NEFA is advocating for strong participation in the 2020 Census, previously slated to end on August 14, 2020, and recently extended to October 31, 2020.
Why participate? Because the census:
Shows that demographically, everyone matters
Determines the federal resource allocation of $800 billion dollars by informing the creation of political districts
Allows for better representation in elected officials by determining redistricting
Serves as a valuable data source for research, including NEFA's commissioned reports about creatives and your work!
Still hesitant? A few other facts:
There is NO citizenship question on the Census
Title XIII guarantees the confidentiality of the information you provide for 72 years
Certain communities are historically hard to count, and lack of representation can under-resource those communities. Check out CUNY's interactive map of Hard to Count communities to see how your community is currently stacking up.
Ready to participate? There are three ways to self-respond: