Skinner Leadership Institute, and the National African American Clergy Network, are mounting the “Everyone Counts: Equipping African American Clergy for a Complete 2020 Census Count” Campaign to help achieve a complete and accurate count of African American faith-based communities during the 2020 Census.
There are 3 Ways to Answer the Census.
1) By Mail 2) Online: my2020census.gov 3) By Phone: 844-330-2020
Trusted Voices Video
Share this excellent CENSUS 2020 video in your networks and across your community, featuring some of our nation’s most trusted and influential voices including Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr., and Bishop Vashti Murphy Mckenzie.
African American Faith-Based Census Toolkit
This campaign is part of a coordinated civic engagement and public policy information sharing network of denominational and independent church leaders representing some 15 million members.
We hope that this black church faith-based census toolkit will empower you as clergy and lay leaders to reach out to your family, friends, colleagues, congregations, and acquaintances to make them aware of the overall the challenges we face of being undercounted.
“Each of us is so precious to God that He takes the time to count us. Every ten years the census counts everyone in the United States. Being counted in the census will shape your future and the future of every community across our nation for years to come.” —Dr. Barbara Williams- Skinner, President and Co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute and Co-convener of the National African American Clergy Network, Washington, DC
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
FAIR REPRESENTATION: Every 10 years, the results of the Census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. The consequences of the next election will last an entire decade. Fair representation starts with an accurate census.
REDISTRICTING: After each Census, state officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.
ECONOMY: Higher numbers mean that businesses can make better decisions on investments and development in our communities, which equates to more jobs.
EDUCATION: A complete count provides more funding, which will in turn benefit our children and our workforce development. Funding for Head Start, Special Education, and Title 1 Grants to school districts are direct recipients of federal funding.
HEALTH CARE: Lives will be saved based on an accurate count. There is a direct relationship between the census and access to healthcare, Medicaid expansion funds, and the reduction of healthcare costs for everyone when fewer people are uninsured.
INFRASTRUCTURE: With more funding we will see safer roads, less traffic and better access to jobs.