Pages tagged "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.
The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) would like to thank the thousands who voiced their support of a new Census classification for people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. With their help, NNAAC sent over 4,000 letters, which contributed to exceeding the requirement of 5,000 positive comments to the U.S. Census Bureau in support of the MENA classification. This means the MENA category will now be tested for possible official inclusion in the 2020 U.S. Census, thus giving Arab Americans and other groups their own category.
The Arab-American Association of New York, a member of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), was recently featured in the news for the organization's public push in support of a new Census category for people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which includes Arab Americans.