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Asian Pacific Americans "Open a Door" to the Census

25 May 2010                                                   

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Lan Nguyen | Program Associate 
202 223 5500 | lnguyen@ocanational.org 

Census Bureau's national door-knocking operations is underway!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 26 in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., OCA will join the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and other APA community leaders to promote the Census Bureau’s Non-Response Follow-up Phase. The U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves will join participants in the Northern Virginia event, being held at a large Asian Pacific American supermarket.

Participants will dramatize the message "when the Census comes to your home, open the door” by literally opening a free-standing door, donated by the Home Depot. Census employees dressed as census-takers, carrying a white, government-issued identification card and an official U.S. Census Bureau black shoulder bag, will be standing on the other side of the door. Across the nation, census-takers have been canvassing neighborhoods to follow up with households that did not return their census forms by mail. This phase of the census, which began on May 1, is expected to last no later than early July.

Speakers hope to allay fears and encourage individuals to cooperate fully with census-takers. They will focus on concerns or activities specific to each community, the confidentiality of census information, and ways to ensure safety and safeguard privacy.  

EVENT: Asian Americans Open Door to Census-Takers Press Conference and Photo Opportunity at two locations in the DC/VA area.

FIRST EVENT:
Super H Mart: 10780 Fairfax Blvd (Lee Highway) Fairfax, VA  22030
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. *To be attended by U.S. Census Bureau Director, Robert Groves*

SECOND EVENT:
Wah Luck House, Chinatown: 800 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20001
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 2:00 P.M.

RSVP: Please e-mail your name, affiliation, and contact information to Julia Yang, jyang@aaldef.org or call 212.966.5932 x217.

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Co-sponsors of the May 26th press conferences include APIAVote!, Asian American LEAD, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, BPSOS, Japanese American Citizens League, Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, OCA, South Asian Americans Leading Together, South Asian Bar Association of DC, H Mart, the Home Depot (NE Washington DC), and the U.S. Census Bureau. 
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