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 are available in Arabic.

Like many Arab Americans, you may be wondering how to best capture your race and ethnicity on the Census form in the absence of a Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Category.

Good news — our bilingual Arabic and English "Yalla, Count Me In!" Campaign is here to help!

Filling in the Race and Ethnicity Question

Step 1: Check off the "some other race" category (last box underneath the question).

Step 2: Write in your family’s origin (for example Lebanese, Egyptian, Palestinian, Yemeni, etc.)

PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of what box you check off for race, be sure you write in your ethnic heritage.

Check out these handy scenarios for more details, also available in Arabic. If you have questions about the 2020 Census, want to ensure you are being fairly and accurately counted, or want to discuss the campaign in more detail please call our Yalla Count Me In! Hotline at 833-3DDOUNI or 833-333-6864.

Have you completed your Census Questionnaire?

You can still play a role in ensuring an accurate count of the Arab American community from the comfort of your own home. Call or e-mail your family and friends to make sure they fill out their 2020 Census Questionnaire, and share content with your networks. You can also engage on social media and share the below videos. Be sure to use the #YallaCountMeIn hashtag and we will repost you!

Video 1: Yalla Count Me In! Partners Video

Video 2: Yalla Count Me In! Partners Video (Arabic)

Video 3: Yalla Count Me In! Counting Young Children Video, as a reminder that all kids 0+ should be counted in the 2020 Census—that includes your 5-day old child!

We ALL must work to ensure EVERYONE is counted in our community. It is critical for so many reasons including that Census data is factored into local decisions that impact our daily lives — like the hospitals we go to, the roads we drive on, and which schools are children and grandchildren attend. Yalla, Can We Count You In?