.P.E., drives around a colonia and announces census information through a megaphone in Edinburg.
A colonia, unincorporated neighborhoods that lack basic services such as street lights, proper drainage, paved roads or waste management, near Edinburg. March 25, 2020.

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