Monday, January 20, 2020

Citizenship Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr Day




uscitizenpod: Three Questions for MLK Day
Three Citizenship Questions for MLK Day focused on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Read/listen to the whole quiz below.

14 USCIS Questions in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This quiz matches 14 USCIS civics questions with speeches and events from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who worked for equality for all Americans and for all those who thirst for peace and justice throughout the world mp3 and pdf




Interview with Krestos Negasi (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) on MLK Day mp3 and pdf





A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r of Juah Sarwee from Fish Town, Liberia plus 10qs about US Geography and Symbols (2017) pdf  

A Citizenship Interview Quiz for Paulette Poujol-Oriol (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) (2018) pdf

Kahoot: Citizenship Questions in Honor of Martin Luther King, Dr Day! 


Learning Chocolate: Martin Luther King Jr Day

MLK Day Special mp3

uscitizenpod: US Citizenship Resources for African-American History Month
During the month of February, we explore the connection between the USCIS History and Civics questions and African American History. We also include Citizenship, Immigration, and Gov't Resources in African Languages! 





VOA Learning English: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial


VOA The King Legacy Marching Forward series:


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    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    See and hear 41 New Americans take their oath



    NJ.com: See and hear 41 New Americans take their oath

    Friday, January 3, 2020 - - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Mount Laurel Field Office Director Ya-Mei Chen administers the Oath of Allegiance to 41 citizenship candidates during a naturalization ceremony at the Trenton City Council Chambers on Tuesday. Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (NJ Fife and Drums music)

    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Explainer: Impeachment Managers



    VOANews: Explainer: Impeachment Managers

    What role do the managers play in the impeachment trial? VOA explains the process.
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    READ MORE: U.S. President Donald Trump violated the country's spending law last year when he temporarily withheld $391 million in congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine while at the same pressing Kyiv to launch investigations to benefit himself politically, a government watchdog agency concluded Thursday in a decision that is at the heart of the impeachment case against the U.S. leader.

    Trump released the assistance that Ukraine wanted to help fight pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country in September after a 55-day delay without Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's top 2020 Democratic challengers, and his son Hunter Biden's lucrative work for a Ukrainian natural gas company.

    But after an investigation, the Government Accountability Office ruled that "Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law." It said that the Trump-controlled U.S. budget agency blocked release of the money "for a policy reason," which is not allowable under U.S. law.

    Learn more at VOANews Special Report: Impeachment

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    2020 U.S. Citizenship Interview with Maya Gomes via Guatemala



    uscitizenpod: 2020 U.S. Citizenship Interview with Maya Gomes via Guatemala

    Maya is getting ready for her US Citizenship Interview next. This video was uploaded earlier in the week, but has been edited and includes new information. Includes civics questions and dictation sentence. Check back in a day or two for correct captions.

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    Jan 15 is National Religious Freedom Day

    Introduced in 1779, Thomas Jefferson’s bill became law in 1786. (source)
    National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. That statute became the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and led to freedom of religion for all Americans.
    Religious Freedom Day has been officially proclaimed on January 16 in an annual statement by the President of the United States since 1993.
    --source: Wikipedia

    Learn more about Jefferson's bill for Religious Freedom:
    POP QUIZ:
    1. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*
    2. What is freedom of religion?
    3. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
    4. What is one reason colonists came to America?
    5. There were 13 original states. Name three.
    6. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship Class 01, Spring 2020, Milpitas Adult School



    Preparing for Naturalization (updated 04/18/2016)
    N-400
    Civics
    Integration

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    Thuy Thu Pham’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview



    uscitizenpod: Thuy Thu Pham’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview

    This is our second practice interview in 2020. This interview includes a reading and dictation sentence plus 20 civics questions. I will update the subtitles soon.

    Sunday, January 12, 2020

    US CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE 2019/ OATH TAKING CEREMONY + TIPS



    Middleton Ohana: US CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE 2019/ OATH TAKING CEREMONY + TIPS

    Hi everyone! I'm sharing my experience of doing my US citizenship test here in the USCIS Jacksonville, Florida. If you have questions please comment down below. Thanks for watching and hope this helps!

    Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Happy Birthday Alice Paul!

    Deeds not Words: VOTE!

    Alice Paul (January 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977) was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and one of the main leaders and strategists of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (August 26, 1920), which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote.

    After 1920, Paul spent a half century as leader of the National Woman's Party, which fought for the Equal Rights Amendment, to secure constitutional equality for women.

    This year, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You will be learning much more about Alice Paul and women who fought for the right to vote in the upcoming year.

    Check out uscitizenpod's resources about Alice Paul and Women's right to vote:


    ps Thank you, Google!

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    Thuy Thu Pham’s Practice Citizenship Interview



    uscitizenpod: Thuy Thu Pham’s Practice Citizenship Interview

    This is our first practice interview in 2020. Thuy will have her Citizenship interview next week. I will update the subtitles soon.

