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LDF Shares Comments Opposing Census Bureau’s Decision to Add a Citizenship Status

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Comments on 2020 Census, Including Proposed Information Collection

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”), our country’s first and foremost civil rights and racial justice organization, appreciates the opportunity to provide comments in response to the Federal Register notice (the “Notice”). Since its founding in 1940, one of LDF’s core missions has been the achievement of the full, equal, and active participation of all Americans, particularly Black Americans, in the political process. Consistent with this mission, LDF has engaged in public education campaigns to inform communities, particularly Black communities, about prior censuses and the upcoming 2020 Census, explaining the importance of the Census count and advocating for various changes to the Census, including reforming how incarcerated people are counted on Census Day and using a combined race and ethnicity question.  Most recently, LDF has vigorously opposed and sought public records on the Census Bureau’s decision to add a citizenship status question to the decennial 2020 Census. LDF views a fair and accurate Census, and the collection of useful, objective data about our nation’s diverse people, to be among the most important civil rights issues of our day, impacting, among other things, political representation and racial justice. For this reason, we offer comments in this letter on various challenges facing this upcoming decennial Census as set forth in the Notice, including the proposed citizenship status question.

Read the full letter here.