April 23, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Still Time to Participate in the CENSUS 2020
By Donna Buesing, staff writer
The U.S. Government’s regular Census starting day was April 1 but those who have not filled out their census form online can still do so. Every address should have received a notice regarding the 2020 Census and each address has a unique ID number. Getting started is as easy as going to my2020census.gov . The form takes approximately 12 minutes to fill out and you are done! If you prefer don't to fill out the form online, Census Bureau will send you a printed form automatically. Fill out the form either online or on paper but don't do both.

Please do NOT disregard this vitally important bit of paperwork. It may seem to be intrusive, but it makes a HUGE difference (or it can) in what happens in our communities.

So many folks think it’s just one more way for the government to “spy” on us. No, it truly is not. Have you ever really thought how certain things are funded or how our representatives are apportioned? That’s right, it’s the Census. Our country has to have some background information to adequately plan growth, deliver services, and solve some of its problems.

If you’re worried about the security of your personal information, did you know that it is ONLY AFTER 72 years that the specific data is released. That means that NOT the IRS, NOT the FBI, NOT Interpol, NO ONE HAS ACCESS to your specific information until 72 years have passed.

Here is a bit of background for you to consider: Before 1911, the number of representatives in the House continued to grow just as the population grew. Finally, the Congress capped the number at 435. So that’s where that number comes from. But, the Census determines HOW those Representatives are allocated by each state. In our country, the Census determines how certain money is distributed, how political lines are drawn (gerrymandering included), and how the elected officials for the House of Representatives are distributed by state.

Because the Census counts people by age, it helps determine how much money is needed for a variety of programs such as Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. We are at a critical juncture right now, since it appears that our “friends” across the aisle want to cut back (eliminate?) these vital programs for our seniors and others with financial problems.

The Bureau’s various censuses and surveys help allocate over $400 billion in federal funds every year and helps states, local communities and businesses make informed decisions, such as where to build and maintain schools, hospitals, transportation infrastructure, and police and fire departments. The Census Bureau’s primary mission is conducting the U.S.Census every ten years to allocate our Representatives based on each state’s population.

Article One of the U.S. Constitution (Section II) directs the population be enumerated at least once every ten years and these resulting counts used to set the number of members from each state in the House of Representatives and, by extension, in the Electoral College. The Bureau currently conducts a full population count every ten years ending with a zero and uses the “decennial” to describe the operation. Between censuses, the Bureau makes population estimates and projections. This is a LEGAL MANDATE. Individuals MAY be fined $100 for failure to comply with this directive.

The Bureau also conducts surveys on behalf of various federal government and local government agencies on topics such as employment, crime, health, consumer expenditures, and housing. Within the bureau, these are known as “demographic surveys” and are conducted perpetually between and during decennial (10-year) population counts. They also conduct economic surveys of manufacturing, retail, service, and other establishments of domestic governments.

By law, the Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the President by December 31 of any year ending in a zero. The Bureau CANNOT SHARE RESPONSES, ADDRESSES, OR PERSONAL INFORMATION with anyone including United States or foreign government and law enforcement agencies such as the IRS or the FBI or Interpol. Only after 72 years does the information collected become available to other agencies or the general public. 

Please share this information with neighbors, especially recent immigrants (they tend to think that ICE might come and take them away, even if they are citizens). Every single person has the right to, and is required to, respond to the Census.

Seniors 65 and Over and Democrats with Disabilities
Apply to Vote by Mail
Many of you are wondering what the voting process will be for the Runoff (July 14) and the General Election (November 3). There is a strong push by many groups and elected officials to allow everyone to Vote By Mail (VBM). This has not been decided in Texas and will likely continue to work its way through the courts. 
What we all can do now is get every Democrat who is 65 and over to apply to vote by mail – even if they are able to vote in person. 
Also, we should encourage everyone with a disability to apply to vote by mail. If you have any questions, the Primary Administration Team is checking voice mails from the Party Office - 469-609-0539 and will respond to emails sent to this email .

Here is an easy link to download and print a personalized VBM application.

Or you can go to this link to print an initially blank application

If you are not able to download and print an application, go to  this link  so an application with your information can be mailed to you. That form works even if you are not a senior.
Vote For Every Democrat Weekly Zoom Meeting
This Thursday's ZOOM meeting features guest emcee, Judge Maricela Moore talking with Justice Gisela Triana, Judge Tina Clinton and Judge Brandon Birmingham. Triana, Clinton and Birmingham are running for statewide offices and we'll talk about their chances and the importance of the North Texas region.

This week we will also try ZOOM ROOM breakout sessions for the first time, so that attendees can talk and interact with coordinators and other guests.

When: Thursday, April 23
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sign up here to join the meeting.
Your Donations Matter – Now More Than Ever!
During these difficult times there are those who need our help more than ever. A few local organizations you can support who do this work include:
Minnie’s Food Pantry
Donate money by texting MINNIES to 41444

Drive & Drop items
Where: 661 18 th St., Plano TX 75074
When: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Canned Meat
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Bagged Beans
  • Jelly
Allen Community Outreach

Drive & Drop items
Where: 801 E. Main Street in Allen
  • Canned Soups- Chicken Noodle, Tomato, Alphabet
  • Canned Pastas- Ravioli, SpaghettiOs, Lasagna
  • Canned Meats- Chicken, Tuna; Jellies- Grape, Strawberry
  • Fruit Cups/ Snack Packs
  • Fast Food Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Paper Towels/ Toilet Tissue
  • Toothbrushes/ Toothpaste
  • Kids Soaps and Shampoos
  • Hand Sanitizer/ Wipes
Community Lifeline Center

Drive & Drop items
Where: 1601 N Waddill St #102, McKinney

  • Cereal boxes of any size; spaghetti sauce 24 oz bottle or can
  • Pears, Peaches, Mixed Fruit, and Applesauce, 15 oz can
  • Ravioli, 15 oz. can
  • Oatmeal cylinder
  • Mac & Cheese 7.5 oz box
  • Cornbread mix
  • Rice 1 lb bag
Democratic Club Events
MADC Hosts Angie Bado for TX
Please join the McKinney Democrats as we learn more about Angie Bado and how she'll represent our community in the state legislature. Please sign up here to receive the Zoom link:  https://www.mobilize.us/collindemocrats/event/267221/

When: April 29, 7:00 p.m.