April 9, 2009

NIAC Partnering with U.S. Dept. of Commerce for 2010 Census


Washington DC – As the largest grassroots Iranian-American organization with a presence in all 50 states, NIAC is partnering with the United States Department of Commerce to increase awareness within our community about the 2010 Census. 

After the most successful Get Out the Vote campaign in our community’s history, NIAC is dedicated to ensuring that our community is counted properly and fully represented in the 2010 Census. By coordinating with the U.S. Census Bureau, NIAC is informing the Iranian-American community that getting counted is FAST, IMPORTANT, and SAFE.

FAST: The census is just ten questions and does not take more than ten minutes to complete.

IMPORTANT: $3 trillion is allocated based on Census data which guides local decision makers on important community planning efforts, including where to build new schools and hospitals. The Census also determines how many seats each state has in the House of Representatives, as well as the redistricting of state legislatures and county and city councils.  In the past, an estimated one million Iranian Americans have not been counted, and as a result our community has been underrepresented. That is why it is so important for every member of our community to be counted.

SAFE: Many in our community don’t submit their census information out of fear for their privacy but all the information you provide is private and protected by law (Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9).

As part of our collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau, NIAC will engage regional chapters to educate their local Iranian American communities about the 2010 Census, participate in future 2010 Census forums, and activate the Iranian-American community with updates to ensure the 2010 Census message is delivered to every corner of our community.

Together with the U.S. Census Bureau and other likeminded Iranian-American organizations, NIAC is dedicated to the goal of every Iranian American being counted because if we don’t get counted, we won’t count.




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