Your response = your power.
Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every person living in the U.S., through the census. The census is a short questionnaire that asks basic information about your household and the people who live in it. Your personal responses are confidential. Make sure that you are counted to get your fair share of resources and representation!
Being counted in the census helps you and your family.
Data from the census are used to divide over $1.5 trillion dollars of government funding for important services, like schools, libraries, food stamps, and health care.
Data from the census are also used to divide up political representation in Congress, in your state capitol, and in cities and towns across the country; a complete count means fair representation for your community.
Your census responses are confidential.
The 2020 Census will NOT ask about citizenship or immigration status. The Census Bureau is not allowed to share your individual information with other government agencies, immigration officials, or the public. Strong laws protect your response from being shared! Census responses can only be used for statistical purposes.
Responding to the census is quick and simple.
You can respond online. The Census Bureau will send you instructions in mid-March 2020. Go to the official census website, enter your household ID, and then answer the questions.
You can respond by phone. Call the Census Bureau to answer the census by phone and ask questions about the census.
If you do not respond to the census online or by phone, the Census Bureau will mail you a paper questionnaire.
If you do not respond, starting in May 2020, a census employee might come to your home to ask for the information in person. You can still respond online or respond by phone through July 2020.
Get Help In-language
Do you have questions about the Census? Call 844-2020-API or 844-202-0274 for assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali.
Translated Census Materials (Courtesy of Asian Americans Advancing Justice)
For more resources, check out:
Our Communities Count:
Census 2020 Take Action Toolkit
In the spirit of movement building and sharing, we are offering these resources to friends and allies to begin working with members and leaders to learn about the importance of the census, develop census plans, and advocate against the citizenship question.
What’s included in the toolkit:
1. Our Communities Count Intro to Census Workshop
This curriculum is organized so that organizers will be able to facilitate a session with their members and leaders. The workshop focuses on four key learning points: 1. The importance of the census and how it determines resources and representation for our communities. 2. The barriers to census participation for our communities. 3. Ways to take action to ensure our communities are counted at your organization. We welcome organizations to adapt this curriculum to meet the needs of your members and leaders. At the moment, we do not have the materials translated. If your organization is interested in supporting the translation of these tools, please contact us at email@example.com. We ask that you use this workshop with an acknowledgment that it is from / or adapted from AAPI FORCE.
OUTREACH MATERIALS YOU CAN PRINT IN-HOUSE
2. Take Action Postcard
The postcards are a tool to mobilize your base to pressure Congress to support The Every Person Counts Act. You can print them on card stock and have folks fill them out and mail them. Be sure to fill in your Senator's name and address. We recommend having folks sign the postcard in person, collecting and sending in for them in order to ensure they get mailed.
3. Census Cat is Coming Comic
We created a comic for kids and parents to understand why the census is so important to children's lives. It is written very simple sentences for children and it would be great if you could add translated text in-house. On the last page, you will need to add your organization’s contact information because YOU are the census cat helpers. On the back cover, you will need to add your logo. This is to be printed on letter size paper, fold in half and staple in the middle.
If you want to add your own logo & contact info in the comic: Use Photoshop/Indesign to edit the PNG Pages to add your Org Logo & Contact Info. Then print pages, fold, and staple into a booklet.
No time & just want to use it ASAP? Print the PDF version & write in your Org Contact Info on Image#3.
Need Fact Sheets?
Asian American’s Advancing Justice (AAAJ) has launched a fantastic census website that includes factsheets. You can access factsheets at www.countusin2020.org/resources
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or let us know how you were able to use the materials!