Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Patriotic Star Stamp Coming in 2013

USCIS 100:97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?



In 2013, USPS will continue its long tradition of patriotism with the release of the Patriotic Star stamp. (read more)

USCIS 100:97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*

▪ because there is one star for each state
▪ because each star represents a state
▪ because there are 50 states

Friday, December 28, 2012

West Wing Week: 12/28/12 or "Best of the West (Wing Week)"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 12/28/12 or "Best of the West (Wing Week)"

Welcome to the "Best of the West (Wing Week)!" That's right, folks, West Wing Week took some time over the holidays to reflect on a busy year in video, and to bring you some highlights from the archive. But first, a quick wrap up of the President's week.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Obama Named Time's Person of the Year

USCIS 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?



VOAVideo: Obama Named Time's Person of the Year

Time Magazine has named President Barack Obama its "Person of the Year" for 2012, following a tumultuous year in U.S. politics. Mr. Obama won re-election after a hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney. But the president has no shortage of challenges awaiting him in a second term, as we hear from VOA national correspondent Jim Malone.

USCIS 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

▪ Barack Obama
▪ Obama

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

USCS 100:10 Freedom of Religion


MP3 USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?

· You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

PDF USCIS 100:10. M638 Quick Civic Lesson, more historical background, USPS stamps, and dictation!

1. New Year Day is January 1st.

2. New York City was the first capital of the United States

3. You are free to practice any religion or not practice a religion.

(originally posted Thursday, February 3, 2011)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Washington Crossing the Delaware, Christmas Night 1776

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emmanuel Leutze, 1861
uscitizenpod: A brief history (and puzzle) of Washington Crossing the Delaware, Christmas Night 1776 (download pdf)

Holidays at the White House 2012



wh.com: Holidays at the White House 2012

Go behind the scenes as volunteers decorate the White House for the holidays. See Bo inspect the decorations, the 2012 White House Menorah, holiday ginger crinkles recipe from the White House pastry chef and more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/holidays

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Senator Kerry Has Extensive Foreign Policy Credentials

USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?



VOAVideo: Senator Kerry Has Extensive Foreign Policy Credentials

President Barack Obama's expected choice to lead the State Department after Hillary Clinton's departure, Democratic Senator John Kerry, has vast experience on the world stage gained through a lifetime of public service. VOA Senate correspondent Michael Bowman has more in this report.

USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

▪ Secretary of Agriculture
▪ Secretary of Commerce
▪ Secretary of Defense
▪ Secretary of Education
▪ Secretary of Energy
▪ Secretary of Health and Human Services
▪ Secretary of Homeland Security
▪ Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
▪ Secretary of the Interior
▪ Secretary of Labor
▪ Secretary of State
▪ Secretary of Transportation
▪ Secretary of the Treasury
▪ Secretary of Veterans Affairs
▪ Attorney General
▪ Vice President

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Implementation of New USCIS Immigrant Fee Feb. 1


Implementation of New USCIS Immigrant Fee Feb. 1

New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad.

On Feb. 1, 2013,U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the United States. This new fee was established in USCIS’s final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions announced on Sept. 24, 2010.

Who Needs to Pay the Fee

Any individual who on or after February 1, 2013 receives an immigrant visa package from a United States consulate or embassy abroad (including Canada and Mexico) will pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee.

(read more)

Friday, December 21, 2012

West Wing Week: 12/21/12 or "We Are There For Them"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 12/21/12 or "We Are There For Them"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President addressed the national tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and promised meaningful action to address gun violence, while the White House invited some of its newest Pinterest followers, and the President spread some holiday cheer.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

WHY?

NEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 18: A sign hangs near a cemetery where shooting victim Jessica Rekos was to be buried on December 18, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Credit: Getty Images 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The 2012 White House Menorah


Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday.

wh.gov: The 2012 White House Menorah

The 2012 White House Menorah is from Temple Israel in Long Beach, New York and a survivor of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.


USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?

▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CITIZENSHIP TEST: Lê Thị Hiệp (Đà Lạt, Vietnam)

CITIZENSHIP TEST: Lê Thị Hiệp (Đà Lạt, Vietnam)

Prepare for your citizenship interview with a multiple choice test about Lê Thị Hiệp's interview and 10 USCIS questions.

This quiz was inspired by my students from Vietnam--I am so thankful for all of my students!

(download pdf)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Killing of US School Children Sparks Gun Control Discussion

US Constitution Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, 
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.



VOAVideo: Killing of US School Children Sparks Gun Control Discussion

Friday's mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school has again sparked a national discussion about gun control. While arms possession enjoys constitutional protection premised on the need to protect the security of a free state, thousands of Americans die every year because of gun violence. VOA Correspondent Peter Fedynsky looks at the issue from the point of view of the town reeling from the latest incidence of such violence.

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

▪ freedom of expression
▪ freedom of speech
▪ freedom of assembly
▪ freedom to petition the government
▪ freedom of worship
▪ the right to bear arms

Saturday, December 15, 2012

President Obama Makes a Statement on the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut



VOANews: 26 Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

President Obama Makes a Statement on the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

President Obama delivers a statement on today's shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. December 14, 2012. (transcript)

THE PRESIDENT: This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.

