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Statement on California Complete Count Committee Announcement from the Census Policy Advocacy Network (CPAN)

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John Joanino, Advancement Project California, Senior Communications Associate,, 310-735-7538

LOS ANGELES – On Friday, April 13, Governor Jerry Brown announced the formation of the California Complete Count Committee, a statewide body that will guide development of California’s outreach strategy for the 2020 decennial census. The Census Policy Advocacy Network congratulates appointed members and looks forward to collaborating with the committee to prioritize outreach to hard-to-count populations that are at-risk for an undercount in this anti-immigrant political climate. We are pleased to see that the committee includes members that have a demonstrated commitment and experience working with hard-to-count populations.

As a coalition of 15 organizations invested in ensuring a fair and accurate count, CPAN encourages the newly appointed committee members to utilize the wealth of resources developed by civil rights organizations to help advocates and stakeholders effectively plan to address barriers to participation in the decennial census. We aim to be a resource and thought partner to committee members as planning ramps up in the near-term.


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    About the Census Policy Advocacy Network
    The Census Policy Advocacy Network is a collaborative effort among multiple statewide organizations in California to help shape policy concerning the American Community Survey and the 2020 Census. Traditionally, certain populations in our nation have been disproportionately undercounted in the decennial census. These populations include African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people, low-income communities, children, people who have disabilities and/or those who are homeless. As a result, many individuals have been denied an equal voice in their government, and many communities have been short-changed on federal and state funding for schools, crime prevention, health care, and transportation. The network’s goal is to educate policymakers and community leaders about the government investment and sound policies needed to ensure a fair and accurate census in 2020.
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