Monday, April 22, 2019

Citizenship Resources for Earth Day

uscitizenpod: Three quick Citizenship Questions in Honor of Earth Day

uscitizenpod: 10 Citizenship Questions in Honor of Earth Day (pdf)

More Earth Day, Arbor Day, and National Parks Weeks Resources

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!

Family Fun
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

A U.S. Citizenship Quiz for Easter

uscitizenpod: A U.S. Citizenship Quiz for Easter 

The 2018 quiz pairs ten citizenship questions with ten American Christians from the western Catholic and Protestant traditions:

  • Bartolomé de las Casas
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Aimee Semple McPherson
  • Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin
  • Bishop Fulton Sheen
  • Mother Angelica
  • Billy Graham
  • Huston Smith
  • Watchman Nee

This quiz is a follow up to last year's quiz about American Christians from the Eastern Orthodox traditions.

Later, dig deeper into the lives of these saints. For example, Bartolome de las Casas was once a slave owner himself, but changed. His failed mission in Puerto Rico compelled him to take holy orders as a Dominican friar. This change eventually led to his new job as the Bishop of Chiapas, Mexico where used his power to fight for civil rights. Reading his works today, it would be easy to imagine what he would say about the Black Lives Matter movement, Puerto Rico's economic woes, or the incresed militarization of U.S.-Mexico border. Download the bonus quiz pdf!

Also see: Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans

U.S. Citizenship Resources for April: Taxes, Easter, Earth Day, and more! Come back for 2019 updates!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Three Passover Haggadahs Celebrating our Immigrant Nation and a POP Quiz

Lady Liberty Opening the gate to a immigrant Jewish family. Source.

The United States is a Nation of Immigrants.  Each immigrant group brings it unique story.

Passover (Pesach) is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt.

The Haggadah is a Jewish text that is read every year during the Passover meal (Seder).  

Here are  three haggadahs which remember that the Jews were once refugees, too, and are obligated to seek justice for "the Stranger."

ADL: This Passover, Think of the Modern Plagues / Next Year May We All Be Free
As Jews celebrate freedom, let’s reflect on 10 modern plagues that still oppress so many—and identify actions we can take to help.

ADL: We Were Strangers Too- A Haggadah Supplement for Your Passover Seder

In this spirit of Passover, ADL — an organization founded by immigrants and children of immigrants, and dedicated to protecting the interests of religious and ethnic minorities — organized Nation of Immigrant Seders bringing together community members, families, and leaders from all corners of the world.  We joined together to recommit to our values of liberty and equality and to stand with immigrants and refugees across our country who face fear and bigotry every day.

AWJS: Social Justice Haggadah and Passover Resources
This year, put social justice on your Seder table. Use the AJWS Global Justice Haggadah to spark meaningful conversations at your Seder — and connect our shared story of liberation with people fighting for freedom around the world today.

HIAS: Passover 2019: In Every Generation See Yourself As Though You Left Egypt
Explore the connections between the ancient Passover story and today's refugees The new HIAS Haggadah offers a deeper exploration of the global refugee crisis. It can be used as a whole or each part can be used as a stand-alone addition to a family or communal Seder. The Haggadah contains material written between 2016 and 2018, as well as new material and illustrations for Passover 2019.

JUFJ: Immigrant Rights, Immigrant Roots
This immigration-themed Haggadah from 2012 was made in collaboration with a long list of D.C.-area labor groups, who worked together to create a retelling of the Exodus story that is particularly relevant to the struggles of working people, and immigrants in America. It's probably the only Haggadah you will find with an incredibly detailed, full-page flowchart illustrating the complexities of legal immigration (page 11) or a detailed explanation of the Department of Homeland Security's "Secure Communities" program (pages 17 to 18). Despite being a few years old, this Haggadah feels especially apt for Passover 5777. Their version of the Ten Plagues, as they apply to immigration (pages 20 to 22) is especially powerful.

Also see:

LAist: Ten Of The Best Social Justice Haggadah Supplements For Your Seder Table

VOANews: New York Mosque Hosts Passover Celebrations


100:03. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

100:09. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

100:10. What is freedom of religion?

100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

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

100:58. What is one reason colonists came to America?

100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

100:84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

100:95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*

100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

U.S. Citizenship Resources for April: Taxes, Easter, Earth Day, and more! Come back for 2019 updates!

Friday, April 19, 2019

GOOD FRIDAY Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

Cross at the Arizona/Mexico Border Photo Source
Art Stations: Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross has traveled across the world raising awareness for those in need of refuge.  The 2019 "Troubled Waters" Art Stations in the Netherlands focuses on the world-wide refugee crisis.

