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Latinos NEED to Count All Their Children for the 2020 Census

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Latinos are a huge chunk of the overall population in the US, a little over 51 million, but that number failed to include a very important group of our population – children. Many Latino children were undercounted in the 2010 Census, which lead to the loss of money for special programs that help our communities.

Texas, California, New York, Arizona, and Florida are states that account for 70 percent of the undercount of 400,000 children ages 0 to 4, according to a report by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and Child Trends Hispanic Institute.

To repeat, that’s at least 400,000 Latinos!

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A precise count helps the government decide how to funnel the more than $400 billion of federal money to community programs, such as Head Start and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). This money is also used for bus routes set up by school districts around the country. And, most importantly, districts are based on population, so the more people there are in a certain district, the more representation those districts have in Washington.

So how the heck were these children not accounted for?

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The reason for the undercount is not exactly known, but some of the reasons, according to the report, are that some families don’t think their children should be counted because they’re too young. Some families are extremely mobile and don’t live in a place long enough to be accounted for. Others are multigenerational families and only count the adults rather than everyone in the family.

“The persistent undercount of the nation’s second largest population group is a civil rights issue,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of NALEO.

“Unless we bring Latino youth out of the shadows and into the light in Census 2020, the Latino community will continue to have disproportionate access to fair political representation and public services. We must make the investments necessary today to ensure a full and accurate count of Latino children tomorrow,” he said.

So in 2020, when someone knocks on your door asking how many people live in your house, don’t be afraid and give the exact number, that just means we get more monay, monay!

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Read more about the undercount of our children here

READ: Kiss California Goodbye, Latinos Have Taken Over

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This Is One Gina Rodriguez Character You've NEVER Seen


This Is One Gina Rodriguez Character You’ve NEVER Seen

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You probably first heard about Gina Rodriguez from her role on “Filly Brown.”

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You know, the 2012 film where Rodriguez played a gritty, hardcore hip-hop artist from Los Angeles.

Since then, the Puerto Rican actor has captured our hearts as the sweet and adorable Jane Villañueva on “Jane The Virgin.”

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She is the friend we all want and want to be.

We’ve watched her fumble around with who she loves more: Michael…

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…or Rafael.

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Still holding out hope for Rafael!

But long before those two roles, Rodriguez played a foul-mouthed, kindhearted Angeleno named Lisa.

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It was for a 4-minute short comedy sketch by Northside Comedy and it is ALL about sh*t… literally.


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After helping a girlfriend drown her boy woes in pupusas, Lisa starts feeling them make a “comeback.” ?

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Pretty solid reason to leave a conversation, tbh.

And as the friends part ways, they give each other the I-need-to-poop salute.

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True art is supposed to make you uncomfortable.

Lisa’s path to her porcelain throne is thrown off track by a series of people who need a little help, like this man in a wheelchair with tired arms.

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Who in their right mind could ever tell a man in a wheelchair that they can’t help?

She even manages to foil a mugging.

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Lisa finally loses her sh*t (not the one she is holding) when a pair of kids get in her way.

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Say goodbye to the sweet Gina that you’re used to.

All the distractions leave Lisa racing home for a photo finish.

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You can watch the full video below and find out if Lisa made it to her porcelain throne!

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READ: Internet Trolls Trashed Gina Rodriguez’s Toes and She Defends Herself in the Best Way Possible

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