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What's in it for me?

REPRESENTATION

Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected officials target ethnic constituencies, like the Iranian American community to solicit their feedback and votes.

RESOURCES

Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more. Iranian American organizations may be able to receive funding for community-specific work.

RESEARCH

Social scientists , journalists, and other researchers rely on census data to study ethnic population groups, demographic trends, and economic and educational mobility.

CIVIC DUTY

Responding to the census also fulfills your civic duty. The census is mandated by the United States Constitution in Article 1, Section 2.

CIVIL RIGHTS

Ethnic and civil rights organizations depend on ancestry data to identify and mobilize their constituencies, and to monitor discrimination based on national origin.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Some local, state, and national organizations, are required to provide services that address the needs of a specific ethnic and minority community, such as providing access to Persian-speaking nurses.

PLEDGE TO WRITE IN IRANIAN

Join Iranian Americans across the country who are pledging to fill out the 2020 Census

FILLING OUT THE CENSUS

The 2020 Census will be the most accessible ever! You'll receive an invitation to respond beginning in mid-March. You can respond in English or 12 additional languages. If necessary, you can respond in person in mid-May when census takers visit households who have yet to respond.

WRITE IN IRANIAN

On question number 9, you'll be asked your race and national origin. Mark whichever racial categories you identify with and then write in "Iranian" in the box provided for national origin. See the picture for reference.

SAFE & CONFIDENTIAL

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information collected and keep it strictly confidential. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics, and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.

INTERNET

For the first time ever, you can fill out the census online! Visit my2020census.gov to begin.

PHONE

You will receive the census form by mail along with a phone number that you can call.

MAIL

You will be mailed a census form sometime in March and asked to fill it out by April 1st.

WHO ARE WE?

The Write In Iranian campaign was started by the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and Pars Equality Center to encourage Iranian Americans to fill out the census and get counted! Find our coalition partners below.

CONTACT US

Address

1635 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126, and 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, 440 Washington, DC 20015

Email

sjalali@parsequalitycenter.org, info@paaia.org

Phone

(408) 261-6400, (202) 828-8370