Caribbean Nationals Urged To Make Sure They Count This Census

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Mar. 31, 2010: With the return day for all Census forms set for tomorrow, April 1, Carib ID, the movement started in 2008 by Felicia Persaud to get Caribbean nationals accurately counted across the U.S., is urging all Caribbeans to make sure they fill out and return their 2010 U.S. Census form while writing in your Caribbean country of origin or ancestry under the Some Other Race section of Question 9.

“We need every single Caribbean national in the U.S. to make sure they count by filling out the form, writing in their ancestry and returning it,` said Persaud on Wednesday. “Census numbers determine every aspect of our lives in this country and right now we are largely invisible as we have no accurate means of identification on the form. We must make sure we end this trend by counting not just our ethnicities but our nationalities this Census so we can all win.”

Carib ID is urging all to help stem the tide of low Census return rates in Caribbean communities across the country by taking pride in their ancestry and documenting their presence in the U.S.

The organization reminded nationals that failure to take the Census means millions left at the table and little to no funding for social services in their communities while for Caribbean media, organizations, festivals and event promoters, Census numbers are used to determine sponsorship and advertising dollars.

For the undocumented, it is imperative that they fill out and keep a copy of the form as it provides them with proof that they are living in the U.S. so that once immigration reform comes around, they can take advantage and get a green card, said Carib ID.

Carib ID is a historic initiative from Hard Beat Communications and an endorsed effort by dozens of Caribbean media partners and key groups and individuals across the U.S. to secure an accurate count of Caribbean nationals. For more, log on to

Felicia Persaud is founder of the ethnic PR and advertising agency, Hard Beat Communications, Inc., (; CaribPR Wire, the PR wire of the Caribbean ( and CARIB ID and publisher of CaribWorldNews (