Zócalo Public Square Presents:
Moderated by Steve Padilla, Assistant National Editor, Los Angeles Times
The Census Bureau is fundamental to American democracy — its ten-year counts determine representation in Congress and in the Electoral College, and influence federal and state funding for health, education, transportation, and more. Businesses rely on the Census to predict demand and choose locations; governments use it to make housing decisions, study communities, map roadways, create police and fire precincts, and plan local elections. But because of this vast impact, the Census also confronts controversy each time it sets out to count. Americans of all political leanings have strong preferences for whom and what they want counted, and obstacles often prevent the Census from making full counts, particularly of minority groups. Some, recalling the Census' history of providing information on various groups for national security reasons, regard the count with skepticism and mistrust. With the 2010 Census looming, Zócalo invites a panel of experts to consider how the Census works, how it might improve, and why it is relentlessly controversial.
***Hosted wine reception after program***
Official Website: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/upcoming.php?event_id=354
Added by zocalo_events on November 4, 2009