In a Win for Hard to Count Communities, the U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the Trump Administration’s Explanation for Including the Citizenship Question in the 2020 US Census, Sending Case Back to Lower Courts.

Media Statement: June 27, 2019 In a Win for Hard to Count Communities, the U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the Trump Administration’s Explanation for Including the Citizenship Question in the 2020 US Census, Sending Case Back to Lower Courts. From Count Me 2020 Coalition The Count Me 2020 Coalition is elated with the Supreme Court of the United States decision to reject the Trump Administration’s explanation for including the citizenship question on the upcoming census. The coalition is pleased that the Supreme Court found the official explanation was implausible and legally inadequate, sending the case back to lower courts for further action. Count Me 2020 calls on the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau to respect the Supreme Court’s decision and immediately proceed with the preparations for a 2020 Census that does not include the citizenship question. Count Me 2020 maintains our position that the citizenship question should not be included, as it will create another barrier to full participation for hard to count communities, making it harder to obtain a complete population count. Count Me 2020 strongly encourages all residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties to fully participate in the count, so that proper political representation and resources are fairly allocated. The census is vital to the fair distribution of billions of dollars in resources and to ensure fair representation. The opportunity to achieve an accurate count happens once every 10 years and Count Me 2020 and its partners will be working to ensure that hard to count communities get accurate information about the confidentiality of Census data so they can confidently and securely participate in the 2020 Census. Count Me 2020, a network of more than 100 community based organizations working to ensure a complete and accurate 2020 census count, was formed to support the hard to count communities of San Diego and Imperial Counties with trusted messenger organizations and will continue our work to ensure maximum participation and inclusion in the 2020 census — particularly among hard-to-count communities like people of color, urban, rural, and low-income households, immigrants, LGBT communities, limited-English proficient populations, and young children. Historically, hard to count communities face many obstacles to completing their census questionnaire such as limited English proficiency and lack of awareness and resources about how the data will benefit all communities. As the regional agencies appointed to coordinate 2020 Census outreach, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the County of Imperial are responsible for leading public education efforts alongside local jurisdictions. Count Me 2020 is working together with SANDAG and the County of Imperial to encourage everyone in the San Diego and Imperial region to be counted. For more information,  and access to resources and to see a list of current signers to the statement, visit Information is also available via phone at or call NALEO Education Fund’s toll-free national census bilingual hotline at 877-EL-CENSO (877-352-3676) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.   This list is not inclusive of all signers and more organizations are currently signing on, please check back often for updates. In Solidarity,  Alianza ComunitariaAlliance San DiegoAsian Pacific Islander InitiativeBayside Community CenterCasa FamiliarCenter for Social Advocates San Diego County (CSA)Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI)Chicano FederationChula Vista Community CollaborativeCity Heights Community Development CorporationComite Civico Del Valle, IncCouncil of Philippine American Organizations (COPAO)County of Imperial Employee Rights Center (ERC)Engage San DiegoFern Street Community ArtsHanana Community CenterHome Start, Inc. Horn of AfricaHouse of ChinaInterfaith Community ServicesJOBLeague of Women Voters, San DiegoMas PaceMid-City CANNational Latino Research CenterPartnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)Paving Great FuturesPillars of the CommunityPlanned Parenthood of the Pacific SouthwestRISE San DiegoSAY San DiegoSomali Bantu Association of AmericaSurvivors of Torture, International The San Diego LGBT Community CenterUnion of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC)United Taxi Workers of San DiegoUnited Way San DiegoUniversidad PopularUrban LeagueViet Vote San DiegoYouth Will About Count Me 2020 Coalition Count Me 2020 is a coalition of over 100 community organizations and civic groups working to ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census count in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Outreach focuses on ensuring that the 255,000 to 783,000 individuals who are considered “hard to count” in San Diego and Imperial Counties are counted and represented. The Coalition’s organizing approach is to nurture a culture of trust, engagement, buy-in and civic participation to reach, educate, motivate and activate individuals who are traditionally excluded and undercounted. Count Me 2020 coordinates closely with governments, businesses and other efforts, and welcomes all who care about our communities’ representation and proper funding distribution to join us! Learn more at

