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Census Counts 2020

Website:

censuscounts.org

Location:

Washington, DC

Director:

Beth Lynk

Type:

Census mobilization group

Census Counts 2020 is a project of the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the 501(c)(3) component of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a left-of-center civil rights-focused political advocacy group which has staunchly opposed President Donald Trump. The program aims to increase participation among demographic groups likely to support liberal policies and the Democratic Party in the 2020 Census to influence future voting and government funding.

Goals

Every ten years, the federal government conducts a national census upon which the following decade’s congressional and state legislative maps, as well as Electoral College allocations, are based. These allocations impact both state and federal elections as well as the distribution of over $800 billion in annual federal funding. [1] Census Counts 2020 promotes the 2020 census to groups which are likely to vote for the Democratic Party to increase the party’s Congressional and electoral power. Target groups include:[2]

  • Racial minorities
  • Immigrants
  • Union members
  • Disabled individuals
  • Infants and children
  • Low-income individuals
  • Homeless people
  • Teachers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Particular faith-based communities

Action Groups

Census Counts 2020 divides its efforts into three “action groups.” [3] The Get Out the Count Coalition is a toolkit distributed nationally to community organizing groups to promote participation in the census. [4] The States Count Action Network coordinates state-level census-promoting organizations in all 50 states. [5] Census Champions is a network of elected officials, Native American tribal officials, and library trustees who oversee the administration of the 2020 census at the local level. [6]

Leadership

Census Counts 2020 is led by long-time left-of-center activists and Democratic Party supporters, including numerous former employees of Planned Parenthood, which is also a partner organization of Census Counts 2020. [7]

Director Beth Lynk campaigned for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection, worked as a digital strategy consultant for Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and worked in multiple capacities for Planned Parenthood for three years. [8] National communications director Tamika Turner worked for Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and for Planned Parenthood for almost three years. [9] Senior field manager Diali Avila worked for the National Immigration Law Center and as a program manager at Planned Parenthood. [10]

Partner Organizations

Census Counts 2020 works with dozens of national and state-level left-of-center organizations to coordinate efforts and mobilize census takers. The group’s national partners include:[11]

References

  1. “Census Champions.” Census 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/censuschampions/. ^
  2. “About Us.” Census Counts 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/about/. ^
  3. “About Us.” Census Counts 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/about/. ^
  4. “Get Out the Count Toolkit.” Census Counts 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/gotc-toolkit/. ^
  5. “Resources in Your States.” Census Counts 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/state-by-state/. ^
  6. “Census Champions.” Census 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/censuschampions/. ^
  7. “Our Staff.” Census Counts 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/about/. ^
  8. “Beth Lynk.” Linkedin. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethlynk/. ^
  9. “Tamika Turner.” Linkedin. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamikavalerieturner/. ^
  10. “Diali Avila.” Linkedin. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dialiavila/. ^
  11. “Our Partners.” Census Counts 2020. Accessed April 18, 2020. https://censuscounts.org/about-cc/. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Beth Lynk
    Program Director

Coalition Members

  1. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) (Non-profit)
  2. American Atheists (Non-profit)
  3. American Federation of Teachers Education Foundation (Non-profit)
  4. American Library Association (ALA) (Non-profit)
  5. Arab American Institute (AAI) (Non-profit)
  6. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) (Non-profit)
  7. Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (Non-profit)
  8. Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) (Labor Union)
  9. Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) (Non-profit)
  10. Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) (Non-profit)
  11. Civic Nation (Non-profit)
  12. Color of Change (Non-profit)
  13. Common Cause (Non-profit)
  14. Community Change Voters (Political Party/527)
  15. Creative Alliance (Non-profit)
  16. Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) (Non-profit)
  17. Faith in Public Life (Non-profit)
  18. Jewish Council for Public Affairs (Non-profit)
  19. League of Conservation Voters (LCV) (Non-profit)
  20. League of Women Voters (LWV) (Non-profit)
  21. Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (Non-profit)
  22. MomsRising (Non-profit)
  23. National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) (Other Group)
  24. National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (Non-profit)
  25. National Community Action Partnership (Non-profit)
  26. National Congress of American Indians (Non-profit)
  27. National Congress of American Indians Fund (Non-profit)
  28. National Disability Rights Network (Non-profit)
  29. National Education Association (NEA) (Labor Union)
  30. National Fair Housing Alliance (Non-profit)
  31. National LGBTQ Task Force (Non-profit)
  32. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund (Non-profit)
  33. National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) (Non-profit)
  34. National League of Cities (Non-profit)
  35. National Urban League (Non-profit)
  36. New American Majority Fund (Democracy Alliance) (Non-profit)
  37. Faith In Action (Non-profit)
  38. PFLAG National (Non-profit)
  39. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) (Non-profit)
  40. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Labor Union)
  41. State Innovation Exchange (SIX) (Non-profit)
  42. State Voices (Non-profit)
  43. The Indivisible Project (Indivisible) (Non-profit)
  44. United Way Worldwide (Non-profit)
  45. United We Dream (Non-profit)
  46. When We All Vote (Non-profit)
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Census Counts 2020


Washington, DC