We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

The majority of those who died today were children -- beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers -- men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

So our hearts are broken today -- for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago -- these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight. And they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans. And I will do everything in my power as President to help.

Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need -- to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours.

May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

********************************************************************************

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress

Friday, December 14, 2012

West Wing Week: 12/14/12 or "True to Ourselves and Our History"



West Wing Week: 12/14/12 or "True to Ourselves and Our History"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the First Family attended the annual Christmas in Washington concert, the Vice President talked #My2k over lunch with middle-class Americans and attended the Army Navy football game with Dr. Biden, while the President signed the Child Protection Act into law, visited the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, joined conference calls with Latino leaders and Mayors, and invited regional television reporters to the White House for a series of interviews.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Music Icons Series of Stamps Debuts in Early 2013 With Lydia Mendoza


In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will kick off its new Music Icons series with this stamp honoring Lydia Mendoza (1916–2007), one of the first and greatest stars of Tejano music: (read more)

USCIS 100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico.

▪ California
▪ Arizona
▪ New Mexico

▪ Texas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CITIZENSHIP TEST: Mok Kit-Ching (Hong Kong)

CITIZENSHIP TEST: Mok Kit-Ching (Hong Kong)

Prepare for your citizenship interview with a multiple choice test about Mok Kit-Ching's interview and 10 USCIS questions.

This quiz was inspired by my students from Hong Kong--I am so thankful for all of my students!

(download pdf)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day



For more info, visit Human Rights Action Center or
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Simple English Wikipedia ...

You just watched a video about the Universal declaration of Human Rights.
USCIS 100:9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

▪ life
▪ liberty
▪ pursuit of happiness

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New US Congress is Most Diverse in History

USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.



VOAVideo: New US Congress is Most Diverse in History

New US legislators - those taking office for the first time in January - are more diverse than at any other time in U.S. history. Barriers have been broken on ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. In fact, among the 200 Democratic representatives, women and those of various minorities will outnumber straight white males. VOA's Carolyn Presutti introduces us to a few of the history-making lawmakers in a Congress that will more closely reflect the people who live in the United States.

USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.

▪Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting Delegates or Resident Commissioners may provide the name of that Delegate or Commissioner. Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has no (voting) Representatives in Congress.]

Saturday, December 8, 2012

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?



The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception located in Washington, D.C., honors Mary, the mother of Jesus, as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of the United States and celebrates the diversity of the American Catholicism. As a Roman Catholic, I am proud to share my religious and cultural heritage that informs my work as an ESL/Citizenship teacher. (take a virtual tour)

USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?

▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

Friday, December 7, 2012

West Wing Week: 12/07/12 or "I Have To Pinch Myself"



wh.gov West Wing Week: 12/07/12 or "I Have To Pinch Myself"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President visited a toy factory, hosted Kennedy Center Honorees, held the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference, welcomed the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, answered questions live on twitter, spoke on National Security achievements, visited a family who had written the White House, and lit the National Christmas Tree. That's November 30th to December 6th or "I Have to Pinch Myself."

Thursday, December 6, 2012

USPS Goes Global With 2013 International Rate Stamp

USPS 100:90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?


USPS Goes Global With 2013 International Rate Stamp

Here is the 2013 international rate stamp USPS Global Forever®. With this stamp you’ll be able to mail a 1-ounce First-Class Mail International letter anywhere in the world. The stamp shows the Atlantic Ocean flanked by the Americas, Africa, and part of northern Europe.  (read more)

USPS 100:90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?

▪ Atlantic (Ocean)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Pioneer, To Be Honored With Stamp in 2013

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

Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Pioneer, To Be Honored With Stamp in 2013

Fifty-seven years ago this month, Rosa Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat at the front of the Cleveland Avenue bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The response to her arrest was a boycott of Montgomery’s bus system that lasted 381 days and thrust a young local pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr., into the spotlight. (read more)

USCIS 100:84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
▪ civil rights (movement)

USCIS 100:85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
▪ fought for civil rights
▪ worked for equality for all Americans

Monday, December 3, 2012

CITIZENSHIP TEST: Tasanee Rungteranoon (Bangkok, Thailand)

Prepare for your citizenship interview with a multiple choice test about Tasanee Rungteranoon's interview and 10 USCIS questions. This quiz was inspired by my students from Thailand--I am so thankful for all of my students!