2020 Census Launch

LOCAL PUBLICATIONS KPBS Ebone Monet, Census Coalition Wants All Residents In San Diego, Imperial Counties To Be Tallied - NBC 7/Telemundo 20 – Reporter Liberty Zabala, including 4/1 morning live shots, including at 11 a.m.: ABC 10 – Reporter Amanda Brandeis, ABC Facebook:, Reporter Facebook: and Reporter Twitter: UT – Reporter Morgan Cook: Top story on Local section print edition 4/2: Essential California e-newsletter and online: Oceanside News – and Facebook: Rancho Santa Fe Review (UT article) – Collaboration of local leaders launches effort to reach hard-to-count populations for 2020 Census  SANDAG Receives $1.5 Million Grant in Preparation for 2020 Census  (Times of San Diego) Daily Business Report-April 2, 2019: Census awards $3.2 million to groups to reach ‘hard to count’ populations, sixth story  (SD Metro) Campaign underway to count every San Diegan for 2020 census (10 News) EVERYBODY COUNTS: LOCAL LEADERS LAUNCH 2020 CENSUS OUTREACH  (The Vista Press) Voice of San Diego’s Morning Report newsletter: El Latino newspaper (in print too): Televisa – Reporter Jose Antonio Aviles, including 4/1 morning live shots, online story:   BROADCAST VIDEOS & RADIO CLIPS Local leaders and SANDAG launch 2020 Census outreach event  (KUSI) Local government leaders join 2020 Census outreach event   (KUSI) Local leaders and SANDAG launch 2020 Census outreach event today (KUSI) California awards over $1.5 million to local coalition for 2020 census coordination (KUSI) Count Me 2020 starts census outreach campaign with communities  (KPBS) Count Me 2020 launches outreach campaign with SANDAG  (KPBS) SANDAG uses $3 million grant for 2020 Census outreach efforts  (KOGO)  Campaign underway to ensure accurate census count (10 News) Count Me 2020 focuses on accurate representation in 2020 Census (NBC 7) San Diego launches campaign to ensure accurate 2020 census count (10 News)   Local census funding also mentioned in this Los Angeles Sentinel piece: and ONMENews:

State Census Office Announces Outreach Partners

SACRAMENTO – The California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office announced Tuesday, 10 community-based organizations that it is partnering with to encourage participation of all Californians in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 decennial count. Tuesday’s announcement is the first of three sets of contracts that will be awarded to support the State’s community outreach and communication strategy for the 2020 Census. The State’s campaign focuses on Californians least likely to participate in the Census and relies on trusted messengers – such as community organizations and local media outlets – to spread the word. “A complete and accurate count in California is daunting because the State is large and diverse, but it’s encouraging to see the truly collaborative partnerships the State is making with key groups, said Ditas Katague, director of California Complete Count – Census 2020. “We all need to be counted – the future of our state depends on it. I have no doubt these organizations will help us get to our goal in 2020.” The state Census Office grouped California’s 58 counties into 10 regions based on their hard-to-count populations, like-mindedness of the counties, capacity of community-based organizations within the counties, and state Census staff workload capabilities. Totaling $22.95 million, with an additional proposed $10 million from Governor Gavin Newsom, the awards announced Tuesday go to administrative community-based organizations that will target hard-to-count populations within each region. Region Counties ACBO 1 Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, Yuba Sacramento Region Community Foundation     (Sacramento) 2 Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, Trinity United Way of the Wine Country     (Santa Rosa) 3 Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano United Way of the Bay Area     (San Francisco) 4 Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne Faith in Action Network     (Los Angeles) 5 Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Ventura Ventura County Community Foundation     (Camarillo) 6 Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Tulare Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Project Management     (Sacramento) 7 Riverside, San Bernardino The Community Foundation     (Riverside) 8 Los Angeles California Community Foundation     (Los Angeles) 9 Orange Charitable Ventures of Orange County     (Newport Beach) 10 Imperial, San Diego United Way of San Diego County     (San Diego)   Continue reading