During the last two censuses, the Census Bureau missed counting millions of people — mostly minorities and low-income people. Undercounting certain populations may reduce federal funding for hospitals, education, child care, and disaster preparation — as well as fair representation in Congress. To address these concerns in the 2010 Census, The Leadership Conference Education Fund partnered with four national civil rights organizations to encourage census participation among hard-to-count populations in 13 key areas around the country.
During the non-response follow-up period (May – July 2010), Census workers visit all addresses that did not mail back a census questionnaire and collect information at the door. During peak operations, 600,000 census takers will go door to door to follow up with households that have not responded to the mailing. The Census Bureau estimates that more than a third of addresses will not mail back a form. More information is available here.
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March 1, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Today marks 30 days from the start of the 2010 census. And civil and human rights organizations are stepping up their work in hard-to-count communities – immigrant communities, low-income people, young children, and people of color – to ensure that people understand and participate in the census.
February 24, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
As the Census Bureau gears up to conduct the 2010 census, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D. Texas, has introduced a resolution that designates March 2010 as Census Awareness Month to encourage all people in the United States to participate so that the decennial count is fair and accurate.
January 29, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A new web-based mapping site will enable nonprofit organizations and state and local governments to use interactive tools designed to help increase the count among historically hard-to-count populations in the 2010 census. The Census 2010 Hard-To-Count Interactive Map [www.CensusHardToCountMaps.org] — which utilizes Google Maps© technology — was developed as part of a collaboration between academia, business, nonprofits, and the philanthropic community. The project was led by the Center for Urban Research (CUR) Mapping Service (www.urbanresearch.org) at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).
January 27, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A recent Pew poll on attitudes toward the upcoming census revealed that nine in 10 Americans considered the decennial count as either "very" (60 percent) or "somewhat" (30 percent) important. But the poll also found that, even though respondents rated the census as highly important, this did not necessarily mean that there would be greater participation.
January 25, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The 2010 census officially launched today at an event in the remote Inupiat Eskimo village of Noorvik, Alaska, where the first person to be officially counted will be the village's oldest resident.
As 2010 Census Count Nears, Faith Leaders and Community Organizations Mobilize for December 22 ‘Day of Action’
December 15, 2009 - Posted by Ron Bigler
As part of the "Make Yourself Count" Census 2010 campaign, The Leadership Conference Education Fund is working with partner organizations for a "day of action" on December 22 to mark 100 days until the 2010 census begins and to raise awareness in traditionally hard-to-count communities about the importance of participating in the census.
The "day of action" will focus on outreach through faith-based communities. In a webinar, representatives from Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS) and the Atlanta Urban League discussed how local organizations are incorporating faith-based messaging into their census outreach efforts and identified best practices for strategies that have been successful in educating and engaging traditionally hard-to-count populations on the importance of the census. The speakers also highlighted what groups can do to integrate census outreach into existing programs and activities during the week of December 22.
November 30, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The ads — featuring prominent members of the Asian-American and civil rights communities — emphasize that participating in the census is easy, confidential, and will help determine political representation and the allocation of funding for essential public services.
Ugly Betty's Alec Mapa, Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general, civil rights division, dept. of justice, California Rep. Mike Honda, and leaders from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, OCA, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance appear in the ads.
November 23, 2009 - Posted by Ron Bigler
As part of the 2010 population count, the Census Bureau is planning to hire more than one million temporary workers nationwide.
The initiative is intended to ensure that the hardest-to-count populations – including communities of color, children, persons with disabilities, and people who speak a language other than English – are fully counted. Available positions include census takers, crew leaders, supervisors, and administrative personnel.
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) has partnered with four national civil rights organizations, and will be working closely with local organizations in 13 key areas around the country, to encourage census participation among hard-to-count populations. LCCREF is urging residents to apply for positions with the Census Bureau to help count their communities. As temporary census employees, residents will have an opportunity to play an important role in making sure that their communities are fully counted in the 2010 census.
November 5, 2009 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The U.S. Senate blocked a controversial amendment today that would have required the Census Bureau to belatedly add a citizenship question to the 2010 Census questionnaire.
In voting for cloture on the Commerce Justice and Science (CJS) FY10 Appropriations bill, a majority of senators effectively stopped the amendment from coming up for a vote. If approved, the amendment would have asked respondents to identify if they are a U.S. citizen and would have required the reprinting of Census questionnaires at an estimated cost of $1 billion.
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) welcomed the decision. "The civil rights community won an important battle today in the fight for a fair and accurate 2010 census that counts every person in the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution," said LCCR President and CEO Wade Henderson.
October 28, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
LCCR President and CEO Wade Henderson speaking at a press conference on census-related issues in New Orleans on August 23.
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, is calling on the Senate to reject a proposed amendment that would require the Census Bureau to add a question on citizenship and immigration status to the 2010 census form less than six months before the census takes place on April 1.
In a guest blog on The Huffington Post yesterday, Henderson said the divisive amendment, sponsored by Sens. David Vitter, R. La., and Robert Bennett, R. Utah, would disrupt the census after years of careful planning, delaying the apportionment of Congressional and state legislative districts the allocation of federal funds, and the availability of data essential to corporate decision-making.
"At a time when the political process is mired in partisanship, public trust in government is at an all-time low, and the economy is stuck in a recession, the last thing the nation needs is a delayed and dysfunctional census," Henderson said.