Download CITIZENSHIP TEST: Tasanee Rungteranoon (Bangkok, Thailand)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

2013 Emancipation Proclamation Stamp Revealed


2013 Emancipation Proclamation Stamp Revealed

USPS will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all slaves in the rebel states of the Confederacy “are, and henceforward shall be free.” (read more)

USCIS 100:75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
▪ freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
▪ saved (or preserved) the Union
▪ led the United States during the Civil War

USCIS 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
▪ freed the slaves
▪ freed slaves in the Confederacy
▪ freed slaves in the Confederate states

Saturday, December 1, 2012

White House Time-Lapse: Raising the Commemorative HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon



wh.gov: White House Time-Lapse: Raising the Commemorative HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon

To recognize World AIDS Days, the White House installed a commemorative Red Ribbon on the north portico of the house. Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/onap to learn more on how the administration is working towards an AIDS-free generation

Friday, November 30, 2012

West Wing Week: 11/30/12 or "#My2k, Tweet it!"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 11/30/12 or "#My2k, Tweet it!"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the National Christmas Tree arrived at the White House and holiday decorating got underway, while the President marked Small Business Saturday, and met with leaders of businesses large and small to discuss the importance of avoiding a middle class tax hike next year. He also welcomed the President-Elect of Mexico, his Cabinet, his science and technology council, and the 2012 American Nobel Laureates.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Director Steven Spielberg Brings New Life to President Abraham Lincoln

USCIS 100:75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*



VOAVideo: Director Steven Spielberg Brings New Life to President Abraham Lincoln

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln deviates from the traditional portrayal of the 16th U.S. president by fleshing out the mind of a person willing to risk everything for the abolition of slavery. Spielberg based his film on parts of Team of Rivals, a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin. He makes Abraham Lincoln relevant today by presenting a cunning political mind navigating Washington's all too familiar divisions, gridlock, and power plays. VOA's Penelope Poulou has more.

USCIS 100:73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
▪ the Civil War
▪ the War between the States

USCIS 100:74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
▪ slavery
▪ economic reasons
▪ states’ rights

USCIS 100:75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
▪ freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
▪ saved (or preserved) the Union
▪ led the United States during the Civil War

USCIS 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
▪ freed the slaves
▪ freed slaves in the Confederacy
▪ freed slaves in the Confederate states

Friday, November 23, 2012

West Wing Week: 11/22/12 or "Hello Burma!"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 11/22/12 or "Hello Burma!"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President made an historic trip to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, attended the East Asia Summit, and pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House with the First Family.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Weekly Address: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving



wh.gov: Weekly Address: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving

During this holiday season, President Obama gives thanks in his weekly address for all of the blessings we share as Americans, and expressed his gratitude to the brave men and women who are defending our freedom around the world.

During US Holidays, Volunteers Help Those in Need

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



VOAvideo: During US Holidays, Volunteers Help Those in Need

The holiday giving season is underway in the United States as millions of Americans share time with family and friends to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and, later in December, Christmas. But holidays can be a tough time for people who are homeless and hungry. VOA's Chris Simkins reports on some people who are giving back to their community by helping those in need.

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

President Obama Pardons White House Turkey



wh.gov: President Obama Pardons White House Turkey

The President grants the traditional Thanksgiving pardon to Cobbler, this years Official White House Turkey in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House. November 21, 2012.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Citizenship Interview 16: Alecia Sotelo (Asuncion, Paraguay)



uscitizenpod: Citizenship Interview 16: Alecia Sotelo (Asuncion, Paraguay)

Basic Citizenship Interview with Alecia Sotelo (Asuncion, Paraguay)

Download Interview 16 mp3

Download Basic Interview PDF

Prepare for your citizenship interview and Thanksgiving with our new multiple choice; CITIZENSHIP TEST--Fall 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

CITIZENSHIP TEST--Fall 2012


Prepare for your citizenship interview and Thanksgiving with our new multiple choice CITIZENSHIP TEST--Fall 2012. This quiz was inspired by my two students from the Seychelles islands--I am so thankful for all of my students!

Friday, November 16, 2012

West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or "That's Who We Are"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or "That's Who We Are"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President invited fourteen middle-class Americans to stand with him as he spoke on next steps for our continued economic recovery, honored Veteran's Day with veterans, service members and their families at Arlington National Cemetery, held a news conference in the East Room and traveled to New York to continue to work on recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank You Women Vets!


uscitizenpod: Thank You Women Vets!

Listen to the National Anthem and learn more about American Servicewomen, past and present.

Special thanks to:

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, US Navy (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992)
Margarethe Cammermeyer, Colonel Washington National Guard
US Rep Tammy Duckworth, Lt Col US Army/Illinois National Guard

For more info, check out www.AmericanWomenVeterans.org

Music: National Anthem by Leann Rimes from “You Light Up My Life” 1997


uscitizenpod: Veterans Day Salute!

Thank You, Veterans!  See the gorgeous Veterans Day posters produced by the Veterans Administration VA.gov and listen to the the anthems from the five branches of the US Armed Forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day Salute!

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



uscitizenpod: Veterans Day Salute!

