MADISON (WKOW) -- African-American community leaders came together at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Wednesday emphasizing the importance of black participation in the 2020 Census.
The Census this year will determine congressional representation, influence hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that may impact communities for the next decade.
Corinda Rainey-Moore, a member of the census committee said they will use those participation numbers to focus on inequalities that black communities and kids face.
“Imagine why we have things the way they are. We have a lack of resources in our schools, folks don’t have access to funding for housing, and roads are not as good as they can be in our communities,” Rainey-Moore said.
Census data informs federal funding that can impact more than 100 programs, including school lunches, road construction, housing and education.
“We have to make sure that those hard to count votes are being counted and ensure that we’re doing everything we can to educate folks,” Rainey-Moore said.
Other community members like Greg Jones, president of the Dane County NAACP shared how important it is for every person to be included in the report.
“The speakers today provided a real overview of the passion, need, and necessity for every individual in the United States particularly in our community to be counted,” Jones said. “We have to take it seriously the opportunity to count every soul and person.”
Beyond filling out the Census, Jones along with other community leaders like Shelia Stubbs added there are U.S. Census job opportunities available.
According to a press release, these are flexible, good paying jobs available from March through July that can help out Black communities.
The census includes nine questions about each person’s age, gender, race and relationship to householder according to the city of Madison.
The form should take less than 10 minutes to fill out for most households. You can fill out the census form online, over the phone, by paper, or in-person.