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Support Data Equity Now! – Show up for All Communities in MA

October 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Data Equity Bill (H.2681) Hearing
Tues, Oct 15, 10:30 AM (start time)
State House – Gardner Auditorium

There is opposition expected. Every person is needed to show up and support the bill, even if you can only make it during your lunch break or after work!


Currently, when demographic data is collected, they are combined to produce statistics as a single summary of an entire racial group (i.e. Black, Latinx, Asian, White).

However, all ethnic subgroups of each race has different histories, background, needs, and challenges. Without accurate data broken down by detailed sub-ethnic groups, critical needs of some communities in the areas, such as language, economic status, education, health, could be left unmet.

With increasing diversity in the Commonwealth, it is important to accurately document, measure and report data that informs public efforts to address social, economic, or educational inequalities which persist but may be invisible in data analyzed only through broad racial categories.

H.2681 suggests that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts standardize state forms to collect optional race and ethnicity data to more closely resemble the way the federal Census breaks down demographic data. This allows for more comprehensive research, analysis, and provision of services to all of our Commonwealth’s diverse communities.

This would highlight and uplift data representing communities in our Commonwealth including but not limited to Vietnamese, Cambodian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Haitian, Cape Verdean, Ethiopian, Somalian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Dominicans, and Colombians.


October 15, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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