Coexist House: Stations of the Cross 2017
This unique exhibition—held in 14 locations across Washington, D.C. — will use works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way, for people of different faiths. The Stations weave through religious as well as secular spaces. App

DSJ: Stations of the Cross: The American Immigrant Experience (FIXED!)
Via Cruces: La Experiencia de los Inmigrantes en Los Estados Unidos Based on the Scriptural Version of the Stations by Fr. Jon Pedigo, STL

Daylesford Abbey: Stations of the Cross for Immigrants and Migrants
When we pray the Stations, it is not for the purpose of undertaking an historical remembering of what occurred but to show us what is happening now – what is happening within each of us. The reason for praying the Stations of the Cross is to enter into the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself for us – to experience his means of transforming suffering through love. (see their collection of themed-SOTC)

Im/migration: Stations of the Cross
The following series of stations was curated by Grace Commons during Lent 2012, contemplating each station through the lens of immigration and migration.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) Hp;y week / Passover Resources 
Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.
Stations of the Cross EnglishSpanish

JRUSA: The Jesuit Refugee Service Way of the Cross
Christ calls us to keep watch. Let us accompany Jesus on this journey as we watch and pray over all that is going on with many of our sisters and brothers around the world. pdf

Lenten worshippers admired the artwork exhibit created with sacred artifacts found along the U.S.-Mexico border

Only In America Podcast with Ali Noorani: Bearing Witness Along the Border

Ali’s guest this week is Beth Cossin, a network pastor with the Heritage Church in the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois. She is also site director for the Esperanza Legal Assistance Center in Moline, Illinois. Beth recently visited the southern border with fellow pastors from the Wesleyan Church.  She talks with Ali about bearing witness on the delegation trip to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, the importance of sharing the stories of migrants and serving the underserved in her community.

The Way of the Cross is directed towards those communities and people who are living the painful experience of migration and refugee status, to all who work with migrants and refugees in order to build a better world, a world without borders, and to all men and women of goodwill who wish to be involved in this noble task.

Trocaire: Stations of the Cross: Reflections on war by Syrian Child Refugees
Trócaire is delivering humanitarian assistance to those fleeing conflict and seeking refuge. Download and use our stations of the cross with reflections on war by Syrian child refugees.

Hear the prayers which we pour forth to you, for the freedom of captives and the conversion of those who enslave them.

More Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

Beloved Community: Sanctuary
Resources about the Sanctuary Movement.  Those who declare sanctuary, pledge to protect immigrant families who face workplace discrimination or unjust deportation.

Catholic Relief Service: Ministry 
Resources throughout the year related to justice for immigrants, refugees, and the marginalized.

CLINIC: Praying the Rosary with Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tales of Immigrants - The Luminous Mysteries
CLINIC invites you to join us in praying for dignity and justice for our immigrant sisters and brothers. Just as the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary shed light on an important aspect of Christ’s mission, we hope these reflections will shed light on some immigrant experiences.

ESA: Immigration and Refugee Resources
We propose a discussion based on the reality that immigrants (authorized or otherwise) are human beings made in the image of God.  Download ESA's Citizen Among Us: Loving the Immigrant as Ourselves, ESA’s free small group study guide on immigration

IIC: Holy Days and Holidays Resources
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
Driven by the biblical mandate to serve the “least of these” (Matthew- 25:40), we strengthen Hispanic communities. We carry out this mission through a variety of programs and services that are all designed to empower people through education, housing and economic development, immigration legal services, job training and advocacy.

LIRS: Be Not Afraid / No Temas 
Be Informed materials to host a Know Your Rights session for immigrants in your community.

Sojourners: Immigration: Welcoming the Stranger
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Yet, our laws prevent immigrants from using their God-given gifts to improve communities and grow the economy. Through our work with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and other partners, we are articulating the biblical witness for immigration reform, demonstrating the human cost of inaction, and encouraging our political leaders to take action. By working together, we believe the faith community has a historic opportunity to help create a road map to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. who wish to fully integrate and contribute to the social fabric of our nation. 

U.S. Citizenship Resources for April: Taxes, Easter, Earth Day, and more! Come back for 2019 updates!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

El Paso — Entry for Thousands of Undocumented Migrants

VOANews: El Paso — Entry for Thousands of Undocumented Migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol continues to face difficulties in processing the large number of undocumented migrants who are entering the U.S. through El Paso, Texas. Voice of America accompanied border agents this week on one of their tours in which they detained several groups of Cuban and Central American migrants. For VOA, Celia Mendoza has more.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

On Ellis Island, a Wall Honors Immigrants Old and New

VOANews: On Ellis Island, a Wall Honors Immigrants Old and New

A wall on New York's Ellis Island that honors immigrants is almost at full capacity. To date, 770 panels are engraved with the names of almost 800,000 immigrants — including arrivals who never disembarked at Ellis Island. Ramon Taylor has the story.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Famous Proverbs from a Famous Man

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

VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Famous Proverbs from a Famous Man (read the article)

On today’s program, we talk about popular sayings, called proverbs. Many you will hear today come from a very famous person in American history -- Benjamin Franklin. (more)

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

Monday, April 15, 2019

Income Tax Day 2019

Income Tax Day
Here are fifteen citizenship questions from the N-400 and the USCIS Civics Test about taxes and our economic system. Happy Income Tax Day!

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* Kahoot

USCIS 100:56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
* April 15