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Census 2020: It’s a Big Deal for AFSCME

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Census 2020: It’s a Big Deal for AFSCME

The 2020 Census is a big deal: for AFSCME members, our families, our communities and the public services we provide.

Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for public transit systems.

Think of your local schools: Census counts help determine how money is distributed for programs like Head Start and for grants that support teachers and special education classrooms.

Think of our health care system: Census counts determine how federal funds are spent in your state on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The list goes on: funding for rural economic development, housing assistance for older adults, preparation for natural disasters. The results of the 2020 Census will determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into our communities for the next 10 years.

The United States Census is a constitutionally-mandated, nationwide count of all the people living in our country, not just citizens. And not just adults: babies, children and teens are included as well. It takes place every 10 years. It’s confidential. It takes only a few minutes to complete. And an accurate count matters for the resources our communities need.

Here are some big reasons an accurate count matters for AFSCME members and everyone:

Everyone deserves to be counted. But, historically, many communities slip through the cracks of the Census, including young children, multi-generational households, minority communities, households with limited Internet access, and households with undocumented immigrants and recent immigrants.

AFSCME members across the country are stepping up to make sure every person is counted.

Will you join them? As an AFSCME leader, you have the power to make sure your community is counted. Here are a few ways:

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Click here to learn how.

AFSCME’s 1.4 million members share a common commitment to public service. We fight for fairness in the workplace, at the bargaining table, in our communities and in the halls of government. But that can only happen with an accurate Census count. Be counted!

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