Chicago’s Census Cowboy, Alaska’s Puppy Webcam Guru: Government jobs with a difference

by Rashmee

Posted on August 7, 2020


News that the US Census Bureau will end its efforts to count the number of people living in the country a month earlier than expected made me think of one of the wackiest government jobs ever, that of Census Cowboy. No, really. It exists. Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago, appointed a Census Cowboy to promote more … Continue reading “Chicago’s Census Cowboy, Alaska’s Puppy Webcam Guru: Government jobs with a difference”

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Time for MENA Americans to stand up and be counted

by Rashmee

Posted on October 9, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


Two-hundred-and-thirty years after the United States’ first constitutionally mandated census, the country wants to include a MENA category in its 2020 survey. The Middle East- North Africa option, if it comes to pass, is breathlessly described by commentators as a massive realignment of federal racial definitions. Its implications are immense. It will shrink the white … Continue reading “Time for MENA Americans to stand up and be counted”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK