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About This Action
Every ten years our federal government conducts the Census, a count of every person residing in the United States, so that they can allocate funds for programs like Medicaid, public housing, and food stamps, and make sure our elected officials are representing roughly the same number of people. For the Census to work – to direct funds to the right places and to help all of us access democracy – it has to count everyone in the country. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.
Every decade, the Census misses or undercounts hundreds of thousands of marginalized people, including low-income people, people of color, and very young children. At the same time, it over counts, or double counts, hundreds of thousands of people with the most privilege, including the white population, homeowners, and wealthy people.
That’s why we are working with our colleagues in the LGBTQ+ and social justice movements to ensure that all of us, and especially people from marginalized communities, are counted on the 2020 Census. We need to be counted so our communities can:
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