Beginning in March, Americans will receive a form in the mail to fill out and return to the U.S. Census Bureau. Every decade, many wonder why it's so necessary to participate in the census. From alloting seats in the House of Representatives to dispersal of billions in federal spending, there are numerous reasons. But the word isn't getting out to everyone.
This is especially true for Hispanics -- who are the fastest growing minority in the United States. Being counted in the census can potentially provide additional representation and funding for developing communities.
On Tuesday's "Washington Unplugged," actor Wilmer Valderrama joined Nancy Cordes to discuss his work with the non-profit organization Voto Latino, co-founded by actress Rosario Dawson. The organization aims to increases voter turnout and political involvement among Hispanic youth.
Valderrama and other Hispanic celebrities are meeting with House lawmakers Wednesday, unveiling a new campaign urging Hispanics to take part in the census.
"Rosario Dawson and I started this amazing campaign last year to register people to vote and inspire the youth to understand that voting is important. We knew that the census was coming in 2010 and that it's very important thing for the community to embrace," Valderrama said.
Valderrama also notes that Hispanics have much to gain from participating in the census. "It dictates the funding of public services, schools and hospitals. Depending on how many people are in the area, funding is distributed."
Check out the interview above.
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