ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago’s Number One station for news, presents the 13th installment in a series of virtual town halls, DO YOU HEAR ME? A DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE, Thursday, September 3 at 2 PM on abc7chicago.com. The hour-long town hall will be moderated by ABC 7 Eyewitness News’ Hosea Sanders.
In 2010, the Black population in the United States was undercounted by an estimated 2.1 percent. As we approach the September 30th 2020 Census deadline, the city’s 18 predominately Black wards have some of the lowest response rates among the three major racial groups in Chicago. Under 55% of those households have submitted their 2020 Census forms; an undercount can have lasting consequences
The 2020 Census not only determines the distribution of political power, but also directs over $1.5 trillion in federal funding toward resources like healthcare, unemployment services, schools and food stamps. Groups that remain undercounted miss out.
What are the reasons behind this? The pandemic? General skepticism about providing information to the government? Hosea Sanders will raise these and other questions. Joining him in the conversation will be some of our city’s top community leaders whose organizations are working to educate their constituents about why they should care about the Census for themselves and their community
ABC 7 Facebook followers are invited to submit questions in advance for possible consideration.
Dorri McWhorter, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Phyllis Logan, Chicago Westside Branch NAACP
Donald Dew, Habilitative Systems, Inc. and The Counting on Chicago Coalition
Kimberly Casey, UCAN Chicago