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Today's topic: The U.S. Census
Every 10 years the federal government undertakes the important task of counting every person living in the United States. Today, you are going to learn about the Census' history, why people of color are routinely undercounted, and how this unsung program impacts the lives of every American without most of us even realizing it.
Read this article about how the census was historically used as a tool to silence people of color. You'll also learn how certain tactics continue today and why the debate over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census may depress engagement from the Latinx community.
Watch this video about the challenges facing the 2020 census and how failing to accurately count the population would threaten the integrity of the country’s most authoritative dataset that drives public policy.
30 minutes
Listen to YWCA USA's Organize Your Butterflies podcast about their YWomenCount campaign to encourage everyone to participate in the 2020 census.
Explore this interactive data set to see how likely different demographics in Minnesota are to be undercounted in the 2020 Census. Minnesotans aged 0-4 are the most likely to be missed in the census count. This means that Minnesota will receive less federal funds for programs that support children like Head Start, Free and Reduced Lunch, and SNAP. For more on the importance of counting children, read this article from Children’s Minnesota.
Level I: Complete the 2020 census.
Level II: Register to vote in the 2020 general election or help someone else to register.
Level III: Volunteer with Rock the Vote and help register new voters.
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