Thank You, Veterans!  See the gorgeous Veterans Day posters produced by the Veterans Administration VA.gov and listen to the the anthems from the five branches of the US Armed Forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

VA.gov Veterans Day posters can be downloaded at
http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp

Music:


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

New Year’s Day
▪ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
▪ Presidents’ Day
▪ Memorial Day
▪ Independence Day
▪ Labor Day
▪ Columbus Day
▪ Veterans Day
▪ Thanksgiving
▪ Christmas

Friday, November 9, 2012

West Wing Week: 11/09/12 or "Our Journey Forward"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 11/09/12 or "Our Journey Forward"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President urged Americans to contribute to the recovery efforts in the Northeast, met with governors, mayors, and other local officials, as well as his Homeland Security team to talk about the response to Sandy, and addressed the nation on election night.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Economy, Immigration Reform High on Obama's Agenda



VOAvideo: Economy, Immigration Reform High on Obama's Agenda

Los Angeles has one of the largest and most diverse immigrant populations in the United States. People from Latin America and countries throughout the Pacific live in this melting pot. Elizabeth Lee visited immigrant neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles to get people's reactions to President Obama spending another four years in the White House.

Democrats Gain Senate Strength, Republicans Hold Onto House



VOAVideo: Democrats Gain Senate Strength, Republicans Hold Onto House

Republicans held onto their strong majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday's U.S. election, but Democrats took a number of key Senate races, boosting their slim majority in the Senate. This means that President Barack Obama, who was re-elected, will again have to face the country's big challenges with a divided Congress, as VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine reports.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Obama Victory Driven by Economy and Turnout



VOANews: Obama Victory Driven by Economy and Turnout

President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term in a close race against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Growing optimism about the economy and a big voter turnout among Democrats made the difference for Mr. Obama. VOA Chris Simkins has more on the story.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

USA Votes 2012: Election Day Call-In Show for English Learners



VOA Learning English Video: USA Votes 2012: Election Day Call-In Show for English Learners

Carolyn Presutti from VOA News, in Boston reporting on the Romney campaign, joins Avi Arditti from VOA Learning English to take calls on Skype. For more comments, go to http://facebook.com/voalearningenglish. For election results, go to http://voanews.com.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election 2012: A to Z with Citizenship Questions



NEW Video: Election 2012: A to Z with Citizenship Questions

Prepare for the 2012 Presidential Election by reviewing vocabulary and USCIS citizenship questions.  No audio--I want to encourage self-paced study.

See also: 
Election 2012 from A to Z
  • Amendment
  • Ballot
  • Candidate
  • Democratic Party
  • Election
  • Fact & Factoid
  • Government
  • House of Representatives
  • Incumbent
  • Justices and Judicial Branch
  • Know your Voting Rights
  • Law
  • Media
  • Numbers
  • Opposites
  • President and Vice-President
  • Questions
  • Republican Party
  • Senate & Senator
  • Third Party
  • US Electoral College
  • Vote
  • We the People
  • X marks the spot
  • Yes / No
  • citiZen

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

West Wing Week: 11/02/12 or "What's Brightest in America"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 11/02/12 or "What's Brightest in America"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, with the arrival of the historic Super Storm Sandy, the President worked alongside FEMA officials and the American Red Cross, addressed the nation and federal agencies on emergency preparedness and recovery, and visited with some of those affected by the storm.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Election 2012: Get Ready to Vote



ACLU: Election 2012: Get Ready to Vote

http://www.aclu.org/voting-rights/get-ready-to-vote/
Americans are going to the polls to vote for president, but that's not the only important issue at stake. Nearly every state legislature is up for election and critical ballot measures in states across the country will make a big difference in people's daily lives.

About this video:
Some things go better if you get prepared. People should get ready to vote now to make their voices heard in this important election year. There are a few ways voters can get their votes in easily, get their votes counted, and make sure their voices are heard. Read more here: http://www.aclu.org/letmevote/

Control of US Senate Up for Grabs



VOAVideo: Control of US Senate Up for Grabs

Next month, Americans will elect a president and a new Congress. The political make-up of Congress will help determine whether the next president can enact his agenda in the next four years.

Republicans are expected to retain their House majority, but control of the Senate, where Democrats currently have a majority, is in question. VOA's Michael Bowman reports some of the pivotal contests include a hard-fought Senate race in the state of Virginia.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Asian Brothers Use Comedy to Attract Voters



VOAVideo: Asian Brothers Use Comedy to Attract Voters

Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the United States. But historically, mainstream political campaigns around the country have not given them much attention. With general elections just a few weeks away, two brothers are trying to use comedy to get the attention of potential voters among the Asian American youth. Elizabeth Lee has this report for VOA from Los Angeles.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Obama, Romney Differ on Energy Policy



VOAVideo: Obama, Romney Differ on Energy Policy

President Obama and Governor Romney agree that the U.S. is too dependent on foreign oil. But their views differ significantly on how to reduce or even end that dependence to make the country energy self-sufficient. VOA's Indonesian Service filed this report, narrated by Amy Katz.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

California Propositions 2012 ppt


California Propositions 2012 (new video)

Propositions are proposed laws presented to the public to vote on.

