– There have been numerous media reports about the anxiety surrounding the 2020 Census due to the removal and addition of certain questions, as well as the lack of funding. This has prompted two lawsuits against the administration for fears of undercounting communities of color. One of the lawsuits, filed by the NAACP, is focused on the impact of undercounting in Prince George’s County, MD. (WaPo, 3/28)
Prince George’s County, home to around 900,000 residents, suffered a 2.3 percent net undercount in the 2010 Census and has been consistently underfunded because of past census undercounts, the suit alleges.
“An accurate census count is critical to the federal funding, political representation, and operations of Prince George’s County,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) in a statement announcing the suit. “We must not be undercounted again like we have been over the past 30 years. . . . A vast majority of the residents of Prince George’s County are members of this nation’s historically disenfranchised populations. We cannot let this continue in 2018, 2020, or any year moving forward.”
– The Census Will Add a Citizenship Question. What Happens Next? (City Lab, 3/27)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | The history and possible future of DC’s Anacostia River. (WAMU, 3/26)
LGBTQIA RIGHTS | Maryland Senate gives initial approval to bill that outlaws ‘gay conversion therapy’ (WaPo, 3/27)
– According to a new study, a large amount of teachers who received TEACH grants to educate students in low-income schools have had their grants converted to loans because of minor paperwork issues. (NPR, 3/28)
– Loudoun Education Foundation and two Loudoun County, VA citizens have come together to eliminate school lunch debt in the county’s schools. (WTOP, 3/26)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Today, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Maryland’s 2011 redistricting decision. (WaPo, 3/27)
Here are thirteen photos of DC’s March for Our Lives rally.