Tell OMB that AA and NHPI communities must be counted

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Steps Coalition and Boat People SOS are working locally with state government agencies to make changes in the way data is collected on the Vietnamese American communities here on the coast.  You can help support our efforts at the national level by taking action today!   Tell the federal government you support Count and Disaggregate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Data.

Federal agencies are not required to collect detailed data on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. This mean communities are misrepresented in major policy decisions and often are left our or underfunded as a result.  You have the power to change that!

The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is asking for public comments on potential revisions to its 1997 standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data.  These standards apply to all federal agencies and provide data on everything from healthcare, education, housing, transportation, and civil rights.  Data should reflect our unique histories, cultures, resiliencies, and challenges that differently impact our health, housing, education, and economic experiences.

The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is asking for public comments on potential revisions to its 1997 standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data. These standards apply to all federal agencies and provide data on everything from healthcare, education, housing, transportation and civil rights. Data should reflect our unique histories, cultures, resiliencies, and challenges that differently impact our health, housing, education, and economic experiences. 

Often, people assume that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs) are homogenous groups.  They are a huge extended "family" that is richly diverse in culture, languages, strengths, and resiliencies,  Yet, they also face different levels of injustices, disparities, and systemic challenges.  So each time a report falsely concludes that AAs and NHPIs are all healthy, wealthy, and educated and thereby perpetuates the myth of the model minority, it makes it even harder for all of us to bring attention, services and resources to those who need it most.

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Our national partners are organizing a campaign until April 28th to solicit comment to the Office of MAnagement and Budget dat request to support more detailed data on AA and NHPI groups. Currently, federal agencies are not required to count detailed data for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities (e.g. Chines, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chamorro, Samoan, Tongan, etc.)

This is the first opportunity in 20 years for us to change the standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data.  You can help make a difference in the way that services are provided to the communities that need them.  Will you add your name and tell OBM that AA and NHPI groups deserve to be counted?


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