The Fight for a Fair Count: Keeping the 2020 Census on Track
Efforts to get out the count for the 2020 Census have begun despite severe headwinds. While the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempts to add a citizenship question last year, concerns about the safety of participating in the once-in-a-decade count could still depress response rates. Also threatening the count are concerns about how the coronavirus will affect responses. The stakes are significant: the Census will determine the distribution of political power for the next decade. And America’s immigrant communities and communities of color face the biggest challenges to being counted fully and fairly. To keep the Census on track, a national network of lawyers and allies has been working around the clock on advocacy, organizing, litigation, communications, and more.
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Join Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Adriel I. Cepeda Derieux, Staff Attorney, ACLU Voting Rights Project, and Thomas Wolf, Counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, for an important conversation about the efforts to guide the 2020 count safely. Osita Nwanevu, staff writer at the New Republic, leads this discussion.
Produced in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society and New York University’s John Brademas Center.