CaribPR Newswire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Aug. 18, 2008: As the 2010 Census approaches and the 42nd annual West Indian American Day Carnival gears up to take New York by storm for another year, WIADCA and CaribID are partnering to ensure that everyone is counted.
This year, for the 2009 Labor Day Carnival, WIADCA will be taking a more pro-active stance in pushing a serious tone into the celebratory event. The annual carnival, the largest in North America, is set for September 3-6, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY.
WIADCA President, Yolanda Lezama Clarke, says, `This is an excellent opportunity for the Caribbean Carnival to play an instrumental role in ensuring that the word gets out to the general community in New York and across the country about the importance of standing up and being counted in 2010. Whether you are documented or not, we as Caribbean nationals must stake our place in this country by ensuring we count accurately in 2010, in the U.S. Census.
CaribID Founder Felicia Persaud added, `Respect for Caribbean nationals starts with being counted in the Census, since numbers are valued most. In 2010, let us get our numbers up by filling out and returning the Census form next March to ensure we truly count. Let us make sure we spread the word to our neighbors, our friends and all family members that come 2010, we must stand up and be counted if we want immigration reform and a green card, better schools, better health care and sponsorship for our media and events.
Caribbean nationals are being urged to fill out the form, tick `No Not Hispanic on question 8, and then on question 9, putting their race and then writing in their country of origin under `Some Other Race,` also on question 9 of the form, which will be mailed next March.
Those without legal papers are especially urged to fill out the census to ensure they have some proof that they have been living in the country to help with future immigration adjustments.
`There is nothing to be afraid of,` said Persaud. `No one will come to your door if you simply fill out the form and return it so we can ensure an accurate count of all Caribbean people in America. We need to show that we too like the Hispanics, are an important bloc and we have the numbers to prove it.
The U.S. Census Bureau is relying heavily on its partners to achieve a successful 2010 Census. Partners play a significant role in educating the public and their constituents about the importance of the census. Census results are the basis for congressional representation as well as the distribution of federal, state and local funds totaling more than $300 billion annually for programs and services. Programs and services include education, housing, health care services, job training, transportation, and more. For more information, visit the Philadelphia Regional Census Center online at www.census.gov/2010census.
The U.S. Constitution requires a population and housing census every 10 years. The effort employs some of the most sophisticated technical and operational knowledge and tools available, as well as a work force of 1.4 million temporary employees to count everyone. Census Day is April 1, 2010.
The theme for the season is `Jump for the Cure, Jump Up and be Counted.`
WIADCA is also partnering with both the American Cancer Society and the US Census Bureau of New York/New Jersey, to urge people to get tested as well as to participate in Census 2010.
CaribID has created history in the U.S. by taking the initiative to not only urge Caribbean nationals to participate in the 2010 Census but has advocated and secured the historic Caribbean Count bill in the U.S. Congress and Senate in April and May 2009, respectively, which calls for a Caribbean origins category on future U.S. Census forms. For 2010, the organization is actively partnering with a number of Caribbean organizations, media and carnival associations like the D.C., Chicago and NY carnivals, to spread the `Stand Up And Be Counted,` message to all Caribbean migrants and their descendants.
For more log on to: www.caribid2010.com.
For information on the annual carnival, call (718) 467-1797 or visit http://www.wiadca.com/.