Podcast Series, Count On Your Census, Comes Back for Season 2 With Former Census Bureau Director John Thompson

Thompson Says Census Data Is Key to Our Democracy
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins 202-296-2300, ext. 0144 mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org

Washington, D.C. — Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) launches season 2 of its podcast, Count On Your Census: Money, Power, and Democracy, to discuss how census data is a fundamental part of our democracy – creating a picture of who we are as Americans,  how federal funds are allocated, and how political representation is determined. The podcast is produced by Podcast Village and hosted by Anne Pasmanick, host of another podcast titled Power Station

“The 2020 Census has had a number of roadblocks to successful completion, including a global pandemic and an administration that has made countless efforts to sabotage the census especially in historically undercounted communities,” said John C. Yang, president and executive director of Advancing Justice – AAJC, one of the five independent Asian American civil rights organizations in the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation.

He continued, “This podcast provides answers to the questions you didn’t know to ask and connects the importance of the census to many aspects of our lives and it can affect many aspects of the civil and human rights that we are fighting for daily. Despite the hard work of national and community advocates, the administration has failed to assure the census accurately counts all communities.”

The first episode of Season 2 features John Thompson, former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.  In the episode, he addresses how the Census Bureau tackles its mission to count all persons in our nation and how he believes that it all starts with a shared framework built on ethics. The Census Bureau is a hub for a large number of statistical data used for everything from reporting unemployment numbers to the census data that is key to supporting our democracy.

“It is an honor to host Count On Your Census Season 2, for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and to amplify the voices of leaders in the movement for a full and fair census count,” said Anne Pasmanick, host of Power Station and Count On Your Census podcasts.

The Count On Your Census podcast is delivered bi-weekly with upcoming episodes discussing everything from the relationship of the census to voting, redistricting, immigration, and other civic engagement issues to diving into data disaggregation and the challenges of disinformation.

“Podcast Village proudly presents 'Count on Your Census' Season 2: Continuing to connect you to a growing movement to count us all in 2020,” said a representative for Podcast Village.

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