I’ve been reading a lot about Trump’s blatant attempt to violate the Constitution by politicizing and racializing the 2020 census. This article from MoveOn does a good job of summarizing the crisis succinctly, and it provides an URGENT PETITION that you can sign:
Donald Trump and his Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, want to add a question about citizenship to the census. The Constitution states that “all people” must be counted for the census, not just citizens. If this question goes ahead, all urban areas — and big states like California, Florida, New York, and Texas — will lose federal funding for public services like education, as well as representation in Congress.
This is an attempt to subvert the census for blatantly political reasons, and to ensure that the votes of citizens in lightly populated areas count for more than the votes of the majority of citizens living in cities and big states. Sign the petition to show them that we’re all paying attention and won’t stay quiet:
Trump: Don’t tamper with the 2020 Census!
Another organization — the Courage Campaign (www.couragecampaign.org) provided the following information and petition. They are collaborating with Common Cause, DailyKos, and other organizations to pressure Congress about this.
The Trump administration wants to undercount immigrants in the census. If they get away with it, states like California, New York, and New Jersey would lose seats in Congress, while states like Idaho, Wyoming, and Kansas would gain seats. If Republicans manipulate the census, they rig elections in their favor for at least the next 10 years.
And it’s not just elections. The census also determines how federal funds get distributed for everything from social safety net programs to highway funding. This a blatant attempt to undercount people in urban areas — meaning less political representation and fewer resources for those communities. Will you sign the petition asking Congress to stop this attack on democracy?
Sign this petition calling on Congress to provide a fair and accurate Census in 2020 by removing the citizenship question: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-fair-and-accurate-census-in-2020-drop-the-citizenship-question?source=CCCensus2018_CCampaign&referrer=group-courage-campaign
CREDO Action invites you to sign this petition: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Trump_Census?t=5&akid=27880%2E8825164%2E69gE0L
And the progressive organization People for the American Way (www.pfaw.org) offers their petition on the same subject. They offer info at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-exposes-real-goals-of-trump-administrations-citizenship-question-on-2020-census-form/
Their petition is at: http://act.pfaw.org/sign/stop-trump-attack-2020-census/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa&utm_campaign=2020census&t=3&akid=2823%2E2118802%2E72afHQ