March 16, 2020 Update:
Due to COVID-19, State Voices strongly recommends that State Tables and partners avoid hosting events until further notice.
Our Census Day of Action Toolkit primarily contains recommendations on events. For our updated Get-Out-The-Count guidance, please view this document.
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April 1, 2020 is Census Day, and State Tables and other coalitions and organizations across the country are throwing events and actions to mobilize communities to be counted.
Do you want to host an event or action—like a flash mob, block party, and more—in your neighborhood on April 1? We’ve got you covered.
Download the Census Day of Action Toolkit created by State Voices network with the support of the Leadership Conference and the Census Counts coalition.
Note: having trouble downloading the toolkit? Reach out to [email protected].
This toolkit contains tips on organizing block parties and flash mobs, outreach strategies, tips on finding venues, communications help, and more. Enter your email to get the toolkit emailed to your inbox.
You can also opt-in to receive occasional updates from the State Voices network about the census and the fight for BIPOC political power. This includes being notified when we release Part 2 of our toolkit, which will provide in-depth guidance around communications, press and media support!
Download the Census Day of Action Toolkit to learn how you can mobilize your community around the census, and reach out to Elena Langworthy at [email protected] with any questions.
The census is a complete count of every single person in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, housing status, or age. Unfortunately, Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color are historically undercounted, along with children, TLGBQIA+ people, immigrants, poor people, people experiencing homelessness, and more.
Census data determines funding to community programs, like health care, housing, child education, infrastructure, public transportation, and more. Census data also informs redistricting and political apportionment.
The census is crucial for our communities, and we can help encourage our neighbors, family, and friends to get counted by doing actions around the country on April 1. Let’s build energy and momentum for the census, the elections, and beyond.
The census is so important in the fight for political power for Black people, Indigenous people, other people of color, and all oppressed people across the U.S.
We can incorporate the census into our broader fight for freedom and liberation when we understand the census as an act of solidarity, as collective action, as a chance to build across movements, and as a demand for funding and political power for BIPOC people.
Let’s go get out the count.
— Jordan N. DeLoach, Director of Communications
— Elena Langworthy, Senior Policy Manager