OneAmerica Community Census Outreach campaign: Raise your hand and be counted! It’s easy, it’s safe, the results will empower our communities!
OneAmerica believes there is a critical need to ensure that all communities are counted in the 2010 Census. Historically, the Census has undercounted particular communities such as immigrants, refugees and low income communities. We are encouraging participation without fear of repercussion to all levels of the immigrant community. This will help inform local, state and federal governments of our true numbers and through hard data, demonstrate the significant role immigrants play in all our communities
The 2010 Census - Raise your hand and be counted!
- Its important
- Its safe
- It easy
- It can empower our communities!
How does it work?
- The Census is a count of everyone living in the United States, regardless of citizenship.
- In March 2010, the US Census Bureau will send a form in the mail to every household in the country.
- The Census form asks only 10 questions.
- Households are asked about the number of people living in your household, their age, race and gender.
- All information given is safe
Why its safe?
- By law, the Census Bureau cannot share answers with anyone, including immigration, law enforcement, other federal agencies and private individuals.
- Title 13 of the US code protects the privacy of the information you provide.
- All US Census employees take the oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of your data. of the US census can share the answers
- The penalty for violating this law is a $250,000 fine or imprisonment for up to 5 years.
Why is it important
Census data is used for funding decisions for more than $400 billion each year:
- Expand or redesign public transportation
- Improve roads
- Increase the public health services and hospitals
- Neighborhood improvements
- Senior services
- School lunch programs
- Adult education and job training programs
How does it empower our immigrant communities?
The information gathered from the Census is not only important because it helps the federal government decide where and how 400 billion dollars of the national budget will be spent annually in programs and social services we all use, but also because it helps us strengthen us as a community - because it is necessary that people know that immigrants in Washington count and also contribute!
When is the Census
- March 15th – 17th Initial Census forms mailed to all households
- April 1st Census Day – official day of the population count.
- April 1st – 10th Replacement Census forms mailed to households that do not respond.
- April 22nd – 24th Reminder postcards mailed to households that have not responded.
- May 1st – July 10th Census workers visit households that did not respond.
- December 1st By law, Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President
2010 Census Rasise your hand and be counted Community Outreach
OneAmerica is coordinating a collaborative and creative ethnic media campaign to ensure that our Latino and East African immigrant communities understand the importance of the Census and get counted.Local grassroots organizations are working together to encourage and directly inform our communities about the importnace of participating in the 2010 Census.
How can your organzation or group participate?
Plese contact Elsa email@example.com 206.452.8419 to coordinate a short workshop for your community or group or to get On America Census materials in your language.
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