“We are deprioritized in everything, down to a lack of translated material in Arabic to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.” Lara Kiswani explains how Arab Americans can build power by participating in the census.
Lara Kiswani was raised to be proud of her Palestinian family’s history and culture. Her work with Arab Resource and Organizing Center focuses on building power in the Arab and Muslim community in the Bay Area. Alongside the Arab American Institute, Lara advocates for an accurate count to advance Arab American interests.
As an expanding and downloadable series of video stories, quote graphics, and infographics, ‘Stories for Change’ helps census digital organizers keep their focus on getting people counted by employing authentic storytelling as a powerful organizing tool.
‘Stories for Change’ is a joint initiative of NextDayBetter and Census Counts. It features census advocates connecting census participation to a wide spectrum of advocacy, including racial justice, immigration, disability, labor, and faith. Each featured storyteller speaks directly to their communities on the opportunity the 2020 Census presents to claim the funding, resources, and political power they deserve.
When people see themselves in the census, when they understand the future they could build with more resources and more political power, they get counted. ‘Stories for Change’ is made possible with the collaboration of community organizations such as Arab American Institute, Arab Resource Organizing Center, The Arc, and Faith in Public Life.