Thurs 9/3: The most powerful political action you can take today is to fill in your census form online. #shapeyourfuture.

Updated 9/3/2020 Read and interact with countthenation.org‘s awesome Census Pirate Comic in BOTH English and Spanish!
From Rock the Vote:The Census is all about the distribution of power and money from the federal government to our communities. Money that goes toward things like emergency services, school lunches, hospitals, schools, fire departments, and affordable housing. And power, which is determined by the number of congresspersons, state legislatures, and other elected officials representing your interests.”
  • This website has all the information you may need. More resources here, and here.
  • Here is a preview of the online form.
  • Who has to do this? The 2020 Census counts everyone who was living in the United States and its five territories, American citizen or not, on April 1st, 2020. (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). One person should respond for each home. That person must be at least 15 years old. They should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.
  • How can I tell if a census taker is real?
    • If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
    • First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
    • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
  • You can download a form to look over and discuss with your family here.
  • Find a video to share on your social media platform on this post or  here.
  • The League of Women Voters put together a downloadable information page here.
  • Worried about confidentiality? Go here for answers. (en español)
  • Are you an organization, or business operating in Ventura County interested in getting involved in Census 2020 outreach? Go here.
  • There are a lot of false rumors about the census. Learn about them here.
  • How does Ventura County compare to others counties, states and the US as a whole? Stats at the bottom of this post. We’ll keep updating it!
De “Rock the Vote: El censo se trata de la distribución de poder y dinero del gobierno federal a nuestras comunidades. Dinero que se destina a cosas como servicios de emergencia, almuerzos escolares, hospitales, escuelas, departamentos de bomberos y viviendas asequibles. Y el poder, que está determinado por la cantidad de congresistas, legislaturas estatales y otros funcionarios electos que representan sus intereses.
  • Este sitio web tiene toda la información que pueda necesitar. Más recursos aquí, y aquí.
  • ¿Quién tiene que hacer esto? El censo de 2020 cuenta a todos los que vivían en los Estados Unidos y sus cinco territorios, ciudadanos estadounidenses o no, el 1 de abril de 2020 (Puerto Rico, Samoa Americana, el Estado Libre Asociado de las Islas Marianas del Norte, Guam y las Islas Vírgenes de EE. UU. ). Una persona debe responder por cada hogar. Esa persona debe tener al menos 15 años. Deben vivir ellos mismos en la casa o lugar de residencia y conocer la información general sobre cada persona que vive allí.
  •  Hay una vista previa del formulario en línea aquí
  • ¿Cómo puedo saber si un encuestador es real?
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    • Si alguien visita su hogar para recopilar una respuesta para el Censo de 2020, puede hacer lo siguiente para verificar su identidad:
    • Primero, verifique que tengan una credencial de identificación válida, con su fotografía, una marca de agua del Departamento de Comercio de EE. UU. Y una fecha de vencimiento.
    • Si aún tiene preguntas sobre su identidad, puede llamar al 844-330-2020 para hablar con un representante de la Oficina del Censo.
  • Puede descargar un formulario en español para revisar y discutir con su familia aquí
  • Encuentre un video para compartir en su plataforma de redes sociales aquí.
  • La League of Women Voters creó una página de información descargable aquí.
  • ¿Preocupado por la confidencialidad? Ve aquí para obtener respuestas
  • ¿Es usted una organización o negocio que opera en el Condado de Ventura interesado en participar en la divulgación del Censo 2020? Ven aquí.
Message from Julie Mickelberry, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast.– Mensaje de Julie Mickelberry, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast. “As we face this unprecedented public health crisis together, we remain steadfast in our resolve to ensure everyone is counted during the 2020 Census. Emergencies like the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shine a spotlight on the importance of accurate census data, which determine funding for schools, hospitals, housing, nutrition and health programs in our communities.”
Al enfrentar juntos esta crisis de salud pública sin precedentes, nos mantenemos firmes en nuestra determinación de garantizar que todos sean contados durante el Censo 2020. Las emergencias como la pandemia del coronavirus (COVID-19) destacan la importancia de los datos que provee un censo preciso, que determinan la financiación de escuelas, hospitales, programas de vivienda, nutrición y salud en nuestras comunidades.”  
Self-responding to the Census is the easiest way to make sure you are safely counted amid this crisis, as it can be done online, over the phone, or by mail. The goal of the census is to count every person living in the U.S., once every decade and in the right place. This count guides how more than $675 billion of federal funding is allocated to states and communities each year. Making sure you are counted now ensures you do not receive an in-person visit from an enumerator down the line. Autoresponder al Censo 2020 es la forma más fácil de asegurarte de ser contado de manera segura en medio de esta crisis, ya que se puede completar en línea, por teléfono o por correo. El objetivo del Censo 2020 es contar a cada persona que vive en los Estados Unidos, una vez cada década y en el lugar correcto (donde actualmente resides). Este conteo ayuda a determinar cómo se asignan más de $675 mil millones de fondos federales a los estados y las comunidades cada año. Asegúrate de ser contado, eso te garantiza que no recibirás la visita de un enumerador del censo en el futuro. Residents can easily and safely self-respond to the census online at https://my2020census.gov or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or Spanish at 844-468-2020. Households do not need an ID code to respond to the Census online or by phone. The census is available in 13 languages with Census Bureau support guides in 60 languages. Los residentes pueden responder de manera fácil y segura al censo en línea ingresando a: https://2020census.gov/es o por teléfono en inglés llamando al 844-330-2020 o en español al 844-468-2020. Los hogares no necesitan un código de identificación para responder al Censo 2020 en línea o por teléfono. El censo está disponible en 13 idiomas con guías de apoyo de la Oficina del Censo en 60 idiomas. This is a critical chance to make sure our communities are heard. Pledge to be counted today.  Esta es una gran oportunidad para asegurarnos de que nuestras comunidades sean escuchadas. Hazte contar. If you have questions or concerns about participating in the Census, you can call NALEO Educational Fund’s toll-free national Census bilingual hotline at 877-EL-CENSO (877-352-3676) – Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET to get additional information. Si tienes preguntas o inquietudes acerca de cómo completar el Censo 2020, puedes llamar a la línea telefónica directa, nacional, bilingüe y gratuita del Fondo Educativo de NALEO al 877-EL-CENSO (877-352-3676) – de lunes a viernes de 8:30am a 8:30pm (tiempo del este) para obtener información adicional.    We remain ready to serve as a trusted resource for our partners and community during this extraordinary public health crisis. We’re here, if you need us. Stay well everyone. Seguimos listo/as para servir como un recurso confiable para la comunidad durante estos momentos de incertidumbre y crisis de salud pública. Estamos aquí, cuando nos necesites. Manténganse sanos. In This Together, En solidaridad, Julie Mickelberry

