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The Sikh Coalition News
February 19, 2020
  • Critical Census 2020 Updates and Information

    February 19, 2020 (New York, NY) -- As we fast approach the time when the U.S. Census Bureau will send invitations to homes nationwide to participate in the 2020 census, the Sikh Coalition is rolling out an updated version of our 2020 Census Community FAQ, which includes significant new information aimed at helping Sikh families understand how to fill out the census.

    In January, United Sikhs announced that the U.S. Census Bureau will include “Sikh” as a write-in option for question 9 (“What is your race?”) on the 2020 census. The Census Bureau has also independently confirmed that the non-mandatory option to write in “Sikh” will be categorized under the “Asian” racial category as opposed to the “Asian Indian” category.

    The Sikh Coalition fully recognizes and supports the importance of Sikhs in America being able to self-identify. We also want to ensure that every Sikh household understands the nuances of this change as we all work together to be represented accurately in the 2020 census. Accordingly, we have updated our community FAQ specifically to address questions pertaining to this "Sikh" coding.

    In addition to sharing this new critical information, the Sikh Coalition is moving forward with our planned work to train and support volunteers to help Sikhs fill out the census in gurdwaras and households across the country. If you’re interested in helping, email community@sikhcoalition.org. We also value community questions and feedback on all of our programming. If you have any further questions about the census or require resources or assistance in English or Punjabi, please reach out to community@sikhcoalition.org for those queries as well.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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