AAFE hosted the first of many outreach events in preparation for the all-important 2020 U.S. Census at our office in Manhattan’s Chinatown May 23.
A representative of the U.S. Census Bureau walked local residents through what they can expect after census forms are mailed in the spring of next year. They also heard from Ian Chan, City Council Member Margaret Chin’s community liaison, and AAFE Co-Executive Director Jennifer Sun.
They all told community members it is crucial to maximize participation in the 2020 count. On line line: federal funding for essential services like senior centers and public transportation, as well as fair representation of our communities in Congress. AAFE is a member of New York Counts 2020, a broad-based coalition working across the state for an accurate census.
Sometime in June, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the Trump Administration’s misguided effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. We remain concerned about the impact of this proposal. During the informational meeting, we emphasized that the Census Bureau collects data for statistical purposes only. No households or individuals are identified, and all information is confidential.
See news coverage of our first 2020 Census event below.