The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Civil Rights Groups Concerned about Low Census Response Rates in Gulf Coast, Mississippi and Texas Regions
May 19, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
As the 2010 Census continues, civil rights advocates are hearing reports of significant problems affecting hard-to-count communities in the Gulf Coast, Mississippi, and Texas regions.
While the national participation rate for mailed-in census forms is 72 percent, it is only 64 percent in Louisiana, 67 percent in Mississippi, and 69 percent in Texas. In a letter to Rep. Lacy Clay, D. Mo., 30 local, regional, and national civil rights organizations, including The Leadership Conference, called on Congress to hold a field hearing aimed at addressing the below average census response rates in these areas.
Issues raised by the groups include:
- households and communities not receiving census forms;
- language barriers due to a shortage of bilingual or culturally appropriate census staff;
- ineffective communication with community leaders in the Colonias along the Texas and Mexico border.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund has partnered with four national civil rights organizations to encourage census participation among hard-to-count populations in 13 key areas around the country.