Why should you support MENA?
Currently, Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent are not counted in federal data, and must choose to define themselves as Black or African American, White, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaska Native. With a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region category, our communities will be able to identify along new ethnic terms and, in addition, specify which subgroup or nationality they belong to.
We believe this step is essential in improving the data collected on and the standing of our communities. Benefits of having a MENA category include:
• Enforcing the Voting Rights Act and drawing congressional and state legislative district boundaries
• Establishing federal affirmative action plans and evaluating claims of employment discrimination
• Monitoring discrimination in housing, mortgage lending and credit
• Helping minority owned small businesses get federal grants and loans
• Allow the government and independent scholars to understand trends of health, employment and education
• Better tracking of hate crimes and other civil rights violations
NO COMMUNITY SHOULD BE INVISIBLE. So that Arab Americans and many more ethnic groups can finally be counted in data like the U.S. Census, sign our letter by Oct. 31, 2016, in support of a MENA category.