FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 28, 2018
Rainbow PUSH, Elected Officials and Community Advocates to Hold Press Conference on Unfair 2020 Census Count
Coalition set to go to Springfield Jan. 15 to fight for a share of immigrant funds
CHICAGO – In an effort to ensure that all Illinois residents are counted in the 2020 Decennial Census, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and a coalition of elected officials, clergy and community activists will hold an 11:45 a.m., Saturday, December 29, press conference to announce the formation of a united front needed to capture the funds for a fair Census count.
The press conference will be held at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., where Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-7th), Cook County Commissioners Stanley Moore, Denise Deer, Donna Miller, city, state and civil rights organizations including the NAACP will express their concerns over the lack of funding and cancellations of the door-to-door canvassing key in preventing another Census undercount.
According to the Census Bureau, the 2010 census undercounted white residents by nearly 1 percent but failed to count 1.5 million people of color including 1.5 percent Hispanics, 2.1 percent blacks, 4.9 percent Native Americans living on reservations.
The coalition is determined to prevent another undercount, which is why it recently met with Rev. Jackson expressing concerns over the $30 billion the Trump administration has allocated to conduct the 2020 census which for the first time is relying on marketing, advertising and the Internet for census returns—a system that may hurt people of color who don’t have computers.
The State of Illinois has allocated $1.5 million for the census. The federal government has allocated $2.5 million earmarked for immigrants in Illinois. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, NAACP and others are going to Springfield on January 15, 2019; to fight for a fair share of the $2.5 million funding needed to ensure that Bahamians, Haitians and Africans are also counted in the census.
With projections that Illinois may lose one congressional seat and other state and county seats, the coalition is poised to fight this and to present its plan which will ensure Illinois will get its fair share of funds needed for schools, health care and public housing.
The coalition is demanding full transparency and fairness in the census funding especially since the Commerce Department, which oversees the census, is estimating that only 55 percent of Americans will fill out the census form down from 63 percent in 2010. With only one field test planned rather than three, the coalition fears an underfunded budget will produce an undercount.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.