April 21, 2020 (New York, NY) -- As the Sikh Coalition continues to work to ensure that all Sikhs are counted in the 2020 Census, we wanted to provide a few updates about the extended timeline, ways you can help, and tips for staying safe.
First, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has pushed back their deadlines
for collecting census data. Most importantly, the self-response phase of the 2020 Census, which is when you can submit your census responses
, has been extended to the end of October. You can see a graphic with an accurate timeline below.
This extra time, while helpful to those dealing with the effects of the pandemic, doesn’t mean you have to wait: Send in your census responses today
to ensure that your community is accurately represented and fully resourced! Census-takers will begin interviewing households in person starting in June if no response has been submitted by that point.
Unfortunately, due to social distancing guidelines, sangats can no longer gather in gurdwaras to help each other complete the 2020 census in person. However, there are still steps you can take to help others in your community fill out the census:
- Encourage your sangat to complete the 2020 Census by sending an email to the gurdwara listserv.
- Share graphics and information--including the census website and our video on how to fill out the census (in English and Punjabi) with your sangat via Whatsapp.
- Organize a phone bank with members of your sangat: Call 10 people and encourage them to complete the census, and then suggest that they each call an additional 10 people too!
For a draft email, graphics, and helpful tips about how to talk about the census over the phone, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, it remains important that we all stay alert to potential scams. The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security Number or any personal financial information or payment; stimulus checks from the federal government in response to COVID-19 are in no way related to the census. The census also does not ask for any citizenship or immigration status-related information, and the Census Bureau is prohibited from sharing personal information with other government offices (including Immigration and Customs Enforcement). And lastly, the census has no relation to your political views: Any letter that is from or mentions a political party or leader is not an official census document, and no census worker will ask about your party identification.
If you have questions about the 2020 Census, be sure to email email@example.com
. You can also visit our website
to view our collection of census resources, including the comprehensive community FAQ.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.