On February 26, 2019, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Policy team attended Census 102, a webinar hosted by the the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR). The webinar was a continuation of LCCHR’s Census Counts campaign aimed at educating civil rights organizations about the significance of an accurate census count in 2020.
The Census has a far-reaching impact on issues related to voting, education, infrastructure projects, and health services. Even though the Census Bureau is required to count every person living in the United States, it has a documented history of undercounting communities of color and people in hard to reach populations. That coupled with the chilling effect of a citizenship question could be detrimental to Latino communities across the country.
Speakers from LCCHR, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), and the North Carolina Counts Coalition discussed the policy landscape. The conversation included a litigation update on why the citizenship question has been taken up by the Supreme Court, current solutions for how groups can prepare to increase the count, and how webinar participants can generally support a fair and accurate 2020 Census. As the country inches closer to the 2020 Census, NHMC is working to ensure that historically undercounted Latino populations are accurately recorded.