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. 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.

November 16th, 2018

New York Counts 2020 Campaign for State Funding: $40 Million to Fund Non-Profit Orgs’ Efforts to GOTC

On October 29, 2018 on the steps of the historic Federal Hall, New York Counts 2020 launched its statewide campaign for $40 million from the State to fund non-profit organizations’ efforts to get out the count. Their efforts are crucial to maximize participation and avoid an undercount in 2020, stated Murad Awawdeh, Vice-President of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition.  With strong support from 25 member organizations present, the $40 million ask was backed with the release of Fiscal Policy Institute’s report on the cost of community-based organizations statewide to expand its educational and outreach efforts in GOTC in 2020.

October 29th, 2018


October 24th, 2018

New York Counts 2020 Presentation at Queens College Asian American Center

New York Counts 2020 was invited to give a presentation at Queens College on the importance of college students completing the census to twenty Asian American Center's student council members on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Flushing.

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October 23rd, 2018

New York Counts 2020 Supports Brooklyn Borough President’s Launch of Complete Count Committee: “ Make Brooklyn Count - 100%”

On the morning of Tuesday, October 23rd, forty stakeholders representing Brooklyn’s faith-based, community, and labor groups assembled at Brooklyn Borough Hall to kick off the newly-formed Brooklyn Complete Count Committee. To prepare for the kick off, many attending had viewed the webinar,”Every Brooklynite Counts!”, prepared by New York Counts 2020 members, New York Immigration Coalition and Center for Law and Social Justice.

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October 11th, 2018

Reacting to Commerce Dept’s Appeal to SCOTUS to Block Secretary Ross’ Deposition  

On Thursday, October 11th, members of New York Counts 2020 assembled outside the Manhattan Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan to protest the Commerce Department’s appeal to the Supreme Court to block Secretary Ross’ deposition.


September 30th, 2018

New York Counts 2020 at OCA APA Advocates and Family for Children from China’s “Asian American in 2018” Conference

On September 30th, at OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates & Family for Children from China’s Asian American in 2018 Conference, several New York Counts 2020 members spoke on the panel, “(Census) 2020 Vision for the Future”. The engaged crowd of Asian Americans, ranging from high school students to seniors, assembled at PS 124 in Manhattan’s Chinatown.


September 25th, 2018

New York Counts 2020 Presents at Move it Forward, Advancing Race Equity Conference in Albany

In a packed auditorium of over 200 attendees at the State Museum in Albany, New York Counts 2020 spoke on a panel, "Racial Bias in Institutions and the 2020 Census", at the Move it Forward, Advancing Race Equity conference, sponsored by New York Council on Children and Families (a member of New York Counts 2020).


New York Counts 2020 Presents at African Communities Together

August 27th, 2018


Before an engaged crowd of approximately fifty immigrants and descendants from a wide spectrum of African countries, New York Counts 2020 gave a census talk to members of African Communities Together (ACT) in Harlem. ACT, soon to celebrate its 5th year anniversary, is led by a charismatic executive director, Amaha Kassa.


United Neighborhood Houses Presents Civic Engagment Forum

July 31st, 2018


On Tuesday, July 31st, over 50 staff members and community activists from settlement houses across the city attended a Civic Engagement Forum, the first to be hosted by United Neighborhood Houses, the membership organization of 39 settlement houses and community centers in New York City and member of New York Counts 2020. 

The forum included three panel discussions that covered major topics and concerns for the settlement house community today, including civic engagement projects in settlement houses, participatory budgeting, and the 2020 Census.


 New York Counts 2020 Presents at Law Seminar on Civil Rights

On July 19th, 2018, as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Law Seminars on Civil Rights organized by by the Legal Defense Fund and Legal Momentum, several New York Counts 2020 member organizations presented on a redistricting panel.  Held at the offices of LatinoJustice PRLDEF in TriBeca, New York, this panel was attended by interns of NAACP Legal Defense Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, AALDEF,  Legal Momentum, as well as New York Immigration Coalition.

July 19th, 2018

RISE at Columbia Law School Outreach Visit

On July 10th, 2018, New York Counts 2020 made a trip to Columbia Law School to speak at RISE (Roadmap to Inspiration Sisterhood and Empowerment), a summer law institute for rising ninth grade girls of color established by Legal Outreach. RISE seeks to inspire students to strive for academic excellence and to pursue a career in law. A captive audience of 26 motivated young women of color, primarily low-income African and Latina teenagers, many who live in the hard-to-count areas of the Bronx and Harlem had assembled for the talk.

Elizabeth R. OuYang, coordinator of New York Counts 2020, engaged the young scholars in a spirited discussion on the constitutional mandate of the census, the importance of the census in the basic functioning of our democracy, and the unique challenges of the 2020 Census.

