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DNC Passes Resolution in Support of Ethnic Data Collection in 2010 Census

Source: The Iranian American Political Action Committee

Washington, D.C. - On November 30, 2007, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) passed a resolution urging the U.S. Census Bureau to implement more specific identification choices concerning race and ethnicity in the upcoming 2010 census.

The resolution, which was introduced by a group of DNC members including U.S. Representative Michael Honda (D-15th/CA), states that the census short form has "grouped ethnic histories together" too broadly and forced "people of Iranian, Greek, Polish, British, Russian, Mexican and similar backgrounds into the single category of "White" despite the substantial historical and cultural differences."  It declares the DNC's support for the development of a 2010 census form which "asks respondents to list their ethnic heritage or national origin" and urges the use of  "21st century technology to upgrade the 2010 national census form so all respondents can disclose multi-ethnic backgrounds that respect their heritages while providing an accurate snapshot of national demographics in 2010 and beyond." 

In the hope of securing an accurate count of the number of Iranian Americans residing in the United States, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) has become a member of the Ancestry Working Group (AWG). Spearheaded by the Arab American Institute (AAI), the AWG comprises a coalition of ethnic organizations and researchers who have come together to promote the inclusion of an ancestry question on the "short form" in the 2010 census. The AWG believes that collecting data on the ancestry of all Americans is essential to understanding the nation's demographics.

"While the content decisions for the 2010 survey are already well underway and congress has not yet seen fit to address the missing ancestry issue, this resolution offers moral support for our efforts," said Helen Samhan of the AAI.  "We remain concerned that the decennial census in 2010 will not collect ancestry data, and that future information on Americans of Arab, Italian, Polish, Iranian, Irish, Armenian, Greek, Hungarian, and many other ancestries will be dependent on the smaller American Community Survey (ACS) which is not promoted or publicized as the census is."

Click here to read the text of the DNC Resolution on Ethnic Data Collection in 2010.

Click here to learn more about the Ancestry Working Group.

About IAPAC: IAPAC is a registered bipartisan political action committee that contributes to candidates for public office who are attuned to the domestic needs of the Iranian American community. IAPAC focuses exclusively on policy issues such as civil rights and civil liberties, and encourages Iranian Americans to actively participate in the electoral process, to vote and run for political office

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