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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Calls For April 1 Census Day Participation By All Asian American and Pacific Islanders Communities Amid COVID-19 Concerns

ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE CALLS FOR APRIL 1 CENSUS DAY PARTICIPATION BY ALL ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES AMID COVID-19 CONCERNS
Statewide California collaboration amongst 12 Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-serving nonprofits endorse participation online, via phone, or by mail to reach historically undercounted communities
 
 
LOS ANGELES, CA — Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), a non-profit legal aid and civil rights organization serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, today announced its efforts to endorse participation in the Census 2020 by phone, mail, or online amid efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
 
“We want to remind everyone that participating in the Census is required by the government. We understand the concern on everyone’s mind to remain healthy and for that reason, it’s best to respond online, over the phone or by mail as soon as invitations are received,” said June Lim, demographic research project director for Advancing Justice-LA. “Simply follow the instructions in your preferred language to answer the nine questions. Amongst other languages, you are able to complete the Census online or by phone in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.  The Census Bureau has printed visual language guides available in 59 language options and video guides to completing the Census online in 63 languages.”
 
A California statewide network of 12 Asian American and Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander-serving (AANHPI) community-based nonprofits are conducting in-language outreach in 25 languages which in addition to those previously listed, also include Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Hmong, Iu-Mien, Khmer, Lao, Marshallese, Samoan, Punjabi, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Chamorro, and English. In addition to in-language resources, the network’s outreach efforts include community education, coalition building, digital media efforts and social media outreach with heavy emphasis on digital content given the cancellation of community events, in-person gatherings, and sponsored activations to contain the spread of COVID-19.
 
Historically, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities have been undercounted, resulting in missed federal funding for the states and counties in which they reside impacting their communities with the loss of programs that benefit schools, hospitals, local transportation, public works and more. 
 
“Since the 2010 Census, Los Angeles County has seen an estimated 12 percent growth in Asian American communities and an estimated 2 percent growth in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Growth in these communities signals the need for culturally and linguistically appropriate housing and health services targeting the needs of the fast-growing Asian American and NHPI older-adult populations, educational services addressing the disparities in educational attainment across the diverse Asian American and NHPI student populations, and the need for more accessible services, parks, and community centers for our growing families,” said Lim. 
 
Community outreach efforts began in 2019 and will continue leading up to April 1 Census Day through August 14, 2020, when the count will be complete. An in-language public service announcement available in approximately 20 Asian and Pacific Islander languages (including English) is set to debut in April along with digital flyers, posters, and user-generated content amplified through social media networks of local small businesses, faith-based organizations, community centers, and more.
 
As April 1 Census Day approaches, all are encouraged to participate online, by phone, or mail. 
 
For more information on the importance of Census 2020 outreach to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities and other key facts and statistics, visit Count Us in 2020 – a Census resource hub hosted by the Asian American Advancing Justice affiliation, a collaboration of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all, together with Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, and their collective partners. 
 
“We’re grateful to our partners for the heavy lifting in their communities to educate and to get the word out. I’ve never seen a group move quickly to pivot and adapt outreach strategies like this team has. From as far north as Sacramento, the Bay Area, to Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange County, down to San Diego, we feel empowered to get everyone to participate, in spite of the challenges. It’s important to shape our communities for the greater good; the time is now.”
 
List of Statewide Partners:
  • Asian Resources, Inc.
  • Jakara Movement
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice -Asian Law Caucus
  • Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • The Fresno Center
  • Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON)
  • Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
  • Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC)
  • AAPIs For Civic Empowerment
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
Contact: 
June Lim, Demographic Research Project Director, (213) 977-7500 x246, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
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Friday, March 27, 2020

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