#MacroSW 2020 Census and the Citizenship Question 2/7/19

2-7-19 #MacroSW 2020 Census Transcript

Join us to find out what’s at stake in the 2020 Census that will affect you and the people you serve. $800 billion dollars of federal funds annually, the majority of which are for programs that serve under-resourced communities, are distributed based on census results. The 2020 Census will impact health, housing, education, children, and critical infrastructure for the next ten years.

For the first time since 1950 the 2020 Census might include a question about citizenship. In December 2017 the Commerce Department announced the 2020 Census will include the question “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” A federal judge in New York has ordered the Trump administration to stop plans to include the question, but the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments regarding a dispute in the use of evidence from the suit. Research by the Census Bureau indicates the citizenship question may deter people from participating, which will weaken the integrity of the data.

Source: https://www.census.gov/popclock/

Q1: Who uses the census and for what purposes?

Q2: How will Census 2020 be markedly different from Census 2010?

Q3: Which populations are historically hard-to-count and why? (Think demographics)

Q4: How will the census undercount impact the communities you serve?

Q5: What ideas do you have to personalize the census to your community in order to ensure they complete the census?

Resources

NY Counts 2020 Website
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: Why the Census Counts and Undercount of Young Children

Annie E. Casey Foundation: 2018 Kids Count Data Book

FPI Report: NYS should invest $40M for community-based outreach

New York Counts 2020 Fact Sheet: What is a Complete Count Committee?

Our guest experts are Liz OuYang and Addy Zou of New York Counts 2020.

New York Counts 2020 is a broad-based, statewide coalition composed of racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, health, education, labor, housing, social services, and business groups working in partnership with state and local government officials.  Our aim is to ensure that New Yorkers across the state – particularly marginalized communities in hard-to-count districts – can fully maximize their participation in the 2020 Census.

Liz OuYang is the Coordinator of New York Counts 2020. She has been a community advocate and civil rights lawyer for over 30 years. Her areas of expertise include voting, immigration, and combating hate crimes and police brutality.

Addy Zou is a Census Research Associate at New York Counts 2020. She is a graduating senior at Columbia University majoring in Human Rights and Race & Ethnicity Studies.

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