Chapter 33 of The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump is titled “Help the Census Count Everyone”. At first blush, that might seem to be a weird thing to include in a book about anti-Trump activism, but this is serious shit. As we write:
That Census is everything—how political boundaries are drawn, who has power and who doesn’t, who gets federal dollars and who doesn’t, and even who exists. In fact, one of the Trump Regime’s first actions was to eliminate a question on the census over sexual orientation. Republicans don’t even want to acknowledge that LGBTQ people exist, and they certainly don’t want an accurate count of that population. It’s easier to pretend they are tiny and marginalized and not worthy of any concern. And businesses use that Census data to make their own decisions. An inaccurate Census is bad for business and bad for the economy.
The Bloomberg editors chimed in today:
The agency asked for $290 million for its efforts next year. Republicans have countered with $100 million, because they have zero interest in an accurate count. Bloomberg naively demands, “Without delay, Trump must nominate competent people to fill the empty posts, and Congress must allocate money for the necessary tests. The census debacle of 2020 is looming.”
Trump hasn’t managed to nominate competent people at the top of his regime, where success is actually important to him. Why would he nominate them somewhere where he actually prefers failure? Does Trump even know any competent people?
And Republicans in this Congress won’t allocate more money unless Democrats force their hand, making Census funding a top priority. (And they certainly should.)
Step one is for activist to understand just how critical this Census is to the future of our country, and to share that information with their fellow travelers. Because in the years ahead, we won’t win this fight unless we are all well aware of the stakes.