U.S. Census MENA Categorization – Take Action Now!
Currently, millions of Arab-Americans and people with Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) ancestry do not have their own classification on the U.S. Census form.
Where is our check box? 5,000 Comments are Needed by Feb 1st!
The U.S. Census Bureau plans to test a new classification for people from the MENA region for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census. This is a huge opportunity to address our exclusion from Federal data!
However, before the Bureau can proceed with testing in 2015, a public comment period is required by law. This is where your help is needed!
We need at least 5,000 positive comments to suuport the Census testing for this new classification by Feb. 1, 2015!
Why Does Our Community Need this?
We are currently “invisible” in the eyes of the Census! A new MENA classification in the Census would give more visibility and representation to the Arab-American community. It would also:
- Help address vital needs of these communities
- Provide more accurate and inclusive data collection
- Bring to light the status and needs of these communities
- Serve as a resource to policy makers, federal and local officials
- Function as ethnic category instead of a racial one to include those who identify with many racial backgrounds
TAKE ACTION NOW! Send you letter of support to the Census!
Simply fill out the feilds below and the following email will be sent to the Census Bureau!