Latinx Flint News – 2020 Census Awareness Monologue. (Video by Latinx Flint Media) (Closed Caption in English and Spanish)

Article by Alondra Rosas Ornelas – Wednesday May 27, 2020

FLINT, Michigan – The 2020 Census self response phase has been extended to October, 31, 2020 as a result of operational adjustments due to COVID-19. These adjustments are to protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees, as well as ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.

To date the response rate is as follows:

(Data Source: City of Flint)

NATIONAL RESPONSE RATE – 60.1%

MICHIGAN RESPONSE RATE – 66.7% 

GEN. COUNTY RESP. RATE  – 66.0% 

FLINT RESPONSE RATE  46.4%.

To participant in the 2020 Census please visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 (English) / 844-468-2020 (Español).  Census Invitations and Paper Questionnaires were mailed to households between March to May.  For questions about the Census Bureau, surveys, data products, or general information: Call the Census Bureau Customer Service Center at 1-800-923-8282. 

Video Transcript:

Welcome to Latinx Flint News! I am Alondra Rosas, the census coordinator for Genesee County. I would like to remind you how important it is that the Latinx Community participates in the 2020 Census.

The census is a count of all people who live in the United States, regardless of nationality, immigration status, or age.

For every person that does not respond to the census, communities could lose up to $18,000 in funds for the next ten years. This money is used for schools, infrastructure, and non-profit organizations like the Latinx Technology and Community Center.

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and pro- tected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way.

There are three ways you can participate in the Census. Online, by Mai, or by Phone.

There is no doubt that the Latinx Community holds worth, importance, and purpose. Each individual holds value. A community does not rely on one single person, but rather on every single person. Each individual brings different accomplishments, qualities, and virtues. When we all come together a prosperous community is formed. A community filled with diversity, yet a sense of unity. We deserve to be represented because we bring value to the State of Michigan, to Flint and to Genesee County.

I count and so do you. Together, for a healthy community. Don’t forget to smile.