Monday, January 16, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr Day

VOA News: Celebrating What Would Have Been MLK’s 88th Birthday

We are introducing a new series today produced by VOA’s English Division called “Did You Know?” We will be taking you on a tour of famous places in and around Washington, always adding some special bit of information that we’re sure you haven’t heard before. We start our tour at the memorial to U.S. civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is celebrated each year on the third Monday of January as a national holiday. Steve Miller reports.
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      Sunday, January 15, 2017

      Obama Welcomes New Citizens

      NYTimes: Obama Welcomes New Citizens | The New York Times

      Streamed live on Dec 15, 2015
      The president gives a speech at a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives on Tuesday.

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      Saturday, January 14, 2017

      Weekly Address: The Honor of Serving You as President

      Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      January 14, 2017

      This week, I traveled to Chicago to deliver my final farewell address to the nation, following in the tradition of Presidents before me. It was an opportunity to say thank you. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant military outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

      Over the course of these eight years, I have seen the goodness, the resilience, and the hope of the American people. I’ve seen neighbors looking out for each other as we rescued our economy from the worst crisis of our lifetimes. I’ve hugged cancer survivors who finally know the security of affordable health care. I’ve seen communities like Joplin rebuild from disaster, and cities like Boston show the world that no terrorist will ever break the American spirit.

      I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve mourned with grieving families searching for answers, and found grace in a Charleston church. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and our wounded warriors walk again. I’ve seen our doctors and volunteers rebuild after earthquakes and stop pandemics in their tracks. I’ve learned from students who are building robots and curing diseases and who will change the world in ways we can’t even imagine. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us of our obligations to care for our refugees, to work in peace, and above all to look out for each other.

      That’s what’s possible when we come together in the hard, slow, sometimes frustrating, but always vital work of self-government. But we can’t take our democracy for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, then grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.

      Our success depends on our participation, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings. It falls on each of us to be guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen.

      It has been the honor of my life to serve you as President. Eight years later, I am even more optimistic about our country’s promise. And I look forward to working along your side, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.

      Thanks, everybody. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.


      The Sanctuary Movement

      VOANews: In New York, Fear of Deportation Propels Sanctuary Movement

      In New York City, where half a million residents are undocumented, immigrant-friendly organizations and the mayor are vowing to protect undocumented city residents. In part one of a two-part series, VOA's Ramon Taylor reports the work has taken on new urgency as the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump nears.
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      VOANews: Universities Join Sanctuary Movement to Protect Undocumented Students

      In addition to the growing list of sanctuary cities across the country, undocumented immigrants have found an ally in other institutions, including major universities. In part two of a special series, VOA’s Ramon Taylor reports on fear among “dreamers” — undocumented youth who arrived in the United States at a young age.
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      Friday, January 13, 2017

      NEW PODCAST: A Casual Citizenship Interview with Mrs Chen (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

      A Casual Citizenship Interview with Mrs Chen (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

      After the interview, Mrs Chen and I talk about the Taiwanese language and the importance of passing on our language and heritage to our children.

      A "Casual" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (40qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)
      ppt: (corrected!)
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      USCIS 100 Remix Quiz: Twos" 02, 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72, 82, 92

      Thursday, January 12, 2017

      Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 4

      US Senators from California:
      Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein


      • Voices of Freedom ch 10
      • USCIS: U.S. History Since 1900 - Intermediate Level The U.S. History Since 1900 lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 11, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, and 86.
      • USCIS: Equality and Freedom - Beginning Level Equality and Freedom lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 6, 77, 84, 85, and 100.


      Wednesday, January 11, 2017

      President Obama's Farewell Address

      For all our outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud type, the most important office in a democracy, citizen.

      VOANews: President Obama's Farewell Address (51 minutes)

      In the final speech of his presidency, President Obama challenged the nation to continue to push the U.S. forward by getting involved and demanding change.
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      VOANews: In Farewell, Obama Appeals for Unity and Participation in Democracy (3 minute summary)

      Ten days before he departs the White House and becomes a private citizen, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address to the nation. The president used the Tuesday night speech to highlight his administration's achievements during the past eight years -- and to warn about the risks to American democracy from divisiveness and political animosity. VOA's Richard Green has more on the final speech of a historic presidency.
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      VOA Learning English: President Obama's Farewell Address (Highlights; Sub-titles; 14 min)

      Barack Obama spoke to the nation as president for the last time on Tuesday. He reflects on some of the successes and frustrations of his presidency. And he says the work of democracy has always been hard. Here are the highlights.
 The Final Minutes of President Obama's Farewell Address: Yes, we can. (90 seconds)

      Tuesday, January 10, 2017

      Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 3

      Mike Honda was the previous US Representative for Milpitas/San Jose, CA.
      Ro Khanna is the new US Representative for Milpitas/San Jose, CA.


      • Voices of Freedom ch 9
      • U.S. History in the 1800s - Intermediate Level The U.S. History in the 1800s lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 60, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, and 76.