“Filling out surveys is a pain.” “I don’t know what the government will do with the information, so I don’t plan to fill out the Census.” “They just sell the information to marketers.” “It will compromise my security.” These are just some of the statements made in response to reminders to participate in the Census, which will begin March 2020.
Census participation has a dramatic impact on our community. At its most basic, the Census determines the number of representatives each state has in Congress. Fewer representatives for a state means less ability to affect legislation.
The digitalization of the Census has heightened concerns that many groups may be marginalized. Some of the affected communities include seniors, who may be less comfortable with the online process, low income households, who may not have access to the online process, and rural areas, where electronic coverage may be weaker.
Join us to hear from Corinne Betty Magness, Illinois Political Director for Rainbow Push Coalition, who will help us understand the impact of the Census and our rights with respect to questions asked.
Betty is currently Illinois Political Director of National Rainbow PUSH Coalition and teaches at the Alice Tregay/Betty Magness Political Institute at the Rainbow/PUSH National Headquarters. The first African American elected State Chair of the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization, today she works to increase voter registration as Co-Chair of Chicago Women Take Action (CWTA) Electoral Committee.
Betty has been awarded the Chicago Freedom Sister Award from the Board of Trustees of the DuSable Museum & Macy’s Department Stores; the Phenomenal Woman Award from the Black Women’s Expo; the 2005 Ida Platt Award from the Cook County Bar Association; the Saul Mendelson Social Justice Award from IVI-IPO. In 2017, she received the Community Service Award for 40 years of service to Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Betty is featured in Deric A. Gilliard’s book: Living in the Shadows of a legend, Unsung Heroes and “Sheroes” Who Marched With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6 p.m. Program is free; advance registration is requested. Cash bar and light refreshments available. Dress: Business casual, no jeans/denim.