There’s still time…so fill out and mail back your census form TODAY!
- If you have not received a census form in the mail, or think you were left off your household’s census form, you can pick up a Be Counted form to ensure you are counted.
- Be Counted forms, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian, can be picked up in nearly 39,000 community locations nationwide and mailed back in the attached postage-paid envelope.
- Don’t forget to write in Sikh under “Other Race” in Question No.9 if you want to identify yourself as a Sikh and support getting Sikhs counted in the 2010 Census!
- Call UNITED SIKHS if you have any questions or concerns! 1-888-243-1690
The City of Los Angeles and the Sikh community of Southern California came together to celebrate 311 years of formation of the Khalsa on April 4, 2010. For this years celebration, the main focus was on census 2010 and the campaign of getting a separate count for Sikhs in future Census products.
Jesse Singh, a resident of San Diego, who as been a front runner in this campaign for more than 6 months now spoke at the event and said, “Statistics tells a lot about a communities history over time, trends, enumeration – the actual amount of Sikhs living in the U.S – this alone transcends into other statistics like commerce data – jobs, employment discrimination, mentioning of Sikhs in American textbooks on a national platform, it brings awareness to the Sikh community by non-Sikhs.”
Jesse especially thanked UNITED SIKHS and their legal team for their efforts in the past for “taking the bull by the horns”.
If you haven’t received your Census form yet, please go to http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ to find the closest assistance center and get your form.
It has been brought to attention that Census forms will not be mailed to gurdwaras. Therefore, the religious workers and their families who reside at gurdwaras will not receive their form. Also, due to the ongoing situation with vacant housing, chances are that there will be problems in everyone getting their forms.
If you know someone who did not receive a Census form, make sure you inform them to pick one up from a nearby public library or assistance center. For more information, visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/.
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Escondido and Poway Team San Diego makes the Push for Sikhs to get Counted in 2010 Census.
Port Reading New Jersey, 13th March 2010: In a meeting convened by Joga Singh (member of Glenrock Gurdwara Saheb) the present members unanimously decided that the Sikhs should write “SIKH” in the census form for 2010 under the “Some other race” column Continue reading ‘Tri State Gurdwaras Meet at Singh Sabha Gurdwara NJ & Decide to Write Sikh in the Census Form’ »
Washington DC, March 13th, 2010: Finally, after a month of waiting, UNITED SIKHS received the first response from the Census Bureau to the Petition submitted by them to the Office of Management and Budget and the Census Bureau.
In the response, the Bureau said, “With Census Day less than one month away, it is too late to change our procedure for classifying “Sikh” responses to the 2010 Census question on race, without extreme cost and risk to Census Bureau operations. Beyond the 2010 Census, we will consider changes to the processing of the term “Sikh” when it is provided in response to the question on race.” Continue reading ‘Census Bureau responds to the Sikh Petition’ »
On March 3, 2010, the Atlanta area Sangat organized a Sikh Complete Count Committee (SCCC) meeting with the Census Bureau. Nigel Rajadurai answered the questions that every Sikh has been asking. Here is a transcript of the Q&A session with the Census Officer:
1 On question 9 – can we write in the word ‘SIKH’ in the “Some other race” category? Yes
2 Will the computer reject the form? No
Continue reading ‘Census Official confirms that Sikhs should write “Sikh” in Other Category on the Census form’ »
Census 2010 Sikh American Census Campaign FAQ
This FAQ has been drafted as a result of many questions and concerns that have been expressed by members of the Sikh community in relation 1to the Sikh American Census campaign. We hope that the questions and answers below will provide clarity to any confusion, and you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q1: What happens if I mark “Other Race” and write in “Sikh” on the Census Form?
A1: Currently, the Census bureau automatically codes all Sikh writeins as “Asian-Indian.” This is a problem because it doesn’t allow Sikhs to counted by the Census Bureau, even though many other nationalities and ethnic groups are coded and counted correctly. In conversation with Karen Humes, Assistant Division Chief for Special populations for the Census Bureau, members of the Sikh community asked how to get a code, and she responded that we should petition the Census Bureau. UNITED SIKHS submitted a petition, with the support Continue reading ‘Census 2010 Sikh American Census Campaign FAQ’ »
UNITED SIKHS, along with other organizations like Sikh Coalition and the South Asian Coalition of organizations, SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) contacted Karem Humes last year to discuss the coding methodology for Census 2010. The letter sent by Ms. Humes in reply stated that even if a person writes in “Sikh” on the census form, the person would be automatically counted as “Asian Indian.”
However, after receipt of the letter, UNITED SIKHS did not drop the issue. It is important that the Sikh community together join hands to advocate for this cause. And dropping the issue does not help. Continue reading ‘Identify yourself as “SIKH” in census 2010’ »