capac national teleconference on 2010 census

On Monday, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus will be holding a national census teleconference, hoping to bring together a large group of representatives from grassroots APA groups around the country to talk about how we can ensure an accurate count of the APA community for the 2010 Census. Here's the information:
CAPAC to Hold National Census Teleconference:

Engaging Asian and Pacific Islander Communities
for the 2010 Decennial Census

This coming Monday, please join the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for a national census teleconference on ensuring an accurate count of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for the 2010 census. The call provides an opportunity for the Census Bureau, congressional leaders, community stakeholders, and ethnic and mainstream media to have a dialogue on conducting outreach to this growing and diverse population.

Event: National Census Teleconference on ensuring accurate count of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

Date: March 23, 2009, 2-3pm EST


Rep. Michael Honda, CAPAC chair (other CAPAC members invited)
Arnold A. Jackson, Associate Director for Decennial Census U.S. Census Bureau
Terry Ao, Asian American Justice Center and the 2010 Census Advisory Committee
Bill Imada, IW Group
Other speakers to be determined

Call-in: For call-in information, please respond to this form.
Looks like this is going to be a really important, useful call. As you might know, the Census Bureau faces particular challenges in minority communities. Racial and ethnic minorities, particularly those in highly dense urban populations and those who are linguistically and culturally isolated, are often difficult to reach. Many are distrustful of authorities or reluctant to participate in a government count.

But here's the thing. The census provides data that determines the distribution of approximately $300 billion in federal funding each year, including funding for Medicaid, substance abuse prevention and treatment, child and foster care, and vocational education. States and localities use census data to plan public service projects including resources for hospitals, employment assistance, and schools. People use this data for everything, and to put it simply, it's important to ensure that our community gets a piece of that pie.

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