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Immigrants And The Census For CUNY TV Discussion

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 13, 2009: Garry Pierre Pierre and the producers of Independent Sources, focus their attention on the importance of the 2010 Census tonight.

CWNN publisher and CaribID founder, Felicia Persaud and the National Latino Policy Center`s Angelo Falcon are guests on the show, which will air live at 8:30 pm in New York tonight on CUNY TV, Time Warner Channel 75.

The program focuses on the importance of everyone, especially immigrants, to be counted in the 2010 Census; the need to ensure ethnic media is part of the advertising buys that will happen later this year and the importance for all to spread the message of confidentiality in data collection, particularly in the immigrant community.
 
Persaud again reiterated that Caribbean nationals must fill out the form come March 2010 and write in their country of origin under question 8, while ticking `No Not Hispanic` to avoid being dismissed as they have in the past. She also urges all to fill in their ethnic identity.

Falcon for his part insisted that immigrants should not be fearful that the data collected will be shared since even the ACLU is adamant that the laws governing the Census covers confidentiality, despite the Patriot Act.

Officials from the New York Census office were absent from the show, with Independent Sources saying they were told no one was available to appear at the last minute.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, Brooklyn`s Mt. Zion Church of God hosted the first in a series of Census education forums for their largely Caribbean constituents. The event was spear headed by Pator Gil Montrose in collaboration with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and CaribID.

Clarke, through a lobbying effort by CaribID, recently introduced the Caribbean Count bill, to call for a Caribbean ancestry category to be added to the Census form.

And, in related news, the Sun Sentinel editorial board on Tuesday also joined the chorus of media outlets calling for all, especially Caribbeans, to fill out the Census form. The editorial cites the fact that `the Caribbean community, in particular, has felt slighted in the past, because the census numbers in no way reflect the size of the population.`

Adds the commentary: `Just ask the leader of any social service agency or business serving that group how frustrating it is operating on guesswork. They’ll tell you it’s next to impossible to adequately serve the community.`

But the paper also urges all Caribbean and other immigrant leaders to `encourage participation in the 2010 census so the government knows they’re here.`