The 2020 Census is happening right now! Census results are used to shape many aspects of our community including how many representatives each state gets in Congress, and how billions of dollars of federal funding are allocated each year to public services like schools, roads, fire departments, etc.
Asian Americans, queer people of color, and other minorities are at risk of being undercounted even more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What's worse is that if we don't get counted, those results stick with us for the next 10 years and we won't get the resources, funding, and services our community needs. That's why it's important to make sure you get counted and to complete your census by September 30th!
The 2020 Census takes only a few moments to complete and can be completed online or through the phone. By law, all census responses are kept anonymous and confidential. Also, it's important to note that the census does not include any questions of citizenship. Finally, understanding that language might be a barrier to complete the census, we're calling upon Philly's Asian American youth in the month of September to help us all get counted!
Young people can play an especially crucial role in getting an accurate count of Asian American communities. Reach out to your parents and community elders and see how you can help make sure that you're counted! Translate for them and help them submit their surveys by the deadline. If you do, take a pic or vid, tag @asianartsphilly, and you'll get a limited edition Unity at the Initiative t-shirt and a $5 gift card to Mr. Wish (campaign runs through September while supplies last).
You can find more information about the census here and we've linked some census guides below.
You can also use these simple assets to share on your social media. Feel free to download and share widely.