‘DON’T LET US DISAPPEAR’—Youth contest winners urge San Francisco parents to fill out Census

Ethnic Media Services paid for the following advertorial. At a time when San Francisco lags behind the statewide average in census response rates, youth artists and writers have a special message for those who have not yet filled out their forms: “Don’t let us disappear.” The young people spoke at a June 3 virtual awards […]

Outreach efforts underway to reach Asian population in census count

With the country’s decennial effort to count every single person living in the United States set to kick off in earnest, one of its fastest growing racial groups — Asian Americans — is at risk of going largely overlooked. Invitations to fill out the U.S. Census questionnaire were scheduled to land in the mailboxes of […]

Census 2020 is almost here: It could be the most empowering event of the year: Quick facts you need to know about the nation’s “self-portrait” and who should participate (everyone except very short-term visitors)

Editor’s Note: The following is part two of a two-part article on the U.S. Census Residents, not “citizens” Given the fact that the census results affect politics, there’s a hot debate in some quarters about whether the census should count just citizens or all residents. The Constitution is clear about that, Lowenthal said. “Congress has […]

Census 2020 is almost here: It could be the most empowering event of the year: Quick facts you need to know about the nation’s “self-portrait” and who should participate (everyone except very short-term visitors)

The 2020 census is this year’s most empowering and democratic event for the United States. As ordered by the U.S. Constitution, the census counts EVERYONE living in the country, no matter who they are: the undocumented, the transient, people living in remote areas or off the grid, foreign students and embassy personnel. The only people […]

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 […]

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