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CENSUS 2000 ACTION ALERT: CALL MAYOR GIULIANI TODAY! (3-01-01)

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  • Parag Khandhar
    ***ACTION ALERT*** CALL MAYOR GIULIANI TODAY!! MAYOR S ACTION CENTER: (212) 788-9600  (Leave a message or speak with a representative)     Earlier this
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2001
      ***ACTION ALERT***
      CALL MAYOR GIULIANI TODAY!!
      MAYOR'S ACTION CENTER: (212) 788-9600 
      (Leave a message or speak with a representative)
       
       
      Earlier this year, Commerce Secretary Donald Evans revoked the Census Bureau's authority to decide on the use of adjusted Census 2000 numbers to compensate for any  undercount.   At issue is Census 2000 and whether the head count data should be improved by a scientific sampling method. Critics of the census say it undercounts minorities and immigrants.  Traditionally, a panel of professionals give a recommendation to the Census Bureau Director  of whether the Census 2000 headcount should be adjusted using the results from the Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation (ACE) survey.  The Commerce Secretary's action to revoke the Bureau's authority seriously threatens the prospect of using the most accurate data possible as official Census data.  Our communities, and New York City as a whole, stand to lose a great deal if the Census data is not adjusted.
       
      The city of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit to block this action.
       
      Also joining the lawsuit: San Antonio, Texas; Inglewood, Calif.; Stamford, Conn.; and the county of Santa Clara, Calif.-will be California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, according to officials.  The municipalities are arguing that the decision to adjust the Census 2000 count should be left with the professionals at the Census Bureau and not with Evans, a political appointee. 
       
      A Los Angeles federal judge has set a March 5 hearing on the case.
       
      New York City is considering joining a federal lawsuit that challenges the Bush administration's method for deciding whether sampling should be used in the U.S. census, but Mayor Giuliani has not yet committed to joining the lawsuit, and time is running out!
       
       
      CALL CITY HALL AND THE MAYOR'S ACTION CENTER TODAY!!
      (212) - 788-9600
       
      1) Urge that the Mayor and City of New York join in the lawsuit seeking to block the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Donald Evans, from deciding whether the Census 2000 numbers should be adjusted for an undercount of the population.  The decision should be left to the professionals at the Census Bureau, not a political appointee.  Urge the Mayor to continue New York City's legacy as a national leader in this issue.
       
      2) State that children, communities of color, immigrants and the poor are often undercounted and will remain underserved if the Census 2000 headcount is not statistically adjusted.

      3) State that the City of New York should firmly support the adoption of statistical sampling to most accurately represent the demographic composition of the population.

      4) Give your name and street address.

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      For more information, please call Parag Khandhar at (212) - 344-5878 ext. 18.
       
       
       
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      Parag Khandhar
      Asian American Federation of New York

      120 Wall Street, 3rd Floor | NYC | 10005
      (212) 344-5878 x18 | parag@...
       
      Please visit our website: www.aafny.org
       
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