Text by EasyVoterGuide.org
Presentation by uscitizenpod.com

Download The California Proposition 2012 ppt

Goggle docs presentation of California Propositions 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

West Wing Week: 10/26/12 or "The Difference One Person Can Make"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 10/26/12 or "The Difference One Person Can Make"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President urged Congress to join him in helping responsible homeowners refinance, Cecilia Muñoz reflected on the importance of the Cesar Chavez National Monument, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while the White House wrapped up its annual fall garden tours and held a Garden Social Tweet Up.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

African Americans Vote in Key Battleground State



VOAVideo: African Americans Vote in Key Battleground State

The U.S. presidential election is approaching, and excitement is building in key states where voters could determine the outcome if the race is close. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from North Carolina where the contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney is too close to call and where African Americans are turning out for early voting.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New York Candidates Court Muslim Voters



VOAVideo: New York Candidates Court Muslim Voters

Politicians across America are making calculations about which blocs of voters to court as they seek the votes needed to win their respective elections on November 6. VOA correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports that greater political engagement among Muslim Americans is drawing the attention of politicians in Brooklyn, New York

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Obama, Romney Debate Range of Foreign Policy Issues



VOAVideo: Obama, Romney Debate Range of Foreign Policy Issues

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, traded jabs over a range of foreign policy issues Monday in their third and final debate of the 2012 U.S. president campaign. The debate was held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

Monday, October 22, 2012

US President Chosen by Electors, Not Popular Vote



VOAVideo: US President Chosen by Electors, Not Popular Vote

While millions of Americans will cast ballots for president in November, their votes do not directly send one of the candidates to the White House. In this segment of How America Elects, VOA's Jeffrey Young explains that the selection of the president is actually done by a group called the "Electoral College."

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Effort Underway to Boost US Voter Participation



VOAVideo: Effort Underway to Boost US Voter Participation

The U.S. presidential election is approaching, and political parties and advocacy groups across the nation are making a final push to get people registered to vote and to the polls for the November 6th contest. VOA's Chris Simkins reports on efforts to get an underrepresented group of eligible voters involved in the process

Friday, October 19, 2012

West Wing Week: 10/19/12 or "The Power of We"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 10/19/12 or "The Power of We"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President reflected on the state of the auto industry, the White House opened its garden doors to the public for its annual tours, and honored blog action day, while Bill Allman spoke on the history of the Presidential Seal. That's October 12th to October 18th or "The Power of We."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Some Illegal Immigrants Allowed to Stay Under Obama Order



VOAVideo: Some Illegal Immigrants Allowed to Stay Under Obama Order

President Obama's executive order to temporarily halt deportation of some undocumented immigrants has provided hope to them, but it also has put many families and friends on opposite sides of a divide. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports from New York.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Obama Fights Back in Second Debate



VOAVideo: Obama Fights Back in Second Debate

The day after President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney faced off in the second of their three debates most analysts agreed that Mr. Obama fought back forcefully against Romney, after what was viewed as a weak presidential performance during their first debate. VOA's Cindy Saine looks back at the town hall encounter with an audience of undecided voters.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Obama, Romney talk about IMMIGRATION from Second Presidential Debate

QUESTION: Mr. Romney, what do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society?

ROMNEY: Thank you. Lorraine? Did I get that right? Good. Thank you for your question. And let me step back and tell you what I would like to do with our immigration policy broadly and include an answer to your question.

But first of all, this is a nation of immigrants. We welcome people coming to this country as immigrants. My dad was born in Mexico of American parents; Ann's dad was born in Wales and is a first-generation American. We welcome legal immigrants into this country.

I want our legal system to work better. I want it to be streamlined. I want it to be clearer. I don't think you have to - shouldn't have to hire a lawyer to figure out how to get into this country legally. I also think that we should give visas to people - green cards, rather, to people who graduate with skills that we need. People around the world with accredited degrees in science and math get a green card stapled to their diploma, come to the U.S. of A. We should make sure our legal system works.

Number two, we're going to have to stop illegal immigration. There are 4 million people who are waiting in line to get here legally. Those who've come here illegally take their place. So I will not grant amnesty to those who have come here illegally.

What I will do is I'll put in place an employment verification system and make sure that employers that hire people who have come here illegally are sanctioned for doing so. I won't put in place magnets for people coming here illegally. So for instance, I would not give driver's licenses to those that have come here illegally as the president would.

The kids of those that came here illegally, those kids, I think, should have a pathway to become a permanent resident of the United States and military service, for instance, is one way they would have that kind of pathway to become a permanent resident.

ROMNEY: Now when the president ran for office, he said that he'd put in place, in his first year, a piece of legislation - he'd file a bill in his first year that would reform our - our immigration system, protect legal immigration, stop illegal immigration. He didn't do it.

He had a Democrat House, a Democrat Senate, super majority in both Houses. Why did he fail to even promote legislation that would have provided an answer for those that want to come legally and for those that are here illegally today? What's a question I think the - the president will have a chance to answer right now.

OBAMA: Good, I look forward to it.

Was - Lorranna - Lorraine - we are a nation of immigrants. I mean we're just a few miles away from Ellis Island. We all understand what this country has become because talent from all around the world wants to come here. People are willing to take risks. People who want to build on their dreams and make sure their kids have an even bigger dreams than they have.

But we're also a nation of laws. So what I've said is we need to fix a broken immigration system and I've done everything that I can on my own and sought cooperation from Congress to make sure that we fix the system.

