LOS ANGELES, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) announces the launch of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Census 2020 Collaborative to ensure that all AAPIs in Los Angeles County are counted. Organizations in the AAPI Census 2020 Collaborative in Los Angeles include Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, API Equality-Los Angeles, API Forward Movement, Asian Youth Center, Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment, Chinatown Service Center, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Filipino Migrant Center, Khmer Girls in Action, Korean American Coalition, Korean American Federation of Los Angeles, Korean Resource Center, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, Pilipino Workers Center, South Asian Network, Thai Community Development Center, United Cambodian Community, and Visual Communications.
Organizations participating in the AAPI Census 2020 Collaborative have already begun to educate community members about the Census and its importance. Their work includes outreach to ten communities in over twenty languages, including, but not limited to Bangla, Cambodian/Khmer, Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Marshallese, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu and Vietnamese and English.
U.S. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) stated, “It is so critical that every single one of our community members completes the 2020 Census because so much is at stake. If we don’t have a complete county, we risk losing critical federal funding and government representation. That is why it is so important that in districts like mine and those across Los Angeles County, the AAPI Census 2020 Collaborative is ensuring that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including those who are limited English proficient, know and understand the Census and fill it out. Completing the Census will help create a better future for all of us.”
“The 2020 Census counts EVERYONE who lives in the United States,” said Ivy Daulo, Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau. “The Census Bureau goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure everyone is counted once, only once, and in the right place. We are working with organizations at the national, state, and local level, including Complete Count Committees. Valuable partners, like A3PCON and this AAPI Census 2020 Collaborative, play a critical role in the public education and outreach effort.”
“A3PCON is proud to support our collaborative partners as we together seek to ensure the most robust count of LA’s AAPI communities,” remarked Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Executive Director, A3PCON. “We are grateful for their efforts as well as the support of California Community Foundation, the Advancement Project, our other partner organizations and the state of California, which has dedicated significant resources to ensuring that we are all counted.”