    Wednesday, January 8, 2020

    Happy Birthday Carrie Chapman Catt!



    Chris Garick: Carrie Chapman Catt

    Carrie Chapman Catt (January 9, 1859 – March 9, 1947) was an American women's suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women the right to vote in 1920.  Catt served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and was the founder of the League of Women Voters and the International Alliance of Women.  

    source: Wikipedia


    This year, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You will be learning much more about Carrie Chapman Catt and women who fought for the right to vote in the upcoming year.

    Check out uscitizenpod's resources about Carrie Chapman Catt and Women's right to vote:

    Monday, January 6, 2020

    Xu Yinghong's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview



    uscitizenpod: Xu Yinghong's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview

    Xu Yinghong will have her citizenship interview in week. Wish her luck!
    Check out A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)

    Saturday, January 4, 2020

    DC Restaurant Gives The US Capital The Taste Of Immigrant Food



    uscitizenpod: DC Restaurant Gives The US Capital The Taste Of Immigrant Food

    Hundreds of new restaurants mushroom in Washington every year, but the "Immigrant Food" restaurant that recently opened just a block away from the White House is unique. On top of making a delicious statement, it also makes a political one, serving food inspired by the many immigrant communities that live in the U.S. Mykhailo Komadovsky visited the unusual venue

    Friday, January 3, 2020

    Happy Birthday Lucretia Mott!



    Dr. Ross Porter: Lucretia Mott

    Lucretia Mott (née Coffin; January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880) was a Quakerabolitionistwomen's rights activist, and social reformer
    When she stopped from attending the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840, she decided to fight for women's rights along with freeing slaves. In 1848, she attended the Seneca Falls Convention where she helped write the Declaration of Sentiments which was based on the Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration of Sentiments said: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal"
    When slavery was outlawed in 1865, she advocated giving former slaves, whether male or female, the right to vote. She remained a central figure in the abolition and suffrage movement until her death in 1880.  
    source: Wikipedia

    This year, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You will be learning much more about Lucretia Mott and women who fought for the right to vote in the upcoming year.

    Check out uscitizenpod's resources about Lucretia Mott and Women's right to vote:

    More videos about Lucretia Mott and Women's right to vote:

    Thursday, January 2, 2020

    Step Up to 2020: New Year, New U.S. Citizen!



    uscitizenpod: Step Up to 2020: New Year, New U.S. Citizen!

    A quick preview of three major events for those preparing for US Citizenship in 2020.

    The first major event is the 2020 U.S. Census.
    • April 1 is National Census Day.
    • In mid-March, households will receive a form to participate in the 2020 Census. There are three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.  The printed Census form is available in 12 non-English languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese)There are also 59 non-English language guides that explain the Census form in your language.
    • It is very important that you respond to the Census.  The information that you give is private. This information can change the number of our representatives in Congress and the money needed for our schools, roads, and social services.
    • In May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.  December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers Census count to the president.

    The second major event is related to Civics and voting.
    • In January, America will begin a year-long celebration of 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote.  Local civics groups will mark the anniversary with voting drives in preparation for the November presidential election.
    • From February to June, each state will hold a primary election or caucus to choose candidates for the Democratic, Republican, and third-party parties.
    • In July, the Democrats will hold their presidential nominating convention and the Republicans will hold theirs in August.
    • In September and October, the presidential candidates will meet for three debates.
    • On Tuesday, November 3, U.S. citizens will vote in the the 2020 United States presidential election.  On this date, people will also vote for federal, state, and local officials and on proposed laws.

    The third major event is related to Citizenship.
    • The processing fees related to Citizenship and immigration forms will increase.  For example, the fee for form N-400 Application for Naturalization will increase from $725 (including $640 for processing and $85 for biometrics services) to approximately $1200.  Most fee-reduction petitions will no longer be accepted.The requirements for fee-waivers have been increased.  No date for USCIS fee increase has been announced yet.
    • Also, in late 2020 or early 2021, USCIS will release a new set of 100 Civics and History questions.  Before USCIS releases the new set of questions, USCIS will travel to many Citizenship Preparation classes.  USCIS will test the questions for appropriate language level and civics content.  After the new 100 questions are released, there will also be a transition period during which new citizens can be asked the old or new questions.

    Don't worry! You will have time to prepare.
    • Study a little English, civics, and history every day.
    • Save a little bit more for the new USCIS fees every week.
    • In mid-March, complete the Census--those questions are like the questions on the first part of the N-400.
    • As we get closer to November, pay attention to the news, especially the 2020 Elections.  That will really help you get ready for the new 100 Civics and History questions.
    • And check back with USCIS.gov and uscitizenpod.com for the latest Citizenship news.

    Step Up to 2020: New Year, New U.S. Citizen!

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020

    Happy New Year! Happy New U.S. Citizen!



    New Year's Day