On June 27, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the Department of Commerce v. New York. The Court ruled that the Administration’s decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census violates the Administrative Procedures Act. The White House has argued that the question will increase protections for minority voters while opponents (including The Arc) are concerned that it will deter immigrant households from taking part in the census. The decennial census provides information to states in order to determine Congressional districts and to help allocate federal funding. Undercounting of households would result in under-representation in Congress and fewer federal dollars for health, education, housing, employment, transportation and other programs. The Administration now has a limited amount of time to develop a new rationale if they seek to include the question in the census.
On June 26, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) will host a webinar on the 2020 Census and its importance to people with disabilities. Panelists will be Beth Lynk, Census Counts Campaign Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Jae June J. Lee, Policy Assistant, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality; Cara Brumfield, Senior Policy Analyst, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality; and Margaret Jakobson-Johnson, Retired Advocacy Director, Disability Rights California. The webinar will take place from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. Register here.
On January 23, the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) will host a webinar titled “Census 2020: Why getting it right matters (a lot!).” Speakers include Mary Jo Hoeksema, Director of Government Affairs, Population Association of America, and Co-Director, The Census Project; Beth Lynk, Census Counts Campaign Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Deborah Stein, Network Director, Partnership for America’s Children; Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs; and Corrine Yu, Senior Program Director, Special Projects, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The decennial census is required by the Constitution and is conducted every 10 years. The purpose of the decennial census is to count people living in the United States. It provides the information to states in order to determine Congressional districts and it helps allocate federal funding. In this webinar, you will learn what will happen between now and 2020, how to advocate for a fair census, and what you can do to ensure an accurate census. The webinar will take place on January 23 at 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Register here.
In commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Census Bureau is releasing a “Facts for Features” report providing a demographic snapshot of the U.S. population with a disability and examining various services available to them. The demographic snapshot includes information about institutionalization, transportation, employment, accessibility, and other useful information.