WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the 2020 American Census Investment Act, introduced today by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.):
“It may be 2017, but the 2020 Census has already begun, and it’s clear more resources are needed to ensure a successful count—one that counts all communities equally well. If the census isn’t fair and accurate, the nation’s most vulnerable communities will be robbed of representation and needed resources for years to come. We applaud Congresswoman Maloney for introducing the 2020 American Census Investment Act, which will help ensure that the Census Bureau has the resources it needs to succeed. An accurate and fair census, and the collection of useful, objective data about our nation’s people, housing, economy, and communities generally, is among the most important civil rights issues of our day.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.