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Endorsers of the My Black Counts Campaign

U.S. Census counts are used to determine how public funding and political representation will be allocated for California over the next decade. Our Black communities have historically been undercounted–and as a result–underfunded and underrepresented politically. We asked Black elected and community leaders across the state to step up and join us in this campaign to ensure a full and complete count of Black lives and communities on the Census. Thank you to the following leaders who say loud and proud, “My Black Counts in the 2020 Census!”


Our Elected Leaders

Senator Kamala D. Harris, CA- D
Congress Member Karen Bass, CA-D
Senator Holly Mitchell, CA Legislature
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager- Dove, AD 54
Assemblymember Mike Gipson, AD 64
Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, CA Legislature and Chair of Black Legislative Caucus
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, AD 7
Supervisor Keith Carson, Alameda County, District 5
Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Los Angeles County, District 2
Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton
Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, CD 8
Joseph Williams, San Bernardino Community College District Board Trustee
Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, Inglewood Unified School District Board Member

Faith Leaders

Darlene Holland, Community Activist
Saint Rest Baptist Church, Fresno
Aliza Kazmi, Advocacy Manager
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), SF Bay Area

Our mighty coalition of over 30 Black-led and Black-serving grassroots organizations representing California!


Special Thanks to Our Academic and Research Partners

All of our outreach and communications efforts have been led and bolstered by comprehensive data provided by our academic and research partners.

Advancement Project
The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA
Equity Research Institute, USC
The Othering and Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley

Frequently Asked Questions

You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting

Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time.

Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

• Social Security numbers.

• Bank or credit card account numbers.

• Money or donations.

• Anything on behalf of a political party.

The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government.

Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:

• Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.

• Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.

• Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.

The next census will take place in 2020. Beginning March 12, 2020, households will begin to receive notices in the mail to complete the 2020 census. Once you receive it, you can respond online.

In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven’t responded to the census.

In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.

Be Represented! Your Count Matters.

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