Voices for Racial Justice

Census

Can we make the Census a tool for our liberation? The Census determines access to money, policy priorities and political representation. We’ve joined state-wide efforts to make sure we have an accurate, safe and powerful 2020 Census.

Being counted in the census can raise questions, fears and concerns about safety within our Indigenous, Black, and immigrant communities.  #WeCount is a campaign in Minnesota that shifts the census conversation into one rooted in our resilience, issues and dreams. A safe, complete and powerful 2020 Census means centering historically undercounted communities (HUC) to define why, how, and for what we need  to be counted. It’s equally important  to understand why the census is important beyond the collection of data and numbers. The census will have multiple impacts on racial justice issues for the next decade. 

Prison Gerrymandering and the importance of the Census

Prison gerrymandering is another way that many Black, Indigenous, People of Color and working class people, don't receive resources needed in their communities. When folks are funneled into a system of incarceration that takes people into rural areas of Minnesota, they are not counted in the Census in their home communities, which means further disinvestment and heightened disparities across the state and across the nation.#WeCount

Posted by Voices For Racial Justice on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Not being counted in the Census means fewer resources are distributed in our area. Our participation in the Census helps our neighbors and community as well. For instance,  the Census count determines where bus lines and stops go, influences planning for hospitals and other health services, and how school district boundaries are drawn. We need to make sure the data is used for racial justice, by promoting  policies that invest in our communities. We need to ensure that resources will be distributed as intended. #WeCount is not about doing the work of the systems but about using being counted as a vehicle to continue building our power. We will be deepening our relationships and aligning our shared priorities as we organize for transformation in  our communities.

Do you want to be connected to #WeCount?  Email Monica Hurtado at hurtado@voicesforracialjustice.org and get involved today.

Pledge to be counted today:

https://survey.mn.gov/s.asp?k=156324007191&Q9=9

 

 

Resources
The Minneapolis Foundation’s 2020 Census RFP for Minnesota Complete Count Committees
 Census 2020 Jobs  
Census Plan-Grassroots Solutions
Census Themes-Grassroots Solutions
Sample Census Form (Available in English and Spanish)

 

Video
Watch and learn about the 2020 Census
Census 101:  Why should I fill out the Census? What good will it do me or my community? Answers here. 
Census 102:  Confidentiality in Our Bones- The nuts and bolts of the Census. How it’s done and what is used can be found right here. 
How Confidential is the Census?
Minnesota could be a big loser in 2020 
Learn about Census address canvassing 
Census Day 2020!