" The Voter" Newsletter for August, 2020

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Census 2020 Alert
xxxIn case you missed the news, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the Trump Administration released a memorandum ordering the U.S. Census Bureau to exclude undocumented immigrants from counting toward congressional apportionment.
xxxThe Constitutionally mandated count of all persons living in the United States was created as a non-partisan means to ensure fair representation and allocation of resources. Section 2 of the 14 th Amendment states, “representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state…”
xxx “Persons” means “persons” and that means everyone. There are no exceptions for immigration status, no secret language here. The Constitution means what it says. It is unconstitutional not to count everyone in the census. Our forefathers meant to ensure a fair and accurate count of all persons living in the United States.
Census 2020 Notes
xxx As of July 23, the national self-response rate was 62.4% . Michigan dropped rank, now coming in #4 with a self-response rate of 68.4%. Among the 83 counties in Michigan, Berrien ranks #33 with a self-response rate of 63.9% and Cass ranks #41 with a self-response rate of 61.9%. Households can still respond by mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020. 
xxx In Berrien County, cities range in self-response rates from 70.8% to 37.9%, townships range in self-response rates from 81.7% to 31.2%, and villages range in self-response rates from 76.2% to 24.4%.
xxx In Cass County, cities range in self-response rates from 64.0% to 55.5% and townships range in self-response rates from 76.0% to 42.2%.

Youth Climate Litigation Update
x xx It has been many months since I’ve written about the lawsuit filed years ago on behalf of a group of 21 young people against the United States government. At that time, the lawsuit was filed as Juliana v. United States.
xxx July 10 marked the ten-year milestone of litigation filed by what is now referred to as ”Our Children’s Trust”. On August 3 at 3:00 p.m. EDT , an online event will celebrate and reflect on how the initial lawsuit has progressed, the other accomplishments secured, and the organization’s plans and goals for the future.
xxx To learn more, go to ourchildrenstrust.org to log on to this free event.
Governments are responsible for actions related to climate change. -- Chris

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