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Posted by Suher Adi on March 23, 2020 in Blog

Have you checked your mailbox lately? Because by TODAY you should have received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau inviting you to fill out your 2020 Census questionnaire!

While these are trying times, the good news is that you can stay engaged while still doing your best to remain as healthy as possible. Filling out your 2020 Census questionnaire takes just 10 minutes and has a huge impact on the long-term wellbeing of our communities.

You can fill out your 2020 Census form either online, by mail or by phone (844-330-2020). Both online and phone options...

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COVID-19 Has Impacted Everything

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on March 23, 2020 in Blog

COVID-19 has impacted everyone, as we have all been inundated with tragedies, statistics, advisories, updates, and new government measures to fight the virus. Congress has moved at lightning speed to address the epidemic. In total, since Feb. 28, 40 pieces of legislation focusing on COVID-19 have been introduced. And while more relief is in negotiation, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act have already been passed, the latter of which is a 43-page law that was introduced in the House on March 11 and signed into law...

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2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count

Posted on March 13, 2020
There is no ethnic category for Arab Americans on the U.S. Census. This has led to a significant undercount of the community, creating barriers to many basic rights and services. While the Census Bureau estimates the number of Arab Americans in the United States is 1.9 million, the Arab American Institute estimates the total is actually closer to 3.7 million. Federal data on Arab Americans is obtained through ancestry data from the American Community Survey, a yearly survey that collects economic, social, demographic and housing information from a small sample of the general population. While helpful, this approach is incomplete.
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What New American Dreams are Made Of

Posted by Sofiya Volobuyeva on October 22, 2019 in Blog

Last week, over 1,100 people convened in Detroit to work towards realizing the “New American Dreams” of immigrants and refugees. Almost 200 speakers, including the Arab American Institute’s Suher Adi, spoke at the National Partnership for New Americans’ 12th National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC). This is the largest conference on immigration in the U.S., convening policymakers, academics, corporate and community leaders, researchers, faith and labor leaders, and funders from all over the country. The NIIC centered around issue-based 12 tracks, including Census 2020, language access, healthcare, and women’s leadership....

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Yalla Count Me In!

Posted on October 04, 2019 in Programs

Yalla Count Me In is a national, grassroots-led campaign is designed to Get Out the Count (GOTC) of Arab Americans for the 2020 Census.

No More Citizenship Question. It’s Time to Confidently Say Yalla Count Me In to the 2020 Census!

Posted by Suher Adi on July 25, 2019 in Blog

The highly anticipated decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on whether or not a question on citizenship can be added to the 2020 Census has been decided. In a complicated decision, the court ruling can be summarized in three parts. First, the court ruled the question is not in violation of the constitution and, moreover, is not seen as “arbitrary” for the Bureau to instate a question on citizenship on the census. Second, the court ruled the reasoning the Trump Administration gave for adding the citizenship question---that it was to aid implementation of the Voting Rights...

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Technological Roadblocks to Responding to the Census

Posted by Guest on July 15, 2019 in Blog
When it comes to cybersecurity, the Census Bureau must take a strong stance to ensure that not only are all respondents comfortable and safe while responding online, they feel comfortable and safe as well.
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Securing the Census Part 2

Posted by Guest on July 12, 2019 in Blog

In yesterday's blog post, we explained the Census Bureau’s legal reasons for protecting your data, how they’ve protected your data in the past, and why they are moving to a new method of data protection: differential privacy.

But how does differential privacy work? There’s a lot of detailed math behind it, which won’t be covered here. Instead, we’ll address the basic principles.

At its most basic, two databases are considered differentially private if they are identical except that one contains your data and the other does not, so that an outside observer cannot tell which database was...

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AAI Responds to Presidential Concessions Regarding 2020 Census

Posted on July 11, 2019 in Press Releases


CONTACT: Tess Waggoner


(202) 429-9210 

July 11, 2019

Following the conclusion of a press conference in which President Trump announced the issuance of a new executive order, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement, 

"President Trump's latest executive order is acknowledgement of his failed extralegal efforts to politicize the decennial census. With that, democracy won. He and his administration have failed and despite their best efforts, we will be counted. Arab Americans are a community that understands the threat posed by the misuse of data in violation of our rights, we will work to...

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The Cens-less Chaos Around the Census

If you’ve been on vacation at any point in the last two weeks, congrats, welcome back, and, wow, you’ve missed a number of census updates. Here’s a quick recap: SCOTUS denied the citizenship question a place on the census; President Trump threw a fit about the decision; the 2020 Census forms went to print without the citizenship question; Trump threw another fit and issued statements disputing whether the status of the question was settled; lower courts held hearings to determine the discrepancy between the president’s statements and that of the DoJ attorneys on the...

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