APIs are the fastest growing demographic in the United States. That one reason why APANO was one of the thirteen organizations leading the #WeCountOregon campaign for the 2020 census. 

#WeCountOregon was a statewide effort to ensure that every Oregonian, including people of color, children under 5, renters, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency, and multiple family homes are counted. 

Our communities need to know what is at stake if they are not represented in the census. Even amidst a pandemic, political uprisings, and wildfires, we reached out to our Asian and Pacific Islander communities and coalition partners through education and outreach. With the help of the #WeCountOregon coalition, Oregon was able to reach a 69.2% self response rate.

By The Numbers

  • We delivered 28 census trainings online to partner organizations and community members. We also recorded live census 101 trainings and made it accessible to community members to watch on their own time.

  • We trained 737 new census leaders from our network to engage their communities on the census.

  • We reached 13,017 contacts through phone banking and peer-to-peer texting with a full-time staff of 12 dedicated to the phone bank team.

  • Watch our census animation video in English and Mandarin.

The time for households to respond to the 2020 census is now over — what now? Follow We Draw Oregon. Learn how your census data can redistrict communities and uplift representation and services for marginalized communities! Reach out to APANO’s Political Director Marchel Hirschfield and learn how you can provide testimony for equitable redistricting as part of our 2021 Legislative Agenda.

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