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LOS ANGELES, CA – More than 100 individuals from community organizations, unions, and government agencies joined Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday at a ‘Census Call to Action’ rally at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. The rally highlighted their shared commitment to ensuring that hard-to-reach populations will be included in the decennial census, despite the fact that Los Angeles County is the hardest-to-count county in the nation.
“The 2020 Census is the first census that will be done primarily electronically, creating an additional barrier for low-income families and communities of color. I am concerned that the effort to add a citizenship question may discourage responses, especially among immigrant communities. Today was a clear demonstration that LA County will work with our municipal and community partners to support our vulnerable communities. We embrace LA County’s diversity and we will make every effort to count every resident,” said Supervisor Solis, who hosted today’s Countywide community rally. “An accurate census count is not only foundational to representative democracy, but it ensures that schools and communities throughout LA County receive their fair share of federal funding. The federal government must not leave our vulnerable communities underfunded and underrepresented. Everyone counts!”
“The 2020 census will significantly impact how the federal government allocates funding and resources,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “We are raising awareness a full year in advance of the 2020 census launch to ensure that Angelenos are fairly represented in the final census count.”
“Los Angeles is a city where everybody counts — and we’ll work hard to make sure everyone is counted in 2020,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Today is about standing together to reaffirm that promise, and modeling a path that can be followed by cities and counties across America.”