Where does Ventura County compare in Census response stats?

Overall, we are above the national average, which is at 64.6%! California is at 66.8% But there is a big range between our cities and we need to get the word out how important the Census is.
  • Camarillo              82.0%    Whoo-hooo! First city over 80% counted!
  • Fillmore                69.7%
  • Moorpark             82.0%
  • Ojai                        71.1%
  • Oxnard                  66.5%
  • Port Hueneme     66.0%
  • Santa Paula          71.9%
  • Simi Valley            80.3%
  • Thousand Oaks    80.4%
  • Ventura                 73.8%
  • Westlake               79.8%

Seriously – Alabama and Virginia are beating us?

California’s average of 65% is being slapped by Alabama and Virginia, as well as Washington, Maryland, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska. Who is beating us? Here’s an interactive map, where we can compare ourselves to other states, counties and cities.

Who is required to do this?

The 2020 Census counts everyone who was living in the United States and its five territories, American citizen or not, on April 1st, 2020. (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). One person should respond for each home. That person must be at least 15 years old. They should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.

Why do I need to do this? I’ve got a lot of questions. 

OK, very cute video, but seriously, how is my information kept confidential?

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. Your responses to the 2020 Census will never be shared with other government agencies. It’s the law. It’s also an oath every Census Bureau employee must swear to uphold. Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Violating Title 13 is a federal crime, punishable by prison time and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

Can I still do this myself, at home?

census symbols You can complete your form online, by phone, or by mail. Visit my2020census.gov to begin.

Asking for a friend – What if they can’t speak English?

You can complete the census online or by phone in 13 different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers webpages and guides in 59 non-English languages, thumbnail_PS NV-G-ALVAREZ-CENSUS TAKER-ID-SPANISH

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