Civil Rights Advocates Respond to Census Operational Changes in the Wake of COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force — Arturo Vargas, CEO of NALEO Educational Fund; John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC; and Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to suspend 2020 Census field operations until April 1, 2020:

“Temporarily suspending field operations for the 2020 Census is the right decision for now. Our organizations are leading outreach in order to protect our communities, and our role as trusted messengers is more important than ever. We are helping to inform shifts in strategy and operations and we urge the Census Bureau to be transparent with stakeholders, partners, and Congress about where it is facing operational challenges, the changes it is making to its planned operations, and where it needs additional support. We need everyone to take part in the census because essential rights, funding, resources, and political power are at stake. Thankfully, communities around the country can continue to count themselves at home by going online, calling the Census Bureau, or filling out the paper form. We encourage all households to respond and be counted.”

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