By Whitney Tesi
Last time the U.S. Census was conducted, the Filipino community in Chicago was undercounted by an estimated 50,000 people. Ahead of this year’s census, the advocacy group Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) wants to do all it can to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Last Wednesday, the organization hosted a kick-off event at the HANA Center, a Korean American community center, to launch a new census committee that aims to make sure every Filipino family is counted this time. Staff from the U.S. Census Bureau’s regional office were also present to spread awareness and answer questions about the purpose of the census.
“We see this as an opportunity for different communities to get to know each other,” Ryan Viloria, the former executive director of AFIRE, said. “This is also an invitation for folks who feel that their community is under-served to promote the census.”