July 10th, 2018

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Press Conference in Response to Federal Judge's Hearing on Census Citizenship Question

On Tuesday July 3rd, 2018, members of New York Counts 2020 gathered at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in Lower Manhattan to observe Federal Judge Jesse M. Furman’s hearing on whether to dismiss the lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General’s Office challenging the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The Judge deferred a ruling on the motion to dismiss, but stated it was “unlikely” he would dismiss the case in its entirety.  He ruled in favor of the Attorney General’s requests for more discovery beyond the administrative record, in part because they were able to demonstrate “bad faith” of the Trump administration in deviating from typical procedure. The judge noted that the Commerce Secretary’s decision to add the citizenship question preceded its later rationale for doing so.

July 3rd, 2018

Statewide Conference On Census Draws More Than 200 Diverse Stakeholders

On June 10, 2018, New York Counts 2020 hosted the “Making New York Count”, a statewide conference  at New York Law School, drawing more than 200 diverse stakeholders and notable speakers. The day kicked off with a special presentation by Jeff. T Behler, Director of the New York Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, followed by an engaging discussion with Mr. Behler and a panel of national and local civic engagement and census planning experts.  The panelists inquired about what actions would be taken to ensure a fair and accurate count in New York and raised their concerns about adequate Census funding, needed community partnerships, and the citizenship question.

The conference was attended by racial, ethnic and religious community organizations, social service groups, representatives from a variety of state and local government agencies, the private business sector, private foundations, and students. This successful conference could not have happened without the generous support of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and The New York Community Trust.

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NY Counts 2020 Releases Statement in Opposition to Alabama's Attempt to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from the Census Count

June 7th, 2018




Immigrant Issues Round Table at the First Unitarian Church of Greater Rochester

On May 16th, 2018, New York Counts 2020 gave a Census training to the Immigrant Issues Round Table held at the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY.

The talk was preceded by a presentation on public charge, given by the New York Immigration Coalition, a member organization of New York Counts 2020. 

Elizabeth R. OuYang spoke about the proposed addition of the Citizenship Question highlighted the ways that would adversely impact immigrant populations.

This roundtable was hosted by New York Immigration Coalition and the Worker Justice Center of New York.

May 16th, 2018









New York Counts 2020 Announces Upcoming Census Conference

On May 2nd, 2018, New York Counts 2020 announced the creation of a statewide census conference. This conference, proposed for June 19th, spurred from the need to galvanize broad stakeholders from across New York State to come together and discuss concerns and best practices regarding the decennial census. 

To find out more information about the conference, continue reading. 

May 2th, 2018





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April 26th, 2018

Community Board Three Passes Resolution Calling for Accurate Census

On April 26th, 2018, Manhattan Community Board 3 passed a resolution calling for fair and accurate census.

New York Counts 2020 joined Mae Lee of the Chinese Progressive Association and Regina Lee of the Charles B. Wang Community Health in raising and drafting the proposal to Community Board 3. The Community Board unanimously passed the resolution, becoming the first of 59 community boards to take a leadership role in helping to assure fairness during the 2020 census. We hope to help other community boards follow in their shining example. 

April 18th, 2018

Petition Launches. Sign here!

We launched a petition calling on the New York Congressional Delegation to demand oversight hearings regarding the Trump Administration's decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census Form. Sign the petition here. 

April 3th, 2018

New York Counts 2020 Joins AG Schneiderman's Press Conference to Announce Litigation Challenging Census Citizenship Question

On April 3, 2018, several member organizations of New York Counts 2020 joined a press conference held by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to announce his office's lawsuit, representing 18 states, plus D.C., and 6 major cities, including the bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, to challenge the Census Bureau's ill-advised decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census after all the questions had already been vetted for years. 

March 28th, 2018

New York Counts 2020 Launches!

On March 28, 2018, New York Counts 2020 officially launched with a press conference responding to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Ross' decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. More than ever, we're committed to working together to ensure a fair and accurate count in 2020!


March 6th, 2018

Minitraining to Devise New York Counts 2020

On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, New York Counts 2020 organized a minitraining session with Terri Ann Lowenthal and Jeff Wice, in order to strategize a plan to create New York Counts 2020.

We were honored to have the two of them join us to discuss a collective strategy to ensure the 2020 census is an accurate and fair count of New York State’s population. We discussed the prospective formation of a coalition of diverse stakeholders-racial and ethnic community leaders and representatives of labor, education, housing, health, and religious non-profit organizations concerned about an accurate count in 2020. With over $600 billion dollars of federal funding at issue for hospitals, education, housing, transportation, health and other critical services, it was important to leverage our collective strengths to ensure the Census is accessible and the federal, state and local bodies are responsive to our shared concerns.