The first thing we did was to streamline the legal immigration system, to reduce the backlog, make it easier, simpler and cheaper for people who are waiting in line, obeying the law to make sure that they can come here and contribute to our country and that's good for our economic growth.

They'll start new businesses. They'll make things happen to create jobs here in the United States.

Number two, we do have to deal with our border so we put more border patrol on the - any time in history and the flow of undocumented works across the border is actually lower than it's been in 40 years.

What I've also said is if we're going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they're trying to figure out how to feed their families. And that's what we've done. And what I've also said is for young people who come here, brought here often times by their parents. Had gone to school here, pledged allegiance to the flag. Think of this as their country. Understand themselves as Americans in every way except having papers. And we should make sure that we give them a pathway to citizenship.

And that's what I've done administratively. Now, Governor Romney just said, you know he wants to help those young people too, but during the Republican primary, he said, "I will veto the DREAM Act", that would allow these young people to have access." His main strategy during the Republican primary was to say, "We're going to encourage self-deportation." Making life so miserable on folks that they'll leave. He called the Arizona law a model for the nation. Part of the Arizona law said that law enforcement officers could stop folks because they suspected maybe they looked like they might be undocumented workers and check their papers.

You know what? If my daughter or yours looks to somebody like they're not a citizen, I don't want - I don't want to empower somebody like that. So, we can fix this system in a comprehensive way. And when Governor Romney says, the challenge is, "Well Obama didn't try." That's not true. I have sat down with Democrats and Republicans at the beginning of my term. And I said, let's fix this system. Including Senators previously who had supported it on the Republican side. But it's very hard for Republican's in Congress to support comprehensive immigration reform, if their standard bearer has said that, this is not something I'm interested in supporting.

CROWLEY: Let me get the governor in here, Mr. President. Let's speak to, if you could...

ROMNEY: Yes.

CROWLEY: ...the idea of self-deportation?

ROMNEY: No, let - let - let me go back and speak to the points that the president made and - and - and let's get them correct.

I did not say that the Arizona law was a model for the nation in that aspect. I said that the E-Verify portion of the Arizona law, which is - which is the portion of the law which says that employers could be able to determine whether someone is here illegally or not illegally, that that was a model for the nation. That's number one.

Number two, I asked the president a question I think Hispanics and immigrants all over the nation have asked. He was asked this on Univision the other day. Why, when you said you'd filed legislation in your first year didn't you do it? And he didn't answer. He - he doesn't answer that question. He said the standard bearer wasn't for it.

I'm glad you thought I was a standard bearer four years ago, but I wasn't.

Four years ago you said in your first year you would file legislation.

In his first year, I was just getting - licking my wounds from having been beaten by John McCain, all right. I was not the standard bearer.

My - my view is that this president should have honored his promise to do as he said.

Now, let me mention one other thing, and that is self-deportation says let people make their own choice. What I was saying is, we're not going to round up 12 million people, undocumented illegals, and take them out of the nation. Instead let people make their own choice. And if they - if they find that - that they can't get the benefits here that they want and they can't - and they can't find the job they want, then they'll make a decision to go a place where - where they have better opportunities.

But I'm not in favor of rounding up people and - and - and taking them out of this country. I am in favor, as the president has said, and I agree with him, which is that if people have committed crimes we got to get them out of this country.

ROMNEY: Let me mention something else the president said. It was a moment ago and I didn't get a chance to, when he was describing Chinese investments and so forth.

OBAMA: Candy?

Hold on a second. The...

ROMNEY: Mr. President, I'm still speaking.

(CROSSTALK)

ROMNEY: Mr. President, let me finish.

(CROSSTALK)

ROMNEY: I've gotta continue.

(CROSSTALK)

CROWLEY: Governor Romney, you can make it short. See all these people? They've been waiting for you. (inaudible) make it short (inaudible).

ROMNEY: Just going to make a point. Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust. And I understand they do include investments outside the United States, including in - in Chinese companies.

Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? Have you looked at your pension?

OBAMA: I've got to say...

ROMNEY: Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?

OBAMA: You know, I - I don't look at my pension. It's not as big as yours so it doesn't take as long.

ROMNEY: Well, let me give you some advice.

OBAMA: I don't check it that often.

ROMNEY: Let me give you some advice. Look at your pension. You also have investments in Chinese companies. You also have investments outside the United States. You also have investments through a Cayman's trust.

(CROSSTALK)

CROWLEY: We're way off topic here, Governor Romney.

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: I thought we were talking about immigration.

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: I do want to make sure that...

CROWLEY: If I could have you sit down, Governor Romney. Thank you.

OBAMA: I do want to make sure that - I do want to make sure that we just understand something. Governor Romney says he wasn't referring to Arizona as a model for the nation. His top adviser on immigration is the guy who designed the Arizona law, the entirety of it; not E-Verify, the whole thing. That's his policy. And it's a bad policy. And it won't help us grow.

Look, when we think about immigration, we have to understand there are folks all around the world who still see America as the land of promise. And they provide us energy and they provide us innovation and they start companies like Intel and Google. And we want to encourage that.

