Monday, April 2, 2018

ACTION: PROTECT THE 2020 CENSUS: COUNT THE ENTIRE U.S. POPULATION

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, April 2, 2018
————————————————————————————
PROTECT THE 2020 CENSUS: COUNT THE ENTIRE U.S. POPULATION
————————————————————————————
#Protect2020Census
#EveryoneCounted
The census is constitutionally mandated to count the entire U.S. population every ten years and is essential to American democracy:
• determines Congressional districts and government resource allocation
• calculates state’s electoral college votes
• distributes more than $675 billion in federal funds to state and local governments
• vital to businesses, civic organizations, others who rely on demographic data
It is imperative to get an accurate count.
Trump and his GOP fear accurate counts because underprivileged, transients, minorities, and immigrants are more likely to support Democrats and shift federal dollars to Democratic-leaning states. They are doing their best to politicize the census and tilt the results:
• Trump failed to nominate a Census Director, after the previous one resigned
• Vast Congressional underfunding of Census Bureau will suppress the voting power of minorities
• Commerce Secretary’s inclusion of citizenship question (last asked in 1950!) will decrease response rates, putting accurate Congressional representation at risk, short changing vulnerable populations when it comes to government funding
Twelve states are already suing to stop questions on citizenship, but Congress must act. An inaccurate, underfunded census will cause lasting damage to the democratic process, voting rights and domestic federal funding. 
Our MoCs must insist on a fair and nonpartisan census. 
———————————————————————————
**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and OUR SENATORS**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very worried that a poorly funded and politicized census will result in a failed count--which will cause lasting damage to the democratic process, our voting rights, and federal funding of basic services. I urge the Rep/Senator to: 1) block the addition of an untested question about citizenship status to the 2020 census, 2) urge Trump to nominate a competent Census Director, and 3) do all he/she can to make sure the census is adequately funded. Thank you.”
——————————————————————————
**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them call their Congressional delegations urging them to protect the census by 1) blocking the addition of an untested question about citizenship status to the 2020 census, 2) urging Trump to nominate a competent Census Director, and 3) making sure that the census is adequately funded.
——————————————————————————
**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

No comments:

Post a Comment