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By Julie Menin, Director of NYC Census
2020 and Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
The census is for everyone, and this
Immigrant Heritage Week, we’re launching
a new way for immigrant communities
to learn about it! This week, NYC
Census 2020 and the Mayor’s Office of
Immigrant Affairs launched two new We
Speak NYC educational videos, in partnership
with the City University of New
York, to explain the importance of participating
in the census.
In a city with more than 200 languages
spoken, and where nearly half of our 3.1
million immigrant New Yorkers have
limited English proficiency, We Speak
NYC, NYC’s English language learning
program, is a key resource for New Yorkers
to learn about city services, practice
their English conversation skills, and
build community. So while New Yorkers
are gaining new language skills, it’s also
a great opportunity to get the facts about
the 2020 Census in one fell swoop.
The new videos emphasize that
the census is for everyone and that it’s
safe, easy, and vitally important to our
communities. The more of us who are
counted, the more money and resources
our communities receive to provide for
us. And importantly, they also highlight
that there is no immigration or citizenship
question on the census and that responses
are completely confidential.
This new partnership also comes at
a crucial time. Immigrant communities
have been gravely impacted by COVID-19,
but they are also at a high risk of going
undercounted. Our hospitals, healthcare,
emergency services, and other
public services all depend on the census
for funding and resources — a complete
count could not be more critical for our
communities’ health and future.
Fortunately, this new partnership
can help close that gap by speaking directly
to immigrant communities and
helping to combat the fear and misinformation
around the 2020 Census. And
most importantly, these videos will give
viewers both the facts and the language
they need to support a complete count in
their own communities.
Remember, the census is about all of
us, and the only way we can make sure
our city gets what we deserve is by helping
to get our families, friends, and neighbors
counted. Do your part and let’s make
Fill out the census now at my2020census.