We count: U.S. census- and election-themed conference opens registration
Free annual Community Connections Conference Feb. 1
Residents and voters can start to get ready Feb. 1 for the 2020 census and presidential nominating primary election. Discussions at the Community Connections Conference will address how these two significant moments for democracy will affect Minneapolis residents, families and communities. Everyone has an important role to play to ensure that everyone counts.
The Community Connections Conference is a free, public annual event that brings together residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and decision-makers to connect, learn and address community issues. The 2020 conference will feature:
- More than 30 breakout sessions on subjects including human trafficking prevention, neighborhoods, addiction treatment resources, rights when interacting with police, legal and accounting help, the power of story, and a Spanish-language community dialogue with topics such as crime prevention and wage theft.
- Presentations from organizations doing census outreach and voter registration with the goals of counting everyone and having the highest voter turnout possible.
- An exhibit hall with more than 100 organizations including information about elections and a preview of the 2020 census questions, resources for maintaining or purchasing a home, job training opportunities, small business assistance, health, transit and educational resources and free and low-cost legal aid.
- Free food.
- Performances by local artists.
- Kids activities, pickup soccer and goodie bags.
Why “We count”
The theme for the 2020 Community Connections Conference is “We count,” a call to action to get involved in decision-making by getting counted in the U.S. census; voting; joining an advisory committee or neighborhood board; learning about important local issues and City policies such as housing, immigration and wage theft; or volunteering.
About the census
April 1 is census day in the United States. This vital count of the population determines funding for important things such as schools, health care, cities and number of representatives in Congress.
It is critical for everyone in Minneapolis to answer the census questionnaire and to ensure that no one goes uncounted because of fear, misinformation, language or any other barriers.
Registration for the Community Connections Conference is open now at Minneapolismn.gov/connectionsconf.
Jan. 14, 2020
Published Jan 14, 2020