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Keep up with U.S. Census News with the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan’s Census Intelligence Briefing.

Nov. 4, 2019 – The Census Bureau released preliminary results from its national experiment using two census forms — one with and one without the citizenship question. In a blog post released October 31, the Bureau reported that the inclusion of a citizenship question would have had a very small effect on self-response rates.

On October 31,  the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a Status Report on Early Operations for the 2020 Census. While the GAO found that the Census Bureau is generally on track to meet key deadlines, they found two key areas which, unaddressed, could grow into significant issues: IT preparedness and hiring.

Historically, members of the historically undercounted communities are often ineligible to work — even temporarily as census enumerators — without losing their public assistance (SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, or CHIP). To help recruit census workers from within these historically undercounted communities, the federal government will permit states, including Michigan, to opt into a waiver process. This will ensure that the additional income from the census work does not cause temporary workers to lose access to federal assistance programs. Read more here.

Sep. 30, 2019 – Be Counted Michigan 2020 and MNA officially launch multimedia campaign

The statewide 2020 Nonprofits Count Campaign’s eight-week media campaign – “Everyone Counts. Everyone Wins!” kicks off today, September 30, and runs through November 22, 2019. Visit the newly created campaign site at www.MIVoiceCounts.org  to see the videos that will run as ads on social media and television, and for a variety of tools including graphics for social media and newsletters.

Sep. 30, 2019 – Hear Dr. Hayg Oshagan, Director of New Michigan Media, discuss the census 

A key category of traditionally undercounted populations are ethnic and racial minorities. On Detroit Today on 101.9 WDET, Dr. Hayg Oshagan, New Michigan Media Director and Wayne State professor of media studies, discusses his efforts to promote census participation for these groups.

Sep. 30, 2019 – Student volunteers sought to help support the 2020 census in Detroit

Know any Wayne State University students who may be interested in promoting the census? Tell them to sign up to volunteer! Wayne State University has partnered with the City of Detroit to support the success of the 2020 Census with the “Be Counted Detroit 2020” campaign, and students are invited to play a critical role in the process. All volunteers must participate in a training session on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. (dinner provided).

Sep. 23, 2019 – Technical challenges to the Trump administration’s quest for citizenship data

From the latest issue of Science, a look at some of the technical and logistic challenges the U.S. Census Bureau may face in complying with  President Trump’s July executive order instructing the Commerce Department to obtain and report citizenship data through means other than the census. Among the technical challenges: the Census Bureau has never before collected citizenship information on a level as small as the city block level, and as such, will face difficulties creating files on the population of citizens of voting age (CVAP).

Sep. 23, 2019 – Southeast Michigan Counts Grantee Materials

Check out what fellow grantees have been up to!

From ACCESS, a census participation pledge to engage the community on the census — and field contact information for follow-up!

From our August 9 convening follow-up survey: “Our kick-off event allowed us to educate Inkster residents about the Census.” – Wayne United

Have a census-related event or document you’d like to share with our community through this briefing? Email Mobo at mobo@earlyworksllc.com!

Sep. 9, 2019 – A few looks at the changing face of the United States

Despite the many challenges minority communities will face in achieving fair and accurate census counts, the 2020 census will make clear just how diverse the country is becoming. Using recently released estimates for 2018 from the US Census Bureau, a new report from the Brookings Institution highlights the expansion of America’s racial diversity through six maps.

In the context of Southeast Michigan, which is home to more than 70% of the state’s foreign-born individuals, a new report from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Kresge Foundation and the Skillman Foundation highlights the challenges and opportunities for supporting immigrants and refugees in our area.

Sep. 9, 2019 – How access to internet connectivity may affect census participation in the Detroit area

A complex mix of poor competition, lack of affordability, digital infrastructure issues and digital redlining contributes to a stunning fact: less than half of the households in the city of Detroit have access to broadband internet. Gaps in coverage correspond almost perfectly to the poorest census tracts in the city — a fact which will only serve to contribute to challenges in achieving an accurate 2020 census count.

From Marketplace.org, a conversation with Joshua Edmonds, Detroit’s first director of digital inclusion, on the unique challenges the city faces, and how these challenges go beyond infrastructure.

Aug. 21, 2019 – Federal Officials are Signaling a Potential Departure from Centuries of Precedent in Congressional Apportionment

Recent statements made by officials from the Justice Department and the Census Bureau have sent mixed signals about whether citizenship data collected as a result of President Trump’s July executive order will be factored into the process of dividing the country’s congressional seats and Electoral College votes.

While census counts since 1790 have included citizens and non-citizens, the history of exactly who is counted has varied considerably. In the face of clarifying questions from the press and Congress,  Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham has not provided clear answers as to whether citizenship will be factored into apportionment data he is federally mandated to provide to the president following the 2020 census.

Aug. 14, 2019 WDET 101.9 FM: Here’s How Detroit Will Count Every Resident for 2020 Census
In 2010, Detroit was estimated to have missed almost 40% of residents in the census count. Engaging with trusted messengers, amplifying authentic voices, and partnering with people in their own neighborhoods will be crucial to ensuring everyone is counted. Listen here for an overview from NPR’s Morning Edition.

Aug. 1, 2019 – 2020 Census: Address Canvassing Operation

To ensure a complete list of addresses, the US Census Bureau will begin sending workers to neighborhoods around the country this month. Read more.

July 26, 2019 – Be counted: Minority Media Summit expresses importance of participating in upcoming census.

Publishers of the region’s biggest ethnic newspapers gathered at Wayne State University’s McGregor Conference Center on July 24 for the 2019 Minority Media Summit. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were also in attendance. Read more.

July 24, 2019 – Ebersole Singh named Michigan census chief

Kerry Ebersole Singh has been named Michigan statewide census director, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday. Ebersole Singh has been a fixture in Democratic politics for the last 20 years, working at the national, state and local level. She is CEO of Persuasion Link LLC., a Michigan-based public affairs firm. In the last six years, she has served as the Michigan state director and senior advisor to the Energy Foundation States and Regions program. Read more.

July 24, 2019 – Congressional Black Caucus Launches Census 2020 Taskforce

Nationally, the Congressional Black Caucus launched a 2020 Census task force aimed at addressing historical undercounts of African American communities. Read more.

July 11,2019 – Donald Trump drops fight to get citizenship question on 2020 census; other federal records to be used

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday dropped efforts to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census, saying he would use other means to seek information about the number of noncitizens in the country. Read more.