Have you noticed U.S. Census Bureau workers in your community? Surprised? From now until October, Census workers will be “address canvassing” in our neighborhoods. That means Census Bureau employees will be knocking on doors to verify addresses so they know where to send the Census questionnaires next April. They aren’t there to count you quite yet!
Unsure how to identify a Census worker? Check out this quick video from the Census Bureau.
Why are we talking about the 2020 Census now?
The Trump Administration has poisoned public understanding of the Census and left many thinking that participation in the count could put them or their household members at risk of deportation or discrimination. But we will not be bullied by this administration. Instead, we’re making it our business to debunk Trump’s misinformation, and make sure everyone in Ohio gets counted.
Why is the 2020 Census important?
- Representation: The results of the census determine the number of seats Ohio has in the U.S. House of Representatives and what our state legislative districts look like. We must make sure all people are counted so that all people – including the most marginalized – have fair representation and political power.
- Funding: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Medicare Part B, highway planning and construction, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families all rely on U.S. Census data for accurate distribution. An incomplete count jeopardizes those who rely on these programs.
What can you do?
From now until April 1 when the 2020 Census form becomes available, we must work together to prepare our communities for a complete count. Here’s what you can do today:
- Sign the pledge to complete the 2020 Census.
- Send this message to five friends and ask them to join you in signing the pledge.
- Start conversations in your social networks about the importance of the Census.
Our communities have been under constant attack by this administration. A complete count is critical to restoring access to vital resources and advancing social justice. We must stand together and be counted.
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