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The Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) coalition and Advancing Justice | Chicago are committed to ensuring a complete count of Asian American communities in Illinois for the upcoming 2020 Census. A complete count will ensure that our communities get the resources and representation that we deserve.

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Supreme Court Leaves Citizenship Question Off 2020 Census For Now

Contact: Brandon Lee
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
773-271-0899 x200 (call/voicemail), 773-259-5288 (call/text)

Supreme Court Leaves Citizenship Question Off 2020 Census For Now
The Fight Continues to Ensure All Our Communities Are Counted

June 27, 2019 — Chicago,IL —
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision in the census citizenship question case, Department of Commerce v. New York, finding that–for now–the citizenship question cannot appear on the 2020 Census. Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion affirmed the lower court’s finding that the Department of Commerce’s stated reason for adding the citizenship question was false. Under the Court’s ruling, the Department of Commerce may try again to add the question, but it must provide a different, well-reasoned explanation for the addition.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, responds with the following statement:

“The 2020 Census is our chance to get resources for our children’s schools, health services, road improvements, affordable housing, representation in federal, state, and local elections, and bringing in new businesses that will serve our communities for the next ten years.

The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted, but allowing the citizenship question to appear on the census form would mean we would have to work harder to make sure our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander and undocumented community members are counted as equally as everyone else. Census data are critical to our futures and following generations.

The citizenship question was designed to keep our communities from answering the 2020 Census and to rob our communities of the valuable resources and services we deserve. Today we refuse to be silenced and refuse to be made invisible.

We call on grassroots organizations and individual community members to help make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. We only get one chance for the next ten years to get it right. The real fight for our fair share starts now.”


Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation’s members are: Advancing Justice – AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Advancing Justice – Chicago.

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WBEZ: Chicago Advocates And Elected Officials Push Back Against Promise Of Mass Deportations

María Inés Zamudio of WBEZ covered the work of Chicago organizations and elected officials to push back against the plan for mass deportations:

Chicago-area immigration advocacy groups gathered Monday to announce that they’re working together to prepare for mass deportations promised by President Donald Trump.

Six organizations — Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, West Suburban Action Project, Organized Communities Against Deportations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago and National Immigrant Justice Center — held Monday’s press conference with elected officials.

Read the full story at WBEZ.

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WBEZ: Field Foundation Gives 14 Chicagoans $50,000 For A ‘New Chicago’

Three of Field Foundation’s Leaders For A New Chicago spoke with WBEZ’s Morning Shift to talk about their work and what their vision might be for a “New Chicago.”

Guests included Viveka Ray-Mazumder of Advancing Justice | Chicago; Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art; and Monica Cosby, leader of participatory defense work at Westside Justice Center.

Read & listen: WBEZ – Field Foundation Gives 14 Chicagoans $50,000 For A ‘New Chicago’

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Chicago Tribune: 14 Chicagoans received $50,000 each to make a difference in the city. Here’s how they plan to spend the dough.

Advancing Justice | Chicago’s Viveka Ray-Mazumder was interviewed by Darcel Rockett of the Chicago Tribune about being named one of Field Foundation’s Leaders for a New Chicago:

Viveka Ray-Mazumder, manager of youth advocacy and civics education program KINETIC at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, plans to use the personal $25,000 to pay off debt and put toward savings. As for the organization’s slice of the pie, the Rogers Park resident hopes it will allow the nonprofit to improve language access at the city and state level, continuing what the nonprofit’s youth currently do in schools.

“I really love that Field is willing to invest in organizations and people leading social change work in our city,” Ray-Mazumder said. “For me, I really hope this sends a message that social change work is really important and it’s something to put money behind, but also folks also doing that work should also be invested in.”

Read more: Chicago Tribune – 14 Chicagoans received $50,000 each to make a difference in the city. Here’s how they plan to spend the dough.

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