Letter from the editor: March 2020 | The Indian SCENE

Letter from the editor: March 2020

If we want our voices to count, we need, literally, to be counted: Remember to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census, delivered between March 12-20.

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“Magic happens when cultures meet,” says the owner of a new local artisanal home goods store we’re profiling this month. We’re one month into our second full year of publication, and I’m excited once again by the work the Indian SCENE has done and by the importance of empathetic, clarifying journalism in a moment characterized so often by violence, fear and cruelty.

We’re approaching an election season in which Indian-Americans will have the opportunity to vote with their values; peace, service and humility, I hope, among them. But if we want our voices to count, we need, literally, to be counted: Remember that invitations to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census will be delivered between March 12-20. The census provides critical data that affects the provision of community services and resources. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Our March contributors have put together another wonderful slate of essays and profiles touching on everything from personal style — the second in our series by fashion blogger Sunita Dass — to monitoring screen time usage. As always, we welcome your thoughts and questions at editor@theindianscene.com.

Thank you and happy reading!

Maitreyi Anantharaman
Editor

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