2020 Census and Social-Economic Justice
It’s not too late! The Economic Justice Team urges UUC members and friends to respond to the 2020 Census, if you haven’t already done so. The Census Bureau had plans for extensive outreach, and had extended the time frame to assure a good count in light of the Covid-19 epidemic, but now these have been cut back. If you can, please reach out and remind 5 other people, especially those who you may know who are people of color, immigrants, members of Native American tribes, young adults living on their own, and rural residents. It’s not too late!
Why is this important for social and economic justice? Population counts from the census are used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for social programs. People in the groups noted above are typically under-counted, and if that happens, our state risks losing funds for social, economic, and health services intended to support these very groups. The census also determines how many members of Congress each state will have for the next 10 years.
People can respond to the census online or by phone at 844-330-2020. (Phone calls can be completed in many different languages). For more information, go to https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond. Please help get everyone counted!