Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership - Quarterly Meeting

07Jun2019
DATE & TIME: 
Friday, June 7, 2019
10:00am - 12:45pm CDT
LOCATION: 
2180 North Hamline Avenue - Roseville, MN

MEETING AGENDA (DRAFT VERSION) IS POSTED BELOW. Register for the meeting now.

The focus for this meeting will be to better understand anxiety and fears about misuse of census data and the implications of adding a citizenship question, and how we can best navigate these concerns. Reporting in Talking Point Memo indicated public concerns about data privacy and confidentialy and the citizenship question are running high. It cites the results of a recent Census Bureau survey that revealed three of the top five barriers to participation in 2020 were “concerns about data privacy and confidentiality, fear of repercussions, distrust in all levels of government.”  The high profile Supreme Court decision about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census promises to further highten anxieties and tensions. If you don't think so, just read these reader comments in the New York Times.

We will learn from national experts about the law and Census Bureau practices related to data privacy, confidentially, and use of other processes to complete household reporting, including administrative records. We are also going to get an update about what is happening with the citizenship question. The question for all of us is how we communicate in our communities authentically, and in ways that empower census participation.  At the end of our meeting, we hope you will experience how to draw upon the Census 2020 Minnesota Communication Plan as a tool, feel prepared to address the Supreme Court decision when it is announced in late June, and have clear messages to use as you start organizing and mobilizing communities in the months to come.

Register now to participate in this meeting, either in person or by audio/video conference. The meeting is from 10 am to 12:45 pm. Lunch will be served as part of the meeting. Your registration helps us plan for lunch and accommodations for those participating by phone or video conference. Please complete a registration for each person attending.

Planning to participate in this meeting by video conference? Join us from your computer, tablet or smartphone using this Go to Meeting link:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/600000829 .  We recommend using a headset if you plan to make your audio connection through your computer.  You can also dial in using your phone to:  +1 (571) 317-3122   Access Code: 600-000-829.

The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership is a network of individuals and groups working together to ensure that Minnesota has a fully-inclusive, nonpartisan, and accurate census in 2020.  We secure and organize resources to ensure full participation by historically undercounted communities, manage special projects to help community and public partners take advantage unique opportunities to make the census work better in Minnesota, and advocate at the federal and state levels for funding and policies to ensure a successful 2020 census. Connect with the Partnership through Facebook and Twitter.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bob Tracy, MCF's director of public policy and communication by email or at 612.335.3558.

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