Demanding a fair and accurate census to ensure equal representation, full participation in the political process, and accountability
The Constitution requires a census every 10 years to count all residents in the United States, regardless of background. Not only is the census central to apportioning political power, but the data also influence the allocation of more than $800 billion every year for services like schools, fire departments, and hospitals. All of us — from community members to state and local leaders — have an enormous stake in ensuring the accuracy of the count.
The 2020 Census is among the most important civil rights issues today. Historically, the census has excluded certain communities at disproportionately high rates, including people of color, urban and rural low-income households, and young children. When communities are undercounted, they are deprived of equal political representation and access to resources. What does that mean for people’s everyday lives? To start, more time in traffic, not enough community health centers, and overcrowded classrooms.
The Education Fund launched the Census Counts Campaign to coordinate local, state, and national organizations invested in a successful 2020 Census. Together, we are driving change to ensure that democracy works — and works for everyone.
Supreme Court Must Uphold Lower Court Ruling to Ensure a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census
WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to take up directly the dispute over Commerce Secretary Ross’ decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census:
Press Call Briefing: Tracking the 2020 Census and The Citizenship Question: Where Are We Now and What Are the Next Steps?
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET, leading civil rights organizations and census experts will host a telephone press briefing to discuss the pending citizenship question lawsuits.
Civil Rights, Census Advocates Applaud Ruling to Remove Citizenship Question
WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled in the New York cases to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form:
Census Counts, a collaborative campaign led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund, mobilizes participation at the state and national levels to guarantee we count everyone in the 2020 Census, especially those communities that are hardest to count.