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Erasing Representation: The Implications of the Census Citizenship Status Question on Reapportionment & Redistricting

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT
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Hosted By: Redistricting Reform Project

Cosponsors: Associated Grant Makers, Bauman Foundation, Forefront, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, Hispanics in Philanthropy, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Philanthropy New York, United Philanthropy Forum

The Census Bureau has proposed the addition of a Citizenship Status Question to the 2020 Census and indicated that data will be included in the transfer of census counts to states for the purposes of redistricting. Two state legislatures have already considered bills to require state legislative reapportionment and redistricting be based on citizen totals rather than full population totals. We expect more states to attempt to follow suit.

Drawing local, state and congressional districts using citizen-only data or voting age data could deprive communities of effective representation and of the economic benefits that often comes with that representation. It could hit family communities the hardest.

During this webinar, funders will hear from:

  • Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF
  • Michael Li, Senior Counsel of Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice
  • Evan Bacalao, Special Initiatives & Partnerships at Open Society Foundations

 Funders will learn about:

  • How census data is used in congressional, state and local redistricting, and the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court case Evenwel v. Abbott;
  • How efforts to draw out non-citizens or non-voters undermines one person, one vote, and the foundation of our democracy;
  • What needs to be done to ensure communities are represented.

This briefing is intended as a funder-only conversation. Please only register if you work at a foundation, a Philanthropy Serving Organization, or independently advise funders.


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