- The rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric, and heightened immigrant enforcement activities, have created real fear and distrust of the government;
- The foreclosure crisis and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have displaced millions of people, making it hard to do an accurate count; and
- As the first census after 9/11, the Census Bureau will have to deal with Americans’ privacy concerns about how their information is used
A number of Black bloggers participated on a conference call to discuss these challenges with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and census experts who represent some of the hardest communities to count.
Some of the pre-read material for the conference call included a transcript (here) and two PowerPoint presentations (here and here) from a recent event at The Brookings Institution.
Here is a list of the panelists that talked with our Black bloggers on the conference call earlier this week:
- Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), leads a coalition of civil rights organizations that will be working on-the-ground in regions with some of the highest percentages of undercounted communities in an effort to boost response rates of communities of color in the 2010 Census.
- Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, is a nationally recognized expert in Latino demographic trends and the census. Next week, NALEO will launch a campaign, ya es hora, to motivate Latinos to participate in the 2010 Census.
- Terry Ao, director of the Census and Voting Programs for the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), is a noted Census expert, has testified before Congress on the issue, and sits on the U.S Department of Commerce’s 2010 Census Advisory Committee as a permanent substitute advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Kevin Ross (3 Brothers and a Sister) and I encouraged the US Census officials to use bloggers to help market the census with paid advertising ... not just public service announcements.
Anyhow, it was an interesting conference call. It is nice to see that organizations like LCCR and NAACP are reaching out to Black bloggers. What are your thoughts on the upcoming 2010 Census?