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Questions About The Census? Pilsen Leaders Have Answers At Sunday Event

The event aims to promote the importance of the census in the traditionally undercounted Latino population, organizers said.

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PILSEN — Have questions about the census? 

On Sunday, community groups and elected officials will come together to raise awareness around the  2020 census in Pilsen.

La Raza Se Prepara, or Our People Prepare, hosted by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, in partnership with Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Banquet Hall, 2127 W. 22nd Place.

The event aims to promote the importance of the census in the traditionally undercounted Latino population, according to the organizers.  

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia denounced Trump’s latest immigration operation to use border patrol officers in so-called sanctuary cities, saying it was a scare tactic to push immigrants into hiding during critical census counting time.

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The U.S. Census Bureau counts the country’s entire population every decade as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The decennial count is important because it’s tied to federal funds and the number of political representatives each state gets.

This is the first year households will be able to fill out the questionnaire electronically.

Mailings will start arriving at households across the country beginning March 12.

La Raza Se Prepara is the second event in a series of events aimed to educate and prepare neighbors for the census.

The event will also provide resources for a variety of immigration questions ranging from DACA and public charge. 

Alivio Medical Center, Gads Hill Center, Mujeres Latinas En Accion, Sinai, SGA Youth & Family Services, Instituto Del Progression Latino and the Pilsen Wellness Center will be on hand to provide additional resources for mental health, financial literacy and education.

More information can be found here.

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