Reiterate: NO Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

It's Sunday. Take a moment, breathe, and give yourself credit for the phone calling, for speaking out, for RESISTING over the past 2-1/2 years since Donald Trump was elected into office. In 2018 we took back the U.S. House, and there are indications that the 2020 Congressional elections may be even more upsetting to Republicans.

We have taken to the streets, to the phones, and to our email and text messaging apps to tell lawmakers and the U.S. government that we will not tolerate attacks on our democratic system, on our voting and election systems, on those who are vulnerable and in need. We have defended affordable health care, women's reproductive rights, and the civil and human rights of immigrants. We have made a difference.

THANK YOU for joining with us to oppose unjust and arbitrarily punitive actions by the Trump administration. Today we have an action regarding another initiative by President Trump to erode the rights of progressives and people at risk.

For today’s action, we have a modest phone call or email message to lawmakers. Feel free to take today off and make your call or email tomorrow or early in the week!

ACTION: Call and leave voicemail, or email, our lawmakers and tell them NO to a 2020 Census citizenship question – again.

In spite of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to block the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, President Trump and the Justice Department have renewed their efforts. The Supreme Court opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts had left the question open if the Trump administration could provide a "better rationale." The Trump administration is taking advantage of that opinion to force a question to be added to the Census that would ask about U.S. citizenship status.

Why does the Census count matter?

"Population figures guide the allotment of hundreds of billions of federal dollars every year, touching virtually everyone in the nation.

"More important, census totals are used to divvy up congressional seats among the 50 states, and as the base for drawing thousands of state and local political boundaries. In the wake of a second Supreme Court decision last week that gave a green light to even the most extreme partisan gerrymandering, the question of how the census counts heads – and whose heads get counted – has become even more crucial" (The New York Times).

Why does NOT adding a citizenship question matter?

"…Critics of the citizenship question say it would lead to an undercount of immigrants, most of whom live in cities that predominantly lean Democratic. An undercount would diminish Democratic representation and benefit Republicans. More recently, plaintiffs in lawsuits have argued that the administration wants to count who is and isn’t a citizen so that states can exclude noncitizens entirely from the population bases used for redistricting to Republican benefit" (The New York Times).

After backing down on the citizenship question initially, the Justice Department came back and stated they were still looking at it. On Friday President Trump told reporters he was considering an executive order to add the question.

Today we're asking you to leave a message for lawmakers to let them know we are STILL opposed to the question of whether the person is a U.S. citizen being added to the U.S. Census.

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am [CALLING/WRITING about the 2020 Census. I am still adamantly opposed to the addition of a question regarding U.S. citizenship.

[CHOOSE ONE]

1. The decision of the Supreme Court should be upheld, not torn down, by the Trump administration.

2. Immigrants and underrepresented groups are likely to be undercounted if a citizenship question were added.

3. I'm concerned that the citizenship question and the continued Republican gerrymandering of voting districts will erode our democratic system of representation.

Thank you.”

Background:

“Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on the Census” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/us/census-question.html

“Census citizenship question: What we know about the debate so far” (The League of Women Voters) - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/06/census-citizenship-question-what-we-know-debate/1664071001/

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, July. 16, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. July. 9, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.