The Black Political Review

Stand-up and be counted

By Cireal Americanus

In 2010, the United States Census Bureau will take on the task to enumerate the country. This enumeration process takes the form of the country’s decennial Census. 

Under the mandate of the United States Constitution (Section 221, of Title 13 of the U.S. Code), a specific count of persons dwelling in the U.S. residential structure is to be conducted. Included in the Census tally are citizens, non-citizen legal residents, non-citizen long-term visitors and illegal immigrants. The results of the U.S. Census are used to allocate the number of seats states occupy in the U.S. House of Representatives, electors in the Electoral College, advocate for causes, disease prevention, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.  One of the most prominent uses of the 2010 Census data is the allocation of approximately $400 Billion dollars of federal funding.  These funds are used to improve:

l        Hospitals

l        Job training centers

l        Schools

l        Senior centers

l        Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects

l        Emergency services

Question: What is my role in the 2010 Census process?

Answer:  In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico.   Our role, once we have received the 2010 Census questionnaire, is to answer the 10 short questions on the questionnaire and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided.  

By participating in the 2010 Census process you are standing up for your community’s current and future needs.  The choice is not hard but required.  Be sure to answer and return your Census card when received.

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