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New York Counts 2020 Packs the Courtroom for Trial Challenging Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The lawsuit challenging the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, brought by New York Attorney General representing 18 states and ACLU on behalf of New York Counts 2020 facilitator, New York Immigration Coalition and others, went to trial from November 5th to November 15th with closing arguments on November 27th.  New York Counts 2020 brought out over 100 people from our member organizations and supporters to be the eyes and ears of the “people” of New York State who want to be counted without any unfounded barriers to participation.

Among the groups present in the courtroom included AB/NY, Chhaya, Center for Law and Social Justice, Sunnyside Community Services, JASSI, Chinese-American Planning Council, New York Immigration Coalition, Black Institute, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Citizens Committee for Children, NAACP, Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation and students from Columbia University and NYU.  

New York Counts 2020 also attended and supported New York Immigration Coalition’s press conference marking the first day of the trial and held a press conference after closing arguments on November 27, 2018.   

We want to thank the tireless and professional team of lawyers from the New York Attorney General’s Office and the ACLU for zealously advocating to remove the citizenship question so everyone can have an unfettered opportunity to complete the Census.

Elizabeth Plum