We fight for accurate Census counts, equitable redistricting, clean elections, fair courts, and getting money out of politics.
Our civic representation work ensures that when people participate in our democracy, their power is not distorted or diluted. The two pillars of our civic representation work are the 2020 Census and fair redistricting in 2021.
We believe all Americans should be able to elect officials who truly represent them and the interests of their communities. True representation begins with a fair and accurate decennial Census, as the Census count serves as the basis for reapportionment. Unfortunately, Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color, youth, and low-income individuals have been disproportionately undercounted in previous censuses and are more likely to live in areas designated by the Census Bureau as hard to count.
Our network has prioritized working on the 2020 Census. We have joined many national organizations to create a Get Out the Count (GOTC) workgroup that focuses on material creation and outreach planning. During the summer of 2019, we hosted five regional GOTC Summits with the Leadership Conference and other partners. Each summit focused on planning for GOTC, sharing best practices, and building relationships across the region. In total, we were joined by 700 attendees and 22 of our state tables.
Most recently, we contributed to a national GOTC toolkit that contains tips and strategies on organizing undercounted communities to make sure we’re all counted in the census. Additional content will be added through the end of the year. Organizing around the census is crucial to building multiracial and multicultural political power.
We are also committed to ensuring fair redistricting so that boundaries are not manipulated to favor political parties. Gerrymandering destroys the potential for truly representative democracy and further dilutes the political power of our most marginalized communities. While we try to eliminate gerrymandering, we must also lessen the impact of money in our political system.
Our tables serve as hubs for collaborative civic representation work, where partner organizations pool resources and fight for a democracy that is vibrantly active and truly fair.
For more information on our civic representation programs, please reach out to [email protected].
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