The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) recently reported continued concerns with census outreach to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. While issues ranging from insufficient staffing at Census Bureau locations to difficulty obtaining in-language materials have plagued census outreach efforts, AALDEF attributes many of the problems to a general misinformation and misunderstanding about the Census and the various policies that it informs. Even more problematic, many groups remain unaware of community-based census programs, such as the Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) and Be Counted sites, convenient locations with Census Bureau staff to assist with census completion.
Tomorrow, April 1, 2010 is Census Day! Do you know how you are being counted?!
If not, there is still time to act! Visit http://www.apiavote.org/ycap to find out what you can do!
Please pass this message along to your friends and family. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. :)
You can read the full AALDEF release here.