Have you completed the 2020 Household Census? If not, now is the time to do so.
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced April 1 as the key reference for the census, which means you must include everyone living in your home on or before April 1.
Here’s how you can contribute by simply filling out the 2020 Census with the utmost honesty:
1. It determines the amount of federal and state funding for health care, education, and other areas for the next decade.
2. It helps the government and private agencies plan for infrastructure projects effectively.
3. An accurate number eases emergency response during a natural or man-made disaster.
4. The census determines the number of seats your district will send to the House of Representatives.
5. It also draws the boundaries between local districts to ensure equal voting power.
By filling out the census honestly, you can already contribute to your community. The Census Bureau has made it much easier to complete the census (through mail, online, or phone).
Today, I participated in a conference call with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Policy for the People Virtual Brain Trust Series listening to experts from across the country discussing the importance of the U.S. Census. More than 1.7 million African-Americans and 2.2 million Hispanic-Americans are at risk for being undercounted in the 2020 Census. The current COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the potential for the undercounted population and non-response rates to rise.
Today’s participants included the following people:
- Rep. Steven Horsford, Chair, CBC Census Taskforce – U.S. House of Representatives
- Dr. Menna Demessie, Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research – CBCF (moderator)
- Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean, Vice President – Fair Count, Inc.
- Naomi Smith, Research Policy Analyst – CBCF
I cannot stress enough to our community the impotence of completing the U.S. Census if we seriously want to be counted and receive the necessary federal funding for our respective communities. It’s imperative that we fully engage our community by filling out the U.S. Census online here.
Please keep this in mind……
1. African households are at risk of being undercounted. The African population has been historically undercounted in the decennial census, disadvantaging their families, communities, and neighborhoods.
2. When African communities are undercounted, political boundaries may not accurately represent reality. Undercounting results in Africans being denied a full voice in policy decision-making. As a result, their community’s different needs may not be represented or prioritized according to their real share of the population.
3. Furthermore, federal agencies rely on census data to monitor discrimination and implement civil rights laws that protect voting rights, equal employment opportunities, and more. This is particularly important for African communities.
4. Undercounting Africans in the 2020 Census could also impact how federal funding is allocated to states and localities. African children and families are disproportionately affected by poverty and federal programs designed to alleviate the impact of poverty.
Therefore, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has launched a website called Black America Counts. You can access it here to see the impact the U.S. Census will have on your respective states.
NAPAC-USA, NAPAC Foundation, and our NAPAC State PACs have an obligation to educate our community by engaging them in educational forums and developing partnerships and collaborations with other organizations that will help our community be counted. This should be part of our 2020 strategy and should not be placed on the backburner.
It’s extremely important that we reach out to our cultural associations, professional associations, and faith-based communities to ensure our community is counted in the 2020 census. We need a REAL effort to make this happen.
Below, I will post in this e-mail the NAPAC State PACs information via state where we have a presence to show you what may happen if we do not take the U.S. Census seriously.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at (313) 656-9177 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.