MENA Community Advocates, Faith Leaders, Celebrities Work Together to Promote the 2020 Census

Posted on March 30, 2020 in Press Releases

(Washington, D.C. - 3/30/2020) — With less than two days away from April 1st,  i.e. “Census Day,” community advocates, faith leaders, comedians and celebrities from Middle Eastern, North African (MENA) communities are raising their voices to make sure their communities are counted in the 2020 Census.  

Considered a hard-to-count population, individuals with ancestry from the MENA region have historically been one of the most undercounted populations in America, along with other minority groups such as African Americans and Latinos. 

According to Basem Hassan, MENA Strategy Director for the 2020 Census Communications Campaign, there is a general unawareness of the positive impact that Census data has on local communities and a latent mistrust toward the government about how data collected will be used.  

Understanding these challenges, Hassan and his team of experts worked the last few years creating a campaign based on proper audience research and community outreach to educate and gain trust before the rollout of the...

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A Weekend of Arab Xpressions

Posted by Ahmad Abuznaid on February 21, 2020 in Blog

On February 15, 2020, the Yalla, Count Me In! team had the chance to attend Arab Xpressions at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. We engaged community members in conversations about the #2020Census, making sure to educate the diverse crowd of students, families, and community members about our get out the count efforts and the importance of the census, all while passing out cool swag that every attendee loved. In addition to our census conversations, we assisted a student organization with its voter registration efforts using our #YallaVote resources. It was abundantly clear that students are excited about...

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Did Someone Say Free Knafeh?

Posted by Basma Alawee on February 21, 2020 in Blog

February is shaping up to be a busy time in Florida. The Arab American Institute's staff & volunteers were busy educating the community here in Florida about two main topics: the importance of the 2020 Census and why Arab Americans must be counted, and making sure everyone registered to vote for the upcoming Presidential Primary Election on March 17. AAI had a presence at two different events in the Jacksonville area recently. The first event was hosted by our amazing Hala's Café on February 15 and featured everyone's favorite dessert: knafeh! The knafeh tasting party was an opportunity for...

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An Introduction to Disinformation, Interference, and the 2020 Census

Posted by Guest on June 17, 2019 in Blog

In 2020, for the first time ever, the US Census will allow for online responses. This will be accompanied by an increase in official Census Bureau advertisements, particularly online, including social media. However, Census officials are anticipating targeted campaigns on social media designed to spread disinformation about the decennial census, which will compete with official advertisements for space on timelines and in respondents’ memory.

Ever since the 2016 election, the question of how to deal with disinformation – that is, maliciously spread false information – on social media has made headlines, and social media companies ranging from Facebook...

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Disinformation

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2019 in Blog
Disinformation is defined as false information that is spread with the intent for it to deceive or harm, often occurring alongside misinformation, which is false information spread with good intentions.
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AAI Statement on Hofeller memo, decennial census

Posted on May 30, 2019 in Press Releases
This morning, news of the Hofeller memo brought to light what AAI and other civil rights groups feared from the moment Secretary Ross announced the addition of the citizenship question to the census: that it was politically motivated to suppress the count of various hard to count communities across the country.
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AAI Reacts to Hofeller Memo

Posted by Suher Adi on May 30, 2019 in Blog
AAI remains committed to a fair and accurate census, to free and fair elections, and to supporting our democracy
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