Now, we've got to make sure that we do it in a smart way and a comprehensive way, and we make the legal system better. But when we make this into a divisive political issue, and when we don't have bipartisan support - I can deliver, Governor, a whole bunch of Democrats to get comprehensive immigration reform done, and we can't...

ROMNEY: I'll get it done. I'll get it done. First year...

OBAMA: ... we can't - we have not seen Republicans serious about this issue at all. And it's time for them to get serious on it.

CROWLEY: Mr. President, let me move you on here please. Mr. President, (inaudible).

OBAMA: This used to be a bipartisan issue.

transcript from CNN.com

Obama, Romney to Face Off in Pivotal 2nd Debate


Air Time: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 9pm et / 8pm ct / 7pm mt / 6pm pt


Channels: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more including CNN Espanol and others

Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)
Format: The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Americana Quilts @ PIQF 2012


gagliajn: Americana Quilts @ PIQF 2012

The 2012 Presidential election is only days away. Many quilts at the Pacific International Quilt Festival inspired us to be better citizens by reading the US Constitution, studying American history, participating in community organizations, serving in the US military, and healing socio-political factions.

HINT: there are USCIS questions associated with most of the quilts. Watch the slideshow with the "comments" ON.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Biden and Ryan Engage in Spirited Vice Presidential Debate



VOAVideo: Biden and Ryan Engage in Spirited Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan clashed over a wide array of domestic and foreign policy issues Thursday in their only debate of this year's presidential campaign. The debate was held at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

West Wing Week: 10/12/12 or "Our Journey Is Never Hopeless, Our Work Is Never Done"



wh.gov West Wing Week: 10/12/12 or "Our Journey Is Never Hopeless, Our Work Is Never Done"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President established a new, national monument in honor of Cesar Chavez, declared Fire Prevention Week, and sat down with Diane Sawyer, while the White House honored educational innovators and 4-H and FFA Champions of Change. That's October 5th to October 11th or "Our journey is never hopeless, our work is never done."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vice-Presidential Debate Moments - Elections 2012

  • USCIS 100:29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
  • USCIS 100:30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  • USCIS 100:31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  • USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?


NYTimes: Vice-Presidential Debate Moments - Elections 2012

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the Book Review, talks about some of the most memorable vice-presidential debate moments of the televised era.

Read full article: http://nyti.ms/QdYC7y

USCIS 100:29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?

▪ Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
▪ Joe Biden
▪ Biden

USCIS 100:30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

▪ the Vice President

USCIS 100:31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

▪ the Speaker of the House

USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

▪ Secretary of Agriculture
▪ Secretary of Commerce
▪ Secretary of Defense
▪ Secretary of Education
▪ Secretary of Energy
▪ Secretary of Health and Human Services
▪ Secretary of Homeland Security
▪ Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
▪ Secretary of the Interior
▪ Secretary of Labor
▪ Secretary of State
▪ Secretary of Transportation
▪ Secretary of the Treasury
▪ Secretary of Veterans Affairs
▪ Attorney General
▪ Vice President

Monday, October 8, 2012

US Green Card 'Lottery' Gets Underway



VOAVideo: US Green Card 'Lottery' Gets Underway

Iranian-born businessman Naeim Karimi spent his lunchtime glued to his computer station at his Toronto office on Tuesday.
He wanted to be among the first to enter the so-called U.S. Green Card Lottery, which began taking applications at noon.
Karimi has already entered the lottery unsuccessfully three times, but he told VOA via Skype on Tuesday that he felt his luck had finally turned. Mana Rabiee for VOA has more.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Analysts: US Presidential Debate a 'Game Changer'



VOAVideo: Analysts: US Presidential Debate a 'Game Changer'

In the U.S. presidential race, a strong debate performance by Republican candidate Mitt Romney may breathe new life into his campaign to unseat President Barack Obama. VOA's Michael Bowman reports any shift in polling numbers for the two candidates may take several days to materialize.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Presidential Debate Brings Political Theater to Denver



VOAVideo: Presidential Debate Brings Political Theater to Denver

Every four years, millions of Americans turn on their TV's to watch the major party candidates for president do battle. The televised presidential debates offer a chance for American voters to see them on the same stage. Modern debates are political theater -- part hype and part show business. VOA's Carolyn Presutti is in Denver, with the story on the customs and scene surrounding the first general election debate.

Friday, October 5, 2012

West Wing Week: 09/05/12 or "Operation Educate the Educators"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 09/05/12 or "Operation Educate the Educators"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the White House and The Treasury hosted events highlighting innovative apps, we travel with Dr. Biden to events in Washington and Virginia and the White House Blue Room Christmas tree is selected in North Carolina. That's September 28th to October 5th or "Operation Educate the Educators".

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Romney Puts Obama on Defensive in First Debate



VOAVideo: Romney Puts Obama on Defensive in First Debate

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney Wednesday clashed over taxes, health care and the best way to create jobs in the first of three debates. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

1492: An Ongoing Voyage

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012

USCIS 100:59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

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


Library of Congress: 1492: An Ongoing Voyage (online exhibit)

1492. Columbus. The date and the name provoke many questions related to the linking of very different parts of the world, the Western Hemisphere and the Mediterranean. What was life like in those areas before 1492? What spurred European expansion? How did European, African and American peoples react to each other? What were some of the immediate results of these contacts?

