Census experts, youth advocates tackle getting California’s kids counted: Contest enlists students’ help in getting their families counted, too

With millions of dollars of federal funding on the line statewide, a gathering of youth serving organizations, community activists, city and census officials and ethnic media met to brainstorm how to ensure that the youngest members of the population — especially kids 4 and younger — get counted in the 2020 census next year. “The […]

‘We need numbers to tell our story’: Reversing census undercount in Indian Country

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Fear, distrust and even anger at the federal government are among the obstacles the 2020 Census must overcome to reach an accurate count, especially of immigrants and communities of color, most experts agree. For Native Americans, the ethnic group with the highest undercount of any defined by the Census Bureau, these obstacles […]

L.A. has most to lose in Census undercount, study finds: For first time, state could lose a congressional seat and electoral college vote

California is welcoming newcomers every day, but some regions are growing fast enough to take political power away from slower-growing ones. In today’s California, the most-populous county, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million people, is losing ground to the San Francisco Bay Area and the Inland Empire of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. In […]

Two down, one to go — Court rulings pile up against citizenship question

An Interview with Thomas Saenz by Pilar Marrero, La Opinion & Ethnic Media Services Editor’s Note: Two federal judges recently ruled against the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), is lead co-counsel on […]

Census confidentiality concerns worry activists

As the Census Bureau prepares for its 2020 count, concerns about new plans to question respondents about their citizenship status have taken center stage. But now, civil rights activists and others focused on the importance of ensuring a full and accurate tally of everybody living in the United States are also worried that current administrators […]

San Jose sues Trump administration to challenge citizenship question on census

SAN JOSE — The city of San Jose added a new lawsuit to the list of challenges to a plan by the administration of President Donald Trump to add a citizenship question to the 2020 national census. The city filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Jose against the U.S. Department of Commerce and […]

Attorney General Becerra files lawsuit over citizenship question on Census

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration March 26 in response to their move to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Decennial Census for the first time in more than 50 years, saying that such a question could discourage non-citizens from participating. “Adding a question on citizenship threatens […]

With the Census in peril, what will it take to ‘right the ship?’

The 2020 Census is off to a rocky start, with crucial preparations already delayed or falling to the wayside, largely a result of inadequate funding from Congress. Some of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations, while fearing the worst, say there’s still time for Congress and the Trump administration to turn things around – but […]

‘There are no do-overs’ – Advocates sound alarm on 2020 Census

With the 2020 Census three years out, civil rights groups and census experts are sounding the alarm that pending actions by the Trump administration and Congress could severely hamper an accurate count of all communities. “Congress’ failure over the past few years to pay for rigorous 2020 Census planning, and now the Trump Administration’s insufficient […]

Asian Americans respond to Pew: We’re not your model minority

It’s not every day that deep and rigorous research about Asian Americans is released to the public. So when the well-respected Pew Research Center released “The Rise of Asian Americans,” a comprehensive report on the community on June 19, it should have been reason enough to celebrate. Instead, the report, which hailed Asians as the […]

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