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.

 

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

#OurFamiliesCount  is a digital campaign with partners that amplifies the stories of Black, Indigenous, and people of color to ensure that all of our families are counted in the 2020 Census. We will not have another census until 2030, so whatever we achieve in this year for the count will impact decisions around housing, education, public transportation, and jobs for the next decade. Once we have an accurate count and develop a good understanding of how to use the data, we have the potential to create policies, practices, and processes that center our communities and create an ecosystem where they can thrive. Fill out the Census at my2020census.gov and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more ways to join the conversation and show that #OurFamiliesCount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Fill out the Census at:

https://my2020census.gov/

 

Below are multilingual resources to share with your communities about the Census:

THE CENSUS IS CONFIDENTIAL AND SAFE, ENGLISH: https://bit.ly/3fPgAOV

THE CENSUS IS CONFIDENTIAL, EN ESPAÑOL:  https://bit.ly/39kQPng

THE CENSUS IS SAFE AND VITAL FOR LATINXS: https://bit.ly/2CYYqLO

THE CENSUS IS CONFIDENTIAL, HMOOB:  https://bit.ly/2OIi1T8

THE CENSUS HELPS OUR HMONG COMMUNITY: https://bit.ly/2OH7Hen

THE CENSUS IS CONFIDENTIAL, AF SOOMALI: https://bit.ly/2ZLLv92

HOW MANY SOMALIS ARE THERE IN MINNESOTA?:  https://bit.ly/2CZeaOX

THE CENSUS IS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS TOO: https://bit.ly/2OHQ7Xp

THE CENSUS IS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:  https://bit.ly/3eQ2FXk

MINNESOTA COULD BE A BIG LOSER IN 2020: https://bit.ly/3eOUXNd

 

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!