Release: Nevada community groups and lawmakers encourage full participation in the 2020 Census
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Release: Nevada community groups and lawmakers encourage full participation in the 2020 Census

Release: Nevada community groups and lawmakers encourage full participation in the 2020 Census

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2020
Contact: Will Pregman, wpregman@battlebornprogress.org, 702.752.0656

Nevada community groups and lawmakers encourage full participation in the 2020 Census

***Link to Livestream Video Segments***

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Nevadans Count and the Institute for a Progressive Nevada hosted a livestream marathon to inform and engage communities across the state about the need for a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census. Numerous local, state, and federal lawmakers representing Nevada participated in question and answer sessions with representatives of Nevadans Count, which launched its website and the first in a series of ads targeting hard-to-count communities to spread awareness about the importance of the census. 

Maria-Teresa Liebermann, Deputy Director for Institute for a Progressive Nevada, said:

“This Census Day, make your voice count by responding to your census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. Funding for countless federal programs supporting health care, education, infrastructure, housing, and food assistance is allocated based on accurate data collected every ten years. Medicaid, SNAP, school breakfast and lunch programs, and other essential services that impact our communities in Nevada depend on you to respond to the census counting each member of your household. Your personal details will be safe. Census responses are strictly confidential and cannot be shared with any other person or government agency. Please visit NevadansCount.org to learn more and see how to complete your census today.”

“Este día del censo, haga que su voz cuente respondiendo a su cuestionario del censo en línea, por teléfono o por correo. Los fondos para programas federales que apoyan la asistencia médica, educación, infraestructura, vivienda y asistencia alimentaria se asignan con base en datos precisos recopilados cada diez años. Medicaid, SNAP, programas de desayuno y almuerzo escolar y otros servicios esenciales que afectan a nuestras comunidades en Nevada dependen de usted para responder al censo contando a cada miembro de su hogar. Sus datos personales estarán a salvo. Las respuestas al censo son estrictamente confidenciales y no se pueden compartir con ninguna otra persona o agencia gubernamental. Visite NevadansCount.org para obtener más información y ver cómo completar su censo hoy ”.

Congresswoman Susie Lee said:
“Time and time again throughout this pandemic, I’ve seen Nevadans do their part for the greater good of our state and communities, and that’s exactly what the census is about. Every Nevada community, big and small, depends on an accurate census to get the resources we need. Thank you to the Institute for a Progressive Nevada and Nevadans Count for advocating for our state, and I hope every Nevadan marks Census Day the only way I know how: by filling out your census today!”

“The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that our country has counted its population since it was Constitutionally mandated in 1790. And 24 times, there has been an undercount of people in our country, particularly for people of color and children. We must all encourage our families, our neighbors, our friends, and our colleagues to participate in the 2020 Census and shape our future accurately and fairly,” said Rep. Steven Horsford. “This Census Day comes at a crucial time for our country and our individual communities. Currently, families in my home state of Nevada are concerned about the capacity of our hospitals. By encouraging all Americans to fill out the Census, lawmakers can know how much funding to set aside for critical services like hospitals and healthcare in the future.”

Speaker of the Assembly, Jason Frierson, said:
“The most important thing people can be doing for our country during this time is stay home and stay healthy. The second most important thing you can do for your country while you’re home is to complete the Census. The Census is critical at ensuring our state receives its fair share of federal funding that reflects our growing and diverse community. If every person in our state participates we can ensure Nevada receives our share of over 67 billion dollars in federal dollars that directly support programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, and transportation needs.”

Mayor of West Wendover, Daniel Corona, said:
“The Census is important for a number of reasons but probably the most important reason is healthcare. When communities like West Wendover seek to expand and improve medical services one of the first places providers look to help them determine need is at census data. By ensuring a complete count we help strengthen our case for increased access to healthcare services!” 

Spokespeople in Spanish or English are available for individual interviews.

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About Nevadans Count:
Nevadans Count is a coalition of community based organizations dedicated to ensuring that Nevadans, especially hard to count communities like people of color, immigrants, families with children under the age of five, are counted in the 2020 Census. Nevadans Count is committed to ensuring that all Nevadans are seen, counted, and heard in this once-a-decade opportunity by conducting outreach, advocacy, and education with hard to count communities and stakeholders throughout the state. 
NevadansCount.org 

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