2020 Census News

Press Release 07.8.20

Advocates Call for Expanded 2020 Census COVID-19 Safety Measures

WASHINGTON – Advocates are calling for expanded measures to better protect the public and census workers, following the U.S. Census Bureau’s news briefing today on changes made to field operations due to COVID-19. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, National Urban League, and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund noted gaps in the bureau’s plan and demanded stronger protections.

Press Release 05.13.20

Congress Must Pass HEROES Act to Lift and Protect All Communities

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the COVID-19 relief package, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act” or the HEROES Act:

Press Release 05.6.20

Congress Must Protect Communities’ Rights Before Extending Census Deadlines

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Census Bureau shifts its plans for the 2020 Census to keep communities safe in the wake of coronavirus, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC are calling on Congress to fully explore and address how the Census Bureau’s request that lawmakers modify the statutory reporting deadlines for 2020 Census data would affect historically undercounted communities and states’ ability to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

Press Release 04.27.20

Post-Pandemic America Must Have Stronger Civil and Human Rights Protections

WASHINGTON – A united civil rights community urged Congress to ensure that our nation emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic as a more equitable, healthy, and just society. In the first comprehensive letter to lawmakers on the COVID-19 crisis from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, leading activists noted the spotlight that COVID-19 is shining on America’s longstanding institutional racism and systemic inequality. To build a stronger America, members of Congress must craft laws to protect public health more effectively, preserve and strengthen our public institutions, and ensure that our eventual economic recovery works for everyone.

Press Release 03.27.20

PRESS CALL: 275+ CIVIL RIGHTS WATCHDOGS PLEDGE TO HELP PROTECT CENSUS DATA PROTECTIONS

WASHINGTON, DC – Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense And Educational Fund), among others, representing more than 250 organizations and civic leaders, will convene for a press call on March 30, 2020 to announce a new watchdog coalition that pledges to monitor and work to protect the confidentiality of 2020 Census data.

Press Release 03.20.20

Census Extension Increases Flexibility During Public Health Crisis

WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force — Arturo Vargas, CEO of NALEO Educational Fund; John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC; and Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference — issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s extension of 2020 Census operations from July 31, 2020 to August 14, 2020:

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