There is a disturbing history of Black people being undercounted in the Census.
And those who work hard to suppress the voices and the votes of our communities are also working hard to keep us from participating in the census.
Approximately 6.5 percent of young Black and Hispanic children were not counted in the 2010 Census. That’s nearly twice the undercount rate for young white children.
Census data are used to guide how federal funding is distributed nationwide, including for programs such as SNAP, CHIP, Head Start, and the National School Lunch Program.
Businesses use census data to decide where to invest in new stores, factories, offices, and other job opportunities.
Individuals and institutions use census data to preserve our history for future generations and to learn about our past.
Our government uses census data to determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress and how many votes each state gets in the Electoral College. States use census data to redraw district boundaries as population counts change.
We have the power to reshape our communities for future generations if we participate in the 2020 Census.
To reduce the risk of a massive undercount in Black communities we need to make sure our folks know what the census is really about and how our communities benefit from participation.
We must get counted to protect Black communities from Trump’s attempts to cheat us of the resources & representation we deserve.”
Watch our friend Quentin explain why it's so important to count our kids on the 2020 Census.
Why the 2020 Census matters for Black people.
Color Of Change member Octavia talks about the census coming up in the new year, and all the ways it impacts our kids and their kids, and on and on!
Color Of Change member Brandon Andrews talks about how Black businesses could benefit from the investment and support systems the 2020 Census could provide for them.
Political operatives installed by Trump are trying to shut down the 2020 Census too soon, which would leave millions of Black and Brown people uncounted, unseen, and uncared for by our government for the next decade. Tell Congress to protect the 2020 Census and our democracy in the next COVID relief bill.
We teamed up with the cast & crew of Hamilton to explain five simple ways to build power this election season. Take a break to watch & share!
It’s time for us to take up all five-fifths of the space we’re entitled to, and to use all five-fifths of our power to make justice real in America.
No matter who we are, who we love, where we were born, or who we live with, we all count. Include everyone who lives with you when filling out the census.