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Be Counted! Everything you need to get involved in the 2020 Census

- 12/11/2019

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2020 is going to be a crucial year for the grassroots, and not just for what happens in November. It’s also the year of the next national census -- and we want to make sure Indivisibles get involved in the process.

The 2020 Census is essentially a count of every living person in the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories. And its impact cannot be overstated. The information collected through the census determines everything from how much federal funding is allocated for your local schools, hospitals, roads and other public goods, to how lines are drawn for your congressional and state legislative districts, to the number of seats your state will have in the House of Representatives. That is an incredible amount of power, and it will affect our communities for years to come.

The federal government puts tons of resources behind the census to ensure strong participation, but the coming census already faces an uphill battle. There’s been a lot of misinformation about next year’s census as a result of the Trump Administration’s attempt to include a question about citizenship status. Had this question been included, it would have meant many non-citizens (including those who are undocumented), and members of their families who are citizens, would have avoided participating out of fear of deportation. This would have resulted in severely inaccurate counts and substantially less federal funding for areas with high immigrant populations. The good news is that the Supreme Court ruled against the administration this summer, and the question will not be included in the 2020 Census documents. But many are still nervous about taking part.

Indivisibles cannot sit this out -- we need to make sure local groups and activists get involved in the 2020 Census! Every home should receive an invitation to participate by April 2020, which means that census takers will be knocking on doors in just a few months. Now is the moment to make your plans to get involved! However much time and energy you’re able to contribute, there are coalitions and community organizations across the country that are ready to make sure you have everything you need to GOTC (aka Get Out The Count!)

First, check out Census Counts, a national campaign to support a fair and accurate census count through community education and mobilization. They’ve put together tons of resources, including a Get Out The Count toolkit, and lists of partners by state.

You can also learn more about the census through several resources put together by Nonprofit VOTE. Check out their Census 101 Basics, and review their handy checklist for groups interested in engaging in the process in their area.

In order to make the 2020 Census truly representative, we especially need to reach and connect with those who may be missed by traditional outreach. Help make this census as accessible as possible by reviewing and sharing these resources:

Make sure our communities get the political power that they deserve. Help Get Out the Count in 2020!