U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Dangerous and Untested Citizenship Question from the 2020 Census – For Now - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Dangerous and Untested Citizenship Question from the 2020 Census – For Now

WashingtonToday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, rejecting the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Decennial Census, a move that would have undoubtedly resulted in the undercounting of communities of color. The Court rejected the Trump Administration’s claim that a citizenship question is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act and remanded the case to the trial court, though it is unclear whether any further purported justifications for the question will be offered. Advancement Project National Office has long opposed the addition of the citizenship question and issued the following statement:

“This is a victory for directly impacted immigrant communities and for racial justice,” said Losmin Jiménez, Project Director and Senior Attorney for the Immigrant Justice Project at Advancement Project National Office. “The real reason behind the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census is racism. That the Supreme Court did not look away and checked the Trump Administration on this racism is a huge relief.”

“The majority saw the Trump Administration’s unprecedented addition of a citizenship question for the fraud that it is. As three trial judges have found, the Trump Administration’s proffered justification – better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – is wholly pretextual,” said Denise Lieberman, Project Director and Senior Attorney for the Power and Democracy Program at Advancement Project National Office. “Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act would be undermined by the inclusion of a citizenship question.

Census Bureau experts estimated that the citizenship question could have caused up to 6.5 million people to refuse to full out the Census survey, especially those in communities of color.

###
advancementproject.org

Advancement Project National Office is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.

KEEP READING

Michigan: First Federal Court Win Ordering Release of Medically Vulnerable People in our Country’s Jails

Civil Rights, Racial Justice Organizations Win Michigan Lawsuit Granting Immediate Release of Medically Vulnerable People During COVID-19 Pandemic

Read More
National Racial Justice Organizations Join Together to Map Hardest to Count Communities of Color for the 2020 Census and to Distribute 1,350 Free Arc GIS Licenses in Partnership with ESRI

NATIONAL RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS JOIN TOGETHER TO MAP HARDEST TO COUNT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR FOR THE 2020 CENSUS AND TO DISTRIBUTE 1,350 FREE ARC GIS LICENSES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ESRI  Washington, DC – A broad-based collaborative of racial equity organizations, are uniting to support a shared goal of a complete count of all communities of color through the 2020 Census. The groups – Advancement Project, National Office (AP), Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Demos, Faith in Action (FIA), National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), National Association for the Advancement of…

Read More
A Day of Hope with the Rising Majority

By Flavia Jimenez | Managing Director of Organizational Development and Leadership On a February day that started with a downpour and ended with blustery winds in the nation’s capital, something extraordinary happened in the auditorium of Howard University School of Law. It was not a call to action as much as it was a challenge to change the entire paradigm under which we are focusing movements and power building. Rising Majority—a network of grassroots social justice organizations—gathered a group of activists, leaders and organizers to make clear that people of color and traditionally marginalized communities have a new vision…

Read More
Celebrating Rev. Henry Highland Garnet

By Edward A. Hailes, Jr. | Managing Director and General Counsel Rev. Henry Highland Garnet was a 19th Century abolitionist, educator, theologian, and Pan-Africanist, who preached a radical theology of liberation and resistance. He delivered a sermon to Congress on Sunday, February 12, 1865, only days after the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to abolish slavery nationwide except as a punishment for crime ...  Rev. Garnet was the first African American to lift his voice in the U.S. Capitol – a building built by enslaved people and crowned with a statue named “Freedom.” The…

Read More
Leading Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Support and Applaud the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Day of Racial Healing, January 21, 2020

New York, NY—With daily race motivated hate crimes happening globally, pausing to participate in a National Day of Racial Healing (#NDORH) is vitally important. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, many organizations, individuals, and communities will be taking collective action during the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing to celebrate our racial diversity and reinforce and honor our common humanity. Among these organizations are the Racial Equity Anchor Institutions (“The Anchors”) supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Anchors will be creating space to explore our common humanity and build the relationships necessary to create a more…

Read More
Reps. Elijah Cummings and John Conyers, Jr. got us this far. Now it’s on us to advance the fight.

By Judith Browne Dianis In the span of 10 days, we lost Congressman Elijah Cummings and retired Congressman John Conyers Jr. Both men dedicated their lives to fighting to make our union a little more perfect than it was when they found it. Losing our elders is never easy. Each passing prompts reflections on the good fights they fought and the lives they led. There’s a comfort in standing on the shoulders of living giants that get ripped away when those giants make their transition from the earth. If we take nothing else from the lives…

Read More
What is a Strong Movement Without Art?

Art has long been essential to building strong movements. As such, Advancement Project National Office is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with GoArtful to create a capsule collection for our 20th anniversary!

Read More
“The Other America”: Celebrating MLK’s Legacy

  In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described an America with “a daily ugliness … that transforms the ebullience of hope into the fatigue of despair.” Join special guest Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Urban One Media, the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation, for this annual event. King’s words, amplified by music and movement, remind us that this “other America” still exists for too many today. Dr. King’s words will be amplified by musical performances from Gospel artist JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Howard…

Read More
Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Condemn Backroom Ploy by Washington NFL Team to Get New Stadium Deal through Congress

Advancement Project is one of nine national civil rights and racial justice organizations condemning the NFL's Washington team location in DC while keeping the “R-word” racial slur as the team’s name and mascot.

Read More