Ghana Diaspoa PAC is a proud partner of the U.S. Census
It is very important that Ghanaians living in the United States get counted in the U.S. Census which determines access to federal funding and visibility. The 2020 Census will allow for expanded ethnic breakdowns on the form! It is imperative that aggressive immigration policies do not deter Ghanaians from getting counted in the census. If we are not counted, we do not exist, and we will not matter when policies impacting our community are being created.
The 2020 Census is 100% Confidential!
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Respond to the 2020 Census to shape the future. Responding to the census helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy. Census data impact our daily lives, informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in your community, including health care, senior centers, jobs, political representation, roads, schools, and businesses. More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data.
TWI GUIDE ON U.S. CENSUS
TELL YOUR FREINDS AND FAMILY
The law is clear—no personal information can be shared. Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies. The law states that the information collected may only be used for statistical purposes and no other purpose. To support historical research, Title 44 of the U.S. Cvode allows the National Archives and Records Administration to release census records only after 72 years. All Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information, and any violation comes with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison.
GHANA DIASPORA PAC CALLS ON U.S. GHANAIANS TO PARTICIPATE IN 2020 U.S. CENSUS
AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS ALLOWED TO IDENTIFY COUNTRY HERITAGE IN 2020 U.S. CENSUS
For the first time, African immigrants and those of African heritage living in the United States will be allowed to identify their country of heritage or origin in the United States 2020 Census survey. The U.S. Census determines where $675 billion in federal funding used for critical services such as Medicare, Medicaid, public transit, roads, and school systems should go. The Black immigrant community has historically been undercounted and hence receives a smaller share of resources they pay for with taxes. Currently, there is no official count of the number of Ghanaians and people of Ghanaian heritage are living in the United States despite the fact that there is a large Ghanaian community in the country dating back to the 1950s.
Many Ghanaian immigrants in the U.S. are fearful that completing the U.S. Census form will violate privacy or result in punitive actions based on citizenship status. However, due to actions by the U.S. Supreme Court there is no “citizenship” question on the U.S. Census and the information collected is 100% confidential. In addition, this year the 2020 U.S. Census includes a Twi guide to help Twi-speakers complete the Census. This guide can be found here.
During the month of March, households received official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. The online form can be found at http://2020census.gov and takes under 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire can also be completed by phone by calling 844-330-2020, From May to August 14th, Census takers will interview homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
The Ghana Diaspora Public Affairs Collective is a proud official partner of the U.S. Census. The organization will work with other community partners over the course of the year to improve awareness and education about the U.S. Census.
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