1492: An Ongoing Voyage addresses such questions by examining the rich mixture of societies coexisting in five areas of this hemisphere before European arrival. (read more)

59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

▪ American Indians
▪ Native Americans

100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

▪ New Year’s Day
▪ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
▪ Presidents’ Day
▪ Memorial Day
▪ Independence Day
▪ Labor Day
▪ Columbus Day
▪ Veterans Day
▪ Thanksgiving
▪ Christmas





Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Colorado Hispanic Vote Important in 2012 Election

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012!



VOAVideo: Colorado Hispanic Vote Important in 2012 Election

One of the U.S. states where President Barack Obama, the Democratic Party nominee for president, and Republican Party challenger Mitt Romney are virtually tied in public opinion surveys is Colorado, where Mr. Obama won handily four years ago. Although some surveys show the president with a slight lead, a key factor could be enthusiasm among his supporters, including Hispanics, who account for more than 20 percent of the western state's population. VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Pueblo, Colorado.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012



September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month!

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. (read more)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

California Immigrants Become Politically Active



VOAVideo: California Immigrants Become Politically Active

American cities attract immigrants from around the world, and they bring changes to their new neighborhoods. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that newcomers from Asia and Latin America have brought an international flavor to the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, where they now make up most of the population, and some residents have been prompted to become politically active.

Friday, September 28, 2012

West Wing Week 09/28/12 or "A Common Heartbeat to Humanity"



wh.gov: West Wing Week 09/28/12 or "A Common Heartbeat to Humanity"

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the First Lady spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner, We the People turned one-year old, and the President addressed the UN General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

WE SIGNED THE CONSTITUTION!


WE SIGNED THE CONSTITUTION!

In honor of Constitution and Citizenship Day, the students of Milpitas Adult School studied the Constitution, decorated our classrooms, and signed the Constitution. We even had cake--YUM!

Students received a pictorial representation of the articles and amendments of the Constitution--most of the class photos were taken in front of the large version of the pictorial Constitution. The students also received the USCIS 100Qs, the "Wallet Interview", a USA map, and CA fact sheet. You can download the handouts at USCitizenPod.com. Study up, and become a US Citizen!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Community Leaders Anticipate High Arab-American Voter Turnout



VOAVideo: Community Leaders Anticipate High Arab-American Voter Turnout

Arab-Americans make up roughly 0.5 percent of voters who will cast a ballot in the November general election in the United States. But as VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports from Dearborn, Michigan - home to the largest Arab-American community in the United States - despite those numbers, their influence is growing, and Arab-American community leaders expect record voter turnout in November.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Presidential Debates Meant to Persuade Undecided Voters



VOAVideo: Presidential Debates Meant to Persuade Undecided Voters

Debates between the major political parties' nominated presidential candidates have become a pre-election fixture in the United States. In this segment of "How America Elects," VOA's Jeffrey Young looks at the impact of these debates as Election Day in November approaches. (read the full story)

Monday, September 24, 2012

After Long Fight, DC Wins Right to a Statue in the Capitol Building


VOA Learning English News: After Long Fight, DC Wins Right to a Statue in the Capitol Building

The people of Washington DC won a long fought battle earlier this month. No, not statehood or a vote in the United States Congress. But, a little more representation than before. Lawmakers approved a measure permitting a statue of a former Washingtonian to be placed in the Capitol building. The statue of writer, scholar and anti-slavery leader Frederick Douglass will be set up near or in Statuary Hall (read the full story)

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  • After Long Fight, DC Wins Right to a Statue in Capitol Building

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Schoolhouse Rock - The Preamble



SchoolHouseRockVids: Schoolhouse Rock - The Preamble

Hey, do you know about the U.S.A.?
Do you know about the government?
Can you tell me about the Constitution?
Hey, learn about the U.S.A.

In 1787 I'm told
Our founding fathers did agree
To write a list of principles
For keeping people free.

The U.S.A. was just starting out
A whole brand-new country
And so our people spelled it out
The things that we should be

And they put those principles down on paper and called it the Constitution, and it's been helping us run our country ever since then. The first part of the Constitution is called the preamble and tells what those founding fathers set out to do.

We the people
In order to form a more perfect union
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility
Provide for the common defense
Promote the general welfare and
Secure the blessings of liberty
To ourselves and our posterity
Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America

In 1787 I'm told
Our founding fathers all sat down
And wrote a list of principles
That's known the world around

The U.S.A. was just starting out
A whole brand-new country
And so our people spelled it out
They wanted a land of liberty

And the Preamble goes like this:

We the people
In order to form a more perfect union
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility
Provide for the common defense
Promote the general welfare and
Secure the blessings of liberty
To ourselves and our posterity
Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America

For the United States of America . . .

Video of Schoolhouse Rock - The Preamble sing-a-long