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Census Oversight Hearing Overlooks President Trump’s Request for Citizenship Data

Just weeks ahead of 2020 Census invitations hitting mailboxes across the country, U.S. Census Bureau director Dr. John Dillingham sat before the House Oversight and Reform committee on Wednesday, February 12th to answer questions on the government's largest peacetime undertaking. However, what happens after peak census operations was minimally addressed by Congress. Including processes that may whitewash representation and potentially leave many communities of color without the resources they deserve.


2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on Democracy

On Sunday starting at 4:00 P.M. Eastern (3:00 P.M Central), this page will livestream as 2020 presidential candidates Senator Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Andrew Yang and John Delaney will gather in Des Moines, Iowa to discuss their plans to strengthen our democracy. Scroll down for the live stream.

Media & Democracy 01.6.2020

2020: Year of Decision

In 2019, we witnessed one pillar after another being ripped from under the institutions that support our democracy. We saw giant steps backward on communications, media, health, education, environment, voting rights, court appointments, money in politics, equal opportunity, women’s rights, labor rights… the list goes on and on.

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