It takes 21 days to form a habit. 

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Week 1: Voting
Today's Challenge: The 2020 Census
Every 10 years the Federal Government undertakes the important task of counting every person living in the United States. Today, you are going to learn about the census' history, why people of color are routinely undercounted, and how this seemily old fashioned program impacts the lives of every American without most of us even realizing it.
Before you begin, click HERE to see a map of the census response rate for your neighborhood. Be sure to make a note of any observations you have.

This April, in partnership with YWCA USA and other local organizations, YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley participated in Stand Against Racism virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stand Against Racism looks to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our community.
This year's theme centered on the importance of civic engagement and census participation for communities of color. Listen HERE to the words of our staff, friends, and partners pledging to take the 2020 census and Stand Against Racism.  

We Challenge You To Take...

At the end of May, 60.2% of Tennesseans had participated in the 2020 census. That response rate is almost a 16% point decrease from the 2010 census. Read more about the response rates across the state, and encourage your friends, neighbors and co-workers to complete the census! 
Watch this video about the challenges facing the 2020 census and how failing to accurately count the population would threaten the integrity of the country’s most authoritative dataset that drives public policy.
Listen to YWCA USA's Organize Your Butterflies podcast about their YWomenCount campaign to encourage everyone to participate in the 2020 census.
Have some extra time today? Take 20 minutes and listen to this interview from Tennessee Voices with Attorney Raquel Oluyemo about the importance of the 2020 census, stories from DACA recipients and her personal experience with racism. 

Reflection Log

Whether you are completing this challenge with a group or by yourself, take a look at our Reflection Log. We encourage you to use this tool to contemplate the day's challenges and write down any observations, new ideas or quotes that you would like to remember. 

Voting Week Action Items

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