Saturday, April 26, 2014

Study: Immigrants Benefit NYC Economy, Quality of Life



VOAVideo: Study: Immigrants Benefit NYC Economy, Quality of Life

New York has long been a magnet for immigrants looking for a better life. A new independent research study also shows that immigrants help the city thrive as well. VOA's Adam Phillips has more.

Friday, April 25, 2014

New USPS Stamp: RED, WHITE, AND BLUE


New USPS Stamp: RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE: April 25, 2014 • San Francisco, CA 94188

Celebrate America with the Red, White, and Blue issuance. Each of the four stamps features a modern interpretation of a flying flag, complete with six red and white wavy stripes and a handful of five-pointed stars.  (read more)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Immigrant-Friendly NYC Mayor Pushes Official IDs for All



Immigrant-Friendly NYC Mayor Pushes Official IDs for All

mmigration advocates in the United States continue to press for sweeping reforms that will clear a path to citizenship for all immigrants, including those without valid visas, and grant them access to many of the benefits and protections that U.S. citizens enjoy. VOA's Adam Phillips files this report from immigrant-rich New York, where the new mayor is hoping to implement a new universal identity card program that will help undocumented immigrants move into the city's mainstream.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GO GREEN Forever stamp series

USCIS 100: 55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?



uscitizenpod: GO GREEN with USPS Stamps

In honor of Earth Day 2011 and in celebration of the new USPS GO GREEN Forever stamp series, US Citizenship Podcast presents a collection of stamps reflecting America's ongoing commitment to make EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY!

USCIS 100: 55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

▪ vote
▪ join a political party
▪ help with a campaign
▪ join a civic group
▪ join a community group
▪ give an elected official your opinion on an issue
▪ call Senators and Representatives
▪ publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
▪ run for office
▪ write to a newspaper

Monday, April 21, 2014

How American Money is Made

USCIS 100:41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. 
What is one power of the federal government?



VOAVideo: How American Money is Made (VOA On Assignment Feb. 28, 2014)

VOA's Julie Taboh talks with On Assignment's Rebecca Ward about her visit to the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which makes the nation's dollar bills.

USCIS 100:41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

▪ to print money
▪ to declare war
▪ to create an army
▪ to make treaties

Although this video was posted in February, I posting it today in memory of Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790).

USCIS 100:68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

▪ U.S. diplomat
▪ oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
▪ first Postmaster General of the United States
▪ writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”
▪ started the first free libraries

Sunday, April 20, 2014

MLK and Cherry Blossoms

USCIS 100:85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*


uscitizenpod: MLK and Cherry Blossoms

Here are some photos of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial and Cherry Blossoms. I will post the video of the fountains, etc at a later date.

USCIS 100:85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*

▪ fought for civil rights
▪ worked for equality for all Americans

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cherry Blossom Centennial Stamps


USPS: Cherry Blossom Centennial Stamps

In 2012, the U. S. Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C with the Cherry Blossom Centennial (Forever®) stamp design. The two stamps, which are near mirror images, form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of blooming cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. The stamp on the left depicts blossoming trees arching over two girls dressed in bright kimonos, and a family on a stroll with the Washington Monument in the background. On the second stamp, the Jefferson Memorial forms the backdrop for tourists taking in the sights under a canopy of pink blooms.

Friday, April 18, 2014

West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, "Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, "Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win"

This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.