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Every decade since 1790, the government has counted the American population, as required by the Constitution. While it took the 14th Amendment to ensure that all people were counted equally, the census has nonetheless performed an essential role in maintaining and improving our democracy.


At the Ford Foundation, we believe in providing space free from harassment and discrimination, and in being and supporting a community that reflects diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Darren Walker: The Declaration of Independence we celebrate on July 4 was not merely the expression of one’s right to protest—it was the exercise of that right.