Only One Hundred Days Left Until Census 2010! Finals are over and the holidays are finally here! As we finish wrapping our presents and get ready to make those super-ambitious New Year’s Resolutions, don’t forget that there are only one hundred short days until Census Day! At ECAASU National, we urge you to remind your family, friends, and neighbors about the importance of this Census!
If you’ve suddenly forgotten why should you care about the Census, no worries! Remember that…
- 1. Census participation is an important civil rights issue! Much like staying home from the polls on Election Day, failing to complete the Census severely restricts the growth and progress of our AAPI neighborhoods and communities.
- 2. Census participation determines how federal funding for communities is allocated. Each year, over $300 billion dollars in federal funding is appropriated based, in part, on demographic information obtained from the census.
- 3. Census results determine how you are represented in Congress. Results are used to calculate how many representatives from a state will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- 4. Government, businesses and community based organizations use census data to allocate money, resources and services for the community.
Our partner program with APIAVote, the Youth Census Advocacy Project (YCAP) has been gearing up for the Census by working on contacting campus groups, community organizations, and other AAPI organizations in preparation for our final push. We are currently preparing for pledge-drives (much like voter registration drives), phone-banks, public service announcements, and much more!
We encourage all Asian American campus groups to get involved in this important effort to combat the undercounting of the Asian American community! It’s easy to get involved! All you have to do is visit the YCAP campaign website at: http://www.apiavote.org/ycap and click on “How to Get Involved,” then fill out a quick form that will take no more than a minute.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.