MASC’s annual FREE visit to NOAH’S ARK at the Skirball Cultural Center is finally HERE!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tickets go fast for this extremely popular event. Visit our Eventrbrite page HERE for further details and registration.
ACTION REQUIRED BY YOU! Comment period open with Office of Management and Budget
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS APRIL 30, 2017
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sets the federal standards for collecting race and ethnicity data by all federal agencies such as the Census Bureau, Department of Education, Department of Justice, etc. As part of MASC’s advocacy mission we bring attention to issues relevant to the multiracial community, especially events that require action from you!
MASC has reviewed the OMB’s recent request for public comment and have prepared the following response to their most critical questions. Note the questions have been paraphrased:
How much consideration should be given to the cost and schedule to local, state, and federal governments from implementing the new federal standards? Should detailed race and ethnicity data collection be encouraged or required?
“The combined race and ethnicity question should be implemented and required with all due haste at all levels. The last change to the standards in 1997 were delayed several years and not implemented consistently across agencies and at all levels of government. Delaying implementation causes a delay in our understanding of our nation’s diversity and delays the ability to enforce civil rights legislation. The cost to society of delaying these standards is immeasurable and outweighs the cost to government agencies. The government belongs to the people and this is a wise investment.
We also support the OMB’s efforts to provide guidelines regarding race and ethnicity as social constructs when forming public policy.”
What do we need from you?
Feel free to cut and paste the above statement or write your own and submit to the following site HERE.
To learn more about the comment period please visit the Federal Register HERE.
For more information about the proposed changes to federal standards please visit our website HERE.
Athena Asklipiadis, MASC Admin Director and founder of MIXED MARROW, a program dedicated to finding bone marrow and stem cell donors to patients of multiethnic descent, testified at a hearing before the California State Senate in support of SB-23 on March 29, 2017. SB-23 will continue funding for umbilical cord blood banking to harvest stem cells to battle blood cancers. Joining Mixed Marrow were patients Alex Tung and Krystin Jung. Thank you State Senator Alex Portantino for helping make this happen. To learn more about umbilical cord blood banking please visit the cord blood bank website HERE. Mixed Marrow is a fiscally sponsored program of MASC.